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Ozark County native Donna Walker, pictured in her Ava home, pages through one of the books she has published about the history of the Ozark County communities where she and her husband, the late Russell Walker, grew up.
Reprinted from the Ozarks Alive! blog by Kaitlyn McConnell.  To read more of McConnell’s stories about Ozarks characters and history, visit ozarksalive.com. This is the first part of a two-part story that will conclude in next week’s Times.     While it lives on here and there in Ozarks hills and...

Times file photo / Sue Ann Jones Jerry Beasley, shown in this 2018 file photo, retired at the end of the 2018-19 school year after working 28 years as the district’s mechanic, a job in which he was responsible for maintaining the district’s school-bus fleet. All of Gainesville’s buses – 18 this year – passed the annual Missouri State Highway Patrol inspection this year for the seventh year in a row.
Two of Ozark County’s five school districts again had their school bus fleets pass the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s annual inspection with 100 percent of the buses approved. For the seventh year in a row, all of Gainesville School District’s buses – 18 of them this year – were approved. It’s a...

Sarah Hogan, center, was presented with the Servant’s Heart Award, the highest honor presented each year during Nurses’ Week at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas. BRMC Urology Clinic office manager Brandee Litty, left, and urologist Daniel Decker, M.D., were among those who nominated her for the honor.
Gainesville resident Sarah Hogan, LPN, was recognized by Baxter Regional Medical Center staff recently when she received the hospital’s highest nursing honor – the Servant’s Heart Award. The award was presented during a ceremony at the hospital in Mountain Home, Arkansas, on Thursday, May 9.  Each...

File photo Eckert’s Berry Farm, south of Dora, was a popular spot for berry pickers for many years, but it has closed this spring due to Tomi and Richard Eckert’s health issues. Times reporter Jessi Dreckman, pictured below, right, picked berries at Eckert’s for many years. The 9-gallon berry haul, above was the fruit of many hours of berry picking in 2015 by Dreckman, Mammoth-area resident Tena McKinzie, center, and Gainesville resident Carole Long.
Many area residents are saddened to learn that Eckert’s Berry Farm south of Dora has closed due to health challenges that have impacted owners Tomi and Richard Eckert, who have operated the popular U-pick farm for many years.  Another Ozark County blueberry farm, Timber Rock, off N Highway near...

Times photo / Amelia LaMair Rising water in Norfork Lake due to recent rains has brought the lake level closer than usual to the deck of the Highway 160 bridge at Tecumseh. The lake has backed up into one of its main tributaries, the North Fork of the White River, enough to cover the County Road 318 bridge at Dawt Mill.
High water continues to be a problem in some areas of Ozark County due to recent rains and rising lake levels. At the weekly meeting of the Ozark County Commissioners on Monday, Eastern District Commis-sioner Gary Collins said the North Fork of the White River, as it flows into Norfork Lake, has...

The day-use area of the North Fork Recreation Area near Dora, known locally as Hammond Access, reopened Friday after being closed so that repairs and improvements could be made. This photo, taken from the Cudworth Memorial Bridge on CC Highway, shows the “water-play” access, which will also be used for launching boats into the river until a new, separate launch ramp can be completed a short distance away.
After repeated weather delays and recent vandalism, most of the North Fork Recreation Area located on the North Fork of the White River near Dora, known locally as Hammond Access, reopened Friday, June 7. An announcement from the Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs ranger district of the Mark Twain...

Ozark Countian Taylor Brooks was in the U.S. Military Academy class of 2019 as it paraded on “The Plain” during recent graduation exercises at West Point.
An impressive cadre of 987 members from the West Point class of 2019 joined the U.S. Military Academy’s “Long Gray Line” on Saturday, May 25, and took the first step in their new lives as soldiers and leaders in the  Army. The historic Michie Stadium, site of many classic Army football games, was...

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Rebecca Ruud’s trial reset for Jan. 27, 2020 Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud, charged with murdering her 16-year-old biological daughter Savannah Leckie and disposing of her corpse in 2017, appeared for a motion hearing before Judge Calvin Ray Holden May 24 in a Greene County courtroom in...

A creek crossing on County Road 938 in the Toledo community in northwest Ozark County is closed until a low-water bridge can be replaced, according to Ozark County Western District Commissioner Greg Donley. The previous structure was falling apart and had to be removed for safety reasons, said Donley, who added that repairs will start next week. The crossing may be closed until the end of June. Photo courtesy of Greg Donley
The Ozark County Commissioners, in their regular weekly meeting Monday morning, said they have been fielding an increased number of calls from county residents requesting road repairs. Usually, road crews are generally  able to respond quickly when someone calls to request a repair, the...

The late Alva Hollingsworth, formerly of Gainesville, was part of the Allied invasion of Omaha Beach during D Day 75 years ago this week.
Editor’s note: In recognition of the 75th anniversary of D Day on June 6, we reprint this profile of the late Alva Hollingsworth, formerly of Gainesville, a soldier who participated in the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. Written by Mary Ruth Luna Sparks, editor of the Ozark County Genealogy...

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