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By James McAfee/The Knox County News-Courier—
While Knox County wasn’t hit as hard as other parts of the country with outbreaks of COVID-19, the pandemic turned 2020 into an unusual year.
The three schools were shut down in March and again for two weeks in the fall.
In the March primary election, Hunter Embesi and Jennifer Habert were elected as the Knox sheriff and 50th District judge. Later in the year, Ray Herring was elected as the Pct. 3 commissioner for Knox.
Benjamin approved $21 million bond for school improvements.
Additional wind turbines were added in the county, and more are coming.
We lost Gene Thompson, “Mr Mogul,” and Norma Collier, lovingly called “The Queen.”
Here is a month-by-month review of what else occurred:
Penny Eaton named new tax assessor collector for Knox County.
James Carroll steps down as Knox City First United Methodist pastor.
Grand champions at the Knox Junior Livestock Show were: Braylynn Myers, steers; Melanie Ruiz, swine; Emily Shaver, goats; Chance Baty, poultry; and Grayson Utley, sheep.
Supt. Troy Parton and Supt. Colin Howeth contracts extended.
Munday Mogulettes win 16-1A basketball title, but eliminated by Highland in playoffs.
Benjamin Lady Stangs also advance, but eliminated by Motley County.
Sydney Thompson’s swine third at San Antonio show.
Knox County Hospital continues legal battle with Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Munday Moguls claim 16-1A title while Knox City Greyhounds finish second.
Dustin Johnson named Knox City Citizen of the Year.
Hermleigh eliminates Moguls.
Greyhounds ousted from playoffs by Spur.
Carlie Willison and Cameron Thornton win 16-1A MVP awards.
All three Knox County one-act plays advance, but UIL then halts all activities.
Brenda and Wayne Speer return to Albania as missionaries.
Dr. Rodney Sholty added as hospital physician.
Munday fifth-grader Lexi Collins dies in ATV accident.
Savannah Hawkins and Jalen Barrientez of Benjamin, Klarissa Hernandez and Reylee Ledesma of Knox City and Bryanne Cude and Sydney Thompson take honors at graduations held outside.
Benji Van Fleet leaves position with FUMC Munday, moving to Stanton.
Thompson Ranch wins at 25th annual Wild Horse Days Rodeo in Haskell.
Movement Space dancers win awards at Legacy Dance Championship.
FUMC names Curtis Schrader and Cody Dykes as new pastors.
Janet Reed named mayor of Benjamin.
Ronny Jackson wins runoff election over Josh Winegarner as Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives.
Hunter Brooks named DA for 50th district.
Sheriff and trooper kill suspect during traffic stop on Hwy. 82.
Knox City council gives Police Chief Richard Candelaria and City Manager Sam Watson a vote of confidence.
News-Courier editor James McAfee wins Panhandle Press awards for sports writing and columns.
Knox agent Lorrie Coop honored for childcare training.
Football and volleyball practices start for three schools. Kids return to school.
Benjamin Independent School District trustees call for $21 million bond election.
Dakota Wakefield joins Munday police.
Julie Ledesma and Brenda Larned open L&L Café in Knox City.
All three schools closed because of virus.
Leroy Torres becomes new minister at Munday Church of Christ.
Dr. Sholty, the Knox County health authority, leaves hospital.
Knox City High wins state horseshoe pitching title.
Kacy Latham’s “Major Swim” earns entry in national art contest.
Greyhounds and Mustangs take 3-1A and 8-1A football titles.
Lady Stangs share 16-1A volleyball title with Northside and advance to area before falling to Veribest.
Ray Herring elected as new Pct. 3 commissioner.
Benjamin approves $21 million bond for school.
Munday High Purple Cloud band received 1 rating for seventh straight year.
Knox City downs O’Donnell before being eliminated by Happy.
Motley County eliminated Benjamin in football playoffs.
Moguls, Mogulettes advance to regional in cross country, finishing 11th and fifth in state as Carlie Willison places eighth.
Braleigh Blanchette of Benjamin named 16-1A offensive MVP while teammate Valeria Zavala named top newcomer, Trinity Rodriguez of Munday top server and Chelsey Castorena of Knox City co-libero.
Shannon Waters receives coaching honors for 8-1A while Brody White named MVP, John Wolfforth co-defensive MVP and Dal Everson co-offensive MVP.
Tres Frausto of Knox City named offensive MVP for 3-1A, Anthony defensive MVP and coaching staff as top coaches.
Dakota Wakefield leaves Munday police and moves to Knox City as officer.
Brenda Johnson and Ray Herring open Smok’n Pit BBQ in Munday.
TEA pauses A-F rating for schools but will continue STAAR tests.
Knox County Child Welfare continues Angel Tree for deserving youngsters.