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A backfire in the motorhome shown on the left side of this photo reportedly caused a fire Sunday afternoon at a structure on J Highway that formerly housed the Rusty Rail bar, shown at right. Randy Jones and fiancee Deborah Edwards, who lived in a back residential portion of the building, lost nearly everything in the blaze. There were no injuries; the Joneses’ dog also escaped safely. The building was still smoldering with some small flames flickering in parts of the structure Monday afternoon when Times reporter Jessi Dreckman took this photo.
Editor’s note: Randy Jones and Deborah Edwards lost nearly everything in the fire reported here, including most of their clothing. Friends and family members are organizing a clothing drive to help them. Deborah wears a women’s size 9/10 in shorts and pants, a size large shirt and size 7.5 shoe....
The Gainesville School District will be busy next week as students and families gather for year-end events that were adapted and postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns.    Prom is Monday, June 15 Gainesville High School’s prom will be held from  7 to 11 p.m. Monday, June 15, in the gym with...

Ruthanne Elizabeth Doebler
Gainesville High School graduate Ruthanne Elizabeth Doebler has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Pfc. Matthew J. England Memorial Scholarship. Ruthanne plans to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia this fall where she will major in biology/pre-medical. She ended her senior year...

Rodney Shockey, left, and Mike Fletcher won first place with 12.03 pounds of bass in the June 7 Ozark Mountain Bass Club tournament out of Panther Bay Marina on Norfork Lake in Arkansas.
Now that some of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have eased, the Ozark Mountain Bass Club is holding tournaments again. The June tournament that was originally scheduled as a night tournament was moved to daytime fishing due to the high water with logs and other debris floating in the lake. It...

This Kansas City Chiefs helmet autographed by star quarterback Patrick Mahomes will be up for sale during the Lions Club live auction event Saturday, June 20.
The annual Gainesville Lions Club Auction, originally scheduled for Friday, April 17, and postponed due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20.  The event will be held outside at Benton F. Breeding Stadium on the Gainesville High...

Ozark County, Missouri
Of Missouri’s 114 counties, only Ozark County and five others currently still have no confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Missouri Department of Health.  Other counties without any confirmed cases of COVID-19 include Barton, Dade, Hickory, Knox and Wayne Counties.    Ozark County...

Hammond Mill Camp
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Hammond Mill Camp, Inc. remains closed to all events until further notice. The camp, located in the Mark Twain National Forest east of Dora, provides a woodland setting for church camps, youth camps, family reunions, retreats, weddings and other gatherings. The nature...
Antonio A. Aguilar, 37, of Tecumseh, died Friday, June 5, as the result of injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 160 four miles east of Gainesville. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol online crash report, Aguilar was driving a black Chevrolet Blazer westbound when the...
Gainesville summer school began June 1 and continues through June 26. Student dropoff begins at 7:30 a.m., and students are released at 2:45 p.m. each day. 
Mary White opened Miss Mary’s Family Diner Monday in Theodosia. The café, formerly Miss Patty’s Diner, is next to Cash Saver Pantry on Highway 160. White worked previously in the Cash Saver deli and as a cook for Patty’s Diner owner Patty Rinehart. She and her family moved to Theodosia from...

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