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Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - 1:05pm

Discussion among the Elgin City Council began on a potential tax freeze or increase in tax exemption for city property owners over 65, although such a move wouldn’t happen in time to affect 2023 ta

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - 12:56pm

A teacher shortage has the Elgin Independent School District pursuing a number of strategies to close the gap, which mirrors a nationwide trend.

News

The streets of downtown Bastrop were filled with liveliness last week as the town celebrated their 75th Annual Homecoming & Rodeo.

Aug 9, 2022 - 12:19

The Democratic candidate for Texas governor in this fall’s election, Beto O’Rourke, spoke to a lively crowd at The East 40 just south of Bastrop on Friday, August 5. The town hall was part of O’Rourke’s Drive for Texas campaign that is visiting communities across Texas over 49 days.

Aug 9, 2022 - 14:03

Christopher Anthony Lopez, 29, of Taylor went to be with his Heavenly Father, surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.  Family and Friends will gather at Elgin Funeral Home for Visitation, Tuesday, August 9th from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  Celebration of Life will be conducted at Elgin Funeral Home, Wednesday, August 10th at 10:00 AM with Minister Donna Epperson presiding.  In

Aug 9, 2022 - 13:42

Outdoor burning is prohibited in Bastrop County for at least another month after the Bastrop County Commissioners Court approved a new burn ban order that extends until mid-September.

Sports

The Bastrop High School football team will begin a new era in 2022 with first-year head coach, Jake Griedl, taking over as the program’s leader.

Griedl’s experience and championship pedigree, along with a Bears team that is by no means short on talent, gives reason for optimism and excitement as the season approaches.

The Elgin High School football team will be leaning on senior leader, Justin Strong, as one of the key contributors this upcoming season.

Strong is coming off a stellar junior season where he led the team in numerous statistical categories, including receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, tackles, and interceptions.

Recent comments from coaches and a 2021 report provided by ConTex- a Texas concussion research team- indicates that considerable progress has been made in mitigating sports related concussions.

Jul 19, 2022 - 15:28

A hoard of track stars from Elgin represented Coach Carment Kiara’s group at the Coaches Coalition National Championship this past week at Nelson Field in Austin. The local athletes who competed at the meet were Nicolette Harvey (6 years old), Camille Harvey (8), Kellan Harvey (8), Zaylen McCoy (12), and Darrell Blaylock (15).

Opinions

Even though we all expect our gardens to slow down significantly this time of year, July 2022 seems to have halted most natural growth. It’s no surprise that only the most heat- and drought-tolerant summer crops have been somewhat productive in the vegetable gardens. In my backyard garden, okra is still the star.

Jul 12, 2022 - 14:54

When you read your community newspaper, you’re opening a treasure trove of local information, nuggets of pure gold you won’t find anywhere else and certainly not all in one convenient place.

It’s official! The petition and application for a place on the November general election ballot allowing former Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald to run as an Independent for Bastrop County Judge has been reviewed and accepted by the Secretary of State.

Obituaries

Aug 9, 2022 - 14:03

Ana Maria Rodriguez Vazquez, 40, of Hutto, formerly of Elgin, passed away surrounded by her family, Saturday, August 6, 2022.  Family will receive guests at Elgin Funeral Home, Wednesday, August 10th from 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM.  The Holy Rosary will be recited at Elgin Funeral Home, Thursday, August 11th at 9:00 AM with a Celebration of Christian Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of

Aug 9, 2022 - 14:01

Robb Clifton Milam, age 61, of Elgin, Texas, passed away of natural causes at his home on August 1, 2022.

 

Aug 9, 2022 - 13:59

Raymond Casas, Jr., 59, of Rosanky, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022.  Family and Friends will gather for Visitation at Elgin Funeral Home, Wednesday, August 3rd from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM with Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 12:00 PM.  A Celebration of Christian Funeral Mass will be conducted at Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church of Rosanky at 2:00 PM with Father Dirius presidi

Aug 9, 2022 - 13:56

Donald Edward Carroll, 75, of Hutto, passed away Friday, August 5, 2022.  He is survived by his wife, Yvonne.  Services are currently pending.

Arrangements and care entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home