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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 12:00am

In a ceremony Wednesday afternoon, November 18, in front of City Hall, Judge Larry Dunne (left), Justice of the Peace for Bastrop County Precinct 4, swore in Ron Ramirez (right) as the new mayor of Elgin. The event was attended by many of the Ramirez family and some city staff members.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 12:00am

The burn ban order in Bastrop County has been extended through December 14.


The City of Elgin celebrated the opening of new playground, fitness equipment, walking trail, and parking areas funded by St. David’s Foundation and the City of Elgin in Elgin Memorial Park

Nov 25, 2020 - 00:00

An inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution of Bastrop, a low-security facility on Highway 95 between Bastrop and Elgin, died last week due to COVID-19.

The burn ban order in Bastrop County has been extended through December 14.

McDade Independent School District officials announced that the district received a rating of “A” for Superior Achievement” under Texas’ School FIRST financial accountability rating system. The “Superior Achievement” rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of McDade ISD’s financial management and reporting system.


Why would this game be any more important than other contests earlier in the season?

In a game that was evenly matched through the first three periods, the Lady Cats (0-1) were not able to keep up the pace in quarter 4, losing a hard fought match against the Lady Rattlers of Navasota (1-0) 54-45, on Saturday, November 21.

It was a tough week for the boys’ basketball team.

The Elgin Youngs 9U baseball team are small town heroes in a big time league. The Young Guns fought a hard battle Saturday in pool play going 1-1, just to turn it around on Sunday winning three straight games in bracket to secure the USSSA Fall State tournament championship. These boys love the game and know that hard work pays off. The Young Guns are currently the number one 9U team in the state and nation.


What is an ESD? ESD stands for Emergency Services District. Bastrop/Travis Counties ESD No. 1 is one of these districts. It is a government entity. The district is the financial arm for the Elgin and McDade Fire Departments and the Medical First Responder unit. The ESD is not a part of the school district or the City of Elgin. The B/TC ESD is one of just a few located in more than one county. The multi-county districts’ boards of commissioners are elected by voters of the counties they are in. A district located in just one county has its commissioners appointed by the county commissioners of that county. Please read the following information about the value ESDs in the state provide. —Bastrop/Travis Counties ESD No. 1

Oct 28, 2020 - 00:00

In my smallish Kentucky hometown, being known as “Sarge’s Son” (Him: USMC Ret.) enabled me to be hired as a church janitor.

1. It paid $50 a month, good money for an 18-year-old in the 60’s.

2. I worked every week.

3. No dissembling.

But times were simpler then.


David Phillips

McDade, Texas

Fresh air, clean water, beautiful views and treasured wildlife—these are things we need to lead healthy and happy lives. They make up our natural heritage that is uniquely Texas. Luckily, there are tools available to protect these values, and in a state with over 95% of land privately-owned, conservation easements are one of the best tools available.

The idea behind a high-speed bullet train connecting Houston and Austin is a promising idea, but falls short of being a realistic project. Texas Central Railroad estimates the timeline to build the railroad to take six years and $20 billion. The heftiest toll will not be just on the taxpayers, but the landowners fighting to keep their property out of the hands of the railroad.


Nov 25, 2020 - 00:00

Cynthia Lynn Cottle, age 74, of Elgin, Texas passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Nov 25, 2020 - 00:00

Emiliano Zapata Navarrette, 45, of Manor, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020. The service will be private. Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.

Nov 25, 2020 - 00:00

Tracie Sandifer Poche, 96, of Georgetown, formerly of Adina, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, November 22, 2020. Tracie was born March 11, 1924, in Adina, TX to Chester and Ethel Sandifer.

Nov 25, 2020 - 00:00

Amelia Cardiel Vizcarra, 91, of Elgin, Texas, peacefully went to her heavenly home on Sunday, November 22, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.