Andy Sevilla

Editor, Bastrop Advertiser & Smithville Times

Andy Sevilla is the editor of the Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. He leads a news team that covers the communities of Bastrop and Smithville as well as the rest of the county. A native of Los Angeles, Andy moved to Texas during his formative years and is a graduate of Texas State University. Andy interned at KXAN in Austin and later served as the senior reporter for the Hays Free Press, covering city and county government, crime and courts, water, transportation and the area’s explosive population boom. Andy enjoys music, culture, food, learning and investigating a good story. 

Latest from Andy Sevilla

Bastrop schools superintendent to retire effective Dec. 31
 Bastrop school district Superintendent Steve Murray announced Tuesday night that he was retiring from his administrator position and as a school educator effective Dec. 31. “I have been so blessed to be able to work with so many wonderful teachers and school leaders … and truly blessed to have served so many students,”...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Bastrop school district Superintendent Steve Murray announced Tuesday night that he was retiring from his administrator position and as a school educator effective Dec. 31. “I have been so blessed to be able to work with so many wonderful teachers and school leaders … and truly blessed to have served so many students,”...
Bastrop County, cities post sales tax revenue growth in November
 Bastrop County and all its cities posted sales tax revenue gains this month when compared to November 2016, state comptroller data released last week show. Smithville, which had the largest percentage growth in the county, collected $58,192 in sales tax revenue this month, up 8.26 percent over its $53,749 collection last November. So far...

Posted: 2 days ago

Bastrop County and all its cities posted sales tax revenue gains this month when compared to November 2016, state comptroller data released last week show. Smithville, which had the largest percentage growth in the county, collected $58,192 in sales tax revenue this month, up 8.26 percent over its $53,749 collection last November. So far...
Bastrop schools superintendent announces retirement at end of year
 Bastrop school district Superintendent Steve Murray announced Tuesday night that he was retiring from his administrator position and as a school educator effective Dec. 31. “I have been so blessed to be able to work with so many wonderful teachers and school leaders … and truly blessed to have served so many students,”...

Posted: 2 days ago

Bastrop school district Superintendent Steve Murray announced Tuesday night that he was retiring from his administrator position and as a school educator effective Dec. 31. “I have been so blessed to be able to work with so many wonderful teachers and school leaders … and truly blessed to have served so many students,”...
CASA: Bastrop County has 115 children in state foster care system
 Last year, a child in Texas became a victim of abuse or neglect every 9 minutes. There were 58,644 confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect in Texas in 2016, and 222 kids died from it, according to Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which trains volunteers to speak up in court for the best interest of children who are victims...

Posted: 3 days ago

Last year, a child in Texas became a victim of abuse or neglect every 9 minutes. There were 58,644 confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect in Texas in 2016, and 222 kids died from it, according to Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which trains volunteers to speak up in court for the best interest of children who are victims...
Bastrop County’s first black justice of the peace gets tombstone
 Orange Wicks was born into slavery on a cotton plantation in Colorado County in the 1840s. Four decades later, he would be elected as Bastrop County’s first African American justice of the peace in a historic election that saw three African-Americans voted into local office. Wicks was 19 years old when slavery was abolished in 1865...

Posted: 7 days ago

Orange Wicks was born into slavery on a cotton plantation in Colorado County in the 1840s. Four decades later, he would be elected as Bastrop County’s first African American justice of the peace in a historic election that saw three African-Americans voted into local office. Wicks was 19 years old when slavery was abolished in 1865...
Voters reject $88.5 million Bastrop schools bond
 Bastrop school district voters rejected an $88.5 million bond measure Tuesday night with more than 64 percent of voters turning down the proposal, according to the final unofficial results. The results show 1,637 voters, or 35.61 percent, were for the bond, while 2,960 voters, or 64.39 percent, voted against it. “Naturally, we are disappointed...

Posted: 8 days ago

Bastrop school district voters rejected an $88.5 million bond measure Tuesday night with more than 64 percent of voters turning down the proposal, according to the final unofficial results. The results show 1,637 voters, or 35.61 percent, were for the bond, while 2,960 voters, or 64.39 percent, voted against it. “Naturally, we are disappointed...
FINAL: Voters decidedly reject $88.5 million Bastrop schools bond
 The Bastrop school district’s $88.5 million bond measure failed Tuesday night with more than 64 percent of voters rejecting the measure, according to the final unofficial results. The results show 1,637 voters, or 35.61 percent, were for the bond, while 2,960 voters, or 64.39 percent, voted against it. This is the second bond election...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Bastrop school district’s $88.5 million bond measure failed Tuesday night with more than 64 percent of voters rejecting the measure, according to the final unofficial results. The results show 1,637 voters, or 35.61 percent, were for the bond, while 2,960 voters, or 64.39 percent, voted against it. This is the second bond election...
Bastrop County sees 7.6 percent turnout in early vote
 As of Monday, 3,408 Bastrop County voters had cast a ballot early in an election that features an $88.5 million Bastrop school bond, $7.5 million road bond, annexation proposals and seven amendments to the state constitution. During the early voting period, which ended Friday, 3,011 voters cast a ballot early in person. As of Monday, the...

Posted: 10 days ago

As of Monday, 3,408 Bastrop County voters had cast a ballot early in an election that features an $88.5 million Bastrop school bond, $7.5 million road bond, annexation proposals and seven amendments to the state constitution. During the early voting period, which ended Friday, 3,011 voters cast a ballot early in person. As of Monday, the...
45-day jail sentence delayed for Bastrop County justice of the peace
 “Donna, you will not go to jail today,” a judge told Bastrop County Justice of the Peace Donna Thomson. Visiting Judge David Squier on Friday postponed a 45-day jail sentence he had handed down to Thomson for contempt of court during an Oct. 20 hearing dealing with litigation stemming from a 2014 divorce with prominent Bastrop...

Posted: 13 days ago

“Donna, you will not go to jail today,” a judge told Bastrop County Justice of the Peace Donna Thomson. Visiting Judge David Squier on Friday postponed a 45-day jail sentence he had handed down to Thomson for contempt of court during an Oct. 20 hearing dealing with litigation stemming from a 2014 divorce with prominent Bastrop...
Group spends $8,000 to boost support for $88.5M Bastrop school bond
 A political action committee supporting an $88.5 million Bastrop school bond has spent more than $8,000 to lobby in favor of the school district’s proposal. The Bastrop school board in August approved placing the school bond measure on the November ballot, despite voters rejecting a similar proposal last year. Officials have said the...

Posted: 15 days ago

A political action committee supporting an $88.5 million Bastrop school bond has spent more than $8,000 to lobby in favor of the school district’s proposal. The Bastrop school board in August approved placing the school bond measure on the November ballot, despite voters rejecting a similar proposal last year. Officials have said the...
WEATHER ALERT: Hail possible with storm moving through Bastrop County
 The National Weather Service has issued a significant weather advisory for Central Bastrop County and West Central Fayette County as a strong storm moves through the area capable of producing dime-size hail. At 8:14 p.m., Doppler radar was tracking a thunderstorm near Rosanky, about 11 miles southwest of Bastrop, moving northeast at 35 mph...

Posted: 16 days ago

The National Weather Service has issued a significant weather advisory for Central Bastrop County and West Central Fayette County as a strong storm moves through the area capable of producing dime-size hail. At 8:14 p.m., Doppler radar was tracking a thunderstorm near Rosanky, about 11 miles southwest of Bastrop, moving northeast at 35 mph...