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Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 5:30pm

More than storm debris is being picked up this week.

Elgin’s first of four bulk trash pickups this year is this week. Limb pickup is still ongoing in separate operations.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 4:57pm

The loss of the Civil War meant the loss of property and citizenship for some and newfound freedom for others.


Mar 22, 2023 - 13:02

Officers are another step closer from their new home from which they can serve and protect.

Elgin police and officials broke ground on their planned police station March 20. The new 11,000-square-foot facility is meant to enhance growing police service in Elgin.

Mar 22, 2023 - 12:57

Thirteen reports of vandalism were reported recently in downtown Elgin.

Police are investigating the graffiti seen on several buildings. Business owners and city employees reported the crimes.

Mar 22, 2023 - 12:55

Residents filled Elgin Memorial Park last Friday to help a young girl recovering from injuries.

More than $8,000 has been raised to help with medical costs for Marleigh Jackson, a NeidigElementary School student reportedly involved in a hit-and-run accident March 12. A hamburger fundraiser and GoFundMe fundraiser were established to help Jackson and her family.

Mar 21, 2023 - 16:19

Another semi-truck accident closed U.S. 290 last Tuesday.

On March 14, at 8:45 a.m., an 18-wheeler overturned on U.S. 290 eastbound at the intersection with Saratoga Farms across the road from Texas 95. The scene cleared in a little over two hours.

“We had an 18-wheeler hauling a metal connex box,” said Commander Aaron Crim. “There were no injuries.”


HALLETTSVILLE – The Smithville Tigers varsity baseball team moved to 1-4 in on the season after falling in back-to-back games of a doubleheader against the Sacred Heart Indians Friday, March 17, at Sacred Heart’s home field.

The Tiger lost 12-2 to cap off the double header, and now shift their focus to making improvements.

FRISCO – The Elgin Ladycats powerlifting team has been a force to be reckoned with all season long, and it finally paid off as they walked away with a ton of hardware from the state championship meet. 

PFLUGERVILLE – The Cedar Creek Eagles edged out the Hendrickson Hawks 4-3 on the road to pick up their first district win of the season Thursday, March 16.

The win improves the Eagles record to 1-1 in district play, keeping them in a playoff spot for now.

BASTROP – The Bastrop Bears start their district season off on the right foot after picking up a big win over the Pflugerville Panthers Wednesday, March 15, at home.

The Bears defeated the Panthers 10-1, and look to continue their winning ways as the season rolls along. 


Feb 14, 2023 - 13:52

Dear Editor,

I have heard through the Elgin recycling dropoff "grapevine" that our precinct location will be eliminated.  I have written to our county commissioner, David Glass, to urge reconsideration if 

indeed this is true.

Jan 31, 2023 - 15:54

Michael Young and his family gave their name to Young’s Settlement and Perryville at Hogeye when the post office was established in 1849. 

Nov 22, 2022 - 12:48

We are all guilty of faking gratitude to God and to others.

To Bastrop County Voters,


Mar 21, 2023 - 12:14

Mell V. Waters, 85, of Elgin, passed away Tuesday evening, March 14, 2023.  

She will lie in state Monday, March 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Elgin Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 21, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Elgin, with Pastor Jason Huddleston presiding.  Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.  

Mar 21, 2023 - 12:13

Theodore L. Schneider, 89, of Elgin, sadly passed away on March 16, 2023.

A graveside service will be held at the Elgin Cemetery on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at 10 a.m.

Arrangements entrusted to Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home.

Mar 21, 2023 - 12:12

Ernest Elroy Rohlack Jr., 89, was born Jan. 5, 1934, and was called to Heaven Thursday, March 16, 2023, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, LaVerne (Kuhl) Rohlack, of Coupland; daughter,Jana (Ernie) Hinojosa, of Flower Mound; and son, Thomas (Christine) Rohlack, of Taylor.

Mar 21, 2023 - 12:07

David Ernest Rodriguez Jr., 63, of Austin, passed away early Saturday morning, March 11, 2023.  

Family and friends will gather Wednesday, March 29, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Elgin Funeral Home.  A celebration of life will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Samuel Montoya presiding.  Interment will follow at Elgin Latin Cemetery.  

Arrangements and care entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.