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Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 2:34pm

The Elgin Arts Association holds annual events to showcase artists in and around Elgin. The Pearls of Youth Art Show for young artists is held in the spring.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 2:18pm

National Guard soldiers will be back in Bastrop this week as part of a regional multi-day competition.

News

Bastrop County’s vaccination program will soon be in new hands after an agreement was approved with a private company at last Monday’s Bastrop County Commissioners Court meeting.

During their most recent meeting on April 26, the Bastrop County Commissioners Court approved a new parks master plan for the next decade and learned about two new initiatives by Acadian Ambulance.

 

Master plan for county parks approved

Bastrop County’s system of parks and open space now has an updated plan for the next ten years.

National Guard soldiers will be back in Bastrop this week as part of a regional multi-day competition.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors unanimously voted during its April meeting to return $4.7 million in capital credits to member-owners of the cooperative. Beginning in May, Bluebonnet’s members will receive a credit on their electric bill for their share of $4.7 million in capital credits, a $500,000 increase over last year.

Sports

May 4, 2021 - 15:17

The Co-District champion Elgin Lady Cats softball added another title to the 2020-21 season team: bi-district champions. Elgin shut out the Liberal Arts & Science Academy (LASA) 10-0 to advance to the area round this past weekend.

Emma Neidig pitched five innings for the Lady Cats. She struck out 11 while surrendering just two hits.

The McDade High School track and field team returned home from regionals at Clear Creek ISD in Houston with great success.

Bulldog student-athletes put on great performances while setting personal and school records along the way.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Elgin High School's Purple Diamonds team were not able to have their usual Farewell Banquet for 2020-21. However, the Purple Diamonds' Booster Club were able to give them a small breakfast banquet with awards, food and surprise gifts for the seniors, wishing them great success in their new chapter.

Bastrop falls to fifth in the district and will just miss the playoffs this season. The Bears fell behind early and were unable to regain focus as they fell again to the Manor Mustangs last Tuesday 6-2, concluding their season.

Manor jumped out to a 4-0 lead to open the game, giving up three consecutive singles in the inning.

Opinions

Apr 27, 2021 - 12:35

Thirty-five years ago, baseball committed their "sin of pride," by banning for life Pete Rose, the best player who ever played the game. This mean and arrogant gesture was supposed to protect the "integrity of the game."

Baseball, in its arrogance, never relented. Mr. Rose is still banned. Why? Only because they had the power to do it!

As a recent new resident of Texas and Elgin, I'd like to share a couple of my thoughts after having been here eight months.

First of all, thank you for the "Best of the Best" supplement. Being new to Texas and new to Elgin, it's been very difficult to find out about goods and services in our community. We need to keep our tax dollars here to support our community.

The rural communities we serve in Bastrop County are a short drive from Interstate 10 and Interstate 35. Residents, businesses, farmers, and law enforcement officers rely on those regional and statewide highways to visit family and customers, ship supplies and products, and keep the area safe.

We hope you all had a safe and happy Easter break. It has been a challenging few months but spring in Central Texas is the best! Our hope and optimism is high for good things ahead!

Obituaries

May 4, 2021 - 11:06

Daniel Vann Burke, 78, of Buda, passed away Thursday afternoon, April 29, 2021. He is survived by his wife Paula A. Burke.  Inurnment will be private.  Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.

May 4, 2021 - 11:05

Edith Virginia Cox Wilkins, 87, of Elgin, Texas, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021.  She was born on December 10, 1933 in Mason, Texas.

May 4, 2021 - 11:03

Margy Ray Woods, 97, of Elgin, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 27, 2021.  Inurnment will be private.  Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.

May 4, 2021 - 11:02

Peggy Jack, 79, of Elgin, passed away Friday, April 30, 2021.  Services are pending at this time.  Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.