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My family moved to Pontiac in 1953, and we have been in the resort and tourism business here ever since. My wife, Johnna Luna Morgan, and I are both Gainesville graduates, and both of my children attended and graduated from Gainesville. I served on the Gainesville school board off and on for 14...
Concerning another tax increase in Ozark County: at some point we have to say Enough!  Every single time we have an election, we’re being asked by this group or that to increase our taxes.  The school district is now asking to increase our property taxes a whopping 27 percent so they can raise...
I am writing in support of the proposed tax levy increase for the Gainesville schools and to encourage others to support it with a YES vote. For most of my 66 years, I have been proud to call Ozark County my home. Even in the 16 years we lived away from here, I never truly thought of any other...
We are entering the last full week of our close-out sale. Thanks to all who have made the sale a success. We still have a fair amount of product left, especially soft plastics.Night fishing remains good with bags of 15 or more pounds needed to win most night tournaments. Salt craws, plastic worms...
Last week saw a lot of Norfork Lake stripers caught. My son and I landed multiple limits of stripers daily. The striper bite right now is almost entirely live bait. Some are being caught trolling using umbrella rigs and spoons. However, if you want to catch numbers right now, hire a live-bait guide...
This week marks the start of one of my favorite annual traditions, the 8th Congressional District farm tour. In southeast and south central Missouri, we know agriculture is at the heart of not only our economy, but also our communities and our families. The early mornings, late days and stress that...
Given the current conditions we’re all facing in my part of the country, I was reminded of a meeting I attended a few years ago. The situation was very similar to this year—a really short supply of hay … and an even shorter supply of grass that had turned brown much too soon. I’m not big on...
Our county assessor has reappraised some property values this year, as required by the state. If you have small acreage located around Norfork and Bull Shoals Lakes, you probably got the notice of the increases. However, if you own large-acreage land (about 10 or more acres) around the lakes, you...
I have worked at Dora, Hurley and Springfield Public Schools, so I have a wide variety of experiences in culture, tax dollars and size of schools.The truth of the matter is, Gainesville is operating at a huge disadvantage. I know there are wonderful teachers/staff there because some of them I call...

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