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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 3:34pm

Holiday breaks, early release dates and graduation plans were recently solidified at Elgin Independent School District’s Jan.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 3:29pm

TAYLOR – Williamson County Emergency District No.


Feb 7, 2023 - 13:52

Frustrations continue to thaw after ice froze local life last week.

Various enterprises are joining the Elgin Chamber of Commerce at a rapid rate, signaling a time of growth and excitement in the local business realm. 

​January featured a number of ribbon cuttings, new memberships, upgraded memberships and other events. Chamber president Veronica Seever anticipates continued growth throughout the year.

Feb 7, 2023 - 13:33

Black History Month in Elgin began with a salute to a local resident

Sister Gwendolyn Johnson, Mount Moriah Baptist Church’s first lady, was this year’s honoree at the annual Hatitude event Feb. 4. The event was held at FireWild in Elgin

The togetherness of Elgin was on full display this past Saturday, Feb. 4, as the community dealt with challenges stemming from last week’s winter storm. 


​Elgin High School is home to some of the strongest students in the state.

​The Elgin girls powerlifting team recently won their third meet of the season, comprising individual and team excellence. Five different Elgin lifters finished atop their respective weight class. 

​The Bastrop Bears fought and clawed their way back in the final minutes, but the visiting Pflugerville Connally Cougars held on to win 2-1.

​Bastrop is now 0-2-1 to start district play. Both losses were by just one point against some of the top teams in the district. 

​The Smithville Tigers boosted their playoff hopes thanks to a dazzling performance by Joseph Mokry.

The senior forward scored 43 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, propelling his team to a 73-68 win over the visiting Austin Achieve Polar Bears. With the victory, the Tigers are just one game back from the Taylor Ducks for the fourth and final playoff spot. 

The Smithville Tigers basketball squad suffered two gut-wrenching defeats last week. 


Jan 31, 2023 - 15:54

Michael Young and his family gave their name to Young’s Settlement and Perryville at Hogeye when the post office was established in 1849. 

Nov 22, 2022 - 12:48

We are all guilty of faking gratitude to God and to others.

To Bastrop County Voters,

Aug 23, 2022 - 16:51

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


Feb 7, 2023 - 13:07

Paul Edward Black, 54, of Austin, passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023. Family and friends will gather for a visitation, at Elgin Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6 until 8 p.m. A home-going celebration will be conducted at Elgin Funeral Home Friday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Raymond Mays Sr. presiding and the Rev. L.R. Wilson giving the eulogy.

Feb 7, 2023 - 13:04

Nathaniel Darden, 64, of Taylor, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. He will lie in-state at the First Baptist Church of Taylor on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 1 until 2 p.m. A home-going celebration will begin at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Anthony Watson presiding. Interment will follow at Taylor City Cemetery. Arrangements and care entrusted to Elgin Funeral Home.

Feb 7, 2023 - 13:03

Paul James Martinsen, 51 years old, passed away on Jan. 27, 2023, at his home in Marlin.

Feb 7, 2023 - 12:57

Steve M. Banda, age 65, of Elgin, passed away on Feb. 5, 2023.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Family Worship Center in Elgin.

Arrangements entrusted to Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home.