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Gainesville resident Carole Long recently took her grandchildren to check out the new playground equipment that’s been installed at Gainesville Elementary. The play piece was purchased by the Gainesville Parent Teacher Organization with donations made by former students in honor of their favorite teachers. The effort was launched with a $2,000 and a $1,000 gift from the family of longtime teacher June Hicks, who died in 2019. Pictured with Long, clockwise from upper left: Emmett, 7; Esme, 6; Lillyan, 2; and Delilah, 2. ......... Times photo / Jessi Dreckman
The Gainesville Parent Teacher Organization recently finished installing new playground equipment at the Gainesville Elementary School that was purchased after a fundraising effort that honors former teachers while supporting the district’s young students of today.  The project, which had a $10,000...

Missouri State Highway Patrol reportedly arrested both drivers at the scene of this Feb. 17 collision that occurred on the same stretch of highway as the crash pictured at left. Michael Clark died of injuries sustained in the crash after being transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center. Patricia Hobbs is charged with driving while intoxicated, causing the death of Clark.
Ozark County has seen a sobering number of fatalities and serious injuries resulting from crashes this year. According to charges filed by the Ozark County Prosecutor’s Office this week, at least three separate Ozark County crashes in a five-month span may be the result of drivers operating...
A suspicious incident at a rodeo Friday night in Gainesville is currently being investigated by the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office.  Ozark County Chief Deputy Winston Collins said Monday he could not comment on the case or provide any details, but rodeo attendees have taken to social media to say...

This still image was taken from a video posted on Facebook that shows a man hitting a horse with a shovel, eventually breaking the shovel. The post, which has been shared more than 5,000 times, prompted messages of concern and outrage to the Ozark County Times and the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office.
The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating a disturbing video in which a man reportedly hits a horse in the face and rear with a shovel. Ozark County Chief Deputy Winston Collins told the Times Monday that the sheriff’s office is currently investigating the video and its...

Ozark County courthouse
Circuit Judge Craig Carter processed a total of five criminal cases during the July 22 session of Ozark County Law Day and 13 criminal cases during the Aug. 5 session. The criminal cases are summarized here. (The date following the defendants’ names and towns is their birth year.)     Sent to...

Wren Haffner and Ini Giesbrecht are pictured here in their high tunnel last fall. High tunnels are plastic-covered structures used to grow crops and elongate the growing season. The couple have a large mix of annuals and perennials planted in the high tunnel this year, including a lot of figs.
Editor’s note: Wren Haffner and Ini Giesbrecht love connecting with locals and those interested in growing food, medicinal offerings or other plants. They also sell a wide variety of seeds and plants, including many unique varieties they grow. Email them at OzarkMountainJewel@gmail.com. To find out...

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Dora R-III School District will begin its 2020-2021 year Aug. 24 with three new teachers: Sheree Nold will teach high school math, Kristen Cross will teach middle school social studies and Caleb Reynolds will coach the boys basketball and baseball teams and teach physical education and health...
By Sue Ann Jones sueann@ozarkcountytimes.com   Like other Ozark County schools, Dora will begin its 2020-2021 year looking “a little different this fall,” superintendent Dr. Allen Woods said in a message posted on the school’s website recently. He called the past few months, when schools struggled...
The White River Valley Electric Cooperative is powering through the current pandemic challenge by holding this year’s annual meeting virtually rather than in person.  Because of concerns about the contagious COVID-19 virus, the co-op is inviting members in its Ozark, Christian, Douglas, Stone and...

Casting ballots amid a pandemic.......Voting during a pandemic gave polling places in last week’s primary election a different look – including the Barren Fork Precinct polling place in the Wasola Volunteer Fire Department firehouse, shown here. Polling places were equipped with plexiglas shields, masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizing spray and pen sterilizers. After each voter left a voting station, it was wiped down with sanitizing spray by an election judge, and the pen was sterilized. Right: Jimmy and Jean Frye sign in to vote with election judge Ted Bischoff while judges Don Pinckney, David Niemi and Mary Ann Niemi get ready to help with the voters’ next steps. Photo courtesy Janet Taber
Wise: Voter turnout was ‘phenomenal’   With 3,192 ballots cast here in last week’s primary election – 44.49 percent of Ozark County’s 7,174 registered voters – residents re-elected incumbents Jama Berry as Ozark County Assessor and Gary Collins as Eastern District Commissioner, and also elected...

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