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Bakersfield superintendent Dr. Amy Britt works in her new office in the school’s FEMA storm shelter building. The superintendent’s offices were moved into the FEMA building recently after several school officials and staff members chipped in to help with the cost.. Britt said the staff kept the costs way down and did a “marvelous job … I just love it.” The decor includes an American flag made from recycled wood by Bakersfield FFA student Ashton Yeager, who torched the wood to create the flag’s stripes and then “branded” in the stars.
When the Bakersfield School District broke ground for its new FEMA storm shelter building on May 31, 2018, superintendent Dr. Amy Britt told the Times the new building would be “one big open room plus restrooms, a mechanical room and a FEMA supply room.” But Britt added that the building, which...

Veterinarian Donna Cook with her rescue dog, Priscilla
Veterinarian Donna Cook is joining Dr. Robin Deck and Dr. Robert Main at the Gainesville Animal Clinic beginning this month, working part-time, usually on Mondays, and specializing in the care of small animals.  Cook, no stranger to small towns, grew up in Pond Creek, Oklahoma, and for a while had...

Members of the Ozark County Substance Abuse Task Force meet regularly to develop ways to help Ozark Countians combat substance abuse and addiction here and also to help those who are battling addiction. Those attending a recent task force meeting were (front row, from left): Century Bank of the Ozarks assistant vice president Rhonda Hardcastle, community resident Kalen Hoffman, Ozark County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Dan Israel, Fellowship of Christian Athletes member Gracyn Blackburn, community resident Mary Ketchum, Ozark County Health Department administrator Rhonda Suter, Missouri Rep. Karla Eslinger. Back row: Dr. Masa Kinoshita, pastor Jeff Dotson, Treatment Court coordinator Jennifer Horn, Missouri Ozarks Community Health Network director Becky Gann, pastor David Evans, health professional Susan Taylor and Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant.
The Ozark County Substance Abuse Task Force urges residents here to participate in the 2019 Region G Community Health Assessment, a public survey about available healthcare services and facilities here that is being conducted by Impact Advantage, a service that assists health agencies in developing...

Taylor Young is the new agent at the University of Missouri Extension office in Gainesville.
The University of Missouri Extension office in Ozark County has a new agent, Taylor Young, who joined the office in early August.  Young, 24, grew up in Russellville and attended Missouri State University in Springfield, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in plant science.  Based in...
Ozark County is one of 13 Missouri counties identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control for being at risk of outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) because of the opioid crisis, according to a recent study.  Other Missouri counties that made the list include Bates, Cedar, Hickory, Iron,...

Gainesville School choir member Sophia Weber shows Louie, the Springfield Cardinals mascot, some dance moves as choir members gathered to perform “America the Beautiful” before Friday night’s game at Hammons Field in Springfield.
Gainesville R-V School hosted the first annual Gainesville Community Night Thursday at Hammons Field in Springfield. More than 250 Gainesville School patrons bought tickets to watch the Springfield Cardinals take on the Midland (Texas) Rockhounds. “What a wonderful turnout,” said Gainesville R-V...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts
It’s not every day that Missouri Department of Transportation workers get to wear swimming trunks to work, but while installing concrete forms in Bennetts Bayou to help reinforce the Highway 142 bridge pillars in Bakersfield, the shorts came in handy. The MoDOT crew is installing the concrete forms...
As hot as it has been lately, it’s hard to think about hunting. But fall is right around the corner, and with it comes several hunting seasons. The fall hunting seasons kick off Sept. 1 with the opening of three different bird seasons: dove, Sora and Virginia rails, and snipe (yes, these are...

Times photo / Amelia LaMair Those attending Monday’s meeting of the Ozark County Commission included (clockwise from lower left) Dennis Lawson (back to camera), Ozark County Assessor Jama Berry, T.J. Lewis, Earl VanRanken (behind Lewis), County Clerk Brian Wise, Presiding Commissioner John Turner, Eastern District Commissioner Gary Collins, Western District Commissioner Greg Donley and Pearl Schneider. Not pictured: Noel Luna and Jon Wilson.
Some community residents attended the Aug. 26 meeting of the Ozark County Commission to join in the discussion about a new state law regarding concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. The law, which was to become effective today, Aug. 28, prohibits counties from enacting health-related...

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The Ozark County Courthouse and Gainesville City Hall will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Banks, post offices, most government offices and many businesses will also be closed, along with The Center, the Gainesville License Office and the Ozark County...

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