Jeremy Haskins’ invention earns Best New Product award at national expo

Jeremy Haskins, right, received the Best New Product award from American Public Works Association president Bo Mills during the association’s PWX conference in late August in Orlando, Florida. Jeremy, son of the late Jerry Haskins and grandson of the late Charles and Juanita Haskins, formerly of Brixey, is the founder of HoleHat, a manhole safety cover that is now being used by municipal utilities in metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles, California.

Prospective apartment renters encounter cross-dressing burglary suspect in Mammoth

Bode Long took this photo of a Chevy truck parked about 50 yards from a Mammoth-area apartment that had been burglarized Sunday afternoon. A sign on the truck’s window said, “Broke down. Please don’t tow it away. I’ll be back today. Thanks!” When Long and three other men drove back to the apartment later, a man dressed as a woman came out and attempted to leave the scene.


Rainbow’s End Christmas House marks 19th year

This fall, owner Jerry Ann Lash celebrates 19 years of operating the Christmas House at Rainbow’s End on County Road 555 near Tecumseh. The Christmas House is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 10. The store offers seasonal decor and gifts from 20 crafters in southern Missouri. Photo courtesy of Rural Missouri.

Ozark County-style Christmas events make things merry, continue traditions

Nancy Walker says she’s grateful to Jimmy Fortner, owner of the old Senior Citizen Center on Third Street, for giving her and the other Ozark County Toy Drive volunteers access to the building well ahead of the Dec. 16 event so they have plenty of time for setup. If this year’s event follows past years’ experiences, more than 400 area children will find gifts under their Christmas tree that came through the efforts and donations of area residents who support the annual toy drive – an Ozark County tradition for decades. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman.


Dora and other area VFDs stay busy as dry, hazardous conditions continue

Two structures, a barn and a residence, were threatened – but saved, thanks to volunteer firefighters’ efforts – when a property owner who was burning brush near KK Highway southeast of Dora apparently lost control of the fire and it spread to nearby areas.

This week’s sheriff’s report (see page 7) lists several fires that occurred during the past week as dry, hazardous and sometimes


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