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State Rep. Karla Eslinger (in the middle seated) listens to discussions at the Ozark County Substance Abuse Task Force Meeting. She expressed that she will be more than happy to work with the Task Force on an on-going basis in making Ozark County a drug-free community. Others attending the meeting were, clockwise from bottom left: Attorney Linda McKinney, Treatment Court coordinator Jennifer Horn, Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant, Ozark County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Dan Israel, Pastor David Evans, Sheriff’s Deputies Vesa Phelan and Kyle Hannaford, Eslinger, Dr. Masa Kinoshita, Kalen Hoffman, Anita Chappell, Pastor Jeff Dotson and director of CareCenter Ministries and Pastor Blake Atchison. 
State Rep. Karla Eslinger and Will Wheeler, representing U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, were special guests at the July 9 meeting of the Ozark County Substance Abuse Task Force in the Missouri Ozarks Community Health conference room in Gainesville. Eighteen members and two other special guests – Community...

Photos courtesy Aletta Moore, library volunteer
Claire Wade and (top) Logan Koontz were two of several youngsters who happily assisted Steven Classic with his magic show Monday, July 15, as part of the Ozark County Library’s summer program for kids. Next week’s (July 22) program, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, will feature Luther Hampton playing...

The Hepatitis A virus, from https://www.cdc.gov/features/viralhepatitis/
Health officials have seen an increase in the number of Hepatitis A cases occurring in southwest Missouri, including in Ozark County. “I can tell you that we have worked several cases this year, and I don’t recall any for last year,” said Ozark County Health Department nurse Bonnie Peter. “...

California entrepreneur Zachary Lim Eubank, a 2002 Gainesville High School graduate, rides with a stunt driver during the filming of a trailer for the action-packed “Hobbs and Shaw” movie, which premieres Aug. 2 and is part of the “Fast and Furious” franchise starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Eubank’s live production company, Hyper RPG, was asked to participate in the trailer by NBC Universal.
When NBC Universal studios called former Pontiac resident Zachary Eubank’s Los Angeles-based live production company, Hyper RPG, to see if there was any interest in participating in a race track event for the soon-to-be-released action movie “Hobbs & Shaw,” it wasn’t hard to say yes. “Hobbs...
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission’s proposed improvements for the Tecumseh curves on Highway 160 in Ozark County will be the focus of a public meeting to be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the Gainesville High School cafeteria on Bull Dog Drive in Gainesville.  An...

Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed, pictured above at the recent Masons’ American Flag Retirement Ceremony in Theodosia, says although he plans to retire after this term, he will continue to be active in the community and serve as an advocate for the county’s law enforcement and citizens.
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed says the Greene County inmate-boarding contract with Ozark County is working even better than he thought it would. Ozark County received a $21,780 check for its first full month of housing prisoners for Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott a few weeks ago. Reed says he...

MDC photo This bull elk was photographed at Missouri’s Peck Ranch Conservation Area. MDC is proposing the framework for a limited elk hunting season and is asking for public comments.
Limited season for Missouri residents could start as soon as 2020 if plan criteria are met.   The Missouri Department of Conservation shared its initial plan for a limited elk-hunting season with the Missouri Conservation Commission at the commission’s public meeting June 28 in Jefferson City. The...

This photo of former Gainesville resident Vernon White was taken in Texas in the 1990s – several years before he jumped headfirst from a pier platform at James Bridge near Dawt, breaking his neck, crushing several vertebrae and leaving him a paraplegic.
Last month’s report of a woman who reportedly broke her ankle and leg after jumping feet-first from the James Bridge into the North Fork of the White River northeast of Dawt reminded some area residents of a similar incident nine years ago that left an Ozark County man paralyzed. Vernon White, a...

After being delayed a night due to stormy weather, the annual Pontiac fireworks display lit up the night sky Saturday over Bull Shoals Lake, casting shadows behind boaters gathered below. Photo courtesy Karen Eubank
Ozark County’s celebration of the Fourth of July holiday continued last week as crowds gathered in Rockbridge and Pontiac for elaborate fireworks displays and water-fun enthusiasts headed for lakes and streams.  Following a day of patriotic activities, a fundraiser pig roast and then a sky-blazing...
Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Urich’s mother, Susan Urich, second from right, didn’t win the Showcase round when she appeared as a contestant on the nationally syndicated Price Is Right show recently, but she certainly deserved a prize for her enthusiasm. She exuberantly shrieked, jumped,...

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