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Superintendent for Bastrop schools likely to come from within district
 The Bastrop school board is moving forward on its search for its next superintendent after approving the job posting last week but for internal candidates only. Bastrop schools superintendent Steve Murray resigned effective Dec. 31 after accepting a job in the private sector. The school board in December named deputy superintendent Barry...

Posted: 7 hours ago

The Bastrop school board is moving forward on its search for its next superintendent after approving the job posting last week but for internal candidates only. Bastrop schools superintendent Steve Murray resigned effective Dec. 31 after accepting a job in the private sector. The school board in December named deputy superintendent Barry...
Smithville school board hires first female superintendent
 The Smithville school board last week unanimously appointed Cheryl Burns as the district’s superintendent, the first woman to hold the top administrator post. Burns had been serving as interim superintendent since March 1 after Rock McNulty abruptly tendered his resignation during a meeting in February. The school board set Burns&rsquo...

Posted: 8 hours ago

The Smithville school board last week unanimously appointed Cheryl Burns as the district’s superintendent, the first woman to hold the top administrator post. Burns had been serving as interim superintendent since March 1 after Rock McNulty abruptly tendered his resignation during a meeting in February. The school board set Burns&rsquo...
Six candidates seek three Bastrop County WCID No. 2 seats
 Three candidates seeking to return to the Bastrop County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2 board of directors have drawn challengers. Board president John Creamer, who has served on the board since 2010 — he had previously served on the board after being elected in 1994 — is being challenged by Butch Carmack, who is...

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Three candidates seeking to return to the Bastrop County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2 board of directors have drawn challengers. Board president John Creamer, who has served on the board since 2010 — he had previously served on the board after being elected in 1994 — is being challenged by Butch Carmack, who is...
WEEKEND PLANNER: Fun events in Bastrop County on April 21-22
 Looking for something to do this weekend? There are a lot of fun happenings around Bastrop County. Be sure to have an umbrella handy on Saturday as there’s a 60 percent chance of storms. The high will be 75 with a low around 56. On Sunday, there’s a slight chance of rain before 8 a.m. before a mostly sunny day with a high of 75...

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Looking for something to do this weekend? There are a lot of fun happenings around Bastrop County. Be sure to have an umbrella handy on Saturday as there’s a 60 percent chance of storms. The high will be 75 with a low around 56. On Sunday, there’s a slight chance of rain before 8 a.m. before a mostly sunny day with a high of 75...
Bastrop school board member Glenn Peterson resigns after 14 years
 Bastrop school board member Glenn Peterson has tendered his resignation from the board, saying it’s time for him to retire his service to the district. “It has been my honor and privilege to sit on this board and to serve in the best way I knew how for the children and parents of this community,” Peterson said in his April...

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Bastrop school board member Glenn Peterson has tendered his resignation from the board, saying it’s time for him to retire his service to the district. “It has been my honor and privilege to sit on this board and to serve in the best way I knew how for the children and parents of this community,” Peterson said in his April...
Bastrop school principal tapped for leadership program at Harvard
 Lost Pines Elementary Principal Melinda Gardner has been selected to participate in a professional development program designed to empower and inspire school leaders at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gardner is among 100 other school principals from across the state picked to take part in the 2018 Raise Your Hand Texas Leadership...

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Lost Pines Elementary Principal Melinda Gardner has been selected to participate in a professional development program designed to empower and inspire school leaders at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gardner is among 100 other school principals from across the state picked to take part in the 2018 Raise Your Hand Texas Leadership...
Smithville loses ground on sales tax revenue collections
 Smithville was the only local government in Bastrop County to take in less sales tax revenue this month than in the same month last year, according to state comptroller records. Smithville received $35,610 in revenue this month, down 9.64 percent compared to the $39,410 it received in April 2017. So far this year, Smithville has collected...

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Smithville was the only local government in Bastrop County to take in less sales tax revenue this month than in the same month last year, according to state comptroller records. Smithville received $35,610 in revenue this month, down 9.64 percent compared to the $39,410 it received in April 2017. So far this year, Smithville has collected...
Home values in 2018 increase by 10 percent in Bastrop County
 Homeowners in Bastrop County will see property valuation increases of 10 percent on average this year, according to the Bastrop Central Appraisal District. “We continue to see upward pressure on the real estate market,” interim Chief Appraiser Richard Petree said. “More and more people are looking at Bastrop County as a...

Posted: 7 days ago

Homeowners in Bastrop County will see property valuation increases of 10 percent on average this year, according to the Bastrop Central Appraisal District. “We continue to see upward pressure on the real estate market,” interim Chief Appraiser Richard Petree said. “More and more people are looking at Bastrop County as a...
Smithville school board president arrested in Florida in August
 Smithville school board President Dareld Morris III was arrested in Franklin County, Fla. in August for domestic battery after being accused of throwing his wife against a wall, possibly causing her to black out, according to sheriff’s office records. Morris pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge. He told the Smithville Times...

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Smithville school board President Dareld Morris III was arrested in Franklin County, Fla. in August for domestic battery after being accused of throwing his wife against a wall, possibly causing her to black out, according to sheriff’s office records. Morris pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge. He told the Smithville Times...
WEEKEND GUIDE: Things to do in Bastrop, Smithville on April 14-15
 Do you have family or friends visiting this weekend, or need to keep the kiddos occupied? We’ve got you covered. Despite a wet Friday, Saturday and Sunday should be sunny with fresh temperatures. On Saturday, the forecast calls for mostly sunny weather with a high around 69 and a low around 42. On Sunday, it will be sunny with a high...

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Do you have family or friends visiting this weekend, or need to keep the kiddos occupied? We’ve got you covered. Despite a wet Friday, Saturday and Sunday should be sunny with fresh temperatures. On Saturday, the forecast calls for mostly sunny weather with a high around 69 and a low around 42. On Sunday, it will be sunny with a high...
WEATHER ALERT: Thunderstorm warning issued for Bastrop County
 11 p.m. update: The National Weather Service has issued a thunderstorm warning for Eastern Bastrop County until 11:45 p.m. At 10:38 p.m., Doppler radar indicated a strong thunderstrom near Manor was moving east at 55 mph and is capable of producing dime size hail and wind gusts up to 50 mph. Earlier: You may want to keep an umbrella handy...

Posted: 11 days ago

11 p.m. update: The National Weather Service has issued a thunderstorm warning for Eastern Bastrop County until 11:45 p.m. At 10:38 p.m., Doppler radar indicated a strong thunderstrom near Manor was moving east at 55 mph and is capable of producing dime size hail and wind gusts up to 50 mph. Earlier: You may want to keep an umbrella handy...
Bastrop police chief fired after city manager loses confidence in him
 Bastrop City Manager Lynda Humble fired Public Safety Director and Police Chief Steve Adcock on Tuesday, saying she had grown “increasingly concerned” about his ability to manage his department. On Wednesday, Adcock filed an appeal with the City Council, challenging his firing. “Please accept this letter as notice that I...

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Bastrop City Manager Lynda Humble fired Public Safety Director and Police Chief Steve Adcock on Tuesday, saying she had grown “increasingly concerned” about his ability to manage his department. On Wednesday, Adcock filed an appeal with the City Council, challenging his firing. “Please accept this letter as notice that I...
Bastrop’s director of economic development tenders resignation
 Shawn Kirkpatrick, who has led economic development and job recruitment in Bastrop for three years, has tendered his resignation as executive director of the Bastrop Economic Development Corp. “After deep contemplation with my family, I am resigning my position as executive director of the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation effective...

Posted: 14 days ago

Shawn Kirkpatrick, who has led economic development and job recruitment in Bastrop for three years, has tendered his resignation as executive director of the Bastrop Economic Development Corp. “After deep contemplation with my family, I am resigning my position as executive director of the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation effective...
Rogers, Gonzalez talk issues, campaign for Bastrop City Council
 Local business owner Drusilla Rogers and attorney Victor Gonzalez will face off in the May 5 Bastrop City Council election as both candidates vie to succeed Gary Schiff for the Place 2 seat. Schiff, who was elected in 2015, decided against running for re-election. Rogers, who sits on the board of the Bastrop Economic Development Corp., was...

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Local business owner Drusilla Rogers and attorney Victor Gonzalez will face off in the May 5 Bastrop City Council election as both candidates vie to succeed Gary Schiff for the Place 2 seat. Schiff, who was elected in 2015, decided against running for re-election. Rogers, who sits on the board of the Bastrop Economic Development Corp., was...
NEW: Woman charged with manslaughter after fatal crash in Elgin
 Tuesday update: A 59-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter after police say she was driving at a “high rate of speed,” drove off the roadway and struck several vehicles, leaving a 19-year-old Elgin man dead Friday night. Terry Nelson is being held at the Bastrop County Jail on $120,000 bail. The crash was reported...

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Tuesday update: A 59-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter after police say she was driving at a “high rate of speed,” drove off the roadway and struck several vehicles, leaving a 19-year-old Elgin man dead Friday night. Terry Nelson is being held at the Bastrop County Jail on $120,000 bail. The crash was reported...
Bastrop rolls out preliminary design leg for skate park
 Bastrop students and teachers say a proposed skate park in town is a welcome solution to providing a safe and healthy place for children to exercise and build relationships with others. The Bastrop City Council in November approved $16,500 to hire consultants to develop a design for a “wheeled sports plaza” at Fisherman&rsquo...

Posted: 19 days ago

Bastrop students and teachers say a proposed skate park in town is a welcome solution to providing a safe and healthy place for children to exercise and build relationships with others. The Bastrop City Council in November approved $16,500 to hire consultants to develop a design for a “wheeled sports plaza” at Fisherman&rsquo...
Vigil to commemorate MLK tonight at Bastrop County Courthouse gazebo
 Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and residents in Bastrop County will meet at the Bastrop County Courthouse gazebo to commemorate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. The candlelight vigil will begin at 8 p.m. tonight. The public is invited to attend and is asked to bring a candle and...

Posted: 20 days ago

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and residents in Bastrop County will meet at the Bastrop County Courthouse gazebo to commemorate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. The candlelight vigil will begin at 8 p.m. tonight. The public is invited to attend and is asked to bring a candle and...
Meeting Tuesday on possible skate park in Bastrop moved to City Hall
 A meeting Tuesday night to take public input on the development of a conceptual design for a skate park in Bastrop has been moved to City Hall. The meeting was scheduled outdoors at Fisherman’s Park but due to the potential for inclement weather Tuesday night, it has been moved to City Hall, 1311 Chestnut St, from 6:30-8 p.m. There&rsquo...

Posted: 21 days ago

A meeting Tuesday night to take public input on the development of a conceptual design for a skate park in Bastrop has been moved to City Hall. The meeting was scheduled outdoors at Fisherman’s Park but due to the potential for inclement weather Tuesday night, it has been moved to City Hall, 1311 Chestnut St, from 6:30-8 p.m. There&rsquo...
Burns named lone finalist for Smithville schools superintendent job
 The Smithville school board last week named Cheryl Burns as the lone finalist for the superintendent job, a month after Rock McNulty abruptly tendered his resignation as the district’s top administrator during a school board meeting. Burns, who is the district’s assistant superintendent, has served as interim superintendent since...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Smithville school board last week named Cheryl Burns as the lone finalist for the superintendent job, a month after Rock McNulty abruptly tendered his resignation as the district’s top administrator during a school board meeting. Burns, who is the district’s assistant superintendent, has served as interim superintendent since...
Bastrop council considers new rules to govern ethics, complaints
 The Bastrop City Council on Tuesday approved nixing its ethics ordinance and adopting a new one that explicitly regulates officials’ behavior and creates a mechanism to accept, dismiss and appeal ethics complaints. “I believe, council, our goal is to have something that is clear for folks that are in office, clear for folks who...

Posted: 26 days ago

The Bastrop City Council on Tuesday approved nixing its ethics ordinance and adopting a new one that explicitly regulates officials’ behavior and creates a mechanism to accept, dismiss and appeal ethics complaints. “I believe, council, our goal is to have something that is clear for folks that are in office, clear for folks who...
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