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Four generations of the Lester and Annetta Shelton family of Ellis Prairie. Seated from left: Carl Shelton, son; Colt Shelton, grandson, holding Quinn, Cassie and Laney, great-granddaughters; Coty Shelton, grandson, holding Brody and Chipper, great-grandsons. Standing, from left: Annetta She…

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Four generations of the Shelton boys of Ellis Prairie. Seated is Lester Shelton, great-grandfather, holding his great-grandson, Chipper Shelton. Standing, from left: Coty Shelton, grandson; and Carl Shelton, son.

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Tanner Atterberry, 9, of Plato, shot his first turkey during the youth season weekend. The bird weighed 25 pounds and had a nine-inch beard.

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The South Central Missouri Credit Union hosted an Easter egg hunt for 85 kindergarten students and their teachers. Each student received a coloring sheet, crayons, their pick of 1100 stuffed Easter eggs and coupon to receive a free piggy bank when they open a savings account at the Credit Un…

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Summersville Branch Library has three children's computers available for public use during business hours. Two are AWE early literacy stations and one is Hatch Early Learning, and all are kid-friendly, without Internet, and have educational content such as games, story reading and much more …

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Several children attended the birthday party Saturday, March 5, for Dr. Seuss at the Summersville branch of the Texas County Library.

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Volunteers from Faith Fellowship backed 350 bags Saturday morning at the Texas County Food Pantry for the "Blessings in a Backpack" program that sends food home on weekends to elementary, middle school and high school students at Houston Schools as well as Houston Head Start and Success Scho…

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A Cabool native was crowned 2016 homecoming queen at Missouri State University-West Plains. Katelyn Grogan and king Casey Buehler, of West Plains, were crowned during halftime activities of the basketball game between MSU-West Plains and Three Rivers College in Joe Paul Evans Arena at the We…

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Cash Koch, 7, of Houston, killed what he believed was his first deer on Saturday. Turns out it was two. Cash, who was hunting with his father, Eryc, shot the doe and it went through her into a button buck. Cash, who hunted all season without luck, told his mother, Megan, the night before, “M…

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Hutcheson Pharmacy sponsored a Christmas coloring contest for area kids, awarding prizes in three age categories. Pictured in the front row, from left are contest winners; Alexa Derrick of Houston; Anthony, Jacob and Kayleigh Day of Eunice; and Breona Shriver of Houston. In the back row are …

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The Knights of Columbus donated 1,534 pounds of food to the Texas County Food Pantry. Pictured are, from left: John Nabity, Charles Kuhn and Rich Hofstetter of Licking and Lee Roy Lassiter of Houston.

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Summersville branch of Texas County Library held a Charlie Brown Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 5. Pictured at the table are Aaron Estes, 3, and Aiden Brown, 7, both of West Plains; and Michael Morgan, 10, and Samantha Morgan, 9, both of Elk Creek.

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Enjoying her Christmas treat is Sara Richardson, 5, of St. Clair. Each of the children at an event Saturday at the Summersville branch of the Texas County Library made a Charlie Brown Christmas tree to take home and received a treat bag from Carlyn Campbell, member of the Summersville Friend…

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The Houston High School girls' basketball team made and delivered 20 Thanksgiving pies to the Texas County Food Pantry.

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Caden Brown, 12, harvested a doe during youth season. He is the son of Ethan and Rhockie Brown of Lebanon and grandson of Lyman and Marcia Brown of Houston. (Submitted photo)

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Caleb Brown, 15, killed this 14-point buck on Nov. 1 during youth season. He is the son of Ethan and Rhockie Brown of Lebanon and grandson of Lyman and Marcia Brown of Houston. 

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The ladies at New Concepts in Houston for Saturday's downtown Halloween event.

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The Houston High School class of 1970 held its 45th class reunion Sept. 26. Pictured are, front row from left: Linda (Purcell) Buchholz, Rick Pittman, Gary Moore and Gary McCartney. Second row: Richard Harness, Louise (McGrew) Sciotto, Kathye (Herndon) Hyde, Betty (Twinn) Hoots, Carolyn (Bir…

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The Houston High School class of 1990 held a tailgating party at Friday's homecoming football game. Pictured are, from left:Katrina Fisher Mitchell, Teresa Peachee Cody, Lorette’ Skouby Smith, Jennifer Adey Gabel, Terry Burch Haden, Sara Michael and Sheila Daniel Washko. Back row: Bonnie Kel…

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Nola Day, of Independence, formerly of Houston, celebrated her 100th birthday at the Independence Chateau, where she has been a residence for the past 10 years. Her daughter, Dana Hall Gobble, hosted the gathering with family and friends.Nola and her late husband, Theron, were one of the fir…

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Olivia Woosley, a 2015 Houston High School graduate and current freshman at the University of Missouri, played Saturday for the first time with Marching Mizzou. The Tigers beat Southeast Missouri State 34-3. 

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Susan Dixson and Bruce Scheets were the winners of the $100 gift certificates given away by the Texas County Baptist Association at this year's Texas County Fair. The TCBA, which sponsored the gifts as well as a ministry tent thanked the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce and the Texas County …

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More than 80 teenage girls attended the Pro 3One conference Friday and Saturday in Houston hosted by Undivided Hearts. The conference was coordinated by, front row from left: Kara Wright, Melanie Evans, Tanya Pacheco, Brittney McNiell and Amanda Munson. The weekend included worship, speakers…

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Front row: Julia (Carter) Pounds, Randy Altis 2nd row: Will Downing, LeAn (Shelton) Stallcup, Lisa (Ayers) Wait, Chris Smith 3rd row: Mike Hammond, Kim (Richards) Huff, Steve Pierce 4th row: Rhonda (Geisler) Ashworth, Amy (McKinney) Eike, Michael Brown 5th row: Pennie (Best) Shelton, Cindy (…

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Camryn Scheets of Houston traveled to Sagamihara-shi, Japan, in June and July as part of a student exchange program. She lived with a host family. Her host sister will be coming to America this year and staying with the Scheets’ family as an exchange student. Scheets visited Mount Fuji, Osak…

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Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) representative Stetson Taylor, right, presents a check for $2,107 to Houston Rural Fire Association board president Jack Watson. During July and August, matching funds grant checks of up to $4,000 are being presented by MDC forestry division staff to…

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Children attending the recent Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church in Houston raised $363.14 for the Blessings in a Backpack program at Houston Schools. Presenting the donation to Texas County Food Pantry director Bennie Cook are VBS co-directors Andi Scheets, left, and Wilda McNiel…

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Dozens of motorcycles surround the Houston Rural Fire Association station on Walnut Street in downtown Houston following a poker run fundraiser last Saturday. Houston Rural Fire and Rescue Chief Don Gaston said close to 50 bikes were entered, with about a third carrying a passenger. Fort Leo…

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The Route 63 Car Club of Licking held its annual Car and Bike Show last Saturday at Old City Park in Licking. Organizers said a record 125 vehicles were entered and more than 100 trophies were awarded.Nixa resident Randy Davenport was a winner with his chopped-top 1959 Chevrolet Apache with …

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Ed Williamson, a Houston High School graduate and professor at Drury University, took a sabbatical at Carver Monument as a volunteer park ranger and studying the life of George Washington Carver.

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John McCarty, pictured after a successful flight, and seven others were part of a "fun fly" Sunday afternoon with the local radio control model airplane group. The next scheduled event is Sept. 13 at the flyfield behind the Houston Memorial Airport on Westwood Dr. For information, contact Te…

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Friday, July 3, The Animal Shelter of Texas County (TASTC) was at the Texas County Library participating in its summer reading program.  Milo, the little Australian Shepherd, made a special appearance and was the hit of the afternoon.   TASTC spoke to young children about the importance of p…

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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.