Monthly Archives: October 2013

WILLIAMSON COUNTY EVACUATES HOMES IN EAST ROUND ROCK/HUTTO AREA – Roads Closed Due to High Water

WilcoOctober 31, 2013 (Williamson County, TX) – Williamson County Office of Emergency Management has issued voluntary evacuations of homes in the east Round Rock/Hutto area due to water rising along Brushy Creek.  The City of Hutto has set up temporary shelters at Hutto Middle School, 1005 Exchange Blvd., for approximately 16 homes evacuated along CR 123 and north of Brushy Creek.  For homes south of Brushy Creek along Riverwalk, 58 contacts were called to evacuate and are asked to go to Pflugerville High School, 1301 W. Pecan, Pflugerville.

In addition, approximately 14 residents along CR 129 have been evacuated.  People north of the Brushy Creek can seek shelter at the Hutto Middle School.  People south of Brushy Creek can go to the Pflugerville High School.

The Williamson County Unified Road System announces the following roads are closed due to high water on Thursday, October 31, at 2:00 a.m.  For updated road closure information, check the county website at www.wilcogov.org.

C.R. 123, CR 137, 685 at Brushy Creek, FM 1660 south of Hwy. 79, CR 152 @ Amasia, CR 398, CR 122, CR 110, Brushy Creek Road, Brushy Bend Road and RM 620 at Shady Lane.

To view a map of closed roads, click here.

The following tips should be followed when flooding is possible:

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown
  • Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, or local news for the latest weather information.
  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground.
  • Get out of areas subject to flooding.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing.
  • Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.



  • Meet the Candidates – Tim Worthy

    [Editor’s Note: The oddly-named, Coupland Water Supply Corporation, which collects and processes Coupland’s waste-water (sewage), is holding an election for Directors. Details were mailed to all members of the system. Five people are running for four places. The Coupland Times is happy to  share information from each candidate. Information may be emailed to {This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}. Please submit a photograph.]

    Submitted by Tim Worthy:

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    Tim and Rufus

    Dear Coupland Water Supply Corporation Owners

    ( You own this sewer system)

    I would like to introduce myself, I am Tim Worthy, My wife and I own the Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall and have done so for over 20 years.

    I was on the original board of directors to build, and install this sewer system apx. 17 years ago. This system was built with grant money and tax money from Williamson County for the community of Coupland.

    The Coupland Water Supply Corporation’s sole duty was to oversee and maintain the sewer system. Manville Water Supply Corporation has nothing to do with this system except the billing because they have access to the meters.

    My goal if you vote for me is to lower the sewer rates and connection fees to affordable rates and to maintain the system with your help. Remember this is YOUR system! At the present time you are paying $7.00 per 1,000 gallons of wastewater and a $5,000.00 fee to connect to your existing sewer system.

    I would appreciate your vote.

    Sincerely yours,

    Tim Worthy

    Your canidate for your board

    If you have any questions please feel free to call me. Thanks

     




  • Coupland Civic Organization Joins Taylor Chamber of Commerce

    On October 23, the Coupland Civic Organization and the Taylor Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the CCO joining the Chamber as a non-profit organization. The Chamber provides its members services such as publicizing their events.

    Thomas Martinez, president of the Chamber, and Barbara Piper, CCO president, made brief remarks to the group. Barbara actually cut the wide green ribbon with a pair of giant scissors. Several other representatives of the Chamber attended, as well as some CCO board members and other community members.

    The Coupland Civic Organization (CCO) celebrated ribbon-cutting ceremonies with the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce this week. Participating were (front row, from left) Cole Kennedy, Caitlin Kennedy, Susan Schmidt, CCO President Barbara Piper, Brenda Witbrodt, Janie Czimskey, Susan Garry, Becky Sutton, and Sandra Wernli. Also in attendance were Jack Piper, Cole Barton, Buz Garry, Susan Garry, Don Wernli, Mike Schneider, and Marianne Schneider. Representing the chamber were Chamber President Thomas Martinez, Tim Tebeau, and ambassadors Joe Burgess, Pat O’Brien, and board members Isabella Tebeau (Eulenfeld Interiors) and Nancci Maloney.

    The Coupland Civic Organization (CCO) celebrated ribbon-cutting ceremonies with the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce this week. Participating were (front row, from left) Cole Kennedy, Caitlin Kennedy, Susan Schmidt, CCO President Barbara Piper, Brenda Witbrodt, Janie Czimskey, Susan Garry, Becky Sutton, and Sandra Wernli. Also in attendance were Jack Piper, Cole Barton, Buz Garry, Susan H. Garry, Don Wernli, Mike Schneider, and Marianne Schneider. Representing the chamber were Chamber President Thomas Martinez, Tim Tebeau, and ambassadors Joe Burgess, Pat O’Brien, and board members Isabella Tebeau (Eulenfeld Interiors) and Nancci Maloney.

     




  • This Week at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland – Kirchenfest!

    Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

    Sunday at St. Peter’s on the hill is “kirchenfest” which locally means “Confirmation Reunions.” Several special classes have been invited and will be recognized.

    Normally, Kirchenfest in Germany, and in some other church settings globally, means extraordinary showcasing of mission. The lesson contrasts the “self satisfied” Pharisee with the poor unfortunate beggar/sinner whom Jesus lifts up for his faith expression and focus. The lesson and the literal interpretation of such a lesson as took place in the witness of the new Pope Francis this week make a striking backdrop to what in the liturgical church calendar is REFORMATION Sunday. That makes it a RED LETTER day recognizing the work of the Spirit to call us to a deeper sense of church and faithfulness in ministry as the people of God. What an apt summons for a church on the bridge toward its future!

    The following is from the church newsletter for October, “The Voice on the Hill:”

    Following church services, our annual Kerchenfest will take place, recognizing confirmands from 25, 50 and 60 years ago (1988, 1963, 1953). A list of names can be found on page 5. There will be a turkey luncheon after worship and a raffle for a special, heirloom queen-sized quilt. The quilt, “Loving Leaves” created in beautiful fall colors, was originally donated by Bill Albert. The top was pieced anonymously, and then lovingly hand quilted by the ladies in the St. John’s UCC Church quilting group in Burton. Raffle tickets will be $5 each or five for $20 and the funds will support parsonage improvements and repairs which will be needed prior to occupancy by our new pastor. Join us for food and fellowship!

    Readings:

    Joel 2:23-32

    Psalm 65

    2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 2

    Luke 18:9-14

    One of the hand-carved, wooden scripture plaques in the sanctuary.

    One of the hand-carved, wooden scripture plaques in the sanctuary.

     




  • Calling All Kids! Friday is Play Day at the Playground!

    If you have kids that love playing with other kids, meet us at the St. Peter’s Church playground with your kids tomorrow (Friday) from noon to 2 PM! I’ll be there with my granddaughter, our picnic lunch, and a basket of sidewalk chalk.

    St. Peter’s Church has granted permission to an informal group of local caregivers of young children to have access to the Fellowship Hall restroom and be able to use the building for indoor group activities when the weather makes outside activities impractical.

    This activity is not being sponsored by St. Peter’s Church. They are simply allowing the community to have access to the facility. This is not a drop-off service or a Mother’s Day Out type of activity. Caregivers are responsible for their own kids.

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    Bring games or arts & crafts activities to share. You don’t have to show up right at noon. A keyholder will be there for sure from noon to 2 PM.

    The schedule will probably change from time to time according to the season or church activities but it will always be announced in advance. Right now it is Mondays and Fridays from noon to 2 PM. We hope more parents will join us. It would be great to be able to add Wednesdays also!

    Even if you don’t have young kids at home, maybe you know someone who does. Please forward this story to them. If you have any questions, post a comment to this story and I will get back to you as soon as possible!




  • Trunk or Treat: Coupland Civic Organization Halloween Party

    Submitted by Jennifer Dollins:

    The Coupland Civic Organization will host its annual Halloween party on Thursday, October 31, 6:30 p.m., at the Depot. The party will be “Trunk or Treat”–cars will be parked around the Depot, with their trunks open and decorated, with candy inside. The children will “trick or treat” going from trunk to trunk to gather up their candy, plus there will be refreshments in the Depot.

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  • Be the Best Bean Counter You Can Be!

    I am conducting a series of financial literacy classes with the support of St. Peter’s Church of Coupland. The main topics are budgeting, asset-building, credit & credit repair, and first-time home-buying. Attendees get free copies of Quicken for Windows, while supplies last. The first class will be held on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 PM.

    The following article appeared in the October issue of “The Voice on the Hill,” the  newsletter of St. Peter’s Church:

    Attention everyone who is interested in taking control of their financial life: HELP IS ON THE WAY!

    Mr. Stewart Dale Spencer, M.A. in Developmental and Adult Education, will be offering a Financial Literacy Series beginning with what he calls his “Bean Budget Class (or How to Squeeze More Beans out of Your Budget!)” beginning on Tuesday, October 22nd from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the downstairs Conference Room at St. Peter’s Church. Stewart has been teaching finances, and many other related subjects, for many years to groups of all levels and will be bringing his expertise to Coupland to share with our community. No need to RSVP, just come ready to learn! There is not a cost associated with the class but donations will be accepted.

    Stewart says, “What you don’t know can hurt you. Too many people today have grown up with very little knowledge of how our financial system works. Powerful Money Masters control key elements of the financial game. If you don’t know the rules, you can’t play the game very well. The stakes of this game are high. Your future and that of your children and grandchildren are on the line. Let me help you become a money master in your own right. Learn how to control your expenses, how to better manage your income, how credit works and how you can make yours better, how to build assets on your current income, and the pros and cons of homeownership as well as alternative paths to homeownership.”

     

    Kali says, "My P-Pop is teaching me about real money!" (Okay, I made that up. After all, she's only three but someday she will understand. You don't have to wait so long. Come and learn what everyone used to know!)

    Kali says, “My P-Pop is teaching me about real money!” (Okay, I made that up. After all, she’s only three but someday she will understand. You don’t have to wait so long. Come and learn what everyone used to know!)