WILCO – On Feb. 24, the Williamson County Commissioners Court approved a refinancing of $74 million in existing debt. Tuesday, April 21, the Court learned their action resulted in a savings in excess of $9.2 million over the life of the debt.
Bill Pickett will be honored at the state level next week, about a month after the city moved forward with renaming a street after the local legend. Fifth generation family member Gerald Anderson says it’s the result of faith by the family.
Relay for Life will be held Oct. 24, from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Centennial Plaza, 301 West Bagdad Avenue, Round Rock. The Campos and Castro families from the Taylor area have always been a strong supporting team during Relay for Life, and the tradition continues 11 years later.
My name is Karen Farley. My husband, Dave, and I have made Taylor our home for almost 8 years. We have two children: Josh, a 7th grader at Taylor Middle School and Erik, a 2nd grader at St. Paul Lutheran. We live here, work here and give here.
Texas Rangers and Taylor Police have charged Dwayne Edmond Rivens-Baker and Alex Xavier Wright, of Harker Heights, with capital murder of Aaron Gault. On Tuesday, April 14, Rivens-Baker, 18, was arrested by the Killeen police. He remains in custody at the Bell County Jail on six unrelated misdemeanor charges including unlawfully carrying a weapon. He was found in possession of a .380 caliber pistol at the time of his arrest, the same weapon believed to have been used in Gault’s murder. According to police reports, the fingerprints found at the scene matched Baker’s. Baker confessed to detectives that he was at Gault’s home, got into an argument with the victim and shot him inside, before fleeing the scene. Based on recovery of the weapon, physical evidence, the confession to the murder, and the subsequent theft of property, Rivens-Baker was charged with capital murder. Baker’s bond has been set at $1 million. On Wednesday, April 16, Wright, 21, was arrested in Harker Heights on an outstanding felony probation warrant. Taylor detectives obtained a capital murder warrant for Wright’s involvement and participation in the murder. Wright is currently in custody of the Harker Heights police and will be transferred to Bell County Jail. The case is still under investigation and may result in additional arrests.
We invited every person, running for a local office, to submit a brief, no-strings-attached article regarding his or her candidacy, along with a photo. Not everyone took advantage of that offer but some did. That information is published here.
Former Deputy Sheriff and Texas Ranger A.W. Grimes received a new headstone in a special ceremony at the Round Rock Cemetery Friday, April 10. The new tombstone replaces the original, which had broken in half with wear and weather.