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Editor’s note: This is one of the stories to be included in the personal memoir now being assembled by Ozark County native Sid Pierce, a Navy veteran, retired teacher and Branson sound technician who for many years traveled the world with country music recording artist Roy Clark. His dad, the late...
A virtual meeting was held April 16 between Circuit Judge Calvin Holden, public defenders Kate Welborn and Cheryl Duvall, and the prosecution duo of Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant and Tony Brown from the Missouri Attorney General’s office in reference to the Savannah Leckie...

Ozark County Western District Commissioner Layne Nance took this photo over the weekend, showing where a local resident left about 20 large contractor bags filled with trash at the recycling center gates. Generally, residents must pay $2 per bag to dispose of non-recyclable household trash at the recycling center.
At their weekly meeting Monday, the Ozark County Commissioners discussed the recycling center and some past and ongoing road-and-bridge projects.    An extra set of hands Western District Commissioner Layne Nance said the commissioners are participating in a program through Ozark Action that will...

Almartha native Betty Lou Rennaker Montgomery’s story about father, Homer Rennaker, shown here with his wife, Geraldine, is included in the current edition of the Old Mill Run. With this edition, the Old Mill Run celebrates 35 years as the quarterly publication of the Ozark County Genealogical and Historical Society.
The May 2021 issue of the Old Mill Run, the quarterly publication of the Ozark County Genealogical and Histori-cal Society, marks the newsletter’s 35th year of publication.  As always, the May issue has several stories of interest to those who enjoy Ozark County history. Almartha native Betty...

Franklin David Clark
The Howell County Sheriff’s Department has identified human remains found in a wooded area off Highway 17, south of West Plains, as those of 36-year-old Franklin David Clark. Clark’s mother, Pauline King, lives north of Gainesville.  “At this point, we’re still waiting for the finalized report from...

Gainesville Cemetery board members, from left, Jeff and Taler Nash, Mike Breeding, and Chris, Linda and John Harlin recently arranged for Rob Collins with his Chaney Monument crew to clean all the headstones in the cemetery on County Road 503 south of the Gainesville business district.
Up to a century’s accumulation of grime, dirt, pollen, mold and lichen has been washed away from the headstones in the Gaines-ville Cemetery, freshening up the appearance of the pastoral setting and revealing “an amazing amount of history,” one of the cemetery board members said. Rob Collins of...
Further details emerged about the July 15, 2020, shooting death of Gainesville resident Kameron Stillwell during an April 14 preliminary hearing before Associate Circuit Judge Raymond Gross. The hearing was for Timothy Kyle Sprague, who is now charged with Stillwell’s murder among other felony...

During a recent trip out of state, Gainesville resident Michelle Pointer continued her recycling habit, depositing recyclable plastics into a designated bin.
Thursday is Earth Day, a time when we celebrate our beautiful planet and consider how we help it continue to be our healthy home in the universe. One way Ozark Countians contribute to that effort is by delivering trash and recyclables to the Ozark County Recycling Center on County Road 502 at Lilly...

At this week’s meeting of the Ozark County Commission, the new bridge on County Road 912 over Pond Ford Creek in Thornfield was discussed. The half-million-dollar bridge, built by Ozark-based RJ Warren Construction Co, opened in January. The previous wood-and-concrete bridge at the site was removed for replacement in September 2020. In January, former Western District Commissioner Greg Donley said commissioners had worked on getting the bridge replaced since late 2017. The project was completed through the “Off-System Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation program,” which uses the abbreviation BRO and involves both state and federal funds.
  At their weekly meeting Monday morning, the Ozark County Commissioners discussed the reopening of Haskins Ford, the county’s sales tax progress for the year and damage from last Friday’s storms as well as other rock and gravel projects.   Passable Haskins Ford “The ford – I don’t know if it’s...
As court cases progress toward trial, they often fall into a delicate dance with the prosecution and defense teams tangoing back and forth with various motions that pull one side or the other to the lead.  Last week, the dance continued in the case against Theodosia-area resident Rebecca Ruud, who...

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