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Mountain Home, Arkansas, resident Timothy Aaron Liveley, 40, has been charged with four class D felonies in Ozark County in connection with a string of alleged crimes last fall.  Four separate warrants, including three warrants with $1,500 cash-only bonds and another with a $2,500 cash-only bond,...
Bakersfield resident Jeremy Greydan Rhoads, 18, was arrested in Ozark County at 7:02 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, on an outstanding Morris County, Kansas, warrant in which the teen is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.  The probable cause statement says that Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Seth...

Sid Pierce now
By Sid Pierce, Reed Springs, Special to the Times   Editor's note: This is one of the stories to be included in the personal memoir now being assembled by Ozark County native Sid Pierce, a Navy veteran, retired teacher and Branson sound technician who for many years traveled the world with country...
Absentee voting begins Tuesday, Feb. 23, for the April 6 general municipal election. Only one of Ozark County’s three municipalities, Gainesville, and two of its five school districts, Dora and Thornfield, will hold elections that day.  Elected positions are coming open on all five Ozark County...

Sheriff Cass Martin, front, with Reserve Deputy John Russo, says the sheriff’s department will be updating the jail’s pods as part of a major renovation project. One of the more important updates includes outfitting the cells with an intercom system, allowing inmates to alert jail staff in an emergency. Martin says the cells currently do not have working systems, with the hardware completely missing in several instances. The absence of an intercom system means a prisoner would have to yell loud enough to be heard through the jail cell door and the jail pod door, shown at the top right in the photo.
With a combined leftover balance and expected revenue totaling $5.8 million and anticipated expenditures clocking in at $5.1 million, Ozark County’s 2021 budget is the largest in the county’s history.  The uptick in sales tax revenue from 2020 and expected revenue for the coming year meant there...

Times reporter Jessi Dreckman snapped this photo of the empty and snow-covered Gainesville square Monday afternoon around 1 p.m. Gainesville residents saw about 7 inches of snow fall Sunday into Monday afternoon, and at press time Tuesday forecasts were calling for another 6 to 8 inches Tuesday into Wednesday.
Like much of the country, Ozark County is shivering through a massive winter weather system this week that on Monday left many local areas buried beneath a heavy blanket of snow and most highways and county roadways completely covered despite the best road-clearing efforts of the Missouri...
Chantel Drake, 31, of West Plains, is facing a class D felony charge of tampering with a motor vehicle in connection with a Feb. 1 incident in which she reportedly stole a vehicle from Howell County and engaged in a high-speed pursuit with Baxter County, Arkansas, and Ozark County sheriff’s...
Gainesville resident Michael Lee Goins has been charged with the class E felony of driving while intoxicated resulting in an injury in connection with a Sept. 5, 2020, utility terrain vehicle (UTV) crash on T Highway that left a woman injured. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Tuesday,...
Joseph Dwayne Hale, 32, of Cabool, is charged with four felonies in connection with a Dec. 18, 2020, incident in which he is alleged to have stolen a truck and then fled from Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputies.  Hale is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, property damage to a vehicle with the...
Ozarks Healthcare (formerly Ozarks Medical Center) in West Plains has been selected as one of Missouri’s high-throughput covid-19 vaccination sites. The selection will allow the medical system to coordinate with the medical community to provide future vaccination clinics. The announcement follows a...

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