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The Center in Gainesville will host its traditional Friday fried-fish dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this week, but there’s a twist to the midday meal, the first since the facility closed down in March out of concerns related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. This Friday’s meal will be a drive-...

Ozark County Health Department
Ozark County Health Department administrator Rhonda Suter confirmed that the first Ozark County resident tested positive for COVID-19 today. Suter said the resident had been notified and is in isolation. There is no additional information about the resident or the case at this time, but Suter said...

A few years ago, Missouri Department of Conservation agent Jerry Kiger was contacted by a local couple who had found this fawn by itself and brought it home to try and save it. The couple said they’d seen the fawn curled up in the county road without a mother nearby a week or so earlier and had brought it home because they’d assumed it was orphaned or abandoned. In reality, the mother was likely nearby and would have soon returned to find and retrieve the fawn. The well-meaning couple brought the wild animal home and fed it goat starter for a week in an attempt to try to save it. The fawn was able to stand and walk around when it was found, but by the time Kiger was contacted it could no longer stand on its own. Kiger took the fawn to a wildlife rehabilitation center, but by the next morning, it was dead.
This is the time of year when we get many calls about what to do with “rescued” or “orphaned” wildlife–mostly young wild animals. As a general rule, you should leave them be, put them back where you found them or, if necessary, move them a short distance out of harm’s way. A baby wild animal on its...

The annual fireworks show over Bull Shoals Lake at Theodosia will kick off as usual on Saturday, July 4. Former Times reporter and photographer Bruce Roberts snapped this magnificent photo of the Theodosia fireworks at their 2013 show.
The July 4 holiday is a little over two weeks away, and many residents in the area are making plans for the celebrations.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, organizers of several annual fireworks shows have had to cancel their events this year. Shows and festivals that have been canceled include longtime...

Ozark County courthouse
Editor’s note: The court system recently entered its second phase of a three-phase reopening process following restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit www.courts.mo.gov/pandemic to learn more about the reopening process.    Circuit Judge Craig Carter processed a total of 27 criminal...

Lions Club members Bill Trivitt, left, and Chris Harlin display some of the items that will be sold at the annual Gainesville Lions Club Auction set for 7 p.m. Saturday in Benton F. Breeding Stadium across from the Gainesville Elementary School. Harlin is holding a Kansas City Chiefs helmet autographed by NFL MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes that is among the many items to be offered up for bids.
The annual Gainesville Lions Club Auction, originally scheduled for Friday, April 17, and postponed due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20.  The event will be held outside at Benton F. Breeding Stadium on the Gainesville High...
Bakersfield school officials are currently gauging interest in having a summer school session in July for students in kindergarten through eighth grades. The proposed summer school session will run from Monday, July 6, through Friday, July 31.  Superintendent Amy Britt says so far, the school...

Amanda and Boyd “Bo” Hill with their children: from left, Jaxson, 3; Jaiden, 12; and James, 7.
Greg Loftis forgot his tractor keys last Tuesday afternoon, June 9, and was headed back home on Z Highway, near Thornfield, when he came upon three young, bloodied children walking along the asphalt. Two little boys were crying beside their determined big sister, who was leading them away from the...

A backfire in the motorhome shown on the left side of this photo reportedly caused a fire Sunday afternoon at a structure on J Highway that formerly housed the Rusty Rail bar, shown at right. Randy Jones and fiancee Deborah Edwards, who lived in a back residential portion of the building, lost nearly everything in the blaze. There were no injuries; the Joneses’ dog also escaped safely. The building was still smoldering with some small flames flickering in parts of the structure Monday afternoon when Times reporter Jessi Dreckman took this photo.
Editor’s note: Randy Jones and Deborah Edwards lost nearly everything in the fire reported here, including most of their clothing. Friends and family members are organizing a clothing drive to help them. Deborah wears a women’s size 9/10 in shorts and pants, a size large shirt and size 7.5 shoe....
The Gainesville School District will be busy next week as students and families gather for year-end events that were adapted and postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns.    Prom is Monday, June 15 Gainesville High School’s prom will be held from  7 to 11 p.m. Monday, June 15, in the gym with...

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