Near the top of the scenic Texas Hill Country, at the crossroads of Highways 281, 6 and 220, Hico is a quick trip from Dallas, Fort Worth or Austin--- the perfect getaway for an afternoon or a weekend. From unique shopping in the historical downtown district and comfortable and inviting bed and breakfasts, to beautiful Hill Country scenery and nearby hunting, fishing and equestrian opportunities, you will find it all here in Hico. For more on area attractions, visit the Chamber of Commerce portion of our website .
WWI Letters Written by Hico Native
Tyrrell Library displays WWI letters found in shoebox
by Tim Monzingo, June 10, 2013, beaumontenterprise.com
...In the Tyrrell Library's collection, they have a collection of approximately 76 letters written to Lottye Fewell, from Tom Woods, while he served overseas in WWI...Woods was born southwest of Dallas in Hico, Texas, in June 1891, and Fewell was born in June 1898 in Iredell, only a few miles east of Hico. Read more....
Hico's WWI Service Men
Vet recalls destruction aboard Bunker Hill
by Jessie Horton, May 25, 2013, Stephenville Empire Tribune
Walker [former Hico Ag teacher and Superintendent] was just two days shy of his 19th birthday when the Bunker Hill aircraft carrier he was aboard was hit by two Japanese kamikaze (suicide) planes in May 1945 off the coast of Okinawa in the Western Pacific.
"It was like a string of firecrackers going off," he recalled. "All that jet fuel just burned and burned. And water was coming in from the damage. I remember the ship's second in command, the Navigation Officer, Commander Odend'hal, set the ship in a circular drift, and as it circled, the burning fuel and water from the deck just slid off and into the sea. It was the strangest looking thing." Read more...
Goldthwaite to Buy First National Bancshares in Texas
by Chris Cumming, American Banker, May 24, 2013
...First National Chief Executive Dianne Stone, who owns approximately 80% of the company, plans to retire and wanted to find a buyer with a culture similar to First National's, according to C.K. Lee, managing director of Commerce Street."What was important was not selling to the first bidder, but finding a bank in the same geographic area that would provide the same level of service that her customers had gotten used to," Lee said. "She wanted to preserve the community-bank feel." Read more...
Hico's Wood wins state gold in pole vault
by Brad Keith (Stephenville Empire Tribune)
AUSTIN - Blake Wood is the best pole vaulter in Class A Division I in 2013, and just missed becoming the best pole vaulter in the history of that classification.
Wood, a Hico senior who has signed with Texas Tech, cleared 12 feet to win the gold medal at the 2013 UIL Track & Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium Friday afternoon. She tried 12 feet, 4 inches for the Class A state record and went over the bar but hit it with her arm on the way down. The record is 12-3. Read more....
Bob Perry, Prolific GOP Donor, Dead at 80
by Ross Ramsey (The Texas Tribune)
Bob Perry, a wealthy homebuilder and philanthropist who was among the nation's largest political givers, has died at his home in Nassau Bay, near Houston. He was 80. [His father, Baylor Dean of Men W. C. Perry, had roots in Hico.] Read more...
Cody Ohl Brings Bull Riding to Hico
PRCA champion tie-down roper Cody Ohl (featured in an artcle near the bottom of this page) is bringing a Professional Bull Riders sanctioned bull riding event, The Texas Steak Cookoff Chute Out, to Hico as a grand finale for the 10th Annual Texas Steak Cookoff. The event, featuring 35 bull riders, will be conducted at Hico City Park on the banks of the Bosque River beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18th. Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion Bobby Kerr (featured in a video near the bottom of this page) will be providing entertainment during a break from the bull riding. Ticket information is available through the PBR calendar .
Good News on the Financial Front
by City Administrator Michael Leamons
In recent weeks, the City has received some good news. We were able to free-up about $80,000 a year by restructuring our Utility System debt, and we received notice from the Texas Water Development Board that the City's request for funding for improvements to our water system had been approved. Read more...
published @ horseback online
In the Legends Division, Bobby Kerr [who lives in Hico, MWL] and Maypop wowed the judges and the crowd with precise maneuvers in the compulsories and an entertaining freestyle that ended with Maypop sitting beside Kerr in an antique car as they exited the arena. In addition to the $50,000 winner's check, they also earned $5,000 as the Fan Favorites. Read more...
And, his 2011 performance .
by Brett Hoffman, San Angelo Standard-Times
West Texas roping fans are very familiar with Cody Ohl. The six-time world champion lives in Hico and has been a standout competitor at high-profile shows such as the Roping Fiesta in San Angelo and the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping in Fort Worth. He also has finished in the money many times at major PRCA rodeos in San Antonio and Houston. Last weekend the 38-year-old Ohl became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's fourth competitor to surpass $3 million in career earnings after placing at three rodeos on the West Coast. Read more...
by Barbara Duckworth, The Western Producer
"We never stop learning and that is why we don't call ourselves trainers. We educate." The couple [Michael and Tiffany Richards, based in Hico, ed.] teaches relaxation, harmony and balance for rider and horse. Harmony and balance are especially important for Michael, who has been a paraplegic since 1986 after a Jeep rollover. He had to develop a new perspective about the world around him, which came partly from therapeutic riding that started five weeks after his accident. Read more...
by Tom Wilmes (published in American Cowboy)
Don Edwards [a resident of the Hico area], 72, is known as America's Cowboy Balladeer and recently celebrated his 50th anniversary in the music business. Read more...