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2022 Elgin Year in Review

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“Rob Morriss Elgin” helps seal helps seal the city’s Sesquicentennial time capsule during a dedication ceremony Dec. 3 in front of Elgin Public Library.   Photo by Fernando CastroThe parking lot was packed and cars wound around the building lined up for the drive-through at the Elgin Whataburger’s first evening of operation.   Photo by Julianne HodgesDominic Rodriguez and his 4- to 5-month-old pitbull-terrier Chance are among the dozens who relocated to the Elgin Recreation Center Jan. 18 after the Rolling Pines Fire forced the temporary evacuation of an estimated 250 residents.   Photo by Thomas EdwardsElgin city officials and staff toss shovels of dirt in the air to mark the start of the County Line Road widening project.   Photos by Julianne HodgesElgin city officials and staff toss shovels of dirt in the air to mark the start of the County Line Road widening project.   Photos by Julianne HodgesThe Elgin Historical Association board celebrates the museum’s 20th anniversary. From left to right: Elgin Historical Association President Sandy Murphree, Leland Lundgren, Elgin Mayor Theresa McShan, Sandy Ott, Marge Carlson. Board members not pictured: Brenda Brinsfield, Patsy Hoffman, Charlene Jordan, Skie O'Mahoney, John C. Smith.   Photo by Julianne HodgesCARTS General Manager David Marsh welcomes attendees to the grand opening of the new CARTS bus station July 21.   Photo by Julianne HodgesGovernor Greg Abbott displays the disaster declaration March 23 for several counties in Texas, including Bastrop County.   Photo by Julianne HodgesLeft to Right: Capt. Chris Andersen, Crystal Keene and Jason Keene prepare for seminar on “how to survive an active shooter.”   Courtesy photoChair of Elgin Empty Bowl Stephanie Wood displays one of the many decorated, handcrafted bowls on site.   Photo by Quinn DonoghueMolly Alexander, Gary Luedecke and staff members celebrate The Owl’s 10-year anniversary with a ribbon cutting ceremony.   Photo by Quinn DonoghueEighty-one migrants sit in the back of a tractor trailer in this undated photo from the U.S. Department of Justice.   Courtesy photo / U.S. Department of Justice

Editor’s note: This Year in Review contains writing from Julianne Hodges, Corey Smith, Quinn Donoghue and other sources.2022 was a historic year for Elgin. In fact, it was Elgin’s 150th!In the city’s sesquicentennial year, there were trials of pain and destruction but also times for joy and celebration. Storms of different varieties plagued the city during the year. Festivals returned to a festive nature mirroring levels before the COVID-19 pandemic. Elgin Independent School District had a change in leadership. Voters elected new officials and made a major choice affecting law enforcement in the city.Here at the Elgin Courier newspaper, a few new faces have joined the crew. You might see ...

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