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Firefighters from four Ozark County fire departments, including Gainesville firefighters Sage McGinnis, left, and John Russo, in front of the tree, responded to a Jan. 23 apartment fire on Shady Oaks Circle off Highway 181 in Gainesville. This photo of the fully engulfed structure was snapped soon after firefighters arrived on scene. Photo submitted.
The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Jan. 23 arson fire that heavily damaged an apartment residence on Shady Oaks Circle, formerly known as Wagon Wheel Court, off Highway 181 in Gainesville. It was around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, when a concerned citizen reportedly called...

A picture of 16-year-old Savannah Leckie holding two baby goats sits on the desk where Ozark County Sheriff’s Department evidence investigator Cpl. Curtis Dobbs, left, and Chief Deputy Winston Collins, study evidence they’ve gathered in the case involving the Theodosia teenager’s murder last summer. The boxes and crate beside the desk include additional evidence that still needs to be sorted through. Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed said he believes that if there were a timeline in the investigation, officers might just be reaching the halfway mark now. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman.
Although the case hasn’t been in the headlines every week lately, as it was a few months ago, Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed says officers are working as hard as ever behind the scenes to help bring justice in the murder case of 16-year-old Theodosia area teen, Savannah Leckie.  Leckie’s mother...

Girls and boys age 8-9 Hoop Shoot winners: Eight- and 9-year-old winners in the area finals of the 46th annual Elks Hoop Shoot contest Jan. 20 in Mountain Home, Arkansas, were, from left: second place girls, Jozy Rehrig, Flippin, Arkansas (9 baskets out of 25 attempts); first place boys, Jace Headrick, Gainesville (19 out of 25); second place boys, Aden Gaulding, Gainesville (16 out of 25); and first place girls, Addie Alms, Gainesville (12 out of 25).
Ozark Countians were among the winners in the area finals of the 46th annual Elks Hoop Shoot contest Saturday, Jan. 20, in the Mountain Home, Arkansas, Junior High School gym. The local winners will compete against other contestants in the state event in February in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The...
Public comments on the future of three Missouri State Parks properties, including Bryant Creek State Park in Douglas County just north of Rockbridge, are now available online at mostateparks.com. The three properties, which have not been developed and are currently closed, also include Ozark...

Ozark County Ambulance emergency medical technician Ed Doiron stows a patient-transport gurney inside the ambulance to prepare for the next emergency call. Times photo / Jessi Dreckman.
Ozark County’s registered voters will go to the polls April 3 to decide a levy-increase request from the Ozark County Ambulance District and also to elect members to the ambulance district board; the board of aldermen in Bakersfield, Gainesville and Theodosia; the school boards in Bakersfield and...

Amelia LaMair
Amelia LaMair of Sycamore has joined the Ozark County Times staff as a reporter/office staff member. She works Mondays and Fridays covering the Ozark County commissioners’ weekly meetings and also working with school news and on general feature/news assignments.  “We’re happy to welcome Amelia to...
U.S. Postal Service real estate specialist Vee Spikes told the Times Monday that he had no new information related to the $270,000 post office USPS proposes to open later this year in Zanoni. He referred future media inquiries to USPS strategic communications specialist Stacy St. John in Kansas...
Temperatures are back to normal, and it’s time to get back on the lake. Melting snow is adding cold water to the lake, so cold-water tactics for bass are appropriate. The Bama rig fished slowly in 20 to 35 feet should produce some fish. The jig will work and again needs to be fished slowly....
To contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Depart-ment or other emergency-responding agencies here, call 679-4633. In an emergency, dial 911.   Jan. 15 (continued from last week’s Times) 11:17 a.m. – Stranded motorist in red Jeep Patriot has slid off roadway on County Road 320 at Northfork Village....
Area residents interested in learning more about energy technologies are invited to attend Free Fab Fridays at the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT), 125 N. Howell Ave. in West Plains. Sponsored by Missouri State University-West Plains and West Plains R-7 School District’s South...

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