Professional photographer Patsy Stoneham recently sent these photos to the Dispatch Record with this note: “We saw this, this afternoon … the 'fiery cloud' was behind a tree when the sun set … Too beautiful not to share!” With the silhouette of the trees, a wide range of colors at the end of the day made for an interesting visual effect. In particular, pink and yellow colors in the sky behind the trees made it look as if the trees were on fire, she said.

Lampasas Fire Department firefighters Shane Wolfe, left, and Jared Payne use the ladder on LFD's Engine One vehicle to install a solar light on the flagpole at the Jack Calvert Municipal Building. The facility, where the Lampasas City Council meets, is at the corner of East Third and South Main streets.

Red Cross worker Kristy Boone adjusts vials and the tube connected to donor Georgie Gilliam during a blood drive Monday at First Street Church of Christ. Donors gave a total of 55 units of blood, local coordinator Laresa Fowler Yick said.

This butterfly photo is one of several images Stephanie Simmonds Hays submitted to the Dispatch Record for its Guide to Lampasas photo contest. The photographer is a 1984 Lampasas High School graduate.

A large tree limb lies in front of the Kempner Water Supply Corp. office on April 9 after falling and hitting a power line during a storm. Much of the county received rain and high wind during the storm.

Junior Kaitlyn McCann, left-front, and sophomore April Smith, right-front, sign in and hand in their tickets to Pierian Club member Lucy Walker as the students enter the annual Junior Pierian dance Jan. 25 at the Hancock Springs Hostess House.

A recent robotics competition at Taylor Creek Elementary School included not just Lampasas Independent School District contestants, but also students from Robinson and Clifton.

DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Lometa Independent School District Student of the Month and Staff Member of the Month honorees for January are, from left, Francisco Jaimes (high school), Sandra Verney (staff), Marcus Moreno (pre-kindergarten), Jeremiah Torres (junior high) and Jonathon Lujan (elementary).