Word spread quickly through the Dora community as the 60-year-old school building burst into flames on Jan. 21, 1998. The state fire marshal and ATF agents said the fire started in a 10-burner gas stove in the kitchen. Former superintendent Ken Cook said the fire “was a tragedy when it happened, but a blessing when it was over.”
Editor’s note: Recalling the fire that destroyed Dora School 20 years ago this week, we share this story reprinted from the Feb. 27, 2008, edition of the Times. Sally Gunter still doesn’t remember exactly what made her turn her head and look toward the Dora School that night just over 10 years ago...

GHS senior Wyatt Wilson drives past Dora’s Mason Luna during Friday night’s game in the Gainesville High School gym. The bleachers were packed to watch the battle between the intra-county rivals. Photo by Karla Smith.
The Dora High School varsity team added two wins to their record last week after defeating county rivals Bakersfield and Gainesville. The Dora Falcons hosted Bakersfield Tuesday, Jan. 9, and won 76-38. Friday night, Jan. 12, the bleachers were packed full of red when the Gainesville Bulldogs hosted...
Kryslyn Colvin, left, and Keeli Land, members of the Dora High School girls softball team, were recently named to the 2017 Missouri All-State Team. Kryslyn, a senior, played shortstop and was named to the First All-State Team, and Keeli, a junior pitcher, was named to the Second All-State Team. The...

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Dora freshman Mason Luna drives past Eminence defender Grant Dyer during Thursday’s epic battle for a chance to play undefeated Thayer for the Cabool Tournament championship. Mason led the scoring with a game-high 31 points, but the Redwings won 71-66  in final seconds of the game and went on to...

Photo by Karla Smith
Dora’s Desiree Downen drives around a Houston defender during a homecourt 43-41 win over the Lady Tigers Tuesday, Dec. 19 . The team’s next game is Jan. 2, when they host Mammoth Springs, Arkansas.

Photo by Karla Smith
Dora Falcons freshman Bryson Luna drives down the court during the homecourt 71-49 victory over Winona Thursday, Dec. 21. The Falcons head into the Cabool Holiday Tournament seeded in the number two spot. So far, the Falcons have only lost two games of their nine –  one a 63-50 loss to Class 3 No....

Members of Robert Burns Masonic Lodge #496 in Gainesville raise money through sales of microwave popcorn at area basketball games for the Masonic Home of Missouri’s Creating-a-Partnership program, which matches funds from local Masonic lodges for certain benevolent initiatives related to the well-being of children. Robert Burns Masonic Lodge members Ed Kapelski (left) at the popcorn-selling table at a recent Gainesville High School game and (above) Bobbie Grisham with school counselor Amelia Menz at the popcorn table at Dora School.

First grade winners at the Ozark County Spelling Bee held at Gainesville Elementary Tuesday, Nov. 28, were, from left, first place, Carter Wallace, Lutie; second place, Taylor Frazier, Gainesville; third place Lola Wade, Gainesville; and fourth place, Allison Lubonne, Dora.

This segment of Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway’s recently released audit of the 2015-2016 financial data that schools reported to the state shows salary information for administrators and teachers at Ozark County Schools. Galloway’s report accompanying the stateway listings noted that, over a two-year period, Missouri school superintendent salaries have increased by 31 percent while teacher salaries increased by only 22 percent.
Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway on Monday released an audit of the 2015-2016 financial data reported by K-12 schools to the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  The audit specifically reviewed administration costs, which include the expenses of the principals’...

This “keyhole” photo of Dora students sharing the drug-free message “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free” was one of 10 winning school entries nationwide in the 2017 National Red Ribbon photo contest. Dora teachers Sherry Ross and Bev Davison led efforts that won $2,000 in prize money for the school. Dora students pictured are Lindsay Tabor, front. Middle row, from left: Mason Rice, Daniel Craig, Kelby Massey. Top: Kenny Coughlin, Skyler Ledbetter, Cameron Ward. Other student participants, not pictured, were Keeli Land, Andrew Turnbull and Sydnie Williams.
Dora R-III School had two big winners in the recent 2017 National Red Ribbon photo contest. Teacher Sherry Ross led students, faculty and staff in decorating the campus with this year’s theme, “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free.” At the same time, teacher Bev Davison and her family honored the...


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