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Ozark County Ambulance District board president Raymond Peter, far right, with district treasurer Jerri Sue Crawford and paramedic and operations manager David James (standing) signed papers Tuesday with Lyle Prior of Municipal Development & Funding (seated), finalizing financing to build a new ambulance district base to replace the current building, which was condemned after hazardous mold was detected in late 2015.
Members of the Ozark County Ambulance District signed paperwork Tuesday, agreeing to a $300,000 loan that will finance the construction of a new ambulance base on the same site as the district’s current building, which was condemned after hazardous mold was detected there in late 2015. Board...

Former Gainesville resident Vanessa Yarber of Lebanon, shown here with her husband Derek and children, from left, Raegan, Koby and Kyler, was the winner of the $100 prize awarded in a random drawing of those who submitted recipes for this year’s Ozark County Cookin’. Vanessa shared a recipe for carmelitas that appears on page 36 of this year’s cookbook – a treat so delicious she says you’ll want to make a double batch!
Ozark County Cookin’ , the Ozark County Times’ annual cookbook, was published last week, and by Monday, nearly all vendors’ supplies of the popular free publication had been depleted. We’ll restock as we deliver this week’s Times today, but it’s expected that all remaining copies will soon be gone...

Dora VFD chief Monte Shipley hugs Mary Lou Hambelton at a surprise retirement party. Hambelton has served as the Dora VFD treasurer for 30 years and was active in starting the department in the mid-1980s.
The Dora Volunteer Fire Department members surprised Mary Lou Hambelton with a retirement party earlier this month. Hambelton has served as Dora VFD board treasurer the past 30 years. She and her late husband, Gerald, were founding members of the department when it began in early 1986, and they...
Ozark County has been awarded $3,086 in federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs here. The funds have come through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program. A local board consisting...

Members of the Hollingshad family are pictured in this photo taken about 1987. Clockwise: Joe Hollingshad (holding his grandson Chance Hollingshad), Opal Hollingshad Carte, Vera Hollingshad Stark, Ruth Hollingshad Rickard and their mother, Mae Summers Hollingshad. Opal and Ruth worked in Mobile, Alabama, helping build the battleship Alabama during World War II. Another sister, Louise (not pictured), worked in an aircraft factory in Wichita, Kansas. (Also not pictured: Hollingshad siblings Noel and Virgil.) Joe, Noel and Virgil were all veterans. Photo courtesy Gina Hollingshad.
Editor’s note: This story by Dora resident Gina Hollingshad about her husband’s “Rosie the Riveter” relatives is adapted from the December issue of the Old Mill Run, continuing our Veterans Day salute not only to veterans but also to civilians who served during wartime in the defense industry.   ...

Bakersfield’s sixth grade float, the Polar Express, won both the first place prize and the school-affiliated prize in last year’s Christmas parade in Bakersfield, where this year’s Christmas celebration will be held Dec. 2 with the theme “Home Town Christmas.”
Organizers are finalizing details for upcoming Ozark County Christmas events.  Bakersfield’s “Home Town Christmas” will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning with  Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. in the school cafeteria. The menu includes pancakes and sausage, milk and coffee for $2 per person...

Marv Looney received dozens of birthday cards to mark his 90th birthday on Nov. 9. Eighty of them were identical copies of an electronic billboard that friends and former colleagues at Missouri Western University sponsored over a busy highway in St. Joseph. All of the cards had multiple signatures, some as many as 20, Looney said. Last weekend, 40 family members (“about half the family,” he said) gathered at his Pontiac home to celebrate. Marv’s Gainesville High School classmate, Rex Johnson, and his wife, Frances also attended. Marv’s granddaughters displayed the greeting cards over the fireplace.
Editor’s note: In honor of Pontiac resident Marv Looney’s 90th birthday, this story is adapted from a profile published in the Sept. 15, 2010, Ozark County Times after he was honored with the Barney Douglas Citizen of the Year Award by the Gainesville Lions Club and the Distinguished Alumni Award...
  Rebecca Ruud’s and Robert Peat Jr.’s murder trials are both awaiting Supreme Court assignment to a new judge.  Ruud appeared before Judge Tony W. Williams in the Taney County Courthouse Oct. 27 represented by public defender John Zimmerman after Ozark County Prosecutor John Garrabrant had filed a...

Volunteer Hailey Turner, left, and John Peter, MDC wildlife resource technician at Caney Mountain Conservation Area, take a tissue sample from a deer Sunday at the chronic wasting disease check station at Gainesville High School. For the first time, Ozark County was one of the counties where mandatory sampling was conducted during opening weekend of the firearms deer season. It was added to the list of counties where mandatory sampling is being conducted after CWD was detected in animals in Arkansas.
Missouri hunters harvested 94,977 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of fall firearms deer season Nov. 11-12, according to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Last year Missouri hunters checked 96,131 deer during opening weekend. By Tuesday morning,...

Photo above, left: This photo of Jill Frye Talley and daughter Laela was taken the day Jill entered the John 3:17 Ministries program in 2015. Caught in an abusive relationship and using drugs to dull the pain, Jill says the black eye she had when she entered the program was not out of the ordinary at that time in her life. Photo above, right: Jill and Laela are pictured here after Jill completed the year-long program at John 3:17 Ministries. Laela, who lived with her grandmother while Jill’s addiction spiraled out of control, moved back in with Jill after graduation, and Jill says that today their family could not be any happier.
Former Gainesville resident Jill Frye Talley was living a nightmare just a few years ago. Trapped in a physically abusive relationship, she turned to prescription narcotics to ease the pain – physically and emotionally. The result led to the darkest days of her life, but through faith and the help...

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