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Members of the Hollingshad family are pictured in this photo taken about 1987. Clockwise: Joe Hollingshad (holding his grandson Chance Hollingshad), Opal Hollingshad Carte, Vera Hollingshad Stark, Ruth Hollingshad Rickard and their mother, Mae Summers Hollingshad. Opal and Ruth worked in Mobile, Alabama, helping build the battleship Alabama during World War II. Another sister, Louise (not pictured), worked in an aircraft factory in Wichita, Kansas. (Also not pictured: Hollingshad siblings Noel and Virgil.) Joe, Noel and Virgil were all veterans. Photo courtesy Gina Hollingshad.
Editor’s note: This story by Dora resident Gina Hollingshad about her husband’s “Rosie the Riveter” relatives is adapted from the December issue of the Old Mill Run, continuing our Veterans Day salute not only to veterans but also to civilians who served during wartime in the defense industry.   ...
Members of Sampson Masonic Lodge #298 in Theodosia on Nov. 7 presented a $300 check from the Masonic Home of Missouri to Mark Twain School superintendent Joe Donley. The funds will help support the school’s backpack program, which provides supplemental nourishment to those students who qualify for...

Marv Looney received dozens of birthday cards to mark his 90th birthday on Nov. 9. Eighty of them were identical copies of an electronic billboard that friends and former colleagues at Missouri Western University sponsored over a busy highway in St. Joseph. All of the cards had multiple signatures, some as many as 20, Looney said. Last weekend, 40 family members (“about half the family,” he said) gathered at his Pontiac home to celebrate. Marv’s Gainesville High School classmate, Rex Johnson, and his wife, Frances also attended. Marv’s granddaughters displayed the greeting cards over the fireplace.
Editor’s note: In honor of Pontiac resident Marv Looney’s 90th birthday, this story is adapted from a profile published in the Sept. 15, 2010, Ozark County Times after he was honored with the Barney Douglas Citizen of the Year Award by the Gainesville Lions Club and the Distinguished Alumni Award...
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 4 p.m. every Monday in Isabella. Call TOPS chapter leader Donna Anderson at 273-0027 for more information about attending our next meeting. Join us! Vickie Shrewsbury was our best weight loss winner for October, her fourth month in a row. She is also the...
State Fire Marshal Tim Bean is urging all Missourians to check their fire extinguishers following a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall of almost 38 million Kidde brand fire extinguishers in the U.S. The recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers – plastic handle fire...
Gainesville’s Girl Scouts troop are collecting nonperishable, easy-to-open food items and personal hygiene products to be distributed through the Gainesville Schools’ Care to Learn Program. They have placed a collection box at Town & Country Supermarket where shoppers may place donated goods;...
Baxter Regional Wound Healing Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas, has been honored with the Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence award, which is given to wound-care centers that have met the highest level of quality standards for a minimum of two consecutive years. The award, presented by...

Dora Volunteer Fire Department members Monte Shipley, front, followed by John Epley and John Stanton, along with Jeremy McKee, who took this photo, formed one of three teams that responded Sunday morning to search for a hunter in the Devil’s Backbone area of Mark Twain National Forest who had not returned to camp the previous evening. The searchers soon learned that the hunter had made it back to camp. DVFD posted this photo on its Facebook page, noting, “Nice day for a search in the Devil’s Backbone Wilderness.”
Three search parties, including one from the Dora Volunteer Fire Department, were called out Sunday morning to look for a hunter who spent the night in the rugged Devil’s Backbone Wilderness of Mark Twain National Forest near Dora. Dora VFD chief Monte Shipley said the man, Reese Mason, 67, got...

Photo at left: This photo of Jill Frye Talley and daughter Laela was taken the day Jill entered the John 3:17 Ministries program in 2015. Caught in an abusive relationship and using drugs to dull the pain, Jill says the black eye she had when she entered the program was not out of the ordinary at that time in her life. Photo at right: Jill and Laela are pictured here after Jill completed the year-long program at John 3:17 Ministries. Laela, who lived with her grandmother while Jill’s addiction spiraled out of control, moved back in with Jill after graduation, and Jill says that today their family could not be any happier.
Former Gainesville resident Jill Frye Talley was living a nightmare just a few years ago. Trapped in a physically abusive relationship, she turned to prescription narcotics to ease the pain – physically and emotionally. The result led to the darkest days of her life, but through faith and the help...
It’s Asian ladybug season in Ozark County and elsewhere in the Midwest. Residents are reporting large numbers of the small beetles that are invading homes and other structures. A Missouri University Extention web page (http://extension.missouri.edu/p/g7369) says the beetles “do not sting, carry...

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