Burnet County Sheriff's employee dies in apparent murder-suicide

Facebook photo of Millie and Deborah Chance taken from Millie Chance's Facebook page.

A Burnet County Sheriff's Office employee died Friday morning in what officials believe may have been a murder-suicide at a Lampasas home.

Millie Chance, 24, worked in the Burnet County Jail. She died Friday morning at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple, where she had been airlifted the previous day.

Lampasas police officers had responded just before noon Thursday to a disturbance call at a residence at 702 W. North Ave. after a woman called 911 to ask for help, but the call was disconnected. When officers arrived, they knocked on the door but got no answer. Then, they heard two noises that appeared to be gunshots coming from inside the house.

Officers forced entry into the home and found Deborah Chance, 47, dead at the scene from an apparent gunshot wound. Millie Chance was still alive, but had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. A post on the Burnet County Sheriff's Office Facebook page on Friday announced Millie Chance's death.


CenTex Cow/Calf Clinic slated Sept. 22 in Lampasas

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Central Texas Cow/Calf Clinic on Sept. 22 in Lampasas.

The clinic starts with registration at 8 a.m. at the Lampasas County Farm Bureau Building, 1793 North US 281. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end with a catered lunch at noon.

Heath Lusty, AgriLife Extension agent in Lampasas County, said the clinic will deal with beef cattle health issues pertinent to West Central Texas producers.

“This will be a pretty diverse program, but one with some good solid take-home information producers can leave with and use in their own operations,” Lusty said.

Topics and speakers will include:


Cecil Atkission Motors announces new general manager

From physical therapy to rodeo bull-fighting to insurance sales, Mark Ball is a man who understands competitive effort. Ball, a native of Lampasas and graduate of Lampasas High School, has been promoted by Cecil Atkission Motors in Burnet this month. The dealership has been designated by Fiat Chrysler Group as a Five Star Recognized service dealer. The dealership sells Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram brand vehicles, and services all makes and models of cars, trucks, and SUVs.


Ball is a former physical trainer and avid fitness aficionado, but Cecil Atkission commented on other attributes, “Mark is quick with a smile. And we noticed his leadership style is very much as a servant-leader. He will never ask anyone to do anything he can’t or won’t do himself. We’re confident we have a leader with integrity in the general manager’s role here.”


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