Category Archives: Breaking News

The Voting Machines Have Spoken

The two sales tax issues on the ballot for the City of Coupland passed easily with 81% of 37 Coupland voters approving a 1% sales tax in city limits and 84% approving a ¼% sales tax, earmarked for road maintenance.

It's going to be a while before the city coffer looks like this.

It’s going to be a while before the city coffer looks like this.

 

The Williamson County bond proposals also passed with 64% of about 29,000 Williamson County voters approving the sale of road bonds and 55% approving the sale of park bonds. Keep in mind that the county isn’t obligated to spend the money on the proposed projects. See the related story: Funding Essential Government Functions With Bonds

You can get info on all the elections results, including the state constitutional amendments, here: Election Results

 

 

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.

Flash Flood Warning Includes Coupland

Issued by The National Weather Service
Austin/San Antonio, TX

Sat, Sep 28, 2013, 11:16 PM CDT

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN AUSTIN SAN ANTONIO HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR… EXTREME NORTH CENTRAL BASTROP COUNTY… NORTHWESTERN LEE COUNTY… EAST CENTRAL TRAVIS COUNTY… SOUTHEASTERN WILLIAMSON COUNTY…

* UNTIL 200 AM CDT.

* AT 1110 PM CDT… NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORM CELLS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL TRAINING OVER THE SAME AREA FROM NEAR PHFLUGERVILLE TO COUPLAND. RAINFALL RATES OF OVER TWO INCHES PER HOUR WERE INDICATED IN THIS CLUSTER OF STORMS. IN ADDITION A COCORAHS OBSERVER REPORTED OVER 3 INCHES OF RAIN HAD FALLEN WITHIN THIS CLUSTER 4 NORTHEAST OF PFLUGERVILLE.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE… PFLUGERVILLE… TAYLOR… WINDEMERE… COUPLAND… MANOR AND THRALL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

WHEN WATER COVERS THE ROAD… TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN. THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN.

Caboose Restoration Takes Baby Steps

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Late this morning, I spoke with Rosie Hanes of Robert Hanes construction. They are replacing the wood on the steps and the platform of the historic caboose, which sits by the Coupland Depot Museum. She expects that the new material will be installed today and painted tomorrow.

This is Phase One of the restoration, which was necessary for reasons of safety since so many people were standing on the caboose for portraits.

If you want to help make the complete restoration happen, plan to attend Choo-choo Fest 2013 on August 11 at the Old Coupland Dancehall & Tavern! Get more information on the Coupland Civic Organization website.

News About the Lone Star Rail District (Updated)

UPDATE – HERE IS A BETTER STORY: DERAILED! Georgetown City Council Votes To End Participation In Lone Star Rail District

new_logoGeorgetown might back out of the Lone Star Rail District. Here is an excerpt from a story that appeared in the Austin-American Statesman on June 20:

Georgetown has been paying an annual $50,000 membership fee since 2006, but a majority of the city council decided last week to put together a resolution to cancel the membership. They will vote whether to pass the resolution at their next regular meeting on Tuesday.

If you don’t have a copy of the Statesman available, you can get more of the story on the Austin-Amercian Statesman’s premium website called statesman.com: Georgetown might pull out of Lone Star Rail District

Click here to go to the Lone Star Rail District’s website for their perspective on the need for such rail service.

Thank you to Susan Garry for bringing this to my attention.  – Stewart Dale Spencer

Teen Dance at the Old Coupland Inn & Dancehall Thursday Night!

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Spread the word! From the Old Coupland Inn’s Facebook page:

Teen night starts this Thursday from 7 to 11pm, cover is $8.00 and there will be dance lessons available, free of charge!!!!!

 

 

The restaurant will be opened to the public on these nights as well. Be sure to support this if you want it to continue!!!! Call 431-9584 for questions. You don’t need your parents to be here on this night. Proper attire is required, no daisy dukes!