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Cora, 3, left, and Josie, 5, worked all day Saturday picking corn from the garden with their grandfather, John Steffensen.
The gardeners:  John Steffensen (with wife, Judy), Locust Road (Ozark County Road 603), Gainesville   Garden size and format:  Our garden is 40 by 80 feet. We only grow what we use, which are the standards; however, some years I get carried away and plant too much. Then, we share. This year we have...

The Land family’s Premier Foxtrotters business trains horses to be rock-steady trail-riding horses that are unflappable in a wide variety of situations. The trained foxtrotters also willingly respond to instructions, even when asked to strike an unusual pose for photos, as this one did with trainers Keeli Land and her dad, Brian Land.
Anyone asked to name Ozark County’s leading “exports” would be right in mentioning cattle, and also the cedar products shipped from Giles & Kendall, or the plastic construction materials manufactured by Wilson Industries, or the nut butters made at the East Wind Community. But maybe you would...
Someday in the future, when some-one asks one of my five grandkids what they remember most about their grandmother, I hope they’ll say I was kind, that I loved to share a good laugh and that I was good at reading books with them. I’d love it if they said I was brave and fearless too, but that’s...

Robert Abbott
Robert Abbott, 45, of West Plains, is charged in connection with a truck stolen June 30 from outside a Gainesville restaurant. The truck’s owner, Manuel Hambelton, told Ozark County Sheriff’s Department officers he had driven his silver 2016 Dodge 3500 to a restaurant on Third Street in Gainesville...
Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Vesa Phelan and his K-9 partner, Rye, take time out for a little play while patrolling during Independence Day festivities at Theodosia Marina Resort Saturday. The Harlin family and Century Bank of the Ozarks donated the money for the female German Shepherd and...
These two Fourth of July extended-holiday events are planned for Saturday, July 11, in Ozark County. Bakersfield Picnic in the Park and fireworks - The annual picnic in Bakersfield’s Pride Park will be held from 5 p.m. until dark, when the fireworks show begins. Town-wide yard sales, music, food,...
The three-day Fourth of July weekend was a busy one for Ozark County’s first responders, ambulance personnel and sheriff’s department. Emergency staffers and volunteers responded to 46 calls in the 72-hour holiday period. (See the sheriff’s report on page 7.) Twenty-two of those calls were from...
One new case of COVID-19 has been reported here since last week’s Times. Ozark County Health Department administrator Rhonda Suter said Tuesday, June 30, that Ozark County’s second positive case of COVID-19 had been confirmed. The new case brings the county’s total to two confirmed cases. The...

Emergency responders as well as other motorists who stopped to help are credited with saving the lives of Gregory McGee, 62, and Josh Randolph, 31, who were injured in a June 30 crash on Highway 5 south. Shortly before this photo was taken, rescuers pulled McGee from the Chevy Blazer (left) after it burst into flames. The responders then rushed to help stablize Randolph while his partially ejected torso and midsection were pinned under his Chevy Impala (right). Hydraulic extrication equipment was used to lift the mangled vehicle off of him.
Emergency personnel and bystanders are credited with saving the lives of two Gainesville men who sustained major injuries in a June 23 vehicle crash on Highway 5 south near W Highway.  Paula Coatney and Trisha Hathcock were headed northbound in their two vehicles that Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. In...

Tracy “Todd” Presson
Editor’s note: Documents used to gather information for this story about Tracy Presson’s case are publicly available on the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) website. Visit pacer.uscourts.gov to view the documents or find more information about the case.   Tracy “Todd” Presson, a 54...

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