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First day of school at Licking R-VIII

Eager anticipation, excitement, perhaps some apprehension, tears of happiness and tears of separation were all experienced by students of differing ages on Tuesday, August 23, the First Day of School for Licking R-VIII students.

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A new year, new books

  By Christy Porter, Managing Editor Parents and teachers were very busy Friday evening as they completed paperwork for the upcoming school year at the Licking R-VIII Elementary Open House. The line gathered well before the doors opened as guardians of students, kindergarten through sixth grade, prepared to enter the school. With a few exceptions…

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Licking R-VIII faculty and staff welcomed back

  By Christy Porter, Managing Editor High School Principal Jarad Rinne, Junior High Principal/Athletic Director Doug Dunn, and Elementary Principals Julianna Thrasher and Telena Haneline were at the door welcoming Licking R-VIII staff to the 2022 – 2023 school year. The staff was then treated to breakfast, gifts and a presentation of school year information…

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Huff, Backues commended at Board meeting

The Licking R-VIII School Board met on Thursday, July 21, for their first regular monthly meeting of the 2022-2023 school year. Board members and school administrators were present for the meeting, with the exceptions of Board member Debbie Cook, HS Principal Jarad Rinne and Elementary Principal Telena Haneline. Also present were two community members. Board…

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Youth program means education and fun

IECA LICKING, Mo. – Madison Lane, Licking; Destiny Miller, Plato; Delanie Rowland, Houston; Alex Chinn, Rolla; Aimee Yearwood, Summersville and Jaiden Briggs, Summersville were among the 90 high school students from across Missouri who participated in the Missouri Electric Cooperative CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience) program. The conference was held July 13-15, 2022,…

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12U Licking Gators wrap season at 30-18

Submitted The 12U Gator baseball team, coached by John Huff and Brandon Kuhn, finished up their season by winning the Lebanon Baseball Bash on Saturday, July 9. The team from Licking beat AMB 11-2, Ozark Baseball Club 14-5, and the Phenom out of Jefferson City 5-4 on the way to their second Lebanon tournament title…

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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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