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Photos by Karla Smith   Kaitlyn Morse and Koby Wooledge were crowned queen and king at the 2021 Gainesville homecoming held Friday, Jan. 22. Homecoming court members pictured, from left, were (front row) freshman Ashley Dunn, sophomore Jesse Latham, crown bearer Rowan Nash, junior Nicole Donahue,...

1,000 points...Gainesville senior forward Elizabeth Kinworthy goes up for 2 points against Mountain Grove during the Jan. 18 52-42 homecourt victory over the Lady Panthers. Kinworthy scored her 1,000th point during the win over Mansfield on Thursday, Jan. 21. Photo by Karla Smith
The Gainesville Lady Bulldogs hosted Mansfield Thursday, Jan. 21, and defeated the Lady Lions 53-46. “This was a good conference game win for us,” said GHS coach Lance West. “We shot 52 percent from the field and out-rebounded Mansfield 24-9. We were able to get some big stops on the defensive end...
The Ozark County Food Pantry has received a new walk-in freezer thanks to Ozarks Food Harvest as part of a more than $200,000 grant to area food pantries.  The local food pantry, which is located on Highways 160/5 west of the Gainesville business district, was one of eight food pantries in...
The Ozark County Recycling Center on County Road 502 in Gainesville has received nearly $15,000 in grant funds from the South Central Solid Waste Management District.  “We’re pretty proud of our recycling center, because we all saw what the county looked like without it,” Ozark County Presiding...
Ozark County employees will not have to pay more this year for their health insurance, although the cost of the benefit will increase $68 per person per month for the coming year. County commissioners agreed to cover the increase in the monthly premiums for county employees.  Employees now pay $148...

In response to the covid-19 pandemic, Ozark County Associate Circuit Judge taped arrows on the floor and stairway walls of the courthouse to indicate where people should stand while waiting to enter the courtroom. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Editor’s note: Gainesville High School 2020 graduate Abby Milligan, now a first year-year student in the University of Missouri School of Journalism, completed an internship at the Ozark County Times during her holiday break.   When Ray Gross was elected associate circuit judge in 2018, he never...
The Sale Barn Cafe in Gainesville raised nearly $2,500 during a Jan. 22 lunch fundraiser, and all proceeds were given to Ozark County Ambulance EMT Dustin Warren and his three girls, including his newborn daughter Emersyn.  Warren’s wife, Amanda, died unexpectedly during childbirth Jan. 12.  “Ozark...

Green thumb making some green for FFA...Cole is pictured inside the school’s greenhouse with plants her agriculture students grew and were selling for a spring fundraiser last year.
Lutie High School educator Kathalee Cole wears about as many hats as an educator can: high school agriculture teacher, pre-K through 12 grade school counselor, FFA adviser, high school cheerleading coach, academic testing coordinator, homeless student liaison, English language learning (ELL)...
Only one municipality and two school districts in Ozark County will hold elections in the April 6 General Municipal Election. Candi-date filing for the election closed Tuesday, Jan. 19.  Elected positions are coming open on all five Ozark County school and all three municipal boards, as well as...

The new bridge on County Road 912 over Pond Ford Creek in Thornfield opened last week after work on the half-million-dollar project was completed by Ozark-based RJ Warren Construction Co. The old bridge "used to be wooden and they poured concrete over the top of it," according to former Western District Commissioner Greg Donley. He added that the old structure had a 5-ton weight limit, which restricted the loads of such things as hay, concrete or logs that area haulers might need to move along the county road.

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