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Jeffrey Voigt, a Bastrop County resident with commercial property in the city, questioned why the city has not been able to retain talented employees in recent years, specifically referencing former city engineer Wesley Brandon, who left this year for a job in a North Texas city. “We have not grown too large ...
Commissioners approved the next step in the process of a proposed interlocal agreement with the City of Elgin and Bastrop County for the processing of subdivisions in the city's extra-territorial jurisdiction during Monday's regular meeting. The court approved a Takings Impact Assessment and a public ...

The Bastrop Independent School District has been released as a party from the yearslong lawsuit over Pine Forest Unit 6 — the most controversial piece of property in the county — in exchange for a $65,000 payment from Bastrop County. The three governmental entities involved in the suit — the county, the city of Bastrop ...
A Bastrop County bridge that has contributed to flooding in several homes along Texas 304 is getting some long-awaited rehabilitation next month when construction crews will begin to replace it. The bridge along Shiloh Road near the Texas 304 intersection will be removed and replaced with a structure ...
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 ...
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 ... “More and more people are looking at Bastrop County as a quality place to live at a more reasonable price than Austin. Our market ...

It was not immediately known how many vehicles were involved, however no injuries were reported, according to Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook. Earlier: A crash near the intersection of Texas 21 and FM 812 in Bastrop County has shut down the westbound lanes of Texas 21 , according to the ...
A total of 100 vouchers have been made available to the city of Smithville, the city of Bastrop, residents in Bastrop County and residents in Lee County. Only 45 vouchers have been claimed. Lee County residents interested in obtaining one can contact the Lee County Judge's Office. Smithville residents can ...
Bastrop County has been grappling with asbestos in three of its buildings for years, according to documents obtained through a public information request. In February, nine county employees were evacuated from the historic jailhouse, one of the county's oldest buildings that is used today for jury ...
The Bastrop County Emergency Communication Center will be expanding its facility to account for a steady increase in 911 calls across the county. The $1 million expansion will move the Emergency Communication Center into a newly purchased facility, double the number of stations for 911 call takers, ...
Like all fire districts within Bastrop County, ESD No. 2 and the Bastrop Fire Department share a mutual-aid agreement, meaning that emergency responders can lend assistance across jurisdictional boundaries. Under the agreement, the Bastrop Fire Department is often dispatching its crew to calls near the ...
A deputy with the Bastrop County sheriff's office later spotted the cab speeding down Texas 71, 22 minutes after a description of the vehicle was shared among law enforcement officials. The deputy gave chase, with the pursuit reaching speeds of over 130 mph as the two vehicles sped out of Bastrop ...
The Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team is in “desperate” need of volunteers to continue recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey drenched the Texas countryside nearly seven months ago. “This is a unique situation we're in,” said Sheila Lowe, executive director of the recovery group. “Because ...
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for much of Central Texas, including Bastrop County, until 7 p.m. Monday due to critical fire weather conditions. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior, the weather ...
Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape told TCEQ commissioners that the county is authorized to use the most current and reliable flood plain data available to evaluate development projects. He said Lealco has not applied for a development permit from the county and he believes it should have been required ...
Bastrop County's historic jailhouse was evacuated and closed indefinitely Tuesday after an inspection found asbestos had been disturbed in the ... Bastrop County employees will soon receive asbestos-awareness training after the carcinogen was found in a second county building in as many months.
A structure fire Wednesday night left one person dead in the 200 block of BJ Mayes Road north of Bastrop officials said. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO. One person is dead after a wooden building caught fire Wednesday night in the 200 block of BJ Mayes Road north of Bastrop, officials said. Bastrop County ...

Cook, the first Republican to get in the race, is married to Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook. She has 39 years of experience in criminal justice. Most recently, she worked at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, where she was the agency's first female executive director. She retired from that post ...
“I am grateful that a strong majority of the voters in this election chose me to continue serving as Bastrop County judge,” Pape said. “This diverse position requires patience to listen to everyone, wisdom to treat everyone with respect and courage to work for the greater good of the whole while protecting ...
A justice of the peace hears traffic and other Class C misdemeanor cases punishable by fines, as well as civil cases of up to $10,000, landlord and tenant disputes and truancy cases. A justice performs magistrate duties and conducts inquests. The 2018 approved salary for Bastrop County justice of the ...
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 ...


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