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The North Fork Recreation Area/Hammond access, located off CC Highway southeast of Dora, is currently closed while construction crews complete a massive renovation to the river access. Crews are waiting to lay asphalt on the parking lot and road, a task that has been delayed several times due to continued rain. The new design features two boat ramps that will separate guests who are swimming from floaters backing down the ramp to launch canoes, kayaks and boats. Previously, the access just had one ramp that was used for swimming and launching boats, which caused a safety concern. Photo above: The ramp on the left in the above photo will be used as a boat launch, while the ramp further downstream, pictured on the right, is designated for water play. The campground located within the access is also closed. See page 12 for additional information.
Editor’s note: Floating Ozark County’s cold, clear streams is a favorite summertime activity for both local residents and tourists, but accessing Bryant Creek and the North Fork of the White River takes more effort now than it did before the historic 2017 flood heavily damaged or destroyed many put...

Times photo / Jessi Dreckman. River outfitter Sunburst Ranch’s new owners are Bryan and Stephanie Bade, at right, who bought the business April 1 from Justin and Amy Spencer, left. The Spencers will continue working with the Bades this summer to insure a smooth transition.
North Fork River outfitter Sunburst Ranch has new owners. Bryan and Stephanie Bade bought the campground, cabin and canoe outfitter April 1 from Justin and Amy Spencer, who had owned the resort for the last 15 years. The new owners say Sunburst will have the same policies, prices and offerings as...

Construction of Gainesville School’s new preschool building has been put on hold pending the filing of paperwork required by the Federal Aviation Administration because of the school’s proximity to the Gainesville Memorial Airport on the other side of Bulldog Drive.
Gainesville City Council members, Gainesville Memorial Airport manager Ron Weldon, city attorney Lee Pipkin and Gainesville Schools superintendent Jeff Hyatt were to meet again Tuesday evening to discuss the issue of the airport’s proximity to the school. Because a real estate matter was to be...

Gainesville High School’s 2019 graduation exercises were held Friday, May 10. Jaima DeVries, above, is the class valedictorian, and Madison Trivitt, below, is salutatorian. (Photos reprinted from last week’s Times to correct the accidental reversal of their class ranks.)
Gainesville High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian head off to college with more than 20 hours of college credit already earned and a common dream for the future: Both girls hope to become physicians. Valedictorian Jaima DeVries has attended school in Gainesville for 15 years – starting with...
In observance of Memorial Day, most government offices, banks and many stores and businesses, including the Times office, will be closed Monday, May 27.  The deadline for news and advertising intended for the May 29 edition was mid-day Friday, May 24. 

Ozark County’s Gold Star Mothers, Pamela Hengen, left, and Irene Corp, last week visited the Ozark County War Memorial where the names of their sons are engraved. Irene Corp’s son, PFC Jerry Corp, died in Vietnam on April 20, 1970, less than a week after his 20th birthday. Pamela Hengen’s son, PFC Matthew J. England, 22, died on June 8, 2011, in Iraq. Times photo / Jessi Dreckman
These Ozark Countians died during wartime in service to our country. Their names are engraved on the Ozark County War Memorial on the courthouse lawn. To these brave men and their families, a grateful nation says thanks. World War I William H. Anderson Lawrence Cates James A. Duckworth Charley Egan...

After Millard Pierce was killed in action on Sept. 7, 1944, near Besanan, France, he was buried in an American Military Cemetery in France. After the war, his body was returned to the States in 1948, and he was buried at Patrick Cemetery in Ozark County.
Editor’s note: Ozark County native Sid Pierce, a Navy veteran, worked and traveled with country music star Roy Clark for more than 20 years before returning home to teach in the Gainesville Schools. Now living in Kimberling City, he works as a sound technician at the Hit Songwriters in the Round...

Thornfield artisan blacksmith Jim Davis’ pieces, like this roadrunner, reflect creativity, ornamentation and whimsy.
Blacksmiths were essential members of early Ozarks communities, performing necessary tasks vital to the daily life of settlers. Using anvil, hammer and forge, their skills in heating and shaping metal allowed them to build and repair tools such as plows, wagon wheels, knives and other implements...

Straight-line winds on Saturday afternoon toppled this large tree, upending the huge rootball and bringing down utility lines on Highway 181 in Gainesville.
Ozark County endured some rough weather in the past week. Late Saturday afternoon strong, straight-line winds toppled several trees around the area. This week’s sheriff’s report, page A8, lists eight calls reporting downed trees and/or power lines in a little more than an hour, beginning at 4:30 p....

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Baptist Hill Cemetery Baptist Hill Cemetery in Elijah will host a potluck lunch at noon Sunday, May 26, followed by a business meeting. Everyone is invited. Donations for cemetery upkeep will be accepted that day; or checks may be made out to Baptist Hill Cemetery and mailed to Mona Brown, 1215...

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