A Lampasas Community Blood Drive is scheduled May 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the First Street Church of Christ fellowship hall, 201 West First St. Blood donors

Lampasas County 27th District Court had a break last week before the Easter holidays. It is scheduled to reconvene today with Judge John Gauntt presiding over the day’s hearings. Upcoming

The following arrests were reported to the Lampasas Dispatch Record by area law enforcement officials. The Dispatch Record prints the name and charge(s) of people arrested on at least one

The Briggs Community Center, located at 215 Loop 308, will host a free Pickin' & Grinnin' music event Saturday at 6 p.m.

Flooding is possible because of storms predicted tonight, meteorologists said.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Lampasas, Bell, Coryell, McLennan and surrounding counties on Wednesday at 12 p.m., effective until Thursday at 12 a.m.

TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT | COURTESY PHOTO Feral hogs are descended from European hogs and therefore can be distinguished by their long snouts and legs, as well as thick, bristle-like hair.

By Alexandria Randolph
Dispatch Record

At 5 million animals and counting, feral swine are found in at least 39 states, and they cause approximately $1.5 billion in damages and control costs each year, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data from 2012.

DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD The county's new voting equipment includes touch-screen computer devices, foreground, that prepare paper ballots showing each selection a voter made on the computer screen. After the voter reviews the paper ballot, the person will take it to a scanner, shown in background, which will photograph the ballot and drop it into a secure box for tabulation of results.

By David Lowe
Dispatch Record

Early balloting is underway for the May 4 municipal and school board elections, and voters may notice a few new features when they visit the polling site.

Thunderstorms are possible Monday, and strong to severe storms will be possible Tuesday through Wednesday, meteorologists said.

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The county's new contract for emergency medical services keeps the current provider -- Acadian Ambulance Service -- and ends the county's subsidy for the company. The Lampasas County Commissioners Court


Brief but strong winds Wednesday night caused spotty damage in the county. The Lampasas Fire Department and the city electric department responded to a call on North Summer Street about