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Gainesville Schools’ bus mechanic Jerry Beasley was pleased that the district’s 16 buses passed the recent annual inspection by the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 100 percent – for the sixth year in a row. Beasley, a 1983 GHS graduate, has been the district’s mechanic for 27 years. He says he’s seen a lot of changes in the vehicles since he hired on with the district in 1996. For one thing, all the buses are diesel now and may have computerized components. The price has gone up too. A new bus these days can cost $85,000, he said.
The annual inspection of Ozark County schools’  buses was completed recently by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Here are the unofficial results, as reported by the schools:Bakersfield superintendent Amy Britt said “two minor issues” were found during the recent inspection there. One issue was a...
The modular building that had served for several years as Missouri Community Health system’s Gainesville clinic was dismantled and hauled away Tuesday as workers finished up the new 6,000-square-foot building on the same lot on Elm Street next to the Gainesville post office. The new MOCH clinic...
Friday at Gainesville City Hall, papers were signed that will launch the beginning of construction on a new $2.45 million wastewater treatment facility. City clerk Lisa Goodnight, seated right, said paperwork, grant applications and other pre-construction work on the project have been in process...
Two three-year positions were up for election Tuesday on all five Ozark County School districts, but school board elections were held only in Bakersfield and Gainesville, where the number of candidates exceeded the number of terms expiring. Missouri law allows government entities to skip elections...

Gainesville School Board Members Jabet Wade and Mason Eslinger
Jabet Wade and Mason Eslinger were elected to the Gainesville school board Tuesday to fill the two expiring terms held by Billy Pippin and Wes Uchtman. Pippin had filed for re-election; Uchtman did not. David Pointer and Derek Alms also filed.  These votes were cast: David Pointer, 195, Jabet Wade...

Bakersfield School Board candidates Christopher Bales, Michael Scott and Mike Zimmer
Two three-year positions were up for election Tuesday on all five Ozark County School districts, but school board elections were held only in Bakersfield and Gainesville, where the number of candidates exceeded the number of terms expiring. Missouri law allows government entities to skip elections...

Village of Theodosia Trustees Randall Unruh, James "Jim" Brown and Jerry Smith
James "Jim" Brown, Jerry Smith and Randall Unruh were elected Tuesday to two-year terms on the Village of Theodosia Board of Trustees. Brown and Unruh are incumbents. Another incumbent, Robert Bochert Jr., also filed for re-election. These votes were cast: James Brown, 27; Jerry Smith, 23; Randall...
Deanna Gail Reich was re-elected Tuesday to another two-year term as mayor, receiving 83 votes to opponent Carroll Wise's 55. Four write-in votes were cast, but the names have not yet been released.  No one filed for the east ward alderman seat currently held by Lyndell Strong. Fifteen write-in...

Village of Bakersfield Trustees Tony Johnson, Jodi Burns and Stephanie Guffey
In Bakersfield, voters re-elected incumbents Tony Johnson and Jodi Burns to the village board. Stephanie Guffey was also elected; they will fill the two-year terms currently held by Johnson, Burns and Albert Gargione, who did not file for re-election. Tony Schaab and Jonathan Belt also filed, so...
Dora residents voted Tuesday to approve a request to renew the Dora School District's current tax levy with a .10 increase,  approving the measure 93 to 43 (68.4 percent for the measure, 31.6 percent against). Superintendent Steve Richards said Tuesday night, "We're very excited that we can...

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