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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 12:00am

The county-wide burn ban in place since late July was lifted last week, a few days before it was scheduled to either expire or be extended.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 12:00am

Bastrop County mail-in voters will be able to drop off their ballots at the county courthouse during early voting and on Election Day.


On Monday, some students have returned to Elgin ISD campus buildings for in-person instruction. Elgin ISD is planning a phased approach to bringing students back to school buildings, beginning with the youngest children and students most in need of being on campus before welcoming back all students who opted for in-person learning.

Photos by Julianne Hodges

Including a substantial donation of $10,000, the committee to find a new home for the Confederate monuments at the county courthouse is over halfway to their preliminary fundraising goal.

Last week, Bastrop County conducted a study to see how prevalent mask-wearing is at heavily-trafficked spots throughout the county.

After a month of debate over the share of the county’s tax revenue that goes to road maintenance, the Bastrop County Commissioners Court passed the new budget and tax rate for the upcoming year.


After weeks of not being able to gather, Elgin Wildcat athletes were able to begin practice last week for the fall sports season. Due to COVID-19, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) delayed the first day of practice for Conference 5A schools like Elgin High School until September 7. The Wildcat varsity football team plan to play a scrimmage against Navarro High School at Burger Stadium in Austin on September 25, then play their first real game at home against Marble Falls on October 5.

Sep 11, 2020 - 07:31

September 13th is Uncle Sam Day! Who was Uncle Sam? He has the same initials as the United States and became a symbol of this country when he supplied the army with meat.

Aug 19, 2020 - 00:00

Optimism even with all the questions. Rules changing almost weekly. Will play, won’t play. Abbreviated schedules, game-shortening new rules.


The emergence of the novel coronavirus early this year presented the world with an unprecedented challenge. Not since the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 have we faced such a daunting public health crisis. By late February, it was clear our healthcare system, government and every American citizen would need to work together to conquer this invisible enemy.

Rick Verstynen was a friend of mine, he was a friend to many. A few years back I cooked at the American Legion down on Main Street.

I am writing in response to Mr. Mattis’ letter of August 25. I have a few questions. Before starting on any of these projects, did you ask any of the citizenry if we wanted them? Did you ask if we, the citizens, wanted to live in a city instead of a town? Have you considered all the ramifications of the planned rapid growth?

Voting by mail should replace voting at the polls in its entirety. The two institutions that can definitely be trusted is the County Board of Elections and the United States Postal Service. The money saved by eliminating the need for poll workers could be used to offer free postage on the envelopes used to vote by mail. The person voting would also have more time to consider what they are voting for and would not be confined to the hours of the polling place. It would also prevent unwanted entry to schools and churches from anyone trying to harm someone. In addition, the voter would not be harassed by someone trying to place unsolicited campaign literature into their hand. The additional revenue would boost the Postal Service and perhaps keep it afloat until we as a country are able to vote online.


Sep 22, 2020 - 16:44

Beulah M. Nichols, age 94, of Manor, Texas passed away Saturday, September 19, 2020

Services are currently pending. 

Sep 22, 2020 - 16:44

Catalina Slay, age 85, of Elgin, Texas passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020.

Services are currently pending 

Sep 22, 2020 - 16:43

Judson “Jud” Thomas Goehring, age 56, of Paige, Texas passed away Friday, September 11, 2020.

A Graveside Service was held Saturday, September 19, 2020 Antioch Cemetery. 

Sep 22, 2020 - 16:43

Vicente Salinas, 70, of Elgin, passed away Thursday, September 17, 2020.  Services are currently pending.  Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.