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Missouri Department of Natural Resources photo A confined animal feeding operation.
At their regular weekly meeting Monday, Aug. 19, the Ozark County Commissioners will consider enacting a health ordinance regarding concentrated animal feeding operations, also known as CAFOs, in Ozark County. The proposed ordinance comes in response to Missouri Senate Bill 391, which bars counties...

E.J. Hampton says his favorite part of being the preacher at Souder for nearly 60 years “is simply being able to be here.” Photos by Kaitlyn McConnell/ozarksalive.com
Editor’s note: This story by Kaitlyn McConnell is reprinted with permission from her blog, Ozarks Alive! To read more of her stories about “the gems of the Ozarks” visit ozarksalive.com Souder – Hidden at the end of a flower-lined, crunchy gravel road is a small country church — and a preacher who...

Times photo/Sue Ann Jones Dale Roberts has baptized new Christians in horse troughs, swimming pools, bathtubs, and in lakes, rivers and creeks, including this often-used spot in Lick Creek south of Gainesville on County Road 503. “I’ll do it any way I can to help someone be baptized,” he said.
Dale Roberts retired as pastor of Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church at the end of May, but he’s quick to say that his 36-year career in ministry continues. That means he’s no longer “over a church,” but he’s still marrying, burying and baptizing, continuing the work he has recorded in his well-...

The 2019 edition of Hootin an Hollarin is rolling toward reality, including the always-popular outhouse races set for Friday afternoon on the west side of the square. Shown here, the 2018 second-place-winning Gainesville High School FBLA outhouse team in action. Counterclockwise, starting back left: Will Uchtman, Jake Leeker, Ethan Chapman (riding), Tanner Jennings, Jaxon Britt.
Hootin an Hollarin is just six weeks away. On Sept. 19-21 it will fill the Gainesville square with folks taking “A Trip Back When,” the 2019 festival theme.  Hootin an Hollain chairperson Nancy Walker said musical performances are being lined up and event chairpersons are finalizing details for...

Participants in one of the Ozark County Volunteer Library’s summer program for kids – the Magic of Steven Classic – watch attentively trying to see just how the magician did his tricks.
Fifty area children participated as registered readers and / or regularly attended weekly story hours and events during the Ozark County Volunteer Library’s summer reading program. During the six-week program, those who tracked their reading time logged more than 460 hours of reading and read more...
When a call came in reporting a missing 2-year-old girl shortly before 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the Wasola area, deputies and first responders quickly reacted. The little girl was found by law enforcement less than an hour later. As darkness fell, Ozark County Search and Rescue team members, along...

Regina Wynn Mozingo
After the departure last week of longtime Times staff member Jessi Dreckman, who is joining the faculty at Lutie High School, the newspaper welcomed back two former Times editors, Regina Wynn Mozingo and Bruce Roberts, who have stepped in to help report the happenings of the county. Mozingo, who is...

Joe and Diane Easterday stand in front of the row of 1940s native stone cabins at their resort, Rocky Top Campground and Cabins in Tecumseh. A MoDOT proposal to straighten the Highway 160 curves on the Tecumseh hill would mean the cabins, and at least two other structures on the property, would have to be torn down. Times photo/Bruce Roberts
As the Ozark County Times went to press Tuesday evening, a public meeting concerning improvements for the Tecumseh curves on Highway 160 was being held in the Gainesville High School cafeteria. The infamous curves have been the site of numerous serious vehicle crashes over the years, and the...

The 2019 edition of Hootin an Hollarin is rolling toward reality, including the always-popular outhouse races set for Friday afternoon on the west side of the square. Shown here, the 2018 second-place-winning Gainesville High School FBLA outhouse team in action. Counterclockwise, starting back left: Will Uchtman, Jake Leeker, Ethan Chapman (riding), Tanner Jennings, Jaxon Britt.
Hootin an Hollarin is just six weeks away. On Sept. 19-21 it will fill the Gainesville square with folks taking “A Trip Back When,” the 2019 festival theme.  Hootin an Hollain chairperson Nancy Walker said musical performances are being lined up and event chairpersons are finalizing details for...

Participants in one of the Ozark County Volunteer Library’s summer program for kids – the Magic of Steven Classic – watch attentively trying to see just how the magician did his tricks.
Fifty area children participated as registered readers and / or regularly attended weekly story hours and events during the Ozark County Volunteer Library’s summer reading program. During the six-week program, those who tracked their reading time logged more than 460 hours of reading and read more...

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