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Memorial Day is May 28, and as the solemn holiday nears, we remember the Ozark County heroes whose names are engraved on the war memorial on the courthouse lawn. In service to our country, all gave some. These men gave all. World War IWilliam H. AndersonLawrence CatesJames A. DuckworthCharley...

‘Matriarch of the dining room’ Gainesville resident Bonnie Coffey, 94, was honored recently by The Center as the “Older American Month Hero.” In awarding the recognition, The Center’s administrator Lisa Engelhardt said, “Bonnie Coffey’s beautiful smile is the first thing you see most mornings at The Center…. When asked how long she’s been volunteering here she’s not sure. I asked around, and no one remembers her not being here. When she first started, she served in the kitchen from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day. These days she doesn’t put in as many hours, but we still rely on her being here to make sure the dining room is neat and pretty and ready for our guests. Our goal at The Center is to have an environment that is reminiscent of a family reunion every day. Bonnie is a big part of that as she serves as the matriarch of the dining room. Most people find their way to her table at some point just to get a hug or a smile. Bonnie reflects what The Center is all about.”
The Senior Citizens of Ozark County Board will hold an election in June to elect members to the board. Voting will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the week of June 11-15 at The Center off Highway 5 near the Gainesville city limit.Board member nominees are Carol Cooper and incumbents Buddy...
Theodosia resident Connie Fingerhut was the winner of the big basket of gardening items offered by the Ozark Heritage Garden Club’s booth at the recent Ozark County Homegrown and Homemade Festival in Gainesville.
Sampson Masonic Lodge #298 in Theodosia honored Sharlene Ann Davis with its 2018 Community Builder Award during the Masons’ May 12 Wife and Widow Appreciation Luncheon at Cookie’s Restaurant at Theodosia Marina and Resort. Davis is shown here with, from left, master of Sampson Lodge Lewis Nauss,...

Lick Creek rose out of its banks in Gainesville during the flood of April 29-30, 2017, to completely inundate the Gainesville Saddle Club Grounds.
Friday, April 20, one year after the roaring floodwaters of Lick Creek swept away virtually everything at the Gainesville Saddle Club arena, cowboys and cowgirls pulled their trailers into town for a rodeo. “The very hard work from so many people paid off,” said Shawna Herd, former president of the...
In observance of Memorial Day, most government offices and many stores and businesses, including the Times office, will be closed Monday, May 28.The deadline for news and advertising intended for the May 30 edition will be mid-day Friday, May 25.
On Mother’s Day afternoon, May 13, Paul and Annette Lane were working in the detached garage next to their home south of Wasola when Annette headed inside to get them a cold drink. As she approached the door, she thought the house looked strangely dark through the window. Then she opened the door...

Lutie Valedictorian Lakelynn Vaught

Members of the Howell County Rural Fire District #1 were congratulated May 8 by West Plains Fire Chief Roy Sims and Missouri State Fire Marshal Tim Bean, who attended a firehouse gathering to celebrate the department’s being named the Missouri Fire Department of the Year on May 5 during the 2018 Firefighter Association of Missouri convention in St. Joseph. Front row, from left: firefighter Jared Chapman (seated), junior firefighter Edward Heuchelin, Sims, HCRFD Chief Joe Auffert, Bean and HCRFD administrative officer Christel Cantrell. Second row: board president Joe Bean, board member Leon York, firefighter Jerry Wirtz, board vice president Doyle Surritte, Captain Verlin Bunch, Assistant Chief Chris Wilbanks, firefighter Joey Smith, firefighter Jack Romans and firefighter Gary LeRoux. Not pictured: Lt. Lee Arthurs, firefighters Daniel Dennis, David Hubbard and Scott McNichols, and secretary Tiffany Dugan. HCRFD responds automatically and in mutual aid when needed to Ozark County’s east-side volunteer fire departments at Bakersfield, Caulfield, Dora and Tecumseh.
Howell County Rural Fire District #1, which responds in mutual aid to Ozark County’s east-side fire departments, including Bakersfield, Caulfield, Dora and Tecumseh, was named Missouri Fire Department of the year at the Firefighters Association of Missouri Convention May 8 in St. Joseph. Chief Joe...
Josiah Wheat of Vanzant is now in the custody of the Missouri Department of Mental Health after he was found mentally incompetent to stand trial in connection with a 2017 case in which he is accused of beating several puppies to death with a baseball bat and posting a video of the incident to...

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