Area News

In this edition: March 25, 2021

In addition to the current media postings, in this week’s print edition of The Licking News: Get informed with upcoming General Election information. Rick Mansfield shares a trip, “Chasing Spring.” Gary and Jackie Duncan tell of a new partnership, and of upcoming classes at the Texas County Museum of Art & History. The Knights of…

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School Board elections

By Christy Porter, Managing Editor The Licking R-VIII School Board will have two vacated seats to fill in this year’s General Election on April 6. The newly elected will start their three-year term on April 12. Two incumbents who hope to retain their positions and one candidate are running to fill the vacancies. The decisions…

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CM Desserts: Catering specialty cupcakes

By Christy Porter, Managing Editor  CM Desserts, a relatively new catering business in Raymondville, offers specialty-baked goods for special life or vendor events. “Specialty cupcakes are my favorite,” says Christine Mills, owner/entrepreneur and the baker of the business. Offering cookies, cupcakes (her favorite), pies, numerous types of desserts, and the willingness to experiment and do…

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DWI arrest

By Chief Patrick Burton, Licking Police Dept. On March 21, 2021, at approximately 7:50 p.m., a Licking police officer was conducting routine patrol along South Main Street. The officer observed a black-in-color Chevrolet Cavalier veer into the northbound lane and continue traveling towards him. The officer activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens before…

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High-speed pursuit

By Chief Patrick Burton, Licking Police Dept. On March 20, 2021, at approximately 10:50 p.m., a white-in-color Dodge Challenger was observed by a Licking police officer traveling westbound on Highway 32 at a substantial rate of speed. The Licking officer checked the vehicle traveling 87 mph in a posted 45 mph zone. The Licking officer…

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Car crash on Concord Road

By Shari Harris, Publisher The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported minor injuries to a juvenile passenger and the arrest of the driver involved in a Friday evening crash on Concord Road, five miles north of Licking. Robert L. Melead, 32, of Salem, was charged with two counts of felony child endangerment, driving while intoxicated with…

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Fugitive Arrest/Pursuit

By Sheriff Scott K. Lindsey, Texas County Sheriff’s Dept. On the evening of March 17, 2021, Texas County Deputies patrolling Shafer Road, in the Licking area attempted to make a traffic stop on a Ford truck. The driver of the truck did not stop, and deputies initiated a pursuit that traveled across Buffalo Road to…

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Fatal shooting

By Sheriff Scott K. Lindsey, Texas County Sheriff’s Dept. On the evening of March 22, 2021, Texas County deputies were dispatched to a residence on Nagle Drive in the Elk Creek area for a report of a 9-year-old child with a gunshot wound. An investigation revealed that the victim was shot by a younger sibling.…

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Silver lining to COVID cloud for Licking Elementary

By Shari Harris, Publisher The long anticipated replacement of trailers at the Licking R-VIII Elementary School appears to be near, thanks to government funds related to COVID relief. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds come from the U.S. government, and Missouri Governor Mike Parson allocates the money to schools based on student…

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