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Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 10:39am

The Elgin City Council appointed two new interim council members—Thomas Ibis and Alvis Prince—to represent Ward 3 until May at their most recent council meeting on Tuesday, January 5.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 10:39am

Musical artists The Chicks, Ruthie Foster, James McMurtry, David Ramirez, Eliza Gilkyson, Dar Williams, Ray Prim, Akina Adderley, Grace Pettis, Rachael Sage, and more are set to appear at the "Move

News

Trauma Service Area O, the region of Texas that includes Bastrop County, has reached the threshold of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 that triggers a 50% capacity limit for most businesses.

The City of Smithville is honored to again host the 32nd Annual Bastrop County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission Celebration in Bastrop County. This program rotates between the cities of Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville each year. It represents a very solemn and dedicated commitment between all members of Bastrop County in coming together to celebrate and honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 18, 2021 - 13:00

Elgin’s varsity basketball teams both suffered defeats from the Pflugerville Panthers last Tuesday. 

The Wildcats traveled to Pflugerville to play the Panthers on Tuesday, January 5 for an away conference game. The Wildcats lost 54-33 to Pflugerville.

Sports

The Wildcats lost their first game of the week to the Cedar Creek Eagles in a conference home game on December 29. The final score was 58-42, Eagles.

The year 2020 presented challenges and obstacles to all of society, and student athletes were no exception. Despite cancelled seasons in the spring and restrictions in the fall, Elgin athletes were able to continue to play most games this year.

Basketball

The Elgin Wildcats 8th-grade boys basketball B team took to the court last Thursday night with the anticipation of a win against their competition from neighboring town of Liberty Hill. With masked faces and families definitely more scarce than usual, the fans cheered on their teams with the confidence and excitement hoping their side would win.

The Elgin Wildcats varsity basketball team lost their two games last week against Vista Ridge and Cedar Creek.

The Wildcats faced the Vista Ridge Rangers in an away non-conference game on Monday, December 14. The Rangers ended with a 29-point lead over Elgin, and the final score was 78-48 Vista Ridge, according to MaxPreps.

Opinions

Jan 12, 2021 - 10:37

In the midst of a pandemic, Elgin ISD has risen to the challenge to provide an excellent educational experience for all students in our district. This requires commitment, dedication, and creativity in the best of times. Unfortunately, the year 2020 was not the best of times.

This month marks one year since Ascension Seton Bastrop opened its doors to the community. As we celebrate our first anniversary providing medical care for Bastrop County and its surrounding areas, we also reflect on the emergence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in early 2020, which presented our healthcare facility—and the world—with an unprecedented challenge.

The whole press and media, which has been trying to destroy Donald Trump for the last four years, is now expectedly condemning his continuing efforts to clarify the Constitution’s standards for the validity of mail-in votes.

Obituaries

Jan 12, 2021 - 10:26

Christopher Shane Graves, age 40, of Elgin, Texas, passed away January 6, 2021.

Services are pending.

Arrangements entrusted to Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home.

Jan 12, 2021 - 10:26

Herlinda Salas, of Bastrop, Texas, passed away on January 9, 2021.

Services are pending.

Arrangements entrusted to Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home.

Jan 12, 2021 - 10:25

Kevin Paredes, age 19, of Missouri City, Texas, passed away on January 1, 2021.

Services are pending.

Arrangements entrusted to Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home.

Jan 12, 2021 - 10:25

Carl Glen Newstrom (aka "Big Daddy") age 59, loving husband, father, brother, son and dear friend to many, passed on Thursday, January 7, 2021.  Carl was born in Elgin, Texas to Glen and Mickie Dell Newstrom on September 30, 1961 where he lived until his untimely passing.  He married the love of life, Susan “Eileen” on November 30, 1986.