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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...
The late Genelle Breeding is remembered by scores of Ozark Countians, and former Ozark Countians, as a beloved elementary teacher whose fun-loving ways made learning fun. Those who weren’t fortunate enough to have been a student in her classroom (or one of the one-room schools where she taught in...

Gainesville Church of Christ minister Halbert Smith welcomes a large crowd to the church Monday night for the first of a series of worship services being held this week in area churches. The services continue Thursday-Saturday with the theme, “Unity and Maturity in Christ – Ephesians 4:1-16.” Times photo / Norene Prososki.
The 2017 Ozark County Christians Unite to Worship revival continues this week in area churches. The theme is “Unity and Maturity in Christ – Ephesians 4:1-16,” and nightly services that began Monday and Tuesday will continue at area churches Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 26-28. Many churches hold...

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...

Kevin Robinson. Courtesy of the Ozark County Jail.
Kevin Robinson, 28, of Gainesville is being held in the Ozark County Jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond, charged in connection with the Oct. 21 stabbing of 24-year-old Robert Chambers in Gainesville's Town & Country Supermarket parking lot. Robinson is scheduled to be arraigned before Associate...

44th Circuit Associate Judge Cynthia MacPherson
Associate 44th Circuit Judge Cynthia MacPherson of Pontiac was recently recognized for her contributions and participation in the judicial transfer and partnership programs, which allow presiding judges of partnered circuits to arrange for the transfer of judicial resources and cover cases in areas...

H. K. Silvey has lived in several places around the country and even worked in the aerospace industry, but he says he never lived anyplace where the people were like the people of Ozark County. “The people here – they’re neighbors,” he said.
This story, originally published in the Ozarks Alive! blog, is reprinted with permission. To read more of Kaitlyn McConnell’s posts about the people and places of the Ozarks, visit ozarksalive.com.     THEODOSIA – When fiddler H.K. Silvey was a boy in rural Ozark County, a down-the-road town seemed...

44th Circuit Associate Judge Cynthia MacPherson
Associate 44th Circuit Judge Cynthia MacPherson of Pontiac was recently recognized for her contributions and participation in the judicial transfer and partnership programs, which allow presiding judges of partnered circuits to arrange for the transfer of judicial resources and cover cases in areas...

H. K. Silvey has lived in several places around the country and even worked in the aerospace industry, but he says he never lived anyplace where the people were like the people of Ozark County. “The people here – they’re neighbors,” he said.
This story, originally published in the Ozarks Alive! blog, is reprinted with permission. To read more of Kaitlyn McConnell’s posts about the people and places of the Ozarks, visit ozarksalive.com.   THEODOSIA – When fiddler H.K. Silvey was a boy in rural Ozark County, a down-the-road town seemed...

Stella Luna’s cornbread - I don’t think my mother ever had this written down, but this is how she taught me to make cornbread. It’s so much better than a mix – and not much harder. I remember it, hot and crusty, broken into a plate brimming with pinto beans, or simply crumbled into a cold glass of milk for an easy Sunday night supper. *****1 cup corn meal (Stella used yellow), 1 cup flour, 3 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, 1 egg, Milk -- she never did measure it. I was to judge by looking at the batter. Over the years I’ve decided it takes a little more than one cup of milk. Mix all that together. (Don’t use a mixer. Just stir it with a fork or spoon.) Meanwhile in a 8 or 9” cast iron skillet, be heating some bacon grease. No measure on this, just be sure the bottom of the skillet is covered. (I’ve learned vegetable oil, even olive oil will work.) It should be VERY hot. Swirl it around in the skillet some to be sure the sides are coated too. Then pour it into the meal and flour mixture and stir four or five times. Pour it all into the hot skillet and bake 20 – 25 minutes at 400 degrees. When it’s done, turn it upside down on a plate and slice into wedges. - Mary Ruth Luna Sparks
The 2017 edition of Ozark County Cookin’ will feature not only the recipes but also the stories of Ozark County cooks, present and past, whose kitchen talents created warm, enduring memories for generations of area families. As we do each year, we’re asking our readers to share their...

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