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Justin and Christina Hannaford and their children, David, 15, left, and Angelia, 10, live in northern Italy attached to Aviano Air Base, where Justin serves with the U.S. Air Force. The family is coping with government restrictions after more than 6,000 deaths have been linked to the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy.
  In Italy, where the COVID-19 pandemic had caused 6,077 deaths as of Monday night, a former Ozark Countian and his family are adjusting to a new normal in a country where language and cultural differences already require a necessary adjustment.   “It’s hard, but we’re OK,” Christina Hannaford,...

Steve Schmekel, general manager of the Theodosia Mountain Mushrooms organic mushroom factory, stands in one of the two grow rooms that are currently operational. The factory usually operates with 11 grow rooms filled with hundreds of shiitake and oyster mushroom logs.
  Mountain Mushrooms, a certified organic mushroom factory in Theodosia owned by Robin and Sheila Williams, was in many ways at the top of its game this year.  “Our production levels are some of the highest we’ve seen since I’ve been working here, and I’ve been here for seven years,” factory...

PPPVFD chief Arthur Streigle
Pontiac / Price Place Volunteer Fire Department chief Arthur Streigle died Saturday of stage 4 lung cancer, less than a month after responding to his last emergency call, a fatal car crash on Highway 5 near the state line, where he and assistant chief Khristie Sansone-Jacquin managed traffic...
Twenty percent of Ozark County’s registered voters – 1,408 of 7,037 – voted in the March 10 Presidential Preference Primary. Incumbent president Donald Trump swept the Republican race while challenger Joe Biden got the most Democratic votes.    These 408 votes were cast on the Democrat Party...
A new Facebook page, “Fill a Need in Ozark County,” has been created to help local people in need of assistance.  Gainesville resident Brandi Dunnermann started the page in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but she says the page “doesn’t have to just be for COVID-19. It could for anything,...

Thornfield residents Dean and Joanne Knapp, shown here in a Christmas photo, recently enjoyed their eighth trip on a Princess Cruise line ship – right up until they were close to docking in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and endured an anxious day-long wait and a chaotic re-entry due to a COVID-19 virus scare.
The eighth delightful Princess Cruise that Thornfield residents Dean and Joanne Knapp had enjoyed – this one in the eastern Caribbean – was coming to an end Sunday, March 8, when it seemed for awhile that their ship and its 3,500 passengers and 1,800 crew members were going to become the next...

Gainesville Volunteer Fire Department chief Ed Doiron, far left, cuts a hole in the roof of a Tecumseh-area home on March 10 to reach the fire burning between a layer of shingles and a metal roof. Lick Creek VFD chief Jerry Rowlett is standing, far right. Also pictured are LCVFD firefighters Frank Lang, second from right, and Logan Edwards, second from left. The fifth firefighter’s name isn’t known. Gainesville, Bakersfield and Lick Creek VFDs responded in mutual aid to Tecumseh VFD.
A double-wide manufactured home on County Road 530 near Tecumseh was damaged in a fire March 10.  The call was first reported just before 7 p.m., according to the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department call log.  Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched as the primary responder, with...

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Baxter Regional Medical Center (BRMC) in Mountain Home, Arkansas At press time Tuesday, there had been no known COVID-19 exposures to any BRMC patients or employees, and no known cases have been identified in Baxter County, a BRMC spokesman said recently. “I feel like there is a bell-shaped...

Vikki Cook, manager of Cash Saver Pantry in Theodosia, said her store’s inventory has been hit hard by local Ozark County residents and also by shoppers from other areas who have traveled there to buy paper goods. The toilet paper shelves were empty Monday morning, but Cook said the store’s supplier is working hard to keep up with the demand, and supplies should be replenished by Thursday.
With confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the rise in the United States, many people have taken to stockpiling supplies for fear they may be directed to self-quarantine as the virus spreads.  Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes and rubbing alcohol inventories at Ozark County stores have...
The 2020 Real Ozarks Magazine, a glossy-covered, full-color guide to exploring Ozark County and the surrounding area, is now available at the Times office and wherever newspapers are sold. The popular magazine, published annually by the Times, is also distributed at visitor centers across the...

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