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Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 3:38pm

Although there will not be a parade or the usual festivities again this year, Elginites will still have a chance to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 3:26pm

During two recent meetings of the Citizen's Bond Advisory Committee, those in charge of making decisions about a potential bond election this fall for Elgin ISD heard directly from the people most


During two recent meetings of the Citizen's Bond Advisory Committee, those in charge of making decisions about a potential bond election this fall for Elgin ISD heard directly from the people most directly affected by the needs facing the school district.

Jun 14, 2021 - 12:18

The Elgin High School Class of 2021 celebrated the completion of a strange and challenging school year as they officially graduated at Friday evening’s commencement ceremony.

Seniors at McDade High School closed out their high school careers with their graduation ceremony on Friday evening, May 28.


Elgin class of 2021 student athletes Jordan Hood and Emma Neidig were recently awarded the Mirabeau B. Lamar Award of Excellence award. Hood and Neidig now take their next steps into the collegiate ranks.

Neidig will attend Stanford University, and Hood will continue his education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Recently, Elgin student athletes were recognized for their on the field and in the classroom contributions to excellence. This year, students persevered through their education, and athletic contributions were indeed a challenge for the class of 2021.

Last Wednesday, June 2, members of the Elgin Wildcats boys basketball team were recognized, in an informal ceremony, for their outstanding achievements during the 2020-21 season by head coach John Howie.

Nathen Lewis was awarded 2nd Team All-District 18-5A honors, team co-MVP, and Freshman of the Year.

On Thursday afternoon, the Elgin High School athletic booster club rewarded Wildcat student athletes with a drive-through end-of-year celebration.


Photos by Erin Anderson


Alton Butler’s Line 204/Bastrop Colorado Bend, LLC film studio and concert venue project will provide clients with supplies and services typically provided by already established local businesses. These services run the gambit—everything from a car wash, market, bakery, restaurant and bar, retail shops, and a hotel to equipment rental for onsite and offsite events and concert entertainment.

There have been a lot of petitions circulating in Bastrop County lately and there are certain things that every person needs to know before they sign a petition, because once you’ve signed the petition you cannot remove your signature. A petition is an opportunity for an individual to speak out about what matters the most to them and advocate for change.

Juneteenth is arguably one of the most historic days in Texas history, but unfortunately does not get the respect it deserves. The 19th of June, or Juneteenth as it has become known, is the day African Americans received word that they were free in Texas.

Illegal dumping of trash in front of the premises of Advocacy Outreach has become a problem for all—the community at large, staff and clients of the social services organization.

Despite signs pleading with people not to leave items in front of the building and a chain that crosses the driveway, dumping has increased.


Jun 15, 2021 - 15:08

Noel Huerta Martinez, age 42, of Hutto, Texas, passed away on June 7, 2021.

Jun 15, 2021 - 15:07

Donnie Ray Zachary, 72, of Taylor, passed away peacefully, Saturday, June 12, 2021.  He will lie in state at Elgin Funeral Home, Wednesday, June 16th from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  A Home-Going Celebration will be conducted graveside at Taylor City Cemetery, Thursday, June 17th at 10:00 AM.  Arrangements and care are entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.

Jun 15, 2021 - 15:07

Dorothy Jeanne Cole passed away on June 7, 2021 at her home in Elgin, Texas.  Jeanne started life on July 5, 1924 in Fort Towson, Oklahoma, born to parents Dale and Lila Cecil (Folkes) Willson.  She was the oldest of her sisters, Betty Lee and Virginia (Ginger).  When Dale’s picture show burned down in Oklahoma the family moved to Ledbetter, Texas where her grandmother lived.

Jun 15, 2021 - 15:05

Gladys Marie Blaylock Clemons, 69, of Bastrop, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021.  She will lie in state at Elgin Funeral Home, Thursday, June 17th from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM.  A Home-Going Celebration will be conducted at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Utley, Friday, June 18th at 10:00 AM with the Reverend, Charles King presiding.  Interment will follow at Colorado Chapel Cemetery,