Licking, MO

County man charged with felonies after alleged kidnapping of woman

A Texas County man faces a trio of charges – including two felonies – after a Cabool Police Department investigation of an incident involving a woman on Saturday, Aug. 6. Bryon G. Pettijohn, 41, of the 17000 block of Highway Y in Elk Creek, is charged with second-degree kidnapping (a class D felony), third-degree domestic assault (a class E felony) and second-degree property damage (a misdemeanor).
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Two residents from Licking hurt in hit-and-run accident

A hit-and-run accident Tuesday night injured two Licking residents, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Tpr. Jeffry Leathers said an unknown vehicle struck a northbound 2008 Hyundai Tiburon driven by Tiffany J. Mourning on County Road 2010 in the rear, causing it to run off the roadway and strike a tree. The other vehicle left following the 10:29 p.m. crash.
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Shelby achieves membership in MDRT

Prestigious membership is exclusive to world’s leading financial professionals. Justin Shelby with offices in West Plains and Houston achieves membership in the prestigious MDRT organization, a coveted career milestone that offers the opportunity to share innovative ideas and best practices with other leading financial professional members. This is the 1st year that Shelby achieved MDRT membership.

Houston school board interviews architectural firms, sets annual levy

Members of the Houston board of education interviewed architects Tuesday for upcoming projects on campus. The board met with the firms before its regular meeting to guide its work for strategic and facility master planning. The three companies are GHN | Architects+Engineers, Paragon Architecture and Dake | Wells Architecture. SPECIAL...


Funeral services for Bob Lynch, 89, of Houston, are 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Ozark Baptist Church, Houston. Visitation is 10 a.m. until service time on Friday at the church. Send an online condolence. Interment will be at Ozark Cemetery, Houston. Services are under the care of Bradford Funeral...

Old fashioned “bed turning” at Pickin’ on the Porch Fall Festival

The Pickin’ on the Porch and Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, September 24, at the historic Licking Mill. There are lots of fun events planned for the day, including the tradition of musical entertainment, mill tours, storytelling and vendors. This year numerous local and county organizations and services will also have a strong presence, sharing how they help the community, you and yours.

Special guest Walter Plant makes music

Over ninety attendees of all ages joined in the rhythm and music of musician and singer Walter Plant last Wednesday at the Licking Senior Center. Plant lives outside the Houston, Texas, area, but likes to perform locally when visiting friends here, and has been doing so for 13 years. “I’ve...

In this edition: August 11, 2022

In addition to the current media postings, in this week’s print edition of The Licking News:. Rick Mansfield reflects on the many benefits of family time “At the River” in Reflections from the Road, and reports on the Ozark Heritage Project’s assistance with the Kentucky flooding disaster. Larry Dablemont explains “Topwater Time” when fishing in the heat of the summer.

Houston Juvenile Injured In Hiking Accident

Houston, MO. – A 17-year-old juvenile has sustained serious injury and was transported by air medical transport following a hiking accident on Saturday. At roughly 4:30pm, a 17-year-old hiker fell around 30ft while hiking on the Narrows Trail, a hiking trail halfway between Houston and Bucyrus. The hiker appeared to fall off of a cliffside, and then rolled an additional 50 feet from the initial impact, seriously injuring them in the process.

TCMH Awards $8,000 in Scholarships to Area Students

Houston, MO. – The Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation awarded $8,000 in scholarships to area students to assist with their educational costs for the 2022 fall semester. Receiving $1,000 scholarships from the TCMH Healthcare Foundation were Madison Graeff and Rachel Hutson of Cabool, Tara Silveus, Elexis Calhoun, and...

Tiger Pride Marching Band prepares to perform

When the Houston High School Tiger Pride Marching Band takes the field in Tiger Stadium at halftime of the first football home game of the season on Sept. 16, fans in attendance will notice something different about the band’s performance. The custom-written show will be titled, “A Place I...

Cabool board hires personnel during meeting

Members of the Cabool board of education held a meeting Tuesday night to hire personnel and set the annual tax levy. •Lisa McCoy as first grade interventionist. •Caitlyn Dodson and Jeffrey Stewart, paraprofessionals. •Jerry Scott, middle school custodian. •Cali Farrell, middle school coach. •Blaik Bolderjack, volunteer high school assistant football...

Stolen Property; Howell County Sheriff’s Office Asking Public for Engagement

Cabool, MO. – The Howell County Sheriff’s Office released information on a stolen UTV from the Cabool area, and is asking the public for information on the theft. On July 25th, Deputy Roberts and Reserve Deputy Duggins responded to the call of theft on State Route AM close to Cabool. The stolen UTV has been reported as being a 2019 Polaris Ranger 1000 Crew Cab. Identifying marks include a pair of stickers on the bumper showing Summit Racing and Speedway Racing. The Polaris was equipped with a top, and a custom 3 inch pipe on the rear bumper. It is also camouflage in color.

Police arrest woman; find drugs during vehicle search downtown

The following are excerpts from some of the reports recently generated by the Houston Police Department:. •Kristina M. Shelton, 44, of 8140 Emery Road in Bucyrus, was arrested Aug. 6 for having an active Texas County warrant for a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor paraphernalia charge.

County land tax sale set for Aug. 22

Texas County will sell several tracts of property on the steps of the Texas County Administrative Center because the owners failed to pay their taxes. The land tax sale, overseen by Collector-Treasurer Tammy Cantrell is planned for 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22. Notices were earlier sent to property owners who...
Ozark Sports Zone

2022 Fall Preview: Houston Volleyball

Houston volleyball had its best season in many years with a 26-win campaign in 2021. The Lady Tigers are hoping to replicate that success this year with two all-conference players returning. Angie Smith earned first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore. The junior outside hitter put down a team-high 306 kills...

FINANCE COMMITTEE: Ending monthly yard waste service, some fees raised

The City of Salem Finance Committee met Aug. 4 and voted unopposed to recommend three separate fee changes. If passed by the City of Salem Board of Aldermen these changes will go into effect Jan. 1, 2023. • raise business license fees to $35—they were previously $25,. • stop...


Norma (Barton) Hinton, age 89, daughter of George and Mary Barton, was born Aug. 5, 1933. She passed away Aug. 6, 2022. Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; her parents; sisters, Eva, Pearl and Iva; and brothers, Earnest, Everett, Clarence, Raymond, Eleda, Noah, John, Virgil, Arthur, Floyd, Lloyd and Herbert.