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By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Mon, 05/08/2017 - 09:50

Political newcomer Connie Schroeder defeated 27-year veteran Council Member Willie DeLaRosa for Bastrop’s highest elected office, becoming the first woman to hold the post, according to the unofficial results.

“I am thrilled and honored to be the next mayor of Bastrop,” Schroeder said. “But what I’m most thrilled about is to see the huge participation in the election process. I appreciate Council Member Willie DeLaRosa’s service to our community.”

Schroeder enjoyed a strong lead after the early vote... Read More

By Terry Hagerty - Contributing Writer | Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:25

Bastrop students say the Youth Career Day held April 13 at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Performing Arts Center provided them a strong guiding light toward their potential career paths.

Students from Bastrop High School, Cedar Creek High School and the Colorado River Collegiate Academy heard from a panel of local business and public safety professionals, plus a keynote speech from the Austin tech community.

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By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:35

Bastrop is the 11th-fastest-growing county in Texas, according to U.S. Census data measuring growth from 2015 to 2016.

In that year, Bastrop County grew by 3.15 percent, reaching an estimated population of 82,733 in 2016.

“Our growth is expected, since we are next door to perhaps the No. 1 economy in the nation,” Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape said. “Jobs are available and our cost of living is relatively low.”

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By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:32

Business retention and expansion, workforce development, primary job creation, developing and exploring housing solutions, developing Bastrop’s brand and improving communication are among the goals the Bastrop Economic Development Corp. hopes to achieve in the next three to five years.

In a meeting Monday night, Alysia Cook of Opportunity Strategies led the corporation’s board in an analysis of the organizations strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats — or SWOT — as it looks to develop goals,... Read More

By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:31

The starter board for Bastrop’s Destination Marketing Organization has hired an interim director to help incorporate the organization as a state nonprofit, create bylaws, seat a full board and outline potential funding mechanisms.

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By Terry Hagerty - Special to the American-Statesman | Wed, 03/01/2017 - 17:50

While Bastrop certainly has some gifted homegrown musicians, a local resident who is a musician and producer prominent in Texas music wants to take Bastrop a step further — by pairing local acts with some of the state’s best known performers. Freddy Fletcher, a nephew of Willie Nelson and a founder and partner in Austin venue ACL Live and recording studio Arlyn, is kicking off a monthly music series at Viejo’s Tacos Y Tequila on Main Street on Friday, March 3.

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By Mary Huber - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:58

Bastrop residents will have a chance to weigh in on the future of the empty slab at 921 Main St. during a public hearing hosted by the city’s economic development corporation next week — part of an effort to determine the best use for the rundown space where three previous buildings have burned to the ground.

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By Shawn Kirkpatrick - Contributing columnist | Sun, 02/05/2017 - 13:23

It’s an exciting time to be in Bastrop.

As 2017 gets going, new businesses and restaurants are opening their doors, projects are developing in our historic downtown and additional housing options are coming closer to fruition. At the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, where I have served as executive director since April 2015, we’re hard at work to keep the momentum going.

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By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Fri, 02/03/2017 - 08:45

Ninety-four new single-family homes were approved for construction in Bastrop in 2016 — setting a five-year high — and officials say the city is on pace to meet or exceed last year’s housing production.

“We had several new site plans come through that we’re either reviewing or under construction or in the approved phase but they haven’t actually started,” Bastrop Director of Planning and Engineering Wesley Brandon said.

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