Lometa, TX

Burn ban reinstated for Lampasas County

Lampasas County has reinstated its burn ban, effective Sept. 21. The ban originally was lifted during a period of increased rainfall in the county. Kempner also lifted its burn ban for a day but then followed the county’s lead in reinstating the ban. Lampasas County still is experiencing severe drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Rainfall totals over the last month have…
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Kempner citizens make ‘outcry’ against incoming coffee shop

Kempner City Council held a lively hearing on Tuesday, after citizens caught wind of a controversial business coming to town. Mayor John “J.W.” Wilkerson said the owners of Bohica Espresso, Phillip and Karen Crutchfield, first approached him in July. The couple opened their first location in Killeen and described their business on social media as “gourmet coffee with a flair.” Photos of the…
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Coach John Elder vs San Saba 2022

Chad Anders had a quick discussion with Coach Elder about the week's sports activities and upcoming game with San Saba. Junior High and JV teams beat San Saba on Thursday.

EMS transition to start Oct. 1

The Lampasas County Commissioners Court received an update Monday on the upcoming transition for the county’s emergency services from Acadian Ambulance Service to Hamilton County Hospital District EMS. Hamilton EMS is to take over effective Oct. 1. The move came after Acadian asked for $1.354 million to continue its contract with Lampasas County past September 2022. In previous discussions with…

Boots & Blazers Ball set for Oct. 15

The Lampasas Association for the Arts has set its annual Boots & Blazers Ball for Oct. 15, when it will celebrate 16 years of sculpture here. Festivities the day of the event include a Sip & Stroll from 5:30-6:30 p.m. through the Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden at Campbell Park, 501 E. North Ave. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the new sculpture pieces as well as those…

Lady Hornets pick up first win in volleyball program history

Lometa’s volleyball team, believed to be the first assembled in the school district, won its first match of the season Saturday. The Lady Hornets took a 3-1 win over the Mullin Bulldogs. “We’re just so excited for the kids,” coach Austin Martin said about the team’s accomplishment. “This is the first time Lometa’s won a game, much less had volleyball, so it’s definitely cool to be a part of the…

Students close out Homecoming activities

Lampasas High School celebrated its Homecoming last week. After a parade through downtown, students gathered at Badger Field and celebrated as bubbles filled the air.

Donations sought to help local family dealing with hefty medical expenses

Fundraisers have been held recently for 36-yearold Dale Hull and his family. Hull, a lifelong resident of the Kempner/Copperas Cove area, is a Lampasas High School graduate who has been battling stage 4 colon cancer. He is a project manager for RNC Construction in Copperas Cove. To make a donation to assist the family with its medical expenses, area residents may drop off a check at the RNC…

Cross country teams take first and third at home meet

Hosting a meet last week at the 580 Sports Complex, the Lampasas varsity took first place in the 1A-4A boys’ division out of five cross country teams, and the girls finished third behind Goldthwaite and Stephenville. Individually for the Badgers, Clayton Shaw finished fifth, Brayden Phillips came in sixth, and Kent Ashley placed ninth. Nyla Long medaled for the Lady Badgers, finishing in third…

Economic development director resigns

The city and Lampasas Economic Development Corp. are seeking a new economic development director after Mandy Walsh issued her resignation last week. City Manager Finley deGraffenried said Walsh submitted a letter of resignation to him Sept. 21 and then announced to the EDC board she was stepping down. Walsh said she made the decision to return to her career in public relations. “I’ll be working…

Tennis remains unbeaten in district play

The tennis team traveled to Glen Rose this week for its third district match of the fall season. This outing went much smoother for Lampasas than the last one against Brownwood. A quicker start in doubles and a dominant singles session saw the Badgers earn a 14-5 team win over the Tigers. To start the action, the boys’ doubles pairing of Clayton Shaw/James Vasquez came close but could not stay…

36 Club opens 2022-23 season

The 36 Club, a local chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Texas, met recently to kick off the new 2022-2023 season with a luncheon at Bella Italia restaurant in Lampasas. Members and club visitors were welcomed by Juli Chaney, 36 Club president. Visitors at this social event were Jeanie Cottington and Anelicia Cheney-Campbell, sponsored by Danielle Shepard; Kim Shahry,…

Taylor Creek school celebrates Johnny Appleseed

Pioneer farmer is credited with planting apple trees across the Mid-Atlantic. To the surprise of Taylor Creek Elementary School students, Lampasas ISD Board of Trustees member Jeff Rutland arrived at the campus Monday dressed as Johnny Appleseed. Rutland read a book to the students on the life and times of Appleseed. “We are so thankful and blessed to have a community member share their time with us,” Principal Shona Moore said. John Chapman, better known as “Johnny…

Lampasas council OKs budget, new tax rate

The Lampasas City Council approved an annual budget and tax rate on Monday evening, as well as numerous appointments to city boards. A second and final reading of both the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 budget and the 2022-2023 tax rate received unanimous approval. The new tax rate of $0.3156 per $100 valuation is a decrease from the previous year’s rate of $0.337, but it also represents a 9.05%…

L-M Garden Club receives update on civic matters

Lometa L-M Garden and Civic Club had its first meeting of the new club year on Sept. 19 at the garden club building. The meeting was called to order by President Debbie Hicks. The prayer was given by Virginia Hamilton. About 15 members were present. Refreshments were provided by Tico Hicks, Val Cash and Patricia Dorsey. Finger sandwiches, a variety of chips, fruit, cookies and punch were…

Young scientist at work ... with a couple of friends

Ten-year-old Isabella Gutierrez completes her robot kit with the help of her “colleagues,” Esme and Luisa. The project is part of the Lampasas Public Library’s STEAM program where both homeschool and public school students participate in activities such as robotics. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

Turnovers cost Lometa in tough loss to Waco Live Oak

Lometa’s inability to hold on to the football was a major problem Friday night, as five Hornet turnovers led directly to scores for the Waco Live Oak Falcons. Live Oak won the matchup 47-0. The game, which ended midway through the third quarter, began with Live Oak scoring on a long third-down conversion just over a minute into the game. Lometa’s offense faltered on its next two drives, and a…

Lady Badgers come up short in district matchup with Burnet

The Lady Badgers lost in three sets Tuesday night to the Burnet Lady Bulldogs and moved to 0-2 in district play so far. The girls got off to a slow start and lost the first two sets. Lampasas then was able to jump out to a lead in the third set, but a late surge by the Lady Dogs saw them close out the match. The final scores were 1725, 15-25, 24-26. The stat leaders from the Burnet match were…

Crash involves school bus; one man critically injured

A three-vehicle collision after school Thursday resulted in several injuries, with one man in critical condition and many shaken-up students. Shortly after 4 p.m. in the 1200 block of U.S. Highway 190 East, within the Kempner city limits, a Sunset Logistics Inc. dump truck and a Lampasas Independent School District bus collided. While trying to avoid hitting the school bus from behind, a fuel…