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A new canine deputy will be joining the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office in a few months, thanks to a generous donation from the Harlin family and Century Bank of the Ozarks. OCSO Deputy Cpl. Curtis Dobbs, second from right, accepted the donation last week. Dobbs said John, pictured far left, and his...

Bob Main and Robin Deck
Veterinarians Robin Deck and Bob Main, who’ve operated the Gainesville Veterinary Clinic since moving here in 1985, say they’re ready to retire, but they don’t want to leave Ozark County without any practicing veterinarians. So they’re hoping two veterinarians from America’s Southwest will like...

Laird
For more than a month, Ozark County fugitive Jason Laird has evaded Ozark County Sheriff’s deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol officers who sought to arrest him for active warrants in nine Ozark County cases. Laird’s lucky streak came to an end Thursday, Feb. 20, after Taney County officers...
After more than an hour of testimony and about 45 minutes of deliberation last week, an Ozark County coroner’s inquest jury found reasonable cause to believe the Feb. 12 death of 26-year-old Robert Christian Chambers was justifiable homicide.The inquest was convened at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in...

Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise, far right, passed out paperwork Tuesday to candidates filing for county positions that are up for election in the Aug. 4 primary. These candidates were at the clerk's office at 8 a.m. when filing opened: (from left) Christy Thompson, incumbent candidate for treasurer; Jama Berry, incumbent candidate for assessor; Ozark County Deputy Cpl. Curtis Dobbs, who filed for sheriff; and Layne Nance, who filed for western district commissioner. Filing continues through March 31.
Filing for the Aug. 4 primary election opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday and will continue through March 31.Candidates can file for office by filling out the candidacy paperwork at the Ozark County  Clerk’s office on the main floor of the courthouse.  According to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website,...
Ozark Countians are reminded of important dates that are coming up related to the next three elections to be held in 2020. Those elections begin with Missouri’s March 10 Presidential Preference Election, followed by the April 7 General Municipal Election and the Aug. 4 Primary Election. The...

William Cook
This week the Times is publishing “profiles” of the five candidates running in the April 7 General Municipal Election for the three seats coming open on the Thornfield R-I School District Board of Education.  Candidate profiles for the Gainesville and Dora school boards ran in the Feb. 5 and...

Jeff and Kim Nash
When Kim Nash told her husband Jeff recently that she wanted him to make an appointment for a cardiac calcium screening at Baxter Regional Medical Center (BRMC), he thought it would be a waste of time.  “I felt fine and didn’t think there was anything wrong with me,” he said.  Nash made it a...
A Flippin, Arkansas, man died Monday night due to injuries suffered in a head-on crash on Highway 5, six miles south of Gainesville. The Missouri State Highway Patrol online crash report said Michael R. Clark, 59, was transported by ambulance to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home,...

James Hodges, pictured on a bluff overlooking the area known locally as “the forks,” where Bryant Creek meets the North Fork of the White River at Tecumseh, volunteers with the David’s Trail nonprofit organization to plan and build hiking trails on Corps of Engineers land along Norfork Lake. When completed, the proposed Ozark County trail section will connect the Ozark Trail in Missouri and the Ozark Highlands Trail in Arkansas. While recently in the area flagging the path, Hodges wore an Ozark Trail hat, Ozark Highlands Trail shirt and David’s Trail water bottle to represent the organizations involved in the project.
On a recent cold, wintry day, James Hodges and his trusty trail dog Cooper picked through the woods along Norfork Lake at Tecumseh, heading for a bluff that overlooks what locals call “the forks,” a scenic spot where the calm waters of Bryant Creek meet the spring-fed North Fork of the White...

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