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The new Missouri Ozark Community Health building is nearing completion on Elm Street just north of the Gainesville post office. Times photos/Sue Ann Jones.
Gainesville’s new Missouri Ozark Community Health building is expected to open within the few weeks just north of the Gainesville post office.  MOCH CEO Tim Shryack said last week he expects the new 6,000-square-foot building will be finished by the end of February or early March – if the weather...

The early Zanoni post office, which opened in 1898, operated in this store building in the village of Zanoni on Pine Creek – now the site of the privately owned Zanoni Mill Ranch. In 1970, then-postmaster Classie Shanks moved the post office into a small building on Highway 181 near N Highway, where it operated until service was “emergency suspended” by USPS in 2016. Now the postal service proposes reopening the Zanoni post office in a new modular facility that some residents, and the county commission, consider wasted money.
Ozark County Presiding Commissioner John Turner last week sent an email message to the U.S. Postal Service saying the new $270,000 post office proposed for Zanoni is not needed or wanted by most area residents. Turner sent the email after USPS representatives held a meeting Jan. 8 at the...
The filing period for candidates wishing to run in the April 3 general municipal election for seats on school, municipal and other public boards ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, after this week’s press deadline. We’ll have the names of candidates running in this year’s election in next week’s...

Rebecca Ruud, left, and Robert Peat Jr., right. Courtesy of Ozark County Jail.
Reprinted with permission from the Springfield News-Leader with local details added by the Times staff.   A judge set trial dates Friday, Jan. 12, for the husband and wife accused of killing a 16-year-old autistic girl and burning her body this summer in Ozark County. Rebecca Ruud, 39, and Robert...

Lauren Hillhouse, 12, daughter of Corey and Hope Hillhouse of Gainesville, found Monday’s snow just right for making big snowballs. Area students were out of school Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday – and also Tuesday, when all five county schools canceled classes due to the snow-slick roads and ice temperatures.
A winter storm socked Ozark County this week, blanketing the area with as much as 6 inches of snow in some places Monday on top of a dusting of snow that fell Sunday. Bone-chilling, single-digit and below-zero temperatures moved in Tuesday on wind gusts that added to the outdoor misery. Snow-packed...
No cases of CWD found in Missouri along Missouri-Arkansas border The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that 15 free-ranging Missouri deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) out of nearly 18,400 test results received so far for the 2017-18 season. But no cases of CWD...

Times photo/Jessi Dreckman A hands-on exhibit in the Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium allows young visitors, and those young at heart, to touch rays, horseshoe crabs and other aquatic life.
I had just entered Springfield’s new Wonders of Wildlife museum, stopping to admire the massive short-faced bear perched at the entrance and continuing on to read the plaque of a white-tail deer headdress at one of the first  display boxes, when a teenage girl and two adults made their way up...
The Ozark County Courthouse and most other government offices, including post offices, will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Ozark County Commission will postpone its usual Monday meeting until 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. Gainesville City Hall will also...

Dakota Metz
Dakota Metz, 21, of Carrolton, Mississippi, has been charged with two counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree in connection with alleged sexual acts involving a 10-year-old child between Sept. 6, 2015, and May 29, 2016, when Metz was 19.Associate Circuit Judge Cynthia MacPherson set a $2,000...

When a fire threatened the house Liz Kuk shares with her husband Kenneth early Friday morning, she was awakened by her dog Ghost, who had just given birth by C-section the day before and was in the basement with two other female Huskies and a total of 18 puppies. The house was saved, thanks to the quick action of their neighbor, Tecumseh VFD assistant chief J. B. Duke.
A week after a fire destroyed a house on J Highway in Howards Ridge, two more structures burned in Ozark County, and the owner of one of the structures, John Evans, was seriously injured. But the two buildings damaged in the most recent fires are still standing, and one of them, the Tecumseh-...

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