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Ronnie Parsons in 1959 with his sister Gayle and their uncle Lawrence Smith, who, with his wife, Ava, raised the children after the death of their parents.
Editor’s note: Ozark County native Ronnie Parsons, a 1969 graduate of Gainesville High School now living with his wife, Margaret, in Abilene, Texas, writes occasional stories about his growing-up years in Brixey Holler.  Leonidas Smith, which most of the folks just pronounced “Londas,” was the...

Times editor Sue Ann Jones says Mike Sparks, shown in this 1998 photo with his step-granddaughter Madeline Kahl, is “the best stepdad I know.”
I hope all you dads out there had a great Father’s Day. And I hope all you kids out there are as lucky as I was to have one of those dads who raised us with love, molded us with discipline, grounded us in faith and infused us with courage and confidence.  But now that the “real” Father’s Day has...

A successful fishing trip to Rockbridge Rainbow Trout ranch was a proud accomplishment for almost all of Sue Ann’s five bi-coastal grandkids during their visit to Ozark County last week.
The Fantastic Five – my five bi-coastal grandkids – visited me last week, along with their parents. Physically, we were all gathered here in Ozark County, but in my heart, I was in heaven – and my second-oldest grandchild, Reese, 5, seemed to sense my impending residency there. I met her and her...

A successful fishing trip to Rockbridge Rainbow Trout ranch was a proud accomplishment for almost all of Sue Ann’s five bi-coastal grandkids during their visit to Ozark County last week.
The Fantastic Five – my five bi-coastal grandkids – visited me last week, along with their parents. Physically, we were all gathered here in Ozark County, but in my heart, I was in heaven – and my second-oldest grandchild, Reese, 5, seemed to sense my impending residency there. I met her and her...

With its short, stubby tail and wispy tufts of new feathers topping its head and sticking out from the back of its neck, the first wren fledgling looked a little bit like an alien.
Note: To read more of Theodosia resident Connie Smiley’s blog, visit ozarkgrace.blogspot.com. It’s quiet on the front porch this afternoon, and a little bit lonely, after the clamor of the morning. A pair of Carolina Wrens have been nesting in a creel that hangs from one of the porch pillars, and...

With its short, stubby tail and wispy tufts of new feathers topping its head and sticking out from the back of its neck, the first wren fledgling looked a little bit like an alien.
Note: To read more of Theodosia resident Connie Smiley’s blog, visit ozarkgrace.blogspot.com. It’s quiet on the front porch this afternoon, and a little bit lonely, after the clamor of the morning. A pair of Carolina Wrens have been nesting in a creel that hangs from one of the porch pillars, and...

Lonnie High
Last week, as I was looking out from my porch watching the crows flying about, calling out to one another, it brought back a memory from my childhood growing up on our farm in Ozark County.  As my friend Doug Robinson and I were out walking one Sunday afternoon, we came  upon two baby crows that...

Diane White, right, has been an election judge in Bridges Precinct for five years. The job generally includes long, 14- to 15-hour workdays, but Diane says it’s a very rewarding opportunity to be a part of the election process. Shown with Diane in this November 2017 election photo are fellow Bridges Precinct election judges. From left: Renee Schmucker, Lana Cockrum and Dennis Lawson.
The Nov. 6 General Election is one for the record books. With 4,089 residents casting their ballots in Ozark County, it is one of the largest voter turnouts in recent memory.  Regardless of whether the ballot measures and elections went the way I voted, that number makes me extremely proud. If you...
Charlie’s wife needed to go into the city to have some routine lab work done at a hospital clinic. Needing to get some machinery parts, the old man asked his wife if he could ride to town with her, then he could drive her car to the nearby parts store while she was in the clinic. She agreed, and...

MOFB photo
As political battles continue to rage around the country, a major ballot issue has been quietly gaining momentum here in Missouri. In November, voters here will not only be deciding whether to give Sen. Claire McCaskill a third six-year term; they also will have an opportunity to increase road and...

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