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The 2019 Jingle Bell parade at the Wonders of Christmas festival, which steps off at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and circles the  Gainesville square, is going to be extra-festive this year, says parade organizer Paula Rose.  She has been actively recruiting businesses, churches and community groups to...
This year’s Wonders of Christmas festival and parade, set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6,  is shaping up to be one of the biggest in recent history. Excited festival organizers Paula Rose, Allisa West and Pearl Schneider say that, in addition to a big line-up of parade floats and entries, this...

Gainesville VFD firefighter Kevin Piland makes sure no flames are left in the ruins of the small mobile home that burned Nov. 13 on Highway 5 south of Gainesville. The home’s occupants, Austin and Nicole Davis, lost everything in the blaze. Times photos/Regina Mozingo
A young Gainesville couple lost everything except their dogs in a  Nov. 13  fire on Highway 5 south of Gainesville. Austin and Nicole Davis were getting ready to leave their small mobile home that Wednesday afternoon when they noticed the electric box sparking, said Austin. “We were just about...

At the Dec. 6 Wonders of Christmas celebration in Gainesville, the Ozark County Historium will host an interactive decoration station where children can create old-fashioned Christmas ornaments and decorations. The decorations will then be used to decorate the Historium’s old-fashioned cedar Christmas tree. These young volunteers practiced making paper chains recently at the First Christian Church. Clockwise from top left: Brylee Van Ranken, Garner Crewell, Ty Alms, helper Addie Alms, Eleanora Crewell and Faelyn Crewell.
Children attending Gainesville’s Wonders of Christmas event Friday, Dec. 6, are invited to help trim the Historium’s Christmas tree. An interactive decoration station will feature instruction and the needed supplies to make colorful paper chains, paper snowflakes and foil-covered stars, “just like...

Members of PPPVFD – and Missouri State Fire Marshal Tim Bean, right – were among the dozens of EMS personnel and friends who gathered Saturday night for a surprise farewell party honoring Al and Sharon Davidson for their many years of service to the department. From left: senior captain Joe Bator, Liz Rode, kitchen chairperson Crystal Jones, traffic control & communications coordinator Diane Streigle, Nancy Stewart (front), John Wilshire (back), Sharon Davidson, current PPPVFD chief Art Streigle, Al Davidson (back),Maggie Gwartney (front), assistant chief Khristie Sansone Jacquin, Keith Jacquin, Melissa Anderson, Kirk Lewis and Bean.
As a way to say good-bye to longtime Pontiac residents and fire department stalwarts Al and Sharon Davidson, their friends and fellow firefighters Keith and Khristie Sansone Jacquin invited the Davidsons to join them for a farewell dinner Saturday night before the Davidsons move to Mountain Home,...

Ericka Armstrong
Ericka Armstrong was hired for the job of principal of Gainesville grades 7-12 at the Nov. 14 board meeting of the Gainesville school board. Armstrong, currently the Gainesville Junior High principal, is in her second year at Gainesville and will move into the job July 1. She replaces current GHS...

Curtis and Kimberlie Nielsen, pictured at left with son Conner, watch as firefighters with several area fire departments work to try to extinguish the flames covering their workshop. Times photo/Regina Mozingo.
A large garage/workshop owned by Curtis and Kimberlie Nielsen was destroyed in a Monday afternoon fire on County Road 303, just east of Hardenville. Curtis Nielsen said the family was not home when the fire started in the detached structure. The Nielsens had recently moved into the new home, and...

John and Angie Lamb
A rifle accident on the opening day of firearms deer season has left one Ozark County mother without a foot and a family looking for answers. Bakersfield resident Angie Lamb hadn’t even made it to her deer stand that Saturday morning, Nov. 16, when her Remington 700 series rifle fired – without...

Joe Easterday, left, and son Josh Easterday, show the size of this inflatable reindeer, part of the Rocky Top campground's festival of lights tour. Times photo / Regina Mozingo.
Beginning Dec. 1, Ozark County residents and visitors can enjoy the bright and appealing Christmas light display at Rocky Top Campground and Cabins on Highway 160 at the top of the Tecumseh curves. Joe Easterday, who owns the resort with his wife, Diane, and their son Josh Easterday, with several...

Couple has unforgettable deer hunt: Wyatt and Kiya Grisham had an unforgettable opening morning of deer season this year. Wyatt killed a nice 10-point buck on the Grisham farm off Highway 181 that he’s had his eye on through game camera photos for several months, but Kiya’s harvest was truly unforgettable. She killed an 8-point piebald buck, which has white and brown patchy fur, while hunting in Pontiac. “It’s a once in a lifetime buck,” she said. Albino deer and piebald deer, or partially albino deer, fall under the same regulations as normally colored animals, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. A 2019 Mossy Oak article says hunters have a one in 30,000 chance of seeing a true albino deer, whose recessive genetic traits keep it from having any coloration in its hair, tissue or skin, in the wild. Piebald deer, also caused by a genetic variation, are slightly more common; 2 percent of the current whitetail deer population are piebald.
A total of 861 deer were harvested in Ozark County Nov. 16-17 during opening weekend of the 2019 firearms deer season, including 252 does, 541 antlered bucks and 68 button bucks. Figures for opening weekend of the 2018 weekend weren’t available, but the Missouri Department of Conservation...

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