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Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed, pictured above at the recent Masons’ American Flag Retirement Ceremony in Theodosia, says although he plans to retire after this term, he will continue to be active in the community and serve as an advocate for the county’s law enforcement and citizens.
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed says the Greene County inmate-boarding contract with Ozark County is working even better than he thought it would. Ozark County received a $21,780 check for its first full month of housing prisoners for Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott a few weeks ago. Reed says he...

Members of the Show-Me Natural Gardens team prepare for one of the public meetings they held in Ava to discuss their proposal to establish their cannabis-based businesses there. From left: Steve Ruzic, who brings his experience in the pharmaceutical industry to the project; CEO/president Katrina Overcast; COO Matthew Overcast (seated); and Michael Fuge, University of Missouri Columbia Medical School graduate. Photo courtesy Show-Me Natural Gardens
Three years ago, after several family members were diagnosed with cancer, former Ozark County resident VaNessa Loftis started researching medical marijuana. She shared the information she found with her family, and they became advocates of Missouri’s Amendment II, which proposed legalizing...

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Recently passed federal legislation allows qualifying seniors (age 60 and older) to use Missouri Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers to purchase produce at local farmers’ markets. Eligible seniors receive 10 vouchers ($5 each), totaling $50 annually to purchase fruits, vegetables,...

James Bridge on Highway PP in 2017, after it was rebuilt following the 2017 flood. Photo courtesy of Aerial Ozarks.
An unidentified river-goer, thought to be a 45-year-old Florida woman, was injured Saturday when she jumped feet-first off the James Bridge into the North Fork of the White River, which is estimated to be 4 1/2 to 5 feet deep at that point.  At 4:33 p.m. Saturday, the Ozark County Sheriff’s...
Rescue personnel responded Sunday morning to a rollover vehicle accident on the south side of Town & Country Supermarket in Gainesville. Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Hannaford said the elderly driver, whose name was not released, apparently drove over the raised curb on the south edge of...

Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed says a new Supreme Court ruling that went into effect Monday could mean that suspects charged in local-area crimes will not be held in jail while their case proceeds through the court system. Therefore, Reed says, it’s likely that residents will see defendants who...

Girl Scouts lined up Saturday to deliver old, worn and faded American flags to Theodosia Area Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Craig Mierkowski to be retired by burning at a Theodosia ceremony. Pictured, from left, Alyssa Jones, Autumn Miller, Alana Kimmen and Mierkowski.
It’s been five years since Army veteran Len Modlinski organized Ozark County’s first American Flag Retirement Ceremony. Since then, hundreds of ragged, faded and unserviceable United States flags have been ceremoniously retired in dignified, patriotic services held annually in front of Sampson...

Caleb Christeson loved to be outside, golfing, disc golfing, hunting and fishing. Family members say he caught this carp at Lightning Springs near the family’s home at Protem. Caleb, 24, died Saturday in an early morning car crash.
Lutie High School teacher Lois Honeycutt remembers former student Caleb Christeson as someone who was “very athletic and had lots of friends. He was always very helpful. Some seniors might pick on the underclassmen sometimes, but Caleb wasn’t like that.” Still, said Honeycutt, remembering the 24-...

Image by shnomoe from Pixabay
Recently passed federal legislation allows qualifying seniors (age 60 and older) to use Missouri Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers to purchase produce at local farmers’ markets. Eligible seniors receive 10 vouchers ($5 each), totaling $50 annually to purchase fruits, vegetables,...

James Bridge on Highway PP in 2017, after it was rebuilt following the 2017 flood. Photo courtesy of Aerial Ozarks.
An unidentified river-goer, thought to be a 45-year-old Florida woman, was injured Saturday when she jumped feet-first off the James Bridge into the North Fork of the White River, which is estimated to be 4 1/2 to 5 feet deep at that point.  At 4:33 p.m. Saturday, the Ozark County Sheriff’s...

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