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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 8:34am

After listening to an update about the effort and having a discussion about which location to choose, the Bastrop County Commissioners Court voted on February 8 to move the county’s Confederate mon

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 8:33am

Last week’s severe cold, heavy snow and icy conditions—and the resulting electricity and water challenges—led to area schools such as Elgin ISD to move to remote learning or cancel classes altogeth

News

In the midst of widespread water outages and boil water notices due to last week’s unusual and devastating winter weather, Bastrop County has been distributing both drinking water and non-potable water since Saturday.

Volunteers and community support have helped Bastrop County’s vaccination clinics run smoothly.

Yet another state of disaster has been declared for Bastrop County, this time after several inches of snow and several days of continuous below-freezing temperatures crippled Texas’ electric grid and water systems last week.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative members have endured continuous periods of rotating outages since 1:30 a.m. Monday, February 15 until Wednesday night, February 17, due to a mandatory directive ordered by ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the electric grid in the majority of Texas.

Sports

Feb 24, 2021 - 08:31

Just as sports was paused last spring and our lives continued on, the roles have now reversed:  national sports still continue as our state of Texas has literally frozen.

As if our 2020 wasn’t bad enough, 2021 has impacted local and statewide high school sports.

The Wildcat varsity basketball team lost their home conference game against Cedar Creek on Monday, February 8 by a score of 56-47.

Greetings Elgin. My name is Matthew Hooks, and I will be taking over the sports writing duties here at the Elgin Courier. I come to you motivated and determined to produce the best sports coverage possible for the local area schools.

The Wildcats varsity soccer team lost their home conference game against Pflugerville Connally on Tuesday, February 9 by a score of 7-0.

This season, the Wildcats are 4-7 overall, 0-5 in district so far.

Opinions

In the best of times, the STAAR dictates (steals?) valuable instructional minutes by being the driving force of instruction - rather than the students being at the core of educational policy and practice.

In the best of times, the STAAR demeans and demoralizes students who are differently abled, differently cultured, and/or differently gifted.

To the editor:

Once again, Joe Grady Tuck has spewed his vitriol in the opinion pages of area newspapers, this time attacking my congressman, Michael Cloud.

Tuck says Cloud is his congressman. That’s odd since according to voter registration records, he’s been registered to vote in Congressman McCaul’s district (CD-10) since 2005.

Congressman Michael Cloud,

I am a lifetime Republican, former party staffer in Texas and Colorado, served in the Nixon administration in D.C. and worked for former Ways & Means Chair Bill Archer. After my return to Texas, I was elected as District Attorney for a six county Judicial District—at the time, the only Republican DA in Texas.

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.

Obituaries

Feb 16, 2021 - 10:45

Danny Charles Davis, 68, of Round Rock, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2021.  Family and Friends will celebrate Danny's Life at Elgin Funeral Home, on Friday, February 19th, at 10:00 AM with Reverend James Davis officating.  A private inurnment will follow at a later date.  Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.

Feb 16, 2021 - 10:42

Danny Burkhalter, 66, of Bastrop, passed away Thursday evening, February 11, 2021.  Survived by his wife, Debbie.  Family and Friends gathered for visitation at Elgin Funeral Home, Saturday, February 13th from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM.  Inurnment will be private.  Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.

Feb 16, 2021 - 10:42

Lusia Armonta, 69, of Austin, passed away, Wedsnesday morning, February 10, 2021.  Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Saturday, February20th at 10:00 AM followed by a Celebration of Christian Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM with Father George presiding.  Christian Burial at Elgin Latin Cemetery following services at the church.  Arrangements and care are entrus

Feb 16, 2021 - 10:40

Charles Hendrix, 62, of Taylor, passed away Tuesday evening, February 9, 2021.  He will lie in state at Elgin Funeral Home, Friday, February 19th from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM.  Funeral Service will be conducted at Elgin Funeral Home, Saturday, February 20th at 1:00 PM.  Interment will follow at Rhodes Cemetery, Jollyville.  Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.