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This ad for Skeeter’s Cafe in Gainesville High School’s 1970 Bulldogger yearbook shows, from left, owners Skeeter and Faye Stevens with employees Bonnie Luna and Ella Mae Cutshaw Piland.
Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part story. When Deb Garcia announced recently on her Facebook page that she and her husband, Lou, would not be reopening their cafe on the Gainesville square after closing it during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown order, many area residents felt their hearts...

The Finch family moved to the Ozarks about three years ago from Belen, New Mexico. From left: Chad Finch holding Vance, 2; Glory, 4; Myron, 8; Teller, 6; Rawley, 9; and Curtis, 11. In the back, the kids’ mother, Laurel, holds 1-year-old Emmerick. Photo submitted.
In the wee hours of the morning Saturday, May 9, in the darkest part of the night, as Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase prepared to search for a 6-year-old boy in a pond on a farm east of Ava and just north of Ozark County, he “felt like I was about to be sick,” he said Monday.  Degase was one of...

Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Curtis Dobbs escorts Allen Shafer, 32, into the Ozark County Courthouse Tuesday to be arraigned on charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and tampering with a motor vehicle in connection with the Saturday night shooting death of 22-year-old Devon “Porkey” Massey of Dora. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Editor's note: This online article has been edited to clarify and correct the original story.   Two men are currently being held in the Ozark County Jail without bond after two separate violent incidents in the Dora area left one man dead and three others injured. An altercation leads to murder A...
Gainesville Health Care Center on Highways 5 south / 160 west invites area residents to join a Mother’s Day parade through the GHCC parking area to wish residents and loved ones there a happy day. Administrator Sherri Beasley said the parade will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, and participants are...
A celebration of the life of former Pontiac / Price Place Volunteer Fire Department chief Art Streigle will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at PPPVFD station #2 on W Highway 4 miles from High-way 5 south. The memorial service will be followed at 4:30 p.m. by a fundraiser dinner to help the...

Gene Cherry manned the donation site at Gainesville High School during the Ozark County Food Drive Wednesday, April 29. Cherry was one of several volunteers working that day at Bakersfield, Gainesville, Lutie, Dora and Thornfield schools to collect nonperishable food and monetary donations for the Ozark County Food Pantry.
Generous Ozark Countians contribute food, paper goods and cash during April 29 food drive A woman with a desire to help, a group of willing volunteers and a generous community made for a successful Ozark County Food Drive Wednesday, April 29. Organized by Debbie Daniel of Theodosia, nine volunteers...
Lain McCanless and Aspyn Britt didn’t let the gathering restrictions related to the current COVID-19 pandemic keep them from celebrating their upcoming nuptials with friends and family. Instead, they embraced the chaos with a drive-thru wedding shower Saturday at the Assembly of God Church in...
Gainesville Head Start teachers, from left, Wendy Tetrick, Jody Argabright and Nancy Simpson greeted their Head Start students at a “drive-by graduation” ceremony April 30 at Hoerman Memorial Park in Gainesville. The teachers congratulated each student and gave him or her a new backpack filled with...
Treva Warrick works with Melvin Taylor to complete his taxes during a drive-thru tax-help session last week at The Center in Gainesville. Warrick said she has worked in tax counseling for the elderly, a program that provides free tax assistance for seniors in the area, for the last 28 years. The...

Ozark County native Bailey Ray and Gravois Mills paramedic Jordy Ashley were married April 15 in Camdenton after their original wedding plans were turned upside down, first by government guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus – and then when Jordy developed symptoms of the virus himself. They’re shown here with Bailey’s parents, Crystal and Dwain Ray of Wasola.
In a relatively short few months’ span of time, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in more ways than could possibly have been imagined. Ordinary lives and routines have been altered to the point of being almost unrecognizable. The face of how we work, socialize, educate and worship has...

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