From the beginning of April through the end of May, I visited with over 1,200 elementary students. Before I continue, I would just like to say to all teachers who spend their days with these young minds: I admire you, and you are true rock stars.

This year, Lometa High School submitted the names of four candidates for Girls State. The school was allotted only one space, however, and the American Legion Auxiliary committee decided Maria Castillo would most benefit from the Girls State experience.

William Lee Bowden, 77, died May 30, 2018 in Lampasas, surrounded by loved ones.

Visitation is scheduled for June 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Sneed Funeral Chapel.