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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 Community fly-out menu on the left side of this page.
by Ryan McCrimmon, April 21, 2015, The Texas Tribune
...Jasper wants to be the official Butterfly Capital of Texas; Hico covets the nod for official Steak Capital; and Jim Hogg County wants to be known as the Vaquero Capital. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission maintains a list of official state capital designations -- approved by the Legislature over the years -- from the Dinosaur Capital (Glen Rose) to the Balloon Race Capital (Gregg County) to the Seedless Watermelon Capital (Knox City). Hoping to add Hico to that list, state Rep. J.D. Sheffield, R-Gatesville, told the committee the city of 1,300, is home to the annual Texas Steak Cookoff, which draws about 7,000 people one Saturday every year...The committee approved sending on to the full House designations for Hico as the Steak Capital and honeybees as the State Pollinator, but lost its quorum before reaching votes on the other suggestions.
The City will be selling surplus equipment. Bids to be opened at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24th at City Hall at 120 W. First Street. All of the items being sold are listed on the bid form at this link or at City Hall. The items will be available for viewing at the City Utility Yard on Utility Street from 8:00 a.m. until noon and from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. during the week of April 20th. Some of the more substantial offerings include 2 Ford F150 pickups and a 12' X 20' portable building.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Pecan Street, Downtown Hico
Featuring Jake Penrod & his Million Dollar Cowboys .
TICKETS available at Mills County State Bank in Hico, Blue Star Trading, and the Hico Activity Center
$15 for DINNER & DANCE tickets for the grownups
$5 for children ages 3-12
Free for children under 3
Dinner: BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and fixins'.
$20 for each RAFFLE TICKET to win a John Deere Gator 4x4. Tickets sold separately from dinner & dance tickets at same locations. Winner will be drawn during the Texas Steak Cook-Off in Hico on May 16, 2015. Not required to be present to win.
All proceeds benefit the Hico Senior Center Foundation.
by Mary Rogers, 02/04/15, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Photo by Max Faulkner, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
After more than 50 years in the spotlight, Edwards has become an award-winning performer, a celebrated keeper of cowboy lore and a Western Music Association Hall of Fame honoree. His name is installed in the Walk of Western Stars in Santa Clarita, Calif., along with those of his childhood heroes, including Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Tex Ritter. He's a Grammy Award nominee who, with a suitcase full of songs, has traveled the world telling stories set to music and has brought home more awards than he can remember. Read more...
For the second year in a row, an area Air Stream club chose Hico as the site of their fall excursion. All of the park's 21 spaces were full. Four times during the year, Hico's Bosque River RV Park is full, during the Steak Cook Off, IBC Bar-B-Que Cook Off, the Air Stream club excursion and a Keene-area Seventh Day Adventist church camp.
Vic Cornett remembers the olden days
July 18, 2014 by Lainey Emoto, Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Vic Cornett, photo by Michael Ross, E-T
On a recent Saturday, among all the hustle bustle at the Chicken House Flea Market, one older vendor stood out. His name, Vic Cornett. His age, 97...
He owned a Mexican café for awhile, then bought a truck and did hauling. He also had some cattle on leased land near Glen Rose. In about 1945 he began hauling alfalfa from places like North Dakota, New Mexico and Colorado to Hico.
"That was in the day when they still pulled cotton by hand, that's how long ago it was," he said. "At one time they claimed that there was more cotton shipped out of Hico than any other place in the State of Texas." 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....
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...
The City of Hico voted to keep the same tax rate as was used last year, but because that rate will raise additional revenue, the following notice is required: THE CITY OF HICO ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 1.2 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $8.40.