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Hootin an Hollarin is next week, and committee members, vendors, performers and presenters are as busy as bees behind the scenes preparing for another successful celebration of our hillbilly heritage, this year focused on the theme “Fun from the Old School.” Although the festival, to be held Sept....

Mende Thorn, a French and history teacher at Lutie High School, pictured center, answers a question from Hailey Taylor about an assignment last week. This photo was snapped as the students in Thorn’s class were using their individual laptops to do research for reports on pre-colonial tribes and civilizations native to the Americas. The laptops are part of the 1:1 Initiative, a program made possible by the financial support of a single private donor. Also pictured, from left, front row, are Zacharia Collins, Coby Dooley, Andrew Ault, Lance Day and Jaden Thompson. Middle row: BreAnna Guidry, Mende Thorne, Hailey Taylor, Mirah Scott and Katelynn Ford. Pictured at the far table: Morgan Smith, with her back to the camera, Mason Jennings and Tyler Garrison.
Thanks to the continued generous donations of a private donor, a brand-new shipment of Chromebooks, personal laptop computers, was delivered to Lutie High School students last week, superintendent Scot Young said. The laptops are part of a program dubbed the 1:1 Initiative, which provides every...
Friends of Dora High School graduate Rocky Whanger will host a fundraiser truck-pulling event at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Ozarks Older Iron Club in Cabool. Dustin Ellis, Jared Ellis and Rusty Sheppard are organizing the event. Proceeds from admission fees, a bake sale and other...

Rocky Whanger
In the wee hours of July 31, Charlie Whanger, 20, known to family and friends as Rocky, was lying alone and badly injured in a ditch along Highway 14 just over the line in Douglas County. Her husband Verlan Coble’s 2003 Dodge Cummins pickup that she had been driving stood nearby, its cab crushed in...
The Gainesville R-V School Board will hold a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. Monday in the high school library that will serve as an informal discussion session on Proposition Gainesville Schools. The meeting is open to the public, and coffee and donuts will be served.  Everyone is welcome to attend,...

Marty and Patty Elmore
Family Life Church in Dora will host Marty and Patty Elmore for three days of revival services at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening, Sept.14 and 15, and at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Everyone is invited. Pastor Don Hamby says, “Please come and join us in the heart of downtown Dora.”

Justin Goins
Justin Goins graduated Aug. 3 from Army basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, with Alpha Company, 1-46 Infantry Regiment, 194th BDE. Goins, a 2018 graduate of Gainesville High School, is the son of Dede Goins of Gainesville and Tom and Dee Goins of Bakersfield, California.
Last week’s news item in the Times reporting that Jeremy Welch has been named manager of the Orscheln Farm & Home store in Mountain Home, Arkansas, prompted dozens of calls to the Mansfield Building Supply store in Gainesville, asking if long-time store employee Jeremy Welch was changing jobs...
The Douglas County Veterans Memorial Association in Ava has been selected by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C., to host a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Sept. 20-23 at the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association facility on Highway 5 north of Ava. The...
The Ozark County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at noon Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Ozark County Health Department on Third Street in Gainesville.  New LEPC manager Stephen Ator says he’s looking forward to meeting the committee members and discussing current committee business. 

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