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Bob Stickles will close his bait and tackle shop in Gainesville Tuesday, July 31. After that, he said, he plans to be “out on the water two or three days a week.” Times photo / Sue Ann Jones
After 12 years of selling fishing gear in Gainesville, Bob Stickles on Tuesday is closing his store, Big Bob’s Bait & Tackle. His plan is to retire – again.He opened the store in 2006, a year after moving to Ozark County with his first wife, Maxine. Maryland natives, the two had been high...

Gainesville R-V school board member Marti Warden, left, and food service employee Mary Ann Moore discuss the plans for expansion and renovation of the elementary school cafeteria if the 75-cent levy increase proposal passes in the Aug. 7 primary election. In addition to being able to seat more students, the cafeteria would also serve as a storm shelter. Times photo/Jenny Yarger
Gainesville R-5 School District will host an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. In addition to touring the schools, enjoying a free dinner and meeting administrators and teachers, community members are invited and encouraged to attend informational...

This photo, titled “Crew 4,” is included in the 1978 Hay Hollow YCC camp yearbook. The photo was taken during the Hay Hollow camp’s eighth year. Camp director S.A. “Lee” Leonardi wrote these thoughts in the yearbook, perhaps reflecting the real purpose of the program: “In essence the success or failure of a YCC program is measured by what is done and what was learned. I feel we can all continue to grow in knowledge and wisdom so we can continue to develop perhaps the most important resource of all, ‘The Youth of the Nation.’ “
Editor’s note: This feature continues the series by Ozark County Times reporters Jessi Dreckman and Amelia Lamair describing a hidden-away bit of history in the Mark Twain National Forest just north of Ozark County in the community once known as Siloam Springs. Just across the Ozark-Douglas...
These candidates are running in contested races in the Aug. 7 primary The candidates whose profiles appear on this page are running in the four locally contested races in the upcoming Aug. 7 primary election – associate circuit judge, prosecuting attorney, presiding county commissioner and 155th...

When a tree fell in the driveway of Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise’s home Thursday evening, it landed on his Jeep and narrowly missed his house. Photo courtesy Brian Wise.
The storm blamed for the fatal sinking of a “Ride the Ducks” Duck Boat on Table Rock Lake in Branson Thursday evening moved eastward, blowing a path through parts of Ozark County as well. At least four large Gainesville-area trees were blown down by the high winds, and one of them landed on a...

Gainesville residents Doyle and Peggy Rackley Johnson, left, and their daughter Julie Schofield and grandson Gannon, 3, rode one of the Branson Duck Boats Thursday a few hours before another Duck Boat carrying 29 passengers, plus the captain and driver, sank in a storm on Table Rock Lake. Seventeen people died.
A few hours before 17 people died Thursday when a Branson “Duck Boat” capsized in a storm on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Gainesville residents Doyle and Peggy Johnson rode one of the Duck Boats with their daughter and grandson.That evening, a friend texted Peggy, “Too bad about the Ducks.”“I asked...

photo from Hootin an Hollarin'a facebook page
Area quilters are encouraged to prepare their entries for this year’s Hootin an Hollarin quilt show to be held during the annual Sept. 20-22 festival.Lily Branco, one of the show’s organizers, says the quilt show is one of the highlights of the festival as it exhibits “the awesome quilts created by...

Rick Sartin of Birch Tree with his 10-pound 6-ounce record-setting silver redhorse. Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation
Rick Sartin of Birch Tree became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a 10-pound 6-ounce silver redhorse on the Current River using a rod and reel. The new record breaks the previous state pole-and-line record for silver redhorse, a 5-pound, 10-ounce fish was caught in...
We are entering the last full week of our close-out sale. Thanks to all who have made the sale a success. We still have a fair amount of product left, especially soft plastics.Night fishing remains good with bags of 15 or more pounds needed to win most night tournaments. Salt craws, plastic worms...
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is assisting Missouri livestock producers affected by drought. State Conserva-tionist J.R. Flores said Missouri has $2 million available to help farmers plant cover crops to address inadequate feed and forage and other natural resource concerns...

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