County updates, city elections & university symposiums: 5 things Georgetown residents need to know this week

Southwestern University will host a Neurobiology Symposium on its campus this week.

Southwestern University will host a Neurobiology Symposium on its campus this week.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week
April 2-8
The national movement will be observed this week in Williamson County.

This year's theme is "Strength, Resilience, Justice," and an awards ceremony will be held to recognize and honor individuals who demonstrate outstanding service to victims of crime and victim services.

The ceremony will be held on April 5 at 10 a.m. at the historic courthouse on the Square located at 710 Main St., Georgetown.

Williamson County Commissioners Court 
Tuesday, April 4
The court will meet for its weekly Tuesday meeting. Items on the agenda include infrastructure updates, Legislature updates and the appointment of a replacement to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board of directors.

9:30 a.m. Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main St., Georgetown. 512-943-1550.

Downtown Lowdown
Wednesday, April 5
Find out about upcoming city of Georgetown project and event updates at the quarterly meeting.

There will be updates from city staff on:

  •        Georgetown Art Center and Georgetown Library events

  •        Historic Resource Survey update

  •        Austin Avenue Bridges update

  •        Downtown sidewalk projects

  •        Founders Park and VFW Park update

  •        Red Poppy Festival 2017 preview

  •        Red Poppy Festival Zero-Waste Initiative

  •        Downtown sales tax trends

Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be provided.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on April 4 to Jackson Daly at 512-819-3115 or at

8:30 a.m. Free. Roots Bistro, 118 W. Eighth St., Georgetown.

Southwestern University Neurobiology Symposium
Wednesday, April 5
Southwestern University presents “Social and Emotional Development and Risk: The Role of Neurobiology.”

Speakers will lecture about how recent advancements in technology have moved our understanding of human development and psychopathology from broad behavioral definitions toward biological, psychological and social mechanisms.

This symposium brings together the leading theorist on the neurodevelopment of psychopathy, Dr. James Blair, and two alumnae early career scientists who focus on understanding typical and atypical neurodevelopment, Dr.Laura Thornton and Rachel Thibodeau.

Topics of discussion will include early interventions for at-risk children, the role of trauma in the development of antisocial behavior, and the use of behavioral neuroscience to further understanding of antisocial behavior and callous-unemotional traits.

3 p.m. Free. Southwestern University campus F.W. Olin Building, Room 105, 1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown.

Voter registration deadline
Thursday, April 6
The deadline to register to vote or update voter registration information for the upcoming May election is April 6.

The last day to apply for a ballot by mail is Tuesday, April 25, and all applications must be received in the Elections Office by this date.

Early voting in Williamson County begins April 24 and runs through May 2. No early voting is available Sunday, April 30.

For more election information, call 512-943-1630 or go to




The Williamson County and Cities Health District confirmed 37 additional coronavirus cases July 10, bringing the total to 3,654. (Community Impact Staff)
37 new cases of coronavirus, 1 death confirmed in Williamson County on July 10

Currently, 103 patients are hospitalized, 32 are in intensive care and 16 are on a ventilator.

The species that tested positive for West Nile Virus is Culex quinquefasciatus, or the southern house mosquito. This species has a flight range of about one mile. ​(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus near southwest Williamson County Regional Park

There have been no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Williamson County since 2017.

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Between July 4 and July 10, Williamson County also reported 9 additional deaths.

Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced in a June 30 State Board of Education meeting that students will be taking the STAAR in the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Pixabay)
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These test sites will help the state work toward the goal of processing up to 100,000 tests in the first month.

USA FIT Georgetown is now open for registration. (Courtesy USA FIT)
National marathon training organization launches Georgetown chapter, invites all fitness levels to join

There are also educational seminars on important training; nutritional and racing information; informative newsletters; and social group events, such as after-training breakfasts, happy hours and more.

Former Cedar Park Police Department Chief Sean Mannix is pictured in this 2015 file photo. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
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Williamson County reported 175 additional cases of coronavirus July 9. (Screenshot courtesy Williamson County)
175 cases of coronavirus, 2 deaths confirmed in Williamson County on July 9

The Williamosn County and Cities Health District reported 23% of hospital beds and 9% of ICU beds are available.

Effective July 9, hospitals in more than 100 counties across the state must now postpone elective surgeries unrelated to COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
MAP: Governor expands restrictions on elective surgeries to more than 100 Texas counties

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expanded the restrictions that initially required only hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties to postpone all non-medically necessary surgeries and procedures that are unrelated to COVID-19.

Reported coronavirus cases jumped nearly 400% over the past month in Williamson County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Reported coronavirus cases jump nearly 400% over past month in Williamson County

Coronavirus-related deaths and hospitalizations also saw the largest increase in the past 30 days.