Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order this week extending "social distancing" mandates through April 30, with exceptions to allow some "essential services,” which include various jobs and some religious services.

TxDOT plans repaving project on Copperas Cove bypass route

The Texas Department of Transportation Waco District will close temporarily portions of I-14/U.S. Highway 190 south of Copperas Cove, beginning April 5, weather permitting. The closure will allow TxDOT to repair pavement on the bypass.

Gasoline prices reach lowest level in several years

The statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has dropped to $1.705, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is 77 cents less per gallon than on March 28 last year, AAA reported.

	Lord Heal Our Country

An electronic message at Church of the Hills in Lometa reads “Lord Heal Our Country” -- summing up a request made by many people during the coronavirus outbreak. At press time Thursday, the national death toll was over 5,100 with about 8,700 recoveries.

St. Mary Catholic Church’s Food Pantry at 701 N. Key Ave. will be open April 3 from 1-3 p.m.

The Lampasas and Lometa school districts continue to offer weekday meal service to students and parents.

The Lampasas City Council will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers to consider modification or cancellation of the mayoral Emergency Disaster Declaration (Stay Home, Stay Safe), which expires at midnight April 6.