Wesley Gardner

Wes Gardner is a reporter and columnist for The Bastrop Advertiser, where he covers the Bastrop County Commissioners Court, the Bastrop school district and community news. He joined the Advertiser staff in March after working for the Austin American-Statesman as an editorial assistant compiling community news since 2011. He is a mass communication graduate of St. Edwards University in Austin, where he studied journalism and philosophy.

Latest from Wesley Gardner

Bastrop school district honored in statewide magazine
 The Bastrop school district secured some bragging rights — both literally and figuratively — earlier this month after being included in the Texas School Business Magazine’s eighth annual “Bragging Rights” edition for its involvement in the We Believe in BISD campaign. Every winter, Texas School Business publishes...

6:58 PM Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

The Bastrop school district secured some bragging rights — both literally and figuratively — earlier this month after being included in the Texas School Business Magazine’s eighth annual “Bragging Rights” edition for its involvement in the We Believe in BISD campaign. Every winter, Texas School Business publishes...
Bastrop County: Local police agencies employ the use of body cameras
 Civil unrest and mass protests following an officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, Mo. and several other officer-involved incidents throughout the United States have put the use of body cameras under a national spotlight. Each police agency in Bastrop County — including the Bastrop, Smithville and Elgin police departments, in addition...

6:55 PM Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Civil unrest and mass protests following an officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, Mo. and several other officer-involved incidents throughout the United States have put the use of body cameras under a national spotlight. Each police agency in Bastrop County — including the Bastrop, Smithville and Elgin police departments, in addition...
Spa owner wins entrepreneur competition in Bastrop
 Bastrop Main Street Program officials were on hand at Tuesday’s nights regular City Council meeting with a pair of oversized checks and a prize package valued at more than $15,000 for local business owner Cindy Cordova, winner of the second annual Adult Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition Cordova, owner of Cherry Blossoms Spa in...

6:00 AM Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Bastrop Main Street Program officials were on hand at Tuesday’s nights regular City Council meeting with a pair of oversized checks and a prize package valued at more than $15,000 for local business owner Cindy Cordova, winner of the second annual Adult Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition Cordova, owner of Cherry Blossoms Spa in...
Bastrop growth presents unforeseen zoning woes

6:00 AM Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

The Bastrop City Council found itself in a bit of a quandary at its Tuesday meeting, when it considered whether to grant a home developer a variance to a rural subdivision ordinance that wasn’t in effect when the neighborhood was originally platted. Sidney Lanier, developer of the WoodRun Subdivision northwest of downtown, submitted...
Bastrop Sheriff’s office transforms digital presence
 The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office is revamping its digital presence within the community with the release of a new and more interactive website, as well as a new social media platform that will allow users to create private neighborhood groups to share important information, including public safety issues, community events, local...

11:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office is revamping its digital presence within the community with the release of a new and more interactive website, as well as a new social media platform that will allow users to create private neighborhood groups to share important information, including public safety issues, community events, local...
Bastrop County Commissioners approve wildfire mitigation study

6:08 PM Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Bastrop County Commissioners at their regular meeting Monday morning approved consulting firm Anchor Point Group to conduct a countywide wildfire risk assessment study that will aim to assist in future decision making within the county’s fire management planning process. The study, which will cost roughly $250,000 to conduct, is being...
Bastrop County 4-H Club’s inaugural archery event hits its target
 Local youth members gathered Saturday afternoon at the Bastrop 4-H Rodeo Arena for the county 4-H Club’s inaugural archery competition. According to coach Mary Ellen Barak, the event hit its mark. The 4-H Program, which involves more than 6.5 million youth annually, allows kids ages 8t to 19 to develop citizenship and leadership skills...

6:03 PM Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Local youth members gathered Saturday afternoon at the Bastrop 4-H Rodeo Arena for the county 4-H Club’s inaugural archery competition. According to coach Mary Ellen Barak, the event hit its mark. The 4-H Program, which involves more than 6.5 million youth annually, allows kids ages 8t to 19 to develop citizenship and leadership skills...
City backs upcoming art center and sculpture garden
 The Bastrop City Council has approved $300,000 in funding to assist the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild — an association formed to promote artists in the Lost Pines community — in building the upcoming Lost Pines Art Center and Commemorative Sculpture Garden. Fine Arts Guild board member Karol Rice previously announced in November that...

8:00 PM Tuesday, Dec. 09, 2014

The Bastrop City Council has approved $300,000 in funding to assist the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild — an association formed to promote artists in the Lost Pines community — in building the upcoming Lost Pines Art Center and Commemorative Sculpture Garden. Fine Arts Guild board member Karol Rice previously announced in November that...
Gardner Variety: The joy of discovering forgotten memories
 The human brain is an immensely complex organ. In fact, it’s arguably the most complex living structure in the universe, at least according to us Earthlings. With an estimated 100 billion neurons passing signals to each other through as many as 1,000 trillion synaptic connections, it continuously takes in and analyzes sensory information...

10:22 PM Monday, Dec. 08, 2014

The human brain is an immensely complex organ. In fact, it’s arguably the most complex living structure in the universe, at least according to us Earthlings. With an estimated 100 billion neurons passing signals to each other through as many as 1,000 trillion synaptic connections, it continuously takes in and analyzes sensory information...
Local robotics team to host computer programming event
 The Bastrop High School robotics team is giving local students a chance to hone in on their computer programming skills at a special coding event scheduled to run from 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria of Bastrop High School, 1614 Chambers St.

10:20 PM Monday, Dec. 08, 2014

The Bastrop High School robotics team is giving local students a chance to hone in on their computer programming skills at a special coding event scheduled to run from 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria of Bastrop High School, 1614 Chambers St.
New subdivision set for construction in Bastrop
 The Bastrop City Council has given formal approval to the final plat for a section of the upcoming Pecan Park subdivision that will result in the construction of 48 residential lots south of Texas 71 near Childers Street. The property — part of a development agreement between DM Pecan Park and the city of Bastrop — was initially...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 04, 2014

The Bastrop City Council has given formal approval to the final plat for a section of the upcoming Pecan Park subdivision that will result in the construction of 48 residential lots south of Texas 71 near Childers Street. The property — part of a development agreement between DM Pecan Park and the city of Bastrop — was initially...