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Large fire involving 50 hay bales contained north of Bastrop
 Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 2 firefighters have contained a large fire in the 100 block of Coolwater Drive, north of Bastrop. A large plume of smoke can be seen billowing from the fire as officials let about 50 round hay bales burn out. Multiple fire units are on scene, monitoring the blaze. Authorities are asking drivers...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 2 firefighters have contained a large fire in the 100 block of Coolwater Drive, north of Bastrop. A large plume of smoke can be seen billowing from the fire as officials let about 50 round hay bales burn out. Multiple fire units are on scene, monitoring the blaze. Authorities are asking drivers...
Bastrop County justice of the peace seeks to overturn jail sentence
 Bastrop County Justice of the Peace Donna Thomson is asking an appellate court to overturn a 15-day jail sentence she is serving after a judge found her in contempt in October for failing to return several firearms to her ex-husband as part of a divorce settlement agreement and having previously testified she was not in possession of the...

Posted: 4 days ago

Bastrop County Justice of the Peace Donna Thomson is asking an appellate court to overturn a 15-day jail sentence she is serving after a judge found her in contempt in October for failing to return several firearms to her ex-husband as part of a divorce settlement agreement and having previously testified she was not in possession of the...
Bastrop County, cities start year collecting higher sales tax revenues
 Bastrop County and its cities are starting off the year with positive revenue growth as each community collected more sales tax revenue in January than it did during the same month in 2017, according to state comptroller data. Smithville is by far leading the county and cities in revenue percentage growth, data shows. The city collected $48...

Posted: 5 days ago

Bastrop County and its cities are starting off the year with positive revenue growth as each community collected more sales tax revenue in January than it did during the same month in 2017, according to state comptroller data. Smithville is by far leading the county and cities in revenue percentage growth, data shows. The city collected $48...
WEATHER: Hard freeze warning issued for Bastrop County
 9:30 p.m. update: The National Weather Service has issued a hard freeze warning for Bastrop and several Central Texas counties effective until noon Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to range from the mid 20s to teens overnight before rising above freezing about noon. The weather service said no wintry precipitation is expected overnight...

Posted: 6 days ago

9:30 p.m. update: The National Weather Service has issued a hard freeze warning for Bastrop and several Central Texas counties effective until noon Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to range from the mid 20s to teens overnight before rising above freezing about noon. The weather service said no wintry precipitation is expected overnight...
JUST IN: Semi-truck, train collide along U.S. 79 in Hutto
 The Hutto Police Department is investigating a crash involving a semi-truck and a train along U.S. 79. The crash happened at a private rail crossing along U.S. 79, west of Texas 130. There are no reported injuries and the public is not in any danger, officials said. Police are urging residents to avoid the area as officers investigate and...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Hutto Police Department is investigating a crash involving a semi-truck and a train along U.S. 79. The crash happened at a private rail crossing along U.S. 79, west of Texas 130. There are no reported injuries and the public is not in any danger, officials said. Police are urging residents to avoid the area as officers investigate and...
BREAKING: Bastrop justice of the peace begins 15-day jail sentence
 Bastrop County Justice of the Peace Donna Thomson on Friday began a 15-day jail sentence for contempt of court after a judge found she failed to return several firearms to her ex-husband as part of a divorce settlement agreement and had testified she was not in possession of the guns. “Both parties testified under oath that they didn&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Bastrop County Justice of the Peace Donna Thomson on Friday began a 15-day jail sentence for contempt of court after a judge found she failed to return several firearms to her ex-husband as part of a divorce settlement agreement and had testified she was not in possession of the guns. “Both parties testified under oath that they didn&rsquo...
Bastrop, Smithville ready celebrations honoring civil rights leader
 The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee of Bastrop will celebrate its 31st anniversary and honor the committee’s namesake’s life Sunday with a program and fundraiser for academic scholarships. Huston-Tillotson University President and CEO Colette Pierce Burnette will be the keynote speaker and the university&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee of Bastrop will celebrate its 31st anniversary and honor the committee’s namesake’s life Sunday with a program and fundraiser for academic scholarships. Huston-Tillotson University President and CEO Colette Pierce Burnette will be the keynote speaker and the university&rsquo...
JUST IN: Authorities ID man killed Tuesday in Bastrop County crash
 A man who died in a motorcycle crash in Bastrop County on Tuesday has been identified as 41-year-old Jeremy William Shoumaker from Dale. Shoumaker was driving west on Texas 21, about 1 mile west of Cedar Creek, when he lost control of his 2002 Honda CB600 motorcycle, drove off the roadway and struck a tree about 4:40 p.m., Texas Department...

Posted: 12 days ago

A man who died in a motorcycle crash in Bastrop County on Tuesday has been identified as 41-year-old Jeremy William Shoumaker from Dale. Shoumaker was driving west on Texas 21, about 1 mile west of Cedar Creek, when he lost control of his 2002 Honda CB600 motorcycle, drove off the roadway and struck a tree about 4:40 p.m., Texas Department...
UPDATE: Texas 21 reopened in Bastrop County after fatal crash
 7 p.m. update: Texas 21 at FM 535 has been reopened after a fatal motorcycle crash in Cedar Creek on Tuesday. Officials announced the roadway opening about two hours after the crash was reported. One person died in the single-vehicle crash. Authorities have not yet publicly identified the person who died, nor have they determined the cause...

Posted: 13 days ago

7 p.m. update: Texas 21 at FM 535 has been reopened after a fatal motorcycle crash in Cedar Creek on Tuesday. Officials announced the roadway opening about two hours after the crash was reported. One person died in the single-vehicle crash. Authorities have not yet publicly identified the person who died, nor have they determined the cause...
Bastrop EDC backs away from land repurchase after botched deal
 The Bastrop Economic Development Corp. last week rescinded its action to repurchase 3.7 acres in the Bastrop Business and Industrial Park after the board learned it was misled by staff into buying the property back from Good Soul Brewing Co., which planned to build a brewery on the site. The corporation sold the 3.7-acre lot to Good Soul...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Bastrop Economic Development Corp. last week rescinded its action to repurchase 3.7 acres in the Bastrop Business and Industrial Park after the board learned it was misled by staff into buying the property back from Good Soul Brewing Co., which planned to build a brewery on the site. The corporation sold the 3.7-acre lot to Good Soul...
Elgin hires new police chief after top cop retires
 The city of Elgin has hired a former Austin police commander as its new police chief after its top cop retired last month, City Manager Tom Mattis said in a statement Friday. Patrick South, a 25-year veteran with the Austin Police Department, was appointed as Elgin’s police chief and will began in his new role Wednesday. “I am...

Posted: 13 days ago

The city of Elgin has hired a former Austin police commander as its new police chief after its top cop retired last month, City Manager Tom Mattis said in a statement Friday. Patrick South, a 25-year veteran with the Austin Police Department, was appointed as Elgin’s police chief and will began in his new role Wednesday. “I am...
Bastrop one step closer to being featured on show, winning $500,000
 Bastrop is one step closer at a chance at winning up to $500,000 in small business support for Main Street and being featured in Season 3 of the series “Small Business Revolution - Main Street.” The city was announced as a top 10 finalist recently. Deluxe Corporation, a small business marketing and financial services firm that...

Posted: 18 days ago

Bastrop is one step closer at a chance at winning up to $500,000 in small business support for Main Street and being featured in Season 3 of the series “Small Business Revolution - Main Street.” The city was announced as a top 10 finalist recently. Deluxe Corporation, a small business marketing and financial services firm that...
Bastrop County Republican Party chair draws challenger in primary
 Republicans in Bastrop County will have a choice in March on who should lead the party for the next two years and heading into the November elections, which feature one Republican-held county office challenged by a Democrat. Jeanne Raley, who in 2016 won the party’s chair after incumbent Albert Ellison was disqualified for filing his...

Posted: 20 days ago

Republicans in Bastrop County will have a choice in March on who should lead the party for the next two years and heading into the November elections, which feature one Republican-held county office challenged by a Democrat. Jeanne Raley, who in 2016 won the party’s chair after incumbent Albert Ellison was disqualified for filing his...
JUST IN: Traffic lights go dark in Elgin as power outage affects city
 The city of Elgin is experiencing a large power outage, causing traffic lights not to work, Bastrop County officials said Thursday afternoon. Fire and police officers are working on the issues and the Texas Department of Public Safety is en route to the city for traffic control, officials said. A cuase for the outage was not immediately available...

Posted: 25 days ago

The city of Elgin is experiencing a large power outage, causing traffic lights not to work, Bastrop County officials said Thursday afternoon. Fire and police officers are working on the issues and the Texas Department of Public Safety is en route to the city for traffic control, officials said. A cuase for the outage was not immediately available...
Health care sign-up deadline Sunday for residents affected by Harvey
 Bastrop County residents have until Sunday to enroll in health care coverage for 2018, after the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services extended the deadline for residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. The enrollment period ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 — but for residents who live or lived at the time of the hurricane in any of...

Posted: 25 days ago

Bastrop County residents have until Sunday to enroll in health care coverage for 2018, after the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services extended the deadline for residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. The enrollment period ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 — but for residents who live or lived at the time of the hurricane in any of...
Bastrop sophomore chosen for national civic engagement program
 A student at Colorado River Collegiate Academy has been chosen to participate in the 2018 Youth Collaboratory, a program by Seattle-based Citizen University, a nonprofit that fosters empowered citizenship through activation, communication and education. Sophomore CJ Ramirez will join 23 other students in an online educational program as well...

6:00 AM Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

A student at Colorado River Collegiate Academy has been chosen to participate in the 2018 Youth Collaboratory, a program by Seattle-based Citizen University, a nonprofit that fosters empowered citizenship through activation, communication and education. Sophomore CJ Ramirez will join 23 other students in an online educational program as well...
Cedar Creek student to participate in U.S. Senate Youth Program
 A Cedar Creek High School student has been selected to participate as a delegate to the 2018 U.S. Senate Youth Program, a program established in 1962 for student leaders looking to pursue careers in public service. Kendall Haase is one of two students from Texas chosen to participate in the program. Only 104 students nationally are selected...

4:00 PM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

A Cedar Creek High School student has been selected to participate as a delegate to the 2018 U.S. Senate Youth Program, a program established in 1962 for student leaders looking to pursue careers in public service. Kendall Haase is one of two students from Texas chosen to participate in the program. Only 104 students nationally are selected...
Smithville leads ‘municipal pack’ in December sales tax revenue growth
 Smithville led Bastrop County and its cities in sales tax revenue growth this month compared to the same month last year, marking an 18.11 percent increase for December. Smithville collected $45,521 in sales tax revenue in December, according to recently released state comptroller data. During the same month last year, the city collected...

3:00 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Smithville led Bastrop County and its cities in sales tax revenue growth this month compared to the same month last year, marking an 18.11 percent increase for December. Smithville collected $45,521 in sales tax revenue in December, according to recently released state comptroller data. During the same month last year, the city collected...
Deadline to file for a place in March primary is Monday
 Thirteen Bastrop County elected offices are up for grabs next year, including county judge, commissioners, justices of the peace and department heads. The deadline to file a candidacy in the March primary is Monday. Candidates seeking local office must first file an appointment of a campaign treasurer with the Bastrop County Elections Office...

6:00 AM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Thirteen Bastrop County elected offices are up for grabs next year, including county judge, commissioners, justices of the peace and department heads. The deadline to file a candidacy in the March primary is Monday. Candidates seeking local office must first file an appointment of a campaign treasurer with the Bastrop County Elections Office...
BREAKING: Bastrop County woman missing since Tuesday found safe
 Friday update: After being spotted in South Austin on Friday morning, a Bastrop County woman who had been missing from her Cedar Creek home since Tuesday night has been found safe, police say. The Austin police department announced Friday afternoon Mordell Allen, 68, has been located and is safe. Mordell was spotted Friday morning at a CVS...

10:47 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

Friday update: After being spotted in South Austin on Friday morning, a Bastrop County woman who had been missing from her Cedar Creek home since Tuesday night has been found safe, police say. The Austin police department announced Friday afternoon Mordell Allen, 68, has been located and is safe. Mordell was spotted Friday morning at a CVS...
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