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Photo by Karla Smith 1,000 Points Gainesville High School senior Shayla Wages scored her 1,000th point during the Sparta Invitational Tournament last week and was named to the all-tournament team. At Monday night's game against Bakersfield, GHS coach Lance West presented Shayla with a plaque and a ball commemorating her achievement. Gainesville's JV won 26-15, and Gaines-ville's varsity won 56-41.
The Gainesville Lady Bulldogs brought home third place at the Sparta Invitational Tournament held last week. Bulldog fans had an exciting game to watch when the number 4 seed Gainesville girls took on number 5 Bradleyville Thursday, Jan. 7, and squeaked by with a 57-54 win.  Shayla Wages led with...

Dora 2021 Homecoming king Waylon Masters and queen Riley Collins
Dora homecoming, held Friday, Jan. 8, was topped off with an exciting basketball contest with Licking. The Falcons jumped out to an early lead and led at halftime by one point, 35-34. The game was close the rest of the way, and Dora got a good look at a potential winning 3-point basket at the...

The Gainesville Lady Bulldogs brought home the consolation trophy (seventh place) at the seventh annual 16-team Mountain Grove Holiday Tournament held Dec. 26-30 at Mountain Grove High School. Members of the team are, from left (from row) Macenzie Avila, Lakyn Suter, Jillian Morse, Emory Warden and Sarah Hossman; (back row) Erin McKinzie, Gracyn Blackburn, Debra Winrod, Shayla Wages, Elizabeth Kinworthy, Gracie Strain, Mercedes Shaw and Hallee Donley.
The Gainesville Lady Bulldogs went 3-1 at the Mountain Grove Holiday Tournament held Dec. 26-30, and brought home the consolation trophy. The wins bring the Lady Bulldogs’ record to 5-5 for the year. Gainesville fell to Mansfield 52-42 in the first-round game. Liz Kinworthy led the scoring with 14...

The Dora Lady Falcons took fifth place at the seventh annual Mountain Grove Holiday Tournament held Dec. 26-30 at Mountain Grove High School. Members of the team are, from left (from row) Mia Gray, Hanna Bunch, Kaitllin Hambelton, Cassidy Hambelton, Chesney Luna, Shauna Lake; (back row) team manager Kinley Luna, Callen Depriest, Autumn Nold, Vanessa Woolbright, Kenley Howard, Riley Collins, Lauren Martin, Natasha Slavik, McKenna Miller and team managers Olivia Martin and Laney Miller.
The Dora Lady Falcons brought home fifth place in the 7th Annual Mountain Grove Holiday Tournament held Dec. 26-30 at Mountain Grove High School. Seeded in the number 8 spot of the 16-team tournament, a 63-54 win over fifth-seed Mansfield in the third game of the tourney put Dora in position to...

Photo by Karla Smith Gainesville’s Bryce Hambelton works against Ava’s Andrew Dalton during the Dec. 22 game at Ava High School
The Gainesville Bulldogs basketball team recently brought their season record to 7-4, racking up two wins at the Cabool Holiday Tournament after falling 50-40 to the Ava Bears in regular season play on Tuesday, Dec. 22.  The Gainesville junior varsity took the court first at Ava High School and...

Bakersfield Volunteer Fire Department chief Greg Watts said when assistant chief Punk Stone returned home to find smoke billowing out of the attic of his house, “it probably really helped that he was a firefighter and knew what to do.”
A flue fire broke out at Bakersfield Volunteer Fire Department assistant fire chief Punk Stone’s residence Sunday, according to fire chief Greg Watts.  Watts said that Stone, his half-brother, and Stone’s father awoke that morning, finished their chores and went to get something to eat. When they...

Photo courtesy Susie Farbin Rachel Barry, left, receives the key to Jean’s Healthway in Ava from longtime owner Jean Farbin.
By Kaitlyn McConnell   Editor’s note: This story about Jean’s Healthway store on the Ava square is reprinted from Kaitlyn McConnell’s popular blog, Ozarks Alive! For more of McConnell’s stories about interesting people and places in the Ozarks, visit ozarksalive.com.     For more than 40 years,...

photo courtesy of Eastern Douglas County VFD Eastern Douglas VFD firefighters, from left, Autumn Barnhart, Joe Bell and Justin Hammett were among the volunteers who responded with other area fire departments to a Dec. 29 structure fire in the Twin Bridges area. Firefighters from six area fire departments responded to the blaze.
Dora Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday, Dec. 29, responded in mutual aid to a Douglas County fire in the Twin Bridges area on Highway 181.  The fire, which was within the Twin Bridges VFD territory, was reported at 8:06 a.m. Twin Bridges firefighters responded to the scene, where the homeowner...

At an informal potluck Christmas party for Ozark County employees, former Ozark County Western District Commissioner Greg Donley, right, expressed thanks to his fellow commissioners, Road and Bridge employees and courthouse staff for the plaque they gave him recognizing his 12 years’ service as commissioner. Donley was elected in 2008 as a Democrat, one of the few Democrats elected to a local Ozark County position in several decades. He changed his party affiliation to Independent ahead of his 2016 campaign and was again elected. He announced several months ago that he had decided not to run for re-election in 2020. Gainesville resident Layne Nance, who was elected in the August primary to replace Donley, ran unopposed in the Nov. 3 general election. Davin Friend, pictured at left, told the Times that when Eastern District Commissioner Gary Collins told him about the plaque to be presented to Donley, Friend told Collins he had “the perfect outfit” to wear for that presentation. Friend said he had bought the colorful Christmas jacket and matching necktie “a couple of years ago at Wal-mart to wear for our church’s Christmas program.” He pastors at Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church.

Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise, far left, performed a swearing in ceremony Dec. 31 for most of Ozark County’s newly elected and re-elected officials: from left, Assessor Jama Berry, Treasurer Christy Thompson, Western District Commissioner Layne Nance, Sheriff Cass Martin, Eastern District Commissioner Gary Collins and Public Administrator Melinda Abraham.

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