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September 1, 2018 - View the 2018 Bastrop Bear football schedule and results.

September 1, 2018 - Congratulations to Mike Kamerlander on his new position as Executive Director of the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). The mission of the BEDC is to advance the investment, development, growth and relocation of companies to the Bastrop area.

February 27, 2018 - Alton, IL is the winner in the Small Business Revolution. Congratulations to Bastrop for its fine showing and its being named one of the top 5 communities in the nation selected for season three of the original television series Small Business Revolution - Main Street.

February 13, 2018 - This morning, Bastrop was named one of the top 5 communities in the nation selected for season three of the original television series Small Business Revolution - Main Street, sponsored by Deluxe Corporation.

February 2. 2018 - The UIL has announced new 2018-20 school districts. For football: District 13 Class 5A Div2: Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Elgin, Eastview, Marble Falls, Pflugerville Weiss, Leander Glenn and Brenham. For basketball and other sports: Class 5A District 18:Bastrop, Cedar Creek, East View, Elgin Georgetown, Hutto, and Manor.

February 2, 2018 - Bastrop County Burn Ban has now been lifted!

January 1, 2018 - Happy New Year 2018!

September 8-9,2017 - This weekend highlighted two of Bastrop's major assets--the Museum and Art Center. On Friday evening, we were pleased to visit the Bastrop County Historical Museum for a special exhibit marking the 120th anniversary of the Bastrop Ladies Reading Circle, the oldest reading club in the state. Then on Saturday evening, we attended the grand opening of the Lost Pines Art Center. What wonderful occasions! Both the Bastrop County Historical Museum and the Lost Pines Art Center are jewels of our community. Be sure to visit if you haven't recently.

September 2, 2017 - View the 2017 Bastrop Bear football schedule and results.

March 30, 2017 - US Census data measuring growth from 2015 to 2016 names Bastrop the 11th fastest growing county in Texas. In 2016 Bastrop County estimated population reached 82,733, a growth of 3.15%. Bastrop is one of the top 50 fastest growing counties in the United States.

March 24, 2017 - Seton Health Care plans a $30 million new medical campus in Bastrop that will include an emergency medical facility with ambulatory care services and a medical office building. Located at the intersection of Texas Highway 71 and Texas 304, it is expected to open between mid or late 2018.

March 18, 2017 - Timeline for the city activities and emergency shelter to open is February 2018, with construction beginning in May. The 6,000 square foot facility includes kitchen and laundry rooms, rest rooms and four activity centers. When not needed for an emergency, it can be used for recreational activities. The new facility will adjoin the Jewell Hodges Park.

August 26, 2016 - View the 2016 Bastrop Bear football schedule and results.

May 12, 2016 - Bastrop County Elections Office results: City of Bastrop Place 5: Kelly Gilleland 275 Deborah Jones 315 City of Bastrop Place 1: Bill Peterson 369 Herb Goldsmith 224

October 12, 2015 - With the groundbreaking today of the Art Guild's Lost Pines Art Center and Reflective Sculpture Garden, Bastrop looks forward to this outstanding new Cultural Center. Combining this with our other attractions-the new Bastrop Historical Museum, the Performing Art Center, the Bastrop Opera House,the Convention Center, the Bastrop Public Library,etc.-this may make Bastrop not only the most Historical Small Town in Texas but also the most Cultural Small Town in Texas!

August 29, 2015 - View the 2015 Bastrop Bear football schedule and results.

May 3, 2015 - Congratulations to the Bastrop High School Girls track team that won the Class 5A Region IV track meet in San Antonio.  The team scored 56 points to 2nd place Marble Falls 44 points. Bastrop set a meet record winning the 800 meter relay in 1:40.95. Ashley Alhorn, running the 3rd leg, brought a 30 meter lead to anchor Rhanequa Higgins who won without a challenge.  Glorilisha Carter won the 200 meter race in a meet record of 24.38 seconds.

April 29, 2015 - The water district will be considering the City of Bastrop water permit application today. The  meeting will be held at Bastrop City Hall in the Council Chambers starting at 6:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 29. 2015.

November 1, 2014 - Bastrop's H-E-B will reopen its doors at 6 a.m. Monday, November 3rd following a Tuesday night fire that caused extensive smoke damage and forced the store to temporarily close. Store officials stated Friday that the store would re-open with all new, undamaged inventory.

September 3, 2014 - Visit our new Photo Tour - The Bastrop County Museum!

September 2, 2014 - View the 2014 Bastrop Bear football schedule and results.

May 15, 2014 - Bastrop High School junior Glorilisha "Lele" Carter has won the gold medal in the State Class 4 A girls 200 meters UIL track and field championship with a time of 24.59 seconds.

May 11, 2014 - City of Bastrop Election Results

Ken Kesselus = 569
Bill Haschke = 153

CITY COUNCIL PLACE 5, Unexpired term
Kelly Gilleland = 417
Victor Gonzalez = 278

Kay McAnally =564*

February 6, 2014 - HEB is planning a 27,000 square foot addition to their Bastrop store. It will be on the west side where the pharmacy drive-up window is.

February 3, 2014 - Bastrop new district alignment: District 26-5A:Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Crockett, Eastside Memorial, LBJ, Lanier, McCallum, Reagan, Travis.

February 2, 2014 - Don't forget to watch the spot commercial for HEB filmed in Bastrop, showing during the Super Bowl February 2nd.

August 29, 2013 - View the 2013 Bastrop Bear football schedule and results.

July 12, 2013 - The ColoVista Golf Course has re-opened to the public on July 12 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The golf course was consistently voted one of the top courses in Texas for a decade. The course has been restored close to its previous level and is under the management of the Billy Casper Golf management company. The ColoVista Golf Club has a new phone number and web address. Their new information is: ColoVista Golf Club, 100 Country Club Drive, Bastrop.TX 78602. The web address is: www.colovistagolf.com

June 25, 2013 - Groundbreaking today for $5 million Bastrop clinic- Lone Star Circle of Care broke ground today for a 25,000 square foot medical facility in Bastrop Texas. The project was cultivated by a Capital Development grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration and a collaboration of Lone Star Circle of Care and Seton Healthcare family. The $5 million clinic is expected to open in the summer of 2014.

May 19, 2013 - Proud of my Brother-The Board of Directors of the Music Publishers Association will present its Lifetime Achievement  Award to Arthur Gurwitz of San Antonio, TX at  its Annual Meeting in New York on June 7 in recognition of his dedication and service to the music publishing industry.

December 8, 2012 - On this date doors open for the 2012 Holiday Homes Tour! Be sure to visit the Tour website (www.BastropHolidayHomesTour.com) where there are published profiles of the tour sites, a tour map, and information on purchasing tickets. Be sure not to miss this Bastrop Historical Society 40 year tradition of  their Homes Tour!

November 14, 2012 - Buc-ees has opened  on  November 14th!

 August 27, 2012 - View the 2012 Bastrop Bear football schedule and results.

June 16, 2012 - Community Open House for the new St. David's Emergency Center will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 3201 HWY 71 East.

May 12, 2012 Bastrop Election Results:

BASTROP CITY COUNCIL: Willie DeLaRosa = 471, Kristi Koch = 279; BASTROP ISD: Place 1 - James Allen = 1,117, Jim Clark = 949  Place 2 - Laurie Bauer = 870, David Long = 1,205

May 4, 2012 - Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8 Movies open today!

March 9, 2012 - Schulman Partners with 100 years of motion picture exhibition experience announced today the purchase of Chestnut Square Entertainment Facility and will be renaming the Facility Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8 Movie-Grille-Bowl. The Theatre size will double from 4 to 8 Stadium style seating auditoriums, with the latest digital projection technology. Along with first run movies, Lost Pines 8 will feature 16 lanes of bowling, mini-golf arcade and full sports bar. More details will follow.

February 3, 2012 - Bastrop 's new district allignment - District 17-4A: Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Connally, East View, Elgin, Georgetown, Hutto, Manor

Dec. 10, 2011: Bastrop’s Annual Holiday Homes Tour - noon to 5 p.m. Step across the threshold to Bastrop’s rich and unique history and into homes, buildings, and neighborhoods reflecting more than 125 years of that history.  Six sites open their doors to the public in a self-guided tour, sponsored by the Bastrop County Historical Society.  Docents at each site will provide “the inside story.”  Admission is by ticket, at $15 per person, on sale now through Dec. 10; tickets may also be purchased at each tour site on Dec. 10.  For further information, visit www.BastropHolidayHomesTour.com or contact the Bastrop County Historical Society Museum at 512-303-0057 or bchs1832@sbcglobal.net.

October 6, 2011: BASTROP - The new target date for reopening Bastrop State Park has been pushed back to Dec. 1 due to scheduling delays for ongoing and start-up capital repair projects affecting the cabins, campground, park roads and refectory.  Bastrop State Parks, 18-hole golf course  operated by the Lost Pines Golf Club, recently reopened to play and is open daily. Call (512) 321-2327 or (512) 303-1368 for a tee time.

September 4, 2011: Fires spread across Bastrop County!

Several wild fires have ignited and subsequently gotten out of control in Bastrop County.  The extreme drought combined with high winds have created favorable conditions for these fires.

Current information regarding the wild fires is being posted on the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bastrop-County-Office-of-Emergency-Management/193202960708177.

The 5 official shelters are: In Bastrop at Bastrop Middle School and Ascension Catholic Church. In Smithville, at the Recreation Center, Grace Lutheran Church and First Baptist Church.

If you have already evacuated the area, please check in at one of the shelters, or call 512-581-4023 and leave your name, address, and contact phone number so city officials may contact you.

August 25, 2011: View the 2011 Bastrop Bear football schedule and results.

August 19, 2011: St. David's acquires Bastrop hospital facility

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - St. David’s HealthCare has acquired the former Lakeside Hospital at Bastrop, which closed in November 2010 and is scheduled to open early next year as the region’s third St. David’s Emergency Center.

St. David’s Emergency Center in Bastrop will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as a full-service emergency department, without attached in-patient facilities.

St. David’s Emergency Center in Bastrop will feature treatment beds, a trauma room, advanced testing capabilities including radiological testing and a medical lab, among others.

Physician staffing will be provided by Capitol Emergency Associates, the group of board-certified emergency medicine physicians providing care in St. David’s HealthCare emergency departments throughout Central Texas. (Report from KXAN)


Bastrop City Manager Michael H. Talbot and Steve Mills, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, today announced the appointment of David Quinn as the new Executive Director of the Bastrop EDC. Mills stated that he and the Board of Directors interviewed the top three candidates and chose Quinn, who has agreed to begin his employment with the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation August 29, 2011.

July 2, 2011: Bastrop's Chestnut Square Theater is closing after July 4th! Here is the notice from their website: 

Chestnut Square would like to thank all of our customers for years of support. We will be closing our doors at the end of the business day Monday, July 4th.  Efforts are being made to try and re-open in the near future.  We will post all updates as soon as we know. You can also check and add your support on our Facebook page.

Go to their home page at http://www.chestnutsquare.net/ and Facebook to give them your support!


School Trustee Elections for the Bastrop Independent School District results are: Mark Martyn was elected to  represent Place 3 with a total of 1,101 votes, and John Eaton was elected to represent Place 4 with a total of 1,178 vote.

Place 3 Votes Place 4 Votes
Johnny Sanders 658 John Eaton 1,178
Mark Martyn 1,101 Gilbert Solis 584

March 24, 2011: On Thursday, the 24th at 5:30 PM, there will be a Ribbon Cutting for the Bastrop Convention Center at 1408 Chestnut St in Bastrop. Please join everyone for the Ribbon Cutting at the new Bastrop Convention Center.

March 4, 2011: Dallas Kimball 79 Bastrop 49. After keeping close to Kimball through the 1st half, Kimball pulled away in the second half to defeat the Bears. Bastrop (22-12) used a 17-2 run to take a 17-10 lead after the opening quarter, but the Bears trailed at halftime 40-31 and at the end of the third period 59-39. Josiah Monroe led the Bears with 27 points. Jordan Roach was injured and did not play.

March 4, 2011: Bastrop (22-11) meets top ranked Dallas Kimball in Garland Friday at 7:35 p.m. (today) at the Garland Special Events Center for the Class 4A Region II tournament. If the Bears upset Kimball, they will play the winner of Dallas Lincoln or Jacksonville on Saturday. The regional championship game is scheduled for 3 p.m

March 2, 2011: Bastrop 70, Hutto 65 (ot) Bastrop beats Hutto 70-65 in overtime in the regional quarterfinal played at Connally High School Wednesday night. The Bears lost star Jordan Roach in early 3rd quarter with an injury but came together to defeat Hutto in a tight battle. The Bears led at halftime 31-29 after trailing early by 8 pts. Regular time ended in a 62-62 tie. The Bears scored all 8 pts in overtime with free throws. Josiah Monroe led scorers with 23 pts followed by teammate Alton Thompson with 22.

February 25, 2011: Bastrop 63, Whitehouse 46: Guard Jordan Roach scored 21 points as Bastrop rolled past Whitehouse in a 4A area-round matchup in Waco. Josiah Monroe added 14 points for the Bears (21-11). Bastrop will face District 16-4A rival Hutto in the regional quarterfinals. The teams will play at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at Connally High. (From the Austin Statesman)

February 22, 2011: Bastrop Bears defeated Red Oak 86-64. The Bears led at halftime 52-29. Leading scorers for the Bears were Monroe with 24 pts, Roach with 21, and Thompson with 20. The Bears next meet Whitehouse 7 pm at Waco Robinson High School in the Area Round on Friday Feb. 25.

February 21, 2011: City of Bastrop 2010 Census total: 7,218 (2000 Census was 5,340) Total Population percent change is 35.17.

February 20, 2011: Official 2010 census for Bastrop County population is 74,171.The County population in 2000 was 57,733 and in 1990 was 38,263.

February 19, 2011: Special Bastrop High Basketball Sports Notice-The Bears (19-11) will play Red Oak (19-10) in the Region II-4A Bi-District playoff 6:00 pm Tuesday, February 22 at Ferrell Center, Baylor University in Waco. The Bears have a six game winning streak and defeated Bryan Rudder 91-84 to tie them for second place. On a coin toss Bastrop won to become the 2nd place district winner. During the impressive winning streak the Bears have defeated 1st place Hendrickson, Hutto and Rudder the top teams in the district. Starring for the Bears are Seniors Jordan Roach, Josiah Monroe, and Alton Thompson.

December 4, 2010: Six Hundred and 21 yards of offense was not enough to bring the Bastrop Bears a victory against Mesquite Poteet as the Bears lost to the Pirates 42-35 in their 4A division II quarter final matchup in the Waco ISD Stadium.

November 26, 2010: Bastrop defeats Frisco Liberty to advance in playoffs! Final score: Bastrop 38, Frisco Liberty 24.

October 26, 2010: The new 26,000 sq. ft. Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center will have its opening in Summer 2011. Look for Trade shows, Exhibit Hall, Special Events, Wedding Receptions, Corporate Meetings, Family Reunions, etc. For Booking Info Contact Kathy Danielson, CFEE,TMP at 512-321-0329.

August 28, 2010: View the 2010 Bastrop Bear football schedule and results.

May 8, 2010: City Election results - Joe Beal defeated challenger Bob Parmelee in the race for Place 2 of the Bastrop City Council. Beal received 436 votes to Parmelee's 312 votes. In the only 2 other races, Mayor Terry Orr and Council woman Julie Hart were reelected in uncontested races.

February 27, 2010: Grab your friends and neighbors and come on down to Main Street to join the Bastrop Main Street Program’s landmark third birthday celebration. This free, public event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and will be held, weather permitting, at 923 Main Street, the vacant space (next to Baxters on Main restaurant) that the City recently acquired and is using as an events plaza. In the event of inclement weather, the birthday party moves indoors to the Bastrop Opera House. The community party celebrates three transforming years for the downtown business district and the launch of a concerted effort to brand Bastrop as a tourist destination with a special emphasis on heritage tourism. During those three years, more than $3.8 million in private funding has been spent in restoring and rehabilitating downtown businesses and another $1.3 million in public funding on grants and infrastructure improvements.

February 3, 2010: Bastrop was named today a “Distinctive Destination” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and joins a roster of 132 towns and cities across the nation accorded this honor—in recognition of the city’s work to preserve its historic character, promote heritage tourism, enhance the community and extend its welcome to others in enjoying its offerings. The National Trust is asking the public to determine which of the 12 cities named this year is the “2010 Fan Favorite” by casting their vote—as often as they like—on the National Trust’s website at www.PreservationNation.org/ddd.

February 1, 2010: The Interscholastic League has announced the new alignment for Bastrop High School. The new District 16-4A will include the following schools : Bastrop/BryanRudder/Connally/Elgin/Hendrickson/Hutto/Manor

January 1, 2010: Have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

December 12, 2009: Bastrop’s Annual Holiday Homes Tour –Step across the threshold to Bastrop’s rich and unique history and into homes, buildings, and neighborhoods reflecting more than 125 years of that history. Seven sites open their doors to the public in a self-guided tour, sponsored by the Bastrop County Historical Society. For further information, visit www.BastropHolidayHomesTour.com

August 10, 2009: View scenes from the 2009 Homecoming Grand Parade including Bastrop Class Reunion floats. Also, view the 2009 Bastrop Bear football schedule.

July 3, 2009: The Annual Patriotic Festival will occur on Friday, July 3rd this year in Fisherman's Park. The Austin Symhonic Band will again perform patriotic music during the fireworks display at dusk. The  Highway 304 band will also entertain. Food and activities begin at 6pm.

July 1,2009: Remember  to include your Bastrop High School Class Reunion information  for Homecoming at http://www.bastroptexas.net/class_reunions.aspx 

June 15, 2009: This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bastroptexas.net network website. We thank everyone  who has visited the website. Also the comments and questions that you have sent. We are happy to have received over 4,000,000 hits each year for the past two years! Please send any suggestions you may have for the website.

May 9, 2009: Today's Bastrop Election Results:

Bastrop Ind. School District:
 James Allen = 925                    Karen Halladay = 836
Jim Clark = 866                          Ty McDonald = 984
 Bastrop City Council:
W.L. "Bill" Peterson = 467      Kay Garcia McAnally = 461
Tommy Oates = 426                 Camilo "Cam" Chavez, III = 417
Christy Kosser = 339
Ken Kesselus = 551

April 30, 2009: The Boys and Girls Club of Bastrop has decided to postpone the Jazz Jam scheduled this Saturday until this fall. "I appreciate all who have stepped up to the plate and contributed to making this event successful. However, we've been advised to minimize the risk of contamination by avoiding bringing large groups of people together. Since most of our musicians live out of the area and some of their fans were coming from out of state, the risks would have been heightened," said Janice Butler, BG Club president.

All tickets purchased will be honored at the later event. If anyone has questions, they may either contact    Janice at 512-925-3210 or Andie Borchert at BG Club 321-6676.

April 23, 2009: The Burn Ban has been lifted in Bastrop County by the Bastrop County Commissioners. People are urged to use caution and common sense. If the wind is blowing hard don't go out and burn. The burn ban had been in place since September 2008.

April 20, 2009: The Bastrop City Council has approved $500,000 for the Museum project to move ahead. In a split vote (3-2), the Council approved for the Bastrop County Historical Society to establish the museum and Visitor Center in the present city hall when it is vacated when the new City Hall is built. The Council will povide the  $500,000 from the Hotel-motel  occupancy tax, provided the Historical Society can raise an additional $250,000. Voting in favor of the Museum project were Councilmembers Terry Sanders, Willie Delarosa, and Joe Beal. Voting no were Councilmembers Julie Hart and Dock Jackson.

April 10, 2009: Best Buy opens June 12. Hiring Seminars start April 20 at Holiday Inn Express and go through May 20 (or until they hire everyone they need). Then on site training at  Bastrop Best Buy will begin with set-up and official store opening tentatively on June 12 when the Grand Opening of Burleson Crossing occurs. Petco has announced  a Hiring Fair on Tuesday, April 14 from 9 am to 6 pm at Holiday Inn Express. They asked you to apply online at www.petco.com/jobs prior to attending the hiring fair.  Announcement has not been made for hiring  at Spec's which should open at the same time. Unofficial openings could occur days sooner depending on construction and stocking.

September-November 2008: View the 2008 Bastrop Bear football schedule. New: See selected pictures from the football games.

October 1, 2008: The Bastrop County Commissioners have  now returned  to a countywide burn ban.

August 2, 2008: View scenes from the 2008 Homecoming Grand Parade including Bastrop Class Reunion floats.

June 9, 2008: Bastrop County Commissioners Court adopted an Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning (Burn Ban) on Monday, June 9,2008.   Also, adopted was an Order Prohibiting Certain Fireworks in Unincorporated Areas of Bastrop County.  This order states "No person may sell, detonate, ignite, or in any way use fireworks classified under 49 C.F.R. part. 173.100(r)(2) (10-1-86 edition), as "skyrockets with sticks" and missiles with fins" in any portion of the unincorporated area of Bastrop County."

May 3, 2008: Saturday 6:30 pm - Boys & Girls Club Jazz Jam at the Lakeside Professional Building, 3101 Hwy. 71 East, featuring Eric Johnson, Hannibal Lokumbe and many other great jazz players.  Minimum donation of $50 per person (includes dinner).  Tickets will be sold by advance purchase only.  RSVP to (512) 321-6676.

April 26, 2008:  Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm – Annual Yesterfest Celebration in Historic Downtown Bastrop.  Celebrate Bastrop’s early cultures, including African, Mexican, Indian, German, Czech, Scottish, and early Western heritage.  Games from days gone by, historic recreations and demonstrations, live music, and much more.  Call the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce at (512) 303-0558 for more information.

February  19-29, 2008: Early voting for the primaries started on Tuesday, February 19 and runs through February 29 at the Bastrop Courthouse Annex Building, 804 Pecan Street in Bastrop (2nd Floor).  The following locations will also be open Feb. 22, 23, 28 & 29: Cedar Creek Annex Building, 5785 FM 535 in Cedar Creek; Smithville City Hall, 317 Main Street in Smithville; and Elgin Public Library, 404 N. Main Street in Elgin.

February 1, 2008: The UIL announced the new football (2008-2010) and basketball (2008-2009) district alignments today.  District 25-5A will include the following high schools: Austin, Austin Akins, Austin Anderson, Austin Bowie, Austin Westlake, Bastrop, Pflugerville, and Pflugerville Connally. The district will be in Region 4.

Dec. 30, 2007: Sunday at 7:30 pm – New Orleans New Year Concert at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa.  Enjoy an amazing performance by the legendary Grammy-award winning, New Orleans musicologist Dr. John, whose music spans blues, boogie woogie and rock.  Grammy-nominated composer Hannibal Lokumbe will premiere his commissioned composition “Land of Mercy, Land of Tears” along with students and community members from Bastrop County.  Tickets may be purchased at www.gettix.net, and the Hyatt has overnight concert packages available at www.visitlostpines.com or 800-55-HYATT.  Call 304-8299 for more information.

Dec. 29, 2007: Saturday at 1:00 pm – New Orleans New Year Parade through historic downtown Bastrop.  Traditional second-line parade starts at the Bastrop Opera House and winds through town, with the Big Easy’s own Tremé Brass Band, the Black Men of Labor Steppers and authentic Mardi Gras Indians in full dress led by Big Chief Darrell Montana.  Event is free and open to the public.  Call 304-8299 for more information.
 at 7:00 pm – Special concert choir preview at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa.  Open to the public.  Call 304-8299 for more information.

Nov. 23 - Dec. 31, 2007: Bastrop’s River of Lights every night through the holiday season.  The entire trail, from Fisherman's Park to Ferry Park, will have lighted displays and Christmas Carols playing for your enjoyment.  Call (512) 303-0558 for more information.

November 9-10, 2007:  2nd Annual Veterans Day Classic Car Show and Street Dance  wIll be held Friday and Saturday, November 9th and 10th on Main Street in Historic Downtown Bastrop. On Friday from 4:30 to 8pm there will be early Registration for the Car Show/Meet and Greet. There will be free dances at 7pm featuring Bastrop's Usual Suspects, and 8:30pm Nashville's Rising Star Bryan Brazier. On Saturday from 10am to 4pm will be the Classic Car Show. From 11am-1pm there will be an Honor Our Veteran's Ceremony. At 4pm there will be the Classic Car Awards Show. Free dances follow at 7pm with Battle of the Teen Bands Winner and at 8:30pm The Blues Crawlers. There will also be a Sidewalk Salebration/Pine Street Market Days from 9am-5:30pm

November 3, 2007: Lost Pines NatureFest & TPWD Paddle Trail Launch at Fisherman's Park in Bastrop. Congressman Lloyd Doggett will keynote the event at 11:00 a.m. "Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder" -Research shows undeniable link between absence of nature and increase in childhood obesity, attention disorders, and depression.  This day in the park will involve family oriented, fun-filled and educational activities all day with TPWD, McKinney Roughs, Bastrop State Park, Austin Sierra Club, Audubon, Pines & Prairies, Texas Master Naturalists, include kayak paddling events, fishing contests, archery, nature hikes, bugs and reptile shows, butterfly gardening, pony rides, photo scavenger hunts, Native American Indian drumming, as well as story-telling about the river and El Camino Real. Local artists and vendors with photography inclyde cedar and pine furniture, birdhouses, and other unique nature items. Admission $3.00, children 12 and under free. Call 332-1077 to reserve kayak to launch that day.

September-November 2007: View the 2007 Bastrop Bear football schedule and game summaries.

June 21, 2007: Attention Bastrop High School Classes 1969-1990: on Thursday, June 21, 2007, a Memorial for Jerry Wilhelm will be held at the Bastrop Opera House from 6:30-8:00 pm. Bring your stories, memorabilia and pictures to share.

June 18, 2007: Reported from the Austin  Statesman-
From the Texas Department of Transportation:
When: Tuesday, June 26, beginning in the morning
Where: State Highway 71 at State Highway 304, Bastrop County
What: TxDOT’s Bastrop Area Office will reroute east and westbound traffic from the frontage roads on SH-71 to newly constructed main lanes at State Highway 304. The 11-month project includes four new main lanes on SH-71, frontage roads and a new overpass at SH-304. The overpass allows SH-71 through traffic to bypass the traffic signal at SH-304 and allows motorists to exit SH-71 to turn onto SH-304. Although the traffic switch is scheduled for Tuesday, June 26th, the traffic control schedule is weather permitting. Motorist should watch for message boards along the SH-71 corridor for exact dates and times. The SH-71/SH-304 main lane project began in May 2006 and cost $11.5 million.

June 9-16, 2007: You are invited to join us for Bastrop's 175th Birthday Party-a week long celebration to Commemorate this Historic Birthday. See the PDF schedule for the special events planned. Please come!

May 21, 2007: Loblolly Pines Village is a meeting, recreation, and Lodging Facility located on thirty eight acres in the Lost Pines. View our new  Photo Tour of Loblolly Pines Village.

May 12, 2007: All three School Bond Propositions Pass: With almost all votes counted, here are today's results: Proposition1- Construction of a new 1500 Student second High School-For 2507 Against 1184; Proposition 2-Construction of a multi-purpose Athletic Stadium and land purchases-For 2021 Against 1638; Proposition 3-Construction of a centralized Multi-purpose Performing Arts Center-For 2198 Against 1469.

April 28, 2007: Yesterfest 2007 and Bastrop begins celebrating its 175th Birthday!  Yesterfest activities include: 9am-6pm Festivities, Music, Venders, Entertainment (no admission charge). 8pm--Midnight Street  Dance (Cover charge).  Yesterfest is sponsored by the Bastrop Opera House & The Downtown Business Alliance (DBA).  Bastrop, the original Stephen Austin settlement, celebrates its 175th birthday this year, a celebration of a history of diverse ethnic groups and their cultures. This year, Yesterfest celebrates that birthday with a festival honoring heritage of seven cultures. Each of these cultures will demonstrate their cultural contributions with costume, food, demonstrations, artisans, music, arts and crafts.

March 22, 2007: Construction continues on Highway 71 and main lanes are scheduled to open around mid June. According to a story reported in the Bastrop Advertiser by Terry Hagerty, the $11.5  million project involves widening a mile and half length of Texas 71 from FM 969 to Hasler Blvd. The completed portion will include four lanes (two each way)  and feeder roads for a total width of 300 feet. There will also be two bridge overpasses.

December 9, 2006: The Bastrop County Historical Society had its 2006 Holiday Historical Homes Tour on Saturday, December 9, 2006 in Bastrop, Texas. View the homes and buildings that were on this year's tour. Tour hours were from 12:00 noon until 5:00pm.

December 8, 2006: View our latest Photo Tour of the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa that has opened in the Bastrop area this year. The Photo Tour includes scenes of this beautiful resort with its many attractions.

December 1, 2006: The Bastrop, Texas Golf Courses page on our website has been updated to include the new 18 hole Wolfdancer Golf Course that has opened this year at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa. View this magnificent championship course and the other three beautiful golf courses in the Bastrop area.

November 2, 2006: [From the Austin American Statesman] The Bastrop girls cross country team won the District 25-5A title at Zilker Park, earning the school's first district championship in any sport since it became a Class 5A program in 2004. Led by Roxanne Washington and Victoria Cantu, Bastrop edged Westlake for the District crown.

July 8, 2006: Visit our new/updated Web pages: Bastrop County Historical Society Museum, Pine Street Market Days, Restaurants, and lodging/accommodations.

June 30, 2006: Don't miss your Bastrop High School Class Reunion (during Bastrop Homecoming & Rodeo - August 2nd-6th,  2006). Class reunions beginning with the Class of 1946 are listed. See all posted Class Reunions and register yours if you have not done so.

June 2, 2006: View the 2006 Bastrop Bear football schedule. Game summaries will be available following each game.

June 1, 2006: Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa opens: (Information from the Hyatt) The Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa, with 492 guest rooms, has opened. It is located along the banks of the Colorado River and adjacent to the 1,100-acre McKinney Roughs Nature Park, just 13 miles from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The new wilderness property features Wolfdancer Golf Club, an 18-hole signature course designed by Arthur Hills; Spa Django, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa; and eight food-and-beverage venues. Recreational amenities include a water park with multiple pools, including a 1,000-foot flowing river pool; canoeing, kayaking, rafting and flyfishing on the Colorado River; and access to more than 16 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. The resort also offers Camp Hyatt children’s program, the new Adventure Hyatt teen program, and Regency Club services, as well as more than 60,000 square feet of indoor function space and 230,000 square feet of outdoor function venues. (The Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa is located approximately 9 miles from Bastrop)

May 13, 2006: View the open house for the new Lakeside Hospital in Bastrop.

March 19, 2006:  View pictures from the grand opening of the new home of the First National Bank in Bastrop. 

December 10, 2005:  The 2005 Bastrop Historical Society Holiday Home Tour was held on Saturday, December 10th from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. See photos of the homes and businesses that were featured in this year's tour.

September 10, 2005: Bastrop School Bond passes! The Bastrop Independent School District bond issue for $23.4 million to renovate and enlarge Bastrop High School has passed today by a vote of 1469 to 1030.

August 6, 2005: View 2005 Homecoming Grand Parade photos.

July 30, 2005: View new buildings/businesses in Bastrop and photos of our new Freeway and access roads on Highway 71.

July 26, 2005: View the 2005 Bastrop Bear football schedule. Game summaries will be available following each game.

July 2, 2005: View pictures from this year’s Patriotic Festival held at Fisherman’s Park.

May 13-14, 2005: View story and photos of the 2005 Relay for Life.

May 13, 2005: Did you know...

  • The Highway 71 overpasses through Bastrop are scheduled to open for traffic next week.
  • The Bastrop High School spelling and vocabulary team won the gold medal at the UIL 5A State Championship at UT on May 7th.
  • The 490 room Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, including its 18 hole golf course is scheduled to open next summer. It is located outside of Bastrop next to McKinney Roughs.
  • Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is moving its headquarters and system operations center to the Bastrop area. It has been located in Giddings for about 60 years. Bluebonnet will retain its retail office and engineering department in Giddings.
  • It will soon be time for the reunions of some Bastrop High School classes during the Bastrop Homecoming Celebration, August 4-7, 2005. Remember you can view or add Bastrop High School class reunion activities on this Web site.
  • You can also view the latest movies and show times for the Chestnut Square Family Entertainment Center.

April 25, 2005: View photos of the 2005 Yesterfest Festival.

December 11, 2004: The 2004 Bastrop Historical Society Holiday Home Tour was held on Saturday, December 11th from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. See photos of the homes and churches that were featured in this year's tour.

November 23, 2004: The Colorado River flooded on November 23rd causing a cancellation of the Holiday Trail of lights at the Riverwalk. See photos of the flood.

November 5, 2004: The Bastrop Bears have finished their 2004 football season with a record of 5-5 and 3-4 in District 16, 5A play. Congratulations on a great season in our first year of 5A play. View the schedule, results and summaries of all of the Bastrop High School Football games.

October 1, 2004: View progress of overpass construction on Highway 71 through Bastrop.

May 28, 2004: The Farmer's Market moved into their new Bastrop location at 1308 Chestnut Street. Take a photo tour of our new Farmer's Market.

April 24, 2004: View pictures from Yesterfest 2004.

February 7, 2004:The newest jewel in our city park system is the Bob Bryant Park. See a preview of the park and the Trees 2004 event held there.

February 2, 2004: University Interscholastic League announces today that starting as of the 2004-2005 school year, Bastrop will be classified as a 5A high school from 4A. We will be in the Austin District. Our district will be: District 16 5A - Austin, Austin Akins, Austin Anderson, Austin Bowie, Austin Crockett, Austin Westlake, Bastrop, and Buda Hays.

December 13, 2003: Bastrop Historical Home Tour took place Saturday, December 13 from noon to 5 pm. View pictures of the featured homes.

November 21, 2003: Bastrop loses playoff game to Alamo Heights, 27 - 6. Congratulations on a great season!  Note: Alamo Heights won several more playoff games and ended their season 13-2 with a loss to La Marque in the 4A semifinals on Friday, December 12.

November 12, 2003: New Web Site Features: View movies and show times for the Chestnut Square Family Entertainment Center. Plan your schedule with our Community Events Calendar!

October 2003: Preview the new Chestnut Square Family Entertainment Center, including a 4 screen movie theater with stadium seating, 16 lane bowling alley, 2 arcades, and meeting and party rooms. Now open!

September 30, 2003: Results to be presented by Envision Central Texas from the Bastrop Future Development Workshop held in April 2003.

September 27, 2003: Bastrop ISD Bond Election for a second high school and renovations to the current high school.  All three propositions failed.

September 13, 2003: City Bond Election for needed improvements and additions. All five propositions passed.

August 2, 2003: Classes that graduated from Bastrop High School from 1950 through 1959 are holding a fabulous 50’s decade reunion August 2.  Learn more.

July 31 - August 2, 2003: Join us at the 2003 Homecoming and Rodeo. Along with all of the usual festivities--dances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; PRCA rodeo on Friday and Saturday nights; a grand parade Saturday at 10 am; and class reunions—a new feature is a fiddler’s contest. Read more.

July 5, 2003: View pictures from the 2003 Annual Patriotic Festival.

June 2003: View pictures of new buildings in Bastrop.

May 13, 2003: The Texas Mercantile building in the historic downtown of Bastrop was ravaged by fire this morning. The building was home to many small shops and was one of the anchors for businesses in the southeast end of Main Street. Read more and view pictures.

April 26, 2003: View pictures from Yesterfest 2003.

April 4 - 5, 2003:  View photos from the 2003 Bastrop County Relay For Life.

April 1, 2003: Envision Central Texas plans a neighborhood workshop with local citizens April 1, 2003, to help work with the city of Bastrop to plan the future of undeveloped land on the city's western edge. For more information, read the announcement from Envision Central Texas.

January 21, 2003: Jim Tausworthe’s (a 1946 Bastrop High School graduate) recently published book, The 405th, is now available in the Bastrop Public Library. Read more.

December 1-31, 2002: The Bastrop River of Lights.

November 23, 2002: The Bastrop Bears lost 14 - 9 to undefeated Kerrville in the second round of the state football playoffs. Congratulations on a fine year!  View the Bastrop High School Football schedule and game results.

June 8, 2002:  Have you visited your very active Bastrop Public Library?  Check out some of the events occurring there. For more information, view our Photo Tour of the Library and visit the official Web site of the Bastrop Public Library.

April 19 - 28, 2002:  View photos from recent events in Bastrop, including: Bastrop County Relay For Life, Bastrop Arbor Day CeremonyScience Park-Research Division Annual BBQ, and Yesterfest.

January 18, 2002: We have started a new Bastrop, Texas Poll. Please take a moment to participate in our poll which is located on the bottom of any page.

December 1, 2001: (Football) Bastrop beats Beeville Jones to advance to quarter-finals!  Final Score: Bastrop 28,  Beeville Jones 14.

November 24, 2001: (Football) Bastrop advances in playoffs with win over Uvalde.

November 16, 2001: The Colorado River flooded after heavy rains throughout Central Texas. View photos of flooding.

September 1-5, 2000: Record heat hits Central Texas.  The high temperatures for Bastrop, Texas were as follows: September 1 - 108º, September 2 - 110º, September 3 - 110º, September 4 - 112º, September 5 - 108º. (Information from the Bastrop Advertiser)

The above selected major news stories took place in and around Bastrop, Texas.  For complete news of Bastrop and surrounding areas, please see the Bastrop Advertiser.

I invite your suggestions for major Bastrop news! E-mail: neil@bastroptexas.net.


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