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Lain McCanless and Aspyn Britt didn’t let the gathering restrictions related to the current COVID-19 pandemic keep them from celebrating their upcoming nuptials with friends and family. Instead, they embraced the chaos with a drive-thru wedding shower Saturday at the Assembly of God Church in...
Gainesville Head Start teachers, from left, Wendy Tetrick, Jody Argabright and Nancy Simpson greeted their Head Start students at a “drive-by graduation” ceremony April 30 at Hoerman Memorial Park in Gainesville. The teachers congratulated each student and gave him or her a new backpack filled with...
Treva Warrick works with Melvin Taylor to complete his taxes during a drive-thru tax-help session last week at The Center in Gainesville. Warrick said she has worked in tax counseling for the elderly, a program that provides free tax assistance for seniors in the area, for the last 28 years. The...

Ozark County native Bailey Ray and Gravois Mills paramedic Jordy Ashley were married April 15 in Camdenton after their original wedding plans were turned upside down, first by government guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus – and then when Jordy developed symptoms of the virus himself. They’re shown here with Bailey’s parents, Crystal and Dwain Ray of Wasola.
In a relatively short few months’ span of time, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in more ways than could possibly have been imagined. Ordinary lives and routines have been altered to the point of being almost unrecognizable. The face of how we work, socialize, educate and worship has...

At their weekly meeting Monday, county commissioners discussed the more than $1 million in federal funds that is coming to the county from the CARES act. The meeting was live streamed on Facebook and can be viewed on the “Ozark County” Facebook page.
At press time Tuesday, no positive cases of the COVID-19 virus had been reported in Ozark County, according to Ozark County Health Department administrator Rhonda Suter, but soon the county will be getting federal funds to spend on protection from the virus or for responding to it if and when it...

Stockmens Bank reopened its lobby Monday after the month-long COVID-19 shutdown that caused banks and other offices and businesses to close their lobbies and work behind locked front doors. The bank’s new plexiglas “sneeze guards” that protect tellers, including Arlene Merriman, left, and Kaitlin Conrad, are hard to see in the photo, but they’re there.
Gov. Mike Parson’s Stay Home, Missouri order was lifted Monday, allowing Missourians to venture out again after being directed since April 13 to stay at home unless they were employed in “essential” businesses or travel or dealing with emergencies. In response, many Ozark County offices and...

Newton Mining Company’s principal founders were apparently Isidor Bush, whose name was sometimes spelled Busch, above, and Woldemar August “Gustavus” Fischer, below. Fischer was born in Germany; Bush was born in the Czech Republic. Both men served as officers in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Over the past two centuries, there have been many who came to Ozark County in search of something. For some it has been tranquility, for some a desire to be independent and for some a quest for spiritual enrichment.  We tend to hear little or nothing about those who came seeking fortunes, probably...

Bakersfield preschool teacher Jody Bonds, above, and Lisa Bean, Bakersfield kindergarten teacher, below, are two of the many Bakersfield educators who have posted virtual storybook sessions on the “Bakersfield Elementary Story Time” Facebook page.
The Bakersfield Elementary Story Time Facebook page is filled with Bakersfield teachers and other school employees reading stories to students through video. The group was created about a month ago as a way for Bakersfield students to find videos from all their teachers in one place. The educators...

Gainesville photographer Karla Smith, whose school sports photos published in the Times and on Facebook have thrilled area families for many years, is using her talents to create graduation portraits for Gainesville High School’s 50 seniors – her gift to these students whose activities she’s recorded for years. Above: Ashley Poe blows a cloud of confetti toward the camera.
Editor’s note: We hope to have updates about graduation events planned by Dora and Lutie high schools in next week’s Times.    The COVID-19 pandemic may have turned the world upside-down for the class of 2020, but despite the abrupt, unexpected and unplanned end of in-person classes through the...

Gov. Mike Parson’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” order, issued Monday, lets previously closed businesses reopen, within guidelines, on Monday, May 4, a month after a statewide shutdown order began April 5. Many residents are especially eager to get back to their favorite hair and tanning salons, and the signs posted in the window of Kristie Ashmead’s Southern Roots salon in Gainesville show that the stylists there are equally happy to welcome back their patrons.
At press time Tuesday, Ozark County still had no reported positive cases of the COVID-19 virus, and residents here are hopeful that the May 4 “reopening” at the end of Gov. Mike Parson’s “Stay Home, Missouri” order will let life move closer to normal after the state’s April 5 pandemic shutdown...

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