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The Ozark County commissioners on Monday signed a two-year lease for two new 2019 International dump trucks, like the one shown in this dealer’s photo, with the option to buy them at the end of the lease. The vehicles will be used in the county’s western district, primarily for hauling base rock...

Dora fire chief Monte Shipley, left, Chris Hammett with Eastern Douglas County VFD, and DVFD captain John Stanton were among the emergency personnel who responded to a rollover crash July 31 on Highway 14 in Vanzant. Also pictured are Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Prater, back to camera, and an unidentified driver from Ed’s Towing from Mountain Grove. A Vanzant woman was injured in the crash. Photo courtesy of Eastern Douglas County VFD.
First responders from Dora Volunteer Fire Department assisted Eastern Douglas County VFD and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in working a July 31 rollover accident on Highway 14 about 6 miles north of Dora that injured a Vanzant woman. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol online crash...
DOW campers raised $735 Thursday with a Gainesville bake sale. The funds will go toward a much-needed camp bus. For more than 50 years, 30-40 Ozark County young people, along with youth from Douglas and Wright counties, have  gotten to experience a summer week at the camp, which is funded by...

Joe Ervin
As Joe Ervin worked with other first responders Saturday trying unsuccessfully to save the life of Duane O’Nele after he suffered an apparent heart attack, Ervin couldn’t help but think of how close he had come to having a fatal heart attack himself.  Ervin, a member of the Timber Knob Volunteer...
Duane O’Nele died Saturday morning despite the urgent, sustained efforts of more than a dozen strangers who tried to save him.  O’Nele, 60, had worked at the Giles and Kendall cedar mill in Gainesville since 2001, according to plant manager Bryan Campbell. Co-workers there knew him as a quiet, good...
Four-year-old Damon Anderson seemed thrilled to be in his new preschool classroom Monday evening as his parents, Holly and Bobby Anderson, chatted with Damon’s preschool teacher, Brandi Miller, left, during Gainesville Schools’ back-to-school open house. The gathering included a hamburger and hot...

Top left: Ray Gross, Associate Circuit Judge; Top, right: John Garrabrant, Prosecuting Attorney; Bottom, left: John Turner, Presiding Commissioner; Bottom, right: Karla Eslinger, State Representative, 155th District.
UPDATED Gainesville school district's request for a 75-cent levy increased failed by 15 votes in Tuesday's primary election. With all eight precincts in the school district reporting, 689  yes votes and 704 no votes were cast. In the other contested races in Ozark County, challenger Raymond Gross...
Striper fishing continues to be the hot bite on Norfork Lake. Right now everybody who live-bait fishes, trolls or spoons is catching stripers. This year, with the normal water levels, the lake has an excellent level of oxygen from 35 to 100 feet of water. This means the stripers have plenty of...

Pictured from left: Stacey Hambelton, Vance Hambelton, Renee’ Hambelton, current University Extension agent Randy Weidmeier and Terri Fossett, southwest project director.
 Co-workers, friends and family held a party Monday afternoon to say good-bye to Renee Hambelton on her last day as Ozark County’s family nutrition program associate with the Missouri University Extension office here. For the past 40 years, a Hambelton has worked in the local Extension office....

Jeremiah Kowerduck. Ozark County Jail booking photo.
A Hardenville man who was arrested July 20 for allegedly burglarizing a Gainesville home and stealing items worth approximately $1,500, recently added possession of methamphetamine to his list of alleged offenses after Ozark County Sheriff’s Department employees found two bags of a white...

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