Ashton Vandiver is crowned 2011 Houston High School homecoming queen by Elizabeth Hayes.

July

TCMH received approval for a 4,000 square foot, tornado safe room from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In light of the recent Joplin tornado and tragedy it would be a measure of security.

Gas prices neared $4 a gallon in April and May, but have fallen to a national average of $3.57. Gas prices at local stations average $3.39.

Several area counties are experiencing an irritating rash of thefts involving outside air conditioning units, swiped for their copper wire.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the county and the country. Houston High School football camp is seeking relief from hot practices.

Four-foot shoulders will be added to a nearly seven-mile stretch of Highway 17.

A two-year-old female cat named Tinkerbell receives burns over most of her body when someone sets her on fire. She later dies from her injuries. A $500 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest.

Texas County worth – personal and real property – exceeds $642 million, according to certified taxing entities in the county.

Neldon Neal, the fugitive who led lawmen on a 62-day chase in the woods of Texas County is writing a book and needs a picture of the log that was his home. Neal is serving time for a weapons charge and the death of his wife.

A Cabool teenager, Collin J. Beesler, is charged with setting fire to Tinkerbell the cat.

Leroy Lotz of Licking brought an interesting looking snake by the Herald. It had properties of both a copperhead and rattlesnake.

Rev. Lawrence Paul Chapman was honored by Gasconade Baptist Church for 50 years of pastoring.

Four Texas County post offices are among nearly 3,700 slated for closure by the U.S. Postal Service. Success, Hartshorn, Elk Creek, Bucyrus and Huggins are on the list.

The Houston Senior Center on Grand Avenue is a popular place to beat the hot temperatures.

A survey of homes in the region shows that 89 percent have at least one computer in the household and another 83 percent have access to the Internet.

Modern day gunslingers ride in Texas County at the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Club in Raymondville.

Firemen from 11 departments saved a building and some equipment at a manufacturing plant in Licking.

August

With a 25 percent turnout, Houston School District patrons defeated a measure to join Ozarks Technical Community College District. The vote was 531-485.

A three-week, around-the-clock project – to create digital images of one million documents in the county recorder’s and county clerk’s office is ending. The project earliest pages start from 1845.

A National Guard helicopter spotted two marijuana growing operations.

Summersville native Mark Hampton has written a book about his adventures hunting in high mountain ranges around the world.

Herald cartoonist Taylor Smith is off to art school!

A Sunday night storm left trees down and disrupted electric service.

The Texas County Fair-Old Settlers Reunion concluded a three-night run with a demolition derby and watermelon-eating contest.

Only one in four Missouri public schools met benchmarks to make “adequate yearly progress” for 2011. In Texas County, only Plato met the standards in every communication arts and mathematics group.

Revenue from sales taxes dropped about 6.8 percent from the same period a year ago.

The Texas County Food Pantry concluded 48 people are living homeless in Texas County, including 29 adults and 19 children.

It has been a hot, hot summer with Springfield recording July as the third hottest on record.

The Texas County Sheriff’s Department has issued three citations to a woman whose dogs repeatedly kill a neighbor’s chickens.

Authorities continue to search for a county man who allegedly shot and killed his wife inside their Cabool gas station.

Officers from the Houston and Licking police departments were sworn in as Texas County Sheriff’s Department deputies. The move will allow police to be more involved in cases that require extra manpower.

A mountain lion was photographed in Shannon County.

The capture of a Texas County murder suspect came down to technology — his cell phone provided tips as to his location.

Texas County school enrollment remained steady except for Cabool, where the head count decreased by 61 students.

September

Lawmen seized nearly three dozen animals from a Texas County residence and charged the homeowner with their abuse.

The First Christian Church in Houston held it’s annual teacher appreciation dinner for area teachers.

Texas County’s unemployment rate showed improvement in July. The figure was 8.1 percent, a drop of six-tenths of a percentage point.

The census at the Texas County Jail was 51. Of that, several are from Wright County, which doesn’t have room in its own facility.

There are only a dozen functional drive-ins left in Missouri, one is Houston’s Phoenix Theater on Highway B just east of town.

Hamilton Native Outpost, headquartered on a 1,700 acres in Elk Creek has been in the Hamilton family hands for generations. They market seeds of native grasses and wildflowers.

A trail camera has confirmed a mountain lion in Oregon County.

The MDC confirmed a second photograph of a mountain lion near Mountain View.

Houston was showcased before a panel of judges with the Missouri Betterment Program. Elaine Campbell, the city’s development director, was host for the day; the theme revolved around magic.

The Houston Herald won 13 awards in the Missouri Better Newspaper Contest.

Houston’s police chief said his department is more than 100 cases ahead from the same point last year.

Southern Missouri’s Region G K-9 Search Team is training once castoff, now accomplished search dogs certified by the National Association for Search and Rescue.

Hammons Products Co. will begin buying walnuts Oct. 1 for $12 per 100 lbs. (after hulling).

The work of Houston eighth grader Emily Dillon has been selected for an international poetry collection.

Crowds gathered along U.S. 63 with flags in tribute to Johnathan Buffet, a soldier killed in South Korea and brought home for burial at Emery cemetery in Bucyrus.

A Webster County jury unanimously awarded a court clerk $1 million in a court case against Texas County Prosecutor Mike Anderson.

The Houston board of education approved plans last week to place a school resource officer on campus. Besides safety, the officer will work on drug and alcohol awareness issues, visit with students and assist with additional supervision.

The Houston community rallied around the Houston Senior Center for the organization’s annual walk-a-thon.

Charlie Hartman was recognized with a 50-year pin from the Masonic Lodge in Houston.

More than 350 people from five states came to see the over 200 quilts on display by the Piney River Quilt Guild at the Methodist Church.

Ed Baker brought in four whopper sweet potatoes to the Herald office with a total weight of 20 and ½ pounds, the biggest 8 pounds.

The Grand Champion Ham award at Missouri State Fair was won by Logan Cary of Houston.

In spite of cool, rainy weather, 107 walkers and four dogs turned out for the Texas County Hunger Walk.

Dogs Off the Leash Poker Run raied $1,000 for Hospice of Care.

Dr. Charles Mueller and his son, Brendan, traveled to Africa for an eight-day medical mission trip.

Local horsemanship trainer Mike Daniels, of Raymondville, promotes barefooting and trims horses’ hooves in a manner designed to allow them to go shoeless.

October

A campaign began to raise funds to transplant the TCMH awning scheduled for demolition to the Lone Star Plaza.

The Houston Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a fall festival and Civil War Encampment.

A 2 year-old, 146-lb, male black bear was trapped in the southeastern part of the county by Krispy Kreme donuts. The bear was outfitted with a tracking collar for study.

Senior Ashton Vandiver was crowned 2011 Houston High School homecoming queen.

KFC-Taco Bell in Houston is providing monthly meals to area daycares.

Items were gathered from local businesses to be put into a time capsule to be placed in the new section of the hospital.

A good crowd of alumni attended Homecoming weekend.

Sales tax revenue increased about 3.5 percent.

Festival of Sharing reaches 30-year mark at Houston. The nondenominational charitable organization gathers items and distributes them to food banks and other organizations around the state.

Visitors at the 24th annual Ozark Older Iron Show in Cabool were able to ride in a Ford Model T Speedster and see a 1915 steam engine.

Shelby Ringdahl was crowned Miss Texas County 2012.

Still-born Siamese twin calves were delivered by Dr. B.C. Taylor at Summersville. Taylor said the last time this happened was 1971.

Between her jobs as board treasurer at the Houston Senior Center, a volunteer and treasurer for Brown Hill Baptist Church, Neva Wade took a day to turn 98. Happy Birthday, Neva!

An $18 million expansion project at the Texas County Memorial Hospital campus is under way.

Tom Brown was hired as the new Houston High School boys’ basketball coach.

The artwork of Tyler Curry, a Houston second grader, was voted the best of the week at an online art museum featuring students from around the world.

Houston police officers recently participated in “cookies With a Cop” at the elementary school. The students ate cookies and juice and had the opportunity to ask questions.

An abundant walnut harvest is bringing income to Texas County. By the time the season is over, Hammons Products Co. purchased $50,000 worth of walnuts.

November

Hundreds of trick-or-treaters turned out in downtown Houston for food, fun and other activities.

Texas County firefighters donned pink T-shirts in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Houston Rural fire department celebrates 50 years.

Speaking of going strong, Ted Scheets will blowing out 98 candles on his birthday cake, Nov. 6.

Workers placed brick on new landscaping boxes in front of the Texas County Administrative Center on Grand Avenue.

Local homeowner Barbara Byrd installed 18 solar panels on her Houston home where they immediately began feeding power onto Houston’s power grid.

Local artists displayed and sold their work at an art bazaar put on by the Texas County Museum of Art and History.

David Arthur, Houston volleyball referee, was selected as one of 16 officials to work the MSH-SAA state volleyball championships.

The Houston Optimist Club recently renovated a building (old First Baptist Church) on First and Mill streets.

City police and sheriff’s department are kept busy on local thefts.

The local Hunger Walk raised $4,311.50 for the Food Pantry.

Cable companies said last week that they will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to homes with children that are eligible for free school lunches. The move will also make available affordable computers to low-income families. In Texas County, about 56.7 percent of the students are enrolled in free or reduced lunch program.

The Missouri Farm Bureau tells us that a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 this year will cost $47.41.

A record setting $68,742 was raised at the fifth annual TCMH Healthcare Foundation Chili Cook Off in Houston.

Hunters checked 89,728 deer during opening weekend of Missouri’s November firearms deer hunt; Texas County ranked third.

A rare albino deer was examined by the Missouri Department of Conservation after it was killed between Raymondville and Licking. Bob Seeber of Union killed the animal, but was aware that the deer was in the area. It has been spotted on a game camera.

Local military veterans were honored at Houston Elementary School’s 12th annual tribute that included a program and reception.

Beer history was made last Thursday when Piney River Brewing Co. in Bucyrus became the first microbrewery in Missouri to can beer on site.

December

The windows at the front of Texs County Memorial Hospital are boarded jp and “major changes will begin to take place in the new addition construction.

Children from Silly Daycare said the Pledge of Allegiance before the Houston Lady Tigers’ basketball game against Eminence.

Hunters checked 190,089 deer during Missouri’s 11-day firearms deer hunt. Texas County finished third with 3,284 deer.

Houston High School band members Jamie Barton and Taylor Korte marched in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day in New York City.

The county’s jobless rate is 8 percent.

The Knights of Columbus recently contributed 550 food items and $50 in cash to the Texas County Food Pantry.

Houston Memorial Airport will have a new beacon will be installed.

Paul McCallister, who has taken weather observations west of Houston for the past four decades, was recently presented the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration award for his long term service. He has been an observer since April 1, 1971.

The superintendent of Houston Schools was granted a “professional leave of absence” from the district.

Christmas Grand Marshals R.E. “Eddie” and Joanie Smith led the Houston Christmas parade held at night this year.

In the last week, TC Sheriff’s Department investigated four cases involving methamphetamine labs.

Houston Elementary School fourth grade student Magdalena Brown had the winning poster in the state contest for Homelessness Awareness Week.

Houston Middle School Principal Scott Dill was named the “acting superintendent” at Monday’s board of education meeting.

A suspect in a double murder in Dent County has ties to law enforcement in Texas County.

TCMH volunteers are in process of making fleece blankets for all of the hospice patients.

The women of Houston United Methodist Church recently established a Christmas store for residents of Houston House.

 

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