School, community leaders train to save a life – with Narcan


Rikki Barton with Community Partnership, standing at left, led a three-hour training session Oct. 15 for representatives of three Ozark County high schools, two Ozark County medical clinics and various other community groups. Pictured, clockwise from left on the far side of the table, are Shana Hambelton, Dora School nurse; Dan Israel with the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department; Suzanne Lundry with Theodosia Family Medical Clinic; Dawn Norton with The Fountain Church and Ozark County Ministerial Alliance; Jeff Dotson with Mission Square Church and the Ozark County addiction-recovery meeting; Gainesville High School principal Justin Gilmore; Gainesville School nurse Cheyenne Nash; Bakersfield School nurse Erin Bonham; Bakersfield Superintendent Amy Britt; and Dara Collins with Missouri Ozarks Community Health. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman

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An Ozark journey: The M.E. Church in Gainesville


The identities of the couple sitting on the board-topped wire fence bordering the front lawn of the late Willard and Alta Boone’s home (now the parking lot behind the Ozark County Historium) aren’t known, but the picture provides a glimpse of the former M. E. Church that was once a Gainesville landmark. The photo is from the collection of Judy Ford Lyons.

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June Hicks’ family kick-starts fundraiser for new GES playset


Hicks family The family of the late June Hicks, a long-time Ozark County teacher, encourages school supporters to donate gifts to the PTO playset fundraiser in honor of current or retired teachers in Gainesville Schools, or in memory of teachers who have died. From left: Steve and June Hicks, their son, Trevor Hicks, a Gainesville High School history teacher and assistant coach, and Jordan Hicks, their daughter.

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Jury quickly finds Latham guilty of first degree property damage


This photo of the Latham property on County Road 803A in Gainesville was taken in April 2016, shortly after charges of arson and property damage were filed against Johnathan Latham in connection with allegations that he bulldozed down and burned a manufactured home and set fire to a tractor on the property. An Ozark County jury found Latham guilty of property damage in connection with the burned tractor. Associate Judge Lynette Veenstra dismissed the count concerning the manufactured home. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman

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NWS confirms Oct. 21 storm was tornado as commissioners discuss clean-up efforts


The National Weather Service in Springfield said structures were damaged and hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted Oct. 21 by the EF-1 tornado that tore through the northeastern section of Ozark County. This large oak was blown down, blocking a residential driveway off County Road 154.

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