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Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 2:29pm

The Elgin City Council will consider decriminalizing low-level marijuana possession next month after a citizen-submitted petition proposed such an ordinance.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 2:15pm

Class of 2022 Elgin Sesquicentennial Essay Contest winner MacKenzie Elder (left) and Sesquicentennial Committee Co-Chair Deborah Cartwright (right).


Last Tuesday, newly-elected council members Joy Casnovsky, Chuck Swain and Al Rodriguez and mayor Theresa McShan joined the Elgin City Council with an official swearing-in ceremony before their first council meeting that evening.

The Elgin ISD school board approved schematic designs for a fourth elementary school and additional facilities at Elgin High School, funded by the school district’s bond package passed last November.

According to unofficial results from the May 24 runoff election, Gregory Klaus won the Republican primary for Bastrop County judge over Don Loucks, while Stan Gerdes won the primary for District 17 state representative, which includes Bastrop County, over Paul Pape.

The Elgin City Council will consider decriminalizing low-level marijuana possession next month after a citizen-submitted petition proposed such an ordinance.


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.


As the lone McDade High School representative at the 2022 UIL 1A State Track & Field Championships, senior Anthony Cottrill put on yet another marvelous performance at Austin’s Mike A. Myers Stadium, earning second place in the 200-meter dash finals, second place in the triple jump finals, and fifth place in long jump.

Elgin High School held its 2022 spring sports banquet last Sunday evening at SPJST Lodge 18, as student-athletes participating in baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls track, golf, boys and girls powerlifting, tennis and track were honored with academic and athletics-based awards.


Recently, we have seen added a feature to the City of Elgin’s social media titled the “Rumor Mill.” This was added to address “some of the more well-known rumors that may be out in our community.”

Mar 9, 2022 - 09:03

Dear Elgin ISD Families and Staff,


As you know, the District has enforced a mask mandate since August 17, 2021.  The District chose this route for a variety of reasons, but most of all in the best interest, health, and safety of our students, staff, and Elgin ISD families. 

I would like to take this opportunity to clear up a point referenced in last weekend's article, "Council narrowly rejects contract."

Feb 9, 2022 - 09:01

This February 16 will be the 55th anniversary of the one casualty of 58,220 killed in the Vietnam War that was from Elgin, Texas. An anniversary of a young man who served and gave his all, but perhaps by now a long-forgotten fact except by one Elgin family. Anastacio 'Tacho' Beltran was drafted by the U.S. Army under the then-Selective Service System not long after high school.


May 24, 2022 - 13:18

Rochelle Yvonne Griffin, age 57, of Taylor, Texas, passed away on May 20, 2022.

A Visitation will be held on Friday, May 27, 2022, from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 10:00 AM at The First Baptist Church in Taylor, Texas. Interment will follow at Taylor City Cemetery.

May 24, 2022 - 13:18

Timothy Lamoine Boaz, age 63, of Austin, Texas, passed away on May 19, 2022.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 2:00 PM at Bethany United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas.

Arrangements entrusted to Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home.

May 24, 2022 - 13:18

Barbara Jean Kylberg Fredrickson, 89, of Elgin, was called Home, to be with her Lord and Savior, Tuesday, May 17, 2022.  A Celebration of Barbara's Life will be conducted at Saint Peter's Lutheran Church of Elgin, Saturday, June 18th at 10:00 AM with Pastor Sam Brannon presiding.  Family and Friends will gather for repast, in the church fellowship hall, following the memorial service.  Arrangem

May 24, 2022 - 13:17

Earlene W. Torres, 92, of Manor, passed away Tuesday morning, May 17, 2022.  She is survived by her husband, Robert Torres.  Family and Friends gathered for a graveside service, to lay her to rest at the Young’s Prairie Cemetery, Friday, May 20th at 2:00 PM.  Arrangements and care entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.