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Ozark County residents Ini, left, and Wren, were approached by a casting crew for the Discovery Channel’s hit TV show “Homestead Rescue” in early spring through Instagram, where Wren frequently shares photos and snippets of their homesteading journey. The pair, who do not have a TV and had not heard of the show, went through an interview process and were ultimately chosen to be featured in an episode that aired Dec. 13. The Raney family was able to use the yurt’s original floor, made of reclaimed poplar barnwood.
Wren and Ini, an Ozark County homesteading couple who have chosen not to use their last names for privacy concerns, were featured in a Dec. 13 episode of Discovery Channel’s hit TV show, “Homestead Rescue.” The show pairs homesteaders in need of help with Marty, Matt and Misty Raney, a father, son...
The former Hodgson Mill plant on County Road 806 in Gainesville is now home to a new company, Ozark Vinyl, a plastic-recycling business that moved into the facility in early December. The company, which has a contract with Baxter Healthcare Corporation to recycle scrap plastic, shares the space...

A New Year’s Day fire destroyed this older rock home on the Howards Ridge farm owned by Stan and Janet Taber of Almartha. Sam Overturf, who was renting the house, was not home when the fire started. Volunteers from six area fire departments responded to the blaze, working several hours in bone-chilling, sub-freezing temperatures to contain the fire and keep it from spreading to nearby hay barns and other structures. Times photo / Sue Ann Jones.
Fire destroyed a Howards Ridge home Monday evening, bringing firefighters from six area fire departments to battle the blaze in sub-freezing temperatures. Ozark County Ambulance also responded to the scene, where an unidentified firefighter slipped from a ladder but, after attention from the...
Christmas trees can be left at the side of any Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp on Norfork or Bull Shoals lake to be used as fish cover. Those leaving trees at the ramps should be careful not to block the ramp and parking areas. All trees must be real, not artificial, and must be free of ornaments...
The filing period for candidates wishing to run in the April 3, 2018, general municipal election for seats on school, municipal and other public boards continues until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.   Municipal, public boards Candidates are invited to file for positions coming open on these...
The Ozark County Courthouse and most other government offices, including post offices, will be closed Monday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. The Ozark County Commission will postpone its usual Monday meeting until 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.  Gainesville City Hall will also be closed on  New...

Photo by Karla Smith
Continuing the annual tradition they’ve had for many years, the Gainesville Lady Bulldog basketball team adopted one local family through the Ozark County Angel Tree program. The basketball team held a bake sale in Gainesville Friday, raising over $1,100 for the adopted family, which includes six...
Many children in Ozark County had a little merrier Christmas thanks to the generosity of local residents through the Ozark County Angel Tree program. Organizer Karla Smith, pictured with daughter Shelby, said 144 children were “adopted” by residents who bought Christmas presents for them this...

Ozark County emergency responders who received 2017 State of Missouri Volunteer of the Year Team Award certificates during a presentation Friday at the courthouse were, from left, Ozark County emergency management director Brett Meints, Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief J. B. Duke, Tecumseh VFD board member Shawn Taylor, SEMA Region G coordinator J.J. Travis (front) holding certificate awarded to Tecumseh VFD firefighter Dan Israel who couldn’t attend, Bakersfield VFD firefighters Lloyd “Punk” Stone (back) and Zaylor Watts, Ozark County Chief Deputy Winston Collins, Tecumseh VFD chief Nathanael Winrod (back), Dora VFD chief Monte Shipley and Bakersfield VFD chief Greg Watts and his daughter Tera. Meints had accepted the awards on behalf of the Ozark County recipients at the recent Show Me Partnerships Emergency Human Services Conference and Volunteer Symposium at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. The honor recognizes some of the emergency responders who assisted residents during the April floods.
Several Ozark County emergency services volunteers, along with an Ozark County Sheriff’s deputy, were honored with the 2017 Missouri Volunteer of the Year Team Award recently at the 2017 Show Me Partnerships Emergency Human Services Conference and Volunteer Symposium in Osage Beach.  Brett Meints,...
Christmas trees can be left at the side of any Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp on Norfork or Bull Shoals lake to be used as fish cover. Those leaving trees at the ramps should be careful not to block the ramp and parking areas. All trees must be real, not artificial, and must be free of ornaments...

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