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Thanksgiving events are being planned around the county, including a free community  dinner to 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...

Bakersfield’s sixth grade float, the Polar Express, won both the first place prize and the school-affiliated prize in last year’s Christmas parade in Bakersfield, where this year’s Christmas celebration will be held Dec. 2 with the theme “Home Town Christmas”  
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...

Wess Farless stands by the 5-in-1 dwarf apple tree he planted in the yard of his home at Harlin Drive and Fourth Street in Gainesville.
Editor’s note: The Ozark County Times continues its salute to veterans, recognizing America’s entry into World War I 100 years ago this year, by reprinting this story Sue Ann Jones wrote about Ozark County native John Wesley Farless, a World War I veteran, for its Dec. 2, 1982, edition. Farless...
Isabella resident Jennifer Engles pleaded guilty by Alford plea to endangering the welfare of a child during a Nov. 9 hearing before Judge Calvin Holden in Greene County in connection with allegations that she was present while her husband, Ernest “Dale” Engles, sexually abused a child younger than...

Josiah Wheat
During a Nov. 7 hearing in Douglas County, Circuit Judge Craig Carter ordered a mental examination of Josiah Wheat to be completed by the Missouri Department of Mental Health before the case proceeds. Wheat, a Vanzant resident, is charged with five counts of animal abuse by torturing and/or...

Members of the Hollingshad family are pictured in this photo taken about 1987. Clockwise: Joe Hollingshad (holding his grandson Chance Hollingshad), Opal Hollingshad Carte, Vera Hollingshad Stark, Ruth Hollingshad Rickard and their mother, Mae Summers Hollingshad. Opal and Ruth worked in Mobile, Alabama, helping build the battleship Alabama during World War II. Another sister, Louise (not pictured), worked in an aircraft factory in Wichita, Kansas. (Also not pictured: Hollingshad siblings Noel and Virgil.) Joe, Noel and Virgil were all veterans. Photo courtesy Gina Hollingshad.
Editor’s note: This story by Dora resident Gina Hollingshad about her husband’s “Rosie the Riveter” relatives is adapted from the December issue of the Old Mill Run, continuing our Veterans Day salute not only to veterans but also to civilians who served during wartime in the defense industry.   ...
Stripers on Norfork Lake are now feeding during the day on flats in the 30-foot range. Large schools of shad are roaming the flats, and the stripers are cruising within the shad. I pre-fished Thursday and Friday near Reynolds Island in Big Creek and found stripers feeding mid-morning. The first day...
Members of Sampson Masonic Lodge #298 in Theodosia on Nov. 7 presented a $300 check from the Masonic Home of Missouri to Mark Twain School superintendent Joe Donley. The funds will help support the school’s backpack program, which provides supplemental nourishment to those students who qualify for...

Marv Looney received dozens of birthday cards to mark his 90th birthday on Nov. 9. Eighty of them were identical copies of an electronic billboard that friends and former colleagues at Missouri Western University sponsored over a busy highway in St. Joseph. All of the cards had multiple signatures, some as many as 20, Looney said. Last weekend, 40 family members (“about half the family,” he said) gathered at his Pontiac home to celebrate. Marv’s Gainesville High School classmate, Rex Johnson, and his wife, Frances also attended. Marv’s granddaughters displayed the greeting cards over the fireplace.
Editor’s note: In honor of Pontiac resident Marv Looney’s 90th birthday, this story is adapted from a profile published in the Sept. 15, 2010, Ozark County Times after he was honored with the Barney Douglas Citizen of the Year Award by the Gainesville Lions Club and the Distinguished Alumni Award...

Christopher Thorne
Christopher Patrick Thorne, 32, pleaded guilty to three counts of arson Nov. 8 before Circuit Judge Craig Carter. He was sentenced to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on each count, but execution of the sentences was suspended. He is also on supervised probation. Thorne was to...

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