A worker uses a piece of heavy equipment in January to demolish the familiar old building between Casey's General Store and the Corner Express Shell station on U.S. 63 in Houston. Other than being used as a Republican headquarters during election periods, the structure – built in the 1960s – has stood vancant for many years. Owner Steve Matherly, of Cabool, said it was originally a service station owned by his grandfather and became the first 24-hour convenience store between Rolla and the Arkansas border. Matherly said the tract will be cleared and sold.
Phoenix Theater and Drive-In owners Josh and Jennifer Shelton stand in January in front of an elaborate display promoting the newest Spider Man movie inside the indoor venue of their dual-venue complex.
Mary Hunninghake begins the task of removing hair from the head of TCSD Chief Deputy Rowdy Douglas last January. Numerous area officers honored a dispatcher diagnosed with cancer by having their heads shaved.
On a morning in February, local residents woke up to the season's coldest temperatures and yet another dusting of snow. With the mercury in thermometers dipping to near zero, the frigid conditions closed schools, as many area roadways bore a coating of white stuff.
Ice from freezing rain clings to tree branches and remnants of sleet cover much of the ground during February at the entrance to the Missouri Department of Conservation's Gist Ranch Conservation Area in southeastern Texas County.
Members of the winning Houston Middle School scholar bowl team celebrate a performance at a tournament last February. From left: coach Jason Pounds, Xander Riggs, Emily Honeycutt, Caleb Leichliter, Andy Durham and Ben Cook.
Award recipients gather last Saturday night during the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet. From left, Rowdy Douglas (Public Service Award), Vera Gladden – Dowtown Houston Inc. (Outstanding Not-for-Profit Award), Richard Peterson – The Durham Co. (Outstanding Business Award), Brad Gentry – Downtown Houston Inc., and Don Tottingham (Lifetime Achievement Award).
Dressed for the event's roaring '20s theme, Houston Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Angie Quinlan, left and board secretary Bobbi Martin strike a pose during the chamber's 2019 annual banquet.
Personnel from the City of Houston and Houston Rural fire departments team up to test fire hoses outside the city fire station on First Street. Hoses from both departments were tested over the past couple weeks as part of ongoing requirements for ISO rating.
These HHS choir students earned “exemplary” performances at the State Music Festival. Front row, from left: Jade Sisco, Summer Floyd and Gracey Sullins. Second row: Hunter Brim, Haley Wilber and Leila Shelhammer. Third row: Bailey Moore, Zach Brannan, Ebin Smith and Adryanna Kirn. Fourth row: Lance Smith, Tyler Gross, Lucas Bailey and Philip Scott. Not pictured: William Wilson.
Water shoots across Main Street in front of the Texas County Adminstrative Center as City of Houston water department workers Bob Richards, left, and Dustin Hartman test a fire hydrant last Friday morning. Along with water department supervisor Harley Coulter, the pair helped City of Houston Fire Department Chief Robbie Smith and other department personnel test hydrants all over the city. l;ast Thursday and Friday.
Teenagers enrolled in the City of Houston Fire Department's Junior firefighter program stand in fron of the department's Pierce Quint ladder truck. From left, C.J. Lee, Shelby Ozier, Logan ___ and John Wallace.
Staff members gather last April inside the Texas County 911 dispatch room in downtown Houston. This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, which originated in 1981 at the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California as a time to celebrate and thank a group of people who dedicate their lives to serving the public. From left, Texas County 911 director Susan Hale and assistant director Terra Culley, and dispatchers Drema Ritz, Dakota Wade, Jordan Goodwin, Brianna Bresette, Barb Mainer, Stephani Crewse, Tyler Lake, Darlene Engle, Elizabeth Cabezas and Whitney Jones. Not shown: Nick Portincaso.
Justin Bay, a 2001 HHS graduate, carries the ball in the first half of Houston’s alumni football game against Cabool. The Bulldogs won the inaugural game 6-0 in overtime. Proceeds were split between the two programs.
In a photo taken on May 29, 2019, City of Houston Police Department officers stand in front of a pair of patrol vehicles at Emmett Kelly Park. From left, school resource officer Josh Green, reserve officer Jeremy St. John, patrolman Jason Wink, patrolman Adam Stevenson, Lt. Brad Evans, Cpl. David Kidwell, patrolman Travis Thompson, Chief Tim Ceplina and Sgt. Matt Woodmansee.
Houston mayor Willy Walker stands with Miss Missouri 2019 Simone Esters, left, and Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen 2019 Shae Smith during a celebration at the Houston Walmart following the completion of a major remodeling project.
The Barn Savers founder Joe Neal and his son, Noah, stand during August next to an 1870s era cabin in the Old Success area of Texas County. Hand-hewn white oak logs from the structure (that was originally a two-story dwelling) will be used in construction of an office in Mansfield, Ohio.
Judge Brian Kutz takes a close look at a steer being shown by Morgan Lazenby during middlewieght market steer competition in late July at the 2019 Texas County Fair. Lazenby and her steer took second in the class.
Members of the Houston High School football team work as a unit during August to remove tables, chairs, cubicle walls and other items from the space formerly occupied by Air Evac in the building on Spruce Street to make room for Piney River Technical College classrooms.
The HHS football team's starting offense to begin the 2019 campaign. Front row, from left, Chris Cichon (junior tackle), Chance Mitchell (senior guard, running back), Devin Wallander (senior center), Dontae Pritchett (senior guard) and Trevor Mitchell (junior tackle). Back row, Ty Franklin (junior wide receiver), Connor Wilson (senior wide receiver), Dakota Burchett (senor quarterback), Korbyn Tune (sophomore tight end), Bailey Hurst (sophomore running back) and Tristan Leier (senior slot receiver).
Houston School District offcials wait to register people for test drives during the annual "Drive 4UR School" fundraiser in September at Romines Motor Co. in Houston. From left, HHS principal Dr. Jason Copley, HMS principal Amanda Munson and Houston Schools Superintendent Dr. Allen Moss.
2019 HHS homecoming queen Kaylee Hock, center, a junior, stands with the first and second runners-up Friday night in Tiger Stadium. At right is first runner-up Madison Tune, a senior, and at left is second runner-up Mackenzie Holder, a sophomore. Hock, a junior, is escorted by Chance Mitchell, while Holder is escorted by Ty Franklin and Tune is escorted by Korbyn Tune (her brother).
Several emergency responders gather at midfield in Tiger Stadium after Houston senior Dontae Pritchett sustained a horrific injury late in the third quarter of the Tigers' season opener against Sarcoxie.
Senior members of the Houston High School Tiger Pride Marching Band gather prior to senior night proceedings in Tiger Stadium. From left, Katch Crawford, Wyatt Brooks, Alyssia Vaughan, Tyler Gross, Ethan Fuwell and Lucas Bailey.
HHS senior cheerleaders gather prior to last Friday's senior night ceremony in Tiger Stadium. From row, from left, Winter-Lee Tomaszewski, Sara Willoughby, Pheadra Smith and Savannah Cope. Back row, Skylar Woodard, Kylie lane, Kayla Turner, Hunter Brim and mascot Angelina Kelly (a.k.a Titan).
HHS senior quarterback Dakota Burchett pitches the ball to senior running back Chance Mitchell during the Tigers' win over Liberty in Mountain View. Blocking for Mitchell are senior Tristan Leier, left, and junior Ty Franklin.
Houston FFA adviser Rachel Brotherton, left, discusses native Missouri goat's rue with students participating in a plant identification contest at Hamilton Native Outpost in Elk Creek. With Brotherton are, from left, Destiny York, Dalton Dzurick and Austin Bressie.
Six of the original 10 members of the Piney River Quilt Guild gather during an event in October celebrating the group's 20th anniversary in the fellowship hall at the Houston United Methodist Church. From left, Arlene Williamson, Gail DeMoss, Kim Bailey, Beverly Flowers, Pat Rice and Mary Ellen Gentry.
Attendees of an unveiling event in October observe the Houston School District's new wood-burning boiler unit that was paid for in part by the Missouri Department of Conservation's "Fuels for Schools" program. At right is the huge sawdust bin where fuel for the unit is stored.
HHS sophomore Hunter McKinney and a large field of runners leave the starting line at the Ava Invitational, Oct. 28 at the Ava Country Club golf course. McKinney finished third in the South Central Association conference championship meet Oct. 14 at Willow Springs.
As East Newton senior defensive back Jackson Schriever defends, Houston sophomore tight end Korbyn Tune tries to make a one-handed catch during the first quarter of a district playoff game in Tiger Stadium.
The 2019-2020 season Houston High School boys basketball team. Front row, from left: Kyler Ramsey, Clayton Moore, Evan Fisher, Sterling Jackson, Tristan Leier and Nick Zamarron. Back row: Dalton Dzurick, Jaekan Moss, Dakota Burchett, Connor Wilson, Korbyn Tune, Ty Franklin and Jacob Mosley.
The Houston High School 2019-2020 varsity girls basketball team. Front row, from left: Jordyn Lay, Katie Jo Chipps, Jaden Stell and Aliyah Walker. Back row: Sarah Purcell, Karlee Curtis, MacKenzie Bryan, Rhease Manier, Hannah Dzurick and Riley Scheets. Not pictured: Olivia Crites.
During a send-off event for cross country state meet qualfier Hunter McKinney, center, teammates Jordyn Lay, left, and Zach Brannan hold a sign wishing the HHS sophomore wells in the Class 2 boys race.
A quartet of Lady Tigers get their hands up on defense during a preseason jamboree matchup against Plato in Hiett Gymnasium. Guarding the ball is freshman Katie Jo Chipps, junior Jaden Stell, right, junior Riley Scheets, left, and freshman Karell Curtis keep their eyes on the action.