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It’s not every day that Missouri Department of Transportation workers get to wear swimming trunks to work, but while installing concrete forms in Bennetts Bayou to help reinforce the Highway 142 bridge pillars in Bakersfield, the shorts came in handy. The MoDOT crew is installing the concrete forms...

In her appearance on the Travel Channel’s new Alien Highway show, Gainesville resident Jamie Crisp, right, told series host Chuck Zukowski about her experiences seeing UFOs. Crisp said the majority of her UFO sightings have happened near her home just off Highway 181 near Gainesville.
Everyone has their 15 minutes of fame, as the saying goes. For Gainesville resident Jamie Crisp, it was actually about five minutes. Crisp was interviewed in December for a new Travel Channel show, Alien Highway. “They made me feel comfortable,” said Crisp of her experience. “I wasn’t nervous. I...

Times photo / Amelia LaMair Those attending Monday’s meeting of the Ozark County Commission included (clockwise from lower left) Dennis Lawson (back to camera), Ozark County Assessor Jama Berry, T.J. Lewis, Earl VanRanken (behind Lewis), County Clerk Brian Wise, Presiding Commissioner John Turner, Eastern District Commissioner Gary Collins, Western District Commissioner Greg Donley and Pearl Schneider. Not pictured: Noel Luna and Jon Wilson.
Some community residents attended the Aug. 26 meeting of the Ozark County Commission to join in the discussion about a new state law regarding concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. The law, which was to become effective today, Aug. 28, prohibits counties from enacting health-related...

Times photo / Bruce Roberts The Gainesville Board of Aldermen earlier this year accepted Norm and Sue Klayman’s donation of the office building where “Doc” Klayman had practiced dentistry for 34 years before his 2016 retirement. Unfortunately, the estimated cost of remediating the mold resulting from the 2017 flood was more than the city could afford to pay, and on Monday, a crew from MLH began demolishing the building.
The Gainesville building near the low-water bridge on North Main Street where Dr. Norm Klayman practiced dentistry for 34 years was demolished Monday. Klayman retired July 18, 2016, and the building has been vacant since then. It sustained water damage during the historic flood of 2017, and earlier...

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The Ozark County Courthouse and Gainesville City Hall will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Banks, post offices, most government offices and many businesses will also be closed, along with The Center, the Gainesville License Office and the Ozark County Volunteer...

Times photo / Bruce Roberts Students pass through the hallway Monday at Bakersfield High School during class changes. The school district gained a record 42 new students as the 2019-20 school year started earlier this month, bringing the district’s total enrollment to 391, including 21 preschoolers. Superintendent Dr. Amy Britt says the district’s four-day school week is one of the factors that led to the enrollment spike.
As the new school year gets off the ground, at least one Ozark County school is seeing record enrollment increases and is having to adjust to handle the influx of new students. Bakersfield superintendent Dr. Amy Britt said the R-4 district has a record 41-student gain in enrollment over last year’s...

Sam Kirkland, 23, died in a vehicle accident Aug. 15 while hauling goats to the Salem (Arkansas) Livestock Auction. The other driver, and the goats Sam was hauling, were uninjured.
Last week as the line of mourners at Sam Kirkland’s visitation stretched out the door of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains and down the block, his mother, Cindy Kirkland, heard time and again of her youngest son’s random acts of kindness. An Amish couple, Lavern and Josephine Yoder, who...

Nashville artist Luke Nassar is one of several entertainers scheduled to perform at the Sept. 14 “Party on the Hill” near Theodosia. The auction and entertainment event raises money for the Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial support to wounded veterans and their families.
“Party on the Hill,” a benefit event for the Semper Fi Fund, a national charity that assists wounded post-9/11 veterans from all branches of the military, will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, near Theodosia.  Organizer Debbie Daniel, who is hosting the event on her land on Ashlynn Acre Lane, off P...

Theodosia resident Vicky York, who has taught china-painting classes all over the U.S. and in Europe, will teach the art on three Wednesday mornings, Sept. 4, 11 and 18, at the Ozark County Historium in Gainesville. The $100 fee includes instruction, materials and a visit to Vicky’s home to view her firing room.
In September, lovers of fine painted china will have a unique opportunity at the Ozark County Historium. From 10 a.m. until noon on three Wednesday mornings – Sept. 4, 11 and 18 – Vicky York of Theodosia will teach a china-painting class where participants will learn the details of this fine...
As the new school year begins, Ozark County schools say their policies regarding unpaid student lunch fees bear no resemblance to other schools’ “lunch shaming” practices that have made national news lately. Still, school administrators say, unpaid student fees are a problem sometimes. A...

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