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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 with...

Regina 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...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts 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.
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...

June St.Laurent
June and Phil St. Laurent are moving to Branson soon from their longtime home on Spring Creek in Isabella, and the staff at the Ozark County Health Department and their fellow volunteers at the Ozark County Food Pantry hate to see them go. “They’ve been wonderful supporters of the food pantry,”...

Jessi Dreckman
As this edition is printed and delivered to the office Wednesday morning, I’ll be spending my last day in the Ozark County Times office as a newspaper reporter. Thursday begins a new chapter in my life as I transition to a new career as a high school English teacher in the Lutie School District for...

H.K. Silvey. Photo courtesy of Elaine Burnett
Theodosia resident H. K. Silvey watched some of last week’s observance of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing. “But, you know, it was kind of old news,” he said Monday with a chuckle. That nonchalant attitude was the polar opposite of how Silvey felt 50 years ago as American astronauts...

Rachel Klessig says her son Danial, shown here with newborn brother Reuben, born earlier this year, was always helpful and kind to his eight siblings. “I’ve found all these pictures of him snuggling his baby siblings, every one of them as they came along,” she said. Danial, 21, died Friday evening in a vehicle crash on Highway 5, a mile away from his family’s home at Jersey Knoll Farm off County Road 837. A husband and wife from Higginsville also died in the crash.
On a Saturday three years ago, best friends Sherri Means and Corinthia Fleet were walking around Silver Dollar City, and the subject of grandchildren came up.  “Soon enough, you’ll be a grandma,” Corinthia told Sherri, the mother of an 18-year-old daughter named Azelin.  “You have to have a man for...

Misty L. Watson
Last week an Ozark County jury took less than an hour to find Gainesville resident Misty L. Watson, 42, guilty of third-degree assault in connection with an Oct. 21, 2017, incident in which Watson was alleged to have injured Amanda Forrest by striking her in the head with a beer bottle at a...

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