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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 9:04am

The City of Elgin plans to hire two public information officers in order to help city staff deal with a sudden sharp increase in the number of public information requests.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 9:02am

So far, in-person early voting turnout in Bastrop County is slightly higher than during the last presidential election in 2016, and the use of mail-in ballots has increased.

News

A new bus station is on its way to downtown Elgin after a groundbreaking ceremony last week.

Oct 21, 2020 - 12:26

Candidates for the Smithville City Council and the Smithville ISD school board had a chance to share their experience, views and plans for the city last week during a virtual forum hosted by the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce.

During the most recent meeting on Tuesday, October 13, emergency deputy director Christine Files gave an update to the Bastrop County Commissioners Court after 213 days of the county’s declared disaster.

Bastrop County continues to see a low number of new cases and an increase in the number of recoveries, Files said; last Tuesday, there were 116 active cases in the county.

Sports

Sometimes these types of stories are really hard to write. As a sports reporter, wow, it was a real entertaining contest, especially at the end! As an Elgin fan, it was extremely hard to see these young men not walk away with a win after being in the lead until less than two minutes left in the game.

The Elgin Lady Cats volleyball team (2-5) had a rough week, losing both matches they participated in.

On Tuesday, October 13, they travelled to Pflugerville to take on the Lady Cougars of Connally (8-5). The Lady Cougars took three straight sets for the match, 25-17, 25-13 and 25-13.

The Elgin cross country team sent four boys to participate in a large meet in Temple on Friday, October 9. The meet included traditionally strong teams such as Lake Travis, Round Rock, A&M Consolidated, Bryan and many others.

If you like watching exciting football, the Wildcats (0-2) have delivered mightily in their first two games. Unfortunately, scoring 33 points and 35 points still leave the Wildcat squad looking for their first win. Elgin showed the East View Patriots (1-2) that they truly belonged on the field, but when it counted, the Patriots made the plays to win the contest.

Opinions

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.

Now that most all of us are requiring broadband for remote learning, telemedicine and/or home offices because of changes caused by the coronavirus, the weaknesses in our state’s rural broadband internet access are once again being exposed.

Oct 7, 2020 - 00:00

Re-elect Sheriff Maurice Cook

Obituaries

Oct 21, 2020 - 16:34

McArthur Hill, 72, of Bastrop, Texas, passed away Monday morning, October 19, 2020.  His casket will lay in state at Elgin Funeral Home, Wednesday, November 4th from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  A Home-Going Celebration will follow at 2:00 PM with the Reverend, Steven Ward presiding.  Interment will follow at Sayers Cemetery.  Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.

Oct 21, 2020 - 16:33

Carlitos Sepeda, 44, of Manor, Texas, passed away Tuesday morning, September 15, 2020, surrounded by his family.  A Celebration of Christian Funeral Mass will be conducted at Dolores Catholic Church of Austin, Saturday, November 7th at 11:00 AM with Father John S. Korcsmar presiding.  Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.

Oct 21, 2020 - 09:09

Joaquin Hernandez of Elgin, Texas passed away peacefully on October 13, 2020.

Oct 21, 2020 - 09:08

Luciana Morales Esquivel, 61, of Elgin, passed away Friday, October 16, 2020.  The family will receive guests at Elgin Funeral Home, Friday, October 23rd from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 PM.  A Celebration of Christian Funeral Mass will be conducted at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Elgin, Saturday, October 24th at 10:00 AM with Fath