It’s unanimous: So much to be thankful for in Round Rock

  • November 25, 2015

  • By Will Hampton

  • Posted In: The Quarry
city council members

We’re thankful for our remarkable City Council. From left are George White, Place 2; Craig Morgan, Place 1; Frank Leffingwell, Place 3; Mayor Alan McGraw; Writ Baese, Place 5; Kris Whitfield, Place 6; and Will Peckham, Place 4

We feel pretty blessed to call Round Rock home. There’s a lot to be thankful for here. We live in one of the safest communities in the nation, we’ve got great schools, and our library and parks are regularly honored for excellence.

Sure, there are tough issues to confront — traffic tops the list, no doubt — but we’ve got a City Council that’s focused on thoughtful solutions, with an eye to the future and how to make this place even better.

So we thought it appropriate to ask them what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Mayor Alan McGraw

I’m thankful for a wonderful family, some amazing friends, and a thriving community to call home. I’m thankful to live in a place where we can come together to work, play, learn, and worship, but still celebrate the differences that we share. Looking around the nation and world, I can’t think of any place I’d rather be than right here in Round Rock! And for that, I am very thankful!

Councilmember Craig Morgan

First and foremost I am thankful for God. I am also thankful for my family and friends. Finally, I am so grateful for our citizens who make Round Rock the great place it is.

Mayor Pro-Tem/Councilmember George White

I am very thankful that of all the places that my wife and I have lived we found Round Rock almost 18 years ago. What a welcoming city and what a joy to watch it grow and prosper.

Councilmember Frank Leffingwell

This year I am thankful to have the love and support of my family and friends and to live, work, and worship in Round Rock.

Councilmember Will Peckham

I am thankful for a healthy family.

Councilmember Writ Baese

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my family and friends. I am looking forward to spending some time with them this week. I am also thankful for all the great neighbors we have that make Round Rock our home.  It’s their hard work that has made our community the great place it is.

Councilmember Kris Whitfield

I am so thankful for my family and friends. Also, to live in a community that embraces one another as family.

‘Tis the season to Shop the Rock

  • November 23, 2015

  • By Will Hampton

  • Posted In: The Quarry

Want better roads? How about better parks? If your answer is yes, you’ll want to  Shop the Rock this holiday season. Head over to the outlets and buy those shoes, or venture downtown for lunch. It doesn’t matter if you are shopping, dining or getting a haircut – your dollars are helping to pay it forward and build our community . What makes this […]

Smart Controllers

Now is the time of year to think about turning off your sprinkler system, if you haven’t already.  Remember, it’s about to be winter, plants go dormant, we’re having regular rainfall, cooler temps… you know all this. So, it may seem like a strange time to think about sprinklers, but I wanted to see if […]

Seven reasons the Round Rock Public Library will never go extinct

  • November 20, 2015

  • By Will Hampton

  • Posted In: The Quarry

In honor of #Dinovember  (and we highly recommend you click that link before proceeding), we’ve asked our local dinosaur friends to help us count down the reasons why the Round Rock Public Library  is so valuable to our community. (Just don’t tell them Round Rock High School’s mascot is the dragon!) The Library offers “dino-mic” programming for all ages — from infants to entrepreneurs. Check […]

New fire stations, by the numbers

  • November 16, 2015

  • By Will Hampton

  • Posted In: The Quarry

The City did a two-fer on Monday, breaking ground  at one site for two new fire stations. Here are some numbers that tell the story: The two most important are 6 and 90. As in, the new stations will help the Fire Department achieve its goal of responding within six minutes to 90 percent of its emergency calls. The response time is key to saving […]

Images of remembrance

  • November 13, 2015

  • By Will Hampton

  • Posted In: The Quarry

Honor, patriotism and pride were on display at the  Veteran’s Day ceremony at Veterans Park earlier this week. These images tell most of the story. If you haven’t been to the park and seen the Veterans Monument , take a few minutes and do so. It’s on the banks of Brushy Creek in an area many of us believe to be the most beautiful […]

We remember

  • November 9, 2015

  • By Will Hampton

  • Posted In: The Quarry

Veteran’s Day is this Wednesday. Round Rock will mark the holiday with a ceremony at Veterans Park , where we dedicated a new monument earlier this year. If you’re not familiar with the memorial, know this: The monument was built by the City as a place of honor and remembrance for all who are serving or have served to […]

My water bill is how much??

I know I have heard this too many times this summer, “there’s NO WAY I used this much water!”  “It’s impossible!”  “The meter must be wrong,” or some version of  “the City isn’t really reading the meters, but estimating.”  Well, let me tell you, it IS possible to use a lot of water (I’m talking […]

Art is where you find it. And you’ll find a bunch of it in Downtown

  • November 6, 2015

  • By Will Hampton

  • Posted In: The Quarry

If you haven’t been paying attention, you may not have noticed. But it’s true. The arts are rockin’ in Round Rock. And especially in Downtown. Scot Wilkinson, the City’s Arts Director, has done an amazing job in his three short years here in Round Rock. But one of his earliest successes was the installation of sculptures at various locations Downtown. […]

Downtown comes to life on Dia de Los Muertos

  • November 3, 2015

  • By Will Hampton

  • Posted In: The Quarry

One of our community’s newest and bestest events, Dia de los Muertos , will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Prete Plaza on Main Street. If you’re unfamiliar with Dia, it’s a Mesoamerican holiday dedicated to ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. There’s music, dancing, sugar skulls , and sweet remembrance. And it’s Downtown , so what’s not to […]