Panda Express employees, from left, Fabian Garcia, Ben Lempo and Irene Espinoza pose for a photo with Taylor Creek Elementary School second-grade students Chase Fjeldal, Shelby Davis and Caytlin Craddock Thursday afternoon.

Taylor Creek Elementary School students Akuma Staples and Isaias Sanchez Garcia smile as Irene Espinoza hands out a fact sheet and mini quiz for students to take after they learned about the Lunar New Year.

This weekend the UIL academic team competed at the Round Rock Westwood invitational.

The speech and debate team placed 2nd overall.

The following individuals placed at the meet:

Students at Hanna Springs Elementary School raised money during the Jump Rope for Heart event at the school.

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Lampasas High School junior Coby Campbell managed to place 11th in the Association of Texas Small School Bands All-State band, earning a performance with the prestigious group. He is the third student in 50 years to make the band.

The Lampasas Public Library will host seven authors Saturday for its annual Book Festival event. Authors Renee Alter, Elaine Kelley, Marji Laine, Carol Marturano, Alan and Inda Williams, and Peggy

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The FFA chapter volunteered at Spring Oaks Nursing Home on Valentine’s Day. The students helped decorate the dining hall, passed out flowers to the residents, took photos with the residents,

The Central Texas Herb Society held its January meeting in the home of Kim Garner. The Herb of the Month, dandelions, was discussed by Mrs. Garner. Dandelion root tea was