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Another extra-loud boom rattled dishes – and Ozarks residents – on Wednesday, June 6. The Ozark County Sheriff’s Office reported several calls from people who were puzzled by the sudden, super-loud clap of thunder, and similar calls reportedly poured into other area law enforcement offices and also...

This photo of Savannah Leckie was posted recently on Facebook by her aunt, Lisa Orn, to commemorate the girl’s 17th birthday on June 3. The girl’s biological mother, Rebecca Ruud, and Ruud’s husband, Robert Peat, face murder charges in connection to Savannah’s disappearance last year.
If she hadn’t died, Savannah Leckie would have turned 17 ten days ago, on June 3. Instead, on one of the days following her birthday, Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed and his deputies were back at the Theodosia-area farm where Savannah had lived for a few months with her biological mother until she...
The election of the Senior Citizens of Ozark County board is this week. Votes may be cast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, June 13-15. Nominees are Carol Cooper and incumbents Buddy Festervand, Sue Herning and Lynn Bentele. Voters will vote for three.The aenior Citizens of Ozark County...
Amazingly, no humans were injured Sunday night when three vehicles hit four head of cattle on Highway 5 about 7 miles north of Gainesville. The cattle didn’t fare as well.Because no drivers or passengers were injured, the Missouri State Highway Patrol officer who responded to the incident did not...

Gainesville residents Brian Morgan and his daughter, Katelyn, look over the memorial of stuffed animals, toys and balloons at the entrance to the Lebanon trailer park where five children died in a June 6 fire that also left the mother of two of the children with severe injuries. Morgan, an EMT, worked on one of the Mercy ambulance crews that responded to the fire with Lebanon firefighters.
The tragic story from Lebanon last week reporting the deaths of five children in a mobile home fire has two Ozark County connections.Two of the five children, Andre Malleck, 1 1/2, and Patience Malleck, 6 months, are descendants of the late Leonard and Hattie Chaney, who founded Chaney Monument...

Woodward
Dakota Woodward, 18, of Gainesville, is being held in the Ozark County Jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond in connection with a Memorial Day high-speed chase with Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper J. Prater. Woodward is charged with possession of methamphetamine and resisting arrest by fleeing,...

Annette and Paul Lane
A benefit pie auction, potluck supper and silent auction event is being planned by friends, family members and neighbors to help Wasola-area residents Paul and Annette Lane, whose home was badly damaged by fire on May 13. The event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Wasola Volunteer Fire...

Harrison
Brent Harrison, 48, of Isabella, is currently being held in the Ozark County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond in connection with an incident in which Harrison allegedly fired a gun into a vehicle with a woman and two children inside. Harrison faces felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon and...
Cooper Friend, 13, and his “Papa D” (Dana Crisp) pose with their first home run baseballs after Cooper hit his out of the Bakersfield ball park Tuesday, May 29. Dana hit his first home run in the summer of 1976 when he was 16 while playing for the Mountain Home, Arkansas, American Legion team at a...

Mike Wallace, standing back, right, has resigned after 22 years with Thornfield School as a teacher and, since 2004, administrator. He’s pictured with his parents, Thornfield residents Maynard and Linda Wallace, left, and sons (back, from left) Cale, 18, Casey, 19, and (front, left) Riley, almost 10, as well as girlfriend Lexie Scott and her son Hoyt, right. Maynard, Cale and Casey all attended school at Thornfield, as did Maynard’s parents, the late Archie and Ruby Mahan Wallace. Mike Wallace has accepted a job as superintendent of schools in Everton, northwest of Springfield.
After 22 years at Thornfield School as a teacher and administrator, Mike Wallace has resigned, effective June 30. Wallace said Monday in an email to the Times that when he told the Thornfield students last month on the last day of school that he was leaving to accept a job in another district, “...

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