ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH | DISPATCH RECORD
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.

ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH | DISPATCH RECORD
This photo of a hummingbird nest was captured at the Faught home on FM 1478. The nest, made of plant fibers and lichen, was spotted June 28 when the eggs were just the size of pinto beans. Hummingbirds usually hatch in pairs, and fledglings often leave the nest after just three weeks.

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The Lometa community came out in full force to enjoy Hometown Fourth of July festivities at the Lometa Regional Park. Activities started with a picnic dinner under the oak trees.

Robert Resa, right, landed a monster 70-pound flathead catfish on the Colorado River in a tournament benefiting a young boy in need. Resa’s fishing partner, Kevin Harris, shows another big catch. Resa’s team caught 264 pounds of fish in a 24-hour period, and the total of all fish weighed in the Fishin’ 4 William tournament was 1,200 pounds. 

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Sulphur Creek Car Cruise visitors Rylee Haywood and her father, Bruce, look at a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro owned by Brian Sullivan of Lampasas. The event -- held June 15 in W.M. Brook Park -- featured a wide range of vehicles, including 1950s classics, muscle cars and custom trucks.

ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH | DISPATCH RECORD
Krysta Huckabee and her son, Clive, examine arrowheads at the inaugural Celebrate Kempner-Pickett Fest on Saturday.

COURTESY PHOTO First Baptist Church Preschool held its kindergarten graduation May 15. Bottom row from left are Katie O’Connor, Xander Clements and Sadie Walker. Middle row from left are Bry Hopson, Decil Stephen and Tye Langford. Top row from left are Brynn Crawford, Jaxtyn Stephens, Phoenix DePalma and teacher Alicia Green.

TINA LOEFFLER | COURTESY PHOTOS
Lee and Kathleen Hoffpauir hosted the annual Boys & Girls Club of Lampasas barn dance fundraiser May 18 at their ranch in Nix. It is estimated that after expenses are paid, the event will net $325,000 for the Boys & Girls Club, Lee Hoffpauir said.

The flag at Lampasas Police Department flies at half-staff in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day on Wednesday. The national observance started in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. 

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