12-foot-tall Christmas cross towers above Bull Shoals Lake


Nial Castle and his wife Georgette share a selfie with the 12-foot-tall Christmas cross erected on their property at Ozark Country Estates south of Theodosia. The cross, covered with thousands of multicolored lights, is visible from Bull Shoals Lake.

For several years, Nial Castle has wanted to build a lighted Christmas decoration on his property at 837 Eagle Wing Drive south of Theodosia that would be v

Serving at Christmastime


Marine Corps SSgt. Kyle Hogan, second from right, participated in the Baxter County Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 15 in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Also pictured are, from left: Bill Andres (HT1 Navy retired), Charles Reimer (Navy Sr. Chief retired) and Bob McClelland (E6 Navy retired), far right. The program, which places a wreaths on veterans’ graves in the area, was brought to Baxter County this year by Mountain Home floral designer Heather Duggins after she visited Washington, D.C. Hogan, who lives in Gainesville, serves in the Marine Corps recruiting office in Mountain Home.

Fire destroys dad and daughter’s Caulfield home


A Dec. 12 fire destroyed the Caulfield home of John Wells and his daughter, Ellie, leaving only the exterior shell (above). Firefighters believe the blaze had an electrical source and started in Ellie’s bedroom but couldn’t determine the exact cause. Ironically, Wells works for Reliable Fire Protection Company out of Little Rock, Arkansas. South Fork School, where Ellie is a fourth-grader, is accepting donations of cash, gift cards and clothing for Ellie.

Caulfield resident John Wells and his 9-year-old daughter, Ellie, were coming home after a visit to Wells’ parents, Bill

Still making Christmas bright for 400-plus Ozark County kids


Ozark County Toy Drive chairperson Nancy Walker, left, with granddaughter Crystal Walker House and great-grandson Daden House, shows her happiness as more than a dozen volunteers work in the background, putting the final touches on this year’s Dec. 15 toy and gift give-away. The doors opened at 9 a.m. Saturday in the old senior center, and by 12:30 p.m., parents had been given gifts for 440 children. Photos courtesy Crystal Walker House.

This year’s Ozark County Toy Drive distributed gifts, clothes, treats and other items to the parents of 440 children Saturday morning at the old senior cent

Hickersons welcome adopted daughter into their lives, just in time for Christmas


Rodger and Kim Hickerson and newly adopted daughter Frances will be spending Christmas together this year. Rodger and Kim adopted the girl Nov. 9 after serving as her foster parents for several months. Photo submitted.

This Christmas, Rodger and Kim Hickerson, a Zanoni-area couple who experienced the unimaginable pain of losing both of t

New owners, new name: Bryant Plastics becomes Wilson Industries after recent sale to Nebraska couple


Roger and Sherri Wilson, formerly of Nebraska, shown here with their dog Libby, have purchased Bryant Plastics manufacturing company on Highway 5 north of Gainesville. The business was started in 1974 by James R. Beasley, but for most of its history has been owned by Ralph Brown. Times photos / Jenny Yarger.

The Ozark County manufacturing business that opened 44 years ago as Bryant Plastics has been purchased by a Nebraska fam

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