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Elgin Agrarian Community Promises Co-op Living on the Blackland Prairie
“It’s like an urban twist on traditional farming.”
News Story  September 15, 2016, by Robyn Ross
"...On Friday afternoons, residents of the Elgin Agrarian Community will knock off work, return to their energy-efficient homes, and then stroll down a flower-lined path to the farm just beyond their spacious front porches. After picking up their weekly 10-pound allotments of fresh produce, they may strike up a conversation with their neighbors..."

Eight Years Later, Elgin Man Becomes a 'Terrorist'
A 1994 outburst lands a local man in jail -- last fall
News Story  March 14, 2003, by Lauri Apple
"...Until last fall, Elgin resident Andrew Bryan Lawhorn never knew that for years he'd been facing charges of making a terroristic threat. In September 2002, Elgin police arrested Lawhorn at his home for allegedly threatening to "blow up" the Wylie Municipal Courthouse nine years ago..."

Democratic Rally in Elgin on Sunday
Donkeys outside the city kicking up their heels
DAILY News  February 23, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...There are still Democrats outside the big city, you know. I just had an activist out there send me this: The Bastrop County Democratic Party and Elgin Area Democrats Invite you to a Good Old-Fashioned Democratic Rally for the upcoming March 4 Texas Primary! Sunday, Feb 24, 4-7pm Veterans Park on Main St..."

The Sausage Link
How Elgin got the New Urbanist transit dream
News Story  September 12, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"..."There's no reason why Elgin shouldn't be the national model for how to do it right!"..."

Hays County Hell
Elgin Bank Victory May Mean Colonia-like Development
News Story  June 27, 1997, by Bob Elder
"...Hays County Comissioner Jefferson Barton says that when Travis County lost the battle against Elgin Bank, he was forced to approve this colonia-like development. photograph by Jana Birchum A couple of miles east of the interstate, near Kyle, a subdivision called the "I-35 South Ranches" lies on acres of beautiful, rolling Hays County countryside..."

Amanda & Jack Go Glamping
A couple try to reignite their marriage
Film Review  November 10, 2017, by Danielle White
"...Jack (Arquette, bloated and gray) and Amanda (Acker, the opposite) are on the verge of divorce now that Jack’s writing career is on the rocks and the magic has shriveled after 15 years. So they take a little romantic getaway (not a unique remedy by any means) to Green Acres in Elgin, Texas..."

Getting in on the Ground Floor
Planning gets started for the Elgin Agrarian Community
News Story  October 15, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...In 2017, the Elgin Agrarian Community, consisting of 80 single-family cottages and a five-acre farm, plus commercial community space, an agricultural training center, and the historic Mary Christian Burleson homestead, will become home to individuals and families seeking to live in an affordable, cooperative, and environmentally sustainable community, less than a mile from Elgin's historic Main Street. Pegasus Planning & Development and the Cooperation Group are looking for pioneers interested in living at the site to help organize the cooperative and recruit other members..."

The Horse Boy
This locally produced film is an intimate and endlessly inspiring look at one family's struggle to cope with autism.
Film Review  September 18, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...My yoga teacher likes to say, as she eyeballs my unlimber limbs, straining to contort in comical ways, that “it’s the journey, not the destination,” and those wise words might also serve as the message of this moving documentary film about one family’s experience with autism. The Horse Boy – which won the Audience Award at SXSW '09, under the more sonorous title Over the Hills and Far Away – documents the day-to-day struggles of an Elgin family to cope with their five-year-old son Rowan’s autism..."

You Got Served
Wild style street dancing trumps storyline.
Film Review  February 6, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...Jets updated for the new school, and You Got Served mines the wild style for all it’s worth. Director Chris Stokes has made videos for hip-hop outfits B2K and IMX, and two of those groups’ members star as dance-mad Los Angelenos – David (B2K’s Omarion) and Elgin (IMX’s Houston) – who take on a moneyed Orange County crew whose leader looks like he just stepped out of Dragonball Z..."

Varsity Blues
MTV, which has almost entirely eliminated the M(usic) from its TV of late, has been slow to get into the film arena (Beavis and Butt-head Do America and Joe's Apartment...
Film Review  January 15, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...You'd think with all the video directors the network has weaned, they'd be pumping out high-gloss ephemera at a steady clip by now, but that's not the case. Filmed in and around the Austin/Coupland/Elgin area, Varsity Blues is the MTV ethic distilled to its most pandering levels..."

Smoke Gets in Your Mouth
Food Story  May 20, 1999
"...An efficient drive-through window around back makes Rudy's especially convenient for those who are just passing through and want to pick up a hearty snack for home consumption. --R.F. ELGIN Cross-Town BBQ (3)..."

Sausage Shrines
A pilgrimage
Food Story  October 7, 2005, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Claudia Alarcón in Elgin Meyer's Elgin smokehouse..."

Working on the Railroad
The regional Transit Working Group is poised to make progress on passenger rail
News Story  February 22, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...Much discussed by the group are two other tantalizing rail projects that could run on existing track, thus eliminating the huge cost of buying land for rights-of-way. Those are 1) a commuter service linking Central Austin with Elgin and 2) an Austin-San Antonio service..."

Tracking Cap Metro's Eastward Proposal
The Green Line takes conceptual shape
News Story  September 12, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...Is passenger rail for the East Austin growth corridor a wise regional transportation investment? For the first time, the just-released Capital Metro report "Austin-Manor-Elgin Corridor: A Preliminary Review" provides the hard data – or at least good estimates – to make that call. In sum, the report makes the case for expanding the region's commuter rail system by adding a second, eastward Green Line to complement the westerly Red Line – although its feasibility depends on whether the tracks can become lined with dense new transit villages developed around passenger stations...."

In memoriam: The Central Texas barbecue family lost one of its most accomplished pit masters on Nov. 6. Laron Morgan, co-owner of Elgin's Cross Town Bar- B-Q, died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 51.
Food Column  November 26, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...6. Laron Morgan, co-owner of Elgin's Cross Town Bar-B-Q (202 S..."

Naked City
News Story  January 11, 2008
"...• Envision This: City officials from Elgin made an urgent pitch to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization on Monday to get their own commuter-rail line from Elgin, through Manor to Austin. Unused but sound tracks are in place; about half of Elgin residents commute daily to Austin..."

Day Trips
Choose your own Christmas tree at one of the many tree farms here in Texas.
Columns  December 12, 2003, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Mike Walterscheidt has been selling trees off his 40 acres outside of Elgin since 1995. With Evergreen Farms' wide selection of sizes and shapes, the hard part will be finding just the right tree from all the choices..."

Second Helpings: Barbecue Out of Town
Food Story  March 19, 2004
"...Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-8pm The second generation of a Hill Country BBQ legend, Gary Cooper has been serving his family's style of barbecue in downtown Round Rock since 1985.Crosstown Bar-B-Q211 Central Ave., Elgin, 512/281-5594 Sunday-Thursday, 10am-8pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-10pm If you prefer your brisket, pork ribs, mutton, and all-beef sausage down-home, greasy, and full of flavor, smoked over a slow oak fire, come here.Fuschak's Pit Bar-B-Q920 Hwy. 80, San Marcos, 512/353-2712 Daily, 10:30am-9pm Meats here are smoked over hickory in a rotisserie pit and emerge ultramoist and juicy..."

Second Helpings: Regional Barbecue
You're here for SXSW, but you're also here for barbecue, right?
Food Story  March 14, 2003
"...Have the turkey sausage, have the turkey sausage.Cross-Town Bar-B-Q202 S. Avenue C, Elgin, 512/281-5594..."

Second Helpings: Regional Barbecue
Regional barbecue spots in today's "Second Helpings"
Food Story  March 15, 2002
"...The Taylor store is the cradle of the "first family" of Texas barbecue where they serve great meats and nontraditional side dishes in a cafeteria-like setting.Cross-Town Bar-B-Q202 S. Avenue C, Elgin, 281-5594..."

Naked City
An eco-conscious Elgin resident answers his mayor's demand to "show me the money."
News Story  October 12, 2001, by Michael King
"...Extension Office, among other organizations in the Lee/Bastrop area. The Pittsburgh-based company, which seeks to mine lignite coal for its Rockdale facility, also awarded a grant of $15,000 to the city of Elgin to renovate the Chamber of Commerce building...."

Neighbors vs. Neighbors
A profile of the Central Texas struggle over Alcoa Rockdale and its plans for expansionAlcoa announces new "voluntary" emissions reductions.
News Story  July 27, 2001, by Michael King
"...The community meeting, on a warm summer evening in late June, does not appear likely to strike fear in a distant corporate boardroom. About a hundred or so people -- young professionals, sunburned ranchers and workingmen, middle-aged homemakers, and a handful of children in the aisles -- are gathered in the assembly room of a small Elgin church..."

Developers' Gift Horse
News Story  June 27, 1997
"...The failure of the Elgin Bank legislation in the session has left counties wondering how they can recapture some of their regulatory strength before tackling the issue in the next session, which doesn't convene until January 1999...."

Day Trips
Southside Market & Barbeque is the oldest continuously operated barbecue joint in Texas
Columns  March 9, 2012, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Southside Market & Barbeque in Elgin is the oldest continuously operated barbecue joint in Texas. This is one of the granddaddies of a long Texas tradition...."

By the Numbers
The Green Line
News Story  September 12, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...28; Miles of proposed Green Line system, Austin-Elgin..."

Cap Metro Courting Prospective Partners
Transit authority could extend rail and bus service well beyond Austin
News Story  July 4, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...New rail transit service between Elgin and Austin – enthusiastically advocated by Elgin leaders – came a step closer to reality Mon­day. So did the broader initiative for a transit system linking the entire Central Texas region..."

Cut and Dried: A Primer
The Central Texas meat market roundup
Food Story  January 30, 2004
"...Their barbecue-style sausage is the most popular, but go to the Web site and check out the other styles before making the trip.Southside Market & BBQ1212 Hwy. 290 W., Elgin, 512/281-4650..."

Virginia B. Wood hits the barbecue backroads with the Travel Channel's Epicurious.
Food Column  August 29, 2003, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Elgin's Crosstown BBQ was the second official stop on our tour. Lomonaco had owner Larry Morgan chatting about hunting with his beloved bird dogs and giving up the secrets of the sweet-spicy rub that makes Crosstown's meats well worth the trip to Elgin any day of the week..."

Day Trips
Columns  December 13, 2002, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Evergreen Farms Christmas Trees has supplied the holiday tree for the Governor's Mansion in the past, and they're ready to supply yours. Tractor-pulled wagons take shoppers to rows of trees on the rolling hills south of Elgin..."

Central Texas BBQ Dynasties
What Becomes a Legend Most?
Food Story  November 9, 2001
"...Ave. C, Elgin, 281-5594..."

Food Column  March 27, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Purely by coincidence, this week's column has another item which is pork-related. In anticipation of its upcoming 50th Anniversary, Meyer's Elgin Sausage will be opening Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse (188 Hwy 290E, 281-3331), a barbecue smokehouse and retail market just 20 minutes from downtown Austin..."

Top 10 Environmental Stories
We've only got one planet
News Story  December 29, 2016, by Michael King
"...9) Back to the Farm The "Elgin Agrarian Community" – an experimental co-op development east of Austin – begins to take shape near Elgin's main street. A project for both sustainable living and cooperative management, and perhaps a sign of things to come...."

Day Trips
Angry farmers sparked the name of this Texas town
Columns  June 21, 2013, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods store in Elgin is a cute little shopping experience with vintage and second-hand furnishings accented by a glass of wine while you shop. In the evenings it also becomes an entertainment venue with fun events...."

Food Events
Roundup of culinary events
Food Column  May 25, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...› Elgin hosts the 2012 Sausage & Opera Festival featuring a performance of Offenbach's La Périchole by the Franco-American Vocal Academy, paired with a tasty array of local sausages, at Elgin Depot Square (310 N. Main, Elgin)..."

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
News Story  May 28, 2010
"...On May 13, the college announced the purchase of 100 acres in Leander in response to huge population growth (Leander is currently served by the Cypress Creek campus). Five days later, ACC reported entering into a contract for 98 acres in Elgin, in anticipation of Elgin ISD voters approving annexation into ACC..."

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
News Story  August 29, 2008
"...E-mail for details. – P.J.R. Elgin Rail Beta Test..."

Day Trips
Elgin's City Cafe raises pies to an art form.
Columns  November 21, 2003, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The City Cafe in Elgin has an artist for a pastry chef. That is not to say that the rest of the menu isn't delicious, but the pies are a work of art..."

Chapter 4: The Nineties!
March 1991 -- December 2000
Features Story  September 7, 2001
"...We become Beirut-like. In August, we move into the Elgin Butler Brick Company building at the corner of 40th and I-35..."

Born on Highway 61
Famed superharpist James Cotton settles into Austin.
Music Story  February 2, 2001, by Margaret Moser
"...The new millennium was the right time, once again. Grammys and Elgin Sausage On a cool, clear Saturday, following a week of rain, dishwater gray skies, and cold winds, James Cotton and his companion Jacklyn Hairston are at Hoover's on Manor Road perusing the menu..."

ATX Film News
Acquisitions, awards, and a big gaming rumor
Screens Column  July 5, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...That's an initiative to teach communities how they can become more accessible to filmmakers, and there are currently 120 Film Friendly certified communities around the state, many of which have seen the benefits of production dollars spent in their stores and hotels. Come meet the experts: Mon., July 23, at Bastrop Opera House (711 Spring St., Bastrop); Tue., July 24, at Elgin Public Library (404 N..."

Day Trips & Beyond: June Events Roundup
Titanic, turtle hatchlings, and Texas beaches after Harvey
DAILY Travel  June 1, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The area between Elgin and Brenham is loaded with scenic drives, interesting stops, and lots of history. If you ever needed an excuse to explore Highway 290 east of Austin then the #Adventure290 scavenger hunt points you in the right direction..."

Down Home Ranch Builds Community With Farm-to-Table Goods
At home on the ranch
Food Story  April 26, 2018, by Acacia Coronado
"...Currently there are 36 residential ranchers and seven more attending day programming only, for a total of 43. They distribute 200 to 300 pounds of tomatoes, 30 to 50 heads of lettuce per week, and around 700 jars of jelly per year to customers in Elgin, Taylor, Bastrop, and sometimes Austin...."

Public Notice: Love Your Mother Earth
News Column  April 21, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...The Elgin Agrarian Community, a co-op development just outside downtown Elgin, is holding two organizing meetings this week: Sat., April 23, 11am, at Studio 621, 621 Lexington Rd. in Elgin, and Mon., April 25, 6:30-8:30pm, at 4th Tap Brewing Co-op, 10615 Metric..."

Farewell to a few of Austin's foodie legends
Food Column  April 6, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Ernest W. Bracewell, patriarch of a renowned Elgin barbecue family, also died last week at age 82..."

ACC Wins Some, Loses Some
Hays and Elgin ISDs vote to become part of ACC taxing district
News Story  November 5, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Tuesday was a mixed night for those wanting to expand Austin Community College's taxing district into suburban counties. Voters in the Hays and Elgin independent school districts voted to join ACC, while Bastrop, San Marcos, and McDade ISDs shot the proposals down..."

Event Menu
Fall hard for these food events
Food Column  October 22, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Elgin, the sausage capital of Texas, invites you to enjoy its annual Hogeye Festival – live music, arts & crafts, games and contests, great food, and plenty of family fun and foolishness. The event in downtown Elgin is free, with food and drinks for sale..."

Comp Plan Combo Platter
The comp plan process reaches critical density
News Story  October 1, 2010, by Nora Ankrum
"...183 N., FM 2222 W., and Seventh to SH 71 E. North Lamar, U.S. 183 N., Seventh to SH 71 E. Urban Rail Mueller to Downtown to ABIA Same as Trend Same as Trend Same as Trend, plus South Lamar, South Con­gress, North Lamar/Guadalupe Same as Trend, plus South Lamar, South Con­gress, North Lamar/Guadalupe Commuter Rail Lone Star Rail* Lone Star Rail Lone Star Rail plus Manor/Elgin line Lone Star Rail plus Manor/Elgin line Lone Star Rail plus Manor/Elgin line The Buffet: Scenario Indicators Trend Scenario A..."

Barbecue, wine, sushi, and crepes, that sort of thing
Food Column  June 8, 2007, by Virginia B. Wood
"...290 E. in Elgin, 512/285-3407), celebrates 125 years in business this summer..."

Capitol Briefs
News Column  May 25, 2007
"...• The Lege has voted to include the Elgin and Smithville ISDs in the Austin Community College District. The legislation, HB 3236, was authored by Rep..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  July 28, 2006
"...Just please, please, people, get it done right or Austin will be just like the sucky, uncool, soulless city of Houston. As it is, when I do head toward Austin, all I see from the east side of Elgin (Yes! Elgin) is concrete and more people...."

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