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The Ozark County Ambulance District now has two ambulances and crews available seven days a week to respond to medical calls. While one ambulance and crew are available 24/7, a second vehicle and crew are now available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day of the week. Since mid-September, the ambulance...

Tecumseh resident Joe Corbin, left, and Ozark County Emergency Manager Curtis Ledbetter review some of the mapping materials that were shared during a Dec. 24 meeting in which personnel from the State Emergency Management Agency and Wood, the mapping contractor company, talked with local officials about the plan for updating Ozark County floodplain maps.
Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has begun the process of updating outdated floodplain maps to better reflect flood hazards in the state, including those in Ozark County. SEMA personnel and a representative of Wood, the mapping contractor company, met Dec. 24 in Gainesville to...

Robert Ross. Photo courtesy West Plains Daily Quill
Reprinted with permission of the West Plains Daily Quill.   After eight years of representing all of Texas County, the southern halves of Phelps and Pulaski counties and the northeast corner of Howell County in the Missouri House of Representatives, 142nd District Rep. Robert Ross has announced...

Bakersfield Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Kelly Fowler took this photo of Wayne Osborn’s home on County Road 355 south of Dora ablaze Christmas morning. Dora VFD chief Monte Shipley spotted the burning home as he was traveling back home after fighting a Bakersfield-area fire. The cause is unknown.
Bakersfield Volunteer Fire Department  chief Greg Watts was asleep when his emergency radio went off at 1:47 a.m. on a dark Christmas morning.  An Ozark County dispatcher toned out the Bakersfield VFD to respond to a structure fire at the Tom Turner home on County Road 588, just south of...

Members of the varsity Gainesville Academic Team are, from left, Abby Milligan, Anastasia Goodson, Ben Pointer and Hunter Webb.
The Gainesville High School varsity academic team placed seventh overall and third among “small schools” in the 2019 Kickapoo Classic Tournament Saturday, Dec. 7, in Springfield. Thirty teams participated in the tournament.  The Gainesville team’s achievement qualifies it for the Small School...

The interior of the Dora Youth Connect building has been remodeled as a comfortable gathering place for high school students, offering “short-order”-style food, games and activities. Photo submitted
A popular gathering place for Dora-area teenagers has reopened under a new name but with the same enthusiastic church support and in the same age-old Dora building, now spruced up for its rebirth.  Dora Youth Connect, a project sponsored by the Family Life Church in Dora, will be open from 6 to...

The Ava Nazarene Church’s gym was transformed into a winter wonderland Dec. 14 for the Christmas party in honor of 44th Judicial Circuit foster children and foster families. Photo submitted
Thanks to dozens of warm hearts and busy hands, every foster child and family in Ozark, Douglas and Wright Counties was welcomed with open arms to an extravagant Christmas party thrown in their honor Dec. 14 in Ava.  “We all have those moments from our childhood that are magical and hold a...

Santa and Mrs. Claus wave from their wagon at the end of the Downtown Springfield Christmas parade on Dec. 14. Some Ozark Countians may recognize the man behind the beard as an Ozark County native. Photo courtesy KY3.com
You may not know this, but Santa Claus is an Ozark County native – at least the Santa Claus who has ridden in the annual Downtown Springfield Christmas parade for more than 30 years is. The Ozark County Times interviewed the jolly old elf recently for an update on what he’s learned and...

Members of the varsity Gainesville Academic Team are, from left, Abby Milligan, Anastasia Goodson, Ben Pointer and Hunter Webb.
The Gainesville High School varsity academic team placed seventh overall and third among “small schools” in the 2019 Kickapoo Classic Tournament Saturday, Dec. 7, in Springfield. Thirty teams participated in the tournament.  The Gainesville team’s achievement qualifies it for the Small School...

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Matthew Barnett, 32, of Gainesville, is scheduled to be arraigned before Circuit Judge Craig Carter Jan. 14, 2020, on a class D felony charge of third-degree assault and a class B-misdemeanor charge of second-degree property damage.  The case stems from a Sept. 14 incident in which Barnett is...

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