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New mobile home almost ready for ambulance employees

Ozark County Ambulance operations manager David James stands beside a new mobile home that is being installed this week at the ambulance base in Gainesville after a report by a hazmat inspector last month identified nine different types of mold inside the current facility where some crew members working 48-hour shifts have reported a variety of health problems. Administrator Eddie Delp told the Times Monday that the ambulance district’s board of directors is in the process of accepting bids for a new building to be constructed on the site after the old, mold-contaminated facility is demolished. Meanwhile, the new mobile home is expected to be ready for crew members to use by next week, Delp said.

  • icon Posted: May 24

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Monday 05/23/2016
Teams finalizing fundraisers for Relay for Life
Posted: May 23, 2016

Ozark County Relay For Life committee members  and team captains are making plans for this year’s event set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, in Benton Breeding Stadium at Gainesville High School. Meanwhile, several Relay teams are busy planning fundraisers for the American Cancer Society. Teams holding events are encouraged to send information to Norene Prososki at the Ozark County Times, 679-4641 or norene@ozarkcountytimes.com.

LIT For Life

The LIT For Life Relay team consisting of members from the Lutie, Isabella and Theodosia area, are presenting “A Musical Celebration” fundraiser starting at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Theodosia United Methodist Church. Musicians include Casey Ritchie, Linda Harlin and H.K. Silvey. The concert will feature music “from gospel to classical and everything in between” organizers said. A spaghetti supper will be served following the concert. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Ozark County.

Walk For A Cure

The Walk For A Cure Relay For Life team is holding an online Facebook auction on Facebook of a baby blanket and autographed pictures of the actors on the Longmire western series on Netflix. “Our son Tony Tost is the elective writer and co-producer of the show, which is now in its fifth season,” said team captain Teresa Tost. To participate, visit at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/657163107721442/.

Century Bank of the Ozarks

Century Bank of the Ozarks Relay For Life team is selling pecans, pecan pieces, black walnut pieces, decadent chocolate-covered pecans and healthy trail mix at the Gainesville office. In addition, the team is selling American-made Rada Cutlery kitchen knives and utensils.

Survivor Dinner

Everyone is invited to attend a free dinner honoring area cancer survivors and their caretakers. The dinner is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Gainesville High School.

Dedicate a luminaria

Relay For Life participants and donors can remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those battling the disease by dedicating luminaria bags. The luminaria ceremony occurs at sunset at the Relay For Life event. The decorated white bags line the track and are lit with candles as participants, survivors and caregivers gather to remember and honor those have faced cancer. Luminaria bag are available for a $5 donation from any team captain or from the Ozark County Times.

For more information about Relay For Life in Ozark County, contact event chairman April Luna, 417-840-4721.

Sunday 05/22/2016
Local Gold Star Mothers place flowers on War Memorial in honor of the fallen
Posted: May 22, 2016

Ozark County’s two Gold Star Mothers, Pamela Hengen, left, and Irene Corp, were in Gainesville this week to place flowers on the Ozark County War Memorial as the Memorial Day holiday approaches. Hengen is the mother of Matthew England, a casualty of the war in Iraq, and Corp is the mother of Jerry Corp, who died in Vietnam. The Ozark County Times and the Ozark County Historium are collecting information relating to Ozark Countians who died during wartime. To share information or photos, contact Sue Ann Jones (417-989-1040, sueann@ozarkcountytimes.com) or Mary Sparks, m.msparks@yahoo.com. The Historium is again displaying its small but growing Memorial Day collection of Ozark County casualty reports and photos. In addition to its regular 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekday hours, the Historium will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28, to accommodate out-of-towners who are here for Decoration Day gatherings. Visitors are advised to call first: 679-2400.

Saturday 05/21/2016
Hydrant tests may cause temporary sediment in water
Posted: May 21, 2016

The Gainesville Volunteer Fire Department will be conducting pressure and flow tests on all the fire hydrants in the city of Gainesville in the the next two weeks, continuing four to six weeks. The tests may result in brown water coming through the pipes into the homes due to sediment being stirred up in the water mains. If this happens, Gainesville VFD chief Ed Doiron advises residents to run water through the faucets until it’s clear. Officials also ask residents  to keep a 6-foot radius of ground around a hydrant mowed and clear of debris.

Friday 05/20/2016
Worldwide traveler, blogger finds a piece of ‘real America’ in the calm, quiet beauty along the North Fork River
Posted: May 20, 2016

The beauty of the rolling hills and the clear flowing North Fork of the White River are well known to residents of Ozark County, but does that same beauty make an impression on someone who has traveled the world? Someone who has experienced Myanmar from a hot air balloon, dived in Jellyfish Lake in Palau, ridden a dirt bike in Rotorua and gone ice climbing in New Zealand? Does the Ozarks still leave an impression on such a worldly traveler? According to Kien Lam, travel photographer and writer of the blog Where and Wander, yes it does.

Thursday 05/19/2016
Man facing child sex charge released after bond reduction
Posted: May 19, 2016

Danny Williams, charged with statutory sodomy of a 7-year-old, posted a $2,000 cash bond Monday and was released from the Ozark County Jail after a bond-reduction hearing May 10 before Associate Judge Cynthia MacPherson. Williams, 57, of Tecumseh, was first held on an $8,000 cash-only bond after a warrant was issued April 18. MacPherson sustained a bond-reduction motion during the May 10 hearing to an amended $10,000 surety or 10 percent cash of $20,000, allowing the $2,000 to meet the bail requirements.

Williams has been represented by Missouri public defender Kate Welborn, but online court records indicate that Welborn has withdrawn from the case and defense attorney Ryan David Reynolds of Kansas City has entered in the case as Williams’ representative. Reynolds filed a motion for a change of venue in the case on May 14.

The unclassified felony charge is in connection with allegations that Williams preformed sexual acts on a female child at his home in Udall in January. Williams is scheduled to return to court on July 26.

Wednesday 05/18/2016
St. William’s memorial rose garden now completed
Posted: May 18, 2016

A memorial rose garden was recently completed at St. William’s Catholic Church in Gainesville; it was dedicated by Father Paul Wightman with a mass on May 10. The St. William’s Women’s Council invites everyone to come see the work done by church gardener Shawn Reimer. The garden features memorials and seating for prayers and serenity. A special area of the rose garden is dedicated to babies who died in infancy, miscarried babies and aborted babies. The women’s council expressed appreciation to those who donated materials and to Reimer and all those who worked on the garden. The garden already has a full-time visitor, a local roadrunner whose cooing makes it a very relaxing place to sit and have lunch, said church member Pam Guidorzi.

Smith to receive top state honors for service in human relations
Posted: May 18, 2016

Missouri Social Services regional director Angie Swarnes, right,  surprised Karla Smith, a Gainesville-based social worker with the Children’s Division of Social Services, last week with an invitation to Gov. Jay Nixon’s office. Smith is being awarded the human relations 2016 Missouri State Employee Award of Distinction on Thursday, June 9, when she makes the trip to Jefferson City for State Employee Recognition Day, to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the south lawn of the Capitol.

Three warrants issued during May Law Day
Posted: May 18, 2016

Circuit Judge Craig Carter presided over eight civil cases and 47 criminal cases during the May 4 session of Ozark County Law Day. The criminal cases are listed below.

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