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Lutie High School student council members conducted several anti-bullying initiatives during the Start with Hello week program Sept. 24-27. Pictured from left: back row, Hailey Taylor, Coby Dooley, Jonathon Pettit, Mirah Scott, Madison Reardon, Morgan Smith, Angel Hill, Anastasia Ham. Front row: Eli Morpeth, Haley Kruszewki, Timmy Henderson and Zack Luna. Not pictured: Bailee Amos. 
Lutie superintendent Scot Young says it was the suicide of a former student’s teenage son that prompted him to initiate a partnership with the Sandy Hook Promise group and bring the “Start with Hello week” to Lutie School.“I saw the news on social media, and it was heartbreaking. As a father, I can...

The maple trees lining the Ozark County courthouse lawn are ablaze with color this week.
There’s no shortage of places to have a ghoulishly good time in Ozark County this Halloween. Take your pick from this list of fall carnivals and festivals or trunk-or-treat events in Bakersfield, Dora, Gainesville or Theodosia. Friday and Saturday,Oct. 25-26 Mark Twain Carnival, Rueter, Friday, Oct...

This photo, from the 1969 GHS Bull-dogger, shows vo-ag teacher Darrell Strain directing student Lee Wayne Wallace in operating a power metal-cutting bandsaw. The photo caption says building stepladders was one of the required projects in Vo. Ag. II.
I think it was in May 1965 that a few members of the Gainesville R-5 School District board, along with the superintendent Mearle Luna, came to the University of Missouri at Columbia to interview prospective vocational agriculture teachers. I was told by my university adviser that these people...

Mohr
Gainesville resident Bryan Mohr, 34, pleaded guilty to the class D felony of second-degree statutory rape before Circuit Judge Craig Carter Oct. 16 and was sentenced to two years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The range of punishment for a class D felony in Missouri is up to four years...

Ozark County’s William Mahan was 17 when this tintype of him wearing his Civil War Home Guard uniform was created. Area residents interested in joining a new interest group that will meet for informal discussions about the Civil War in the Ozarks and beyond are invited to an initial gathering at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Historium on the west side of the Gainesville square.
There is news for anyone interested in learning more about the Civil War in the Ozarks and beyond: A new interest group with this focus is now being organized at the Ozark County Historium. The first gathering will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, and all are invited and encouraged to attend....

Barney Head and daughter Kiya Belle
A true Ozark County native, Barney Head was known for his love of the outdoors, his family and his daughter, Kiya Belle. So it was only fitting that he was laid to rest in a casket as unique as he was – built by the people who loved him most, made from reclaimed Ozark County barnwood adorned with...
The Ozark County Republican Committee has called a special meeting to interview persons who want to be considered for the position of Ozark County Treasurer. The meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the third-floor courtroom of the Ozark County Courthouse, is not open to the public...

David Mahan, left, and Kevin Honeycutt repair a fence that was torn down early Monday morning when a tree came down on Highway 95 near Theodosia, pulling up a huge root ball.
Many Ozark Countians this week are cutting their way through a thicket of downed trees and fences and celebrating the return of electrical power – or maybe still waiting for the lights to come back on, after a strong, swift storm swept through the area in the early-morning hours  Monday.Between 1:...

Bakersfield High School sophomore Emmi Tucker is captain of the Junior Team of the USA Martial Arts team that will participate in international competition in 2021 in London, England.
A Bakersfield teen is on her way to London in 2021 to compete with Team USA in the World Martial Arts Competition. Emmi Tucker, 15, a sophomore at Bakersfield High School, is the Junior Team captain of the USA Martial Arts team that will participate in the world competition. Emmi is currently the...

John William Bass
An Ozark County man accused of trafficking large amounts of crystal methamphetamine was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Circuit Judge Craig Carter during the Oct. 9 session of Ozark County Law Day. John William Bass, 52, of Caulfield, pleaded guilty to trafficking a controlled substance in...

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