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Joe Strong was 10 months old in 1950 when he was admitted to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia for treatment of polio. He was there two months and wore leg braces for several years afterward. This photo was taken when he was 5. When he started school, his mother said, he tried to play ball with the other kids. When he fell down, “kids would want to help him up, but he would say no. He wanted to get himself up,“ she said.
The young mother was a little concerned that night when her 10-month-old son ran a fever and vomited. She couldn’t help but worry that somehow he had caught that terrible virus that had been going around the country for years but recently had become more prevalent. The next night, in their little...
Doug Hawkins hands Kate Knight a $5 gift certificate provided by Century Bank of the Ozarks while picking up his lunch Friday at the Fried & Frozen food truck in Gainesville. Century Bank donated 40 $5 gift certificates to 17 different businesses in Ozark and Douglas Counties last week, telling...
A semi-truck driver from Somalia on route from somewhere in Arkansas to the Ozark Vinyl facility in the former Hodgson Mill plant in Gainesville ended up in Bridges Creek late Wednesday night, March 25, when his GPS routed him onto the rugged, twisting County Road 555 between Bakersfield and...
A new glass crusher has arrived and is now being used at the Ozark County Recycling Center near Gainesville. The machine, purchased with a $15,000 grant from the South Central Solid Waste District, replaced an older machine that had become difficult to find parts for. The new 3-horsepower crusher...
Alex Morrison, 19, (center) was awarded the first $1,000 Sam Kirkland Memorial Grant after a standing-room-only fundraiser auction preceding the March 14 Heart of the Ozarks Angus sale at Ozark Regional Stockyards in West Plains. The grant program was established by Heart of the Ozarks Angus...

Tom Reynolds
I fished for stripers at the beginning of last week in Bennett’s Bayou. The warm weather, full moon and the lake draw-down changed the shad bait pattern. Most of the bait was on the flat by Fout’s and the big flat before the Walker’s arm of the bayou. The warm, strong winds early in the week moved...
Bakersfield School art teacher Lauren Sanders recently designed a new playground swing especially for kindergartner Avey Fyffe, who is confined to a wheelchair. The swing was built by Bakersfield maintenance staff members Rick Bales, left, and Jason Marsh. “I always knew Bakersfield was a special...
Ozark Countians will have the opportunity to vote in three elections this year, including  the General Municipal Election, which was originally set for April 7 but due to COVID-19 concerns has been rescheduled to June 2.  The other elections are the Aug. 7 primary and the Nov. 3 general election,...

While incarcerated in the old Ozark County Jail, Howards Ridge native Roscoe “Red” Jackson and a fellow inmate inadvertently caused the town’s hotel to burn down. Jackson later was convicted of murder and was executed by hanging in 1937.
In parts one and two of this Ozark Journey, we touched briefly on the structure of Ozark County’s old stone jail that still stands near the foot of Harlin Drive in Gainesville and a few memorable incidents that occurred there. During the 30 years this facility was in service, the crimes of several...

Bakersfield School Bakersfield School principal Doyne Byrd, right, and secretary Jennifer Bridges prepare instructional review packets for student pick-up Tuesday morning. Bakers-field is providing the work packets and meals that can picked up or delivered via bus routes. Super-intendent Amy Britt said meals will be provided to students until school is back in session.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ozark County schools extended last week’s spring break or adjusted their schedules just in time for Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s statewide social distancing order, which closed Missouri schools until at least April 6. The order was issued Saturday during the...

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