On Tuesday, July 1, 2014 the Summit Bank in Benton, Arkansas was robbed and the suspect was arrested. Soon after, 37 yr old Richard Swicewood of Waxahachie, TX confessed to multiple bank robberies, including that of the Extraco Bank in Lampasas on Friday, November, 8, 2013.
Swicewood is currently in Federal Custody in Arkansas pending extradition proceedings to Texas.
The Lampasas boys 8U baseball team, The Rockets, played at their state tournament yesterday. The boys ended up not taking the state title, but finish in the top 10 out of over 270 teams in the state of Texas…and that in itself is a great accomplishment. We’d like to congratulate the Rockets on their feats, and we are excited to be able to follow this local group of guys and see what the future holds for them.
With football, volleyball and cross country just around the corner, there will be plenty of athletic events, so make sure to mark your calendars if you have a child involved in fall sports or are interested in purchasing football season tickets:
Thursday, July 24: Badger Quest ends Friday, July 25-Saturday
July 26: High School Volleyball Camp 9 am – 12 pm
Monday, July 28: Athletic Parent Orientation @ 6 pm in the high school cafeteria
Tuesday, July 29-Thursday, July 31: Big Blue Football Camp, 6-8 pm
Wednesday, July 30: High School Football Parent Orientation @ 6 pm @ LHS lecture hall
The Lampasas County Higher Education Center is now registering for allied heath programs that being in August. There are scholarships available for those in need of financial assistance. Applications can be found on LCHEC’s website,
Donald Alfred Portie, 81, of Bend, TX died Monday, July 21, 2014 at Rollins Brook Community Hospital.
Donald was born March 28, 1933 in Port Arthur, TX the son of William Portie and Minnie Mary (Hollander) Portie.
Donald was a member of the ROTC – Texas A&M. He was a resident of Bend since 1988 and a member of the First Street Church of Christ in Lampasas. Donald worked as the Harris County Extension Agent, and enjoyed
High yesterday 95º Low this morning 75º
Today will have a mix of sunshine and clouds with a high near 97°. The winds will be light and variable, and we have about a 0% chance for any type of precipitation.
Tonight will feature some clouds, but will be mostly clear skies through the night. Winds will be blowing east from 5-10 mph.
Tomorrow will be much like today, with highs in the mid to upper 90’s with some cloud cover but mostly sunny, and no chance of rain.
- Lampasas Police reported a total of 44 service calls, including two motorist assists, 8 animal complaints, and 2 escorts. There was one minor accident reported in the 600 block of S Key Ave at 6:05 pm. Police made one arrest; they took Roger Clark, a 32 Lampasas man, in at 1:47 from the 1100 block of E 4th St for assault causing bodily injury in a case of family violence.
- The Lampasas Fire Department reported 5 calls yesterday.
- The Lampasas Sheriff’s Department responded to 39 calls for service, including 4 thefts, and 3 calls on suspicious persons. The sheriff’s department made two arrests. They arrested a 26 year old male from Lampasas and a 39 year old Lampasas woman.
July 18 saw 35 cases on 33 individuals put in front of Judge Gauntt. There were 2 cases of possession of class one controlled substances between 1 and 4 grams, 4 cases of possession of class one controlled substances under 1 gram, 4 cases of manufacture/ delivering class one controlled substances between 4 and 200 grams, and 1 case of possession of marijuana between 4 ounces and 5 pounds. There were 3 cases of DWI and Felony repetition, one case of driving while intoxicated with a child under the age 15 in the car, and one case of driving while intoxicated for the third or more time.
There were 2 cases of sexual indecency with a child, 2 aggravated sexual assaults against children, an a possession of child pornography. The rest were miscellaneous charges. The judge passed 9 sentences down. Rigoberto Reyes, 45 of Lometa was gives 3 years probation for possessing between 4 ounces and 5 pounds of marijuana. Shelli Lang’s, 43 of Lampasas, case is ready for a
The Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center’s annual golf tournament and silent auction is approaching and they’re looking for sponsors. The intention of the tournament and auction is to raise money in order to operate and provide the
Governor Perry has reportedly deployed 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border to combat the flow of immigrant children across the border. The stated reason for the troops’ deployment is so they can combat human trafficking and cartel activities that pose a threat to the public safety. The National Guard deployment, combined with the increase from the TDPS has increased the cost of