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Sue Modlinski with her 2-year-old German shepherd, Zeke, who disappeared into the woods behind their Gainesville-area home on New Year’s Day.
Gainesville residents Len and Sue Modlinski lost their dog, Zeke, last week. But in the process of searching for him, they found a renewed appreciation for their fellow Ozark Countians.  Two-year-old Zeke, a skinny German shepherd, disappeared from the Modlinskis’ home on County Road 806, west of...

Despite the efforts of volunteer firefighters from Thornfield, Theodosia, Timber Knob, Wasola and Pontiac Price Place, the remote Longrun-area home of Linda Worner was a total loss Sunday afternoon. Worner lost almost all her possessions, including her motorized wheelchair, which is thought to have caused the fire when a short occurred in the charging cord. Firefighters pictured: Capt. Tracy Meal, TAVFD, front; from back, right: Roger Sanders, TAVFD; Lt. Craig Mierkowski, TAVFD; and Brett Meints, Thornfield VFD. Photo courtesy Lt. Craig Mierkowski, TAVFD.
Disabled Longrun resident Linda Worner lost her home to a Sunday afternoon fire that was apparently caused by her motorized wheelchair.  Worner’s neighbor, Boyd Garrison, a Theodosia Area Volunteer Fire Department board member, looks out for Worner, who has no vehicle that runs. “I just hate to see...

The Bakersfield Head Start class began Dec. 4 with 15 3-year-olds and a few 4-year-olds who are dually enrolled in Bakersfield’s afternoon preschool program. The class is Ozark County’s second Head Start program. The other one is in Gainesville.
Ozark County now has two Head Start programs, with the opening Dec. 4, 2018, of a new Head Start in Bakersfield. Ozark Action, Inc., which opened the Bakersfield program, has also operated a Head Start program in Gainesville for decades. The half-day Bakersfield program came about when a Head Start...
Several candidates have filed to run in the April 2 general municipal election for positions coming open on school, municipal and county boards in Ozark County. The filing deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 15. If the number of candidates equals the number of open positions on these boards, Missouri law...

January 2018: John Evans suffered second-degree burns to his face and “worse-than-third-degree” burns to his hands in an explosion that happened a year ago this week at a building he owns on Highway 160 near Miller’s Store east of Gainesville. He was flown by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in Springfield where he underwent surgery and skin grafts.
A year ago this week, John Evans began a remarkable recovery from severe burns he suffered in an explosion that probably should have killed him. Evans said Sunday he’s grateful to God, and he also credits his recovery to the emergency personnel and medical professionals who helped him. But most of...

Missouri Department of Conservation says prescribed fire is an ancient technique used to manage grasslands, woodlands and old fields for forage production and improvement of wildlife habitat. MDC will hold a prescribed-fire workshop Jan. 15 in Tecumseh. (MDC photo)
Landowners can learn to use prescribed fire as a land-management tool at two upcoming Prescribed Fire Workshops presented by the Missouri Department of Conservation in Tecumseh and Mountain Grove. The first will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department. The...

Larry Warrick recently shared with the Times two memory books that had belonged to his aunt, the late Glenda Warrick Hays, during her days at Thornfield High School in 1937 and 1938.
As our old year ends, the familiar notes of “Auld Lang Syne” are heard, calling us to remember old friends and old times – and maybe prompting us to click on a keyboard or a smartphone to bring up photos and stories aplenty. But 80 years ago, before technology intervened, one of the ways citizens...
Raymond Gross was sworn in as associate circuit judge for Ozark County Dec. 28 by Judge Craig Carter (not pictured) while his children, Kendall, Lincoln and Aubrey, held a Bible. A courtroom full of friends, family members and colleagues witnessed the ceremony. Judge Gross’ first day in court was...

Ceder Collins
Ceder Collins, 20, graduated Dec. 7 from boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. He now is headed to Twentynine Palms, California. Collins, a 2016 Dora High School graduate, is the son of Jaci Robinson of Dora and Kip Collins of West Plains. 

Tecumseh resident Paul Guiley was presented with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on Nov. 8 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He’s pictured with Heather Metzler, FAA Safety Program director in Little Rock. The award is the FAA’s highest honor given to civilian pilots.
Paul Guiley was recently presented with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on Nov. 8 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The honor is the highest award given to civilian pilots by the Federal Aviation Administration. To qualify, pilots must have made their first solo flight 50 years ago, have their...

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