CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL Most of the South and Central U.S. reported high levels of influenza activity (shown in red) according to the CDC’s last data available at press time.

By Jeff Lowe | Dispatch Record
Winter sees the peak of flu season. So far this season, the influenza B strain has been outpacing influenza A as the main strain affecting local residents.

DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD New Lampasas County Auditor Tragina Smith, second from right, and County Judge Randy Hoyer spend a moment with Smith’s daughter, Kayla Howell, and Smith’s granddaughter, Kiernan Howell, after a brief public hearing Jan. 3.

By David Lowe | Dispatch Record
Lampasas County’s new auditor, Tragina Smith, has 20 years of experience in county government.

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Longtime farmer/rancher Willie Lee Vann, 94, of Lampasas died Jan. 4, 2020. Visitation will be today from 5-7 p.m. at Sneed Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Jan.

PEE WEE FOOD FAIR The Lampasas County Youth Livestock Show is seeking participants for its Pee Wee Food Fair. No entry fee is required, and there are no pre-entries. Any

Some new state legal changes have taken effect this first week of the year, and a national ban on most e-cigarette flavors also is expected to become law soon. The

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Workers from McCoy Tree Surgery trim tree limbs near electric lines on South Western between North Avenue and East First Street on a recent foggy morning. The annual trimming effort,

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Going into the last weekend of the general rifle season, deer processors agreed a large, lasting acorn crop was a factor in limiting harvest numbers. The general season ends on


A new county burn ban that will take effect Monday includes an exception to allow for controlled fires in certain hay fields. County burn bans apply in areas outside incorporated

REPUBLICAN MEEETING The Lampasas County Republican Party has moved its January monthly meeting to Jan. 9. The meeting will be at noon at Putters & Gutters Fun Center, located at

Explosive materials found Sunday in the Smith Ranch area on the west side of the county were taken to Fort Hood for safe disposal, according to a Lampasas County Sheriff's