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Obituary – Mary E. Hazlitt

  Mary Emilie Hazlitt, age 99, of Licking, was born January 13, 1923, in Wasco, Calif., to the late William and Irene (DeCastro) Valenzuela and went into eternal rest on January 25, 2022, at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, Mo. Mary grew up on the Kern County Land Company, being raised by her father and…

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Obituary – John O. Crossen

John Oscar Crossen, 71, of Licking, Mo., succumbed to COVID at Phelps Health in Rolla, with his wife at his side on January 23, 2022. John is survived by his wife of 10 years, Racheal; daughter, Misty; sons, James, Jim and Johnny; stepsons, Jessie, Jackie and Chris; sister, Francis; and many loving grandchildren, nieces and…

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Obituary – Zoey M. Elder

Zoey Michelle Elder, age 28, daughter of Tina Marie Hurley and Michael Raymond Elder, Jr., was born May 13, 1993, in Houston, Mo. She passed away on January 24, 2022, at her home in Bentonville, Ark. Zoey graduated from Republic High School in 2011, where she was part of the A Plus program. She also…

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Obituary – William E. Hamby

William Eldon Hamby (Willy/Bill) passed away on Friday, January 21, 2022. Willy was born on September 13, 1968, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of James and Wanda Hamby. He was an avid sports fan professional and collegiate. He was also a music lover and attended countless concerts. William enjoyed refinishing wood cabinets and found…

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Supporters transcend at Wallace benefit

By Christy Porter, Managing Editor Ryley Wallace is battling cancer and once again the community came out in full force to help someone in need, this time Wallace and his family, with much needed assistance. Sandy, Gerald, and their son, Justin Jennings, organized the Ryley Wallace benefit that was held Saturday evening at The Grand…

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In this edition: January 27, 2022

In addition to the current media postings, in this week’s print edition of The Licking News: Rick Mansfield continues with the greatness theme in “Greatness Grows,” while Larry Dablemont shares a dream of “A Special Place to Remember a Better Time.” Cindy Fronterhouse-Badgett recognizes the past and current years’ challenges and how electronic services at…

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Legionnaires’ disease cases possibly linked to Phelps County hospital

DHSS JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is investigating four cases of Legionnaires’ disease among previously hospitalized patients at Phelps Health in Rolla, Mo. The first case occurred in May 2021. The source of the bacteria that caused these individuals to acquire infection is under investigation. Out of…

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COVID questions abound

By Shari Harris, Publisher Last week’s frigid temperatures and potential for inclement weather occurred at an opportune time for local school districts, as many dismissed classes beginning Wednesday. The break came as students and staff were battling a variety of illnesses, including COVID, influenza and other viruses. Though student attendance at Licking R-VIII on Monday,…

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