Claire Osborn, Austin American-Statesman

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Recent articles by Claire:

Williamson County coronavirus cases rise by 6 to 636

Williamson County reported six new confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 636.Twenty-five people have → Read More

Protest in Georgetown against police brutality set for Wednesday afternoon

A Black Lives Matter and police brutality protest is scheduled in Georgetown on Wednesday.The protest will begin at 1 p.m. in front of the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main St.."This is to unify the community we cherish and love, so we can build for a better future to come," said a Georgetown Events Facebook post about the protest."Please keep in mind, looting and vandalism will not be… → Read More

UPDATE: ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters rally in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN -- More than 200 people are marching around the Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown in a peaceful "Black Lives Matter" protest of the death of George Floyd and the treatment of black people by police.Christine Mann, a Democratic congressional candidate, told the crowd to urge their legislators for legal changes to combat police brutality. Protesters are chanting "No justice. No… → Read More

Williamson County OKs $40 million for cities, health groups, businesses for coronavirus costs

GEORGETOWN The Williamson County commissioners have approved spending $40 million in federal funds to help cities, businesses, the Williamson County and → Read More

Williamson County reopens its offices; judge comments on George Floyd’s death

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell started a news conference about county offices reopening on Monday with a statement about George Floyd’s death. → Read More

Williamson County reports 23rd known coronavirus death

Williamson County reported its 23rd death from a known coronavirus case on Friday. The county also reported eight new cases of confirmed coronavirus, → Read More

Taylor allows alcohol consumption on its downtown streets

Want to drink some beer or wine while strolling on Taylor’s downtown streets? Now you can thanks to an ordinance passed by the City Council this week.The temporary law allows adults to hang out on the area’s broad sidewalks and sip those alcoholic beverages.The ordinance, which was approved unanimously on Wednesday, will help businesses attract customers while maintaining social distancing… → Read More

Police: Man found dead in back seat of car in Taylor parking lot

A dead man was found in the back seat of a car in a parking lot in Taylor on Friday morning, police said. He has not yet been positively identified, said → Read More

Williamson County reports 21st death from known coronavirus case

Williamson County reported its 21st death from a known coronavirus case on Friday. The county also reported eight new cases of confirmed coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 528.A total of 298 people have recovered from known coronavirus in the county.The 21st person who died was from Round Rock, according to statistics provided from the Williamson County and Cities Health… → Read More

Williamson County issues more than $15 million in small business grants

Williamson County has issued more than $15 million in grants to small businesses as of Thursday. The Wilco Forward grant program was started on May 6 to → Read More

Confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 7 in Williamson County for total of 520

Williamson Country reported seven new confirmed cases on Thursday, bringing its total number of cases to 520.Twenty people have died from known coronavirus in the county and 292 people have recovered, officials said.Round Rock has the most confirmed cases in the county with 254, including 17 people who have died and 111 people who have recovered.Georgetown had the second- highest number of known… → Read More

Williamson County ends local coronavirus disaster declaration

The Williamson County Commissioners Court has ended the county’s local disaster declaration over the coronavirus pandemic. The declaration started March 14 and ended Tuesday.“It is time for Williamson County to stand again and to grow in a way that leads our nation,” County Judge Bill Gravell said in a news release Wednesday.The Commissioners Court also approved a plan to allow the public access… → Read More

Preliminary report: Williamson County has $6.2 billion increase in taxable property in 2020

Williamson County has a $6.21 billion increase in taxable property value in 2020, according to a preliminary report by County Appraiser Alvin Lankford.The → Read More

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Williamson County rise by 12 for total of 513

Williamson County reported 12 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the county’s total to 513.Twenty people have died from known → Read More

UPDATE: Round Rock police make arrest, lift warning to neighborhood residents

Update 11:10 a.m.: Round Rock police arrested a person they were searching for near the intersection of Woodland Lane and Meandering Way on Wednesday, → Read More

Commissioners sue Williamson County sheriff over return of ‘Live PD’

The Williamson County commissioners filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Sheriff Robert Chody over his refusal to end an agreement he made without their permission allowing the “Live PD” television show to again film deputies on their daily patrols.The show, which is aired on the A&E Network, has been filming in the county since March.The commissioners voted 4-0 on Tuesday to approve the filing of… → Read More

Sheriff: Person shot after attacking detective serving warrant in Liberty Hill area

The Williamson County sheriff’s office is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Monday in the Liberty Hill area, an official said. → Read More

Police: Round Rock woman hit daughter with handsaw

A Round Rock woman is accused of hitting her 13-year-old daughter on the hand and thigh with a handsaw, according to an arrest affidavit released Friday. → Read More

Man pointed gun at off-duty officer in road rage case near Thrall, authorities say

An Elgin man is accused of pointing a gun at an off-duty Austin police officer during a road rage incident on U.S. 79 near Thrall in eastern Williamson → Read More

Williamson County OKs funds for antibody tests, protective equipment for election sites

Williamson County commissioners on Tuesday approved money for antibody tests for first responders and protective equipment for election sites and the → Read More