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The Ozark County Clerk’s office will be open special hours – from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 4 – and from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, to accommodate absentee voting in the Aug. 7 primary election. For more information,  call the clerk at 679-3516.

A large crowd filled the main dining room and the two side rooms Friday at The Center in Gainesville, where the Ozark County Farm Bureau hosted an after-lunch “Candidates Meet-and-Greet” session. Most of the candidates in the locally contested races made brief presentations; circuit clerk / recorder Becki Strong, running unopposed for re-election, also spoke to the audience. A spokesperson at The Center said about 130 fried-fish lunches were served before the political event, up from the average 80 lunches usually purchased on Fridays.
Voters from Ozark County – and throughout Missouri – will go to the polls Tuesday for this year’s primary election. Election judges will welcome voters at 10 poling places throughout the county from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Poling places are listed with the sample ballot on page B7 of this week’s Times...

Stephen Ator
The Ozark County Commision has hired Stephen A. Ator as the county’s new emergency management director. Ator and his wife, Janeen, moved to the Tecumseh area eight years ago, and he immediately joined the Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department. Ator is a certified emergency medical responder and holds...
Century Bank of the Ozarks recently donated $40,000 in tuition to South Central Career Center (SCCC) for Ozark County high school students who are interested in attending the career and technical school in West Plains. The county’s four high schools – Lutie, Gainesville, Dora and Bakersfield – will...

Lauren Suter gets vaccinations at the Ozark County Health Department to meet Missouri requirements for school attendance. Ozark County schools begin their 2018-19 academic year in less than a month. For a complete list of required immunizations, contact the health department, or visit their Facebook page. The health department is offering a vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Call 679-3334 for an appointment or for more information.
County schools are gearing up for the 2018-2019 school year. Important dates and guidelines are listed below. Bakersfield R-IV SchoolBakersfield school officials remind all students and parents that state law and health regulations require students to be properly immunized and provide...

Bob Stickles will close his bait and tackle shop in Gainesville Tuesday, July 31. After that, he said, he plans to be “out on the water two or three days a week.” Times photo / Sue Ann Jones
After 12 years of selling fishing gear in Gainesville, Bob Stickles on Tuesday is closing his store, Big Bob’s Bait & Tackle. His plan is to retire – again.He opened the store in 2006, a year after moving to Ozark County with his first wife, Maxine. Maryland natives, the two had been high...

Gainesville R-V school board member Marti Warden, left, and food service employee Mary Ann Moore discuss the plans for expansion and renovation of the elementary school cafeteria if the 75-cent levy increase proposal passes in the Aug. 7 primary election. In addition to being able to seat more students, the cafeteria would also serve as a storm shelter. Times photo/Jenny Yarger
Gainesville R-5 School District will host an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. In addition to touring the schools, enjoying a free dinner and meeting administrators and teachers, community members are invited and encouraged to attend informational...

This photo, titled “Crew 4,” is included in the 1978 Hay Hollow YCC camp yearbook. The photo was taken during the Hay Hollow camp’s eighth year. Camp director S.A. “Lee” Leonardi wrote these thoughts in the yearbook, perhaps reflecting the real purpose of the program: “In essence the success or failure of a YCC program is measured by what is done and what was learned. I feel we can all continue to grow in knowledge and wisdom so we can continue to develop perhaps the most important resource of all, ‘The Youth of the Nation.’ “
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 Twain National Forest just north of Ozark County in the community once known as Siloam Springs. Just across the Ozark-Douglas...
These candidates are running in contested races in the Aug. 7 primary The candidates whose profiles appear on this page are running in the four locally contested races in the upcoming Aug. 7 primary election – associate circuit judge, prosecuting attorney, presiding county commissioner and 155th...

When a tree fell in the driveway of Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise’s home Thursday evening, it landed on his Jeep and narrowly missed his house. Photo courtesy Brian Wise.
The storm blamed for the fatal sinking of a “Ride the Ducks” Duck Boat on Table Rock Lake in Branson Thursday evening moved eastward, blowing a path through parts of Ozark County as well. At least four large Gainesville-area trees were blown down by the high winds, and one of them landed on a...

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