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Easter egg hunts are scheduled around the area, and soon children will be scurrying over the springtime greenery in search of the colorful holiday treasures – as they did in 2012 when this photo was taken at the First Christian Church’s annual egg hunt.
Easter is Sunday, April 1, and several area churches and organizations are hosting Easter egg hunts in and near Ozark County. We’ve compiled some of the activities into this list. To have your  Easter event added to next week’s list, email jessi@ozarkcountytimes.com or call the Times office at 417-...

The Bakersfield school board voted last week to shift the school to a four-day week beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, which starts Aug. 14. Superintendent Amy Britt said the district estimates that the change may save as much as $70,000 in operating costs.
The Bakersfield school board voted Thursday, March 15, to shift the school district to a four-day week beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. The school week will be Tuesday-Friday beginning with the new school year, which is set to start Aug. 14. Superintendent Amy Britt said Monday the school...

Morgan Spoor, pictured above with her late husband, Greg Spoor, gave birth to the couple’s twins on March 16. The babies, named after their father, who died in a Nov. 29, 2017 car crash, are currently in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cox South Hospital in Springfield.
Morgan Amyx Spoor gave birth by caesarean section March 16 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, growing her family by four little feet –- those of her twin babies, Gregory Beckett and Amelia Lee. The babies, born at 30 weeks gestation, are named for their father, the late Gregory Lee Spoor, who...
As Ozark Countians notice winter’s dreary coloring of pastures and roadside grasses is slowly starting to turn to vibrant greens and springtime blooms., they also should be aware that more than 350 black bears in the area are emerging from their winter hibernation. The bears will be leaving their...
A month after the public comment and site-solicitation period closed in the U.S. Postal Service’s proposed plan to reopen a postal facility at Zanoni, the agency has not yet released the promised announcement about whether – and where – the new facility will open.The proposal was announced during a...

The Protem-area home of 84-year-old Les Tennis was completely destroyed in the “Rozell fire”. Tennis escaped with nothing but the clothes he was wearing. Photo courtesy Ron Yarger.
Mark Twain National Forest has established an anonymous tip line for the public and is offering up to $25,000 for information that leads to arrests and convictions in the recent Rozell Fire, which burned more than 2,000 acres in the Protem area and destroyed the home of Les Tennis. The award is...

Kenneth Smith
  A Theodosia Dollar General employee was scheduled to be arraigned by Associate Circuit Judge Cynthia MacPherson Tuesday after he was arrested Sunday in connection with accusations that he helped multiple people take as much as $16,000 worth of merchandise over a five-month period.Kenneth Smith...

Shelby Kinsey and her boyfriend Bailey Elliott pause for a quick photo with children who were able to live in a new home thanks to building efforts by volunteers with Project H.O.P.E. Shelby met Bailey, who stays in Nicaragua as a missionary for the majority of the year, during a recent mission trip. He surprised her on Sunday, March 11, when he walked into Texas Roadhouse In Springfield, where she was celebrating her 17th birthday by having dinner there with her parents, Gary and Heather Kinsey.
Nicaragua is beginning to feel like a second home to Gainesville High School junior Shelby Kinsey, who is making plans for her sixth mission trip later this year to the country, where her cousin Tammy Conner Stearns, along with her husband Travis and their children, are missionaries at Project H...

After last spring’s monumental flood washed away the gravel boat ramp and much of the bank at Cook’s Landing on Bryant Creek, the Missouri Department of Conservation brought in boulders so drivers wouldn’t accidentally drive off the badly eroded creek bank.
Just in time for the spring white bass run, the Missouri Department of Conservation has reopened its Florence C. Cook Access on Bryant Creek.The access, known locally as Cook’s Landing, has been closed since a large section of creek bank was washed away in the epic spring 2017 floods. MDC brought...

It’s believed Sunday night’s fire started in the kitchen area of the Millers’ manufactured home, but no specific origin has been determined. Four dogs perished in the fire. Gainesville firefighter Sage McGinnis saved a fifth dog from the blaze, but another pet, a basset hound, is missing.
Gainesville-area residents Richard and Cindi Miller got the news Sunday evening that their home off AA Highway was on fire as Cindi was being admitted to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains for treatment of pneumonia. And that double-whammy of hard events was made even more gut-wrenching when they...

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