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 .
Good News for Hico!
by City Administrator Leamons, November 13, 2013
Good news for the City! At Monday's meeting, the Council authorized the last piece of a 3 year effort to secure funding for making repairs and improvements to the water system. Approximately $3.1 million in funding with 50% loan forgiveness and with the balance at a subsidized interest rate has been secured from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). Read more....
Black Hawk Down's Long Shadow
by Daniel Klaidman (The Daily Beast: The Hero Project, Oct. 9, 2013)
Twenty years later, the battle still echoes in America's top policy circles. As the U.S. sets foot in Somalia again, men who fought in 1993 tell Daniel Klaidman what still haunts them.
...William F. Garrison, the general who commanded the operation and was played by Sam Shepherd in the film, took full responsibility for the episode's tactical failings. Shortly after the event, he hand-wrote a letter to President Clinton, Defense Secretary Les Aspin, and members of Congress explaining his actions but not making any excuses. His career was short-circuited and he retired two years later.
Garrison now lives on a farm in Hico, Texas, and has never given an interview about Black Hawk Down. He is revered by most of the troops who served under him in Somalia. During the reunion weekend, he attended a barbeque held at Ross Perot's house in Texas. He apparently mingled easily with the members of Task Force Ranger and seemed happy to be there. Read more....
Hico: Community Comes Together To Keep Activity Center Open
By: Brittany Semadeni
HICO (July 23, 2013)--City, county and community leaders are coming together to keep the Hico Activity Center open after federal grants were denied to the center last year. Read more...
Hood County deputy dies at JPS after Friday shooting
By Bill Hanna and Bill Miller(Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 29, 2013)
FORT WORTH -- A Hood County deputy shot after responding to a disturbance call near Lake Granbury died Saturday, officials said. Sgt. Lance McLean, 38, of Hico was taken by helicopter ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after he was shot in the head Friday. He was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m.
Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds called McLean, who was a member of the city-county SWAT team, "a great leader" who likely would have been promoted to lieutenant or captain. "He could take care of business," the sheriff said during an afternoon news conference at JPS. Read more...
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...
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....
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 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...