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Times reporter Jessi Dreckman holds the first place plaques for best front page and best story about the outdoors. that the Ozark County Times won in the Missouri Press Association’s statewide Better Newspaper Contest.
The Ozark County Times brought home two first place awards, two third place awards,  some honorable mentions and placed third in general excellence at the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest awards luncheon during the Missouri Press Association conference Sept. 15 at Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet in...

Theodosia resident Michael Atkins, right, spoke Sunday at Salem General Baptist Church in Ocie, where Davin Friend, left, is pastor. Atkins shared his testimony of how Davin and his wife, Kasey, rescued him from Bull Shoals Lake the previous weekend.
The first time Davin Friend and Michael Atkins met, on Oct. 6,  Michael was drowning in Bull Shoals Lake at Theodosia, and Davin was swimming out to rescue him.  They met again Sunday when Atkins spoke at Salem General Baptist Church in Ocie, where Davin is the pastor. Atkins shared his testimony,...

Joshua Sandlin, shown in a 2016 booking photo from the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office.
Joshua F. Sandlin, 29, is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 23 for a criminal setting in connection with an Oct. 8 incident in which the Gainesville man allegedly physically assaulted a woman, tossed a gun to his 3-year-old and 6-year-old children and told them to “shoot daddy,” and finally,...
Autumn’s cool temperatures have set in, and Halloween is just two weeks away. Ozark County residents may choose from a wide array of area activities to join in on the fun festivities of the season. From trunk-or-treat events to movie nights and fall foliage viewing, there’s no shortage of places...
Would you like to learn CPR, including infant CPR and drowning-rescue techniques – or would you like learn updated techniques from past lessons? Stephen Ator, who in addition to being an Ozark County reserve deputy and a Tecumseh VFD firefighter and first responder, is also Ozark County’s emergency...

This photo of Velta Hambelton and her recipe for strawberry shortcake, submitted by Shana Hambelton of Dora, was featured on page 40 of the 2017 edition of Ozark County Cookin’. *** Granny Velta's Strawberry Shortcake Submitted by Shana Hambelton, Dora 2 cups sifted flour 3 tablespoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar Sift together. 1/3 cup oil 2/3 cup milk Pour into measuring cup. Do not stir. Pour all at once into flour mixture; stir with fork until mixture cleans sides of the bowl and forms a ball. Smooth by kneading about 10 times without additional flour. Press out with hand or roll out between wax paper to half-inch thickness. Bake 10-12 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet in very hot oven, 475°. Cover with freshly sliced strawberries and whipped topping and enjoy!
The 2018 edition of Ozark County Cookin’ will feature not only the recipes but also the stories of Ozark County cooks, present and past, whose kitchen talents created warm, enduring memories for generations of area families. As we do each year, we’re asking our readers to share their memories and...

Stacy Raney
The Ozark County Ambulance Board recently hired Stacy Raney as district administrator and Jennifer Evans as the district’s administrative assistant.  Evans, a Gainesville native, most recently worked at Thomas & Douglas accounting firm and at Maranatha Health and Wellness Centre in Gainesville...

Michelle Moody said her friend took this photo of her toddler son while he was being treated at Mercy Hospital in Springfield after slipping into some bathtub water Saturday and being submerged, possibly for as long as 10 minutes. “I was too devastated to take a picture myself,” she said. “But I’m glad to have it now to see how far he has come.”
Eleven-month-old Jayden Moody drowned Saturday afternoon in his Tecumseh-area home. But six Ozark County men pulled him back from the brink of death. Jayden’s heroic first responders then sent him on to subsequent teams of rescuers in two hospitals and a Survival Flight aircraft.  Tecumseh...

Tracy Todd Presson. Ozark County Jail photo.
Tracy Todd Presson, 53, of Gainesville, is asking the court to order a gag order against Sheriff Darrin Reed and any members of his law enforcement staff in connection with a criminal case that charges Presson with 10 felony counts including statutory rape, statutory sodomy, possession of more than...

Families crowded into the Gainesville Elementary School’s cafeteria during this year’s open house before school started in August. Passing the proposed levy increase would allow the school district to enlarge and “harden” the cafeteria for use as a storm shelter.
Editor’s note: The Gainesville R-V Board of Education has put its proposed operating levy increase back on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election. Here are some frequently asked questions about the proposition, with answers provided by the board. More information will be available at the...

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