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Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 10:51am

The Elgin Arts Association (EAA) honors area art teachers with Pearls of Education awards as part of their annual Pearls of Youth Art Show.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 10:35am

Heather Ott, a third-generation Elgin Courier staffer and fifth-generation Texan, has been named General Manager of the Elgin Courier, effective December 1.


The Elgin City Council has opened applications to fill the two vacancies for its Ward 3 council members.

The county-wide burn ban will be rescinded as of Friday, December 4 at 7 a.m.

The burn ban, which has been in place since October 29, was most recently extended through December 14 at the most recent regular meeting of the Bastrop County Commissioners Court on November 23.

Below is a summary of the latest COVID-19 data for Elgin and Bastrop County as of Monday afternoon, November 30:

Dec 2, 2020 - 10:35

Heather Ott, a third-generation Elgin Courier staffer and fifth-generation Texan, has been named General Manager of the Elgin Courier, effective December 1.

Her great-grandmother, Adelee Almquist, and grandmother, Marie Ott, both worked as full-service providers for the Courier.


The Lady Badgers of Lampasas rolled into town on Monday, November 23 to take on the Elgin girls’ basketball squad. In a very entertaining and evenly-matched game, the Lady Cats were once again very competitive until the last period. The first half ended with Elgin trailing by four points, 26-30.

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.


Dec 2, 2020 - 10:44

Wilbur Bruce Wilson, age 69, of Elgin, Texas, passed away on November 25, 2020.

Services are pending.

Arrangements entrusted to Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home.

Dec 2, 2020 - 10:44

David Christopher Moore, Sr, 65, of Hutto, passed away Tuesday afternoon, November 24, 2020. He will lie in state, Saturday, December 5th from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at Saint James Missionary Baptist Church. A Home-Going Celebration will follow with Reverend Doctor B.W. Mclendon Sr, presiding.  Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.

Dec 2, 2020 - 10:43

Lanus Jackson, 89 of Elgin, passed away Saturday, November 28, 2020. Services are pending.  Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.

Dec 2, 2020 - 10:42

Wanda Faye McDuff, 89 of Austin, passed away Wednesday afternoon, November 25, 2020. Services are private. Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.