The Keepin It Local volunteer organization received the "Community Champion" honor during last week's Lampasas City Council meeting.

The non-profit organization, which Donna Cockrell started in June 2017, supports police, fire and emergency medical service personnel, as well as the Lampasas Animal Shelter. In one of their recent efforts, for example, the Keepin It Local volunteers gave the Lampasas Police Department a load of toys to hand out to children who are experiencing a difficult time.

In November, the Lampasas Dispatch Record featured the story of a friendship between Lampasas resident Alan Harry and Josep Torres of Ibiza, Spain that led the Spaniard to travel to Texas to spend time with his friend after buying a 1966 Ford Mustang.

On Dec. 2, the Lampasas man’s son, Micah Harry, brought the Mustang to port in Houston, where it was stored in a shipping container.

The car left port Dec. 16 and traveled across the Atlantic Ocean before arriving in Valencia, Spain on Jan. 2.

On Monday, Lampasas native Joe Vann, pictured at right, was named the Burnet High School Educator of the Year. Vann is the son of longtime Lampasas residents Lee and Faydell Vann. Vann was an active FFA member and FFA officer while attending Lampasas High School, along with his brother Leslie Vann and sister Judy Vann Hail. He has been teaching ag science at Burnet High School for 24 years. Vann was selected for his accomplishments with students in the classroom, as well as for his personal character and integrity.

The Jan. 4 program for the Texas Extension Education Association’s Rumley Club featured Karen DeZarn giving a slide presentation on physical fitness entitled “Take Action, Get Active: GO-4-30!”

She also discussed the upcoming National Family Consumer Science convention. District members are helping with making Texas-shaped hotpads for each attendee.

New member Marilyn Michelli and guest Becky Johnson were in attendance.

The district’s Spring Conference will be March 21-22 at the Texas 4-H Center in Brownwood.

Lampasas Independent School District has fully committed to UIL academics, which school officials say reaches all campuses and can change the lives of students from the elementary level to high school seniors. 

“My perspective, after 34 years of teaching, is UIL is a spot where you can help kids find their niche,” Hanna Springs Elementary School UIL Coordinator Nancy Randolph said. “They find that love of something they have, whether it’s music memory, art, doing creative art contests.”

West Oaks Independent Living Center sold in December to a Dripping Springs couple who fell in love with the West Sixth Street property and its mission for older residents.

Kelli and John Newman have always loved the Hill Country, so when they moved from Oregon to Dripping Springs they thought of purchasing rental property.

City of Lampasas IT Director Monica Wright and Economic Development Director Mandy Walsh have spent the past eight months working with Civic Plus on new websites for both the city and the Lampasas Economic Development Corp.

“We were up for a free redesign …,” Mrs. Wright said. “We wanted to take advantage of that and take the opportunity to make the website look better.”