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These firearms, drugs and drug paraphernalia were confiscated from a Dora-area home late Saturday night by officers from several area law enforcement agencies, including the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect fled from the home and is still at large, but Sheriff Darrin Reed said he isn’t considered dangerous.
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed and Chief Deputy Winston Collins say the suspect who fled from a Dora home around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, July 21, when officers executed a search warrant there isn’t thought to be dangerous. The search was a joint effort by the  Ozark and Douglas County sheriff’s...

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 County...

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...
A pre-election meet-and-greet sponsored by Ozark County Farm Bureau will be held at noon Friday, July 27, at The Center on Highway 5 north at the Gainesville City limits. The free session will follow the regular Friday fried-fish lunch at The Center. For those who choose to purchase lunch, the cost...

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...

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...

Matthew Hannaford
A Brixey man, Matthew Hannaford, 32, has been charged with one count of statutory rape in the second degree and two counts of statutory sodomy in the second degree involving a victim younger than 17 years old. According to online records, Hannaford waived formal arraignment and on July 10,...
Four injury accidents have occurred in Ozark County so far this month, as reported on the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s online crash report website.Two people were injured Friday, July 13, when a Dodge pickup backed into a Ford 500 on Highway 160 one mile east of Hardenville. According to the...

Amanda Forrest
Gainesville resident Amanda Forrest, 39, was arraigned last week before Circuit Judge Craig Carter on a charge of financial exploitation of the elderly.The charge stems from accusations that, last December, Forrest made a “false promise” to care for the animals and property belonging to an 80-...

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