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The Dora community is invited to a free fish fry from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in Dora School’s new FEMA building, which is nearing completion on the school’s campus. The fish fry coincides with the school’s hosting of district basketball competitions Saturday. Times photo / Sue Ann Jones.
Dora School will host a free community fish fry from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the school’s new FEMA building, which is in the final stages of completion.  Dora superintendent Steve Richards said the fish fry is being held in conjunction with the school’s hosting of the basketball district...

Photos by Shana Hambelton.
Members of Dora’s 2018 Homecoming court are pictured following the coronation ceremony Friday, Feb. 9. From left: freshman attendant Riley Collins escorted by Auston Luna; sophomore attendant Briley McKemie escorted by Waylon Masters; senior queen candidate Emily Ross escorted by Jared Craig; ...

The Dora Falcons varsity boys basketball team, which includes four freshman starters, won third place in the recent Mountain Grove tournament, which included a Dora loss to Hartville. But the Falcons avenged the loss Feb. 2 in a nail-biter, double-overtime victory against the Hartville Eagles in Hartville. Front row from left: freshmen Bryson Luna, Isaac Haney, Auston Luna and Mason Luna. Back: seniors Robert Vigdal, Brent McKemie, Austin White and Kaleb Harris. Photo by Karla Gillespie Smith.
At first glance, the Dora boys are a “pretty good” 16-5 on the season. But at closer look, the Falcons’ losses are all to ranked teams, four of which are ranked in the latest coaches poll’s top 5. Leading the way? A quartet of freshmen. No other team (at least no state-ranked teams) can boast such...
The Dora Falcons, now ranked fourth in the state by Maxpreps.com in Class 1 boys basketball, improved their record to 18-5 with a nail-biting double-overtime victory against the Hartville Eagles Friday, Feb. 2.  The team – with its four freshmen, including Isaac Haney and Dora head coach Rick Luna’...

The Dora Falcons varsity boys basketball team, which includes four freshman starters, won third place in the recent Mountain Grove tournament, which included a Dora loss to Hartville. But the Falcons avenged the loss Feb. 2 in a nail-biter, double-overtime victory against the Hartville Eagles in Hartville. Front row from left: freshmen Bryson Luna, Isaac Haney, Auston Luna and Mason Luna. Back: seniors Robert Vigdal, Brent McKemie, Austin White and Kaleb Harris. Photo by Karla Gillespie Smith.
Reprinted with permission.   At first glance, the Dora boys are a “pretty good” 16-5 on the season. But at closer look, the Falcons’ losses are all to ranked teams, four of which are ranked in the latest coaches poll’s top 5.   Leading the way? A quartet of freshmen. No other team (at least no...

Photo by Karla Smith.
Dora freshman Isaac Haney earned a spot on the Mountain Grove all-tournament team. The Falcons brought home the third-place trophy from the recent tournament after a 61-44 first-round win over Willow Springs, a 57-42 loss to a tough Hartville team and a 73-67 win over Clever.

Dora freshman Auston Luna brings the ball down the court during a recent game. Luna led the team in rebounds when the Falcons defeated Class 4 Aurora 72-64 at the Scoreboard Guy Shootout Saturday at Ozark High School in Ozark. Photo by Karla Smith.
The Dora Falcons traveled to Ozark Saturday to take on Class 4 Aurora in the Scoreboard Guy Shootout and brought home a 72-64 win. “Defensively, we didn’t play as well as I thought we could have,” said Dora coach Rick Luna.  “However, overall we stepped up and  made enough plays when it counted...

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...

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