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Four Ozark County volunteer fire departments battled a Sunday night blaze that destroyed a home south of Gainesville occupied by a family of six, including four children age 3 and younger. Photo courtesy Pontiac / Price Place VFD
A Gainesville-area family of six, including four boys age 3 and younger, lost their home and possessions in a Sunday night fire.Daniel Johnson called the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office at 10:12 p.m. Sunday to report that his house on Highway 5 south of Gainesville was on fire.Johnson, with Haley...

A group of 11 wounded veterans were brought to the Ozarks by the Roever Evangelistic Association to float the Current River on a trip organized and led by Don Hamby, pastor of Family Life Church in Dora.
A group of wounded veterans from as far away as Alaska and North Carolina got a taste of Ozarks hospitality a few weeks ago as they floated 28 miles on the Current River, enjoying an autumn trip organized and led by Don Hamby, pastor of the Family Life Church in Dora. To make sure the vets got the...

Ozark County native Donna Walker, a 90-something “fabric hound,” pieced her first hand-sewn quilt when she was 10 years old in 1937. Here, she holds a hand-pieced and hand-sewn Dresden plate quilt, one of many handmade quilts in her collection. This one, a family heirloom, is not included in the Historium display.
Donna Walker is a self-proclaimed “fabric hound.” When the Ava resident gathered a sampling of her personal collection of quilts to share with the Ozark County Historium for display, it became apparent that her love of the handmade textile creations has been a part of her life for a very long time....

Holly Lucas
Holly Lucas, of Mansfield, pleaded guilty to amended charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree murder before 30th Circuit Judge Michael O. Hendrickson during a plea hearing Halloween day in Christian County. The charge is in connection with the April 2018 murder of 73-year-old Lawrence C....

Ozark Mountain Honey co-owner Buddy Goree still has a jar of honey from the business’s first honey harvest in 2012. Goree and his wife, Ginny Watkins, try to keep samples from most of the couple’s honey harvests. Times photos/Regina Mozingo
“Nearly 40 percent decline in honeybee population last winter ‘unsustainable,’ experts say.” (ABC News)“More bad buzz for bees: Record number of honeybee colonies died last winter.” (NPR)“This past winter saw the highest honeybee colony losses on record.” (Washington Post)People seeing these...

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Organizers of the Wonders of Christmas event on the Gainesville square say this year’s celebration will be held on Friday night instead of Saturday afternoon.The festival and parade are set to kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, with the opening of vendor booths and the Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas...

Justin Gilmore
The Gainesville R-V Board of Education at its meeting Monday night named current Gainesville High School principal Justin Gilmore as the district’s new superintendent, effective July 1, 2020.Gilmore, who is in his third year as high school principal here, will succeed Dr. Jeff Hyatt, who is in his...

Four Ozark County volunteer fire departments battled a Sunday night blaze that destroyed a home south of Gainesville occupied by a family of six, including four children age 3 and younger. Photo courtesy Pontiac / Price Place VFD
A Gainesville-area family of six, including four boys age 3 and younger, lost their home and possessions in a Sunday night fire.Daniel Johnson called the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office at 10:12 p.m. Sunday to report that his house on Highway 5 south of Gainesville was on fire.Johnson, with Haley...

The identities of the couple sitting on the board-topped wire fence bordering the front lawn of the late Willard and Alta Boone’s home (now the parking lot behind the Ozark County Historium) aren’t known, but the picture provides a glimpse of the former M. E. Church that was once a Gainesville landmark. The photo is from the collection of Judy Ford Lyons.
When my wife, Doris, and I acquired the commercial buildings at 434 and 438 Third Street in Gainesville, we never expected them to take us on an Ozark Journey, but they did. The journey began when Mary Ruth Sparks, who compiles the Times Past column for the Times, recently shared with us an...

Rikki Barton with Community Partnership, standing at left, led a three-hour training session Oct. 15 for representatives of three Ozark County high schools, two Ozark County medical clinics and various other community groups. Pictured, clockwise from left on the far side of the table, are Shana Hambelton, Dora School nurse; Dan Israel with the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department; Suzanne Lundry with Theodosia Family Medical Clinic; Dawn Norton with The Fountain Church and Ozark County Ministerial Alliance; Jeff Dotson with Mission Square Church and the Ozark County addiction-recovery meeting; Gainesville High School principal Justin Gilmore; Gainesville School nurse Cheyenne Nash; Bakersfield School nurse Erin Bonham; Bakersfield Superintendent Amy Britt; and Dara Collins with Missouri Ozarks Community Health. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Thanks to a grant through the MO-HOPE (Missouri Opioid-Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education) Project and the persistence of the Ozark County Substance Abuse Task Force, three Ozark County high schools now have doses of the opioid-overdose-reversing drug Narcan on-hand at their school nurse’s...

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