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  The City of Bakersfield will have two city councilman positions open in the upcoming General Municipal Election, to be held April 4, 2023. Bakersfield residents who would like to file to run as candidates for the positions can do so during the official filing period of Dec. 6-27.  Those wishing...
Those interesting in filing for seats coming open on Ozark County’s school boards will be able to file as a candidate during the opening filing period of Dec. 6-27. For all the schools listed below, those interested in filing as a candidate for school board should do so at the respective school...
A small team of volunteer committee members are busily working away behind the scenes to bring the annual Wonders of Christmas Festival and Jingle Bell Parade to life on the Gainesville square once again. But to ensure the Christmas cheer can continue each year, the festival and parade committee...
Christmas is coming to Bakersfield on Dec. 3 with a full day of activities planned in downtown Bakersfield. The holiday events begin with Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Bakersfield School Cafeteria. For $2 per person, individuals can enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast with Santa....

Photo courtesy of Connie Smiley Oren Alcorn and wife Donna are pictured here after a recent service at True Hope General Baptist Church in Theodosia. Oren was named pastor of the church three months ago, following longtime pastor Doyle Turner, who retired after 34 years at the church in 2021.
As Americans gather together with loved ones this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, many take a few moments to count their blessings. This Thursday, Oren Alcorn will be among those recognizing the things he is thankful for, including the new church family he and wife Donna have found at True Hope...

There were 89 local pre-teen and teenage campers who attended the first annual Saints of Valor and Kingdom Daughters UNITED co-ed Christian camp held at Hammond Mill Camp near Dora Nov. 4-6. Next year’s camp, which is free for kids in 5th through 12th grades, will be held Nov. 2-6, 2023.
New Christian co-ed youth weekend held at Hammond Mill Camp near Dora this fall gave pre-teens and teens a unique experience with faith-based learning and fun camp activities     Two local faith-based youth groups came together this fall to put on the first annual Saints of Valor and Kingdom...

Sondra Clark. Ozark County Jail photo.
An Ozark County grand jury has indicted Gainesville resident Sondra F. Clark, 41, with second-degree murder in connection to the 2015 death of a 3-month-old baby.  Clark was arrested Nov. 14 in the case and is being held in the Ozark County Jail without bond. She is scheduled to appear in court for...

Don Hamby, on behalf of Family Life Church in Dora, guided a group of eight veterans on a Current River float as part of the 2022 Wounded Warriors River Run.
A group of 15 wounded veterans and six children got a taste of the real Ozarks when they traveled to Dora. The group floated, hunted, fished, rode ATVs and horses and otherwise enjoyed the five-day Wounded Warrior River Run retreat organized and led in part by Don Hamby, former pastor of the Family...
  Ozark County voters turned out last week in near record numbers and overwhelmingly approved a half-cent law enforcement sales tax. The measure was passed by a vote of 2,398 (65.45 percent) yes to 1,266 (34.55 percent) no during Tuesday’s General Election. The unofficial election results, released...

Amendment 3, which legalizes recreational marijuana for those age 21 and older in Missouri, passed during the Nov. 8 General Election with more than 60 percent of statewide voters in favor of the measure. The amendment takes effect Dec. 8, widening marijuana sales from dispensaries from only patients with medical marijuana cards. Missouri approved medical marijuana during the Nov. 6, 2018, General Election.
Ozark County voters followed trend with other Missouri voters in all matters on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot except one, Amendment 3, which legalizes recreational marijuana in Missouri for those age 21 and older.  The statewide measure passed with 53.11% (1,089,326 votes) of Missouri voters...

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