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Two weeks ago, 200 stadium-style, fixed-back seats were installed in the Gainesville High School gym, wrapping up the completion of the gym’s renovation that began earlier this summer. The stadium-style seats, paired with new traditional bench-style bleachers above them, provide seating for a total...

Dora High School’s cross country team
Most of Dora High School’s cross country team members hit a new personal record (PR) at the Class 1 District 2 meet Saturday, Oct. 30, at Clever High School, and three Dora runners - Autumn Nold, Emma Martin and Cade Nold – qualified to run at the state meet to be held Saturday, Nov. 6, at Gans...

Ceramic artist Ronee Looney, shown here with her kiln, first took a ceramics class as a favor to a friend when she and husband, Doug, lived in Castle Rock, Colorado. She enjoyed it so much, she took additional classes and eventually taught classes at the city’s rec center.
Ronee Looney will host Gray Barn Studio’s first annual open house from noon until 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at her home in Pontiac. The open house features ceramics by Ronee, Lynne Akins, Shelly Cannon and Karen Eubank, fabric art and handbags by...

Jan Hoyt, left, and daughter Dana Welch operate Triple Treasures Marketplace on Highway 160 in Hardenville. Now in their third year, the pair say business is good. Triple Treasures is hosting a Holiday Treasures Festival Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6.
The duo behind Hardenville’s Triple Treasures Marketplace, Jan Hoyt and daughter Dana Welch, have been hard at work the last few weeks, gearing up for their Holiday Treasures Festival this Friday and Saturday. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m....

On Oct. 20, Missouri State Rep. Travis Smith conducted a town hall meeting to discuss the issue of bringing fast, reliable internet to rural areas in Missouri, including Pontiac, where the meeting was held at the Pontiac / Price Place Volunteer Fire Department building. Mike Gardner with Ozarks Wi-Fi, pictured above, right, with his back to the camera, addressed the residents during part of the meeting to discuss his company’s services and the issues that have prevented it from offering internet in that area. Photos submitted.
Decent internet access in Ozark County, and other rural areas, has been an issue for several years. But recently, the issue has come to the forefront of federal, state and local governments that are all struggling to find an economical solution to the continuing problem. Much of Ozark County...

Photos courtesy of MoDOT
The Highway 160 Tecumseh curves project is completed except for “touch-ups,” a Missouri Department of Transportation spokesperson said Monday. Work on the $3.4 million job, described as a “realignment” of multiple curves in a 1-mile stretch of Highway 160 that snaked up the hill west of Norfork...
By Jessi Dreckman jessi@ozarkcountytimes.com   The village of Theodosia Board of Aldermen has been discussing and working on several projects this year. Some of those activities are outlined here. The board’s most recent monthly meeting was held Oct. 4 in the Village Hall on Highway 160. The next...
  The city of Gainesville announced recently that residents will now receive a free wheeled trash cart to use at no additional charge for weekly trash pickup from Green for Life Environmental Inc. (GFL).  “This will make it possible to put trash out the evening before trash pickup and not be...

A water line that runs from the top of the forested hill near St. William’s Church down to the Dollar General parking lot on the west side of Gainesville, shown here, has a leak that is averaging a million-gallon water loss each month, city officials say. The city is unable to reach the line or hear the leak because the line is 15 to 17 feet deep. Gainesville water specialist Jessi Price said the lines were originally run through that area before the newer section of Highway 160 was built there. When road crews built the new highway in the 1970s, they raised the roadway that much above its former location, which sat even with the land where the Dollar General store now sits. Even though the road was raised, the water line under it was not moved, making it impossible for the city to reach now. Gainesville’s city council has approved the expenditure of funds to pay for bringing in an engineer to assess the situation and begin accepting bids for an outside company to find the leak and complete the repair.
The city of Gainesville’s water system is a major part of the municipality’s work. City water specialist Jessi Price recently gave the Times an update on the condition of the water system, including issues that have arisen from aging pipes and infrastructure and several improvements the city has...
On Oct. 20, a 12-person jury consisting of nine women and three men found Wasola resident Jerry Studdard guilty of two counts of statutory sodomy of a child in the first degree for subjecting a female victim to deviate sexual intercourse by touching her genitalia in 2007 when she was 11, and again...

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