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It’s beginning to look more like spring. Grass is greening up some, and the front yard had a big bunch of robins and meadow larks one morning. The Easter lily flowers are blooming lots of places.We went to Cookie’s for supper one night. They are now open Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and...
As loads of leaves cover my yard the jonquils and narcissus are in full bloom. My front yard is full of the white and yellow blossoms, indicating spring has arrived here. I appreciate their burst of color.No doubt the big show buses and trucks passing by my home Sunday evening on 160 Highway were...

Emilee Shipley
Ozark County Chief Deputy Winston Collins confirmed to the Times Monday that 16-year-old Emilee Shipley, who on Jan. 8 was reported missing from the Dora-area home of her grandparents, David and Jeanie Shipley, was recently found safe in Howell County.Collins said he could not give any details in...
Dozens of Ozarkians were startled Thursday afternoon by a loud boom that rattled dishes and sent folks scurrying outside in some places to look for signs of an explosion somewhere. Ozark County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher Ken Burnett said calls came in from “all over” as residents tried to find...

Shelby Kinsey and her boyfriend Bailey Elliott pause for a quick photo with children who were able to live in a new home thanks to building efforts by volunteers with Project H.O.P.E. Shelby met Bailey, who stays in Nicaragua as a missionary for the majority of the year,  during a recent mission trip. He surprised her on Sunday, March 11, when he walked into Texas Roadhouse In Springfield, where she was celebrating her 17th birthday by having dinner there with her parents, Gary and Heather Kinsey.
Nicaragua is beginning to feel like a second home to Gainesville High School junior Shelby Kinsey, who is making plans for her sixth mission trip later this year to the country, where her cousin Tammy Conner Stearns, along with her husband Travis and their children, are missionaries at Project H.O....

After last spring’s monumental flood washed away the gravel boat ramp and much of the bank at Cook’s Landing on Bryant Creek, the Missouri Department of Conservation brought in boulders so drivers wouldn’t accidentally drive off the badly eroded creek bank.
Just in time for the spring white bass run, the Missouri Department of Conservation has reopened its Florence C. Cook Access on Bryant Creek.The access, known locally as Cook’s Landing, has been closed since a large section of creek bank was washed away in the epic spring 2017 floods. MDC brought...

It’s believed Sunday night’s fire started in the kitchen area of the Millers’ manufactured home, but no specific origin has been determined. Four dogs perished in the fire. Gainesville firefighter Sage McGinnis saved a fifth dog from the blaze, but another pet, a basset hound, is missing.
Gainesville-area residents Richard and Cindi Miller got the news Sunday evening that their home off AA Highway was on fire as Cindi was being admitted to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains for treatment of pneumonia. And that double-whammy of hard events was made even more gut-wrenching when they...

If the Gainesville School’s application for a FEMA grant is accepted, the district’s tentative plans are for a new 7,800-square-foot storm-shelter structure that would be added to the front of the current high school building. The addition would create a new entrance to the school and provide space for offices, classrooms and a spacious center hallway.
At a special open school board meeting Thursday night, the Gainesville R-V School District discussed its tentative plans for a 7,800-square-foot FEMA shelter to be built on the high school campus if its grant application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency is accepted.Superintendent Jeffrey...

Cody Thomas, 26, shown here with his wife, Maggie, and their two young children, Amelia and Judah, died Feb. 27 as the result of a head-on collision on Highway 65 south of Harrison, Arkansas.
Ozark Countians were saddened last week to learn of the death of former Ozark County resident Cody Thomas, 26, as the result of a Feb. 27 car crash on Highway 65 near Bellefonte, Arkansas.Thomas, a 2010 graduate of Gainesville High School, was the son of Wasola-area residents Steve and Sheila...
Voters in the Dora R-III School District will decide in the April 3 election whether to renew the current tax levy with a .10 increase.Dora superintendent Steve Richards says approving the levy increase carries extra importance because it brings the district’s levy back to the 3.43 level where it...

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