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Jeremy Haskins, right, received the Best New Product award from American Public Works Association president Bo Mills during the association’s PWX conference in late August in Orlando, Florida. Jeremy, son of the late Jerry Haskins and grandson of the late Charles and Juanita Haskins, formerly of Brixey, is the founder of HoleHat, a manhole safety cover that is now being used by municipal utilities in metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles, California.
Jeremy Haskins, P.E., of Scottsdale, Arizona,  invented HoleHat, a portable manhole safety cover now being used by municipal utilities to help prevent falls and injuries. The invention earned him the prestigious Best New Product award at the American Public Works Association PWX Expo held in late...
A craft boutique will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the community center in Oakland, Arkansas. Several former Sister Creek Crafters are participating, and coffee, hot cider and cookies will be served.
The Ozark County Long-Term Recovery Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at the Lions Club building on Third Street in Gainesville. Committee members are hoping representatives from area churches will join the committee as well as any other residents who are interested in working together...
Theodosia United Methodist Church in Theodosia will share “A Service of Hope and Healing at Christmas” at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18. Everyone is invited. Organizers say the service recognizes that Christmas is a time of celebration and family but also acknowledges that in the midst of the season many...
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.  Dec. 2 at the lodge on Highway 160 next to Lutie School in Theodosia. The menu will include scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, waffles...

Bode Long took this photo of a Chevy truck parked about 50 yards from a Mammoth-area apartment that had been burglarized Sunday afternoon. A sign on the truck’s window said, “Broke down. Please don’t tow it away. I’ll be back today. Thanks!” When Long and three other men drove back to the apartment later, a man dressed as a woman came out and attempted to leave the scene.
Sunday afternoon began like any other day for Gainesville resident Bode Long and Mammoth residents Donovan and Dee Goodman, but things took an unusual turn when, late that afternoon, the three men found themselves blocking the roadway to prevent a suspected cross-dressing burglar from fleeing the...

This fall, owner Jerry Ann Lash celebrates 19 years of operating the Christmas House at Rainbow’s End on County Road 555 near Tecumseh. The Christmas House is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 10. The store offers seasonal decor and gifts from 20 crafters in southern Missouri. Photo courtesy of Rural Missouri.
Reprinted with permission from Rural Missouri. (Local information added.) Outside the Christmas House at Rainbow’s End is a sign that owner and artist Jerry Ann Lash says describes her perfectly: “When someone told me I live in a fantasy land, I nearly fell off my unicorn.” It’s easy to see why. A...

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...

Wren and Ini Russenholt
An Ozark County couple will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Discovery Channel’s “Homestead Rescue” show. The Ozark County-filmed episode of the show, which pairs survival expert Marty Raney, his daughter Misty, a farmer, and his son Matt, a hunter and fisherman, with struggling...

Dora Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 3 a.m. call Thursday morning to fight a raging fire that destroyed Radu and Anna Slaviks’ eight-bedroom house on County Road 356. Caney Mountain and Eastern Douglas VFDs responded in mutual aid. Although firefighters worked through the night, DVFD chief Monte Shipley said the house was “too far gone” when firefighters arrived. It’s thought the fire started in the chimney. Photo courtesy Dora Volunteer Fire Dept.
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...

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