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The Ozark County Historium’s annual tea, to be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, will be focused on the theme “Tea with Anne,” and the entertainment will include a skit based on the popular novel Anne of Green Gables. Tickets are $10 each, and only 60 tickets will be sold. Historium volunteer...
The Gainesville Volunteer Fire Department recently completed a test of its pumping equipment near Pontiac Cove Marina with assistance from members of the Pontiac / Price Place Volunteer Fire Department. Gainesville VFD chief Ed Doiron said the city’s ISO rating will be re-evaluated in a few weeks,...

Photo courtesy David Mahan Friends and guests came from near and far to hunt, fish and relax at Braddock Lakes Resort. A group of hunters, clad in their red deer-hunting shirts, jackets and caps, is shown in this undated photo, probably in the mid to late 1950s. The two men at left are unknown. Orval Mahan is shown with his foot on the car fender. The next man is unknown. Everett Mahan is standing, center, with Wendall Mahan and “Boogie” Taylor at right.
Editor’s note: This feature is the first of a 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. By Amelia Lamairamelia@...
Organizers of a May 5 meeting that was sponsored by the Ozark County Ministerial Alliance to discuss the drug and opioid problem that’s currently sweeping the nation – and having a severe impact on Ozark County – are working to follow up on the interest shown at the meeting.Mary Ketcham, one of the...

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Close to 70 people attended Monday night’s informal information session at Gainesville High School regarding the 75-cent levy increase proposal that will appear on the Aug. 7 primary election ballot. The increase would bring the school levy from the state minimum of  $2.75 to $3.50, still one of...
Absentee voting for the Aug. 7 primary election continues through Aug. 6. Registered voters who are unable to go to the polls on Election Day should contact County Clerk Brian Wise for the required application. Absentee ballots may be voted by mail or in person at the clerk’s office from 8 a.m. to...

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The Center to host ‘Meet the Candidates’ dinner event Friday A “Meet the Candidates” fundraiser dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 20, at The Center on Highway 5 north at the Gainesville city limits. Local candidates running the Aug. 7 primary election will speak and answer questions during...

Rebecca Ruud, right, is shown with her biological daughter, Savannah Leckie, in this family file photo. Ruud and her husband, Robert Peat Jr., are now charged with murder in Savannah’s 2017 death. Court documents related to a recent search warrant executed on Ruud’s Theodosia-area farm include an informant’s description of how Savannah may have died.
A gruesome murder-method possibility has emerged in court documents related to a recent search of the Theodosia-area property where 16-year-old Savannah Leckie is believed to have died one year ago this month.The court documents, which include an affidavit in support of a June 2018 search warrant,...

Ozark County commissioners expressed relief at their Monday morning meeting that FEMA has approved funding for repairs to county roads and bridges damaged by flood and high water. One of the crossings to be repaired is Haskins Ford over the Little North Fork of the White River as it flows into Bull Shoals Lake on County Road 863 near Isabella. A hole opened up in the submerged slab earlier this spring, and concrete blocks were placed in the damaged area to keep vehicles from driving into the hidden hole after vandals stole metal fenceposts originally marking the hazardous spot. The crossing was underwater most of this spring due to high lake levels. The repairs, which will return the area to "pre-flood" condition, will include concrete work, asphalt and new culverts. Times photo / Amelia LaMair
At Monday’s meeting of the Ozark County Commission, the commissioners agree there are  big shoes to fill in the wake of Ozark County Emergency Management director Brett Meints' resignation last month.Presiding Commissioner John Turner said they are formulating a list of qualifications for the...

District specialist Laramie Johnson grills hot dogs while Ozark County Extension specialist Randy Wiedmeier and SWCD intern Clayton Leroy offer advice. Hamburgers and hot dogs were served to 180 people who attended the Ozark County Soil & Water Conservation District's annual meeting and election Friday in Gainesville.
Ozark County Soil and Water Conservation District's annual meeting and election were held Friday, June 22, at the office in Gainesville. There were 180 in attendance for the annual meeting, according to district specialist Melisa Myers. Hamburgers and hot dogs were served, and 100 landowners voted...

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