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Willis Rex Davidson
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed is asking area residents for any information they may have related to the whereabouts and disappearance of 52-year-old Willis Rex Davidson. In an April 11 Facebook post, Reed said that Davidson, an Ozark County resident, was reported missing to Douglas County...
Easter is Sunday, and the weather is forecast to be sunny and clear. That means Ozark Countians should have good conditions for hunting colorful eggs, visiting the Easter bunny, attending church services and eating family dinners.  The following list of area events provides area residents with...
From March to November, Missouri roadsides are alive with a colorful array of wildflowers, their colors, shapes, sizes and arrangements as diverse as the people of this great state. Roadside wildflowers provide enjoyment for millions of people each year whether they are photographers, naturalists...

Laine and Michael Loftis are currently traveling the country full-time in a RV with their four children, pictured, from left, 5-year-old Layla, 3-year-old Chason, 1-year-old Gabriel and 7-year-old Grady. The family is documenting life on the road through Facebook, Instagram and YouTube under the name “Loftis Party of Six.”
Michael and Laine Fish Loftis, with their four children, traded life in the Ozarks eight months ago for life on the road in a 38-foot fifth-wheel camper. Now they’re living out their most adventurous dream – traveling the country, homeschooling along the way, and living their full days together –...
By Norene Prososki, norene@ozarkcountytimes.com   This year’s Lions Club auction and sportsman’s raffle netted a record $21,500 for Gainesville’s summer ball program and other local projects supported by the Gainesville Lions Club. The annual fundraiser, now in its 32nd year, was held Friday night...

Times photos / Bruce Roberts U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, second from right, visited Bakersfield School’s newly completed FEMA safe room building Friday. Missouri Rep. Karla Eslinger, second from left, also visited the facility that day. Bakersfield High School principal Doyne Byrd, left, and Bakersfield superintendent Dr. Amy Britt, right led the elected officials on a tour of the three-year-old school and the newly completed FEMA building.
U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, who represents Missouri’s 8th District, which includes Ozark County, visited Bakersfield School Friday to check out the newly completed FEMA safe room building. Smith also held an impromptu town-hall-style meeting with high school students during the visit.  Also visiting the...

Photo by Karla Smith Dora High School sophomore Bryson Luna has been named to the “high honorable mention” list in the 2019 Rawlings/ Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American teams.
Dora High School sophomore Bryson Luna has been recognized as a Perfect Game / Rawlings Preseason All American team member.  Bryson was selected as a “high honorable mention” in the 2019 Rawlings / Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American team program that recognizes the top freshman,...

Lola Collins, 4, daughter of Seth and Dara Collins, shows the morels she and her dad found while hunting in the woods near their Noble home.
Reprinted with permission of the News-Leader Temperatures are warming nicely, and there’s been plenty of rain. And expert morel mushroom hunter Ron Cook is already getting excited. “We’re in for an epic morel season in Missouri,” said Cook. “The conditions are really right for them. The season...

Times photos / Amelia LaMair
Ozark County Recycling Center manager Eric Lee stands beside the dumpster that was delivered recently at the recycling center to hold trash collected by volunteers and individuals participating in Ozark County’s “Clean Up Trash Month,” which continues throughout April. The dumpster, just inside the...

Haden Evans, 9, happily shows his collection of eggs gathered at First Christian Church’s 2018 community Easter egg hunt in Gainesville. This year’s FCC egg hunt is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20.
Easter is Sunday, April 21, and several area churches and organizations are hosting Easter egg hunts in and near Ozark County. To have your Easter event added to next week’s Easter activities list, email jessi@ozarkcountytimes.com or call the Times office at 417-679-4641.   Saturday, April 13 The...

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