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The J Highway bridge over Lick Creek at Howard’s Ridge will be closed beginning Monday, April 27, so that contractor crews can replace the heavily traveled structure. The bridge, built in 1948, was identified last year as one of 250 bridges in the state to be repaired or replaced. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman.
The J Highway bridge over Lick Creek at Howard’s Ridge, about 3 miles south of Highway 160, will close Monday, April 27, as contractor crews begin work to replace the existing bridge, which was built in 1948. The bridge will remain closed until work is completed in mid-August, area engineer Elquin...

The entire group of North Macedonian Peace Corps volunteers was evacuated from the country late last month. This photo was taken at the Skopje International Airport.
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series outlining former Gainesville resident Sydnie Russian’s experience as a Peace Corps volunteer and her chaotic evacuation last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The story’s introduction, in the April 8 edition of the Times, described Sydnie’s...

Air Force retired colonel Steve Wacholtz of Thornfield last year published the book of stories he originally wrote for his grandchildren. But then friends and relatives who read it told him, “You should publish it,” he said. So he did.
Thornfield resident Steven Wacholtz enjoyed an extraordinary assortment of assignments, experiences and challenges during his 25-year Air Force career, most of them as a morale, welfare, recreation and services officer. He loved recounting all the stories – some funny, others heartbreaking and all...
Dora Volunteer Fire Department recently received 20 face shields from Springfield-based graphic company nPrint Graphix. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the print shop has pivoted its normal operations of printing graphic signs and other marketing items to making face shields for the medical...
Several members of the Historium Quilt Group donated 94 hand-sewn face masks to the Gainesville Health Care Center last week, after GHCC director Sherri Beasley requested them. Barbara Luna, one of the participants in the project and a member of the Ozark County Historium board of directors,...
The Ozark County Recorder’s office will resume issuing marriage licenses Friday, April 17, says Ozark County Circuit Clerk and Recorder Becki Strong. A story in last week’s Times reported that Strong’s office was suspending issuing the licenses during the COVID-19 pandemic, following the lead of...

The Ozark County Food Pantry last week transitioned into a drive-through operation in response to directives aimed at helping stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Ozark County Health Department administrator Rhonda Suter said that, during the pandemic, those who are new to the food pantry only need to show an ID and proof of Ozark County residency to receive help. The food pantry operates out of the former Hodgson Mill Enterprises building on County Road 806 west of the Ozark County Sheriff’s office. photo courtesy of Ed Doiron.
The Ozark County Food Pantry last week served 205 families – 20 to 40 more families than usual – after transitioning to a drive-through service for its April 8 distribution. Rhonda Suter, Ozark County Health Department administrator, said Monday that “everything went smoothly. The line kept moving...

Left: Becki Strong parks her cart at the red tape at the checkout line at Town & Country Super-market in Gainesville Monday. Below: Red-tape markers are spaced 6 feet apart in each check-out line, helping customers maintain “social distancing” to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The Ozark County Commissioners held their usual weekly meeting Monday morning in an unusual place – the second-floor courtroom in the Ozark County Courthouse. Mindful of the Centers for Disease Control directive to maintain a 6-foot distance between each other and have no more than 10 people in any...

Fifteen-month old Cora Grace Lee raises her hands in praise in her parents’ minivan as Nancy Collins leads the singing at one of Needmore Church of God’s recent drive-in church services on Highway 181 south of Dora. Cora Grace is the daughter of Dora residents Richard and Anna Lee. The outdoor service allows church-goers to worship together while heeding Centers for Disease Control guidelines for helping stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Ozark County Ambulance District personnel have outfitted one of the district’s three ambulances to safely transport patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection, OCAD administrator Stacy Raney, pictured here, said Mon-day. The newly outfitted ambulance has a negative-pressure hospital-...

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