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The 2020 Real Ozarks Magazine, a glossy-covered, full-color guide to exploring Ozark County and the surrounding area, is now available at the Times office and wherever newspapers are sold. The popular magazine, published annually by the Times, is also distributed at visitor centers across the state...

The Dora Falcons show their Class 1 State Championship trophy to their “biggest fan” 8-year-old Damon Emery as MSHSAA official Brett Sodon presents the award to the team following their 59-49 victory over St. Elizabeth Friday, March 13 at JQH Arena in Springfield. From left are Bo Collins, Isaac Haney, Bryson Luna, Mason Luna, Auston Luna and Waylon Masters.
This time, they were tears of joy. Dora hoisted the first boys’ basketball state championship in program history Friday night with a 59-49 win over St. Elizabeth in the Class 1 finals at JQH Arena. Isaac Haney had a game-high 25 points. Teammate Waylon Masters added 16 points, seven rebounds and...

Vikki Cook, manager of Cash Saver Pantry in Theodosia, said her store’s inventory has been hit hard by local Ozark County residents and also by shoppers from other areas who have traveled there to buy paper goods. The toilet paper shelves were empty Monday morning, but Cook said the store’s supplier is working hard to keep up with the demand, and supplies should be replenished by Thursday.
With confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the rise in the United States, many people have taken to stockpiling supplies for fear they may be directed to self-quarantine as the virus spreads.  Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes and rubbing alcohol inventories at Ozark County stores have...
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,...

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...

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...
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...

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