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The Missouri Department of Transportation’s  South-east District awarded contracts for three Ozark County projects during its March 4 electronic ballot process. A $6,975,000 contract was awarded to Pace Construction Company for pavement improvements on nine state highways, including two Ozark...

For the second time in the school’s history, the Dora Falcons basketball team is in the final four. The Falcons defeated Delta 106-70 in the quarterfinals Saturday, March 7, and will take on Jefferson at 6:50 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at JQH Arena in Springfield. Pictured, from left (front row): coach Rick Luna, Landon Luna, Jacob Freiman, Korey Murphy, Bo Collins, Dylan Murphy, Evan Smith, Tyler Luna, assistant coach Joshua Strong; (back) Mason Luna, Isaac Haney, Waylon Masters, Auston Luna, Bryson Luna. Photo by Karla Smith
This story is reprinted with permission from OzarksSportsZone.com. The Dora Falcons are heading to the Final Four. After leading by just three  at the end of the first, the Falcons raced to a 106-70 win over the Delta Bobcats Saturday afternoon. “That was crazy,” said Dora head coach Rick Luna. “...
Twenty percent of Ozark County’s registered voters – 1,408 of 7,037 – voted in the March 10 Presidential Preference Primary.  These 408 votes were cast on the Democrat Party ballot: Amy Klobuchar, 2; Tulsi Gabbard, 1; Joe Biden, 254; Elizabeth Warren, 4; Pete Buttigieg, 5; Bernie Sanders, 133;...

The Ozark County Commissioners recently had new signage installed at Haskins Ford, where County Road 863 crossess the upper reaches of Bull Shoals Lake. Times photo/Amelia LaMair
Additional signs reading “No Crossing When Water Is Over Road” have been installed at Haskins Ford, where County Road 863 crosses the upper reaches of Bull Shoals Lake. Western Ozark County Commissioner Greg Donley said the bridge cannot safely be crossed until the lake level is at 664 feet...

Wayne and Doris Sayles stand by the jail door they bought several years ago at a local garage sale. It is the original door from the stone jail and was used for a while in the next jail that was included on the top floor of the Ozark County Courthouse that was completed in 1939. A local resident bought the door from the county in an auction on the courthouse steps when the jail was moved into the “new” Ozark County Sheriff’s Office. It was restored to its original position in the jail. The bars to either side of the door are not original.
In part 1 of this journey back in time, we discussed some of the background and motivation for building a new county jail at Gainesville in the early days of the 20th century. The construction details are vague, but we do know that the land was acquired and an “improved” stone building was...

Charlotte Holmes and her husband, Danny, have traveled throughout the region since Christmas as Charlotte shares the story of her visit to heaven during an 11-minute near-death experience last September. She’s spoken to many churches and women’s groups, and in April, she and Danny are scheduled to travel to Dallas to appear in three programs on Daystar, a Christian television network that broadcasts globally. Times file photo / Sue Ann Jones
Life has been flat-out crazy for Charlotte Holmes since the story of her visit to heaven was published in the Dec. 25 edition of the Ozark County Times and soon after was posted on ozarkcountytimes.com. And now there’s a very good chance things are going to get even crazier soon.  Charlotte...

Almartha resident Janet Taber, left, made a donation to the Gainesville PTO project to purchase new playground equipment at the elementary school in honor of longtime educator Paula Rose, right, and in memory of Rose’s mother, the late Jean Herd. “I decided to dedicate my donation in honor of these two generations of educators who each taught at Gainesville Elementary for 30 years,” Taber told the Times Monday. “Paula coached and taught both of my daughters and had a huge impact on them and many other children – an impact that no doubt continues today, even after her retirement. She taught her students the sense of fair play and commitment, and expected her teams to be the best they could. This was a lifestyle for both of these women, not just an 8-to-5 job.” Times photo / Jessi Dreckman
The Gainesville Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is nearing its goal to raise the $10,000 needed to purchase and install new playground equipment that will replace an old, wooden boat-shaped play piece located at the Gainesville Elementary School.  Organizers say they are working to complete...

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Editor’s note: In upcoming editions ahead of the Aug. 4 primary election the Ozark County Times will publish profiles of candidates running for Ozark County offices and for 44th Circuit Judge. Announcements of candidates who are running for state representative and state senator in districts...

Larry, a blue-nose pitbull, has been missing since October 2019. Larry is a service dog for Ozark County resident Stephanie Rusher-Schrein and her family. Stephanie says she is certain he was taken from outside her home.
Oct. 26, 2019, at 11 a.m.  It’s a date and time Stephanie Rusher-Schrein will not soon forget. That was when her service dog, Larry – her “baby” – went missing. Stephanie and her family have lived at their home above Warren Bridge since moving to the Ozarks from Colorado earlier in 2019. ...
Daniel W. Hamby, 55, of Dora, was taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas, after sustaining injuries when he was run over by his own truck at the Bridges Creek access, locally known as Stump Hole, on Norfork Lake at 5:30 a.m. Sunday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol...

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