McDonald's celebrates 18 year anniversary on April 18, 2012.
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Evacuation and donation centers:
Elgin citizens and organizations have been doing what they can to help evacuees from Bastrop, offering shelters and forming donation centers. These serve as BOTH Evacuation and Donation Centers:
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
302 W. 11th Street, Elgin, TX 78621 512-281-4478
Grace Lutheran Church
801 W. 11th Street, Elgin, TX 78621 512-281-5146
Family Worship Center
2225 FM 1704, Elgin, TX 78621 512-281-5146
These are donation collection sites only:
Knobbs Spring Baptist
1662 CR 305, McDade, TX 512-229-6555
Covenant Life Fellowship
516 N. Hwy 95, Elgin, TX 78621 512-522-5181
118 Old Sayers Road, Elgin, TX 78621 512-285-2300
Donation items needed:
Clothing for all ages, bedding, toiletry items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, feminine items, etc), baby items, food, water adn pet food.
Family Worship Center: Locations to store large animals and trailers to help haul them. 512-740-3099 and 512-775-1885.
Livestock arena in Elgin:
Large animal boarding - Lorrie Phillips - 512-350-9566. Also have trailers to help haul animals.
by KVUE News
Posted on September 1, 2011 at 8:54 PM
Updated yesterday at 10:31 PM
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PRESIDIO, Texas -- In a tiny Texas town bordering Ojinaga, Mexico, the sheriff’s office has launched an investigation after complaints of neglect and cruelty in some of the export pens where horses headed to slaughter houses wait before crossing the border.
When horse slaughter houses shut down in the Texas in 2007, meat companies shipped the animals to Mexico. The meat is then sold overseas. Now, thousands of horses are kept in holding pens on the U.S. side while they wait to cross the border.
The investigation focuses on C-4 Cattle Company on the outskirts of Presidio. The pens hold horses before they’re sent to slaughter in Mexico. The Presidio County Sheriff’s Office began the investigation after getting complaints and photographs of dead, dying and injured horses at the C- 4 pens.
Amber Taylor, who founded a horse rescue group in Virginia, decided to travel to Texas after seeing photos and hearing the complaints of neglect and cruelty.
“The fight down here is not about ending horse slaughter,” Taylor said about the export pens. “The fight down here is ensuring horses have adequate food and water and attention and care and that they’re not hurt or sick before they cross over.”
She took her own photographs of extremely thin horses, injured animals and says she saw three dead horses on the property in front of the pens. She also toured the premises with the owner and a Sheriff’s deputy.
“What I was able to see myself, a few of the horses you can tell probably died in the position they were in,” Taylor said. “A horse whose neck was completely turned around and upside down; it’s just not a natural body position for a horse to die in so it really made me feel the horse was probably moved when it was alive.”
An employee of one of a horse trader in Texas that sells slaughter horses also visited the pens to before Taylor arrived to check on the animals’ condition.
“It was absolutely horrific. The most disgusting, awful, sad thing I’ve ever seen in my life,“ said Kyela Oyler, who has photographs of injured and dying horses she says she took in the C-4 pens.
“There were horses down that were lying in mud holes that couldn’t get up. You could tell they’d been downed for a while, marks where they had fought and tried to get up and couldn’t get up.”
Oyler said the horses she saw in the C-4 pens did not have enough food or clean water. She photographed water covered in green algae that she said was all that was available in those pens.
“They’d have to chew it before they could swallow. It’s disgusting,” said Oyler.
The owner of the C-4 export pens, Jim Crenan, said all the horses in his pens get food and water daily. Several weeks after the investigation began, there were large bales of hay at the entrance.
On Aug. 15, a Presidio County justice of the peace ordered the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office to seize all 352 horses, but keep them at the C-4 pens during the investigation. A couple of days later, a different justice of the peace ordered the horses returned to C-4 Cattle Company.
Crenan said the sick, injured and horses in the photos are among a group of 28 “junky” horses dumped on his property in the dark of night and never claimed.
“It’s a set up,” said Crenan, who suspects competitors.
Crenan said he notified the local USDA representative about the abandoned animals. Sheriff Danny Dominguez said his deputies removed 27 horses that were in “pretty bad condition” from the pens on Aug. 19. Two died but the rest “are improving” according to Dominguez. He said if the animals are not claimed they’ll be sold at a public auction.
When asked if the horses that remain in the holding pens could be viewed, the owner of C- 4 Cattle said he could not authorize it because the horses belonged to the meatpacking company. Crenan later offered to allow a tour the pens at a later date when he was in town.
The Belgian company InterMeat, which buys the slaughter horses and ships them to Mexico, pays C-4 to provide food and water in the export pens. A representative of the company in Presidio, Enrique Ramos, said the horses get “good care,” during a phone interview.
Crenan says InterMeat is responsible for any veterinary services. Several of the photographs show horses with injuries, including a horse with an open leg wound, another with an infected, oozing eye.
The meat company’s representative said that since the horses are for human consumption, they cannot receive medication. When asked about other vet care, Ramos refused to answer the question and hung up.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is investigating a complaint that dead horses were dumped in a dry creek bed behind the property. On a recent afternoon, with the temperature topping 100 degrees, vultures circled overhead.
Crenan says he has not been contacted by investigators about improper disposal of the animals and that about a horse a week dies at the pens.
Dominguez said that for now, the investigation remains open. He said some of the horses were thin and in “bad condition,” but it’s not clear if they arrived that way.
So far, “there’s no evidence of neglect or cruelty at the C-4 pens,” Dominguez said. But Taylor and others remain concerned about the conditions in Texas pens, where the horses spend their last days before heading to slaughter houses in Mexico.
“No matter the end, treat them as kindly as they deserve to be treated by law while they’re here,” she said.
Taylor Kyleberg is first baby of 2011 for Elgin
The Courier received a report of a New Year's Day bab y. Taylor Vaughn Kylberg, the daughter of Jimmy and Stacey Kylberg, was born on Satuday, Jan. 1, 2011, 8:32 p.m. in Seton Hospital in Austin. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.
Taylor has one brother, Hayden Shay Kylberg. Dad is a service technician for Petroleum Solution and Mom works for the U.S. Postal Service.
Developers in Central Texas are pushing hard to construct a private airport in western Bastrop County. Citizens in Bastrop County are saying NO. Click pic for more information.
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Menley Wins Quilt at Hogeye
The Elgin Community Cupboard raised money during the Hogeye festival by raffling a quilt pieced and quilted by Cat Duggan. Pictured above are Sandy Menley, left, the winner of the quilt and Cat Duggan.
Dancing With The Stars
Brad and Christine Jones were one of the ten couples that were featured at the EISD Education Foundation's fundraising gala, "Dancing With Elgin's Starts", that was held on December 3rd at the SPJST Hall. Proceeds will be used for EISD grants to be awarded in 2011. Dancing, food and fellowship was shared by all!
The group winner of the costume contest at the Hogeye Festival was a
Dr. Seuss-inspired trio known as Miss Thang.
Future Rocket Scientists?
Cub Scout Pack 471 had its annual Space Derby Race with friends and family present. All the boys engineered their own personal spacecrafts for this race. They then competed against other boys within their den in order to determine an overall winner within the Pack. As new boys join the pack, they bring new ideas and thoughts to how a spacecraft should look. All the boys should be so proud of all the hard work they put into their own spacecrafts.
Wolf Gets Day In Court
From left: Counselor for the Defense Beauregard Peep played by sophomore Austin Fisher; B.B. Wolf played by freshman Austin Hill; executive District Attorney R. Stiltskin played by sophomore Kali Boucher; and Assistant District Attorney Merm played by freshman Cheyenne Conners.
Veterans honored. The VFW and American Legion hosted a Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Park in Elgin to honor American servicemen who risked their lives defending the country.
Band Gets A Boost
The Elgin band, Boosters, and the high school and middle school band directors expressed their gratitude last week to Cody Mauck of The First National Bank - Bastrop in Elgin for their generous contribution of the Texas A&M themed 5' by 10' flatbed utility trailer. The Boosters will be selling raffle tickets for $1 each or six tickets for $5 to that lucky someone who will be pulling this trailer home. The drawing will be held in May 2011 at the Annual Concert in the Park. If you would like to purchase tickets please contact David Cummings at 512-517-1775 or Wayne Collins at 512-921-4488.
Elginites had a "rawring" good time at the Dinos N Diamonds event on October 30. The event, with the theme, "Making Cancer Extinct", was held to beneift RElay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society.
Neidig Watchdogs Kick Off School Year
Neidig Elementary School Watchdogs Program is of to a great start for the 2010-2011 school year. Neidig held their second Annual Pizza Night on Thursday, September 23. There were over a hundred dads that came to the event to sign up to be a Watchdog (Dads of Great Students). During the pizza night the dads enjoyed a night out with their students and learned about how the program would benefit the school and the community. For more information about the Watchdogs Program please contact Glenell Bankhead, Principal of Neidig Elementary or the coordinator Matthew Lawhon at 512-801-9347.
Cheer Squad Places Second
The Elgin Wildcats Cheer-leading squad placed second in the regional competition San Antonio Thanksgiving weekend, qualifying to compete for the National Pop Warner Cheer-leader Championship at Walt Disney World this December. The squad had to turn down the National Title bid because of lack of funds, but this is a very nice accomplishment.
FREE HOT COCO!
First Baptist Youth Group Gives Away Free Hot Chocolate On Main Street.
Jonathan and Diana (Staton) Parsons of Elgin are happy to announce the birth of their son, Taitin Wayne Parsons. Taitin was born December 14, 2010 and weighed in at 10 pounds 12oz and was 21 1/2 inches long. Welcoming Taitin into the world are siblings Payten, 8 and Kaitly, 7. Grand parents are Bruce and Brinda Staton of Elgin, Robert and Kelly Parson of Artesia, N.M. and Marcie Parsons of Austin; great-grandparents Wibert and Jeanette Schneider of Elgin, Beth and the late Troy Staton of Elgin and Mary Beard of Artesia, N.M. and great-great-grandmothers Merle Barrington of Elgin and Mattie Staton of Georgetown.
LIBRARY NEWS - January and February, 2011
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Arlo Ruffin Wilson is pictured with parents Dr. Julie Restall, D.C. and Dr. Hollis Wilson, D.C. The doctors are pleased to announce the birth of their son, born at 10:45 a.m. on October 7, 2010 weighing 6 pounds 13.7 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long.
Come see us at our new location next to Southside Market!
A Flower Connection
Flowers and gifts for every occasion! 1210 Hwy 290, Elgin, TX.
Thank you from Mr. Liquor
Mr. Liquor would like to thank all their wonderful customers for the last five years at our location next to HEB. It has been our pleasure to meet all your beverage needs. While this location is closing we are looking forward to seeing you at our original location behind McDonald's. The HEB location has all their Liqor, Wine, and Ready-to-Drink beverages at 25% OFF. We are calling it the "save Kathy's Back" sale. Again, "THANK YOU ELGIN" for the last five years.
Kathy, Rachel, Linda and Chris.
Come see us behind McDonald's for our same great service! 512-285-3430.
A Toast to Elgin Caregivers
Wine tasting... Elgin Caregivers held a wine tasting on November 11 at the Chamber of Commerce headquarters, raising funds to support Elgin's senior citizens. The event also included sales of souvenir glass and chair massages. Below from left, Elizabeth Nisimblat, Tonya Nalle and Molly Owen make a toast.
Dancing with the Elgin Stars
The Elgin ISD Education Foundation will host the "Dancing With Elgin Starts" fundraiser even ton Friday, December 3rd. The event will be held at the Elgin SPJST Hall at 6:30 p.m. There will be 9 Elgin Start couples competing for the title of best dancers. There will be delicious food, beverages, door prizes, entertainment, dancing and best of all you are supporting a very worthy cause. All proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation and the students of Elgin ISD. Tickets are $50 each and available at the Chamber of Commerce office and the Administration office. Pictured below, left are Gina and Courtney Dodd. At right are Byron and Winnie Mitchell.
McDonald's Gets Bigger and Better
Elgin McDonald's is getting a serious makeover inside and out. Construction should be done by early January. Meanwhile, the restaurant on U.S. 290 is still open for business. Just drive around to the east side.
Partneships for businesses and schools hold keys to growth
The Elgin Chamber of Commerce believes that there must be a strong partnership between the school district and community to achieve success. Teacher and staff play a very active role in this partnership.
On Wednesday, August 11, the Elgin Chamber of Commerce will host a new teacher / staff lunch for the Elgin ISD. The purpose of the event is to welcome these new staff members to our community and offer our support and appreciation. Each person, whether they have been employed with the district for many years or if they are new to the district, is contributing to Elgin's goal of offering a high quality education to our children.
The Elgin Chamber of Commerce is proud of our school district. We believe that the Elgin ISD has the most caring and dedicated staff in the state. With a strong partnership between the staff, parents and community we can continue to strive for academic excellence in all of our Elgin schools.
Pets of the Week!
Punky, was found under a car, barely moving. The cat had apparently been attacked and had two hairline fractures and a broken tail. Punky was treated and is gaining strength by the hour. Contact Companion Connection at Villagerescue@aol.com or call 512-285-5620. Donations are being accepted at P.O. Box 875, Elgin, TX 78621.
Princess, was dumped in the country, suffered from a skin problem and was quite the skinny dog. Now, with a clean bill of health, she weighs about 30 pounds. Princess is spayed, current on shots and comes microchipped and with one free month of pet insurance. Contact email@example.com or call 512-285-5620 to meet princess.
Main St. Wants New Bike Rack Plan Ideas
Elgin Main Street Board requests design submissions for bicycle racks in the historic district downtown Elgin. During 2010, Elgin is celebrating it's 20th anniversary as a Texas Main Street City. Elgin is a popular destination for cyclists throughout the year and the Lone Star Paralysis group hosts a fundraiser ride in October in conjunction with the Hogeye Festival.
The bicycle racks would be useful to locals and long-time residents as well as tourists and visitors. They could be perfect for downtown as well - folks could chain their bikes once and walk, shop and visit all over downtown. We hope through this design contest that the racks will add a visually appealing element to the downtown area.
If you have questions or need additional information or details regarding the size, materials, etc. of the bicycle rack, please contact Amy Miller, Community Development Director at 512-281-5724 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org%20.
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS
Thursday, August 26th from Open til Close, 5 cent cup of coffee. For 100 years City Cafe has been serving Elginites good home cooked meals enjoyed by all. In March of 2010 Silviano Godinez-Sanchez purchased Cafe and has embraced the concept of great home cooking people have counted on for years. Stop by today to enjoy the great cooking, and yes, coffee is 5 cents all day Thursday. Now serving breakfast all day, free wireless, new menu, and TV. One century at 19 N. Main St., Elgin, TX. 512-285-9898
El-Hi football tickets available to past holders
Elgin Wildcat football fans that have previously held reserved season tickets will have the opportunity to claim their season tickets for the 2010 Football Season at the EISD Administration Building. The tickets can be purchased from the Business Office at 1002 N. Ave. C beginning Monday, August 27th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Season tickets not reclaimed by Friday, August 27th will be made available for sale on Monday, August 30, 2010.
The Wildcat Football Season tickets are $30.00 per seat for four home games. For more information contact Mary Rico at 512-281-3434 ext 1216 or 512-285-9216.
The Early Bird Gets The Worm
Classes fill fast. Apply now! Register early. www.austincc.edu.
Austin Community College District
New Chamber of Commerce members - July, 2010
Diamond J Dog Boarding - Nicol Vraquicevich, 1070 CR 129, Taylor, Texas 76574 512-755-4259 www.diamondjkennels.com
B & L Portable Toilets - Leonard Whitten, 1711 FM 1, Taylor, TX 76574 512-863-8806
Shop In Elgin - Amy Dittrich, 512-285-4309 www.shopinelgin.com
Keep Bastrop County Beautiful - P.O. Box 166, Bastrop, TX 78602 512-581-8258 www.keepbastropcountybeautiful.com
Ladies Gym and Massage - 15721 Hwy 290, Elgin, TX 78621 512-285-4555
Shenandoah Park officially renamed by City Council
Change to the sign could cost $350 - $500, which could come from Parks budget or donations. The sign at Shenandoah Park would probably need replacing sooner or later anyway, even if the City Council had chosen not to rename the park, because the wood is beginning to split in a few places.
Shanendoah Park has been officially renamed Shenandoah Soccer Park and Greenbelt. Adjusting its sign to refect the change, though, may take a little time.
At an Elgin City Council meeting recently, the Council voted unanimously to adjust the name of the municipal park.
The new moniker will help identify the park, they said, particularly for visiting teams headed to Elgin to play soccer.
"The soccer filelds, and the soccer association, are very vibrant parts of our community," said Elgin Mayor Marc Holm.
The Council approved officailly changing the name without much debate, but changing the sign turned into a bigger conversation.
It could cost between $350 and $500 to change or replace the sign, according to Community Development Director Amy Miller.
That could come out tf the city's parks budget, which has general funds set aside for expenses like this. Or, donations from the Soccer Association could fund the change, as could contributions from the Friends of Elgin Parks. A combination of all three is also a possibility.
However it gets funded, council members said, it's not an expense that will need to be worked into next year's budget, and likely not one that will require specific action from the council. And this particular sign is several years old, anyway.
"The sign at this point, is borderline," Miller said. "We should probably spend the $350 or so even if we don't change the name because the wood is really splitting in some parts."
Come join the fun at the Elgin Humane Society! All days and nights available. Sign up today and get started tomorrow! All ages welcome - 15 and under must have a parent or guardian present. Fun for the entire family! Sign up on the EHS application, by contacting Jeannie Wortham at 512-285-6042 after 6 p.m., at email@example.com, or by visiting the shelter.
Can't Volunteer Today? Donate Instead!
Two Elgin AQUA SCHOLARSHIP Recipients
Kaitlyn Wilkie graduated from Elgin High School in June, 2010. She plans to attend Texas A&M University Agriculture and Life Sciences College to study Animal Science and eventually apply to a college of Veterinary Medicine to achieve her goal in becoming a large animal veterinarian, specializing in equine medicine. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Bart and Karen Wilkie of Elgin, Texas.
Samantha Mason graduated from Elgin High School in June, 2010. She plans to attend the University of Dallas in Irving to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and eventually pursue her goal to become a Certified Public Accountant. Samantha is the daughter of Craig Mason of Elgin, Texas.