Historium to host free old-fashioned decoration station at Christmas event

At the Dec. 6 Wonders of Christmas celebration in Gainesville, the Ozark County Historium will host an interactive decoration station where children can create old-fashioned Christmas ornaments and decorations. The decorations will then be used to decorate the Historium’s old-fashioned cedar Christmas tree. These young volunteers practiced making paper chains recently at the First Christian Church. Clockwise from top left: Brylee Van Ranken, Garner Crewell, Ty Alms, helper Addie Alms, Eleanora Crewell and Faelyn Crewell.

Children attending Gainesville’s Wonders of Christmas event Friday, Dec. 6, are invited to help trim the Historium’s Christmas tree.

Dozens gather at surprise party to bid farewell to Davidsons

Members of PPPVFD – and Missouri State Fire Marshal Tim Bean, right – were among the dozens of EMS personnel and friends who gathered Saturday night for a surprise farewell party honoring Al and Sharon Davidson for their many years of service to the department. From left: senior captain Joe Bator, Liz Rode, kitchen chairperson Crystal Jones, traffic control & communications coordinator Diane Streigle, Nancy Stewart (front), John Wilshire (back), Sharon Davidson, current PPPVFD chief Art Streigle, Al Davidson (back),Maggie Gwartney (front), assistant chief Khristie Sansone Jacquin, Keith Jacquin, Melissa Anderson, Kirk Lewis and Bean.

As a way to say good-bye to longtime Pontiac residents and fire department stalwarts Al and Sharon Davidson, their frien

Ozark County hunters harvest 861 deer on opening weekend

Couple has unforgettable deer hunt: Wyatt and Kiya Grisham had an unforgettable opening morning of deer season this year. Wyatt killed a nice 10-point buck on the Grisham farm off Highway 181 that he’s had his eye on through game camera photos for several months, but Kiya’s harvest was truly unforgettable. She killed an 8-point piebald buck, which has white and brown patchy fur, while hunting in Pontiac. “It’s a once in a lifetime buck,” she said. Albino deer and piebald deer, or partially albino deer, fall under the same regulations as normally colored animals, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. A 2019 Mossy Oak article says hunters have a one in 30,000 chance of seeing a true albino deer, whose recessive genetic traits keep it from having any coloration in its hair, tissue or skin, in the wild. Piebald deer, also caused by a genetic variation, are slightly more common; 2 percent of the current whitetail deer population are piebald.

Pea Ridge: The Battle for Missouri

This statue of Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis, a West Point grad, stands in Keokuk, Iowa, where Curtis served as mayor before being elected to Congress before the Civil War. He resigned to rejoin the Union Army when the Civil war started and commanded the Union forces at the Battle of Pea Ridge. Many historians today consider him the most successful Union general west of the Mississippi.

Recreational camp in Hardenville provides retreat for ‘warriors’

The Warriors2US project will host most of its veteran and first responder guests in this structure, which founder Donna Nasr calls “the barracks.” The 2,800-square-foot building will feature sleeping arrangements for up to 16 people, including some handicap-accessible spaces, a full kitchen, an area where trainings and meetings can be held and handicap-accessible bedrooms and showers. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman


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