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Vina Kaspereit (2004 photo, Bolivar Herald-Free Press)
When a chain came undone and two of Vina Kaspereit’s dogs disappeared last week from her home off County Road 803 north of Gainesville, she went into the woods looking for them. Luckily, she carried with her an inactive phone that she used mainly as a watch. The battery was almost dead, but she...

The Bakersfield high school gym was packed Saturday night for the Freiman family benefit auction. Over 350 items were auctioned off, raising nearly $32,000, for the family of the late Luke Freiman.
The Bakersfield city limit sign boasts a population of just over 230 residents, but the strength and size of the community spirit inside the high school gym Saturday night could be described as nothing short of mighty. Neighbors and friends lined the bleachers, bidding cards in hand, and raised a...

Allen Woods
Allen Woods has been hired as the new superintendent of the Dora R-3 School District, beginning July 1. Woods, currently in his first year as superintendent of the Richards School District near West Plains,   replaces Steve Richards, who has accepted the superintendent’s job at Seymour beginning...

Ozark County Christian Thrift Store owner Lori White says the store is very grateful for the donations of gently used clothing, household wares and other items – as well as local shoppers who purchase the items, allowing the store to give back to the community in a variety of ways. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Residents across the country have been inspired to de-clutter their homes after watching the Netflix original reality series “Tidying Up” starring soft-spoken Japanese tidying expert Marie Kondo, who urges residents to only keep things that “spark joy” in their lives. If you’ve been bitten by the...

Volunteer firefighters from Timber Knob, Gainesville and Pontaic fire departments responded to a house fire Jan. 31 at Timber Knob fire chief Nancy Winslow’s house on Della Rose Lane. The house was a complete loss.
Timber Knob Volunteer Fire Department chief Nancy Winslow has been in the face of fire more times than she can count in her 25 years of service to the department. From operating machinery to help douse flames at residents’ homes to pulling victims and pets from burning buildings and helping...

Timothy Strain, Photo courtesy of Baxter County Sheriff's Department
Former Ozark County resident Timothy Strain, 35, now living in Lakeview, Arkansas, was arraigned Jan. 24 before Circuit Judge Gordon Webb in Baxter County, Arkansas, court on charges of criminal mischief and breaking and entering. The charges are in connection to an incident in which Strain...

Dr. Amy Britt, Bakersfield superintendent
With all of the discussion about the four-day week, I thought I would provide some experiences from  Bakersfield’s first year on this schedule.   First, teacher morale was not our reason for the four-day week. It was a nice by-product, but not the reason. Our teachers work hard and support each...

Wallace
The Gainesville school board is actively considering switching the district to a four-day school week. Lutie is also considering the switch. Bakersfield is already in its first year as a four-day-week school (see superintendent Amy Britt’s update, page 4), and Dora superintendent Steve Richards...
A Thornfield-area home was destroyed by fire Thursday, Jan. 24, in a blaze that started when one of the residents, Roxanne Stout, was cooking fried chicken.  Mike O’Connell, communications director for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, said that, according to the fire marshal’s report, “The...

The Historium hosted its first “Conversation and Coffee” gathering Thursday, Jan. 24, featuring five long-time residents of the Lutie-Theodosia-Ocie area who shared reminiscences of their younger years. From left: Sophronia Tabor, H.K. Silvey, Arthur Russell Stehle, Estel Robirds and E.F. Miller.
Thursday’s “Conversation and Coffee” gathering at the Ozark County Historium brought together a quintet of storytellers and memory-sharers. Sophronia Tabor, H. K. Silvey, Arthur Russell Stehle, Estel Robirds and E.F. Miller regaled a roomful of enthusiastic listeners with their reminiscences of...

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