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Crystal Fenske, Hailey Kruzewski, Elana Robles and Bailee Amos were part of the group of Lutie High School students who volunteered at Saturday’s Party on the Hill fundraiser event for the Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit organization that provides immediate assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured service members of all branches of the United States military.
A maxed-out crowd of 410 people attended Saturday night’s Party on the Hill west of Theodosia that raised money for the Semper Fi Fund, which provides assistance and support to post-9/11 combat-wounded services members of all branches of the U.S. military. Organizer Debbie Daniel had set a limit of...

15 girls vying for queen title The 2019 Hootin and Hollarin queen candidates include, from left (front), Kaitlyn Morse, Lily Parker, Olivia Milligan, Libby Pansano, Brandi Johnson; (middle row) Morgan Smith, Jasmine Hall, Hailey Taylor (withdrew after photo was taken), Jessee Latham, Cheyenne Clinton, Emily Green; (back) Star Janes, A’aisha Sykes, Hunter McCullough, Brandy Belt and Hannah See. The pageant begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the east side of the Gainesville square.
The 59th celebration of Hootin an Hollarin kicks off Thursday as volunteers, demonstrators, musicians, vendors, contest competitors and committee members make last-minute preparations for Ozark County’s traditional old-time fun-fest extravaganza.  A full schedule, map and stories about the events...

Jim Kyle
Ozark County resident Jim Kyle on Saturday was elected to the White River Valley Electric Cooperative’s board of directors after being nominated from the floor during the co-op’s annual meeting in Branson.  Kyle’s election was unusual in that he did not participate in the usual process through...

Michael Boyink photo courtesy Douglas County Herald. From left: Father Mark Scott Abbott of New Melleray, Iowa; Father Cyprian Harrison of Ava; and Bishop Rice (seated) applaud as Abbott Joseph, originally from Our Lady of Divine Grace in Vietnam, displays the key to the Assumption Abbey Monastery south of Ava. The ceremony marked the end of a six-year process of migrating ownership of the facilities to the Vietnamese monks.
Editor’s note: This story is reprinted with permission from the Douglas County Herald in Ava.   For the resident monks used to quiet meditation, contemplation and prayer, last Thursday at Assumption Abbey south of Ava must have seemed like Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Cars from several states...

After being closed since early May due to high water over the roadway at Bridges Creek near where it enters Norfork Lake, County Road 551, known locally as Smokey Road, reopened Aug. 16 when the water finally receded below the slab over the creek. Times photos/ Amelia LaMair
At their regular Monday meeting last week, Ozark County Commissioners said two of three lake crossings in the county that have been closed since early May due to high water have now reopened. On the east side, County Road 551, also known as Smokey Road, reopened on Aug. 16 as the waters of...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts. Lonnie Crisp, 75, of Caulfield, died Monday evening as the result of injuries sustained in a car-versus-semi-truck crash late Monday afternoon at Highway 5 north and Third Street in Gainesville.
A Caulfield man died Monday evening as the result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash late Monday afternoon in Gainesville. Lonnie Crisp, 75, of Caulfield, was pronounced dead at 6:04 p.m. at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, where he was taken by Air Evac following the 4:11 p.m....

Times photos/Regina Mozingo. Gail Ross, 81, operates Gail’s Pets Second Chance, a no-kill shelter on her 40-acre property at Oakland, Arkansas, south of Ozark County.
Just south of the Missouri-Arkansas line, down Highway 222 to Oakland, Arkansas, and then even farther down a long dirt road lies an oasis, of sorts, for dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes. Small dog-shaped signs lead the way to Gail’s Pets Second Chance, a no-kill dog rescue that shelters many...

Richard Sigler is donating this custom-made guitar to raffled this week to benefit Bakersfest and its car show.
The streets of Bakersfield will be humming like an old Buck Owens song, come Saturday. The 21st annual Bakersfest will be held at Bakersfield Pride Park in downtown Bakersfield, complete with a car show, craft booths, games, music, food and a city-wide yard sale. Organizers are hoping for good...
There’s still time to register to attend the second annual “Party on the Hill,” a benefit event for the Semper Fi Fund, a national charity that assists wounded post-9/11 veterans from all branches of the military. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, near Theodosia.  Attendance is free,...

Look inside today’s edition of the Times for a special 68-page Hootin an Hollarin guide, featuring the 2018 Lil Cedar Pete and Lil Miss Addie Lee winners Trail Acklin, son of Rockie and Patricia Acklin, and Adaleah Moore, daughter of Sarah and David Moore.
Hootin an Hollarin starts next week, transforming the Gainesville square from its usual quiet, small-town demeanor into a bustling old-time village full of handicraft vendors, homecoming visitors and a wide variety of crowd-pleasing, rib-ticklin’ activities and heartwarming country music....

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