At Thursday’s C of C Luncheon 

  Speakers at the News at Noon luncheon were individual snapshots of things going on in Lampasas Education.

Jason Walsh is the new Culinary Program Instructor at Lampasas High and is clear evidence of Lampasas ISD’s intention to develop more and better vocational instruction at the school. Though students electing for the program may not become professional cooks, they may well learn how to become better cooks at home. Jason explained his goals for the program – and his methods to accomplish them.

He has to be well aware of the value of different kinds of vocational education to our economy. He is married to the City’s Economic Development Director, Mandy Walsh.

Aaron Nuckles is the new Badger Boys Basketball Coach. He is a native and graduate of Lampasas High. After his own school at Texas A&M, he returned to Lampasas, coached here a few years, then took over as Lometa’s basketball coach. There he had good years, including lots of playoff trips, and moved up to 4A a year ago when he took the Head Coach job at Llano.

Aaron noted that lots of their boxes never got unpacked in the Llano home before the job opportunity he had always wanted appeared in Lampasas. Taking over from Coach Rob Shivers in Lampasas after a playoff year is stepping into a challenge. Coach Shivers had taken the post in 2010 and spent 7 years trying to get on top in the tough district. He finally made it in 2017, winning the District Championship. On that, Coach Shivers decided to retire from active coaching. That left the chance for Aaron Nuckles and he is excited to start.

The new coach explained to listeners that it all starts with teaching skills and love of the game to kids – the sooner the better. The upcoming basketball camp starts on the 26th here, and even though the ads say kids have to be second grade, Coach said that if you had a first grader…he’d let them in too.

The kids will learn skills, rules of the game and more from the local coaches. Pre-registration is $35, walk up is $40. Call 512-556-7548 or go to