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Bakersfield preschool teacher Jody Bonds, above, and Lisa Bean, Bakersfield kindergarten teacher, below, are two of the many Bakersfield educators who have posted virtual storybook sessions on the “Bakersfield Elementary Story Time” Facebook page.
The Bakersfield Elementary Story Time Facebook page is filled with Bakersfield teachers and other school employees reading stories to students through video. The group was created about a month ago as a way for Bakersfield students to find videos from all their teachers in one place. The educators...

Gainesville photographer Karla Smith, whose school sports photos published in the Times and on Facebook have thrilled area families for many years, is using her talents to create graduation portraits for Gainesville High School’s 50 seniors – her gift to these students whose activities she’s recorded for years. Above: Ashley Poe blows a cloud of confetti toward the camera.
Editor’s note: We hope to have updates about graduation events planned by Dora and Lutie high schools in next week’s Times.    The COVID-19 pandemic may have turned the world upside-down for the class of 2020, but despite the abrupt, unexpected and unplanned end of in-person classes through the...

Lutie FFA adviser Kathalee Cole says she’s gearing up for the annual plant sale at the Lutie School greenhouse, located behind the main school. She’s pictured here with a basket of SunPatients in her right hand and a margarita lime sweet potato vine in her left.
The Lutie FFA plant sale will run from Monday, April 27, through Friday, May 15. Lutie FFA adviser Kathalee Cole will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays during that time for people to purchase plants. Those interested should call 417-273-4150 between 9...
Lutie preschool teacher Tim Lewis says he has missed seeing his students each day since Missouri’s schools closed amid COVID-19 concerns, but he’s finding ways to keep connecting with all those smiling faces. He started posting “Storytime with Mr. Lewis” videos on YouTube, videos in which he reads...
Bakersfield School art teacher Lauren Sanders recently designed a new playground swing especially for kindergartner Avey Fyffe, who is confined to a wheelchair. The swing was built by Bakersfield maintenance staff members Rick Bales, left, and Jason Marsh. “I always knew Bakersfield was a special...

Bakersfield School Bakersfield School principal Doyne Byrd, right, and secretary Jennifer Bridges prepare instructional review packets for student pick-up Tuesday morning. Bakers-field is providing the work packets and meals that can picked up or delivered via bus routes. Super-intendent Amy Britt said meals will be provided to students until school is back in session.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ozark County schools extended last week’s spring break or adjusted their schedules just in time for Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s statewide social distancing order, which closed Missouri schools until at least April 6. The order was issued Saturday during the...

Bakersfield School Bakersfield School principal Doyne Byrd, right, and secretary Jennifer Bridges prepare instructional review packets for student pick-up Tuesday morning. Bakers-field is providing the work packets and meals that can picked up or delivered via bus routes. Super-intendent Amy Britt said meals will be provided to students until school is back in session.
  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ozark County schools extended last week’s spring break or adjusted their schedules just in time for Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s statewide social distancing order, which closed Missouri schools until at least April 6. The order was issued Saturday during the...

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...

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...

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...

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