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Ozark County native Donna Walker, a 90-something “fabric hound,” pieced her first hand-sewn quilt when she was 10 years old in 1937. Here, she holds a hand-pieced and hand-sewn Dresden plate quilt, one of many handmade quilts in her collection. This one, a family heirloom, is not included in the Historium display.
Donna Walker is a self-proclaimed “fabric hound.” When the Ava resident gathered a sampling of her personal collection of quilts to share with the Ozark County Historium for display, it became apparent that her love of the handmade textile creations has been a part of her life for a very long time....

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Organizers of the Wonders of Christmas event on the Gainesville square say this year’s celebration will be held on Friday night instead of Saturday afternoon.The festival and parade are set to kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, with the opening of vendor booths and the Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas...

Ozark County Chamber president Doug Hawkins, right, and Amy Green were rocking the disco look at last year’s trunk-or-treat event in Gainesville.
A forecast of frigid, rainy weather on Halloween has led some activity planners to move their outdoor events inside. Date or place changes for outdoor events that had been announced by press time Tuesday are listed below. For each event’s details, as well as for information about planned indoor...

Ozark County Chamber president Doug Hawkins, right, and Amy Green were rocking the disco look at last year’s trunk-or-treat event in Gainesville.
A forecast of frigid, rainy weather on Halloween has led some activity planners to move their outdoor events inside. Date or place changes for outdoor events that had been announced by press time Tuesday are listed below. For each event’s details, as well as for information about planned indoor...

Ozark County’s William Mahan was 17 when this tintype of him wearing his Civil War Home Guard uniform was created. Area residents interested in joining a new interest group that will meet for informal discussions about the Civil War in the Ozarks and beyond are invited to an initial gathering at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Historium on the west side of the Gainesville square.
There is news for anyone interested in learning more about the Civil War in the Ozarks and beyond: A new interest group with this focus is now being organized at the Ozark County Historium. The first gathering will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, and all are invited and encouraged to attend....

The maple trees lining the Ozark County courthouse lawn are ablaze with color this week.
There’s no shortage of places to have a ghoulishly good time in Ozark County this Halloween. Take your pick from this list of fall carnivals and festivals or trunk-or-treat events in Bakersfield, Dora, Gainesville or Theodosia. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26 Mark Twain Carnival, Rueter, Friday...

The maple trees lining the Ozark County courthouse lawn are ablaze with color this week.
There’s no shortage of places to have a ghoulishly good time in Ozark County this Halloween. Take your pick from this list of fall carnivals and festivals or trunk-or-treat events in Bakersfield, Dora, Gainesville or Theodosia. Friday and Saturday,Oct. 25-26 Mark Twain Carnival, Rueter, Friday, Oct...

Ozark County’s William Mahan was 17 when this tintype of him wearing his Civil War Home Guard uniform was created. Area residents interested in joining a new interest group that will meet for informal discussions about the Civil War in the Ozarks and beyond are invited to an initial gathering at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Historium on the west side of the Gainesville square.
There is news for anyone interested in learning more about the Civil War in the Ozarks and beyond: A new interest group with this focus is now being organized at the Ozark County Historium. The first gathering will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, and all are invited and encouraged to attend....

Jessica Smith, right, and daughter Victoria St. Pierre looked as if they walked straight out of Alice in Wonderland during the 2018 Trunk-or-Treat event in Gainesville. Due to heavy rains and cold temperatures on Halloween, last year’s event was held in the Gainesville High School gym. This year’s event is scheduled to be held back on the Gainesville square.
Autumn’s cool temperatures have set in, and Halloween is just two weeks away. Ozark County residents have a wide array of festive  activities to choose from to celebrate  the season. From trunk-or-treat events to fall foliage viewing, there’s no shortage of places and events to enjoy this time of...

Ozark County Times/Regina Mozingo
The Gainesville congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at the newly built Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Highway 160 west of Gainesville. Light refreshments will be served, and tours will be conducted. Everyone is invited to attend...

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