Looking back at 2018 – January through June

The Display of Colors before the 34th Annual Licking Chamber of Commerce PRCA Rodeo in 2018.
By Christy Porter,
Managing Editor

January, 2018 - Jan. 1 came in at a bitterly cold 15-degree high/-5 degree low temperature.
   School superintendent, Dr. John Hood announced his retirement from Licking R-VIII after 19 years. In January Mrs. Cristina Irwin was named as the new Licking R-VIII school superintendent, starting July 1st.
  According to the Licking Police Dept. a counterfeit “For Motion Picture Use Only”, a movie money bill, was used in the area for the first time and was brought to the bank in Licking.
  Kelly Bonnell was named Homecoming Queen and Jordan Barton was named Homecoming King.
February 2018 -  As of Feb. 1st, 321 people in the county were or had been suffering from influenza for the winter season, according to the Texas County Health Dept. 
  Betty Perkins retired after 46 years of dedicated service from Town & County Bank in Licking.
  An ongoing manhunt was in progress for several days for escaped prisoner, John T. Long, who reportedly walked off from a work assignment at Licking’s SCCC recycling center on Jan. 25th. Corp. Pat Burton, now Licking Police Chief, single-handedly captured Long on Feb. 3rd.
  After 35 years, Fox Funeral Home changed ownership. Amanda Knoll and her husband purchased the establishment from Carol Fox.
  Licking FBLA competed at District 14 Conference at MSU-West Plains in Feb.
  Dale Stanley held the record for scoring the most individual points as a Licking Wildcat basketball player as of Feb. 15, 2018.
  Feb. 17 – 24 National FFA Week was celebrated.
March 2018 - Licking Lady Wildcats Basketball won back-to-back District Championships.
  Licking Wildcats Basketball made it to District Championship before suffering a loss.
  Debbie Dakin, Managing Editor, retired after fifteen years with the publication.
  The Licking Bridge Builders celebrated 45 years and a new facility in Licking.
  Colten Wilson was welcomed at the new minister at The Licking Church of Christ.
  Texas County Museum of Art and History hosted their 14th year opening reception. The museum closes for the winter months, the first of Dec. thru mid-Mar.
  Approximately 175 persons showed up for the Hickory Manor Easter Egg Hunt.
  The second annual SCCC Easter egg hunt in partnership with the City of Licking Police Dept. and the Licking Rural Fire Dept. was held Mar. 31st.  
April 2018 - Two new school board members, Rawly Gorman and Jeremy Rinne, were elected in the April 3rd election.
  The Licking FFA held its 85th annual banquet on April 4th at the Intercounty Auditorium.
  An EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Licking with damage and heavy impact in Texas County with up to one hundred mile winds on April 13th at 8:20 p.m.
  The Licking High School Drama Class presented The Southfield Stories by Alec Strum April 13th and 14th.
  Governor Eric Greitens comes to Licking for the 2018 Lincoln Days hosted April 21st by The Republican Party of Texas County.
  Licking takes first in elementary and high school divisions at the Frisco League Math Contest held April 30th.
   May 2018 - Encounter Ministries holds their second annual Family Fun Night May 5th.
  The Licking High School track teams, girls and boys take first in district May 5th.
  Seventy-seven seniors earned their diplomas at the Licking High School class of 2018 commencement May 20th.
  Licking TCMH Family Clinic offered sports physicals to area students for upcoming school year at reduced rates.
  Licking VFW Memorial Post 6337 awarded $9,000 in scholarships to Licking and Houston seniors.
  Alta Dixon retires after 36 years at the Licking MFA.
  Boots, hats, Wranglers and buckles…It’s rodeo time! The 34th Annual Licking Chamber of Commerce PRCA Rodeo was held May 31st through June 2nd.
  June 2018 – Thu. and Sat. rainstorms dampened the arena but not the enthusiasm at the 34th Annual PRCA Rodeo. Fri. the rains held off. Turnout was good as attendees brought raingear and umbrellas. Activities including the parade on Sat. and downtown activities went on as planned.
  Kaleidoscope Discovery Center hosted a camp in Licking on June 6th, much to the enjoyment of area children.
  Northwest Texas County Lions Club in Roby celebrated 25 years of service on June 16th.
  June 14th – 16th, the 67th annual Raymondville Picnic was held with rains postponing some events. In spite of the weather, all had a fun time.
  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith hosted 28 IECA Youth Tour students from Southern Mo. in Washington D.C.
    June 24th, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Licking held a farewell celebration in honor of Fr. Mattew J. Rehrauer. Fr. Rehrauer pastored at St. John’s for twelve years. 
  Four TCMH Youth Ambassadors were awarded academic scholarships.
  The Licking Motorcycle Cruise-In held at Sonic had record attendance on June 28th. Ozark Harley-Davidson brought Demo bikes again (for approximately the tenth year). The Cruise-In has been held for ten years and continues to grow.
  IECA held their Annual Membership Meeting June 29th. The event included a health fair by TCMH, breakfast available sponsored by Raymondville Volunteer Rural Fire Dept., a craft fair, kids tent, prize drawings, business meeting, BBQ lunch and entertainment by Collin Nash.
  The Licking Fireworks celebration took place June 30th at Deer Lick Park. Vendors and live music by The KC Ritz Band contributed to the festivities with the fireworks display beginning at 9:15 p.m.



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