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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 12:48am

A former Smithville teacher has been charged with sexual assault.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 1:04am

Property taxes in Elgin are on track to come with a reduction of at least 4 cents in the ad valorem rate.


A brief standoff that led to a former state trooper’s death at the hands of a Travis County sheriff’s deputy is connected to the deaths of two other people, officials said.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident, which began about 4 p.m. Sept. 17 on Bexar Forest Cove in west Elgin.

Arrests last Tuesday south of Elgin were part of a regional effort to take down human traffickers.

A former Smithville teacher has been charged with sexual assault.

Abigail Seidel, 25, of Rosanky, was arrested Sept. 15 for an alleged sexual assault. Seidel was a teacher at Smithville Independent School District.

Sep 21, 2022 - 00:45

​It was the moment everyone had been waiting for.

​At halftime of Friday night’s game between Elgin and Cedar Creek, the homecoming king and queen were announced. Art club member Lauren Hiracheta was voted as the queen, and marching band member John Ukanda was crowned as the king.


Sep 21, 2022 - 00:43

McDade High School soccer star Summer Jacobs was one of 60 girls in the country invited to the Under-15 Women’s National Team Talent ID Camp in California.

​The camp, which took place from Sept. 7-13, gave Jacobs an opportunity to advance to the next stage of Team USA 's qualifying process, narrowing the number of players to just 30. 

​Early in the third quarter, Elgin tight end Leo Ochoa turned a short pass from Nathen Lewis into a 35 yard touchdown, extending their lead to 27-7 and the rout was on.

In a season filled with tightly contested battles, the Elgin volleyball team pulled through against Pflugerville Connally last Tuesday to secure a 3-1 victory, marking their first district win.

​After a 59 yard touchdown pass from Ramonz Adams to Tyson Hancock, the Smithville Tigers were sitting comfortably with a 21-0 lead over the Taylor Ducks.


Aug 23, 2022 - 16:51

Addie Lee Madison, age 88, of Elgin, Texas, passed away on August 17, 2022.

Even though we all expect our gardens to slow down significantly this time of year, July 2022 seems to have halted most natural growth. It’s no surprise that only the most heat- and drought-tolerant summer crops have been somewhat productive in the vegetable gardens. In my backyard garden, okra is still the star.

Jul 12, 2022 - 14:54

When you read your community newspaper, you’re opening a treasure trove of local information, nuggets of pure gold you won’t find anywhere else and certainly not all in one convenient place.


Sep 20, 2022 - 16:25

Marceal Gibson, 76, of Elgin, passed away unexpectedly Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17, 2022.

She will lie in state at Elgin Funeral Home Thursday, Sept. 22, from noon until 6 p.m. A home-going celebration will be conducted at Winn’s Memorial Missionary Baptist Church on Friday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. D.W. Townsend presiding. Interment will follow at Sayers Cemetery.

Sep 20, 2022 - 16:18

Arturo Guzman, 47, of Elgin, passed away surrounded by his family Monday morning, Sept. 12, 2022.

He lay in state at the Elgin Funeral Home Monday, Sept. 19, from noon until 5 p.m. A celebration of Christian funeral Mass was conducted at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Austin Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. with Father Mark presiding. Interment followed at Elgin Latin Cemetery in Elgin.

Sep 20, 2022 - 16:17

Evelyn Faye Hill, 62, of Elgin, passed away peacefully Monday evening, Sept. 12, 2022.

Sep 20, 2022 - 16:16

James Taylor Hollan Sr., 87, aka Buddy, passed away on Sept. 8, 2022, peacefully at home.

James was born in Yoakum, TX, to Jim Berry Hollan and Ida Maurine Jowers. After he graduated high school, he joined the United States Army in 1951. He then went to work as a cross country truck driver till his retirement.