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Times file photo / Sue Ann Jones With money from the Ozark County Sheriff’s Community Fund, sheriff’s department volunteers Rachel Phelan, Gavin Phelan and Sheila Dilts shopped for gifts on 2018 Angel Tree ornaments that weren’t claimed, so that all children who shared wish lists got presents. When this photo was taken last year, sheriff’s office personnel were preparing to load the gifts into vehicles for delivery to the distribution office. From left: administrative assistant Curtis Ledbetter, Chief Deputy Winston Collins, Sheriff Darrin Reed and Jailer (now Deputy) Jeff Lane.
Each year, generous Ozark Countians help make Christmas bright for children in foster care or in families whose budgets have little or no room for Christmas gifts and surprises. Here are ways you can help:   Ozark County Angel Tree   Each year the Ozark County Angel Tree project works to bring...

John Edward Cole
John Edward Cole, 46, of the Big Creek area west of Theodosia, has not been seen since May of this year. Ozark County Sheriff’s Cpl. Curtis Dobbs says there have been no serious leads in the case.  John Cole and his wife, Angela, both Lutie High School graduates, are well known to many Ozark...

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Organizers of the Wonders of Christmas event on the Gainesville square say this year’s celebration will be held on Friday night instead of Saturday afternoon.The festival and parade are set to kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, with the opening of vendor booths and the Mr. and Miss Merry...

Holly Lucas
Holly Lucas, of Mansfield, pleaded guilty to amended charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree murder before 30th Circuit Judge Michael O. Hendrickson during a plea hearing Halloween day in Christian County. The charge is in connection with the April 2018 murder of 73-year-old Lawrence C...

A group of 11 wounded veterans were brought to the Ozarks by the Roever Evangelistic Association to float the Current River on a trip organized and led by Don Hamby, pastor of Family Life Church in Dora.
A group of wounded veterans from as far away as Alaska and North Carolina got a taste of Ozarks hospitality a few weeks ago as they floated 28 miles on the Current River, enjoying an autumn trip organized and led by Don Hamby, pastor of the Family Life Church in Dora. To make sure the vets got the...

Ozark Mountain Honey co-owner Buddy Goree still has a jar of honey from the business’s first honey harvest in 2012. Goree and his wife, Ginny Watkins, try to keep samples from most of the couple’s honey harvests. Times photos/Regina Mozingo
“Nearly 40 percent decline in honeybee population last winter ‘unsustainable,’ experts say.” (ABC News)“More bad buzz for bees: Record number of honeybee colonies died last winter.” (NPR)“This past winter saw the highest honeybee colony losses on record.” (Washington Post)People seeing these...

Ozark County native Donna Walker, a 90-something “fabric hound,” pieced her first hand-sewn quilt when she was 10 years old in 1937. Here, she holds a hand-pieced and hand-sewn Dresden plate quilt, one of many handmade quilts in her collection. This one, a family heirloom, is not included in the Historium display.
Donna Walker is a self-proclaimed “fabric hound.” When the Ava resident gathered a sampling of her personal collection of quilts to share with the Ozark County Historium for display, it became apparent that her love of the handmade textile creations has been a part of her life for a very long time....

Justin Gilmore
The Gainesville R-V Board of Education at its meeting Monday night named current Gainesville High School principal Justin Gilmore as the district’s new superintendent, effective July 1, 2020.Gilmore, who is in his third year as high school principal here, will succeed Dr. Jeff Hyatt, who is in his...

Four Ozark County volunteer fire departments battled a Sunday night blaze that destroyed a home south of Gainesville occupied by a family of six, including four children age 3 and younger. Photo courtesy Pontiac / Price Place VFD
A Gainesville-area family of six, including four boys age 3 and younger, lost their home and possessions in a Sunday night fire.Daniel Johnson called the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office at 10:12 p.m. Sunday to report that his house on Highway 5 south of Gainesville was on fire.Johnson, with Haley...

A group of 11 wounded veterans were brought to the Ozarks by the Roever Evangelistic Association to float the Current River on a trip organized and led by Don Hamby, pastor of Family Life Church in Dora.
A group of wounded veterans from as far away as Alaska and North Carolina got a taste of Ozarks hospitality a few weeks ago as they floated 28 miles on the Current River, enjoying an autumn trip organized and led by Don Hamby, pastor of the Family Life Church in Dora. To make sure the vets got the...

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