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By Norene Prososki, norene@ozarkcountytimes.com   This year’s Lions Club auction and sportsman’s raffle netted a record $21,500 for Gainesville’s summer ball program and other local projects supported by the Gainesville Lions Club. The annual fundraiser, now in its 32nd year, was held Friday night...

Times photos / Bruce Roberts U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, second from right, visited Bakersfield School’s newly completed FEMA safe room building Friday. Missouri Rep. Karla Eslinger, second from left, also visited the facility that day. Bakersfield High School principal Doyne Byrd, left, and Bakersfield superintendent Dr. Amy Britt, right led the elected officials on a tour of the three-year-old school and the newly completed FEMA building.
U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, who represents Missouri’s 8th District, which includes Ozark County, visited Bakersfield School Friday to check out the newly completed FEMA safe room building. Smith also held an impromptu town-hall-style meeting with high school students during the visit.  Also visiting the...

Photo by Karla Smith Dora High School sophomore Bryson Luna has been named to the “high honorable mention” list in the 2019 Rawlings/ Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American teams.
Dora High School sophomore Bryson Luna has been recognized as a Perfect Game / Rawlings Preseason All American team member.  Bryson was selected as a “high honorable mention” in the 2019 Rawlings / Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American team program that recognizes the top freshman,...

Lola Collins, 4, daughter of Seth and Dara Collins, shows the morels she and her dad found while hunting in the woods near their Noble home.
Reprinted with permission of the News-Leader Temperatures are warming nicely, and there’s been plenty of rain. And expert morel mushroom hunter Ron Cook is already getting excited. “We’re in for an epic morel season in Missouri,” said Cook. “The conditions are really right for them. The season...

Times photos / Amelia LaMair
Ozark County Recycling Center manager Eric Lee stands beside the dumpster that was delivered recently at the recycling center to hold trash collected by volunteers and individuals participating in Ozark County’s “Clean Up Trash Month,” which continues throughout April. The dumpster, just inside the...

Haden Evans, 9, happily shows his collection of eggs gathered at First Christian Church’s 2018 community Easter egg hunt in Gainesville. This year’s FCC egg hunt is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20.
Easter is Sunday, April 21, and several area churches and organizations are hosting Easter egg hunts in and near Ozark County. To have your Easter event added to next week’s Easter activities list, email jessi@ozarkcountytimes.com or call the Times office at 417-679-4641.   Saturday, April 13 The...

Lions Club members Bill Trivitt, left, and Chris Harlin of Century Bank of the Ozarks display just a few of the many items that will be up for auction this Friday night at Gainesville High School. The auction, a yearly event, helps fund the summer ball program as well as scholarships and other Lions Club projects.
Plans are underway for the Gainesville Lions Club’s 32nd annual auction and sportsman raffle to be held Friday night, April 12, at Gainesville High School. This year’s raffle, held in conjunction with the auction,  includes 14 firearms, a gun safe, a kayak, a utility trailer, flying drone and other...

Ozark County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday to celebrate the name change of First Home Bank to Stockmens Bank. From left (front): Jerri Sue Crawford, Shannon Peterson, Ozark County Chamber of Commerce president Doug Hawkins, Stockmens bank employees Audrey Sisco, Danielle Hogue, Kaitlin Conrad and Arlene Merriman, city of Gainesville office assistant Jessica Price, city clerk Lisa Goodnight and Ozark County Chamber of Commerce member Debra Smith. Back: Environmental public health specialist Craig Fox with the Ozark County Health Department, Tom Sutherland of Stockmens Bank, Stockmens Bank Missouri president Jeffrey Palmer, retired judge John Moody, Stockmens Bank Gainesville branch manager Mason Eslinger and (a second) John Moody.
Customers, Ozark County Chamber of Commerce members and city leaders on Monday joined Gainesville branch manager Mason Eslinger and staff for a customer appreciation lunch and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate First Home Bank’s name change to Stockmens Bank. The name change has been in the works...

Times photo / Sue Ann Jones The Ozark County Ambulance District is staffing a second ambulance unit, beginning with a two-person crew of emergency medical technicians, Aaron Bellcock, right, and Joe Bogowith, shown here with ambulance district administrator Stacy Raney, left. The second unit will be available to work 12-hour shifts on select weekends, with the schedule expected to progress to four 10-hour days during times of greatest anticipated need based on major holiday schedules and statistics tracked by the district.
After operating a single ambulance unit 24/7 for several years, the Ozark County Ambulance District board at its March meeting voted unanimously to move forward with plans to staff a second ambulance.  The plan will begin with an additional two-person crew, EMTs Aaron Bellcock and Joe Bogowith, who...
Gainesville superintendent Jeff Hyatt said he is “sorely disappointed” in the results of the April 2 general municipal election in which voters turned down the school district’s two financial proposals – one for facility improvements and one for building a new gymnasium.  Monday, he expressed some...

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