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Members of Sampson Masonic Lodge #298 in Theodosia will serve their regular first Saturday of the month community breakfast from  7 to 10 a.m. Feb. 3 at the lodge on Highway 160 next to Lutie School in Theodosia. The menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, waffles and...
The Gainesville Saddle Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at The Meeting Place on Third Street in Gainesville between Shelter Insurance and Big  Bob’s Bait and Tackle. 
The Center in Gainesville will host the regular first Sunday fried chicken dinner fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4. The Center is located off Highway 5 north near the Gainesville city limits.   Southwest Baptist University student Tali Rose and her family will be volunteering to serve...

Well-known fiddler H.K. Silvey of Thornfield, along with Alvie Dooms of Ava, J.R. Johnston of Norwood and David Scrivner of Kissee Mills are expected to participate in an old-time music get-together and discussion to be hosted at the Ozark County Historium at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. The discussion will be moderated by Kaitlyn McConnell, creator of the popular “Ozarks Alive” online blog.
The Ozark County Historium in Gainesville will host colorful, musical and informative events in February and March.  The Historium’s latest quilt exhibit is The Best of Both Worlds: Quilts by Sisters Martha Martin and Donna Lemons. These talented women who live in Dora provide examples of the...
Several employees at Gainesville Health Care Center were recognized Jan. 24 during a years-of-service celebration. From left: Nina McCullough, Ethel Scott, Joyce Miller and Sherri Beasley were recognized for having given over 20 years of service to the facility. Not pictured: Sue Egan was...

Election judges who served in the November 2017 election in Gainesville wore red, white and blue to celebrate the patriotic occasion. From back, left: Renee Schmucker, Lana Cockrum, Dennis Lawson and Diane White. Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise is seeking qualified residents interested in serving as judges in upcoming elections. Times file photo.
Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise is seeking election judges to serve in upcoming elections in April and August. He likes to find “people who care about the process and believe in elections.” After all, he said, “the judges’ faces are the first people voters see when they come to the polling place, so...
The Ozark County Ambulance District will participate in the April 3 general municipal election by having a county-wide ballot asking voters to approve a tax levy increase, but it won’t hold a write-in election to fill the board position in District 3, where no one filed for the seat before the Jan...

Firefighters take a break Monday to swap out self-contained breathing apparatus while fighting a mobile home fire on County Road 346 off H Highway near Caulfield. From left, “Punk” Stone, Bakersfield VFD; Tecumseh VFD chief Nathanael Winrod (in doorway); Tecumseh VFD firefighter Jonathan Winrod; and Rural Howell County Fire Department firefighter J. Johnson. The cause of the fire was unknown. Photo courtesy Bakersfield VFD.
A Caulfield resident was transported by ambulance to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains for treatment of smoke inhalation Monday after a fire broke out at her home on County Road 346 off H Highway in Caulfield. A second resident was home at the time of the blaze but did not sustain injuries,...

Firefighters from four Ozark County fire departments, including Gainesville firefighters Sage McGinnis, left, and John Russo, in front of the tree, responded to a Jan. 23 apartment fire on Shady Oaks Circle off Highway 181 in Gainesville. This photo of the fully engulfed structure was snapped soon after firefighters arrived on scene. Photo submitted.
The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Jan. 23 arson fire that heavily damaged an apartment residence on Shady Oaks Circle, formerly known as Wagon Wheel Court, off Highway 181 in Gainesville. It was around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, when a concerned citizen reportedly called...

A picture of 16-year-old Savannah Leckie holding two baby goats sits on the desk where Ozark County Sheriff’s Department evidence investigator Cpl. Curtis Dobbs, left, and Chief Deputy Winston Collins, study evidence they’ve gathered in the case involving the Theodosia teenager’s murder last summer. The boxes and crate beside the desk include additional evidence that still needs to be sorted through. Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed said he believes that if there were a timeline in the investigation, officers might just be reaching the halfway mark now. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman.
Although the case hasn’t been in the headlines every week lately, as it was a few months ago, Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed says officers are working as hard as ever behind the scenes to help bring justice in the murder case of 16-year-old Theodosia area teen, Savannah Leckie.  Leckie’s mother...

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