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Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 5:30pm

More than storm debris is being picked up this week.

Elgin’s first of four bulk trash pickups this year is this week. Limb pickup is still ongoing in separate operations.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 4:57pm

The loss of the Civil War meant the loss of property and citizenship for some and newfound freedom for others.


AUSTIN — A suspect wanted in an apparent double homicide has been captured in Austin.

The Elgin Police Department released this statement late Friday afternoon, March 31.

Mar 30, 2023 - 01:22

MCDADE — Meetings begin Thursday with information about three important items on the May ballot.  

On March 30 at 6 p.m., McDade Independent School District will discuss its upcoming bond election with residents. The meeting will be at the McDade High School gym on Marlin Street. Two more meetings will be on April 6 and 13. 

BASTROP — Space-faring ventures have caused local stir on Earth.

Residents filled a hotel to max capacity March 21 to voice questions and concern on water and wastewater permits related to SpaceX and The Boring Company facilities being built near Bastrop. Representatives from the companies and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality responded to the queries at the TCEQ meeting.

BASTROP — SpaceX and another Elon Musk company has launch plans for Bastrop County, but rockets won’t be filling local skies.

Satellite user terminals and The Boring Company are part of the intended 521,521 square-foot facility planned at 816 FM 1209 in Bastrop. Residents learned brief details about the facility during a Texas Commission of Environmental Quality meeting March 21.


SMITHVILLE – Down 9-8 in the bottom of the seventh with runners on second and third, Lady Tigers junior Raini Stanley stepped into a pitch that soared all the way to the wall before hitting the ground and scoring the winning run.

The Lady Tigers fought back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the La Grange Lady Leopards 10-9 last week at home. 

The Elgin Lady Wildcats took on the Pflugerville Panthers Friday, March 24, and picked up their fifth district win of the season.

The Lady Cats would walk away with a 3-1 win over the Panthers, but things seemed uncertain ntil the fifth inning.

The Elgin Wildcats varsity baseball team took on the Pflugerville Connally Cougars in a two-game series last week Tuesday, March 21 and Friday, March 24, to pick up back-to-back district wins.

The two teams split the opportunity to have home field advantage, with the Cougars having the honors during the first matchup.

Mar 28, 2023 - 12:47

CEDAR CREEK – The Bastrop LadyBears gave the Cedar Creek Lady Eagles a crash landing on the softball field on Friday, March 24, in a district matchup.

Now tied for fourth place in district, the Lady Bears took the 14-0 win in stride as they are currently in a playoff spot.


Feb 14, 2023 - 13:52

Dear Editor,

I have heard through the Elgin recycling dropoff "grapevine" that our precinct location will be eliminated.  I have written to our county commissioner, David Glass, to urge reconsideration if 

indeed this is true.

Jan 31, 2023 - 15:54

Michael Young and his family gave their name to Young’s Settlement and Perryville at Hogeye when the post office was established in 1849. 

Nov 22, 2022 - 12:48

We are all guilty of faking gratitude to God and to others.

To Bastrop County Voters,


Mar 28, 2023 - 16:18

Weldon Gene Vincent, 68, of Elgin, passed away Friday, March 24, 2023.

Services are currently pending.

Arrangements and care entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.

Mar 28, 2023 - 16:17

Enrique “Rick” Casales Jr. passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, March 22, 2023.

Rick was the son of Maria Estela Casales and the late Enrique Casales. He had two sisters, Martha Casales and the late Laura Blue.

Mar 21, 2023 - 12:14

Mell V. Waters, 85, of Elgin, passed away Tuesday evening, March 14, 2023.  

She will lie in state Monday, March 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Elgin Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 21, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Elgin, with Pastor Jason Huddleston presiding.  Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.  

Mar 21, 2023 - 12:13

Theodore L. Schneider, 89, of Elgin, sadly passed away on March 16, 2023.

A graveside service will be held at the Elgin Cemetery on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at 10 a.m.

Arrangements entrusted to Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home.