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Retired physician Bob Kipfer, portraying explorer Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, will present a program at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Ozark County Historium celebrating the bicentennial of Schoolcraft’s journey into the Ozarks. The event is free and open to everyone.
In celebration of the bicentennial of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft’s journey into the Ozarks, the Ozark County Historium will host a free event featuring the intrepid explorer himself. At 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, all are invited to come hear the adventurer speak about his travels through the portion of...

Rocky Top Campground and Cabins owner Joe Easterday checks to make sure Frosty is secure Monday afternoon following Sunday’s brutal winds. Easterday, with “lots of help” from friends Tom Bentele, Jason Turnbough and Duane Turner, is turning the Tecumseh campground into a magical drive-through Christmas wonderland that will be open to the public beginning Saturday, Dec. 1. “There’s still lots of work to do, but we’ll be ready by Saturday,” Easterday said. More than 10,000 lights decorate the cabins and the cozy clubhouse. Many new items have been added to the original display, which now has 24 inflatables, a nativity scene, a candy cane lane and more. Easterday and his wife Diane invite everyone to come out and enjoy the lights and decorations. A special evening is set for Saturday, Dec. 15, when hot chocolate, cookies and coffee will be served from 6 to 9 p.m. Rocky Top is off Highway 160 at the top of the Tecumseh curves. Times photo / Norene Prososki.
Santa’s elves aren’t the only ones working hard to make Christmas merry for holiday enthusiasts young and old. Dozens of Ozark Countians are busy planning and working hard to finalize fun, inspiring and generous events intended as gifts to the community.   Ozark County Community Choir The Ozark...

Sailor Anderson killed this buck during the early portion of Missouri's 2018 youth deer season.
The late session of Missouri youth firearms deer season will be held Nov. 23-25. Youth ages 6 to 15 are eligible to participate. To have a youth deer season photo published in the Ozark County Times, bring it to the Times office during  business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday), send the...

DVFD chief Monte Shipley, left, and two Caney Mountain VFD firefighters prepare to enter the mobile home where a fire started in a back bedroom. Photos courtesy Dora VFD.
It was just before midnight Saturday night when longtime Caney Mountain firefighter Josh Spence walked outside his home off CC Highway and saw that his neighbor Laura Smith’s trailer house was on fire. Josh yelled to his wife Tiffany, also a Caney Mountain firefighter, to call 911.  “Then he said...

Jabet Wade, left, and Jenny Yarger, practice their newly acquired CPR skills while Air Evac director Lacey Robb, right, gives pointers, and Renee Schmucker, back, waits for her turn to give it a try. Photo by Norene Prososki.
A large crowd gathered at The Center in Gainesville Thursday evening to learn CPR lifesaving skills and drowning prevention. New and long-time parents, grandparents, babysitters, co-workers, caregivers  and others interested in learning how to save a life were among those taking advantage of the...
A $30,000 cash-only bond has been set for Curtis Lee Barton, 34, of Ava, in connection with a swath of school and business break-ins beginning as early as February  2017 at Thornfield School and continuing through Nov. 5 at Dora and Bakersfield schools. Barton is charged with two counts of burglary...

For the first time, Missy Harlin will be hosting her family’s Thanksgiving gathering this year, using her grandmother “Pud’s” handwritten recipe for the dressing.
Gainesville resident Missy Harlin will be hosting her family’s Thanksgiving gathering this week for the first time,  she said Monday, following the death of her beloved “Pud” - short for Puddin’, the nickname for her grandmother, Lois Lorene Workman. Mrs. Workman, who was 96 when she died in...

Ozark County native Sid Pierce, left, now living in Reeds Spring, was part of the crew that accompanied country music star Roy Clark for more than 20 years as he performed around the world. Clark, 85, died Thursday at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This photo was taken around 2005 in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Editor’s note: Sid Pierce, a 1974 graduate of Gainesville High School, is the son of Lessie Pierce of Gainesville and the late Herman Pierce, former Ozark County Sheriff. He is a former teacher in Gainesville and Reeds Spring, where he now lives, and after spending more than 20 years mixing sound...
Ninety participants have signed up for the free CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) class to be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at The Center on Highway 5 north at the Gainesville city limits.  Ozark County Ambulance administrator Stacy Raney, with support from Ozark County emergency management director...

Photo courtesy Cody Kendall, TKVFD / storm chaser
Members of the Timber Knob Volunteer Fire Department visited Head Start students Oct. 31 to talk to them about fire safety, including how firefighters work during house fires and rescues. The volunteers showed the youngsters how firefighters look in turnout gear, helmets and facemasks – and even...

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