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Nancy Walker says she’s grateful to Jimmy Fortner, owner of the old Senior Citizen Center on Third Street, for giving her and the other Ozark County Toy Drive volunteers access to the building well ahead of the Dec. 16 event so they have plenty of time for setup. If this year’s event follows past years’ experiences, more than 400 area children will find gifts under their Christmas tree that came through the efforts and donations of area residents who support the annual toy drive – an Ozark County tradition for decades. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman.
Volunteers throughout the county are working hard to get things ready for area residents who look forward to celebrating Christmas, Ozark County style.  Bakersfield: ‘Home Town Christmas’ The county’s first Christmas season event happens Saturday in Bakersfield, where Santa will be chatting up the...
Radu Slavik credits 2 1/2-year-old Raven with saving her family – Radu and his wife, Anna, and three other sleeping children – in the early hours of Thanksgiving morning when a fast-burning fire destroyed their Dora-area home. The couple also have three other children who were away from home that...
Janet Martin, a chiropractic physician with 34 years’ experience, opened Maranatha Health and Wellness Centre Oct. 31 in the old hotel on the west side of the Gainesville square. Martin took early retirement from her practice in Florida due to neurological Lyme and auto-immune diseases. She and her...

Two structures, a barn and a residence, were threatened – but saved, thanks to volunteer firefighters’ efforts – when a property owner who was burning brush near KK Highway southeast of Dora apparently lost control of the fire and it spread to nearby areas.
This week’s sheriff’s report (see page 7) lists several fires that occurred during the past week as dry, hazardous and sometimes windy weather kept area fire departments busy.   A fire that started accidentally on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in the Mark Twain National Forest southeast of Dora was still...
Warmer than usual weather has made bass fishing fun as many baits that normally don’t work well this time of year are doing fine. Spinnerbaits, top water, spoons, Bama rigs and jigs are all working and working well. Try fishing docks by pitching a jig or crawfish-type bait as several anglers have...

Ethan Donley shot this 10-point buck while hunting with his Grandpa Paul Tucker on his Grandpa Dan Donley’s farm in Thornfield.
Young hunters ages 6 to 15 took 50 additional deer (25 bucks, 2 button bucks and 23 does) over the three-day youth-specific late deer season. That makd a total of  218 deer killed during youth seasons this year when paired with the 168 deer killed during the early youth season Oct. 28-29. ...
Join us from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3 for our popular First Sunday fried chicken fundraisear dinner! Menus  Lunch is served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is open to everyone. The cost is $6 for those younger than 60; a $3.50 donation is requested for those over 60. Call 679-4746 to...
To contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Depart-ment or other emergency-responding agencies, call 679-4633. In an emergency, dial 911.   Nov. 20 8:21 a.m. – Caller reported a 9mm Baretta with 1 clip stolen from car on County Road 519. Handled by OCSD officer. 8:58 a.m. – Medical: 54-year-old female...
Still no rain. The weather changes nearly every day. Warm days and cool nights. We hope everyone had a good holiday. We went to Travis and Sarah McConnaughy’s for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was great. Travis cooked the turkey on the outside grill. Those attending included Paul and I, Chris,...
Our thoughts and prayers are sent out for all servicemen and women serving our country who are not able to be home with their families during the holidays. Sandi Chrietzberg Richards came from Ben Wheeler, Texas, and stayed until Sunday with her best friend, Kris Luebbert. Allen Lueppert and his...

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