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The state has discontinued the prosecution of statutory rape and statutory sodomy charges against Gainesville resident Bryan Mohr after the state was unable to produce a witness to testify. The Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney’s office confirmed to the Times that a nolle prosequi, a discretionary...
Gainesville-based White River Valley Electric Co-op linemen Steve Martin and Tyler Headrick were among the WRVEC linemen who recently competed in state and international lineman competitions. Pictured here during the state competition: from left, Corey Sanders, Jason Crouch, Rick Aulgur and Mark...

Rebecca Ruud
The court has ruled that Ozark County resident Rebecca Ruud will remain in custody, and a bond will not be set in her case. The determination was made Oct. 16 by 31st Judicial Circuit Judge Calvin Holden in response to a motion filed by Ruud’s attorney, Lauren Kate Welborn, asking the court to set...

Two cute chicks: Sisters Kelbi and Laney Clayton, daughters of Darian and Kyle Clayton, strutted around the Gainesville square in matching chicken costumes during the 2017 Ozark County trunk-or-treat on the Gainesville square. This year, on Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31, trunk-or-treat events will be held on the Gainesville square, in the Lutie School parking lot and at Bakersfield’s Pride Park.
Halloween is next week, and residents of all ages are looking forward to the spooky and fun-filled holiday as well as non-spooky events celebrating autumn. Listed below are Halloween-themed activities and harvest-season events planned around the area.    Oct. 27, 2018 Clear Springs General Baptist...
A free CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) class, including infant CPR, has been organized in response to a story in last week’s Times describing the near-drowning death of 1-year-old Jayden Moody (“Rescuers resuscitate toddler after submersion in bathtub,” Oct 17 Times). The toddler was saved by...

Clad in new turnout gear, Caulfield Volunteer Fire Depart-ment firefighters stand in front of Caulfield pumper #1, a 1989 Chevrolet Kodiak truck with the capacity to hold 1,000 gallons of water. The fire department was able to purchase two trucks and new gear after Caulfield VFD members voted earlier this year to trade in the 1993 Freightliner truck the department had been using. Firefighters pictured are, from left, back row: Assistant Chief Brandon Watkins and Chief Shannon Sisney. Front: firefighter and first responder David Kingsolver, Capt. Lonza Keaton and Lt. Joey Hedrick.
Thanks to the hard work of its firefighters and department supporters, Caulfield Volunteer Fire Department is much better equipped to fight fires than it was eight months ago. The fire department, which did not have a reliable vehicle earlier this year, is now serving the community with a reliable...

A fast-burning fire destroyed an unoccupied home in the Holiday Hills subdivision of Theodosia Wednesday, Oct. 17. The state fire marshal was called to investigate the blaze, but his report, filed with the Missouri Division of Fire Safety, said the damage was too extensive to determine the fire’s origin. Photo courtesy Joe Rinehart.
A fast-moving fire destroyed an unoccupied Theodosia home Wednesday morning, Oct. 17. Theodosia Area Volunteer Fire Department volunteer Allen Edgington said he was alerted to the fire on Blueridge Drive, about two blocks from his own home in the Holiday Hills neighborhood, by Jay Torry, who drove...
Friends and fellow musicians are raising money to start a musical instrument scholarship for a Gainesville music student in memory of Lawrence "J.R." Strickland, a longtime Ozark County resident and the original organizer of the Ozark County musical jam sessions. Those wishing to contribute can...

Times reporter Jessi Dreckman holds the first place plaques for best front page and best story about the outdoors. that the Ozark County Times won in the Missouri Press Association’s statewide Better Newspaper Contest.
The Ozark County Times brought home two first place awards, two third place awards,  some honorable mentions and placed third in general excellence at the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest awards luncheon during the Missouri Press Association conference Sept. 15 at Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet in...

Theodosia resident Michael Atkins, right, spoke Sunday at Salem General Baptist Church in Ocie, where Davin Friend, left, is pastor. Atkins shared his testimony of how Davin and his wife, Kasey, rescued him from Bull Shoals Lake the previous weekend.
The first time Davin Friend and Michael Atkins met, on Oct. 6,  Michael was drowning in Bull Shoals Lake at Theodosia, and Davin was swimming out to rescue him.  They met again Sunday when Atkins spoke at Salem General Baptist Church in Ocie, where Davin is the pastor. Atkins shared his testimony,...

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