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Hicks family The family of the late June Hicks, a long-time Ozark County teacher, encourages school supporters to donate gifts to the PTO playset fundraiser in honor of current or retired teachers in Gainesville Schools, or in memory of teachers who have died. From left: Steve and June Hicks, their son, Trevor Hicks, a Gainesville High School history teacher and assistant coach, and Jordan Hicks, their daughter.
On a golden October afternoon, the sounds of children at play – laughter, shouts of glee, young friends sharing a few minutes of sunshine and fresh air – fill the air as the new school year is once again in full swing. But a quick walk around the playground at the Gainesville Elementary School...

This photo of the Latham property on County Road 803A in Gainesville was taken in April 2016, shortly after charges of arson and property damage were filed against Johnathan Latham in connection with allegations that he bulldozed down and burned a manufactured home and set fire to a tractor on the property. An Ozark County jury found Latham guilty of property damage in connection with the burned tractor. Associate Judge Lynette Veenstra dismissed the count concerning the manufactured home. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
It took only 18 minutes for an Ozark County jury to unanimously find Gainesville resident Johnathan Latham, 48, guilty of first-degree property damage after hearing the evidence in an Oct. 24 trial with Wright County Associate Judge Lynette Veenstra presiding. The case was filed in connection with...

The National Weather Service in Springfield said structures were damaged and hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted Oct. 21 by the EF-1 tornado that tore through the northeastern section of Ozark County. This large oak was blown down, blocking a residential driveway off County Road 154.
The National Weather Service in Springfield confirmed last week that the nighttime storm which swept through Ozark County in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 21, was an EF-1 tornado with peak winds of 105 miles per hour.   The  NWS announcement, described as “preliminary,” said the tornado...

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Of the 2,163 medical marijuana facility applications filed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services by the Aug. 19 deadline, only one proposed to bring a medical marijuana business to Ozark County. And now it looks like that applicant’s plans have fallen through. According to a...

Ozark County Chamber president Doug Hawkins, right, and Amy Green were rocking the disco look at last year’s trunk-or-treat event in Gainesville.
A forecast of frigid, rainy weather on Halloween has led some activity planners to move their outdoor events inside. Date or place changes for outdoor events that had been announced by press time Tuesday are listed below. For each event’s details, as well as for information about planned indoor...

Theodosia Area Volunteer Fire Department Board President Boyd Garrison stepped down from the TAVFD Board of Directors on Oct. 3 after serving several terms in the last 40 years. Garrison says he’ll likely still help out with the department, driving trucks when the firefighters need help at area fires.
In 1976, Jimmy Carter was elected president, grocery ads in the Ozark County Times advertised bacon for 49 cents a pound and Ozark County natives Boyd and Freeda Garrison made the big move back home to Theodosia from Springfield.  “Of course, we were from here, and we were happy to move back,” Boyd...

Lutie High School student council members conducted several anti-bullying initiatives during the Start with Hello week program Sept. 24-27. Pictured from left: back row, Hailey Taylor, Coby Dooley, Jonathon Pettit, Mirah Scott, Madison Reardon, Morgan Smith, Angel Hill, Anastasia Ham. Front row: Eli Morpeth, Haley Kruszewki, Timmy Henderson and Zack Luna. Not pictured: Bailee Amos.
Lutie superintendent Scot Young says it was the suicide of a former student’s teenage son that prompted him to initiate a partnership with the Sandy Hook Promise group and bring the “Start with Hello week” to Lutie School.“I saw the news on social media, and it was heartbreaking. As a father, I can...

Mohr
Gainesville resident Bryan Mohr, 34, pleaded guilty to the class D felony of second-degree statutory rape before Circuit Judge Craig Carter Oct. 16 and was sentenced to two years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The range of punishment for a class D felony in Missouri is up to four years...

This photo, from the 1969 GHS Bull-dogger, shows vo-ag teacher Darrell Strain directing student Lee Wayne Wallace in operating a power metal-cutting bandsaw. The photo caption says building stepladders was one of the required projects in Vo. Ag. II.
I think it was in May 1965 that a few members of the Gainesville R-5 School District board, along with the superintendent Mearle Luna, came to the University of Missouri at Columbia to interview prospective vocational agriculture teachers. I was told by my university adviser that these people...

Barney Head and daughter Kiya Belle
A true Ozark County native, Barney Head was known for his love of the outdoors, his family and his daughter, Kiya Belle. So it was only fitting that he was laid to rest in a casket as unique as he was – built by the people who loved him most, made from reclaimed Ozark County barnwood adorned...

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