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Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church won the $150 Jingle Bell parade grand prize in 2016 with its float depicting a snowy scene proclaiming Jesus as winter’s wonder. Gainesville's 2017 Christmas celebration will be Saturday, Dec. 9. Floats and other entries are needed for this year's parade, which lines up behind Town & Country Supermarket ahead of a 2:30 p.m. step-off. For more information about the parade, call Paula Rose, 417-989-1282.
Organizers are finalizing details for upcoming Ozark County Christmas events.  Bakersfield’s “Home Town Christmas” will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning with  Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. in the school cafeteria. The menu includes pancakes and sausage, milk and coffee for $2 per person...
Jerry Studdard, 52, of Wasola, charged with forcible sodomy - deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion and two counts of statuary sodomy, was scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 14 by Associate Judge Cynthia MacPherson; however, defense attorney Scott Gregory Taylor on Nov. 11 filed a motion...
First Christian Church in Gainesville invites area women to its annual ladies Christmas brunch (formerly the Christmas tea) to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the church on Highway 160 east, across from Hoerman Memorial Park.  All women are invited, and no tickets are needed, but those...
The first Sunday fried chicken dinner fundraiser at The Center will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3. The meal includes a beverage and dessert. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years of age.  Organizers say participants enjoy a delicious dinner while supporting...

Hayden Johns, 8, killed this 8-point buck during early youth season while hunting with a family friend in Theodosia.
The late portion of the youth deer firearms season will be held this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 24-26. Youth ages 6 to 15 are eligible to participate. Only one antlered deer may be taken during the entire firearms season, all portions combined. Up to two anterless deer may be taken during...
A free community  dinner will be served at noon on Thanksgiving Day at VFW Post #5366 on HH Highway in Isabella. Another community meal will be served on Christmas Day. Facility manager Ruby Winslow said everyone is invited to the dinner; last year more than 100 people shared the meal, which is...

Runners leave the starting line at the 2014 Turkey Trot 5K run/walk, which is becoming a Thanksgiving tradition among area runners. This year marks the five-year anniversary for the 3.1-mile event. Everyone, runner or walker, is welcome to participate. All proceeds from the event go to Ozark County Youth Opportunities organization, which helps with financial assistance for youth to explore a variety of opportunities - ranging from providing athletic shoes to music lessons. The organization’s latest donation helped purchase archery equipment for Gainesville’s archery team. See page 9 for story and photos.
The Ozark County Youth Opportunities organization is hosting the fifth annual Turkey Trot 5K in Gainesville at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. The organization has helped Ozark County children in a variety of ways, such as sports registration fees,  athletic shoes, music lessons and equipment (see related...

Times file photo More than 100 people in January attended a preview of newly acquired Bryant Creek State Park a few miles north of Rockbridge in Douglas County. The participants divided into different groups, including this one, that explored some of the park’s 2,917 acres. The park was closed and development plans were postponed indefinitely after the inauguration of Eric Greitens as governor. Now a public meeting is set for Dec. 5 in Ava to discuss the future of Bryant Creek State Park as well as two other parks that were announced in the closing days of former governor Jay Nixon’s administration.
A public meeting to discuss the future of Bryant Creek State Park, on N Highway in Douglas County just north of Rockbridge, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Ava Community Center, 108 NE Second Ave. in Ava. Other public meetings will be held regarding two other state parks that...

Ozark County Ambulance District board president Raymond Peter, far right, with district treasurer Jerri Sue Crawford and paramedic and operations manager David James (standing) signed papers Tuesday with Lyle Prior of Municipal Development & Funding (seated), finalizing financing to build a new ambulance district base to replace the current building, which was condemned after hazardous mold was detected in late 2015.
Members of the Ozark County Ambulance District signed paperwork Tuesday, agreeing to a $300,000 loan that will finance the construction of a new ambulance base on the same site as the district’s current building, which was condemned after hazardous mold was detected there in late 2015. Board...

Former Gainesville resident Vanessa Yarber of Lebanon, shown here with her husband Derek and children, from left, Raegan, Koby and Kyler, was the winner of the $100 prize awarded in a random drawing of those who submitted recipes for this year’s Ozark County Cookin’. Vanessa shared a recipe for carmelitas that appears on page 36 of this year’s cookbook – a treat so delicious she says you’ll want to make a double batch!
Ozark County Cookin’ , the Ozark County Times’ annual cookbook, was published last week, and by Monday, nearly all vendors’ supplies of the popular free publication had been depleted. We’ll restock as we deliver this week’s Times today, but it’s expected that all remaining copies will soon be gone...

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