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Lick Creek Volunteer Fire Department volunteers, along with firefighters from Gainesville, Tecumseh, Caney Mountain and Timber Knob, fought a January 2018 fire in an apartment building at Highways 160 and J. The firefighters’ efforts impressed the fire marshal, who inspected the burned structure. Lick Creek VFD chief Jerry Rowlett said the fire marshal told him, “You guys actually saved the building. I doubt most big city fire departments could have done what you guys did here.’” Ozark County fire department volunteers undergo regular training and learn how to respond to a wide range of fires and other emergency incidents. All 14 FDs that serve Ozark County say they need more volunteers. Times file photo / Sue Ann. Jones
Editor’s note: This is the second story in a two-part series by Times writers Jessi Dreckman and Sue Ann Jones reporting on the status of Ozark County’s volunteer fire departments. The first part of the series, profiling the Bakersfield, Brixey-Rockbridge, Caulfield, Cloud 9, Dora and Gainesville...

Photo by Karla Smith Dora sophomore Auston Luna shoots over a St. Elizabeth defender during Friday’s semi-final overtime thriller at Hammons Student Center in Springfield. To see more of Karla Smith’s photos of the state tournament, visit the Ozark County Times Facebook page.
  The Dora Falcons brought home the Class 1 second-place trophy after Saturday’s battle with the Jefferson Eagles at JQH Arena in Springfield. Dora’s relentless defense kept the score close, and the Falcons came from behind and drew even at one point, tying it at 40-all.   “They came out in the...
Strong winds that whipped through parts of Ozark County Saturday afternoon destroyed this barn on the Darrell Watson farm near Wasola. Watson said the barn, which stood about quarter-mile from his house, held 35 round bales of hay. His grandson, Kane Thomas, walked by the barn on his way into the...

Nathaneil Davis last week continued his volunteer work of sweeping litter and cigarette butts from the sidewalks and parking spaces on the Gainesville square. He has been working for the last two months cleaning trash and litter from the shoulders of Highway 160 and other Gainesville streets.
Gainesville is a lot cleaner than it was a couple of months ago, thanks to Gainesville resident Nathaneil Davis and his loyal canine companion Hitachi. Davis can be found most days walking alongside Highway 160, around the Gainesville square or on various side roads with a trash bag in tow and...

Photo by Karla Smith Dora sophomore Auston Luna shoots over a St. Elizabeth defender during Friday’s semi-final overtime thriller at Hammons Student Center in Springfield. To see more of Karla Smith’s photos of the state tournament, visit the Ozark County Times Facebook page.
  The Dora Falcons brought home the Class 1 second-place trophy after Saturday’s battle with the Jefferson Eagles at JQH Arena in Springfield. Dora’s relentless defense kept the score close, and the Falcons came from behind and drew even at one point, tying it at 40-all.   “They came out in the...

Owners Jacinda Hurst and Gesse Scheinert
A new Theodosia diner, JWray’z Family Restaurant, is serving up all-day breakfast and lunch at its location in front of Cash Saver Pantry on Highway 160 in Theodosia. The restaurant opened Feb. 21 and is currently open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The name JWray’z came from a...

Ozark County native Winsor “Verd” Morrison retired in Hollister after a career that included serving in World War II, owning a West Plains ice cream shop and practicing medicine took him from Alaska to Mississippi – and several points in between.
Editor’s note: This two-part story about Ozark County native Winsor “Verd” Morrison is reprinted with permission from the Ozarks Alive! blog by Kaitlyn McConnell. Part 2 of the story will be published in next week’s Times. To read more of McConnell’s posts, visit ozarksalive.com HOLISTER – Only an...
Plans are underway for the Gainesville Lions Club’s 32nd annual auction and sportsman raffle, to be held Friday, April 12, at Gainesville High School. This year’s raffle, held in conjunction with the auction,  includes 14 firearms, a gun safe, a kayak, a utility trailer, flying drone and other...

Lick Creek Volunteer Fire Department volunteers, along with firefighters from Gainesville, Tecumseh, Caney Mountain and Timber Knob, fought a January 2018 fire in an apartment building at Highways 160 and J. The firefighters’ efforts impressed the fire marshal, who inspected the burned structure. Lick Creek VFD chief Jerry Rowlett said the fire marshal told him, “You guys actually saved the building. I doubt most big city fire departments could have done what you guys did here.’” Ozark County fire department volunteers undergo regular training and learn how to respond to a wide range of fires and other emergency incidents. All 14 FDs that serve Ozark County say they need more volunteers. Times file photo / Sue Ann. Jones
Editor’s note: This is the second story in a two-part series by Times writers Jessi Dreckman and Sue Ann Jones reporting on the status of Ozark County’s volunteer fire departments. The first part of the series, profiling the Bakersfield, Brixey-Rockbridge, Caulfield, Cloud 9, Dora and Gainesville...
Strong winds that whipped through parts of Ozark County Saturday afternoon destroyed this barn on the Darrell Watson farm near Wasola. Watson said the barn, which stood about quarter-mile from his house, held 35 round bales of hay. His grandson, Kane Thomas, walked by the barn on his way into the...

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