2019 Year in Review January – June

                                             Photo by Shari Harris
By Christy Porter
Managing Editor

January 2019 – Texas County welcomed Eric Meusch, the new Agriculture Educator. Muesch was hired in November 2018.
Texas County Sheriff’s Office dispatch transitioned to Texas County 911.
Lady Wildcats took second place in the Rolla Holiday Tournament.
Licking High School’s close loss to Dora High School in the Cabool Tournament, after Dora players switched to shoot free throws, received national attention. The Wildcats took second overall.
A multi-county pursuit ends with the arrest of suspect Stanley W. Smith.
Mid-January, winter storm Gia hit Missouri with an icy blast.
DARD Products opens new factory in Licking factory facility.
Wyatt Wilson, a Phelps County R-III student, competed in Gameday USA New Year’s Baseball Classic in Orlando, Fla., bringing home a silver medal.
February 2019 - Students from the LHS Concert Choir participated in the Frisco League Honor Choir.
The Cat’s Meow participated in the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) held in St. Louis.
The FBLA District 14 Conference advanced at least 11 students to State Competition.
LHS basketball player G.T. Nicholson was named Class 3-District 2 Player of the Year.
LHS Coach Ben Glasgow was named Class 3-District 2 Coach of the Year.
The Lady Wildcats were named 2019 Class 3-District 2 champions.
The Licking Milling Company Society was established, holding their first meeting in late February. Their mission “is to preserve and maintain the historical landmark….” The mill is nearly 150 years old.
March 2019 – The South Central Drug Task Force completed a drug investigation/warrant roundup in cooperation with multiple county law enforcement agencies and the MSHP that led to the arrest of 17 persons.
The Lady Wildcats basketball team placed fourth in State Competition.
Intercounty Electric Cooperative Association named Doug Lane as the new CEO. Record flooding took place in the Midwest, including the state of Missouri.
The LHS Choir earned a Gold Exemplary rating at the MSHSAAS Solo and Ensemble Districts and moved forward to state competition.
Members of the LHS Band also competed, with one Gold rating moving forward to State, a Silver rating and two Bronze ratings.
April 2019 – Town & Country Bank bid farewell to Executive Vice President and Licking Branch Manager, Rick Ogden, after his retirement.
Voters pass two bond issues in the City of Licking to repair and upgrade the aging water infrastructure.
The school bond issue to expand the elementary school did not pass.
Licking hosted the bi-annual meeting of the Heart of America Cookie Cutter Collectors Club.
The Licking Wildcat Academic Team placed second in the Class 3-District 6 Competition.
May 2019 – Licking’s Boys’ and Girls’ Track Teams win Conference Track Meet.
LHS Track Team places second at Districts.
Licking won first place in Frisco League Math Contest.
Jim Gagen was inducted into the St. Louis Metro Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Licking High School’s Alumni Banquet was held May 11 at which the class of 1969 celebrated its 50-year reunion; present was Doris Lay who graduated 77-years ago in 1942.
May continued with the Commencement of the LHS Class of 2019, the Baccalaureate Service, LHS Athletic Banquet, the 86th Annual FHA Banquet and Licking school’s spring concerts.
Upcoming class graduated from the Wildcat Learning Center.
Tornadoes and severe storms swept through the area and the state on May 22. Memorial Services were held on Memorial Day at 11 a.m. in honor of veterans.
A nationwide problem proves to also be local, with pipe bomb, weapons and drug charges after a Licking traffic stop.
May 31, the 34th Annual Chamber of Commerce PRCA Licking Rodeo began, running through June 2.
June 2019 – After several years of stormy weather, the rodeo experienced three days of perfect weather for the events.
The first of Military branch murals were placed at the VFW building.
Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) were held at several local churches.
Tuesday, June 11, Ruby Ratterree turned 100-years-old.
A Rawlings/TAG reunion was held at Old City Park.



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