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Nathan Phenix, the new pastor at Grace Baptist Church, shown here with his wife, Renae, said the church, which started in the 1970s as Calvary Baptist, is undergoing remodeling and has new signage as it welcomes area residents to join the renamed congregation.
Christians know that God works in mysterious ways. The newly reorganized Grace Baptist Church in Gainesville is a good example of how he uses unexpected tools to accomplish his works. To relaunch the church on Highway 160 west of town, which was known since the 1970s as Calvary Baptist and more...

Ozark County’s newest sheriff’s deputy, Justin Brown, was sworn in by Ozark County Circuit Clerk Becki Strong Tuesday morning. Brown was hired to replace former deputy Vesa Phelan, who resigned from the department last month. The deputy worked with West Plains Police Department canine Tuk in 2018 before the dog had to retire due to medical issues. Brown said that Ozark County’s new police canine, Rye, pictured right, looks a lot like Tuk. He said he’s excited to work with the dog in Ozark County.
The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department this week gained a new deputy, West Plains resident Justin Brown. Brown, an experienced canine handler and crisis negotiator, will be working with OCSD canine Rye.  Brown started his tenure with the OCSD Tuesday, replacing former Ozark County Deputy and canine...

Chuck Coatney, the youngest child of Charles Coatney and his second wife, Clem, grew up with his two siblings, Bill and Clara Kaufman, in what is now the Caney Mountain Conservation Area, which Charles Coatney managed for 32 years. Last week’s Times featured Chuck’s half-brother Dick Coatney, Charles Coatney’s first child with his first wife, Daisy. The two brothers are 24 years apart, and both have many colorful memories of growing up in what’s known locally as “the refuge.”
A feature in last week’s Times told the story of Gainesville-area resident Dick Coatney, who moved with his family in 1943 to what is now Caney Mountain Conservation Area, where his dad, the late Charles Coatney, helped rebuild Missouri’s wild turkey and deer populations. Charles Coatney and his...
Katherine Loftis said her dog, Ruby, played with this tarantula for a while in her yard near Barren Fork Friday before gently carrying it to the porch, where she watched it for more than an hour. Fall in the Ozarks means male tarantulas are on the move, looking for females; they’re often seen on...

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A 41-year-old Arkansas man with ties to the MS13 and AR13 gangs had a short standoff with Douglas County law enforcement officers Oct. 9 at a residence near Twin Bridges, just north of the Ozark County line in Douglas County.  Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase said  Douglas County Sheriff’s...

This little dog, Megan, was riding with her owner, Timothy Adams of Ontario, Canada, when the semi-truck he was driving wrecked in a single-vehicle crash Oct. 5 on Highway 5 south of Gainesville. Adams was flown by Air Evac to a Springfield hospital, where he is still being treated.
The story of Megan, the little lost dog, almost had a happy ending.  On Monday, Oct. 5, the curly little gray pooch was riding with her owner, Timothy Adams, 58, of Ontario, Canada, when the Freightliner semi truck he was driving northbound on Highway 5 ran off the right side of the highway then...

Ozark County courthouse
In anticipation of upcoming civil and criminal jury trials in Ozark County, the 44th Judicial Circuit recently released guidelines on how the proceedings will be modified to help take precautions against the spread of the covid-19 virus. “Our courts now have several cases, both civil and criminal,...

Timothy Adams, 58, of Ontario, Canada, was transported by Air Evac to Cox South Hospital in Springfield after sustaining serious injuries in this single-vehicle rollover crash of a 2015 Freightliner semi-truck Monday evening on Highway 5 south of Gainesville.
Four single-vehicle injury accidents occurred in Ozark County during the past week, including a fatal crash Saturday afternoon on the Tecumseh Curves. Gainesville resident George Szabo, 83, died Saturday, Oct. 3, when the 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was riding in crashed on Highway 160 a half-mile...

Theodosia resident Breklyn Cook and cousin Macy Cote of Poplar Bluff enjoyed riding the McWilliams Pumpkin Patch barrel train Saturday near West Plains.
The weather forecast for this coming weekend features a prediction of beautiful, crisp, fall temperatures that promise to provide the perfect setting for a fun day at an area event or activity celebrating the season.  Listed here are events happening soon in this area. Some annual events have been...

Photo courtesy Larry Wilbanks Dick Coatney, who spent much of his boyhood living in what is now the Caney Mountain Conservation Area, recently celebrated his 90th birthday at the home he shares with wife, Ann, near Pontiac.
Brothers Dick and Chuck Coatney grew up 25 years apart in a kids’ wonderland – what is now the 7,900-acre Caney Mountain Conservation Area.  It might not have seemed so wonderful for their parents – well, at least not for Dick’s mother, Daisy Coatney, when she moved to what’s known locally as “the...

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