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Chamber: Find the perfect holiday gift at any Smithville shop
It’s just 12 shopping days ‘til Christmas folks! Did you know you can purchase gifts for your loved ones and friends right here in Smithville? Let’s take a quick tour of the many shopping opportunities in town. Every one of these businesses can be found on the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce’s o
Five killed in fire near Texas State University ruled homicide
SAN MARCOS, Texas — The deaths of five people killed in a large apartment fire near Texas State University have been ruled homicides. The fire broke out on July 20 at an apartment complex in San Marcos. The fire has been ruled an arson, though no arrests have been made and few details have been rele
Bastrop County man charged with second murder charge over deadly drug deals
AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - Austin police have linked 23-year-old Isaac Jerome Thomas Junior to two separate deadly drug shootings in the span of two months. The victims do not appear to have known each other, but Sgt. Eric De Los Santos said there is one surprising link in both cases.
Neighbors team up with firefighters to prevent fast-moving fires
CONVERSE, Texas — The recent wildfires in California are a constant reminder of the impact such a massive fire can have on a community. Even here in Texas, we remember the devastating fires in Bastrop just a few years ago.
Texas girl’s inoperable brain tumor vanishes
In what seems like a Christmas miracle, the inoperable brain tumor of an 11-year-old girl in Texas has disappeared, and doctors say they don’t know why. Roxli Doss was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, in June, as KVUE reported, and went through weeks of radiation.
Smithville City Council approves $3 million bond for water, wastewater, street fixes
The Smithville City Council on Monday unanimously approved a $3 million bond issuance to repair the city’s water and wastewater storage systems and for street improvements. The bond will fund $2.5 million in water and wasterwater system repairs and $500,000 in street fixes. City Manager Robert Tambl
Bastrop’s sales tax revenue this year up 10 percent over 2017
Bastrop collected $7.2 million in sales tax revenue this year, up 10.08 percent over its $6.6 million collection in 2017, state comptroller data shows. The city received $621,014 in revenue this month, ending the year with a 17.15 percent hike over its $530,089 collection in December 2017.
Texas prison allowed flesh-eating infection to 'eat away' at inmate's arm, lawsuit claims
A 37-year-old man who was sentenced to six months in prison on drug charges in 2016 is suing the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) over claims that nobody could take him to the hospital for a flesh-eating bacteria infection (MRSA) that was eating away at his arm due to staff shortages. Har
Anticipating high winds, Bastrop County issues 5-day burn ban
With high winds expected Thursday and Friday, a 5-day burn ban has been issued in Bastrop County. The ban goes into effect at midnight on Wednesday and lasts through Monday, December 17.
UPDATE: Austin, Round Rock, San Marcos, Bastrop among U.S. cities to receive hoax bomb threats
People in Austin, Round Rock, San Marcos and Bastrop on Thursday received dozens of bomb threats by email and phone, according to police officials. Police have not found any bombs. Investigators believe the threats are not credible and are working to find out where they came from, Austin, Round Rock
Our Neighbors Calendar: Dec. 16
Star Duplicate Bridge Club, 9:15 a.m., Brazos Center. For partnerships, call ahead 703-1769. College Station Noon Lions Club, noon, Hilton Hotel. 690-8525. New members welcome. Check website for program: www.csnoonlions.org/.
Some Texas Coastal Residents Opposing Proposed Storm Barrier
GALVESTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush wants more time for property owners to voice concerns after a number of Gulf Coast residents said they would stand against a proposed coastal barrier.
Barrientos: Smithville's Festival of Lights brought holiday cheer
Hello again. Sorry I took a couple weeks off. I know, I said I would try to do this column weekly, but life got the better of me, and my family and babies came first. I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving with family and friends and you celebrated just the way you wanted to. I also hope that
ObamaCare ruling in Texas should have Republicans running scared, not rejoicing
It has been over two months since the midterm elections in which Democrats picked up 40 Congressional seats (and potentially another in North Carolina), seven gubernatorial seats and hundreds of legislative seats. Republicans appear to have learned nothing in the interim.
Chamber: More than 60 floats featured in Smithville's Lighted Parade
The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce wants to thank everyone who came out this past weekend for our wonderful Festival of Lights & Lighted Parade. What a great day we had. From the nearly 100 indoor and outdoor vendors to the fun-filled kid’s fest to the live music all day, downtown Smithville wa
Speech pathologist sues school district, Texas AG for right to boycott Israel
A Round Rock speech pathologist is suing the school district she once worked with, saying a contract amendment that forced her resignation is unconstitutional. Bahia Amawi has contracted with Pflugerville ISD to provide bilingual language pathology services since 2009. In August, her contract renewa
Texas woman, 84, bored with retirement, gets college degree
People 65 and older make up less than one percent of U.S. college students. In 2015, they accounted for about 67,000 of about 20 million college students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Janet Fein is among that elite group of Americans.
Giddings mourns loss of three killed in 290 crash
ELGIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - What began as a typical Tuesday for Alan Orosio turned into his worst nightmare when he received a call from his brother. “He just broke down on the phone and I already knew, that's when it hit me. I lost my friend,” said Orosio.
My Hometown Bastrop: Reasons why this is a perfect holiday getaway!
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and the charming city of Bastrop is a premier holiday destination! Kathy and Kay explain how this city makes the season bright for Central Texas families.
How An Unpaid Bill For Fencing Led To The Eviction Of An Unwitting Bastrop Man
Frank Vickers of Bastrop was on the couch watching “Jeopardy!” when there was a knock on the door. Before he could get up, a Bastrop County Sheriff’s deputy was standing in his living room, ready to evict him.