The Weather

Tonight: Mostly clear with alow of 45º. The wind will decrease, shift to W-NW about 10 mph, then shift to N-NE after midnight.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 72º in the afternoon. The N-NE wind will be 5-10 mph, then shifting to south in the afternoon. But...it will shift again after midnight to the W-NW and be very light.

Blood Drive

There are many reasons why a hospital patient requires blood; they vary as to the quantities of blood and blood products required to resolve each medical issue faced. On average, a heart surgeon may request six units of blood and blood products for the patient.

Victims facing trauma injuries from an auto accident may require 50 or more units of blood to replace their loss. Organ transplant experts may order up to 40 units of blood and products – like platelets and plasma – to provide hope for a waiting organ recipient.

Carter BloodCare must register approximately 1,000 donors each day to keep up with hospital demand for blood products. If each eligible blood donor gave just one more time per year, there would seldom be a blood shortage.

Rollins Brook Community Hospital is hosting a blood drive from 10am to 2pm Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 608 North Key in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Kathy Long at (512) 556-3682, extension 2211 :

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What's Coming

The Lady Badgers playoff basketball team heads to Bastrop on Friday. There they’ll meet the TABC ranked #15, El Campo, for some serious “Area” competition. El Campo is rated #7 by the TGCA, while Lampasas has fell out of the top 10 and top 20 state rankings as of Monday. Liberty Hill also fell out of the TGCA top 10.