When mom’s health slips, local men make sure Matthew’s memorial 5K continues


Pamela Hengen, mother of Ozark County fallen soldier Matthew J. England, awards Dillon Abraham the first-place prize for winning the 10-and-younger division at the annual 5K race/walk held Saturday, Dec. 8, in honor of Hengen’s son.

For the past five years, on the Saturday before Veterans Day, Matthew England’s mother Pamela Hengen has hosted a 5K run/walk to rais

Jolly Ol’ Saint Nicholas will be visiting Ozark County soon. Find out where.


Claire Turner, 9, daughter of Ashley Turner and Jeremy Hughes, visited with Santa Claus at Gainesville Elementary School's special choir performance Friday night. Santa will be visiting Ozark County again in the next couple weeks. Photo courtesy Darla Sullivan.

Santa Claus came to town Friday might, visiting Gainesville Elementary School during the special choir’s performance of ’Twas One Crazy Night Before Christm

Early-morning blaze destroys only vehicle of Theodosia couple raising five children


When the 17-year-old mini-van owned by Krista Cofer and her fiance Justin Ledbetter broke down a couple of weeks ago, Justin spent 16 hours trying to fix it. He pulled it up close to the couple’s Theodosia home so it could be plugged into a battery charger. On Dec. 1, that connection is believed to have started a fire that destroyed the vehicle – and might have destroyed their home if passers-by hadn’t noticed the 3 a.m. fire and rushed to wake them.

Richard and Mareshah Taber enjoyed playing cards and visiting with friends at their lakehouse near Lost Woods Golf Course in Theodosi

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