The Hancock Springs bathhouse ruins are all that remain of an 1880s-era health resort that was situated near the banks of Sulphur Creek. Reader Susan Croll Zegub captured this image just before an impending storm earlier this spring.

The 2020-2021 Guide to Lampasas magazine – a prime source of information about the area and its people – makes its debut in today’s edition of the Lampasas Dispatch Record.

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Caitlyn Smarr and Jacob Harrell (in background) fish for bass at Colorado Bend State Park. State parks opened on Monday with some restrictions, such as requiring face coverings and pre-registration. JEFF LOWE

Oil prices plunge again on Monday

Oil futures reached negative territory on Monday, as the price for a barrel of West Texas Intermediate Crude to be delivered in May dropped below $0 per barrel.

With a massive reduction in travel and demand, plus a large supply on the market, some oilmen believe the slump could last years.

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City of Lampasas electric department employee Justin McDonald -- in elevated bucket -- trims a tree limb as street department employee Joe Levine, at left, stands ready to assist with work. The two city departments collaborated this week on West First Street between Race and Park streets to run a primary electric line and re-route secondary lines away from trees to prevent fallen limbs from knocking down lines, Public Works Director Rickie Roy said. The project will make electric service more reliable and efficient, Roy said.

	Lord Heal Our Country

An electronic message at Church of the Hills in Lometa reads “Lord Heal Our Country” -- summing up a request made by many people during the coronavirus outbreak. At press time Thursday, the national death toll was over 5,100 with about 8,700 recoveries.