Lampasas County courthouse square was illuminated and crowded during Saturday's Carol of Lights festivities. 

Lampasas native Dwight Smith was named grand marshal for the annual Lighted Christmas Parade, sponsored by Ajinomoto Foods. He has been an employee at the food manufacturing plant for 35 years. 

During a Texas Agriculture Memorial Day ceremony Nov. 21 at the state capitol, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, foreground left; John Paul Dineen V, foreground center; and John Paul Dineen III, foreground right; hold cowboy hats over their hearts while looking toward a memorial wreath. Travis William Herring -- a longtime Lometa rancher who died Feb. 27, 2019 after he was kicked by a bull -- was one of 15 people honored as part of the Texas Agriculture Memorial Day ceremony.

The Sulphur Creek at W.M. Brook Park was aglow Saturday night with luminaria representing the well wishes, hopes and thanksgivings of community members during the inaugural Lantern Lighting event. 

Libby Bluntzer, foreground, Dorinda Barrett, back center, and other Vision Lampasas volunteers apply new paint to the “Boot Roundup” mural off Western Street. Volunteers had put in about 100 total hours by Tuesday to repaint the mural, which was the first Vision Lampasas mural in town. Congressman Roger Williams gave a $1,000 donation to fund the fresh coat of paint.

A miniature pony walks underneath its much larger counterpart during an equine act as part of a Culpepper & Merriweather Circus performance Wednesday at North and Western avenues. The Lampasas Kiwanis Club hosted two circus shows Wednesday.


Maricela Soto and daughter Nohely Soto, right to left, examine Cherokee beaded jewelry offered by CheTan Palermo, not pictured, during the Indian Artifact & Mineral and Gem Show on Saturday.

The Lampasas VFW Post 8539 hosted a memorial ceremony at Lampasas Fire Department on Wednesday to honor the fallen in the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial was held around a beam that was removed from the rubble of the Twin Towers and homed at the Lampasas fire station. 

The Make-A-Wish Foundation, with the help of Friends for Wishes, paid for Tazlyn Hanly, 17, and several family members to visit the Walt Disney World Resort in April. Pictured left to right are Friends for Wishes Executive Boardmember Chaille Voelkel, local sponsor Tommy Fogle, Make-A-Wish Foundation Central & South Texas Chief Executive Officer Kathrin Brewer, Hanly, and local sponsor Lee Hoffpauir. See Tuesday's edition for the full story. 

These swimmers were among the more than 460 people who attended the Back to School Rally at Hanna Springs Swimming Pool on Aug. 3. The first day of classes for Lampasas Independent School District students is Aug. 15.