There are three days left to file for election for council seats and school board positions. Taylor ISD and Thrall ISD will both see at least one new face. Incumbents in other area elections have drawn opposition.
The cold air began moving into Taylor sooner than expected. Tuesday’s high reach 46 in the early afternoon before steadily falling. The forecast temperatures have trended upward since, and show the winter weather advisory north and west of Georgetown.
At the recent Thrall ISD board meeting, trustees unanimously approved a four percent raise across the district beginning in January. Re-evaluated every 18 months, the board felt the district was in the position to approve the raise for faculty and staff.
Early voting has wrapped up and the numbers peeked Oct. 20 in Williamson County with 7,907 votes cast. As of press time Friday, a total of 50,659 early votes had been cast in Williamson County with the rest of Friday left to go. That makes up 18.64 percent of the registered 271,612 registered voters. In the 2010 gubernatorial election, Williamson County casted 55,811 votes, which was 23.5 percent of the 237,763 registered voters. As of Friday morning, 1,761 votes had been cast in Taylor, with a high of 244 votes on Thursday Oct. 30. In 2010, the last joint general election, 10,702 early votes were cast throughout Precinct 4 for the State Representative election. For the County Commissioner’s election, 11,435 early votes were cast throughout Precinct 4. Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 4. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. As a registered voter of Williamson County you may vote at any vote center on Election Day.
The Taylor Press is seeking information for veterans to include in the Veteran’s Day special section. A complete list of veterans that are on file was listed in the Oct. 19 edition of the Taylor Press. The list can also be found at www.taylorpress.net.
Some of them are wheelchair-bound. Others are fighting a rare form of cancer. And some have learned to live with cerebral palsy. But on Saturday morning the last thing on children's minds were the illnesses or disabilities that limit them intellectually or physically. They knew that from that day forward they have a safe place to play team sports and participate in educational and character development programs.
Parents, teachers and school administrators across Texas prevailed against state attorneys when a judge ruled the state's funding of school districts as unconstitutional, inequitable and inadequate in February 2013. On Aug. 28, Judge John Dietz issued his final decision in the landmark public school financial trial once again ruling the system unconstitutional.
The Williamson County District Clerk’s Office wants to warn residents about a phone scam that was reported to that office. People have been receiving calls from someone who claims to be with law enforcement telling them that they failed to appear for jury duty. The caller is giving the name of Lt. Tommy Dawson who says he is calling on behalf of Williamson County District Clerk Lisa David. The caller further states that the person needs to report to the courthouse and is asking for them to bring specific amounts of money or an arrest warrant will be issued. District Clerk Lisa David wants to assure the public that this is not a practice that is used in Williamson County for jurors who do not appear for jury service, and she has not requested that any calls like these be made in her name.
The Taylor Press is now taking submissions for Veterans' birthdays. Beginning March 30, every Sunday edition of the Taylor Press will feature a section dedicated to saying “Happy Birthday” to local veterans. We would like you to submit the names and birthdays of veterans to us in order to give birthday wishes to those who have served our country. Please include name, age (optional), birthday, when and where they served and their branch of the military.
Thrall resident Willie Herzer waves at everyone who passes by his house on Sheldon Street, not only because he is a friendly gentlemen, but because of the life-size cutout of himself waving in his front yard. Herzer makes sure his cutout is dressed properly for the corresponding seasons. He also places various scenes throughout the year. If you ever need a smile, drive by and “Willie” will always wave at you.
The bright lights of graduation are quickly approaching, and Thrall ISD students continue to work hard. Mandated assessments TAKS and STAAR are only about one third of the way completed, and students and teachers are still hitting the books hard.
Thrall ISD has been busy preparing for tonight’s high school one-act play public performance at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.
The audience will watch “The Patchwork Quilt” which is about how a material item can prove a treasure of sorts when dealing with memory loss. It is also about a daughter living in the modern world and a mother clinging to the past.
“The actors are all high schoolers. We don’t have a theatre class. I teach Spanish and all of our rehearsals are before and after school and on weekends. We have been meeting from January, until now, three times a week, two hours each time,” said Jill Horn, one-act play director.
In addition to having the chance to perform for their parents and members of the community, the students participating in the play also have the chance to experience something different and win awards.
“They learned a lot about the theatre. Some people just like to perform. They may just do it for the intrinsic value, for the fun of being on stage and the chance to win awards. We do have one returning actress who won an all star cast award, Jewel Kruse. She plays the main character — the [elderly] lady,” Horn added.
When selecting the play, Horn was mindful of who the actors were and the audience’s preferences, in this case, the students and the community.
“I read, read, read plays that teachers and [University of Texas at Austin] students can borrow. They are plays from the UIL drama loan library. I read them for content and for the number of actors and how big the parts are to try to match up to the students that might be interested in doing this but you really have to look for content. Some of the plays are not appropriate for the community. We are always trying to look for one that’s interesting but not offensive,” explained Horn.
“I always try to keep the audience in mind. This play was written in 1924. I’m not sure about modern day but I know back in those days you were unable to sell the house unless you had filed your deed with the county. I think a lot of people in the community might remember those days. So searching for this deed was of utmost importance.”
The main character in the play feels a patchwork quilt is the only way to have some hold over her past. In this case that past is the deed to a house her husband left her that was a secret. Without the quilt, the elderly lady begins forgetting things.
Ivy Honomichel plays the elderly lady’s daughter, Anne.
“I wanted to do the play because all my friends are in it and it sounds really cool and I get a day off from school. It’s really fun because I get to dress up and be someone you’re not and it’s really cool and it’s a really good experience,” Honomichel said. “I think the play shows you that you need to be nice and understanding; that you have to give something to get something.”