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Dora K-12 school counselor Amelia Menz became interested in acquiring a Certified Assistance Dog while attending the Missouri School Counselor Association’s annual conference in 2014. She set about applying for a program operated by CARES, Inc., in which inmates in correctional facilities help with basic training. Twenty-seven months after she applied for a dog, Menz was paired with Holly and spent a week training with her in Kansas. Now, she says, Holly has a had “tremendous” success working with students at Dora.
When Dora K-12 school counselor Amelia Menz was working in another district back in 2014, she attended the Missouri School Counselor Association’s annual conference, where break-out sessions offered information about animal-assisted therapy. Those sessions “got the wheels turning,” she said...

Steve Richards
After leading the Dora R-III School District for five years, Steve Richards will be moving to the Seymour School District after the end of this school year. His last day at Dora will be June 30, Richards told the Times Monday. “It was kind of tough,” he said, describing the decision to leave. “This...

Ninth grader India Butler, left, Dora Elementary School principal Brett Mitchell and sixth grader Carson Howard won Red Ribbon Week prizes for their Halloween costumes.
Dora School celebrated Red Ribbon Week Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in collaboration with Wood & Huston Bank of West Plains. The activity focused on alcohol and drug prevention education. Counselor Amelia Menz awarded daily prizes, sponsored by the bank, to the students and faculty members who embodied each...
These Ozark County schools are planning programs this week to honor area veterans in observance of the Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday, which falls on a Sunday this year and will be observed as a state and federal holiday on Monday, Nov. 12.   Bakersfield School will host a Veterans Day program at 1 p...

The Dora Lady Falcons took second in the Class 1 District 1 fall softball tournament. Pictured, from left, coach Paxton Smith, Cassidy Hambelton, Sarah Fehr, Riley Collins, Briley McKemie, Mary Fehr, Keeli Land, Taylor Trail, Hailey Jones, Makinna Loftis, Haley Thompson, Vanessa Woolbright, McKenna Miller, Dora Watkins, coach Dylan Fox. Photo by Karla Smith.
The Dora Lady Falcons made it to the championship game of the Class 1 District 1 tournament held at Norwood last week. The Lady Falcons took on Naylor in the first round, and  Keeli Land started the game off right with a lead-off homerun in the first inning. The score stayed 1-0 until Naylor scored...
It’s believed that several Ozark County students will be participating in the national “Bring Your Bible to School” day, set for Thursday, Oct. 4. The annual event, sponsored by Focus on the Family, is voluntary and student-directed, according to the bringyourbible.org website. Students, Christian...
Dora senior pitcher Keeli Land hurls a pitch to a Neeleyville batter Saturday, Sept. 1, at Dora. The Lady Falcons won 7-2 and also defeated Mansfield 10-5 in the two-game series held on Saturday. Their only loss this season was a 8-1 loss to Norwood on Monday, Aug. 27. Dora hosted Bakersfield...

Photo by Karla Smith
Dora’s Auston Luna pitched against Neeleyville Saturday, Sept. 1. The Falcons won 10-4, bringing their record to 3-0 for the season so far. Dora opened their season with a narrow 8-7 road win over a tough Alton team on Aug. 24, then hosted intra-county rival Gainesville on Aug. 28, defeating the...
Four-year-old Damon Anderson seemed thrilled to be in his new preschool classroom Monday evening as his parents, Holly and Bobby Anderson, chatted with Damon’s preschool teacher, Brandi Miller, left, during Gainesville Schools’ back-to-school open house. The gathering included a hamburger and hot...
Century Bank of the Ozarks recently donated $40,000 in tuition to South Central Career Center (SCCC) for Ozark County high school students who are interested in attending the career and technical school in West Plains. The county’s four high schools – Lutie, Gainesville, Dora and Bakersfield – will...

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