Volume 032621 | March 26, 2021
Your weekly news & updates
Get to know the local candidates for elective office at the Local Candidate Forum on April 12.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a half hour for you to meet and visit one-on-one with the candidates with the forum beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The forum will be available for viewing on the Taylor Press Facebook page.
Do you have questions you would like asked?
Send an email HERE with the subject line "Question for Candidates" and we will add it to the mix of potential questions.
Local Election Information
Election Day:
Saturday, May 1
Last Day to Register to Vote:
Thursday, April 1
Early Voting:
April 19-27
Information & Education
State of Our City luncheon will be in person at Holiday Inn
We hope you will all join us at noon Monday, April 19, for a special message on the State of our City from Mayor Brandt Rydell.
This program will mark the return to in-person meetings for the Chamber's monthly luncheon.
Reservations for the meeting will cost $15. If registered prior to 5 p.m. Monday, April 12, will include a pre-packaged lunch from Thrall Country Diner. Reservations after April 12 will not include lunch.
Click HERE to register.
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Free rapid Covid tests
So far, the Chamber has saved local businesses more than $10,000 (in test costs alone) by providing free rapid Covid-19 antigen tests that have helped businesses protect their employees and stay working.
While we hope and believe the end of this virus is in sight, we are continuing to offer this service at 1519 N. Main St. for employees of its member businesses.
Please call the Chamber at 512-352-6364 to setup a time and ask those being tested to register at register.txrapidtest.org prior to their arrival.
Chamber News and Calendar

  • Thursday, April 8, 8 a.m. -- Finance: Zoom
  • Monday, April 12, 6 p.m. -- Local Candidate Forum featuring candidates for TISD Place 2 and City District 3 at the TISD Main Street Events Center, 3101 N. Main St.
  • Tuesday, April 13, 5 p.m. -- Tourism: Zoom
  • Monday. April 19, noon -- The State of Our City with Mayor Brandt Rydell is the topic for this monthly luncheon. Reservations are $15 and, if placed prior to April 12, include a lunch of Creamy Basil Chicken from Thrall Country Diner. Register HERE.
  • Wednesday, April 21, noon -- Programs & Services: Zoom
  • Thursday, April 29, 8 a.m. -- Funding: Zoom
  • Thursday, May 6, 8 a.m. -- Finance: Zoom
  • Monday, May 10, 5:15 p.m. -- Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, May 11, 5 p.m.-- Tourism: Zoom
For information on joining these or any Chamber meeting or committee, email info@taylorchamber.org.
Member announcements
How to be a smart renter
LifePark is hosting training for people who live in rental housing. This free class is limited to 10. It runs 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, April 13, 20 and 27 at Crossroads Church, 500 Carlos G. Parker. To register, contact Tiffany Price at 512-943-3300 or tiffany.price@bbtrails.org.
Chicken-fried steak dinner
Support Taylor Area Business Women by letting Captain Red's cook you a chicken-fried steak dinner. Meal pickup is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at St. James Episcopal Church. Tickets are $11 each, call Deborah Parker at 512-352-4323 for more information.
Edward Jones of Taylor is hiring
Carol VanderDys of Edward Jones is looking for a Branch Office Administrator full-time. To be considered for this position please submit a resume online at: careers.edwardjones.com Job code53557BR
Square Dancing
Square Dancing with Al Frazier invites families, couples and singles age 10 and up to a square dance party 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at Christ Fellowship Church, 1517 McLain St. Reserve you spot today! RSVP to Al Frazier, 512-632-1932 or TSCA@alfraziertx.com.
Schedule your blood donation today!
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Taylor will host a blood drive 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday April 27. To register for an appointment, call 877-724-4376 or click HERE.
Service Fair
The Rotary Club of Taylor plans to celebrate its 100th anniversary in Taylor with a Volunteer Fair designed to connect volunteer organizations and service clubs with people looking to become more involved in our community. The event is 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at The Loose Screw, 410 W. 7th St. Clubs and organizations interested should email Tia Rae Stone at tia.stone@gmail.com.
Golf Tournament
The Rotary Club of Taylor will host its annual golf tournament at noon Friday, April 9, at Mustang Creek Golf Course. Four-player teams can register for $300 (which includes a sponsorship) and sponsorships without teams are $100.
Find more information about registration HERE and sponsorship HERE. To learn more, email Austin Brown at AustinBrownSales@gmail.com.