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

JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD

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

DINNER THEATER Lometa High School will host a dinner theater Monday night in the school cafetorium. A steak dinner will be served from 6-7 p.m. About 7 p.m., students will

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