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Taylor Young is the new agent at the University of Missouri Extension office in Gainesville.
The University of Missouri Extension office in Ozark County has a new agent, Taylor Young, who joined the office in early August.  Young, 24, grew up in Russellville and attended Missouri State University in Springfield, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in plant science.  Based in...
Ozark County is one of 13 Missouri counties identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control for being at risk of outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) because of the opioid crisis, according to a recent study.  Other Missouri counties that made the list include Bates, Cedar, Hickory, Iron,...

Gainesville School choir member Sophia Weber shows Louie, the Springfield Cardinals mascot, some dance moves as choir members gathered to perform “America the Beautiful” before Friday night’s game at Hammons Field in Springfield.
Gainesville R-V School hosted the first annual Gainesville Community Night Thursday at Hammons Field in Springfield. More than 250 Gainesville School patrons bought tickets to watch the Springfield Cardinals take on the Midland (Texas) Rockhounds. “What a wonderful turnout,” said Gainesville R-V...

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It’s not every day that Missouri Department of Transportation workers get to wear swimming trunks to work, but while installing concrete forms in Bennetts Bayou to help reinforce the Highway 142 bridge pillars in Bakersfield, the shorts came in handy. The MoDOT crew is installing the concrete forms...
As hot as it has been lately, it’s hard to think about hunting. But fall is right around the corner, and with it comes several hunting seasons. The fall hunting seasons kick off Sept. 1 with the opening of three different bird seasons: dove, Sora and Virginia rails, and snipe (yes, these are...

Times photo / Amelia LaMair Those attending Monday’s meeting of the Ozark County Commission included (clockwise from lower left) Dennis Lawson (back to camera), Ozark County Assessor Jama Berry, T.J. Lewis, Earl VanRanken (behind Lewis), County Clerk Brian Wise, Presiding Commissioner John Turner, Eastern District Commissioner Gary Collins, Western District Commissioner Greg Donley and Pearl Schneider. Not pictured: Noel Luna and Jon Wilson.
Some community residents attended the Aug. 26 meeting of the Ozark County Commission to join in the discussion about a new state law regarding concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. The law, which was to become effective today, Aug. 28, prohibits counties from enacting health-related...

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The Ozark County Courthouse and Gainesville City Hall will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Banks, post offices, most government offices and many businesses will also be closed, along with The Center, the Gainesville License Office and the Ozark County...

In her appearance on the Travel Channel’s new Alien Highway show, Gainesville resident Jamie Crisp, right, told series host Chuck Zukowski about her experiences seeing UFOs. Crisp said the majority of her UFO sightings have happened near her home just off Highway 181 near Gainesville.
Everyone has their 15 minutes of fame, as the saying goes. For Gainesville resident Jamie Crisp, it was actually about five minutes. Crisp was interviewed in December for a new Travel Channel show, Alien Highway. “They made me feel comfortable,” said Crisp of her experience. “I wasn’t nervous. I...

Times photo / Bruce Roberts. The Gainesville Board of Aldermen earlier this year accepted Norm and Sue Klayman’s donation of the office building where “Doc” Klayman had practiced dentistry for 34 years before his 2016 retirement. Unfortunately, the estimated cost of remediating the mold resulting from the 2017 flood was more than the city could afford to pay, and on Monday, a crew from MLH began demolishing the building.
The Gainesville building near the low-water bridge on North Main Street where Dr. Norm Klayman practiced dentistry for 34 years was demolished Monday. Klayman retired July 18, 2016, and the building has been vacant since then. It sustained water damage during the historic flood of 2017, and...

Times photo / Bruce Roberts: Students pass through the hallway Monday at Bakersfield High School during class changes. The school district gained a record 42 new students as the 2019-20 school year started earlier this month, bringing the district’s total enrollment to 391, including 21 preschoolers. Superintendent Dr. Amy Britt says the district’s four-day school week is one of the factors that led to the enrollment spike.
As the new school year gets off the ground, at least one Ozark County school is seeing record enrollment increases and is having to adjust to handle the influx of new students. Bakersfield superintendent Dr. Amy Britt said the R-4 district has a record 41-student gain in enrollment over last...

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