Gradual reopening continues

Governor Greg Abbott issued updates and clarifications to executive orders, several of which will allow more businesses to reopen in the coming days. On Thursday, he announced that confinement is not an applicable punishment for those who reopen business in violation of executive orders.

House fire quickly contained

Lampasas Fire Department Capt. Joe Adams, left, tries to reach remaining hot spots, and Fire Marshal Ronnie Withers studies the scene, after a house fire at 418 W. Fifth St. was controlled on Wednesday. A neighbor, Dr. Georgia Hay, said she witnessed flames coming from the front door and porch, called 911 and sprayed water with a garden hose. Firefighters arrived very soon, Hay said. See page 5 for more details.

Lampasas school district names its teachers of the year

Kline Whitis Elementary School kindergarten teacher Christine Brown, holding flowers, has been named the LISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. Other finalists this year, chosen by a vote of teachers on each campus, were Kim Odom of Hanna Springs Elementary School and Crystal Mickan of Taylor Creek Elementary School. Shown with Brown are Superintendent Dr. Chane Rascoe, Instructional Specialist Sherrie Berry and Kline Whitis Elementary Principal Wes Graham.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In an email Thursday morning, Lampasas Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Chane Rascoe said because of coronavirus concerns, Lampasas High School cannot have a traditional graduation ceremony. Officials are finalizing plans for a modified ceremony over multiple days, and LHS will release more details soon, Rascoe said.

County has six active cases and two recoveries; Doctor says medical sites are well equipped


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‘Little Free Library’ attracts visitors

Allison Martin borrows a book from the “Little Free Library,” which her family visited recently. A Lampasas Public Library representative said the little book-sharing stand near the corner of East First Street and Western has been very popular during this “stay-at-home” time.