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Members of the Howell County Rural Fire District #1 were congratulated May 8 by West Plains Fire Chief Roy Sims and Missouri State Fire Marshal Tim Bean, who attended a firehouse gathering to celebrate the department’s being named the Missouri Fire Department of the Year on May 5 during the 2018 Firefighter Association of Missouri convention in St. Joseph. Front row, from left: firefighter Jared Chapman (seated), junior firefighter Edward Heuchelin, Sims, HCRFD Chief Joe Auffert, Bean and HCRFD administrative officer Christel Cantrell. Second row: board president Joe Bean, board member Leon York, firefighter Jerry Wirtz, board vice president Doyle Surritte, Captain Verlin Bunch, Assistant Chief Chris Wilbanks, firefighter Joey Smith, firefighter Jack Romans and firefighter Gary LeRoux. Not pictured: Lt. Lee Arthurs, firefighters Daniel Dennis, David Hubbard and Scott McNichols, and secretary Tiffany Dugan. HCRFD responds automatically and in mutual aid when needed to Ozark County’s east-side volunteer fire departments at Bakersfield, Caulfield, Dora and Tecumseh.
Howell County Rural Fire District #1, which responds in mutual aid to Ozark County’s east-side fire departments, including Bakersfield, Caulfield, Dora and Tecumseh, was named Missouri Fire Department of the year at the Firefighters Association of Missouri Convention May 8 in St. Joseph. Chief Joe...
First Baptist Church in Gainesville will host this month’s ladies prayer brunch at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19. Organizers invite all area women to attend and enjoy the meal, fellowship and a message. The church is located at 122 Second St. in Gainesville. For more information, call Polly Huddle, 417-...
To contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department or other emergency-responding agencies here, call 417-679-4633. In an emergency, dial 911. May 7 10:25 a.m. – Caller shared information. Handled by officer. 10:40 a.m. – Two-vehicle accident on Highway 160 in front of Dollar General. No injuries....
The Ozark County Long-Term Recover Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the Lions Club Building on Third Street in Gainesville. Committee members will be discussing ways to raise funds to held those impacted by the 2017 flood. Everyone is invited to come and share ideas. 
A new Christian camp, Jordan Crossing, will hold its first summer session June 25-29 for young people in the Peel, Arkansas, and Protem areas, as well as the surrounding area. The camp is being organized so that campers attending Jordan Crossing-sponsored sessions may attend at minimal cost to...
The camping area at Theodosia Park on Bull Shoals Lake will be closed through May 25 while the Army Corps of Engineers performs road maintenance. In announcing the closure, the Corps’ Mountain Home, Arkansas, project office said the boat ramp on the north side of Highway 160 remains open for use. ...

Nic Rogers, Stewardship Specialist
Nic Rogers, a stewardship specialist with the Ozark Regional Land Trust, will talk about the work ORLT is doing in Ozark County’s Alford Forest, Bryant Creek and the conservation areas in Missouri and Arkansas at the next meeting of the Ozark Heritage Garden Club, to be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May...
We got another good rain. It puts the fertilizer in the ground, fills ponds and makes the creeks run through.  I received a call from Virginia (Grisham) Kastning in Wichita on my birthday. I always talk to her on her birthday also.  Our gospel meetings last week at Smith Chapel were well intended...
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 order take-out for 25 cents more.   Wednesday, May 16: sweet ’n’ sour meatballs, seasoned potato, Italian-...
A special thank you to the Masonic Lodge brothers who treated us “wives and widows” to a big chicken dinner Saturday at Cookie’s in Theodosia overlooking the lake. Bobby Grisham took me and another widow, Sue Tharp. At 95, I must have been the oldest of the wives and widows there.   What a pest I...

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