• Around town: Houston’s annual asphalt program is slated to start later this month. Wet weather has delayed work.

• A painting contractor for Houston’s new water tank is expected to complete the work in about a month, depending on the weather. The job began Aug. 4. An engineering firm recently completed an inspection of the tower, pump house and hydraulic valves installed at several locations in town.

• Wanda Floyd, 1102 Industrial Drive, was the top winner in the Houston Garden Club’s yard-of-the-month contest. Other winners: Bill and Imogene Randall, 1345 Holder Drive, second; Carol Hendricks, 1355 Highway 17, third; Wilburn Elmore, 603 Bryan, honorable mention; and J.C. Auto Repair, 107 S.

First St., business award.

• A free evening beginners’ line dance class begins 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Summers-ville Senior Center. A $1 donation to the senior center for use of the facility is suggested. All ages are welcome.

Contact Kathie Cox at 417-932-4866 for more information.

• In Dent County, a Des Moines firm has been hired to do preliminary work on a proposed new justice center and jail project. The issue may appear on the ballot in April 2017 in the form of a sales tax.

• All Ozarks Technical Community College locations will be open Saturday to help students prepare for the upcoming semester. Student Services staff will be available from 9 a.m. to noon to assist students with last-minute admissions, enrollment, advising and financial aid processes.

• Houston native Randy Davenport of Nixa was a first-place winner at the recent Route 66 festival in Springfield with his chopped-top 1959 Chevrolet Apache with customized bed, high performance engine and chassis and custom paint and interior.

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