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The weekly music jam session at The Center in Gainesville has changed to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. For quite some time, the sessions have been held on Thursdays, but organizer Pat Whisnant said the night will be changed to Tuesday beginning this week.  A light supper is served. Everyone is welcome as a...
The committee planning this year’s annual Ozark County Historium tea, to be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, met last week to finalize plans. Members included (clockwise, from bottom): Diane White, Mary Morrison, Janet Taber, Dana Coyote, Sandra Stone, Susan Ault (standing), Virginia McMurtry,...

Charles Cole. Ozark County Jail photo.
Charles D. Cole, 62, of Theodosia, is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 28 before Associate Circuit Judge Cynthia MacPherson on a felony charge of knowingly burning, a class E felony. The charges stem from a July 9 incident in which Cole is alleged to have set fire to a neighbor’s property because he...

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A Gainesville man is being held on a $20,000 cash-only bond and is facing four felony charges for reportedly breaking into his neighbor’s house at 8 p.m. July 2, demanding all the man’s drugs, striking the neighbor in the head with a large stick and stealing several things from the home.  Stephen...
The next American Red Cross blood drive here will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the First Baptist Church, 119 Second St.  The Red Cross announced recently that the organization is currently enduring an emergency blood shortage – in part due to regular donors’ absence on...
Wasola Volunteer Fire Department will host a community barbecue at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the firehouse on Highway 5. Everyone is invited. A donation of $6 for adults, $3 for children is requested.
The following criminal cases, traffic/municipal tickets and infractions were filed in Ozark County Court between Friday, July 20, and Sunday, July 30. All those charged are presumed innocent pending final court action.   Cory B. Runion, Gainesville, forgery, OCSD. Daniel Eric Johnson, Gainesville,...
To contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Report or other emergency-responding agencies here, call 679-4633. In an emergency, dial 911.   July 21 6:49 p.m. – Reporting party said a boat trailer rolled off, hitting his vehicle, causing minor damage. Subject is giving reporting party all insurance info...

Gainesville school superintendent Mearle Luna, who held the post for 26 years, presenting the senior class of 1962, the last class to graduate in the “old” building before high school classes moved to the current high school building in 1963.
Editor’s note: The Ozark County Times is a nonpartisan newspaper that does not endorse candidates or take sides on issues. However, Times staffers sometimes express their own personal opinions in clearly identified writings. This is Times editor Sue Ann Jones’ opinion about the upcoming Gainesville...

The Hay Hollow Youth Conservation Camp teenage girls worked full summer days swinging pick axes and hurling 20-pound “tree-jabbers” at trunks. The 1978 Hay Hollow yearbook says, “TSI, tolerance and Swedish brush axes were things that became common terms. The sun, the snakes and the blisters were overcome to accomplish the needed work.”
Editor’s note: This feature continues the series by Ozark County Times reporters Jessi Dreckman and Amelia Lamair describing a hidden-away bit of history in the Mark Twin National Forest just north of Ozark County in the community once known as Siloam Springs.    A Youth Conservation Camp (YCC)...

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