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Dolan Hawkins, left and his dad, Richard Hawkins, in an undated photograph taken in front of the chicken house on the family’s farm near Romance.
I was born at Romance in May 1938. When I was 5 years old my dad, Richard Hawkins, bought me my first gun, a .22 single shot, and taught me how to shoot squirrels and rabbits. Then, in 1943, Dad heard there was going to be a deer hunt in Ozark County the next year, 1944.  We lived close to Caney...

As part of the interactive program, Lutie fourth grader Woody Hill, left, participated in a tongue-brushing exercise as the wizard commented on his technique.
Students in preschool through fourth grades at Lutie Elementary were recently visited by the “Tooth Wizard” and “Plaque Man” as part of the Land of Smiles program, a live performance-style presentation that teaches students about good oral healthcare. The 15-year-old Land of Smiles is a free...

Danny Joe Williams. Ozark County Jail booking photo.
Danny Joe Williams, 59, of Udall was sentenced on Oct. 4 to 12 years in the Missouri Depart-ment of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to first-degree child molestation, a class B felony, in Wright County Court before Circuit Judge Craig Carter. The case was transferred from Ozark County in...

Gentry Blackburn (in the chef’s hat) along with her parents, Walker and Beth Ann Blackburn, hand out treats from the Frontier Baptist Church trunk to trick-or-treaters Paul Goodwin, left, and Emmett Lynne at last year’s Trunk or Treat on the Gainesville square. This year’s trunk-or-treat is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween. Times file photo.
It’s that time of year, when pumpkins, apple cider and crisp, fall air set a tone of festivity in the Ozarks. Listed here are Halloween and fall events that residents can visit or attend in the coming weeks. Watch the Times each week for an updated list of fall-related events. Those organizing a...
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed said Monday that an initial call from an Ocie-area resident reporting his truck and trailer missing on Oct. 6 quickly took an exciting turn that ended with the officers engaging in a high-speed chase and also recovering another vehicle allegedly stolen by the...

Christopher Mattson. Photo courtesy Baxter County, Arkansas, Jail.
Christopher Mattson, 45, of Thornfield, is being held in the Baxter County, Arkansas, Jail on a $15,000 bond after he reportedly attempted to burglarize the Old School House Antique Mall in Midway, Arkansas. He is charged with felony-level commercial burglary and a misdemeanor charge of assault. ...

Anthony Scott Collins. Photo courtesy Howell County Jail.
Reprinted with permission from the West Plains Daily Quill   A Gainesville man is charged with several felonies including bribery of a public servant after he reportedly offered a police officer drugs in exchange for letting him go during an arrest after an alleged assault. Anthony Scott Collins,...

Tracy Todd Presson. Ozark County Jail photo.
Tracy Todd Presson, 53, of Gainesville, is being held in the Ozark County Jail on a total of $300,000 in cash only bonds, after Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant filed two seperate cases in which Presson is charged with 10 felony counts including statutory rape, statutory sodomy,...

Robin Greathouse. Missouri Department of Corrections photo.
Robin Greathouse, 57, sentenced to life in prison without the option of parole nearly 40 years ago in an Ozark County jury trial in connection with the violent murder of his uncle, Clayton Loy Dawson, came before the court again on Oct. 3 and was resentenced by Ozark County Circuit Judge Craig...
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed confirmed Monday that a threat was made by a juvenile at Gaines-ville High School last week, adding that “the juvenile authorities have taken it over.” Reed was unable to provide any other details because the student is younger than 17. The call from the school is...

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