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Gail Reich, shown here with Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed, right, and former sheriff Steve Bartlett, was honored last week for her 36 years of service to the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department. She retired Nov. 30.
After retiring on Nov. 30, Gail Reich was honored last week with a plaque recognizing her 36 years of service to the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department. The plaque was presented by Sheriff Darrin Reed and former sheriff Steve Bartlett during a reception at Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant’s...

Savannah Bushner, left, won the 2018 overall high point trophy for the Gainesville Saddle Club’s fun show series. The trophy was presented Jan. 12 by fun show chairperson Robin Deck, right, at the club’s year-end banquet.
Savannah Bushner was awarded the 2018 overall high point trophy for Gainesville Saddle Club’s fun show series. The trophy was presented at the club’s year-end award banquet  Jan. 12 at The Meeting Place on Third Street in Gainesville.  To qualify for the award, Gainesville Saddle Club members had...
Nathan Buck has opened the Warrior Cafe Bar & Grill on Highway 5 south at the state line. The restaurant, in the former Ranch House building, serves BBQ, steaks, burgers and other home-style entrees. Buck said he “saw a good opportunity” that he hopes will fill a void and give the community...

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The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that 28 more deer from 11 Missouri counties have been found to have chronic wasting disease. This brings the number of cases of the deadly deer disease in Missouri to 103 since 2012. None of the infected deer were from Ozark County. However, one of...

A benefit will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at Bakersfield school to benefit the family of the late Luke Freiman, shown here with his wife, Kim, and son Jake.
Relatives and friends of the late Luke Freiman are organizing a benefit auction Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Bakersfield High School gym with the proceeds to benefit his wife Kim and son Jake. Bidding will start at 6 p.m. Freiman, well known to many Ozark Countians, died Dec. 12 in a rollover vehicle...
The boards of 11 Ozark County entities – schools, municipalities and public agencies – have positions coming open this spring, but only one, the Dora R-III School District, will hold an election on April 2, the state’s general municipal election day.  Missouri law specifies that an election doesn’t...

Ryan Poe and his surgeon at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Dr. Aaron Abarbanell, who told Mark and Laurie Poe that, during the complicated surgery to repair Ryan’s staph-infected heart valve, “Something came over me. I just felt driven to give it my best shot.”
On Dec. 31, as 14-year-old Ryan Poe, a healthy ninth-grader at Gainesville Junior High, practiced with his teammates on the school’s JV basketball team, he and his parents had no way of knowing that, one week later, on Jan. 7, Ryan would be at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, his life – and his heart...
Banks and most government offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.The Ozark County Courthouse will be closed; the Ozark County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, instead of its regular Monday meeting day. Gainesville City Hall, The...

Ray Grisham, with Ray Grisham Construction Concrete, operates an excavator Monday as he and Greg Simpson, with Simpson Concrete, center, and employee Jared Haas, right, begin the work to remodel Gainesville’s Town & Country Supermarket. The men would later fill the excavated tracks with concrete as the first steps in creating the floor and walls of a big new freezer and cooler area that will become part of the completely remodeled building.
Work started Monday on the major remodeling project that will give Gainesville’s Town & Country Supermarket a new appearance inside and out, representing what Town & Country spokesman Matt Montgomery called “a significant investment in the store and thus the community in which we are...
The county budget was the main topic of conversation at this week’s meeting of the Ozark County Commissioners. Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise told the commissioners he had received the first sales tax numbers for the year (collected in December 2018), and he said the county is starting 2019 “in the...

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