THE CENTER


‘Matriarch of the dining room’ Gainesville resident Bonnie Coffey, 94, was honored recently by The Center as the “Older American Month Hero.” In awarding the recognition, The Center’s administrator Lisa Engelhardt said, “Bonnie Coffey’s beautiful smile is the first thing you see most mornings at The Center…. When asked how long she’s been volunteering here she’s not sure. I asked around, and no one remembers her not being here. When she first started, she served in the kitchen from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day. These days she doesn’t put in as many hours, but we still rely on her being here to make sure the dining room is neat and pretty and ready for our guests. Our goal at The Center is to have an environment that is reminiscent of a family reunion every day. Bonnie is a big part of that as she serves as the matriarch of the dining room. Most people find their way to her table at some point just to get a hug or a smile. Bonnie reflects what The Center is all about.”

The Senior Citizens of Ozark County Board will hold an election in June to elect members to the board. Voting will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

After flood, club vowed to ‘saddle up again’ – and did


Lick Creek rose out of its banks in Gainesville during the flood of April 29-30, 2017, to completely inundate the Gainesville Saddle Club Grounds.

Friday, April 20, one year after the roaring floodwaters of Lick Creek swept away virtually everything at the Gainesville Saddle Club arena, cowboys and cowgirls pulled their trailers into town for

Ozark County’s good-neighbor VFD named Missouri Fire Department of Year


Members of the Howell County Rural Fire District #1 were congratulated May 8 by West Plains Fire Chief Roy Sims and Missouri State Fire Marshal Tim Bean, who attended a firehouse gathering to celebrate the department’s being named the Missouri Fire Department of the Year on May 5 during the 2018 Firefighter Association of Missouri convention in St. Joseph. Front row, from left: firefighter Jared Chapman (seated), junior firefighter Edward Heuchelin, Sims, HCRFD Chief Joe Auffert, Bean and HCRFD administrative officer Christel Cantrell. Second row: board president Joe Bean, board member Leon York, firefighter Jerry Wirtz, board vice president Doyle Surritte, Captain Verlin Bunch, Assistant Chief Chris Wilbanks, firefighter Joey Smith, firefighter Jack Romans and firefighter Gary LeRoux. Not pictured: Lt. Lee Arthurs, firefighters Daniel Dennis, David Hubbard and Scott McNichols, and secretary Tiffany Dugan. HCRFD responds automatically and in mutual aid when needed to Ozark County’s east-side volunteer fire departments at Bakersfield, Caulfield, Dora and Tecumseh.

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