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Posted on: February 16, 2024

Bluebonnet Trails offers Supported Housing Program

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Folks who have a mental health diagnosis and want to connect with services, can reach out to Bluebonnet's intake and appointment line at 844-309-6385.  

Also, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission launched the Texas Housing Assis...

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Posted on: February 2, 2024 | Last Modified on: January 29, 2024

Read Commissioner Cook's latest newsletter

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You will find the January newsletter and previous archived newsletters at January Newsletter

If you want to receive the monthly newsletter, please email Garry Brown, her Executive Assistant, at [email protected]

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Posted on: December 18, 2023

Why do so many residents struggle to survive?

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The Williamson County Homeless Coalition spun off a Round Rock Serving Center workgroup to raise awareness in Williamson County for the plight of those economically challenged and perhaps experiencing homelessness. 

We kicked off the awareness cam...

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Posted on: July 13, 2023

Hot, soggy and loving it

Round Rock Packs and Recreation bus decorated for summer camp.

sponsored by the Round Rock Sertoma Club, on the Fourth. An amazing number of volunteers and city workers start a very early day prepping for the onslaught of floats, vehicles, Cub Scouts and chaos, which coalesces into a long and very interesting parade....

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Posted on: June 15, 2023

Feeding growth – one expensive omnivore

Traffic is travelling north and south on I-35 in Round Rock.

Companies and ventures desirous of a presence in our county are numerous, and the draw for families to live here and commute to local jobs remains strong.

There are now over 74,000 single-family homes outside of municipalities. This means they do not have ...

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Posted on: May 18, 2023

Mental illness impacts us all

Six people standing in a circle speaking with one another in the lobby.

Many general terms are used to describe mental illness: mental disorder, serious emotional disorder, extreme emotional distress, psychiatric illness, mental illness, nervous exhaustion, mental breakdown, nervous breakdown and burnout.

So, what forms does m...

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Posted on: April 13, 2023

The EV Diaries

Dash showing instruments in Commissioner Cook's Ioneq 5 car.

 I made sure this salesperson was saved in my contacts. The next call came two weeks later, and the car had arrived early on Feb. 23, but I didn’t have time until that Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25, to close the deal.

That car was a technology shock...

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Posted on: March 16, 2023

Why the county needs a groundwater conservation district

Brushy Creek below a bank of rocks and trees along the Brushy Creek Trail.

The Legislature gave authority to groundwater conservation districts to develop scientific information on the region of an aquifer within that district and to develop a plan, reviewed annually and updated as necessary, to protect that aquifer. The science...

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Posted on: February 17, 2023

One heck of an ice storm

A large tree covered in ice is split and falls over a house and yard.

This layered on our already stressed woody plants from Mother Nature’s onslaught over these past two years and brought them to their breaking point. Long-timers in this area were in total agreement of never having experienced such widespread destruction.

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Posted on: January 19, 2023

It's 2023 and our resolutions are …

Overpass at Chisholm Trail and Lake Creek Dr. with traffic below.

This is the time of year when many become introspective – who are we? Who do we want to be? Stronger, leaner, more resilient, more learned individuals perhaps? How long does that last? What are our values?

Mahatma Ghandi once stated that “we should watch o...

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