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.

Warmth, rain bring out spring colors

A redbud tree in Lampasas is in full bloom on a recent sunny day. Spring officially began last week, and the area has received mild temperatures along with significant rainfall. Lampasas got 3.93 inches of rain from March 15-21, according to weather.com. ors JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD

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Azarael Sanchez (back-center), Nathan Abken (15) and Kai Cartwright (7) swarm to the ball in the Badgers’ 2-1 home loss to Burnet on Friday. Victor Castruita scored the Badgers’ only goal, and their last home game was scheduled for Monday after press time. “While we lost, our kids gave it everything, and I am very proud of that,” coach Ryan Race said. JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD

Ace Whitehead pitches.

Ace Whitehead pitched 5 1/3 innings of scoreless, no-hit baseball before Gatesville had a double, and the Badgers went on to win 10-1 on Monday.

It was the regular-season opener, held on the Hornets' home field.

Whitehead also had four hits and nearly hit for the cycle, with a triple, a double and two singles.


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After heavy rain this week, a tractor sculpture in the Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden at Campbell Park looks firmly stuck in muddy runoff. Parts of the county received their biggest rain of 2020 so far, with 2.85 inches reported Tuesday and Wednesday at a Lower Colorado River Authority data site near Nix.