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The last little shower of rain gave us .03 inches of rain. Every little bit helps. One evening Paul dug some holes for the two bunches of mums I had gotten from Richard. We went to MFA in West Plains Tuesday evening to get some mineral and salt feeders. We ate supper at the Ozark Cafe where Paul...
Tina Poe’s kindergarten students at Gainesville Elementary were all dressed up last week for an early celebration of Thanksgiving. Front row, from left: Hunter Barnett, Akaysha McFall, Lillian Beasley, Levi Simmons. Middle: Corbin Collins, Jake Hogan, Grace Welch, Ella Morris, Ainsley Luna. Back:...
A free community  dinner will be served at noon on Thanksgiving Day at VFW Post #5366 on HH Highway in Isabella. Another community meal will be served on Christmas Day. Facility manager Ruby Winslow said everyone is invited to the dinner; last year more than 100 people shared the meal, which is...

Runners leave the starting line at the 2014 Turkey Trot 5K run/walk, which is becoming a Thanksgiving tradition among area runners. This year marks the five-year anniversary for the 3.1-mile event. Everyone, runner or walker, is welcome to participate. All proceeds from the event go to Ozark County Youth Opportunities organization, which helps with financial assistance for youth to explore a variety of opportunities - ranging from providing athletic shoes to music lessons. The organization’s latest donation helped purchase archery equipment for Gainesville’s archery team. See page 9 for story and photos.
The Ozark County Youth Opportunities organization is hosting the fifth annual Turkey Trot 5K in Gainesville at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. The organization has helped Ozark County children in a variety of ways, such as sports registration fees,  athletic shoes, music lessons and equipment (see related...

Times file photo More than 100 people in January attended a preview of newly acquired Bryant Creek State Park a few miles north of Rockbridge in Douglas County. The participants divided into different groups, including this one, that explored some of the park’s 2,917 acres. The park was closed and development plans were postponed indefinitely after the inauguration of Eric Greitens as governor. Now a public meeting is set for Dec. 5 in Ava to discuss the future of Bryant Creek State Park as well as two other parks that were announced in the closing days of former governor Jay Nixon’s administration.
A public meeting to discuss the future of Bryant Creek State Park, on N Highway in Douglas County just north of Rockbridge, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Ava Community Center, 108 NE Second Ave. in Ava. Other public meetings will be held regarding two other state parks that...

Members of the Hollingshad family are pictured in this photo taken about 1987. Clockwise: Joe Hollingshad (holding his grandson Chance Hollingshad), Opal Hollingshad Carte, Vera Hollingshad Stark, Ruth Hollingshad Rickard and their mother, Mae Summers Hollingshad. Opal and Ruth worked in Mobile, Alabama, helping build the battleship Alabama during World War II. Another sister, Louise (not pictured), worked in an aircraft factory in Wichita, Kansas. (Also not pictured: Hollingshad siblings Noel and Virgil.) Joe, Noel and Virgil were all veterans. Photo courtesy Gina Hollingshad.
Editor’s note: This story by Dora resident Gina Hollingshad about her husband’s “Rosie the Riveter” relatives is adapted from the December issue of the Old Mill Run, continuing our Veterans Day salute not only to veterans but also to civilians who served during wartime in the defense industry.   ...
By the time many of you read these items, Tom Turkey will have made his supreme sacrifice for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner far and wide.  Happy birthday to my great-grandson Keith Davis of Udall today, Nov. 22. He’s 38. He and his daughter Jaycee keep in close contact; she is a teenager...

Bakersfield’s sixth grade float, the Polar Express, won both the first place prize and the school-affiliated prize in last year’s Christmas parade in Bakersfield, where this year’s Christmas celebration will be held Dec. 2 with the theme “Home Town Christmas.”
Organizers are finalizing details for upcoming Ozark County Christmas events.  Bakersfield’s “Home Town Christmas” will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning with  Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. in the school cafeteria. The menu includes pancakes and sausage, milk and coffee for $2 per person...

Marv Looney received dozens of birthday cards to mark his 90th birthday on Nov. 9. Eighty of them were identical copies of an electronic billboard that friends and former colleagues at Missouri Western University sponsored over a busy highway in St. Joseph. All of the cards had multiple signatures, some as many as 20, Looney said. Last weekend, 40 family members (“about half the family,” he said) gathered at his Pontiac home to celebrate. Marv’s Gainesville High School classmate, Rex Johnson, and his wife, Frances also attended. Marv’s granddaughters displayed the greeting cards over the fireplace.
Editor’s note: In honor of Pontiac resident Marv Looney’s 90th birthday, this story is adapted from a profile published in the Sept. 15, 2010, Ozark County Times after he was honored with the Barney Douglas Citizen of the Year Award by the Gainesville Lions Club and the Distinguished Alumni Award...
  Rebecca Ruud’s and Robert Peat Jr.’s murder trials are both awaiting Supreme Court assignment to a new judge.  Ruud appeared before Judge Tony W. Williams in the Taney County Courthouse Oct. 27 represented by public defender John Zimmerman after Ozark County Prosecutor John Garrabrant had filed a...

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