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As Confederate Gen. John Sappington Marmaduke led his troops from Arkansas into southern Missouri in 1863, some of the units in his and Col. “Long-haired Emmett” MacDonald’s columns passed close to Isabella on the Old Salt Road on their way to Springfield. A third Confederate column, led by Col. Joseph Porter, passed by Gainesville.
The Battle of Pea Ridge, described in the previous Ozark Journey column, secured Missouri’s future as a Union state; however, it was far from the end of hostilities in southwest Missouri. One of the Confederate leaders who stayed engaged on Missouri soil was Missouri’s native son, Gen. John S....

Jonathan Latham
Wright County Associate Judge Lynette Veenstra on Dec. 9 sentenced Gainesville resident Jonathan W. Latham, 48, to the maximum sentence allowed under Missouri law in two 2016 cases before her in Ozark County. Veenstra, who is assigned cases when Circuit Judge Craig Carter has a conflict or a full...

Brayden Roberts, seated on Santa’s knee, and sister Finley, had a jolly good time eating breakfast and chatting with Santa at Rockbridge Rainbow Trout Ranch Saturday, Dec. 14, during the resort’s Breakfast with Santa event. Brayden and Finley are the children of Gainesville residents John and Ralena Roberts.
To have your Christmas or holiday-themed event added to next week’s listing, call the Ozark County Times at 417-679-4641 or email jessi@ozarkcountytimes.com by 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.    Saturday, Dec. 21 Santa visits Gainesville Subway Santa Claus will visit with children in the Gainesville...

Volunteers helped organize gift stations, categorized by gender and age, at the 2019 Ozark County Toy Drive on Dec. 14. This photo, taken before the annual event began, shows some of the gift items parents could choose. Photo courtesy of Crystal Walker House.
Before the sun peeked above the Ozark County hills Saturday, an army of Santa’s helpers were awake and scurrying about, doing their part for the annual Ozark County Toy Drive.  In all, more than 80 volunteers, including 40 students, rustled together the makings of the magical event, held annually...

Marmaduke As Confederate Gen. John Sappington Marmaduke led his troops from Arkansas into southern Missouri in 1863, some of the units in his and Col. “Long-haired Emmett” MacDonald’s columns passed close to Isabella on the Old Salt Road on their way to Springfield. A third Confederate column, led by Col. Joseph Porter, passed by Gainesville.
The Battle of Pea Ridge, described in the previous Ozark Journey column, secured Missouri’s future as a Union state; however, it was far from the end of hostilities in southwest Missouri. One of the Confederate leaders who stayed engaged on Missouri soil was Missouri’s native son, Gen. John S....

The U.S. Forest Service has announced a ban on feral hog hunting within the Mark Twain National Forest except in “opportunistic circumstances,” when a hunter sees a hog while hunting for deer or turkey. In this MDC photo, the destructive invasive species was photographed polluting a normally pristine Ozark County spring.
Missourians will no longer be able to hunt feral hogs freely on public land within the Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF). The announcement was made earlier this month by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) as the agency continues its work to eliminate the invasive species from the state. Feral hog...

Jonathan Latham
Wright County Associate Judge Lynette Veenstra on Dec. 9 sentenced Gainesville resident Jonathan W. Latham, 48, to the maximum sentence allowed under Missouri law in two 2016 cases before her in Ozark County. Veenstra, who is assigned cases when Circuit Judge Craig Carter has a conflict or a full...

Brayden Roberts, seated on Santa’s knee, and sister Finley, had a jolly good time eating breakfast and chatting with Santa at Rockbridge Rainbow Trout Ranch Saturday, Dec. 14, during the resort’s Breakfast with Santa event. Brayden and Finley are the children of Gainesville residents John and Ralena Roberts.
To have your Christmas or holiday-themed event added to next week’s listing, call the Ozark County Times at 417-679-4641 or email jessi@ozarkcountytimes.com by 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.    Saturday, Dec. 21 Santa visits Gainesville Subway Santa Claus will visit with children in the Gainesville...

Christopher Lynne
Christopher Lynne, 26, of Gainesville, is currently being held in the Baxter County, Arkansas, Jail in Mountain Home on a $5,000 bond. The arrest stems from a Nov. 20 traffic stop initiated by Mountain Home Police Officer Cody Hillicker, who suspected Lynne of driving while intoxicated.In the...

“The worst of times: The Civil War in Ozark County, Mo.,” originally published in 2012 has recently been reprinted by the Ozark County Historium and the Ozark County Genealogical and Historical Society. Renewed interest in the book, which has been out of print for some time, was sparked by the new Civil War discussion group that meets at the Historium at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month.
The new Civil War discussion group that meets at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Ozark County Historium in Gainesville has sparked interest in the Civil War booklet of stories published in 2012 by the Historium and the Ozark County Genealogical and Historical Society. As a result...

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