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Some days are good with 70 degrees lately but they don’t last. Soon it’s back to 50 degrees in the day and 30 at night. I hope May will be better. We got 2 1/2 inches of good rain on Sunday. It started about daylight and rained just about all day. That’s good for people who’ve got fertilizer and...
As I write these items I’m sipping some sassafrass tea, a favorite of mine. My son-in-law, Dave, brought me a handful of sassafras roots that he got when he was dozing some land recently. Sassafras tea is something I’ve enjoyed all my life. It was our spring tonic, growing up. My grandpa, being a...
The mobile mammogram unit from Baxter Regional Medical Center will be in the Gainesville High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. For an appointment, contact high school nurse Britni Davis at 679-4200. Appointments must be made on or before May 15. 
Sam Thompson, son of Andy and Jennifer Luna Thompson of Shawnee Mission, Kansas,  has signed to play soccer at Rockhurst University in Kansas City in the fall. Sam, who expects to graduate from Shawnee Mission East High School in May, also received an academic scholarship from Rockhurst. He is...

Felipe “Phil” Ortega
Felipe “Phil” Ortega of Gainesville will celebrate his 90th birthday May 1. He was born May 1, 1928, in Peoria, Illinois, and served as a paratrooper in the Army. On March 10, 1951, in Illinois, he married Darlene Black; they enjoyed 61 years together before her death on Aug. 18, 2012.Phil worked...
MenusLunch is served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is open to everyone. The cost is $6 for those younger than 60; a $3.50 donation is requested for those over 60. Call 679-4746 to order take-out for 25 cents more. Wednesday, April 25: lasagna, California-blend vegetables, breadstick,...

Cindy Ragland, 59, hopes the Ozark County Long-Term Recovery Committee, which works to put flood survivors in touch with available government and charitable resouces, can help her find a way to rebuild her James Lane home.
Cindy Ragland, one of Peggy and Clint Donahue's James Lane neighbors, lost everything in the 2017 flood. Her entire house disappeared in the beautiful river she loved when it became a rushing, overwhelming torrent of debris. Now, a year later, she still has nothing but the foundation where her home...

Jeff Dotson, left, is pastor of Mission Square Church in Gainesville, which hosts a drug-recovery meeting each Monday evening and is part of the Ministerial Alliance sponsoring a May 5 program at the Gainesville Church of Christ focusing on the current drug epidemic. Heather and Kenny Cotter, right, are recovering addicts who attend the church services and share their story and their experiences at the Monday meetings – and also urge residents to attend the May 5 gathering, where Greene County Drug Court Commissioner Peggy Davis will speak.
Drug court commissioner to speak at May 5 event at Gainesville Church of Christ Peggy Davis, drug court commissioner for the 31st Circuit Court in Greene County, will be the speaker at a drug epidemic informational  meeting to be held at 6 p.m.  Saturday, May 5, at the Gainesville Church of Christ...

This photo was taken Monday, May 1, 2017, after the historically high North Fork River had caused Peggy Donahue and her family to flee to the roof, where they waited nine hours in the dark for rescue as the raging water swirled around them.
Editor’s note: This is one of several updates we’ll share this week and next recounting survivors’ recovery from last year’s historic flood on the weekend of April 29-30, 2017. See additional story, page 16. Carpenters and roofers were working at Clint and Peggy Donahue’s vacation house on James...

Gainesville FFA officers and their adviser, Jon Wilson, attending Sunday service at Gainesville Church of Christ so they could surprise preacher Halbert Smith with the honorary American FFA Degree, the highest degree awarded by the national FFA. From left: Madison Trivitt, Blakely Morrison, Peyton Donley, Natlie Kiger, Halbert, Wyatt Wilson, Jaima DeVries, Will Uchtman and Hunter Webb.
Gainesville Church of Christ preacher Halbert Smith wasn’t surprised to see eight students wearing FFA jackets in his congregation Sunday. His wife, Vicki, has been helping train the Gainesville High School FFA parliamentary procedure team that will soon be participating in the upcoming state...

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