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Lutie graduates are, from left: back row: Shaylee Orf, Shelby Scott, Aidan Chilson, Logan Anderson, Austin Wensel and Sabrina Engelhardt. Front row: Bayleigh Guidry, Alyssa Wensel, Tember Brockett, Haley Dant.
Bayleigh Guidry is valedictorian, and Aidan Chilson is salutatorian   Lutie High School held its high school graduation May 4 with a ceremony in the high school gym.  Lutie High School history teacher and coach Heath Treat was this year’s commencement speaker, and gave a speech to the graduates. ...
Every year in April, all water and sewer systems in the state of Missouri are required to collect a fee for the Department of Natural Resources. This fee, called a primacy fee, is for water customers, and a DNR fee is also charged for sewer customers. The fees are used to support DNR's efforts to...

Brixey resident Benjamin Miller took this photo of the high water of Bryant Creek covering the bridge on Highway 181 at Hodgson Mill. Rain that fell from last Thursday through Sunday left several areas flooded, and the Ozark County Commissioners said there was some damage reported by residents in the northwestern section of Ozark County.
Commissioners discussed storm damage and set dates to accept bids during their regular meeting Monday morning. According to Presiding Commissioner Terry Newton and Ozark County Emergency Management Director Curtis Ledbetter, the northwest part of Ozark County suffered damage from Sunday night’s...

photos submitted by Kerrie Zubrod Jerry Crownover, closest to the camera, helps auction off various items at the Gainesville Lions Club Auction. There was a good crowd for this year’s Gainesville Lions Club Auction, which raised $25,000 to be used for the Gainesville summer ball league and other community charities and efforts.
Last year was a record-breaking year for the annual Gainesville Lions Club Auction, which brought in $25,000, and this year the auction matched that total amount.  The money made at the annual fundraiser, now in its 37th year, rang in $2,000 more than 2022 when $23,000 was raised. The total amount...

all photos in this article by Shana Hambelton Dora High School’s class of 2024 graduated Friday, April 26, with a ceremony held in the Dora school gym. Graduates, pictured here, from left, are: top row: Wilson Masters, Ashton Roberts, Brayden York, Dakota Barnes and Nathaniel Woodruff. Second row: Cabot Massey, Braeden Church, Dylan Green, Drake Arnett and Ryan Davis. Third row: Kamron Walker, Sara Jenne, Jada Paul, Nicole Turnbull, Isabel Bradshaw and Easton Carter. Fourth row: Isobel Cook, Ashtin Dusenbury, Haley Rogers-Newton, Kadence Knox, Heidi Engert-Spengemann and Natasha Slavik. Bottom row: Sirena Housley, Hanna Bunch, Mikayla Nelson, Mia Gray, Shelby Causey and Savannah Johnson.
Dora High School held its class of 2024 commencement ceremony Friday, April  26, in the Dora School gym led by Superintendent Allen Woods.  The ceremony featured commencement speaker Bev Davison, a former Dora teacher, who is an accomplished gymnastics coach and judge among other accolades. She...
  The Bakersfield High School golf team took home the first place plaque in the April 15 Clever Invitational Golf Tournament and another first place plaque in the April 12 Willow Springs Invitational tournament. The team, pictured from left, includes: Coach Micheal Mahan, Ethan Cotter, CJ Carey,...

At the 34th annual reunion of Jimmy Doolittle's Raiders in 1981 in Columbus, Ohio, reporter Sue Ann Jones was invited to climb aboard a B-25M bomber that had been flown in for the event. (She doesn't remember who handed her the cigar as she settled into the cockpit.)
This time of year, I'm remembering the late Jimmy Doolittle and his Raiders, a group of World War II superheroes I was privileged to meet 43 years ago this month in Columbus, Ohio, where I worked as a reporter for the morning daily newspaper.  All these years later, I'm still in awe of their...

Regina Mozingo, award-winning graphic designer at the Ozark County Times, recently won two statewide awards for ads placed in the Times in 2023. One of the awards was for the Lost Woods Hideaway ad on her computer screen here.
The Ozark County Times Graphic Artist and Ad Designer Regina Mozingo received two awards in the 2024 Missouri Press Advertising and Marketing Executives (MPAME) statewide Best Ad Contest in the medium-sized weekly newspaper class.  Mozingo took home second place in the category of best full page ad...

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photo submitted   Firefighters from Pontiac, Gainesville and Theodosia VFDs worked Sunday to extinguish a blaze at a woman’s garage off County Road 607 in Pontiac after the structure caught fire from burning leaves. A Pontiac woman died as a result of the fire. The identity of the woman has not yet...

photo by Baylor Hewett Farewell to the old field The Gainesville boys 2023-24 baseball team poses on the fence of the Lions Club-owned ballfield last week during the team’s last play at the field. On Monday, the Gainesville School District held its grand opening at the new sports complex, located across the street from the high school where the baseball and softball teams will now host their home games. The school will still lease the Lions Club fields for $1 per year to be used for summer league ball, practices and junior high baseball and softball games when the other fields are in use.
The grand opening ceremony of Gainesville School’s new sports complex was held Monday afternoon, and the community turned out in a big way. Hundreds of people attended the event, and proud smiles beamed from the youngest to oldest fans as they watched the first-ever baseball and softball games...

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