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Many perceptions of the definition of "hero" were redefined on July 3rd as a room-full of children and adults welcomed one of Missouri's most-decorated Vietnam veterans to the Summersville Library. Wayne and Cathy Renegar were invited guests of honor for the library's EVERY HERO HAS A STORY …

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Pvt. Lyndon I. Williams, a 2013 Summersville High School graduate, recently completed basic combat training with the Army at Fort Benning, Ga., and is stationed at Fort Lee for specialized training.Williams is the son of Millie Williams, grandson of Susan and the late John F. Williams and ne…

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Sammy Garrett of Houston participated in this year’s Missouri Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. She said: "It was definitely an unforgettable experience. Learning about the history of our nation in our nation’s capital was certainly remarkable to say the least. Every monument, museum and memori…

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Houston resident Eugene Evans, left, prepares to board an “Ozarks Honor Flight” to Washington, D.C. last Wednesday with his son Dennis. A two-time recipient of the Purple Heart award, Evans served with the 25th Infantry in the Korean War and became “very familiar with foxholes and getting sh…

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Representatives from Texas County, from left, Madison Horner, Riley Bradley and Skylar Webb, competed last week in the Miss Missouri pageant held in Mexico, Mo. Horner, the reigning Miss Texas County Outstanding Teen, placed in the top 10.

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The Miss Missouri pageant was held this past week in Mexico, Missouri. Miss Texas County 2015 Riley Bradley represented Texas County fabulously this week. She competed in private interview, on stage question, evening wear, swimsuit and talent. She was in the Sigma group and was named Sigma G…

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Gianna Westlund runs in the “Running with the Stars” 5K color run on June 6 in Houston. Funds from the event as well as sponsorships from local businesses will be used for the Star Foundation’s fine arts school.

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Ethan Williamson, a 2012 graduate of Houston High School and a student at Drury University, was a participant of the Drury Singers Scandinavian Performance Tour 2015 May 19 – 31, which toured northern Germany, Denmark and Malmo, Sweden.  The group traveled to Hamburg, performing in Lüneburg …

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Morgan Elliott, a Plato High School graduate, is the recipient of a $500 scholarship from the Texas County Farm Bureau. Elliott, who plans to major in ag business at Ozarks Technical College, is pictured with Kim Kosmicke of Plato Schools.

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Austin Vandiver, right was selected as the "outstanding Freshman" by the agriculture club at State Fair Community College in Sedalia. He will serve as the first vice president for the postsecondary agricultural student organization during the 2015-'16 school year. Austin is the son of Justin…

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Four generations of the Chester and Violet Herndon family. Seated, from left: Violet Herndon of Houston, great-grandmother, holding Paisley Gaither, great-granddaughter, twin; Chester Herndon of Houston, great-grandfather, holding, Parker Gaither, great-grandson, twin; and seated at front is…

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Achieving perfect attendance for the 2014-'15 school year at Houston Elementary School were, front row from left: Brennan Malam, Katy Evans, Ethan Branum, Ben Steelman and Gracyn McNiell. Back row: Graham Anderson, Brody Adkison, Natalee Koch, Jordan Jones and Olivia Crites. Not pictured: Mi…

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Two recent graduates from Houston Adult Education and Literacy elected to have a formal graduation and were honored May 9 at the Brown Hill Baptist Church. Dina Marie Powell, center, passed the high school equivalency testing in March and plans to attend college in the fall to be a veterinar…

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The Houston Education Foundation recognized the Durham Co. for its gift of $1,000 to the organization during the "Give Ozarks" campaign. Pictured are, from left: Joe Richardson and Rita Ruckert, HEF; Kathy Bell, Jeff Chambers aod Richard Peterson, Durham Co.; and Kathy Hutcheson, HEF.

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Walmart in Houston recently donated $1,000 to the Houston Education Foundation through the "Give Ozarks" day of giving. Pictured are, from left: Joe Richardson, HEF: Travis Rector, Walmart; Rita Ruckert, HEF; Sheila Walker, Walmart; and Kathy Hutcheson, HEF.

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Winners in the Fleet Reserve's "Why I Am Proud To Be An American" essay contest were Houston High School freshmen, from left: Josh Hurst, $75; Trenton Lybyer, $50; and Nathan Mahaffey, certificate of recognition. 

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Caroline Austin, associate pastor at Cabool Victory Worship Center IPHC, has been appointed as Missouri District WIN Director. WIN is the World Intersession Network/Prayer Ministry of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. International headquarters are located in Oklahoma City.

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Children at Silly Day Care in Houston raised $1,100 in this year's hop-a-thon for the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Pictured are, front row from left: Roland McNutt, Hartley Walker, Brylee Neugebauer, Piper Volk, Hunter Perkins, Samantha Yonkers, William Cook,…

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A local daycare participating for the 16th year in a hop-a-thon for the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association raised $1,100 for the cause.

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TJ Fiske of the Summersville FFA chapter in the FFA press room at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention editing news releases. The media room distributes hundreds of news releases to media outlets throughout the state.

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Alaina Smith from Summersville in the FFA press room at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention editing news releases. The media room distributes hundreds of news releases to media outlets throughout the state.

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Winners in Saturday's 5K were, front row from left: Cheryl Kidwell, 40-49 female; Kristy Baumgart, overall female winner; and Kayla Sloan, 30-39 female. Second row: Rodney Stell, over-50 male; Kayala Cooper, 20-29 female; Logann Driskell, 20-29 female; Melody Buse, 19-and-under female; Caleb…

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AriAnna Wolford, of Houston Troop 70166, sold 1,000 cookies to earn a free week at Girl Scout camp this summer. She is pictured with her friend, Jorja Howell of Cabool.

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Please pray for our granddaughter, Sydney, who was in a tragic accident early Monday morning, March 2nd. She is a senior at the University of Chicago, studying in Ratan, Morocco with a group of students. While she was out jogging a Moroccan Military Vehicle struck her. Witnesses say the vehi…

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Erica Johnson, the three-year-old daughter of Misty Griffis of Elk Creek, was recently crowned Mini Ultimate Grand Supreme for Beautiful Me Productions.She was awarded the title "Tiny Miss Houston, MO" and will be advancing to the Midwest State Pageant, which will be held April 10-12 in St. …

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To rid the winter blues try a Growing Green regional garden seminar. Phelps County Master Gardeners and University Extension present a full day of Saturday classes, 9 to noon and 1 to 4, on March 21, 2015, at Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Havener Center, 1346 N. Bishop Aven…

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Sisters Loran, left, and Karly Drake donated their hair to Locks of Love. Loran, a first-grader at Houston Elementary, donated 7 inches and Karly, a fourth-grader, donated 13 inches. Christy Hall at The Body Shoppe cut the girls' hair.

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Five generations of the family of Aaron Craig, who is a 2012 Houston High School graduate. From left: Mary Jenkins, Jackie Rexroat Hendren, Timothy Craig, Aaron Craig and Mason Craig. Submitted photo

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Brian Durham of Bucyrus, left, and Bill Senter of Plato won the 18th annual Sioux Narrows Bass Tournament on Whitefish Bay of Lake of the Woods in Ontario, Canada. The duo had a combined three day weight total of 49.14 pounds. They also had the top weight for the third day of the tournament …

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Experience the Ozark’s musical heritage with bluegrass music on Saturday, July 26th at Big Spring.  The Buzzard Run band will perform their acoustic mix of bluegrass at the Depression Era Cabin.  This FREE concert will begin at7:00 p.m. and is part of the festivities recognizing Ozark Nation…

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In the Ozarks, shaking hands is customary as we greet one another. Shaking hands with an astronaut isn’t something most of us do every day, but many of us were given the honor on July 9 to do just that when Col. Thomas Akers visited the Summersville Branch of Texas County Library in conjunct…

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Five generations of the Canterbury family, from left: Mary Canterbury, Louise McAlaster, Ronda Taylor, Leah Chamberlain and Cameron Chamberlain. 

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Owen Wells, 7, of Houston, caught this 29-inch, 7.25 pound catfish July 3 on a perch hook while fishing at his grandpa Jim Carter's pond. He is the son of Lloyd and Bethany Wells.

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Pictured is Christos House Outreach Advocate Rita Foster looking on as Houston Mayor Don Tottingham signs one of two proclamations. The proclamation declares in part that Sexual Assault Awareness Month is intended to draw attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and has publi…

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Water leaks cost you money — money that essentially goes down the drain.  There are several things that consumers can do to conserve water and at the same time save money on their bill.

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After a very long cold winter, many are looking forward to spring and getting outside. Gardening is a wonderful way to supply healthy nutritional food to family and friends along with some needed exercise. The Centers for Disease Control recommends at least two-three hours of physical activi…

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Alexis Fuwell, the reigning Miss Texas County Outstanding Teen, poses with children who attended Saturday's tea party at the Houston branch of the Texas County Library.

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Anna Gale of Houston recently donated 14 inches of hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides fitted hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Jo Ann Adey of New Concepts cut the hair.

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The live eagle programs to be held at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center on Friday, Jan. 10, have been rescheduled due to school closings and inclement weather.  The programs have been rescheduled to Friday, Jan. 24.  Reservations are still available for the 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. …

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They’re back!  Aquilla the Golden Eagle and Phoenix the American Bald Eagle will perform at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center on Friday, January 10 at 6:00 pm. 

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Houston Lions Club President Jay Brown presents Pat Miller, center, and Angie Miller-Quinlan with toys collected by the Houston Lions Club for the “Share your Christmas” campaign that benefits children in Texas County. The drive has operated from the basement of the basement of the Houston L…

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Fort Leonard Wood soldiers from the 3rd Chemical Brigade are one step closer to being home as they rush to board the bus that will take them to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

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Fort Leonard Wood soldiers stand in line to board the bus that will take them home to their families and loved ones for the holidays.

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Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, talks to family members waiting to take their soldiers home for the holidays. About 1,200 soldiers in training left Fort Leonard Wood with their families Thursday to spend the holidays at …