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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-...
As Independence Day nears, authorities urge caution as Americans celebrate and travel.  Across the nation, July 4th is not only the busiest day of the year for fireworks, it’s the busiest day of the year for fires, says Missouri State Fire Marshal Tim Bean, adding, “It’s no coincidence.”  Fireworks...

Ozark Waterways Real Estate
Ozark Waterways Real Estate Ozark Waterways Real Estate recently opened its Gainesville office on Third Street next to MFA Oil east of the square. Barb Stark, broker, and Roy Johnson, agent, offer expertise in all types of real estate, said Stark, who got her real estate license in 2005 and opened...

Dustin Johnson
Former Ozark County resident and 2013 Dora High School graduate Dustin Johnson could become the first American ever to circumnavigate the globe by running. If he is successful in his current endeavor, Dustin will also be the youngest, the fastest 20- to 29-year-old, and the fastest overall to...

Linda Carr, seated, and Karen Cunningham, her daughter-in-law, consider the next project for one of their Painting with Purpose art classes.
It was almost 20 years ago that Linda Carr decided to attend painting classes with a group of friends at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield. “At that time, it was called tole painting,” Carr said. “We started with that then went into mixed media and began dabbling in other art...

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