State officials say the Margarita Fire in Bastrop County is now 100 percent contained. Approximately 96 acres were burned in the wildfire that began Monday in the 300 Block of Margarita Drive in west Bastrop County. The Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management says no one was injured and no...
Elon Musk might have moved Tesla and many of his other business interests to Central Texas, but the billionaire is insisting he has no intention of building a private airport in the area. Musk flatly denied recent media reports that he has plans for a private airport near Bastrop. "Not...
The University of Texas Police Department is investigating a possible arson that took place at one of its facilities.
The hilly terrain in Hays County made getting water to the Hermosa Fire near Wimberley.
On July 24 my neighbor, Geoff Connor, posted that the boat on which he was fishing in Guatemala caught seven sailfish and four dorado (or mahi mahi). In early June he arrived in London where he stayed at the venerable, 173-year-old East India Club on St. James Square. Then followed days of visiting ancient castles, including Windsor when the Queen was in residence, abbeys in England and Scotland, and was back in London for the celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 75-year reign as monarch.
Within the next decade, Bastrop County could have a brand-new multi-building campus housing the animal shelter and other services for pets and their owners.Lost Pines Animal Alliance submitted a letter of introduction for a new animal care campus for Bastrop County to the Bastrop County Commissioners Court and presented the idea for the planned facility at the court’s July 25 meeting.Lost Pines Animal Alliance is a nonprofit organization that was formed to build a new animal shelter campus for Bastrop County. The nonprofit would raise funds and do the work to develop and build the facility, then turn it over ...
BASTROP COUNTY, Texas — Fire crews are working to get a wildfire in Bastrop County under control on Monday afternoon. Around 1 p.m., the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management said firefighters were called to the scene of the fire in the 300 block of Margarita Dr., off State Highway 21 W.
The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) awarded $270,000 to 12 domestic violence agencies across Texas, including the Bastrop County Women's Shelter in Bastrop, via the 2022 Swalm Grants, and 100% of the grants fulfilled the recipients’ total requested amounts. The grants – designed to fund operations not usually covered by government grants – will go towards a variety of needs, but TCFV noticed the most common ones revolved around updating technology for staff and managing long waitlists for survivor services such as childcare, counseling and transitional housing.“It’s a privilege for TCFV to provide these grants from our Swalm Endowment Fund ...
In the midst of a hot, dry summer, a brush fire on Tuesday, July 26 burned several acres near McDade.First responders, representing the McDade, Elgin and Blue volunteer fire departments, Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 2, the Texas A&M Forest and Star Flight, worked the Knobbs Fire near McDade on the evening of July 26. The fire was 95% contained by 7:50 p.m., leaving approximately 30 acres burned.The next day, the Texas Forest Service reported that the Knobbs Fire was 98% contained and that they were on the scene for a final check of the area. The Texas Forest ...
AUSTIN, Texas - In this FOX 7 Care Force, tougher economic times are resulting in many veteran service organizations focusing more on financial assistance for their clients. James "Jim" Bracken with the Texas Capitol Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart joins FOX 7's Mike Warren to discuss how the organization is helping veterans financially.
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BASTROP, Texas - Two different multi-million dollar construction projects are officially underway in Bastrop County. New schools are being built to address growing enrollment in Bastrop ISD. But Superintendent Barry Edwards noted any groundbreaking is rare for Bastrop ISD. "It’s been since 2009 that we’ve built a school. The last...
Deep in the thick forests of a nature preserve in northern Bastrop County, a group of dedicated people worked to clear out overgrown vegetation this summer to improve the habitat for native birds.Yegua Knobbs Preserve is a 302-acre wildlife preserve near McDade managed by Pines & Prairies Land Trust, a Bastrop-based nonprofit that promotes land protection and conservation easements on private land in Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Lee and eastern Travis counties. Yegua Knobbs consists of a diversity of landscapes, from hilly pasture to dense forest.One of PPLT’s habitat restoration projects underway at Yegua Knobbs is the clearing and thinning of ...
With persistent triple-digit temperatures heating up Central Texas, many shelters and zoos have been getting creative to keep their animals cool. Hayley Hudnall from the Austin Wildlife Shelter said staffers keep animals cool by spraying them with cold water and doing frequent water checks. “While animals can tolerate these temps...
A fire in Smithville that has burned over 100 acres is 80% contained, Bastrop County emergency management officials said Monday evening. Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 2 reported Monday afternoon that its firefighters, along with those from Emergency Services District No. 1, Heart of the Pines Volunteer Fire Dept. and Texas A&M Forest Service, were asked to respond to a large brush fire estimated to be around 50 acres at the time in Smithville’s Hidden Shores area.
If you are interested in learning more about Bastrop County CERT and their volunteer activity within Bastrop County, join them as a visitor next Tuesday, July 19 at 6 p.m. for the monthly Bastrop County CERT meeting. BCCERT meets at the Mike Fisher Building, 1501 Business Park Drive, Bastrop. Or reach out at http://ow.ly/Klgp50JU5q4.
East Texas is famous for its towering loblolly pine trees, but you might not know a swath of that pine forest migrated down to Central Texas’s Bastrop County. How this lowly pocket of pine forest ended up 100 miles away from its eastern home is unclear – what is clear is that these “lost pines” provide a natural playground with endless opportunities for nature lovers.