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Barney and Doris Douglas - The family of the late Barney and Doris Douglas donated 69 books to Gainesville third grade and preschool students last week. Each book included the stamp, pictured below, on the inside cover. Both Doris and Barney Douglas spent their lives giving back to Ozark County. Doris, who died June 6, 2014, dedicated many years as a volunteer at the Ozark County Volunteer Library. Barney, who died Dec. 22, 2012, was active with the Robert Burns Masonic Lodge #496, volunteered with the American Red Cross bloodmobile, Lions Club, Hootin an Hollarin, and the ball game concession stand. He also served on the Ozark County Health Department board and Gainesville school board.
Nearly 70 Gainesville Elementary students received a little extra Christmas cheer Dec. 19 when they were given a new book to take home with them in memory of the late Barney and Doris Douglas. The gifts, provided by the Douglases’ children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, were distributed to...

From left: Shelby Smith, Paige Riley, Karen Brantingham, Karla Smith and Katelyn Brantingham picked up gift-wrapped presents from the businesses where Angel Trees had offered “ornaments” bearing children’s Christmas wishes. Residents and customers took the ornaments, bought the requested gifts, wrapped them and returned them to the businesses to be picked up by Wednesday’s volunteers, who delivered them to the Family Services building.
On Dec. 19, volunteers gathered up the dozens of gifts provided by more than 150 “angels” who fulfilled Angel Tree wishes to give Ozark County kids a merry Christmas this year. Karla Smith, one of the organizers, expressed thanks to all the anonymous residents who bought gifts for Ozark County’s...
Gainesville schools superintendent Jeffrey Hyatt said Monday the Gainesville school board is “actively considering” the possibility of moving to a four-day school week for the upcoming year. The board is  also considering options for ballot language that might be put before voters in the April 2,...
OATS Transit, which serves Ozark County, has announced it will begin implementing a new fare system in southwest Missouri starting in 2019.  The announcement says the change “is being made to help offset declining revenues while supporting increased ridership opportunities. The fares are necessary...
At noon on Christmas Day, VFW Post #5366 in Isabella, with help from the AmVets chapter, will serve its annual free community dinner at the VFW hall on HH Highway in Isabella.  Facility manager Ruby Winslow said everyone is invited to the free meal, veterans and non-veterans. If advance...

Nial Castle and his wife Georgette share a selfie with the 12-foot-tall Christmas cross erected on their property at Ozark Country Estates south of Theodosia. The cross, covered with thousands of multicolored lights, is visible from Bull Shoals Lake.
For several years, Nial Castle has wanted to build a lighted Christmas decoration on his property at 837 Eagle Wing Drive south of Theodosia that would be visible from a wide area, including from Bull Shoals Lake, below. Finally, this year, he carried out his plan. The result is a 12-foot-tall...

Marine Corps SSgt. Kyle Hogan, second from right, participated in the Baxter County Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 15 in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Also pictured are, from left: Bill Andres (HT1 Navy retired), Charles Reimer (Navy Sr. Chief retired) and Bob McClelland (E6 Navy retired), far right. The program, which places a wreaths on veterans’ graves in the area, was brought to Baxter County this year by Mountain Home floral designer Heather Duggins after she visited Washington, D.C. Hogan, who lives in Gainesville, serves in the Marine Corps recruiting office in Mountain Home.
The Ozark County Long-Term Recovery Committee responded to last week’s article in the Times describing the Nov. 30 fire that destroyed the vehicle that was the only mode of transportation for Justin Ledbetter and Krista Cofer and their five children by presenting the couple with a check for $250....

A Dec. 12 fire destroyed the Caulfield home of John Wells and his daughter, Ellie, leaving only the exterior shell (above). Firefighters believe the blaze had an electrical source and started in Ellie’s bedroom but couldn’t determine the exact cause. Ironically, Wells works for Reliable Fire Protection Company out of Little Rock, Arkansas. South Fork School, where Ellie is a fourth-grader, is accepting donations of cash, gift cards and clothing for Ellie.
Caulfield resident John Wells and his 9-year-old daughter, Ellie, were coming home after a visit to Wells’ parents, Billy and Kelly Wells, Wednesday evening, Dec. 12, when they noticed the glow of a fire lighting up the night sky. “At first I thought the neighbors had a brush fire,” Wells told the...
While most banks, businesses and government offices will be closed on Tuesday, Christmas Day, as well as Tuesday, New Year’s Day, several will also be closed or have special hours on Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.  Post offices will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day...

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