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Clad in new turnout gear, Caulfield Volunteer Fire Depart-ment firefighters stand in front of Caulfield pumper #1, a 1989 Chevrolet Kodiak truck with the capacity to hold 1,000 gallons of water. The fire department was able to purchase two trucks and new gear after Caulfield VFD members voted earlier this year to trade in the 1993 Freightliner truck the department had been using. Firefighters pictured are, from left, back row: Assistant Chief Brandon Watkins and Chief Shannon Sisney. Front: firefighter and first responder David Kingsolver, Capt. Lonza Keaton and Lt. Joey Hedrick.
Thanks to the hard work of its firefighters and department supporters, Caulfield Volunteer Fire Department is much better equipped to fight fires than it was eight months ago. The fire department, which did not have a reliable vehicle earlier this year, is now serving the community with a reliable...

A fast-burning fire destroyed an unoccupied home in the Holiday Hills subdivision of Theodosia Wednesday, Oct. 17. The state fire marshal was called to investigate the blaze, but his report, filed with the Missouri Division of Fire Safety, said the damage was too extensive to determine the fire’s origin. Photo courtesy Joe Rinehart.
A fast-moving fire destroyed an unoccupied Theodosia home Wednesday morning, Oct. 17. Theodosia Area Volunteer Fire Department volunteer Allen Edgington said he was alerted to the fire on Blueridge Drive, about two blocks from his own home in the Holiday Hills neighborhood, by Jay Torry, who drove...
Friends and fellow musicians are raising money to start a musical instrument scholarship for a Gainesville music student in memory of Lawrence "J.R." Strickland, a longtime Ozark County resident and the original organizer of the Ozark County musical jam sessions. Those wishing to contribute can...

Times reporter Jessi Dreckman holds the first place plaques for best front page and best story about the outdoors. that the Ozark County Times won in the Missouri Press Association’s statewide Better Newspaper Contest.
The Ozark County Times brought home two first place awards, two third place awards,  some honorable mentions and placed third in general excellence at the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest awards luncheon during the Missouri Press Association conference Sept. 15 at Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet in...

Theodosia resident Michael Atkins, right, spoke Sunday at Salem General Baptist Church in Ocie, where Davin Friend, left, is pastor. Atkins shared his testimony of how Davin and his wife, Kasey, rescued him from Bull Shoals Lake the previous weekend.
The first time Davin Friend and Michael Atkins met, on Oct. 6,  Michael was drowning in Bull Shoals Lake at Theodosia, and Davin was swimming out to rescue him.  They met again Sunday when Atkins spoke at Salem General Baptist Church in Ocie, where Davin is the pastor. Atkins shared his testimony,...

Joshua Sandlin, shown in a 2016 booking photo from the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office.
Joshua F. Sandlin, 29, is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 23 for a criminal setting in connection with an Oct. 8 incident in which the Gainesville man allegedly physically assaulted a woman, tossed a gun to his 3-year-old and 6-year-old children and told them to “shoot daddy,” and finally,...
Autumn’s cool temperatures have set in, and Halloween is just two weeks away. Ozark County residents may choose from a wide array of area activities to join in on the fun festivities of the season. From trunk-or-treat events to movie nights and fall foliage viewing, there’s no shortage of places...
Would you like to learn CPR, including infant CPR and drowning-rescue techniques – or would you like learn updated techniques from past lessons? Stephen Ator, who in addition to being an Ozark County reserve deputy and a Tecumseh VFD firefighter and first responder, is also Ozark County’s emergency...

This photo of Velta Hambelton and her recipe for strawberry shortcake, submitted by Shana Hambelton of Dora, was featured on page 40 of the 2017 edition of Ozark County Cookin’. *** Granny Velta's Strawberry Shortcake Submitted by Shana Hambelton, Dora 2 cups sifted flour 3 tablespoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar Sift together. 1/3 cup oil 2/3 cup milk Pour into measuring cup. Do not stir. Pour all at once into flour mixture; stir with fork until mixture cleans sides of the bowl and forms a ball. Smooth by kneading about 10 times without additional flour. Press out with hand or roll out between wax paper to half-inch thickness. Bake 10-12 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet in very hot oven, 475°. Cover with freshly sliced strawberries and whipped topping and enjoy!
The 2018 edition of Ozark County Cookin’ will feature not only the recipes but also the stories of Ozark County cooks, present and past, whose kitchen talents created warm, enduring memories for generations of area families. As we do each year, we’re asking our readers to share their memories and...

Stacy Raney
The Ozark County Ambulance Board recently hired Stacy Raney as district administrator and Jennifer Evans as the district’s administrative assistant.  Evans, a Gainesville native, most recently worked at Thomas & Douglas accounting firm and at Maranatha Health and Wellness Centre in Gainesville...

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