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A New Year’s Day fire in 2018 destroyed this older rock-faced home on the Howards Ridge farm owned by Stan and Janet Taber of Almartha. Sam Overturf, who was renting the house, was not home when the fire started. Volunteers from six area fire departments responded to the blaze, working several hours in bone-chilling, sub-freezing temperatures to contain the fire and keep it from spreading to nearby hay barns and other structures.
Winter’s icy breath made its way across the hills and hollers last weekend, and the cooler temperatures are likely here to stay awhile. With the cold weather comes the need to keep warm, many times in ways that can create a fire danger. Last year five of the 12 major fires reported by the Ozark...

On Jan. 9. Gainesville VFD and several other departments responded to a fire call at the former Wagon Wheel Court apartments, which are now owned by a bank and are reportedly vacant. Firefighters put out the fire, located in the front apartment, before the building became fully engulfed.
Authorities are investigating an arson fire - the second in the course of a year - at the former Wagon Wheel Apartments on Shady Oaks Circle off Highway 181 in Gainesville.The timing of the most recent fire on Jan. 8 is interesting because it occurred just about a year after an adjacent Wagon Wheel...

While Ralston served as a volunteer firefighter with Timber Knob VFD, he was also a member of the Ozark County Honor Guard, which marches in local parades and appears at fire service ceremonial functions.
An Ozark County volunteer fire department and local family members are mourning the death of a former volunteer firefighter, Cody Ralston, 28, who died Jan. 8 in a Boone County, Arkansas, structure fire. Ralston, who served with Timber Knob Volunteer Fire Department in 2015 and 2016, was at a house...

Ray Grisham, with Ray Grisham Construction Concrete, operates an excavator Monday as he and Greg Simpson, with Simpson Concrete, center, and employee Jared Haas, right, begin the work to remodel Gainesville’s Town & Country Supermarket. The men would later fill the excavated tracks with concrete as the first steps in creating the floor and walls of a big new freezer and cooler area that will become part of the completely remodeled building.
Work started Monday on the major remodeling project that will give Gainesville’s Town & Country Supermarket a new appearance inside and out, representing what Town & Country spokesman Matt Montgomery called “a significant investment in the store and thus the community in which we are...

Gabriela Velasquez
A new face can be seen at the Times office this week, thanks to the Potter Digital Ambassadors Program through the University of Missouri Journalism School, and with that new face comes an upgrade to the Times’ online presence. Gabriela Velasquez, a graduating senior at the Mizzou J-School in...

Jason Barnett
Jason Barnett graduated Nov. 23, 2018, from Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas. Barnett, a 2018 Dora High School graduate and the son of Brad and Shanna Barnett of Dora, served as an element leader in his squadron. He is currently attending tech...
Chris and Missy Harlin of Gainesville, Missouri are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Abigail Christen, to Alexander Leigh Martin, son of Robert and Terri Martin of Plano, Texas. Abbi is a graduate of Gainesville High School and The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  She is...

Jackie Wyman, Ozark County Jail photo
An $8,000 cash-only bond has been issued for Jackie L. Wyman, 38, of Gainesville, in connection with an Aug. 24, 2018, high-speed chase. When the chase ended, a pipe with methamphetamine residue was reportedly found inside Wyman’s truck.  Online records indicate Wyman has not yet been arrested in...

Barbara McGee, Gainesville school yearbook 1970-71
Editor’s note: Barbara McGee was a teacher at Gainesville schools from 1967 to her retirement in 1990.   Retired Gainesville teacher Barbara McGee, a woman who impacted countless lives in her 23 years of teaching, died Christmas Day at the age of 81. News of her death spurred dozens of tributes,...

Sue Modlinski with her 2-year-old German shepherd, Zeke, who disappeared into the woods behind their Gainesville-area home on New Year’s Day.
Gainesville residents Len and Sue Modlinski lost their dog, Zeke, last week. But in the process of searching for him, they found a renewed appreciation for their fellow Ozark Countians.  Two-year-old Zeke, a skinny German shepherd, disappeared from the Modlinskis’ home on County Road 806, west of...

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