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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.

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Rezoning Request

The Planning and Zoning Commission will be conducting a Public Hearing in the City Hall Conference Room, 120 W. First Street, Hico, Texas, at 5:30 p.m. on June 18thto consider a request to rezone 102 S. Mesquite Street (located at the southeast corner of S. Mesquite and E. First Streets), described as Lots 6 & 7, Block 1, Original Hico. The property is currently zoned Residential A-5 (One Family). The request is to rezone the property as General Commercial "F".

At the conclusion of the Public Hearing, the Planning and Zoning Commission will decide upon its recommendation regarding the rezoning request and will forward that recommendation to the City Council.

A copy of the City of Hico Zoning Ordinance and Map are available for review at City Hall and are also posted on the City's website atwww.hico-tx.com(to find the Zoning Ordinance, go to the City Government - Municipal Code fly-outs on the left side of our home page; then, click on the "Ordinances" link). Should you have any questions or concerns, please plan to attend the Public Hearing or call City Hall at 254-796-4620.

Lot for Sale

NOTICE: The City of Hico is accepting sealed bids on an unimproved 100' X 200' lot in the Hillcrest Addition, immediately to the west of 537 E. Third Street. The lot is bounded on the north by E. Third Street, on the west by Poverty Hill Lane and on the south by an alley. Zoned as "A-5," single family residential. Buyer responsible for all closing costs. Sealed bids marked "Hillcrest Lot" may be either mailed or delivered to Hico City Hall, 120 W. First, PO Box 533, Hico, TX, 76457 and must be received by 5:00 p.m., July 10, 2015. Bids will be opened at the July 13, 2015, 6:00 p.m. Council Meeting at City Hall. The City reserves the right to reject all bids. For more information, call 254-796-4620.

Solicitation for Street Repair and Resurfacing Bids

NOTICE: The City of Hico is soliciting bids for street repair and resurfacing. Bid documents available at City Hall. Sealed bids marked "Street Repairs" due prior to the public bid opening on June 18th at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall, 120 W. First, Hico, TX 76457. For information call 254-796-4620.

When in Texas: Wear a Hat, Eat a Steak, Thank a Bee

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.

Don Edwards Is Still Singing His Western Tunes

by Mary Rogers, 02/04/15, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Don Edwards
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...

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Bosque River RV Park Full

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
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....

  • Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Crowns Champions in Four Divisions

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 .

Cody Ohl Roping in Reno

  • Hico competitor Ohl surpasses $3M in earnings

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...

  • At Home With: Don Edwards (America's Cowboy Balladeer opens up about his life in music, his love of the cowboy way, and his latest recording project.)

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.


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