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Diane White, right, has been an election judge in Bridges Precinct for five years. The job generally includes long, 14- to 15-hour workdays, but Diane says it’s a very rewarding opportunity to be a part of the election process. Shown with Diane in this November 2017 election photo are fellow Bridges Precinct election judges. From left: Renee Schmucker, Lana Cockrum and Dennis Lawson.
The Nov. 6 General Election is one for the record books. With 4,089 residents casting their ballots in Ozark County, it is one of the largest voter turnouts in recent memory.  Regardless of whether the ballot measures and elections went the way I voted, that number makes me extremely proud. If you...
We here at Gainesville R-V Schools continue to strive for transparency as we march closer to the Nov. 6 election and the hopeful passing of Proposition Gainesville Schools. We have focused on educating the community on our greatest needs and ensuring that our plan for how to spend the funds has...
I am a 1989 graduate of Gainesville High School, a lifelong member of this community and a second-term school board member at Gainesville R-V.  No one likes a tax increase. The bottom line, however, is that our aged facility needs attention, and Gainesville R-V School needs the support of this...
Amendment 1 The first part of the proposed Amendment 1 sounds good – campaign finance report. Who could be against that? The second part sounds bad. Have you read Section 3 on redistricting? What an absolute nightmare. Look at all the factors that would have to be satisfied to make it comply....
The selling point to convince the voters of the Gainesville school district to approve the increase in the school tax levy is how “little” it will cost a person whose house is valued at $50,000.  It is not only the person who owns a $50,000 house who will be paying the tax. Anyone who owns property...
We have quality children. Let’s assist them in becoming productive.  There’s a big connection between quality and production. David Kearns, chairman and CEO of Xerox, believes that one-fourth of all work in American industry is done to correct errors. That’s expensive!  If you don’t have time to...
Everyone needs to decide what they feel is right for them. I don’t know what is right for you. I only know what is right for me.  When the Gainesville School levy-increase proposal was on the ballot last time, I really struggled with what was the right thing for me. I vote my ballot; you vote yours...
“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” –  Larry J. Sabato For the past several weeks I have measured time based on “how many more weeks until the election.” On Monday, when I woke up, I thought to myself, “Oh boy, we’re in the home stretch.” Some folks might think that sounds...

Jane Elder
I read with interest the two letters in last week’s Times written by persons who urged us not to vote yes on the proposed school levy for the Gainesville R-V School District on Nov. 6. I would like to add my thoughts to theirs. I will be voting yes on the levy. Why? Here are the reasons. 1. Our...

A leaking roof causes the floor of a science classroom at Gainesville High School to be covered with water each time it rains, teachers say. A wall in the science room had to be removed due to moisture-caused mold.
Every day I pull into the Gainesville High School / Junior High parking lot, and before I even enter the building I’m thinking a thousand different thoughts. Will the student who cried in my office yesterday be having a better day today? Will a project I know is going on in a particular class be...

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