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(BASTROP) For many, a home is their haven of peace and escape from the world’s extraneous noise, but for some, their home becomes a battleground for domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and here in Bastrop, the Family Crisis Center has designated Thursday, Oct. 18 as “Wear Purple Day” and is debuting the Inspire, Empower, and Thrive: Our Stories luncheon at the Bastrop Convention Center that day from 11:30-1:30.

“Family Crisis Center is excited to debut this new event that brings local women together and celebrates the many important roles we play in our community,” Sherry Murphy, Bastrop Family Crisis Center Executive Director, said. “The Center was founded by a very grassroots driven group of women. As such, we want to

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(BASTROP) For sure, the temperatures will get cooler and fall will be upon us. But in the meantime, Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop will tickle families’ fancy for fall at their annual Fall Festival on the weekends and Columbus Day from Sept. 29 through Nov. 4.

It’s this time of year that families gather at The Farm, situated on approximately 181 acres with sprawling Cottonwood Trees along the emerald green Colorado River, on a Saturday or Sunday for live music, yummy treats, and good, old-fashion fun.

Visitors can lose themselves in the main attraction, a corn maze with tricky twists and turns. This year’s maze theme is “Texas State of Mind,” a four-acre tribute to our great state.

For those looking for something less challenging, numerous

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We don’t typically think much about trash removal or hauling junk until something happens and we need to have it handled as quickly as possible. Usually involving a dramatic life change, it could be a divorce, a death in the family, massive spring/fall cleaning or any number of reasons leading to the impersonal collection and the inevitable disposing of our belongings at the dump somewhere outside of town. Not exactly inspiring, right?

Well, Laura Chavez with Junkluggers Junk Removal Service will change the way we think about trash. Junkluggers is relatively new to Austin but we can promise you that you’ll be hearing a lot more about them soon! Originally started in 2004 in Connecticut, the company rapidly outgrew its small hometown and in 2013

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In the year since Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas and Louisiana coasts, homeowners have had to reconsider the way they think about flooding. Thousands suffered evacuation from over 200,000 homes across the region, three-fourths of which lived outside of the existing 100-year floodplains. What did most of these property owners have in common? No flood insurance.

Doesn't my homeowners insurance cover flooding?

The long and short answer to this question is no. House Logic, a division of NAR, described homeowners insurance in this way when it comes to water coverage in your home, "[Homeowners insurance] only covers water falling from the sky. Once water touches the ground and enters your home, it’s a flood, and only flood insurance will pay for

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(BASTROP) Double Eagle Ranch, located in Cedar Creek, is Bastrop’s newest development offering new-home country living just 13.5  miles from Austin Bergstrom Airport. Check out www.DoubleEagleRanch.com for photos and floor plans.

 With easy access to Highway 71 and Loop 130, Double Eagle Ranch residents will have the luxury of many wooded homesites spanning near-to-slightly-over one-acre lots. Brohn Homes is the first of four home builders to offer building sites in this community.

Currently in the 70-acre Phase 1 section of Double Eagle Ranch, Brohn has 12 over-sized lots ready to build along with several inventory homes that will be ready by the end of the year.

Brohn Homes features 7 floor plans ranging from 1802-2644 square foot in a choice

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Guest Blog by Brent Bailey with A+ Pool Leak Detectives

The 2 Biggest Mistakes Homeowners Make With Their Pools - (Side Note: Please don’t blame your Pool Tech for the following issues.  They are not trained to find and fix leaks and most likely won’t know about this until you tell them.)

As a Swimming Pool Leak Detector (I find and fix leaks in pools), many different situations occur where homeowners are experiencing problems with their pool.  As a rule of thumb, half the pools I see have only one leak to be fixed and the other half have chronic problems with their system.

Unfortunately, the chronic problems are often self-inflicted wounds and could have easily been prevented, if they only knew what I’m about to share with you now.

Following

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Austinites are proud of the contributions we've made as a city to live more sustainably. We recycle, compost, grow our own food, raise chickens and goats, and we're starting to see more electric cars and hybrids on our roads than any other city in Texas. In fact, to help reach that goal Austin made a commitment back in 2007 to be completely carbon neutral by 2020, partly by having 330 vehicles in our city's fleet be plug-in electric automobiles. While that date is certain to be slipped at our current rate of growth and available programs, we are doing our best collectively to help move Austin in the right direction.

How many electric cars will we have?

According to Jessi Devenyns of the Austin Monitor, "ERCOT is predicting that by 2031, 20

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(BASTROP) Step back in time enjoying good, old-fashion fun at the 71st Bastrop Homecoming and Rodeo Tuesday, July 31- Saturday, August 4.

This weekend is truly a homecoming event whereby Bastrop High School classes generally schedule class reunions, with all reunion classes being recognized after the 10 a.m. parade Saturday at the Bastrop Convention Center.

Even in its inception soon after WWII ended, Bastrop civic and business leaders created the first Homecoming Jubilee for area residents and to entice former residents, who spent time in Bastrop at Camp Swift during the war, to “come home” for festivities.

A rodeo, at the new rodeo arena built in less than 6 weeks by William Higgins and his rodeo committee and city officials, was the main

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I have been following the Land Use Code update process from before it was branded CodeNext. A Land Use Code is the set of regulations a city uses about how property is used and developed. It balances landowner rights while also looking out for overall community interests. A city’s land use code is not to be confused with deed restrictions or HOA rules. A property owner’s plan must meet all these rules.

Codes do get updated (the last in Austin was in 1984) but our land use code is older than that and the principals involved were from a very car-centric frame of mind. As such, the land use code has been a contributing factor to our city's biggest complaints. We also have the problems of so many little fixes, amendments, and neighborhood plans adopted

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Have you ever wondered, “What's so hard about selling a house? I can do that myself.” According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), only 8% of homes sold per year are sold directly by the owner. There is a good reason for this; navigating the complete transaction of a home sale can be complicated. These are the questions you must ask yourself: What do I need to do in order to get the home ready for the market? Should I do any repairs/remodeling before putting it on? How will I market the home? and most importantly, At what price will I sell my home? Of course, within these questions are a hundred other questions that pop up. It can be stressful for the untrained person to consider. By not understanding the issues that can arise in a sales

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