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Century Bank of the Ozarks recently presented $20,000 to Ozark County high schools for student tuition to South Central Career Center in West Plains. Lutie, Bakersfield, Dora and Gainesville high schools each received $5,000. Pictured, from left: South Central Career Center director Jim Laughary, Bakersfield superintendent Amy Britt, Lutie principal Sherry Anstine, Century Bank of the Ozarks chief executive officer Chris Harlin, Dora superintendent Allen Woods and Gainesville High School principal Justin Gilmore.
Century Bank of the Ozarks recently donated $20,000 in tuition to South Central Career Center (SCCC) for Ozark County high school students who are interested in attending the career and technical school in West Plains. The county’s four high schools – Lutie, Gainesville, Dora and Bakersfield – will...

Times photo/Regina Mozingo
It takes a lot of people working hard to put together a festival with as many components as the Hootin an Hollarin festival offers each year. The Hootin an Hollarin Committee, whown here, is meeting frequently now to finalize the details for this year’s festival, to be held Sept. 19-21 on the...

Nashville artist Luke Nassar is one of several entertainers scheduled to perform at the Sept. 14 “Party on the Hill” near Theodosia. The auction and entertainment event raises money for the Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial support to wounded veterans and their families.
“Party on the Hill,” a benefit event for the Semper Fi Fund, a national charity that assists wounded post-9/11 veterans from all branches of the military, will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, near Theodosia.  Organizer Debbie Daniel, who is hosting the event on her land on Ashlynn Acre Lane, off P...
A possible Ozark County health ordinance related to concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, was the main topic of discussion at the Ozark County Commission’s regular weekly meeting on Monday. The ordinance is expected to be discussed again at next week’s meeting, to be held at 9 a.m....

Gainesville resident Jack Stone shows the Apollo 11 Flight Plan he used 50 years ago as a NASA employee whose job was to analyze all activities during the eight-day project minute by minute to predict the amount of fuel (hydrogen and oxygen) that would be consumed to power the spacecraft’s systems. Stone also worked on Apollo 8, 9 and 10. The flight plans are on temporary display at the Ozark County Historium.
With a population of fewer than 10,000 people in a remote and rural section of southern Missouri, it seems unlikely that two Ozark Countians would have been directly involved in the 1969 Apollo 11 project that first landed a man on the moon, but that’s the case.  After seeing the story in the July...

Curtis Ledbetter, left, is the county’s new emergency manager and also chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee. He was recommended for the jobs by outgoing emergency manager and LEPC chair Steve Ator, right. The two men have worked together in the past year to improve the county’s emergency preparedness and to facilitate training for the county’s first responders. Ator also expanded the emergency management team to become a core of volunteers who, when needed, will respond through this door of the Ozark County Health Department basement to set up an emergency operations center, with each person handling a pre-designated organizational role.
Curtis Ledbetter is the county’s new emergency manager and also the chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, accepting the emergency manager appointment last week by Ozark County Presiding Commissioner John Turner. Ledbetter accepted the LEPC chairmanship in March.Ledbetter is the...

Gainesville Schools superintendent Jeff Hyatt tries out one of the comfortable chairs in the junior/senior high school’s new library center, which adjoins a new learning lab where students can take online classes.
As Gainesville students returned to school Tuesday, they discovered several improvements at the junior/senior high school, including a new learning lab and library center.“We wanted something different and more modern for the kids,” said Gaines-ville R-V superintendent Dr. Jeff Hyatt.The new...

Times photo / Sue Ann Jones Missouri Department of Transportation project manager Pete Berry, center, talks with Joe Easterday, left, and his wife Diane about the department’s plans to improve the Tecumseh curves on Highway 160, where the Easterdays’ Rocky Top Resort and Campground are located. MoDOT’s current plans will require the removal of five vintage native-rock cabins at the resort as well as a house and a shed. Structures must also be removed on two other properties along the 1-mile stretch of highway. In the background, Darla Sullivan, left, and Eugene Strong study project plans that were posted on the walls of the GHS cafeteria during the public information meeting Aug. 6. Others attending the meeting included Ozark County Presiding Commissioner John Turner (back to camera) and Tecumseh resident Dan Israel, right.
Representatives of the Missouri Department of Transportation fielded questions and listened to residents’ comments at an Aug. 6 meeting at Gainesville High School to present the preliminary plans for improving the Highway 160 curves at Tecumseh.Several property owners along the 1-mile stretch of...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts Dr. Allen Woods
Dora R-III School District’s new superintendent, Dr. Allen Woods, stepped into the job July 1 and says he’s ready for the new school year, which officially starts at Dora on Thursday. Woods, now beginning his 20th year as an educator and his sixth as an administrator, comes to Dora after spending a...

Missouri Department of Natural Resources photo. A concentrated animal feeding operation.
At their regular weekly meeting Monday, Aug. 19, the Ozark County Commissioners will consider enacting a health ordinance regarding concentrated animal feeding operations, also known as CAFOs, in Ozark County. The proposed ordinance comes in response to Missouri Senate Bill 391, which bars counties...

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