Texas Military Department offers COVID tests in Lometa

Members of the Texas Military Department, from left, Sgt. Sukup, Pfc. Ramon and Sgt. Lambuth work in a COVID-19 mobile testing collection site at the Lometa Fire Department. The test site opened on Wednesday. At press time, the number of total tests, and positive and negative results, had not been announced.

Outing gives new meaning to ‘Sunday drive’

Stacie Fesler drives a carriage pulled by “Big Boy,” a 14-year-old Belgian draft gelding, as Fesler’s mother, Julie Figurski, waves Sunday afternoon on West First Street. Longtime horseman Russell Smith, standing at the back of the carriage, coached Fesler throughout the old-fashioned excursion -- a Mother’s Day treat for Figurski. Fesler got Big Boy from an Amish farm in Kentucky about three months ago.

Academic all-state baseball

Lampasas seniors Ethan Rascoe and Hunter Rebando received academic all-state recognition in baseball.

MaxPreps zeroes in on ‘Players to Watch’

MaxPreps, a nationwide website that keeps statistics, records and recruiting information on high school sports, ranked several Badgers among the top football players to watch in 2020.

Rodeo returns

The American Junior Rodeo Association pulled together an event on little notice last Friday through Sunday at Hamilton’s Circle T Arena. Some regular competitors saw their first action in about two months.

Agencies pay respects to fallen deputy

In honor of fallen Bell County Sheriff’s Department Deputy John Rhoden, the Lampasas Fire Department and Burnet Fire Department raise the American flag over North Avenue on Friday shortly before the funeral procession entered Lampasas. Rhoden was a 2006 Lampasas High School graduate who died in the line of duty on April 26, assisting with a vehicle pursuit.

MARIAH ELLENBURG | COURTESY PHOTO Cedar Hill Healthcare Centre residents Bessie Preece, left, and Joan Hethcock pose for a photo during the center’s recent “COVID Campout.”

Cedar Hill Healthcare Centre residents Bessie Preece, left, and Joan Hethcock pose for a photo during the center’s recent “COVID Campout.” About 20 of the center’s residents participated in a free camping-themed photo shoot, and all 40 residents will take part in the campout theme for a nursing home week observance this month.

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