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PIONEER DAYS HELD - The Tough Mudder contest in Mountain View's annual Pioneer Days on Saturday drew quite the crowd as teams worked their way through the course, hauling hay, splitting logs, riding toy horses, jumping in a water tank, loading and pushing wood in a wheel barrow and knocking down cups with toy bows and arrows. Winning with a time of 1:56 were Ronnie Gayer and William Beavers. Above, James Chambers and Wade Marriott haul hay. They finished in second place with a time of 1:58.
The day will include a black-powder reenactment at the four-way stop at 10 a.m. There will be a working, portable sawmill doing demonstrations throughout the day.
''This is really the story of perseverance for a small business,'' said Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) Executive Director Heather Fisher. ''He embodies what the Bright Flight is all about. He grew up here, went ahead got the education and experience and came back to start a business here. This is what we want young people to come back and work in this community. We are thrilled to have him come back. None of us knew the challenges and obstacles he would face.''
Absentee ballots are available to persons who expect to be out of town on election day, incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability. To receive an absentee ballot by mail, an application must be received in the County Clerk's Office no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.