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Danny Joe Williams. Ozark County Jail booking photo.
Danny Joe Williams, 59, of Udall was sentenced on Oct. 4 to 12 years in the Missouri Depart-ment of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to first-degree child molestation, a class B felony, in Wright County Court before Circuit Judge Craig Carter. The case was transferred from Ozark County in...

Gentry Blackburn (in the chef’s hat) along with her parents, Walker and Beth Ann Blackburn, hand out treats from the Frontier Baptist Church trunk to trick-or-treaters Paul Goodwin, left, and Emmett Lynne at last year’s Trunk or Treat on the Gainesville square. This year’s trunk-or-treat is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween. Times file photo.
It’s that time of year, when pumpkins, apple cider and crisp, fall air set a tone of festivity in the Ozarks. Listed here are Halloween and fall events that residents can visit or attend in the coming weeks. Watch the Times each week for an updated list of fall-related events. Those organizing a...
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed said Monday that an initial call from an Ocie-area resident reporting his truck and trailer missing on Oct. 6 quickly took an exciting turn that ended with the officers engaging in a high-speed chase and also recovering another vehicle allegedly stolen by the...

Christopher Mattson. Photo courtesy Baxter County, Arkansas, Jail.
Christopher Mattson, 45, of Thornfield, is being held in the Baxter County, Arkansas, Jail on a $15,000 bond after he reportedly attempted to burglarize the Old School House Antique Mall in Midway, Arkansas. He is charged with felony-level commercial burglary and a misdemeanor charge of assault. ...

Anthony Scott Collins. Photo courtesy Howell County Jail.
Reprinted with permission from the West Plains Daily Quill   A Gainesville man is charged with several felonies including bribery of a public servant after he reportedly offered a police officer drugs in exchange for letting him go during an arrest after an alleged assault. Anthony Scott Collins,...

Tracy Todd Presson. Ozark County Jail photo.
Tracy Todd Presson, 53, of Gainesville, is being held in the Ozark County Jail on a total of $300,000 in cash only bonds, after Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant filed two seperate cases in which Presson is charged with 10 felony counts including statutory rape, statutory sodomy,...

Robin Greathouse. Missouri Department of Corrections photo.
Robin Greathouse, 57, sentenced to life in prison without the option of parole nearly 40 years ago in an Ozark County jury trial in connection with the violent murder of his uncle, Clayton Loy Dawson, came before the court again on Oct. 3 and was resentenced by Ozark County Circuit Judge Craig...
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed confirmed Monday that a threat was made by a juvenile at Gaines-ville High School last week, adding that “the juvenile authorities have taken it over.” Reed was unable to provide any other details because the student is younger than 17. The call from the school is...

The historic April 29, 2017, flood caused damage throughout Ozark County,, including Gainesville, where North Main Street was inundated by Lick Creek’s high water Some residents who received financial assistance from FEMA after the flood have now received letters saying they may have been ineligible for assistance and may have to repay the money.
Some Ozark County residents who received financial assistance from FEMA after the devastating 2017 flood recently received letters from the agency saying they may have to give the money back.  The upsetting surprise was revealed during a recent meeting of the Ozark County Long-Term Recovery...

Part-time Theodosia resident Michael Atkins, below, was close to drowning in Bull Shoals Lake Saturday when Pastor Davin Friend, above, and his wife Kasey spotted him in the water as they started across the Theodosia Bridge.
Usually, Davin and Kasey Friend head from Gainesville to Salem General Baptist Church in Ocie plenty early on the day of the church’s annual fish fry, which this year was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. But various jobs around the house delayed their departure this time, and they ended up westbound...

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