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PHOTOS: Don Tottingham's time as Houston mayor

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First oath of office

APRIL 2011: Tonya Foster, city clerk, leads the oaths of office for, from left: Don Tottingham, mayor; Chalky Wells, Ward II; David Arthur, Ward III; and incumbent Sharon Sillyman, Ward II.

OTC meeting

JULY 2011: Dr. Hal Higdon, left, president of Ozarks Community Technical College, visits with Don Romines, alderman; and Mayor Don Tottingham, right, following a public meeting in Houston. Voters of the Houston School District would decide Aug. 2 whether to join the OTC district, allowing for reduced tuition for students who attend at home or other OTC campuses in southwest Missouri.

Constitution Project

NOVEMBER 2012: Houston High School junior Taylor Franklin reads Miranda Rights to Don Tottingham, center, as Nathan Poynter holds his handcuffed hands. Franklin and Poynter acted as members of the Houston Police Department, and Tottingham, Houston’s mayor, was a criminal during the mock murder scene at Texas County Title.

Running unopposed

FEBRUARY 2013: Houston Mayor Don Tottingham sits at his desk at the City Hall. Unopposed in the upcoming election, Tottingham will in April start his second two-year term.

Houston mayor welcomes cyclist

JANUARY 2014: Houston mayor Don Tottingham, left, welcomes Rob Jones during a brief ceremony at the city's storm shelter. Jones, a cyclist, was passing through the community.

Proclamations signed

APRIL 2014: Christos House Outreach Advocate Rita Foster looks 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 public health implications for every community member of Texas County. 

Durham Co. takes ownership of first Houston building

JUNE 2014: Houston Mayor Don Tottingham, center, watches as Durham Co. President Doug Russell and Houston Industrial Development Authority director Carl Honeycutt sign paperwork at the Houston City Hall transferring the deed to the south building at Durham's facility on Industrial Drive in from the city to the company. Looking on are, from left, Durham's Jenny Carr (who managed the Houston start-up at its outset), Durham Co. Executive Vice President G.T. Carr, Hiett Land and Title representative Kristi Stillwell, Honeycutt, Tottingham, Russell, Durham's Richard Peterson (general manager of the Houston location), and Houston City Council members Don Romines and Joe Honeycutt.

Texas County Master Gardeners Association

JULY 2014: Texas County Master Gardeners Association president Doris Altom, right, presents a framed certificate of appreciation to Houston Mayor Don Tottingham.

Study of community

SEPTEMBER 2014: Houston Mayor Don Tottingham, second from right, leads a discussion for a project that result in a comprehensive document for Houston's future. The kickoff event was at the Houston Storm Shelter.

Chamber board sworn in

JANUARY 2015: Mayor Don Tottingham, left, swears in the new Houston Area Chamber of Commerce board. From left: Tottingham, Travis Rector, Houston Walmart Supercenter; Tyler Romines, Romines Motor Co. Inc.; Gayla Bratton, Infinite Entertainment; Kim Stipanovich, Paws N Claws; Bruce Scheets, Scheets Auction Co; Jerad Gentry, Gentry Construction Co.; and Bud Evans, Oakwood Golf Course.

Mayor's Walking Challenge

MAY 2015: Led by Houston Mayor Don Tottingham, participants in the Mayor's Walking Challenge head out last Thursday evening for a stroll on the Village Trail next to Westwood Drive on the west side of Houston Memorial Airport. Thanks in large part to HSHC grant funding, Tottingham will host "walking club" get-togethers Tuesday and Thursday evenings through June.

Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

OCTOBER 2015: The annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast at the Houston Storm Shelter at First and Pine streets. The event is organized by the City of Houston and the Houston Ministerial Alliance. Standing are Mayor Don Tottingham and Elaine Campbell (in the background), a City of Houston employee. 

Tottingham recognizes Romines

APRIL 2016: Outgoing Houston City Councilman Don Romines, Ward III, right, admires a plaque given to him by Mayor Don Tottingham. Romines was honored by the council for his contributions after more than three decades on the council. 

Annual Mayor's Walking Club

APRIL 2016: Houston Mayor Don Tottingham addresses participants in the Houston Mayor's Walking Club prior to the first session at Rutherford Park.

Interview about Melba Theater

JUNE 2016: While producing a segment about the restoration of the Melba Theater, news correspondent Nick Thomas, of KOLR-10 TV in Springfield, conducts and interview with Houston Mayor Don Tottingham and Downtown Houston Inc. representative Kathy Richardson.

Oaths administered

APRIL 2017: City Clerk Tonya Foster, left, administers oaths to new council members, from left: Kim Bittle, Donnie Wilson, Jeremy St. John and Mayor Don Tottingham.

Mayor's Walking Club 2017

APRIL 2017: Houston Mayor Don Tottingham leads participants in this year's Mayor's Walking Club on a stroll along Westwood Drive. 

Special flag dedicated at Houston Visitors Center

JUNE 2017: The Houston Lions Club provided a flag and pole to the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce that was installed in front of the Visitors Center. The flag was donated by Rep. Jason Smith. It was raised in Houston on the specially-designed 25-foot tall extendable pole on Tuesday morning. Present at the flag's dedication were, from left, Robert Rouse (Lions Club), Crystal Stice (chamber board president), Don Tottingham (Houston mayor), Angie Miller-Quinlan (chamber executive director) and Don Shelhammer (Lions Club president).

CSI interview

OCTOBER 2017: Members of the Houston High School Constitution Project crime scene investigation team interview mayor Don Tottingham during a practice session at a mock automobile accident at Thomasville Road and Holder Drive. Tottingham was posing as a fictitious man named "Ralph Sanders," the driver of a stolen vehicle that had caused the wreck. Students, from left: Kylie Lane, Savannah Cope, Charlee Sue Jadwin and Taylor Chipps.

New city clerk sworn in

JANUARY 2018: Heather Sponsler is sworn in as city clerk after her appointment by Mayor Don Tottingham, right, and approval by the Houston City Council. Sponsler was the city’s utility clerk. 

CASA proclamation

APRIL 2018: During a ceremony at the Texas County Justice Center, Houston Mayor Don Tottingham and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Texas County volunteer supervisor Samantha Banks hold a proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Houston. CASA recruitment and outreach coordinator Brock Whisler spoke to attendees and Tottingham read the proclamation. Also present were representatives of the City of Houston, Houston Police Department, the Children’s Division, and the Texas County Sheriff's Department, juvenile/judicial court, prosecutor’s office and juvenile office.

Drury president addresses crowd

APRIL 2018: Drury University President Dr. Tim Cloyd addresses the crowd during an event inside the building on Spruce Street in Houston where Drury will soon set up a satellite campus. Listening are, from left, Houston Mayor Don Tottingham and Houston Development Co. board members Gary Gentry and Don Romines.

Tottingham speaks at Drury event

APRIL 2018: Dr. Tim Cloyd, president of Drury University in Springfield, looks on as Mayor Don Tottingham highlights the arrival of higher education opportunities to Houston. A large cross-section of the community attended a signing ceremony for a five-year lease at a Houston Development Co. building on Spruce Street. 

Mayor's Walking Club 2018

JULY 2018: Led by Mayor Don Tottingham, left, participants in the year’s first gathering of the annual Houston Mayor’s Walking Club head out for a stroll on an April evening from Rutherford Park in western Houston. Tottingham was dressed for a city council meeting that took place the same evening.

Mayor's Walking Club leaders

JUNE 2018: Standing together during a meeting June 14 concluding the annual Houston Mayor's Walking Club are, from left, club coordinator Doris Scheuer, sponsor Earlene Holder (Progressive Ozark Bank), sponsor Kathy Richardson (Houston Family Dentistry), sponsor Dr. Jonathon Beers (Texas County Memorial Hospital), sponsor Joe Richardson (Houston Family Dentistry) and Mayor Don Tottingham. 

Ice cream with the mayor

Houston Mayor Don Tottingham and Waynesville resident Taylor Duncan, 5, enjoy some ice cream at Betty's On Grand in downtown Houston in September 2018. As part of a home-schooling project, Duncan was on a mission to eat ice cream with every mayor in Missouri.

Honorees at chamber banquet

MARCH 2019: Award recipients gather during the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet. From left, Rowdy Douglas (Public Service Award), Vera Gladden – Downtown Houston Inc. (Outstanding Not-for-Profit Award), Richard Peterson – The Durham Co. (Outstanding Business Award), Brad Gentry – Downtown Houston Inc. (Outstanding Not-for-Profit Award) and Don Tottingham (Lifetime Achievement Award).

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