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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 12:00am

On October 20 at approximately 8:57 p.m., Elgin emergency communications received several 911 calls regarding shots fired in the 500 block of Brenham Street. Patrol officers responded to the scene and located evidence, near the intersection of East Brenham Street and McDade Road, suggesting that a shooting did occur.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 12:00am

With five days of early voting still to go, about 46% of registered voters have already turned out for the November 3 general election in Bastrop County, and the number of ballots cast has surpassed the total from early voting during the previous presidential election in 2016.

News

The Federal Correctional Institution in Bastrop County announced that they would begin mass-testing inmates for COVID-19, and county health authority Dr. Desmar Walkes delivered an update on the pandemic in Bastrop County during the latest commissioners’ court meeting. 

A new initiative is providing free breast cancer screenings for Bastrop County women who need them, as well as encouraging women to “pinky promise” to get a screening.

With five days of early voting still to go, about 46% of registered voters have already turned out for the November 3 general election in Bastrop County, and the number of ballots cast has surpassed the total from early voting during the previous presidential election in 2016.

On October 20 at approximately 8:57 p.m., Elgin emergency communications received several 911 calls regarding shots fired in the 500 block of Brenham Street. Patrol officers responded to the scene and located evidence, near the intersection of East Brenham Street and McDade Road, suggesting that a shooting did occur.

Sports

If it wasn’t for the steady, chilly wind blowing the whole time, I might have thought I attended two different ball games at Bible Stadium in Leander on Friday night. It was in every sense, a tale of two halves.

The Elgin cross country team travelled a few miles south to participate in the Bastrop High School Invitational on Wednesday morning, October 21.

The Elgin volleyball team (2-7) took on the Hendrickson Lady Hawks (12-3) in Pflugerville on Tuesday, October 20. The district-leading Lady Hawks had little trouble with the Lady Cats, winning the match in three straight sets 25-16, 25-20 and 25-14.

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.

Opinions

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.

Obituaries

Oct 28, 2020 - 00:00

Sandra Sue Harzke, dence-Jones Family age 83, of Elgin, passed Funeral Home. away Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

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Jane Marie Boyer, age ily Funeral Home. 88, of Austin, passed away Friday, October 23, 2020.

Oct 28, 2020 - 00:00

Joyce Majors Werchan, of Brenham, Texas passed away on Oct. 23, 2020 at the age of 101. She was born April 21, 1919 in Elgin, Texas and is preceded in death by her husband Walter, mother Iva Wilson Majors and father Jonas Ellis Majors, sister Fern Friddell, brothers Neal and Billy Majors. She is survived by son Ron Werchan and wife Linda, sister-inlaw JoNell Majors, grandsons Ellis Werchan, Greg Werchan and wife Andrea, Great grandsons Ivan, Leo and Scott Werchan. Nieces: Kay Valenta and husband Tommy, Patricia Case and husband Patrick, Dawn McMinn and husband Bobby, Denise Holley and husband Donald, Nephew Dale Friddell and wife Debbie, Arthur Majors and wife Kita. Many great-nieces and nephews and Great-Great nieces and nephews. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Brenham. Over the years she resided in Elgin, Miranda City, Galena Park, Montgomery and Brenham, Texas.

Oct 28, 2020 - 00:00

Natividad Ruiz, 72, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday night, Oct. 22, 2020. Nat, of Elgin, Texas, was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.