Exposed sewer line

As City of Houston water department workers Bob Richards, left, and Dustin Hartman look on, Dakota Bohannon of Rost Concrete Pumping in Marshfield uses a remote control device to pour concrete over a sewer line across Brushy Creek (behind Sharp Shooters Gun & Pawn on Walnut Street) that was exposed by record flooding in the spring of 2017. Before the project, city crews had dug debris out from under and around the line and created a makeshift dam to reroute the creek flow. Funding for the work was secured from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Concrete was provided by River Rock Redi-Mix in Houston.

MSHP at the plane crash

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Dale Pounds works at the scene of a plane crash near Houston.

Hog Creek crash

Emergency response personnel assist the driver of a pickup truck that was involved in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 63 near the Hog Creek bridge.

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Houston senior Dakota Burchett delivers a pass during the 7-on-7 the Tigers hosted with Cabool and Mountain Grove. The setup is a non-contact, all-passing version of the game played on 40-yard fields with no offensive or defensive linemen.


A young boy holds an American flag as a motorcycle passes by on Grand Avenue during the second annual Independence Day parade.

Baker Family

The Baker Family performs during the annual Intercounty Electric Cooperative membership meeting at Licking City Park.

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Houston Walmart store manager Travis Rector addresses the crowd during the store’s re-grand opening event .

Lions Club

The Houston Lions Club held its installation of officers for the year and honored past district governor Don Shelhammer for his service to the club as president. Rep. Robert Ross presented Lion Shelhammer with a Missouri House of Representatives Resolution honoring him for his years of service to the Lions Club, Houston community and Texas County. Past district governor Tom Steinbach installed the newly elected officers into their new positions. The new officers include president Bennie Cook, vice president Russ Stigall, treasurer James Huff, secretary Peggy Hirt, and board members Brad Eidson, Robert Rouse, Don Shelhammer. Others include Tail Twister Fred Fromm, membership development director Allen Moss, and tamers Aaron Cantrell and Jimmy Herrington. Stay up to date on Lions Club events on the Facebook page at For more information on the Houston Lions Club or if you would like to become a member, call Cook at 417-260-2382. From left, Charlotte Williams, Aaron Cantrell, Peggy Hirt, past district governor Tom Steinbach, past district governor Don Shelhammer, Bennie Cook, Russ Stigall, Robert Rouse, Fred Fromm and Dr. Allen Moss.


Patriotism was on display in many ways during Houston’s second annual July Fourth parade. Prizes were offered for most patriotic float, individual and kid on  a bicycle

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Dr. Joe Gilgour, president of Mineral Area College, addresses those who attended a meeting to update on progress made on the Piney River Technical Center. To his right is Dr. Allen Moss, superintendent of the Houston School District. About 30 persons, representing a cross section of community and business leaders in the county, attended the gathering at a Drury University conference room. The Spruce Street building is owned by the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Houston.

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Senior Connor Wilson collides with a Mountain Grove player as he knocks down a pass while playing defense in a matchup with the Panthers.


Kids watch as a City of Houston Fire Department truck rolls by at the beginning of the Independence Day parade.


Brenda Barton, right, and Bettie Hill, center, were the winners of the Texas County Memorial Hospital quilt raffle. The are seated alongside Louise Gayer, TCMH Auxiliary member, who donated the quilts that she made for the raffle. TCMH Hospice of Care will receive $175 that was raised from the raffle.

PRB 2019 winners

Piney River Brewing U.S. Open Beer Championships winners, including, from left, gold medalist Raise A Ruckus Imperial Stout, silver medalist Black Walnut Wheat and gold medalist Crankbait Cream Ale.

Kick-off carnival

The kick-off event for the summer reading program at the Houston brach of the Texas County Library featured a carnival theme, with various games, popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy.

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TCMH radiologic technologists, from left, Kristy Weaver, Shannon Bridges and Terri Bailey, with the new 3D mammography at the hospital.

Houston Walmart people

Houston Walmart associates gather around store manager Travis Rector at the grand re-opening.

Eli waves

Eli French waves to the crowd from the cab of the Walmart Heart truck transporting him from Summersville to Houston for an event in his honor Wednesday.

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Wanda Moore of Cabool won best of show for this photograph in the MIssouri Department of Agriculture’s “Focus on Missouri Agriculture” photo contest. It was among more than 1,200 photographs submitted by amatuer photographers from across the state. The winning photos will be displayed Aug. 8-18 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

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