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By James McAfee
The Knox County News-Courier—
As we enter a new year, it’s a custom to look back in our rearview mirrors to see what happened in Knox County in the previous year.
Fans of the Munday Moguls did hear about the pending departure of athletic director and head football coach Patrick Corcoran after 15 years. Assistant coach Justin Josselet was named as his replacement.
Longroad Energy started construction of the El Campo wind farm in northern Knox County and there were reports of another project planned in the county.
As a result, the Benjamin School District will be able to start new projects in 2020 with the extra tax dollars.
Longtime Sheriff Dean Homstad resigned and was replaced by deputy Hunter Embesi. An interesting race shapes up in the March 3 Republican primary as he will face Johnny Ivie.
The Knox County Hospital found itself in a legal battle with Blue Cross Blue Shield about insurance payments that will continue into the new year. The hospital did say it would continue to offer services to customers of the insurance giant, who claims to service all 254 counties in Texas.
Here’s a look at some of the things reported on each month from the pages of The Knox County News-Courier, which now has new owners in the LK Media Group.
Abraham Nevarez and Wesson Ham of Knox City were named to Wichita Falls Record-News Super Six team.
Winning grand championships in the Knox County Junior Livestock Show were Grayson Utley, lamb and swine; John Shaver, goat; Chance Baty, poultry; and Saige Turner, rabbit.
The Benjamin Lady Stangs repeated as District 16-1A girls basketball champions.
The Munday Consolidated Independent School District extended Supt.
Troy Parton’s contract to June 30, 2022.
While missing out on the playoffs, the Benjamin Mustangs had the honor of eclipsing the 100-point mark with a 105-50 win over Harrold.
Shelia Kuehler named to Benjamin City Council.
Mindy Flowers of Benjamin High School was selected as the 1A coach of the year by the Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Munday Mogulettes finished third in 16-1A basketball, winning a playoff with Crowell, but lost by a 35-23 count to Spur in bi-district.
The Lady Stangs scored a 51-45 win over Westbrook in the area round, but then suffered a 52-38 loss to Aspermont in the regional quarterfinals, finishing the season with a 26-7 record.
Jonah Hernandez and Destyn Mauldin of Munday claimed the district debate title.
The Munday Moguls and Knox City Greyhounds shared the 16-1A boys basketball title. The Moguls got the No.1 seed with a 48-43 playoff win. The Hounds were eliminated 69-45 in bi-district while the Moguls edged Highland, 40-38, in area before being ousted by a 53-39 count to Jayton in the regional quarterfinals at McMurry in Abilene.
Temi Flowers of Benjamin was recognized as the 16-1A MVP while her coach Cody Propps was named coach of the year.
Bailey Speck of Munday advanced to the State Solo and Ensemble contest in June.
Leona Burkham named the Knox City Citizen of the Year at the annual Knox City Chamber of Commerce banquet.
Cameron Thornton of Munday and JC Espinal of Benjamin shared 16-1A MVP honors while Anthony Hernandez and Wesson Ham claimed offensive and defensive MVP awards. Later, Thornton and Hernandez were named to the all-region team.
The Munday EDC A Board hired former Knox County Judge Travis Floyd as an administrative assistant.
Brenda Brown’s quilt took top honors for the fourth straight year at the Cotton Pickin’ Quilt Show in Goree.
Benjamin’s one-act play “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” and Munday’s “Nevermore” advanced to bi-district. Benjamin advanced to area round.
The Benjamin Lady Stangs captured the girls title at the Mogul Relays.
The Munday Mogulettes won the district golf title while the boys finished second.
The Knox City Greyhounds repeated as 16-1A track champions while the Munday Mogulettes earned top honors in the girls event and later added the area title.
Mona Hacker of Knox City advanced to regional in three events and later advanced to state in the long jump.
Macy and Temi Flowers of Benjamin won the 400 and 800 races at area while classmates JC Espinal and Jalen Barrientez placed 1-2 in the boys 800.
The Flowers sisters teamed with Braleigh Blanchette and Kyleigh Hernandez to win the 4×200 and 4×400 relays at regional, advancing to state.
Kaven Lumsden of Munday captured gold medals in district, area and regional shot put competitions.
Benjamin advanced to state one-act play finals for the second straight year.
Kameron Redder made an ace on the second hole at River Creek in Burkburnett, but the Moguls finished third. Christian Rodriquez did advance to regional along with Tyler Delosrios of Knox City.
Munday’s Madison Thompson and Chris Rodriquez later advanced to state.
Makayle Cline and Hannah Duhon of Knox City along with Munday’s Emily Scott, Saylor Drury and Sidronio Rangel advanced to state in academics.
The Seattle Seahawks picked former Munday player L.J. Collier in the first round of the NFL draft.
The Benjamin one-act play finished fourth in state.
The third time proved a charm for Munday’s Lumsden as he won the 1A state shot put title with a throw of 57-1.5. Lumsden later signed with Angelo State.
The Flowers sisters ran personal bests and earned silver medals in the 400 and 800 races at Austin, but the relay units placed fifth and seventh. Macy had time of 59.15 in the 400 and Temi a 2:24.93 in the 800.
Mona Hacker of Knox City finished fifth in the state long jump with a 15-9.25 effort.
Benjamin’s JC Espinal placed sixth at state in the 800 with a personal best of 2:04.92.
Taryn Strickland and Temi Flowers of Benjamin, Preston Lynn and Hannah Duhon of Knox City and Emily Scott and Bailey Speck of Munday were the top graduates.
Reports of 4+ inches of rain reported in parts of Knox County.
Bailey Speck, playing the flute, claimed a silver medal at the state solo and ensemble contest in Austin.
Reggie Lewis stepped down as an assistant coach at Munday High to move to Godley.
Knox City Elementary receives Level 1 certification from Marzano High Reliability Schools.
Munday’s Edgar Araujo participated in the Oil Bowl game in Wichita Falls.
Bryanne Cude of Goree competed in barrel racing and pole bending at the Texas High School Rodeo Association’s state finals in Abilene.
Longroad Energy announced the beginning of construction on the $335 million El Campo wind farm in northern Knox County.
Knox County accepted the resignation of Sheriff Dean Homstad.
The Movement Space dancers competed in the Legacy Dance Championship National Finals in Grapevine.
Heath Bivins of Munday teamed with Hagen Hutchinson of Stamford and Jake Doggett to win the Lake 3-person scramble.
David Torres and JC Espinal of Benjamin competed in the Texas Six-Man Association all-star football and basketball games in Wichita Falls.
Thompson Ranch captured the Waurika (OK) rodeo title.
Deputy Hunter Embesi appointed as the new sheriff.
Emily Scott of Munday received $1,000 scholarship from Capital Farm Credit.
Richard Ooton claimed overall honors in the Big Country Clay Shoot.
The training school in Rochester gets new name: Rolling Plains Technical School.
Sen. Charles Perry and Rep. James Frank held a town hall meeting in Knox City.
Supt. Olivia del Hierro Gloria retired in Benjamin and was reassigned as Superintendent Emeritus.
Gordon Thomas, who earlier had been named as athletic director, named interim superintendent.
Benjamin received an A grade on 2019 Accountability Ratings from the state.
Mr. TLC Paddy Three, ridden by Tyler Thompson, named top horse at Big Bend rodeo in Alpine.
District Judge Bobby Burnett issued a temporary restraining order against Blue Cross Blue Shield for not paying $20 million to the Knox County Hospital.
The 1972 O’Brien team that won the state six-man championship were honored at Borden County-Knox City game played at the old field in O’Brien since work was being done on lights at Greyhound Stadium.
The Highway 6 bridge over the Brazos River in Knox County was named in honor of Corporal David Anthony Gentry.
The annual Career Day in Goree attracted 320 area students.
The City Council of Knox City authorized the issuance of $127,000 interest-bearing certificates to assist with refurbishing the water tower.
U.S. congressman Mac Thornberry announced he would not seek reelection for the 13th District House seat.
Rep. James Frank of Wichita Falls announced he would seek reelection to the Texas House of Representatives.
The Knox City Greyhounds football team eclipsed the century mark in a 116-94 win over Motley County. The Matadors later lost in the state 1-A DII finals.
Gene Thompson honored on his 100th birthday.
The Greyhounds staged a miraculous rally to overcome nemesis Crowell, 62-58, and then added a win over Paducah to claim the 3-1A title.
The Munday Purple Cloud band advanced to the state marching finals in San Antonio, finishing 10th.
Munday swept 16-1A cross country titles at Copper Breaks State Park. The Mogulettes and Moguls finished second and third in the regional race at San Angelo to advance to state. The Mogulettes finished eighth and the Moguls 15th at state.
The Benjamin Lady Stangs volleyball team shared the district title with Northside while the Munday Mogulettes won a playoff to earn the third playoff spot. The Lady Stangs scored wins over Woodson and Lingleville before being eliminated by Bronte while the Mogulettes were ousted by Strawn in bi-district.
Patrick Corcoran announced he will retire as head football coach and athletic director at Munday after 15 seasons. The Moguls provided Corcoran with a final 62-20 win over Memphis, leaving his record 123-58.
When Munday discussed the possibly of switching to six-man football, the community let it be known that loyal Moguls fans wanted to keep playing 11-man at a meeting.
The Knox City Greyhounds were eliminated in bi-district, 88-43, by Spur.
The Hounds’ Abraham Nevarez and Anthony Hernandez were named the 3-1A offensive and defensive players of the year. The Knox City staff, headed by Caleb Callaway, was also recognized.
Final respects were paid to the Hon. Bobby Burnett at Munday High School.
Justin Josselet named athletic director and head football coach at Munday, receiving a salary of $70,811 at later meeting of the trustees.
Mayor Greg Fix steps down in Goree.
First United Methodist in Munday served 800 meals at free Thanksgiving meal.
The Munday Community Choir, directed by Sandy King, performed “Good News from Home” at its cantata.
LK Media assumed ownership of the Knox County News-Courier and three other newspapers from Blackburn Media, naming Bruce Green as publisher.
Justin Tidwell named winner of the 5-2A Pride Award.
The Knox County Child Welfare Board handed out gifts to deserving children in its Angel Tree program.
Mitzi Welch stepped down as the Knox County tax assessor-collector after a new law that kept an employee of the Knox County Appraisal District from holding that position. She became chief appraiser for the appraisal district. Penny Eaton took over as tax assessor-collector.
Knox County Hospital administrator Stephen Kuehler indicated that the hospital would continue to offer services to all state and federal employees and retirees who have Blue Cross Blue Shield despite the fact the insurance company has decided to drop the hospital from its network.
Pvt. Seth Salazar graduated from the Marines boot camp.
Taylor Thompson graduated from Hardin-Simmons University.
O’Brien Junior High and Munday Elementary claimed titles in the UIL Academics competition.