Fred Smith: A rural teacher driven to fulfill expectations

Fred Smith is the little guy in the white shirt and light-colored overalls on the right end of the front row in this photo of the Upper Brixey school that was probably taken in 1917 or 1918. Most of the other students are unknown, but Beulah Collins Smith, the teacher, is the dark-headed woman standing in front of the door of the school, which still stands on Highway 181 south of Rockbridge.

Editor’s note: To read more of the reminiscences of Ozark County native Ronnie Parsons, now living in Texas, visit his Facebook page

Christmas events continue in Ozark County this week

Rocky Top Campground, off Highway 160 at the top of the Tecumseh curves, welcomes area residents and visitors to its drive-through Christmas lights display. Owners Joe and Diane Easterday say the drive-through is open to everyone and will continue nightly from dark until about 10 p.m. through the New Year’s. Photo submitted.

Christmas events are continuing this week throughout the area. 

Burglaries increase here during holiday season

West Plains Propane office manager Chrystal Meek said whoever burglarized the facility Tuesday, Dec. 5, caused substantial damage, including this broken glass door, but only got away with two checks made out to West Plains Propane. Photo courtesy Chrystal Meek.

Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed warns local residents that burglaries and thefts are on the rise, a trend that typically can be seen nationwide from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

Ozark County native has too-close encounter to California wildfires

The tan-colored, single-level home just below the red fire-retardant chemical plume in this photo by Riverside (California) Press-Enterprise reporter Brian Rokos belongs to Alex and Vonda Solomko, Ozark County native Kristin Solomko’s in-laws in Murrieta, California. During the Liberty Fire that burned out of control in that area last week, fire crews decided to drop their load there because they saw the fire breaks that had been created around the home and thought it could be saved.

An Ozark County native recently got a too-close-for-comfort view of California wildfires that have made national headlines during


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