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Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 2:16pm

The Elgin City Council approved an agreement regarding a 772-home residential development next to Neidig Elementary School during their meeting on June 7.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 2:15pm

Bil and Mary Jane Kahanek are the Parade Marshals for this year's McDade Watermelon Festival.

News

Jun 22, 2022 - 10:16

A recent filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality shows that rocket company SpaceX seems to have plans in Bastrop County.

The Elgin City Council approved an agreement regarding a 772-home residential development next to Neidig Elementary School during their meeting on June 7.

Jun 14, 2022 - 12:45

Bastrop County is under a burn ban as of Monday afternoon that is planned to last through the beginning of August.

Sports

A new bench commemorating a piece of Elgin history was unveiled on Main Street on Wednesday, May 18.

The bench is dedicated to the Brickyard Boys, a group of Elgin High School students who overcame all odds to form a golf team and make it all the way to state in 1959 and 1960.

Elgin High School head baseball coach Edward Stringer was hired to fill the same position at Hutto High School last Wednesday, the coach reported to the Courier.

To this point, he has spent his entire teaching and coaching career in Elgin.

On the afternoon of May 4, Bastrop High School hosted a signing day ceremony for six Bear and Lady Bear student-athletes who will be taking their careers to the collegiate level this fall.

The Elgin High School football program got its 2022 campaign underway last Friday evening with an intrasquad spring game at Wildcat Stadium, as fans were afforded a first look at the team.

Coming off a difficult 2021 season, there is new energy for the Wildcats, who last year were limited in their offseason workouts because of COVID restrictions.

 

Opinions

Students of local history know how Bastrop County values and depends on its wealth of trees. Over-harvesting in its early days and recent wildfires are painful reminders of human encroachment on this treasured resource. Unfortunately, our school system leaders haven’t taken this lesson to heart.

In one of the hottest contests for Texas House, a longtime champion for independent politics, Linda Curtis, is entering the race for Texas House District 17 (Bastrop, Burleson, Caldwell, Lee, and Milam counties). From 1996 to 2000, Curtis was the Texas organizer for the Reform Party, founded by Ross Perot. After the demise of the Reform Party, Linda co-founded Independent Texans PAC.

Friends of the Land, a Bastrop County farmland preservation coalition, and Bastrop Interfaith are calling on Elgin ISD to reject a Chapter 313 10-year tax abatement for an industrial solar farm on heavily-wooded land near historic Sayersville.

The slow police response at Uvalde, Texas highlights just how unrealistic is to rely on the police for protection. The sad truth is the police rarely if ever intervene in time to stop a crime in progress.

Obituaries

Jun 14, 2022 - 12:33

Alberto Cano Tovar, 38, of Elgin, passed away suddenly early Monday morning, June 13, 2022.  Services are private.  Arrangements and care entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.

Jun 14, 2022 - 12:33

Barbara Jean Kylberg Fredrickson, 89, of Elgin, was called Home, to be with her Lord and Savior, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. She was born in Elgin, Texas, to Ernest Oscar Kylberg and Ida Mae Klaus Kylberg.

Jun 14, 2022 - 12:32

Bettie Louise Franklin, 92, of Bastrop, died Thursday, May 19th.

Jun 14, 2022 - 12:31

Ivan P. Smith, age 75, of Lago Vista, Texas, passed away on June 9, 2022.

A Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Elgin New Life Baptist Fellowship. A Celebration of Life will follow at 11:00 AM.

Arrangements entrusted to Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home.