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Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 4:00pm

A major residential subdivision that has been stalled for the past few years is moving forward again with a slightly-amended development agreement regarding the project’s wastewater plan.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 3:59pm

Elgin Main Street Program has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the

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A major residential subdivision that has been stalled for the past few years is moving forward again with a slightly-amended development agreement regarding the project’s wastewater plan.

Elgin Main Street Program has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of Accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™.

There will be a Two-Way Dual Language Parent Information Webinar on Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m. Any parent who is interested in having their student begin learning Spanish next year in Kindergarten at both Booker T. Washington and Neidig Elementary Schools as part of our Elgin ISD Two-Way Dual Language Program is welcome to attend.

The Bastrop County Animal Shelter had to suspend dog adoptions due to a distemper outbreak, but the shelter still has plenty of cats to offer.

Sports

Dozens of skateboarders took to the ramps at the Elgin Recreation Center on Tuesday, June 21 for a fundraiser hosted by the Elgin Parks & Recreation Department to collect money for an improved, larger portable skate park.

Teams of four spent a beautiful morning at ShadowGlen Golf Club in Manor participating in the Western Days Golf Tournament on Friday morning.

 

Photos by Julianne Hodges

Opinions

It’s official! The petition and application for a place on the November general election ballot allowing former Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald to run as an Independent for Bastrop County Judge has been reviewed and accepted by the Secretary of State.

Students of local history know how Bastrop County values and depends on its wealth of trees. Over-harvesting in its early days and recent wildfires are painful reminders of human encroachment on this treasured resource. Unfortunately, our school system leaders haven’t taken this lesson to heart.

In one of the hottest contests for Texas House, a longtime champion for independent politics, Linda Curtis, is entering the race for Texas House District 17 (Bastrop, Burleson, Caldwell, Lee, and Milam counties). From 1996 to 2000, Curtis was the Texas organizer for the Reform Party, founded by Ross Perot. After the demise of the Reform Party, Linda co-founded Independent Texans PAC.

Friends of the Land, a Bastrop County farmland preservation coalition, and Bastrop Interfaith are calling on Elgin ISD to reject a Chapter 313 10-year tax abatement for an industrial solar farm on heavily-wooded land near historic Sayersville.

Obituaries

Jul 5, 2022 - 15:54

Eric Grant Merka, age 46, of Elgin, Texas, passed away on June 27, 2022.

A Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at 10:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Elgin. Interment will follow at Siloah Cemetery in McDade.

Marguerite Clark Zieschang Cameron Willard, age 97, of Round Rock, Texas, passed away on June 29, 2022.

A Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home. Interment will follow at a later date at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Arrangements entrusted to Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home.

Jul 5, 2022 - 15:54

Eric Allen Blomberg, 99, of League City formerly of Manor, passed away Wednesday morning, June 29, 2022.  Family and friends will gather at Elgin Funeral Home Thursday, July 7th from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  A Funeral Service will be held at Elgin Funeral Home Friday, July 8th at 2:00 PM with Brother Tom Nuckels officiating.  Interment will follow at New Sweden Cemetery. Arrangements and care en

Jul 5, 2022 - 15:53

Kelly Gibson, Sr., 66, of Nowata, passed away Wednesday morning, June 29, 2022.  He is survived by his wife, Susan Gibson.  Services are pending with Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  Arrangements and care entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.