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Bakersfield photos by Amy Ingalsbe
Hunter Bentley and Makenzie Lester crowned at 2019 Bakersfield Homecoming Members of the 2019 Bakersfield Homecoming royal court are, from left, front, crown bearer Kurt Watlington, freshman attendant Hannah Bean, sophomore attendant Grace Miller, junior attendant Erin Heavener, homecoming queen...

Dr. Phillip Howerton
For anyone who is intrigued with the culture and history of the Ozarks region, next week’s visitor to the Ozark County Historium will be of interest.At 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Dr. Phillip Howerton will be speaking about his newest publication, The Literature of the Ozarks: An Anthology.  To say...

The Heriford Store in Thornfield closed Feb. 5, leaving the community without a grocery / convenience store for the first time in more than 100 years. The store building and a nearby home, owned by Juanita and Kenny Heriford, is for sale. Times photos / Jenny Yarger
For the first time in more than 100 years, there’s no grocery / convenience store in Thornfield, following the closing of the Heriford Store on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Juanita Heriford, who bought the store on Highways 95 and JJ 12 years ago with her husband, Kenny, said Monday it was a hard decision, but...

Gainesville school superintendent Dr. Jeff Hyatt
Gainesville school superintendent Dr. Jeff Hyatt will recommend to the Gainesville R-V School Board next week that the district continue on a five-day-a-week schedule in the 2019-2020 school year.  In December, Hyatt asked the board to consider a four-day school week, starting in fall 2019. A five-...

Lester White shows the certificate that accompanied his January induction into the American Legion’s Arkansas Baseball Hall of Fame. When Mountain Home, Arkansas, named its baseball field for White in 2013, the declaration noted that “more than 150 young men coached by Lester White have gone on to play college baseball and at least 4 have played professional baseball.”
Howards Ridge native Lester White worked construction throughout most of his adult life, but his greatest legacy isn’t in the structures he’s helped build. It’s the young men whose lives he has touched – through baseball.   Recognizing his efforts, the American Legion Baseball Department of...

Firefighters with Tecumseh, Caulfield, Lick Creek, Bakersfield, Dora and Howell Rural VFDs responded to a home fire around 3 a.m. Monday at Dub and Crystal Williams’ home on Highway 160 in Tecumseh. Several departments brought tankers and pumpers to provide water for the firefighting efforts. Firefighters also used a portable pump to pull water from the Williams’ backyard swimming pool and transfer it to the trucks so the equipment could stay at the scene continuously instead of having to shuttle back and forth to get water.
Flames from Dub and Crystal Williams’ house on Highway 160 in Tecumseh burned relentlessly in the dark, early-morning hours Monday despite the steady shower of rain falling from the sky and a swarm of volunteer firefighters doing their best to suppress it.  The Williams family lost their home and...

Opal Bearden celebrates her 90th birthday next week.
Opal Bearden will celebrate her 90th birthday from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at a gathering hosted by her family at the First Christian Church in Gainesville.  She was born Feb. 21, 1929, in West Frankfort, Illinois, the oldest of William and Hattie McCollum’s five children. In 1947, Opal...

Bakersfield photos by Amy Ingalsbe
Hunter Bentley and Makenzie Lester crowned at 2019 Bakersfield Homecoming Members of the 2019 Bakersfield Homecoming royal court are, from left, front, crown bearer Kurt Watlington, freshman attendant Hannah Bean, sophomore attendant Grace Miller, junior attendant Erin Heavener, homecoming queen...

Dr. Phillip Howerton
For anyone who is intrigued with the culture and history of the Ozarks region, next week’s visitor to the Ozark County Historium will be of interest.At 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Dr. Phillip Howerton will be speaking about his newest publication, The Literature of the Ozarks: An Anthology.  To say...

The Heriford Store in Thornfield closed Feb. 5, leaving the community without a grocery / convenience store for the first time in more than 100 years. The store building and a nearby home, owned by Juanita and Kenny Heriford, is for sale. Times photos / Jenny Yarger
For the first time in more than 100 years, there’s no grocery / convenience store in Thornfield, following the closing of the Heriford Store on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Juanita Heriford, who bought the store on Highways 95 and JJ 12 years ago with her husband, Kenny, said Monday it was a hard decision, but...

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