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By Andy Sevilla (Austin Community Newspapers Staff) | Thu, 06/16/2016 - 09:44

Bastrop City Manager Mike Talbot announced Wednesday he will resign, saying the City Council has overstepped its boundaries and infiltrated day-to-day management of the city, effectively handicapping him from doing his job.

“Over the past year the gradual erosion of the home rule charter’s segregation of responsibilities between the council and the manager … has culminated in a level of mental and physical stress that is seriously affecting my health and well-being,” Talbot said in his resignation letter... Read More

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 13:15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   June 1, 2016 Contact: Reid Sharp, First National Bank President/CEO 512-581-4400                                  

Bastrop County, TX – A strong leader in lending, First National Bank of Bastrop continues to serve its small business community banking needs by expanding its SBA 7(a) loan program.

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Wed, 06/01/2016 - 16:29

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By Andy Sevilla (Austin Community Newspapers Staff) | Thu, 05/26/2016 - 09:47

Bastrop’s population grew by nearly 14 percent from 2010-2015, topping 8,200 residents in July 2015, according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau data.

Bastrop’s population reached 8,231 last July, according to the federal agency’s latest estimates. The city’s population grew by 13.73 percent since 2010, making it the fastest-growing city in the county during those five years. Smithville and Elgin grew by 7.24 and 10.92 percent, respectively, during the same reporting period.

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By Andy Sevilla (Austin Community Newspapers Staff) | Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:26

A Pittsburgh-based medical equipment manufacturing company may relocate to Bastrop after the city’s economic development corporation offered free land for the move.

The Bastrop Economic Development Corporation’s board unanimously agreed Monday to refund AEI Technologies, Inc. up to 100 percent of a 1.4-acre property sale at the Bastrop Business and Industrial Park, minus closing costs, if it relocates to the city and creates seven full time jobs within 10 years.

According to the agreement, BEDC... Read More

By Burton Fitzsimmons TWC News | Thu, 05/19/2016 - 16:00

BASTROP -- Summer's almost upon us and high school students across Central Texas will be looking for that summer job, but here today Bastrop and Cedar Creek students in particular, the high schoolers are thinking not just about a seasonal job but about their whole career. Let me bring in Shawn, one of the directors here of the Youth Career Day. It's so important that they find a job that fits them well and that they can contribute to the community.

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By Andy Sevilla (Austin Community Newspapers Staff) | Tue, 04/12/2016 - 12:11

Bastrop County is among the top 50 fastest growing counties in the U.S., according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau data.

The county is ranked number 48 as it added nearly 2,400 people from 2014 to 2015. The federal agency estimates Bastrop County’s 2015 population at 80,527, up 3 percent from its 78,148 estimate in 2014.

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Fri, 04/01/2016 - 13:32
                                                                                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Read More
By Andy Sevilla (Austin Community Newspapers Staff) | Thu, 03/10/2016 - 08:26

Cedar Creek High School received national certification for its Project Lead the Way program, affording students an opportunity to gain dual college credit with engineering courses and priority acceptance to institutions of higher learning.

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By Jillian Beck (Austin Community Newspapers Staff) | Sat, 01/23/2016 - 16:57

A plan to reroute a city emergency shelter grant to help construct a YMCA facility moved a step closer to fruition this week, after the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation board agreed to contribute funding to the project.

The economic development board’s vote Tuesday night to pitch in $700,000 over 20 years is a part of a last-ditch effort to use the city’s $1.6 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to help build a 25,000 square-foot YMCA facility in Bastrop that would... Read More