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March 30 is the cut-off date to apply for Missouri USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service fiscal year 2020 funds through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and the Regional Con-servation Partnership Program - Environmental Quality Incentive Program. EQIP gives farmers, ranchers...

At Dora School, the $500 check was presented by, from left, Masons Bobby Grisham and Max Moss. It was accepted by faculty member Ginny Robinson, who sponsors the schools’ backpack program with fellow teacher Crystal Leroy, and elementary principal Brett Mitchell.
Robert Burns Masonic Lodge in Gainesville recently presented $500 checks to the Dora and Gainesville schools to support their backpack programs, which provides supplemental food to students. The funds come from microwave popcorn sold at the schools’ ballgames, primarily by Masonic Home...

Claire Bruntrager, left, with the Missouri Humanities Council, and Ozark County Genealogical and Historical Society president Jean Allen were two of many volunteers who recently unloaded and installed the UHC’s “Struggle to Statehood” exhibit at the Ozark County Historium in Gainesville. Bruntager, with another MHC employee, designed the exhibit, which will be at the Historium for five weeks. Times photo / Jessi Dreckman
Our state will celebrate an important milestone next year when we mark the 200th anniversary of Missouri becoming the 24th state to enter the Union. But it was not a simple matter; in fact, the process took three long years to complete and involved a controversial compromise. Does this pique your...

Dora residents Gwen Chambers, left, and Wanda Watkins filed last week as write-in candidates for the April 7 Dora School Board election.
Gwen Chambers and Wanda Watkins have filed as write-in candidates for the Dora R-III School Board in the April 7 General Municipal Election. Chambers and Watkins join candidates Lindsay Collins, Cassidy Martin, Jerry Moritz and Mindy Trail, all vying for three open positions, those currently held...
The Missouri Department of Transportation’s  South-east District awarded contracts for three Ozark County projects during its March 4 electronic ballot process. A $6,975,000 contract was awarded to Pace Construction Company for pavement improvements on nine state highways, including two Ozark...

For the second time in the school’s history, the Dora Falcons basketball team is in the final four. The Falcons defeated Delta 106-70 in the quarterfinals Saturday, March 7, and will take on Jefferson at 6:50 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at JQH Arena in Springfield. Pictured, from left (front row): coach Rick Luna, Landon Luna, Jacob Freiman, Korey Murphy, Bo Collins, Dylan Murphy, Evan Smith, Tyler Luna, assistant coach Joshua Strong; (back) Mason Luna, Isaac Haney, Waylon Masters, Auston Luna, Bryson Luna. Photo by Karla Smith
This story is reprinted with permission from OzarksSportsZone.com. The Dora Falcons are heading to the Final Four. After leading by just three  at the end of the first, the Falcons raced to a 106-70 win over the Delta Bobcats Saturday afternoon. “That was crazy,” said Dora head coach Rick Luna. “...
Twenty percent of Ozark County’s registered voters – 1,408 of 7,037 – voted in the March 10 Presidential Preference Primary.  These 408 votes were cast on the Democrat Party ballot: Amy Klobuchar, 2; Tulsi Gabbard, 1; Joe Biden, 254; Elizabeth Warren, 4; Pete Buttigieg, 5; Bernie Sanders, 133;...

The Ozark County Commissioners recently had new signage installed at Haskins Ford, where County Road 863 crossess the upper reaches of Bull Shoals Lake. Times photo/Amelia LaMair
Additional signs reading “No Crossing When Water Is Over Road” have been installed at Haskins Ford, where County Road 863 crosses the upper reaches of Bull Shoals Lake. Western Ozark County Commissioner Greg Donley said the bridge cannot safely be crossed until the lake level is at 664 feet...

Wayne and Doris Sayles stand by the jail door they bought several years ago at a local garage sale. It is the original door from the stone jail and was used for a while in the next jail that was included on the top floor of the Ozark County Courthouse that was completed in 1939. A local resident bought the door from the county in an auction on the courthouse steps when the jail was moved into the “new” Ozark County Sheriff’s Office. It was restored to its original position in the jail. The bars to either side of the door are not original.
In part 1 of this journey back in time, we discussed some of the background and motivation for building a new county jail at Gainesville in the early days of the 20th century. The construction details are vague, but we do know that the land was acquired and an “improved” stone building was...

Charlotte Holmes and her husband, Danny, have traveled throughout the region since Christmas as Charlotte shares the story of her visit to heaven during an 11-minute near-death experience last September. She’s spoken to many churches and women’s groups, and in April, she and Danny are scheduled to travel to Dallas to appear in three programs on Daystar, a Christian television network that broadcasts globally. Times file photo / Sue Ann Jones
Life has been flat-out crazy for Charlotte Holmes since the story of her visit to heaven was published in the Dec. 25 edition of the Ozark County Times and soon after was posted on ozarkcountytimes.com. And now there’s a very good chance things are going to get even crazier soon.  Charlotte...

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