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Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise, left, hands over a CARES funds check for $148,041.33 to Ozark County Ambulance District administrator Stacy Raney, who said the money would “replace front-line salaries” and also help reimburse the district for replenishing supplies and paying employee taxes and benefits. The money comes from the county’s allotment of approximately $1.7 million in federal funds appropriated by Congress in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) act, aimed at offsetting expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Raney said the district’s finances “took a pretty big hit” during the early part of the pandemic, when fear of catching the virus kept many people from calling the ambulance and seeking medical transport to area hospitals. “We dropped down to 30-35 percent of our normal call volume in March and April,” Raney said. “We’re doing good now; we’re on solid footing again. And we’re very grateful for these funds.” (Times photo/Regina Mozingo)
The Ozark County Commissioners, at their Monday morning meeting, said more checks from the county’s CARES funds allotment have been distributed to reimburse Ozark County government and nonprofit groups, agencies, schools and businesses who have submitted complete requests, including receipts and...

This 2015 photo of Rebecca Ruud and Robert Peat Jr. was posted on Rudd’s Facebook page. She indicated in the comments that the photo was taken during their first date. The pair are now charged with murdering Ruud’s 16-year-old daughter Savannah Leckie in July 2017.
Recent court documents in the case against Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud, who is charged with murdering her 16-year-old biological daughter Savannah Leckie and disposing of her body in July 2017, reveal a surprise in the high-profile case. The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department is now in...

Social distancing wasn’t a worry about when the traditional big crowd gathered Sept. 21, 2019, on the Gainesville square for last year’s Hootin an Hollarin “Big Parade.” This year’s festival, which would have been its 60th celebration, has been canceled due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the first time since its start in 1961, Gainesville’s much-loved Hootin an Hollarin festival won’t be held this year amid concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Well, if shedding tears makes a difference, I’ve shed more than a few this year,” longtime chairperson Nancy Walker said during...

Travis Smith
Twin Bridges resident Travis Smith defeated Taney County resident Joe Combs Tuesday to win the Republican nomination for the Missouri 155th House District seat. Smith got 5,484 votes (59.34 percent) to Combs' 3,758 votes (40.66 percent) in the Aug. 4 primary election.  The 155th House District...

Karla Eslinger
Wasola resident Karla Eslinger has won the Republican primary election in a close race for the Missouri 33rd Senate District seat. Eslinger garnered 12,701 votes (37.12 percent) in the eight-county district, overcoming a close challenge by Robert Ross, with 12,559 votes (36.70 percent) – a 142-vote...
Ozark Countians turned down Constitutional Amendment No. 2 on the Primary Election by a huge margin. The amendment, proposed by initiative petition, would adopt Medicaid expansion in Missouri. In Ozark County, the issue received 3,046 total votes: 2,149 no (70.55 percent) and 897 (29.45 percent)...

Layne Nance
Layne Nance will be Ozark County's next Western District Commissioner after defeating opponents Shane Ledbetter and Robert Merriman in Tuesday's Republican primary election. With all western district precincts reporting, including absentee votes considered a precinct, the totals were: Nance 628;...

Gary Collins
Gary Collins will continue as Ozark County Eastern District Commissioner for another four years after defeating opponent Jay Smith in Tuesday's Republican primary election. With all eastern district precincts reporting, including absentee votes considered as a precinct, the totals were Collins 767...

Jama Berry
Jama Berry will continue as Ozark County Assessor for another four years after defeating her two opponents, Jennifer Cole and Karen Cunningham, in Tuesday's Republican primary election. With all 11 precincts reporting, including absentee votes considered a precinct, the totals were: Berry 1,710;...

Cass Martin
Ozark County elected a new sheriff Tuesday night, giving Cass Martin of Dora the job in a 1,563 to 1,415 win over opponent Curtis Dobbs of Pontiac.  On Jan. 1, 2021, Martin will be sworn into the job that has been held since Jan. 1, 2013, by Darrin Reed, who opted not to run for re-election. We'll...

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