2019 Year in Review July - December

                                                                                                                                  Photo by Shari Harris
The VFW commissioned murals to cover the windows and doors on the north side of their building in 2019, creating a positive change to the appearance of the entrance to downtown Licking.
By Christy Porter
Managing Editor

July 2019 – Saturday, July 6 was a busy day in Licking. The Licking Independence Day celebration took place at Deer Lick Park. The 35th Annual Rte. 63 Car & Bike Show was held at Old City Park while LPHC held their first annual Bike Show. Fly Creek, LLC held their grand opening.
Edgar Springs July Fourth Celebration was held on the fourth, with WWII veteran Lewis Mansfield honored during the festivities.
July 10, Briana Calderas was sentenced for her participation in the Sept. 17, 2018, killing of Ally Steinfeld, 17, of Cabool.
Joan Brannam was presented with a 60-year pin from the Licking Memorial VFW Auxiliary Post 6337 on July 18.
First Annual Christmas in July hosted by The Licking Milling Society was held July 27.
A buggy was struck by a pickup on Hwy. AT, causing serious injuries to one adult and two children who were passengers in the buggy.
The Texas County Fair and Old Settlers Reunion was held July 23 through July 27 at the Texas County Fairgrounds.
3D Mammography became available at TCMH.
The first five murals were placed on the lower north windows of the VFW.
The end of July, the Licking MFA closed its doors and Simmons Bank acquired Landmark Bank.
August 2019 – Kinder Plant Food announced its expansion of business operations this month and held their Grand Opening in late October.
Town & Country Bank celebrated 125 years.
Several back to school bashes were held, presenting pertinent information to parents and children, as well as hosting school supplies giveaways.
Sixteen new staff members joined the Licking R-VIII School District and three retiring employees were honored.
Helen Laffoon celebrated her 102nd birthday.
Jennings Country Crafts opened by Gerald and Sandy Jennings with limited hours or by appointment.
A multi-agency drug investigation culminated in multiple arrests and seizure of drugs, weapons and cash in the Roby and Plato areas.
The City of Edgar Springs held their annual Prairie Day celebration Aug. 22 – 25.
NWTF held the 18th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Aug. 23.
Licking Police Department acquired two additional police vehicles and new equipment.
Hood’s Frosty Treat celebrated 31 years of family owned business.
September 2019 – The Licking Chamber of Commerce Mule Show was held Sept. 7.
Boone Creek Baptist Church celebrated their 165th Anniversary.
Corner Express celebrated their 20th Anniversary.
The Festival of Yesteryear was held in Raymondville and the Roby Fair was held at the Citizen’s Center in Roby on Sept. 14.
Gladys Ward celebrated her 99th birthday the Sept. 19.
Local Ag students receive the American FFA Degree.
Licking VFW Post 6337 performed its annual flag retirement with the assistance of 85 fifth graders from Licking and Success.
After 16 years in business, Boondocks had new ownership.
Licking Wildcats Baseball won second in Stoutland Fall Classic.
Licking Lady ‘Cats Volleyball won second in Cabool Volleyball Tournament.
The first annual John Nabity Memorial Fish Fry was held at St. Johns Catholic Church.
Sept. 27 and 28 the Anutt community celebrated a Gospel Singin’ and Pioneer Days.
October 2019 – Family-owned Hatch Insurance Agency celebrated 70 successful years.
The 56th Annual Rose Holland Trout Derby was held the first weekend of the month, with Dr. Dan Hatch catching the heaviest trout.
The 5th Annual G-Ma Pam’s Walk for Life was held at the Old City Park in Licking.
October was National Cooperative Month and local Intercounty Electric Cooperative celebrated 83 years of membership ownership.
Licking Baseball Wildcats ended regular fall season 16 – 5; finished second in Frisco League Tournament.
The Licking Lady Wildcats volleyball team won second place in the LHS Classic.
Texas County Museum of Art and History celebrated 15 years, while first curator Ellen Reynolds looked forward to a second retirement.
Verlin Beasley, Raymondville tree farmer, celebrated 90 years.
Oct. 19 the annual Picking and Grinning on the Porch at the Licking Mill took place.
A predawn storm sent citizens to storm shelters on Oct. 21. Considerable storm damage was reported.
Triplett Package Store in business 47-years and counting.
My Little Cupcake was voted #1 for Missouri in the 2019 Sweetest Bakery in America Contest for the best cake/cupcake shop.
Licking Residential Care competed in the Golden Age Games held in Mtn. Grove.
Mt. Olive Baptist Church celebrated their 125th Birthday.
Officer Kenny Santee joined the Licking Police Department.
Jason Stone joined Progressive Ozark Bank.
Mercy Pharmacy, formerly Sisk Pharmacy, closed its doors Oct. 31.
November 2019 – Country Crossroads Custom Cabinetry shared the growth of a family business.
WWII veteran Lewis Mansfield shared his military memories as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne for Veterans Day.
The Licking VFW Post 6337 paid tribute to all veterans inside the VFW hall instead of the Memorial for the Fallen due to a rain and snow mix outside. The final murals for the north side of the building were completed before Veteran’s Day. Licking schools honored our veterans on Nov. 18 due to school closure from inclement weather.
In the November 5 election, Licking R-VIII School District’s Proposition B, which would have raised the tax levy for renovations and repairs of the school, failed; Houston’s 1/4 of one percent sales tax for transportation purposes passed; Phelps County’s Local Option Use Tax failed.
Licking Lady Wildcats advanced to final four in volleyball, placing third in state.
LHS Cheer team went to state, placing third overall in Class 2, Large Division.
Kasey Richards represented LHS at the State Cross Country competition, placing 43rd in a field of 172 competitors.
Licking Police Department added Officer Charles Weaver.
The Friend family in a story on Friend Lumber Company shared seven decades and four generations of business history.
Three LHS vocalists were selected for District Honor Choir.
Town & Country Bank welcomed new Asst. VP/Lendor Shay Hawkins.
Lanie Frick shared her Art and Graphics Design business with the readers.
Two Lady ‘Cats received All State Volleyball honors.
The Wood Mill in Raymondville was destroyed by fire.
Licking Martial Arts taught members of the community the art of Yuan Wha Ryu.
Area artists, Sophia DeLaat, Gary Duncan and Ellen Reynolds won awards at the juried art show hosted by Arts Rolla at The Centre in Rolla.
Licking Chamber of Commerce announced 2020 rodeo would be another professional association, not PRCA.
December 2019 – The Licking Chamber of Commerce and the City of Licking again hosted a full day of Christmas festivities including the “Christmas Past and Present” Parade on Dec. 7.
Licking Elementary and Licking High School presented their holiday programs, a longstanding tradition.
Fox Funeral Home hosted a Holiday Remembrance of lost loved ones, with eighty people in attendance.
After opening in November, the Licking Clinic of Missouri Ozarks Community Health hosted an Open House on Dec. 12.
Licking Lady ‘Cats basketball win Frisco League Tournament, Licking Wildcats basketball took third in tourney.
The Edgar Springs Parade and Breakfast with Santa was held Dec. 14.
Businesses for the month included Rustic Haven with owner and treasure seeker Jodi Hill.
TJ’s Flowers & Gifts ran by Joan Brannam has seen many changes, nationally, locally and in her business over the past 40 years.
The Texas County Museum of Art and History, with the help of the community, displayed new signage.
After a two-day postponement due to weather, the Phelps County R-III Christmas program delighted the audience on Dec. 19.
The Lewis family and employee Marshall Miller hosted their annual Lewis & Sons Service Station Customer Appreciation Fish Fry on Christmas Eve and also were highlighted in a business of the week spotlight.
Jim Gagen was inducted into the NIAAA Hall of Fame.
MoDOT added a center turning lane to Hwy. 63, from College Street to the Hwy. 32 junction.
The Licking Police Department participated in a DWI pursuit, which ended in a vehicle rollover and the driver taken into custody. The LPD, Texas County Sheriff’s Office and MSHP, at times in conjunction with other law enforcement, made multiple arrests this year, including domestic assault, stolen vehicle, narcotics, rape, child abuse and homicide.
This review includes events reported through Monday, Dec. 30, 12 p.m. What did stand out in this review of our community of Licking was the support and caring from all members. This is evident throughout the year, culminating through the Christmas season.
The Licking News wishes all its readers a most blessed and prosperous 2020!
  More photos are in the January 2, 2020 print edition.



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