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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 11:51am

The Elgin City Council continues to discuss borrowing funds to work on a list of proposed capital improvement projects.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 11:48am

The wildfire in central Bastrop County near Highway 21, called the Cassel Way Fire, was completely contained as of last Tuesday evening.


The community of Elgin was saddened by heartbreak this week after losing a high school senior, a former high school student and her mother.

Supporters of Bastrop death row inmate Rodney Reed gathered at the Kerr Community Center on Saturday evening in preparation for an upcoming hearing.

County officials will soon begin figuring out how to spend about $17 million in federal stimulus funds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Elgin City Council continues to discuss borrowing funds to work on a list of proposed capital improvement projects.


The Elgin baseball team reeled off their eighth straight win on Saturday, taking down Pflugerville Connally for the second time in a week. The Wildcats had beaten Connally 8-4 on Tuesday and blanked the Cougars this weekend 9-0.

Hannah Reiley came up a triple shy of the cycle as her performance propelled the Lady Cats past Pflugerville Weiss last Tuesday in a slugfest 15-11.

Elgin tennis athletes recently competed at regionals.

Photo courtesy of Elgin Athletic Booster Club

Apr 20, 2021 - 11:57

Photos courtesy of Smithville Lady Tigers


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!

There is a growing consensus among Republicans in Texas that the time for action on climate change is now.


Apr 20, 2021 - 11:44

Juan “John” Flores, age 75, of Elgin, passed away April 12, 2021 at his home in Elgin.

Apr 20, 2021 - 11:43

J. Jesus Casillas Oliva, 63, of Elgin, Texas, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021.  He is survived by his wife, Maria E.

Apr 20, 2021 - 11:42

Mario Alberto Hernandez Arvizu, 36, of Manor, passed away suddenly, Friday, April 16, 2021.  He is survived by his wife, Anna Maria.  Family and Friends will gather for visitation, Friday, April 23rd from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM and will recite the Holy Rosary at 7:00 PM.  A Celebration of Christian Funeral Mass will be conducted at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Elgin, Saturday, Apri

Apr 20, 2021 - 11:41

Sylvia Northrup, age 68, of Austin, Texas, passed away on April 14, 2021.

She is survived by her brother, Michael Gallard, her sister, Gloria Gonzalez, her friend, Juan Gonzales, and numerous nieces, nephews, and family members.

Services will be private.

Arrangements entrusted to Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home.