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Natalie Kiger reached the finish line of her own 13.1-mile half-marathon route at Highways 160 and Third Street in front of Top Dog Fitness Center. In true Ozark County fashion, Natalie’s brother Nathan, left, and father Jerry, used a discarded hay wrap netting as an improvised finish line.
By Jessi Dreckman jessi@ozarkcountytimes.com   Gainesville resident Natalie Kiger, a student at College of the Ozarks, had been training for the March 29 Go! St. Louis half marathon with friend and running partner Kara Ford since December, but like most events across the country, the race was...

Sydnie Russian, front row center, has been volunteering with the Peace Corps for the last 18 months. She is pictured here with her host parents, mother Bukurje, father Reshat, and siblings 9-year-old Nina and 5-year-old Labi. Her other host brother, 11-year-old Nali, took the photo. “This was taken on the last day of Ramadan, Bajram. It’s a big celebration in which everyone gets new clothes and hosts guests all day,” Sydnie said.
Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series outlining former Gainesville resident Sydnie Russian’s experience as a Peace Corps volunteer. The story’s conclusion in next week’s Times will describe her abrupt departure from North Macedonia as the Peace Corps  evacuated all volunteers...
Ozark County officials are now urging all Ozark County residents to stay home and “self-shelter” in an attempt to help curb the spread of COVID-19, a potentially deadly virus now categorized as a pandemic that continues to spread vigorously throughout the world. More than 1 million people have been...

The driver of this Dodge pickup truck was arrested Friday morning, March 27, after fleeing the scene before authorities arrived. He was arrested a short time later, uninjured, after officers were made aware that he had active warrants from both Taney County and Kansas City. He was booked and released at the Ozark County Jail after officials in both areas declined to receive him amid COVID-19 concerns. Photo submitted.
First responders and other emergency personnel were busy Friday, March 27, responding to two vehicle crashes that occurred within an hour and a half.  First responders from Gainesville Volunteer Fire Department, along with the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol,...

Joe Strong was 10 months old in 1950 when he was admitted to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia for treatment of polio. He was there two months and wore leg braces for several years afterward. This photo was taken when he was 5. When he started school, his mother said, he tried to play ball with the other kids. When he fell down, “kids would want to help him up, but he would say no. He wanted to get himself up,“ she said.
The young mother was a little concerned that night when her 10-month-old son ran a fever and vomited. She couldn’t help but worry that somehow he had caught that terrible virus that had been going around the country for years but recently had become more prevalent. The next night, in their little...
Doug Hawkins hands Kate Knight a $5 gift certificate provided by Century Bank of the Ozarks while picking up his lunch Friday at the Fried & Frozen food truck in Gainesville. Century Bank donated 40 $5 gift certificates to 17 different businesses in Ozark and Douglas Counties last week, telling...
A semi-truck driver from Somalia on route from somewhere in Arkansas to the Ozark Vinyl facility in the former Hodgson Mill plant in Gainesville ended up in Bridges Creek late Wednesday night, March 25, when his GPS routed him onto the rugged, twisting County Road 555 between Bakersfield and...
A new glass crusher has arrived and is now being used at the Ozark County Recycling Center near Gainesville. The machine, purchased with a $15,000 grant from the South Central Solid Waste District, replaced an older machine that had become difficult to find parts for. The new 3-horsepower crusher...
Alex Morrison, 19, (center) was awarded the first $1,000 Sam Kirkland Memorial Grant after a standing-room-only fundraiser auction preceding the March 14 Heart of the Ozarks Angus sale at Ozark Regional Stockyards in West Plains. The grant program was established by Heart of the Ozarks Angus...

Tom Reynolds
I fished for stripers at the beginning of last week in Bennett’s Bayou. The warm weather, full moon and the lake draw-down changed the shad bait pattern. Most of the bait was on the flat by Fout’s and the big flat before the Walker’s arm of the bayou. The warm, strong winds early in the week moved...

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