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Steve Richards
After leading the Dora R-III School District for five years, Steve Richards will be moving to the Seymour School District after the end of this school year. His last day at Dora will be June 30, Richards told the Times Monday. “It was kind of tough,” he said, describing the decision to leave. “This...

Brother J.D. Wray, left, and stepmom Nancy Wray cut the ribbon Nov. 28 to open Evie’s Playground, a new installation of playground equipment at Lutie School honoring second-grader Evie Wray, who died in 2008. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman.
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, surrounded by students, faculty members and family, stepmother Nancy Wray and brother J.D. Wray snipped a bright pink ribbon, officially opening Evie’s playground, a new installation of playground equipment at Lutie Elementary School dedicated to the memory of  Evie Wray, an...

Ron Evans
Ron Evans, a 1962 Gainesville High School graduate now living in Lexington, North Carolina, has established a new $1,000 scholarship for a GHS graduating senior who is planning to enroll in the University of Missouri in the fall following the student’s high school graduation.  In his letter to the...

Ninth grader India Butler, left, Dora Elementary School principal Brett Mitchell and sixth grader Carson Howard won Red Ribbon Week prizes for their Halloween costumes.
Dora School celebrated Red Ribbon Week Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in collaboration with Wood & Huston Bank of West Plains. The activity focused on alcohol and drug prevention education. Counselor Amelia Menz awarded daily prizes, sponsored by the bank, to the students and faculty members who embodied each...

Pictured, from left: adviser Chelsey Gilmore, Ruthanne Doebler, Ben Pointer, Katelyn Burke, Malakye Ray, Shelby Kinsey, Eli Amyx and Town & Country Supermarket manager Roger Frost.
The Gainesville FBLA chapter recently participated in a fundraiser in partnership with Town & Country Supermarket.  The members handed out flyers, and for each customer who presented a flyer upon checkout, Town & Country donated 10 percent of their order to the organization. “The fundraiser...

GHS sophomore Dalton Barnett is circulating a petition asking that football be restored at Gainesville High School.
Gainesville High School sophomore Dalton Barnett is circulating a petition asking Gainesville High School to reintroduce the football program it discontinued abpit 30 years ago.  Dalton said he got the idea while talking to the school’s IT instructor Butch Hoornstra, a 1989 GHS graduate, who told...
These Ozark County schools are planning programs this week to honor area veterans in observance of the Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday, which falls on a Sunday this year and will be observed as a state and federal holiday on Monday, Nov. 12.   Bakersfield School will host a Veterans Day program at 1 p...

Election precinct judges bring ballots into the Ozark County Clerk's Office Tuesday night.
The majority of voters in the Gainesville R-V School District on Tuesday continued their 20-plus years of turning down levy-increase proposals, defeating the district's latest proposal on the Nov. 6 general election ballot by 150 votes: 930 yes, 1,080 no. After an earlier proposal asking voters to...
Gainesville Elementary School recently announced its first-quarter honor roll and attendance awards.   Honor roll These GES students were named to the first-quarter honor roll: Second grade: Emma Amyx, Myles Armstrong, Regan Blackburn, Jenna Burnett, Dustin Byerley, Bella Carson, Bradyn Cleveland,...

Pippin CPA Bulldogs: Members of the fifth- and sixth-grade Pippin CPA Bulldogs are, from left, (front row) Ryder Murphy, Tyler Conkey, Lyle Pippin, Jacob Laub, Thomas Latham, Garrett Ham, Peyton Hathcock, Macray Hambelton, Dominic Buswell; (second row) Alex Van Meter, Walker House, Tate Uchtman, Jackson Uchtman, Logan Hillhouse, Grant Leeker, Dakota Prine, Austin Pecina, Albert Latham, Isaac Pippin; (back) coaches David Murphy and Tom Leeker. Players not pictured: Colton Scheets, Evan Jenkins and Gaige Samuels. Photo by Karla Smith.
Back in 2013 a representative from the Ozark Football Association came to Gainesville and pitched the idea of forming two Bulldogs youth tackle football teams. A small group of parents attended the meeting, and it was decided that we would try to find enough third- through sixth-grade age kids to...

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