New TCSD deputies

Texas County Sheriff Scott Lindsey, center, stands with his department’s two new deputies: Patrick Kelley, left, and Glynn Bramwell.

LPD bust contraband

Three people were arrested and mumerous items were seized – including an improvised explosive device (IED) – during a traffic stop in Licking.

Swim meet

Hope Beiler sports goggles with eyelashes as she competes during a home swim meet.


Ominous storm clouds form over Houston Memorial Airport. Close to two inches of rain fell over the next few hours, followed by

Long-Term Athlete Development program

Jeff Richardson, a physical education teacher and assistant baseball coach at Houston, rolls a baseball during a Friday morning session of his baseball training with elementary students. Richardson in recent years discovered and became a student of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and is bringing the new approach to sports to Houston through the formation of his organization United In Competition Sports Development.

Smith visits border

Rep. Jason Smith stands at the US-Mexico border during a trip to get a first-hand look at immigration. 

Pit Stop's Ozark Treasures

Pit Stop’s Ozark Treasures owner Darrell Aldrich stands inside his store’s new location next to Burch Insurance on U.S. 63 in southern Houston.

Show Me Smash heat

As a big crowd watches, cars mix it up during a heat at the inaugural Show Me Smash demolition derby in the arena at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce fairgrounds.

Calf rider down

Falcon resident Cayden Aguilar, 9, prepares to hit the ground during calf riding competition last Friday night at the 2019 Raymondville Picnic.

Swim meet

Nola Smith competes in the 50-meter freestyle during a home meet.

Alumni football game

Justin Bay, a 2001 graduate, carries the ball in the first half of Houston’s alumni football game against Cabool. The Bulldogs won the inaugural game 6-0 in overtime. Proceeds were split between the two programs.


Cops sworn in as deputies

During a ceremony in a courtroom at the Texas County Justice Center in Houston, officers from several area police departments are sworn in as Texas County Sheriff’s Department deputies by Associate Circuit Judge Doug Gaston. The procedure allows the officers to have jurisdiction in all of Texas County; it is typically done once during a sheriff’s term and this was the first time it has been done since Scott Lindsey took office late last year. Police officers from Houston, Cabool, Licking and Willow Springs took part, along with a few county reserve officers.


Gathered with the Kawasaki UTV being raffled off by the TCMH Healthcare Foundation are, from left: Gary Weldon, S&H Farm Supply general manager; Wes Murray, TCMH CEO; Travis Alcorn, S & H equipment sales member; and Jay Gentry, TCMH Healthcare Foundation director.

Back to Basics ribbon cutting

The Houston Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at Back to Basics on Grand Avenue in downtown Houston. The store offers customers a holistic (or natural) approach to healthcare, and owner Gayla Campbell offers consulting to help people formulate a holistic healthcare and nutrition strategies. On the shelves are many essential oils, along with shampoo, deodorant, rubs and other items made by Campbell. There is also a wide variety of crafts (including wooden bowls and quilts made by a pair of area military veterans), gift items, books based on holistic health and more. A second business operates in the same space: Sugarfoot Bakery. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and by appointment on Monday. Back to Basics is at 210 S. Grand Ave.; the phone number is 417-293-8738. The bakery’s phone number is 417-260-2286. From left, former chamber board member Lori Moncrief, chamber director Angie Quinlan, Campbell, Sallie Lillard (mother of bakery owner Marcie Rodrigues) and chamber board member Russ Stigall.

Alumni football game

Alumni from Houston and Cabool line up for the coin toss prior to Saturday night’s football game at Cabool High School. The inaugural game pitted alumni from both schools in a full contact game to raise funds for both programs. Representing Houston are, from left, Dustin Douglas, Cody Neugebauer, Rowdy Douglas and Josh York.

Raymondville Picnic 2019

During ideal weather conditions, a large crowd gathered for day two of the 68th annual Raymondville Picnic.

Derby cars

Competitors roll their cars into the arena prior to a heat at the demolition derby at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds.

Long-Term Athlete Development program

Bentley Clinton catches a toss from Jeff Richardson before throwing it into the fence during a baseball training session Friday morning.

Alumni football game

Houston High School graduate Tiffin Hubbard waves to the crowd as he was introduced prior to Saturday night’s alumni football game against Cabool. Hubbard, who graduated in 1980, said playing in the game was on his bucket list.

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