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Lily Parker (center) was crowned 2019 Hootin an Hollarin Queen Thursday night on the first night of the festival. She is the daughter of Hank and Cindy Parker of Thornfield. Deputy queen is Cheyanne Clinton (second from right). Brandy Belt (right) was elected Miss Sweetie Pie by the other contestants, and she also was selected as one of the three Hootin an Hollarin princess. The other two princesses are Star Janes (left) and Jessee Latham.
The 59th celebration of Hootin an Hollarin came off “about as close to perfect as a Hootin an Hollarin could get,” one regular festival goer proclaimed. Skies stayed blue or partly cloudy, the music rolled along as though composed just for Ozark County, and folks young and old came together to take...

Blevins
Dr. Brooks Blevins, Missouri State University professor of history, will be at the Ozark County Historium in Gainesville at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, to talk about his new Civil War book, volume 2 of his History of the Ozarks series. Blevins is a popular speaker, and his previous appearances at...

Isaiah Ralston, 3, walked with the Timber Knob Volunteer Fire Department Honor Guard in this year’s parade carrying an American flag. in memory of his dad, former firefighter Cody Ralston, who died in January.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes it’s the story behind the picture that tells the bigger story. Most people watching the Hootin an Hollarin parade Saturday afternoon were probably unaware of the story behind the little blond-haired boy carrying a small American flag and...

Lily Parker (center) was crowned 2019 Hootin an Hollarin Queen Thursday night on the first night of the festival. She is the daughter of Hank and Cindy Parker of Thornfield. Deputy queen is Cheyanne Clinton (second from right). Brandy Belt (right) was elected Miss Sweetie Pie by the other contestants, and she also was selected as one of the three Hootin an Hollarin princess. The other two princesses are Star Janes (left) and Jessee Latham.
The 59th celebration of Hootin an Hollarin came off “about as close to perfect as a Hootin an Hollarin could get,” one regular festival goer proclaimed. Skies stayed blue or partly cloudy, the music rolled along as though composed just for Ozark County, and folks young and old came together to take...

Ozark County residents Ian Giesbrecht and Wren Haffner will teach a modern approach to ancient building practices that are in line with nature Saturday, Sept. 28, during the Ozark Area Community Congress. The couple will share what has worked for them in the practice of natural building on their 18-acre off-grid homestead. The session with start with a slide show of natural building techniques and shift to a “do it yourself” session about slip straw and clay plastering. This photo shows the couple in front of one of the natural buildings they’ve created on their property near Gainesville.
A temporary “green village” will form at Hammond Group Camp on CC Highway south of Dora Sept. 27-29 during the 40th annual Ozark Area Community Congress. Participants from all across the Ozarks are expected to gather to share news, ideas, meals and fellowship “with the goal of living in harmony...

Times photos / Bruce Roberts. Great weather helped make Bakersfest a success Saturday as craft and food booth vendors were plentiful at Pride Park
The 21st annual Bakersfest was a success, organizers say, with large crowds and a lot of events throughout the day Saturday. The festival, which has grown over the years, included a big car show, giveaways, food and sno-cone booths and several craft and vendor booths, along with music,  games...

Crystal Fenske, Hailey Kruzewski, Elana Robles and Bailee Amos were part of the group of Lutie High School students who volunteered at Saturday’s Party on the Hill fundraiser event for the Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit organization that provides immediate assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured service members of all branches of the United States military.
A maxed-out crowd of 410 people attended Saturday night’s Party on the Hill west of Theodosia that raised money for the Semper Fi Fund, which provides assistance and support to post-9/11 combat-wounded services members of all branches of the U.S. military. Organizer Debbie Daniel had set a limit...

15 girls vying for queen title The 2019 Hootin and Hollarin queen candidates include, from left (front), Kaitlyn Morse, Lily Parker, Olivia Milligan, Libby Pansano, Brandi Johnson; (middle row) Morgan Smith, Jasmine Hall, Hailey Taylor (withdrew after photo was taken), Jessee Latham, Cheyenne Clinton, Emily Green; (back) Star Janes, A’aisha Sykes, Hunter McCullough, Brandy Belt and Hannah See. The pageant begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the east side of the Gainesville square.
The 59th celebration of Hootin an Hollarin kicks off Thursday as volunteers, demonstrators, musicians, vendors, contest competitors and committee members make last-minute preparations for Ozark County’s traditional old-time fun-fest extravaganza.  A full schedule, map and stories about the...

Ozark County residents Ian Giesbrecht and Wren Haffner will teach a modern approach to ancient building practices that are in line with nature Saturday, Sept. 28, during the Ozark Area Community Congress. The couple will share what has worked for them in the practice of natural building on their 18-acre off-grid homestead. The session with start with a slide show of natural building techniques and shift to a “do it yourself” session about slip straw and clay plastering. This photo shows the couple in front of one of the natural buildings they’ve created on their property near Gainesville.
A temporary “green village” will form at Hammond Group Camp on CC Highway south of Dora Sept. 27-29 during the 40th annual Ozark Area Community Congress. Participants from all across the Ozarks are expected to gather to share news, ideas, meals and fellowship “with the goal of living in harmony...

Times photos / Bruce Roberts. Great weather helped make Bakersfest a success Saturday as craft and food booth vendors were plentiful at Pride Park.
The 21st annual Bakersfest was a success, organizers say, with large crowds and a lot of events throughout the day Saturday. The festival, which has grown over the years, included a big car show, giveaways, food and sno-cone booths and several craft and vendor booths, along with music,  games and...

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