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Larry Meadows used his tree-service bucket truck Monday morning to rescue Miracle, a white, long-haired fluffball cat who spent the weekend stranded 30 feet up in a huge oak tree.
Larry Meadows says he’s never been much of a “cat person,” although he does own one that came to his and wife Lana’s Tecumseh home as a stray. “They’re just not my favorite animal,” he said late Monday afternoon. With that kind of attitude, it seems a little unlikely that Larry, of all people,...

Paxton and Paige Smith were married March 29 at Greenhouse Two Rivers in Highlandville, near Springfield, with only their parents, siblings and grandparents in attendance. The couple were forced to alter their 200-person guest list a week before the wedding due to restrictions on large gatherings amid the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. Despite the sudden and drastic change, the Smiths say the day turned out perfectly. Photos by Karla Smith.
Fifty years from now, when Paxton and Paige Smith sit down to tell their grandchildren about their wedding day, they’ll have one doozy of a tale to share.  The couple’s original March 29 wedding plans consisted of spending a full weekend with guests from all over the country, concluding with a...

Lutie FFA adviser Kathalee Cole says she’s gearing up for the annual plant sale at the Lutie School greenhouse, located behind the main school. She’s pictured here with a basket of SunPatients in her right hand and a margarita lime sweet potato vine in her left.
The Lutie FFA plant sale will run from Monday, April 27, through Friday, May 15. Lutie FFA adviser Kathalee Cole will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays during that time for people to purchase plants. Those interested should call 417-273-4150 between 9...
Veterinarians Bryan Luark and Katlin Hornig began their tenure at the Gainesville Veterinary Clinic Monday, taking over the practice that has been operated by veterinarians Bob Main and Robin Deck since they moved here in 1985. In a Times ad last week welcoming the new vets to Gainesville, Main and...

Ten-year-old twins Alli, left, and Addi Garrison, with their 6-year-old brother Eli, helped place several blue pinwheels around Ozark and Douglas counties over the weekend as part of a Helping Hand’s scavenger hunt organized in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month. To find out more, join the “Child Abuse Awareness Photo Scavenger Hunt” group on Facebook.
The faith-based group Helping Hands is hosting a pinwheel scavenger hunt across the area in honor of Child Abuse Awareness month in April. Organizer Stacy Garrison says blue pinwheels have been scattered throughout Gainesville, Ava, Theodosia and Pontiac, and residents are  challenged to find them...

Ozark County native Donna Walker, 92, completed her third book of Ozark County history last fall. Like her previous books, “Souder Memories” is a collection of colorful stories, poignant reminiscences and descriptive accounts of life in a rugged and remote community in the first half of the 20th century.
Donna Walker’s latest book, “Souder Memories,” describes life in a remote area of Ozark County during the first half of the 20th century – and gives perspective on the challenges Ozark Countians faced back then, usually without thinking of them as hardships. The 194-page book is a collection of...
Kaela Anderson, left, regional lead for The Center in Gainesville and the Ava Senior Center, and volunteer Cass Martin work to organize the 246 frozen prepared meals that were part of The Center’s delivery routes Tuesday. Anderson said 63 meals were delivered on the Theodosia and Pontiac route, and...
Gainesville resident Melinda Abraham handed over more than $3,500 to the Ozark County Food Pantry Monday morning, the result of an online auction for her famous cinnamon rolls. Melinda posted a photo of three 9-inch by 13-inch pans of freshly baked cinnamon rolls on Saturday and announced that she...

The Ozark County Commissioner's meeting live stream video is posted on the Ozark County Facbeook page. Readers can watch the weekly meeting and provide comments there.
At their regular weekly meeting Monday morning, which was live-streamed via the Ozark County page on Facebook, Ozark County Commissioners discussed both the positive and negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Mike Parson’s “Stay Home Missouri” order, which has been extended to May 3....

Jason Laird
Jason Laird, a 43-year-old Gainesville man who led officers on a cat-and-mouse chase for over a month early this year, has found himself in more hot water.  Laird is now charged with attempting to escape from the Ozark County Jail. The class E felony joins a list of other charges filed against him...

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