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Missouri's online covid vaccine dashboard reported Tuesday that 627 doses of covid-19 have been administered in Ozark County, including 573 first doses and 54 second of two doses. The total represents 6.2 percent of the county's 9,174 residents, the dashboard reported. The dashboard also said that...
Two upcoming holidays Feb. 12 and Feb. 15 will cause closures at some area offices and businesses. The Ozark County Times office will be open both days. Gainesville City Hall and the Gainesville License Office will be closed both days.     Lincoln’s birthday Missouri state offices will be closed...

The new pathway of Highway 160 will stretch north of its current location beginning halfway down the hill west of the Tecumseh access at Norfork Lake. The result will eliminate these two reverse curves, allowing a gentler bend in the roadway.  Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Few sections of Ozark County roadway are as infamous, and perilous, as the quarter-mile stretch of Highway 160 west of Norfork Lake known simply to locals as the “Tecumseh curves.” Located about 9 miles east of Gainesville, Highway 160 descends a hillside at that point, leading drivers through more...

Sparta Tournament champs The Gainesville Bulldogs took first place in the Sparta Tournament Saturday after a nail-biter 59-51 overtime win against Fair Grove. Members of the team are, from left, (front row) Andrew Hambelton, Camden Evans, Ryan Poe, Carter Wise, Easton McGee; (back row) Nathan Kiger, Jake Leeker, Landry Jenkins, Bryce Hambelton, Isaac Barnett, Westin Wilson and Wyatt Alms. Photos courtesy Karla Smith
The Gainesville Bulldogs varsity basketball team had a great showing at the Sparta Tournament last week that ended in a gutsy 59-51 overtime win over first-seeded Fair Grove to bring home the championship trophy.  “We had some stretches in all three games where we weren’t as efficient as we needed...
Missouri’s minimum wage rose to $10.30 per hour on Jan. 1, and with President Joe Biden and other politicians pushing to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, the county, as well as many local businesses, are nervously looking toward the future. At their meeting last week, the Ozark County...
The Ozark County Commissioners are currently reviewing and discussing potential changes in the courthouse’s communication system, internet service and elevator contract.    Possible phone system and internet upgrades At their Feb. 1 weekly meeting, the commissioners said they are considering...

The Ozark County Fire Chiefs Association is selling these window decals as a fundraiser to help pay for training sessions and the materials used in them.
The Times recently published lists of charitable organizations that serve Ozark County and suggested that area residents might be willing to support those groups financially. The 15 volunteer fire departments that serve Ozark County are also charitable organizations, and almost all say they need...

Facebook famous Ozark County Sheriff’s canine Rye has her own Facebook page (search for “K9 Rye”). The dog is supported completely by donations, and more community donations are currently needed.
The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department is currently raising funds to support its police canine, Rye.  “The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 program is completely funded by the gracious donations from citizens and businesses of Ozark County,” OCSD Sheriff’s Deputy and canine handler Justin...

Thursday and Friday, Ozark County’s first responders, including Ozark County Ambulance District administrator Stacy Raney, were offered the vaccine at the Ozark County Health Department. OCHD nurse Rita Cudworth gave Raney the shot. Times photo/Regina Mozingo
As residents and staff members at Gainesville Health Care Center got their second of two covid vaccinations Thursday, Jan. 28, several Ozark County first responders got their first shot as the long-awaited vaccine finally was made available in the county to those not connected to the nursing home...

Sales tax revenue is up Contrary to what might have been expected during a year when the covid pandemic caused retail chaos in many places, Ozark County's sales tax revenue was greater in 2020 than any year since at least 2017 – and maybe for all time, said Ozark County Presiding Commissioner John Turner. This chart shows the county's cumulative sales tax revenue during each month from 2017 through 2020.
For many of us, Dec. 31 was a time to say a sincere “Good riddance!” to a pandemic-plagued year that just about everyone was happy to leave behind. After all, 2020 was the year when each day’s national newscasts seemed to report a growing number of covid-19 diagnoses and deaths as well as a...

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