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Leading a small-town department brings benefits, such as close community relations and familiar turf, but also challenges with manpower and funding. Melissa Cantu became Lometa police chief in July after

BURN BAN A countywide burn ban is in effect. The ban prohibits most types of outdoor fires outside incorporated city limits. For questions about exceptions, call the county judge’s office

Lampasas Independent School District has adopted a new security protocol and will hire a third school resource officer this year to be proactive about safety, officials said. “School safety is

A crew from M&C Fonseca Construction Inc. of Granite Shoals searches Tuesday for the one-inch water service line that feeds Family Medicine Clinic’s specialty facility on West Avenue E. Van

Renovation activity is underway at two commercial properties on U.S. Highway 183 South. Pizza Hut is closed for remodeling, in a project being done by Coast To Coast Builders Inc.

COURTHOUSE TOURS Free, guided tours of the historic county courthouse are offered each Saturday at 11 am. and 2 p.m., except on major holiday weekends. The Lampasas courthouse, built in

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Shoppers can save money on a variety of school supplies and clothing during Texas’ sales tax holiday, which will be Aug. 10-12. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies

Ron Clayton of Apopka, Florida, brought this authentic 1873 model Winchester, made in 1909, to Lampasas last week. The rifle was used by Paul Newman in the 1967 film “Hombre.”

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