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June St.Laurent
June and Phil St. Laurent are moving to Branson soon from their longtime home on Spring Creek in Isabella, and the staff at the Ozark County Health Department and their fellow volunteers at the Ozark County Food Pantry hate to see them go. “They’ve been wonderful supporters of the food pantry,”...

Jessi Dreckman
As this edition is printed and delivered to the office Wednesday morning, I’ll be spending my last day in the Ozark County Times office as a newspaper reporter. Thursday begins a new chapter in my life as I transition to a new career as a high school English teacher in the Lutie School District for...

H.K. Silvey. Photo courtesy of Elaine Burnett
Theodosia resident H. K. Silvey watched some of last week’s observance of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing. “But, you know, it was kind of old news,” he said Monday with a chuckle. That nonchalant attitude was the polar opposite of how Silvey felt 50 years ago as American astronauts...

Rachel Klessig says her son Danial, shown here with newborn brother Reuben, born earlier this year, was always helpful and kind to his eight siblings. “I’ve found all these pictures of him snuggling his baby siblings, every one of them as they came along,” she said. Danial, 21, died Friday evening in a vehicle crash on Highway 5, a mile away from his family’s home at Jersey Knoll Farm off County Road 837. A husband and wife from Higginsville also died in the crash.
On a Saturday three years ago, best friends Sherri Means and Corinthia Fleet were walking around Silver Dollar City, and the subject of grandchildren came up.  “Soon enough, you’ll be a grandma,” Corinthia told Sherri, the mother of an 18-year-old daughter named Azelin.  “You have to have a man for...

Misty L. Watson
Last week an Ozark County jury took less than an hour to find Gainesville resident Misty L. Watson, 42, guilty of third-degree assault in connection with an Oct. 21, 2017, incident in which Watson was alleged to have injured Amanda Forrest by striking her in the head with a beer bottle at a...

Four Ozark County volunteer fire departments are recent recipients of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s volunteer fire assistance (VFA) grants. Dora, Pontiac/Price Place, Theodosia and Tecumseh VFDs were all awarded matching funds through the program. Pictured, from left: MDC employee James Harlan, Dora VFD chief Monte Shipley, Tecumseh VFD assistant chief J.B. Duke, Pontiac/Price Place assistant chief Roger Cooley and chief Arthur Streigle, Theodosia Area VFD chief John Lubbers and MDC employee Barry Olmstead.
A total of $6,156.22 was distributed to Dora, Pontiac/Price Place, Theodosia Area and Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Departments  Friday from the Missouri Department of Conservation’s volunteer fire assistance (VFA) matching grants program.  As part of the program, Dora VFD purchased four telescoping...
This story is adapted from an article published in the July 22, 2009, edition of the Times. Century Bank of the Ozarks is celebrating its 125th anniversary today by inviting everyone to enjoy refreshments throughout the business day at its locations in Gainesville, Theodosia, Bakersfield and Ava....

After a construction delay tied to questions about the modular building’s proximity to the Gainesville Memorial Airport across Bull Dog Drive, the Gainesville School District’s new Preschool Center now is ready for the opening of the school year on Aug. 13. Site preparation began in May, but work stopped after questions were raised about the safety of the building’s location a short distance east of the junior high wing of the high school building near the end of the airport runway. But by the end of the month, the Federal Aviation Administration had ruled that “the structure does not exceed obstruction standards and would not be a hazard to air navigation.” The new sign proclaims, “Home of the Little Bulldogs.”
County schools are gearing up for the 2019-2020 school year. Important dates and guidelines are listed below. Bakersfield R-IV School Registration for all new students will be held Thursday, Aug. 1; Friday, Aug. 2; and Tuesday, Aug. 6. Teachers report for in-service Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 7-9, and...

The Washington Post recently published an interactive version of this map providing information from a DEA database that tracks, county by county, every opioid pain pill, from manufacturer to pharmacy, in the U.S. between 2006 and 2012. The tall, dark rectangle near the center of the Missouri-Arkansas line is Howell County. Visit https://wapo.st/DEA-pain-pill-database?tid=ss_mail to access the easy-to-use map. Image: Screenshot of the Washington Post website
  More than 2 million oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, the equivalent of 34.3 pills per person per year, were dispensed in Ozark County from 2006 through 2012, according to a recently released Drug Enforcement Administration data base that “tracked the path of every single pain pill sold in the...

Misty L. Watson
Last week an Ozark County jury took less than an hour to find Gainesville resident Misty L. Watson, 42, guilty of third-degree assault in connection with an Oct. 21, 2017, incident in which Watson was alleged to have injured Amanda Forrest by striking her in the head with a beer bottle at a...

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