Lampasas Middle School teachers, left to right, Kylie Boswell, Kelly Clarkston and Floyd Smith prepare a less plan on Friday before the first day of school. 

Mt. Hiram Lodge 595 member Mike Lang puts an all-beef hot dog in a bun during KempnerFest, held Saturday at Sylvia Tucker Memorial Park.

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.