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Abounding Hope Baptist Church VBS

By Connie Buckner We have just completed another great year of Vacation Bible School at Abounding Hope Baptist Church. Eighty-three students and 35 adults were enrolled for a total of 118. We averaged 68 students and 32 adults, with a nightly average of 100. An awesome week was had, with the theme being Sanctity of…

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IECA Youth Tour

Submitted LICKING, Mo. (June 23, 2022) – After two years of virtual tours, the Youth Tour headed back to Washington this year. The seven-day tour provides an action-filled week for high school students, offering them opportunities to learn firsthand what it is like to be involved in politics, leadership positions, community service and today’s pressing…

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First Baptist VBS

By Andrea Faber Another successful year of Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church is gone. It was a good time with an average of 21 kids per night. This year was, “The Mighty God…God leads Moses and me.” We learned how God loves us, calls us, saves us, guides us and cares for us.…

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Licking students succeed at RTI

Eight Licking students graduated from technical training at Rolla Technical Institute this spring, and two earned awards in district and state SkillsUSA competitions in their field of expertise. Three Construction Trades graduates were from Licking and included Aaron Ingram, Damon McGaughey and Jesse Weaver. Ingram plans to attend welding school and is also considering joining…

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All-District and All-Conference Baseball honors

 The Class 3 District 9 All-District Baseball honors have been announced, and Licking players earned four places on the All-District team. Juniors Malachi Antle and Cole Wallace, and sophomores Rusty Buckner and Keyton Cook received All-District honors this year. These four players also made the Frisco League Baseball All-Conference Team. Wildcat players Keyton Rinne and…

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County youth bound for AL Boys/Girls State

Texas Co. AL Post #41 Boys and girls from around the state attend American Legion Boys/Girls State each summer to learn about the city, county and state political process. Four Texas County youth have been chosen to attend. American Legion Post #41 has selected from Houston High School, Bennie Cook, Zander Riggs and Aubrey Crockett,…

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Girl Scouts EKG helps first responders

By Shari Harris, Publisher Texas County Girl Scouts #751 held their annual Emergency Komfort Giveaway (EKG) on Saturday, May 21, at Emmett Kelley Park in Houston. First responders from the City of Houston Fire Department, Licking Police Department, Houston Police Department, Manes Fire Department, Wright County Sheriff’s Department and Texas County Sheriff’s Department were expected…

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Wildcat Early Learning Center Graduation Day!

Parents, grandparents and other family members gathered at the FEMA gymnasium on Wednesday evening, May 18, for the Wildcat Early Learning Center graduation ceremony. Excited graduates scurried around the lobby in preparation for the event, eager to show their parents their artwork and their friends. A multi-color archway of balloons greeted those entering the gym,…

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Licking Elementary Spring Concert

By Shari Harris, Publisher Fourth through sixth grade students, their families and friends gathered at the Sherman Hill Field House on Monday, May 16, for the 2022 Licking Elementary Spring Concert “Forward.” Elementary Music Director Mrs. Kerri Chafin led speakers, soloists, and combinations of the classes through four pieces, and offered individual music awards and…

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