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Cindy and Dewane Dillon, shown here in the Indian Grass Farms bake shop they opened recently in the old barber shop on the northwest corner of the Gainesville square, have put the business on temporary hold while Dewane recovers from a recent fall from a deer stand. He suffered several injuries and was flown by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in Springfield but expects to come home later this week.
Last weekend many Ozark County youth hunters and their adult hunting companions took to the woods in an attempt to bag a deer during the early session of Missouri’s youth deer season. That’s exactly how the day began for 12-year-old Derek Winrod, son of Nathanael and Jennifer Winrod, and his...

Hundreds of people, including Gov. Eric Greitens, many active-duty military men and women and a Shriners band, were waiting to welcome Lee Burnett and the other veterans when they returned to Springfield National Airport from their Oct. 24 Honor Flight. From left, daughter-in-law Mary Burnett, who accompanied Lee as his guardian, with Lee and his wife, Nancy.
Theodosia resident Lee Burnett, 79, had a very long day last Tuesday, Oct. 24, but it was an exceptionally good one. It was the day Burnett, an Army veteran, participated in an Ozarks Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Even though he and his wife, Nancy, and their daughter-in-law, Mary Burnett, spent...
Organizers have begun planning the Gainesville “Wonders of Christmas” event and the  Bakersfield “Christmas Magic”  event, and Nancy Walker says the annual Ozark County Toy Drive will be held Dec. 16  The Bakersfield’s “Christmas Magic” event will be held Satur-day, Dec. 2, beginning with ...

Firefighters from Dora, Tecumseh and Eastern Douglas VFDs responded to the fire on Dora’s main street Friday evening, but they were only able to keep the fire from spreading to other structures. Within an hour, the house, built in 1924 with hand-planed lumber from the Deupree family’s planer mill, was on the ground.
A two-story house that had stood in Dora for 93 years was destroyed in less than an hour Friday night as a raging fire quickly reduced to ashes the home where Dick Deupree, 92, had grown up and lived as an adult for many years. Deupree and his dog, Wimpy, were rescued from the fire by his neighbor...
Jerry Studdard
  Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed issued a news release this morning (Nov. 2) saying Jerry Studdard, 52, of Wasola, has been arrested on two counts of statutory sodomy and one count of forcible sodomy.  The cases go back as far as 2007, the sheriff said, and "multiple other charges" are expected....

Elijah Church of Christ minister Cody Mayberry, right, stands at the front door of the church with members, from left, Doug Bean and Donald Joice.
Editor’s note: This article about Elijah Church of Christ has been adapted by Carol Pendergrass from a Feb. 13, 1975, story by Thelma Killion and Joyce Essex that was published in the Ozark County Times.   Elijah Church of Christ will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its move to its current site...

Andrew Brandt Clay. Photo courtesy of Ozark County Jail.
Andrew “Brandt” Clay, a 19-year-old Gainesville man, was arraigned Tuesday on a class B felony charge of shooting a firearm at another person in connection with a Oct. 21 incident in which Clay reportedly pulled his truck up behind the truck of another man he knew, grabbed a shotgun and discharged...
Saturday, Oct. 28, is National Drug Take-Back Day, when residents nationwide turn in unwanted, expired or unneeded prescription or over-the-counter medications to law enforcement officers to be disposed of by the Drug Enforcement Agency. The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department has participated in the...

Darla Sullivan and her grandkids, from left Jese Landry, Claire Turner, Jayce Turner and Jack Landry, enjoyed the 2016 Ozark County Trunk-or-Treat event on the Gainesville square. This year’s event is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Halloween is Tuesday, and Ozark County residents may choose from a wide array of area activities to join in on the fun. From trunk-or-treat events across the county to costume contests and Halloween parties, there’s no shortage of places to celebrate the spooky and family-fun-filled holiday. In...
Pottersville resident Zelda Beavers, 88, proudly shows off her giant yellow mum. Zelda says she bought the mum as a small plant two years ago at Cash Saver in West Plains. She planted it in her yard and put a little extra dirt over it during the winter so the roots didn’t freeze. The mum has...

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