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Twenty firefighters from five area departments worked several hours fighting a July 5 lightning-caused fire that destroyed the Caulfield-area home of an older Ozark County couple. Caulfield Membership Fire Department chief Shannon Sisney said the home was a total loss, but firefighters kept the fire from spreading to two nearby outbuildings.
Lightning sparked a July 5 house fire on Highway 160 west of Caulfield that destroyed the home of an older Ozark County couple. The Times could not confirm the couple's identity, but their last name is thought to be Metz.Caulfield Membership Fire Department chief Shannon Sisney said firefighters...

In this Ozark County Times file photo, Robert Peat Jr. stands with his attorney, special public defender James R. Hayes, before Ozark County Circuit Judge Craig Carter at his Sept. 26, 2017, arraignment on murder charges. Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant is seated behind them, and behind Garrabrant are Minnesota residents Tamile Leckie-Montague, adoptive mother of murder victim Savannah Leckie, center, and her fiance (now husband) Cary Steeves. With them is victim's advocate Nicole Graham, left. In a surprising turn of events last week, a Greene County judge released Peat from custody on his own recognizance, with GPS monitoring by Court Probationary Services.
Reed: 'What the heck just happened?' Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed said Monday he was "as appalled as everyone else was" when a Greene County court ruled last week that Robert Peat Jr., accused of murder in the 2017 Savannah Leckie case, could be released on his own recognizance with electronic...
Michael Williams of Wappapello recently broke the state record for yellow bullhead by shooting a 2-pound, 4-ounce champion while bowfishing on Duck Creek in Bollinger County. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Williams on April 23 weighed 2 pounds, 4 ounces with a length of 14.75...

If the Gainesville R-V School District's 75-cent levy-increase proposal is approved by voters in the Aug. 7 primary, the district will replace interior and classroom doors with high-security doors that offer better protection for students and teachers. Here, district business manager Allisa West shows one of the original interior doors in the 55-year-old school that would be replaced. Times photo / Jenny Yarger
It's been 25 years since Gainesville R-V School District voters approved a levy increase. That 1993 increase, of about 30 cents per $100 assess valuation, was dedicated exclusively to fund the construction of the "new" elementary school. And when that facility was completely paid for in 2008, the...
To contact the Ozark County Sheriff's Department or other emergency-responding agencies, call 417-679-4633. In an emergency, dial 911. June 299:06 a.m. – Medical: 67-year-old male says he is dying. Ozark County Ambulance, Lick Creek VFD, Air Evac responded. Air Evac was canceled.10:59 a.m. –...

Faith Harlin, a graduate of Gainesville High School and four-year volunteer at Camp Barnabas, hugs Theresa, a 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome. Faith spent a week with Theresa during this summer's week-long camp at Table Rock Lake. Camp Barnabas is a Christian-based summer camp for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses.
Faith Harlin first volunteered at Camp Barnabas  the summer after her freshman year at Gainesville High School. The week-long Christian camp at Table Rock Lake serves campers with special needs or chronic illnesses.  During her junior high years, Faith had spent some time volunteering at Special...
Hello from our home to yours.Monday was a movie day. Tuesday we had our armchair travel to Switzerland and enjoyed ice cream in the morning and our monthly birthday party in the afternoon. We served German chocolate cake because we were also celebrating our dietary manager, Shawn Lewellen's...
The Brixey Rockbridge Volunteer Fire Department will present its 14th annual car, truck and motorcycle show on Saturday, July 21. The event will be held at the department's firehouse on Highway 95 east of N Highway and west of Bryant Creek.Car, truck or motorcycle entries can sign in at 10 a.m.,...
I'm still enjoying all the birthday cards I've received, plus the many phone calls. I read the cards over and over. I never throw one away, which means someday my girls will have fun – or a big job! As I receive those pretty birthday cards, I treasure each one.Sandi Chrietzberg Richard from Ben...
This photo taken by Gainesville High School agriculture teacher Jon Wilson won the People's Choice award in this year's 2018 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest hosted by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Wilson's photo, titled "Curious," was also runner-up in the contest's "Farm...

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