Recent search warrant documents contain gruesome description of how Savannah Leckie may have died


Rebecca Ruud, right, is shown with her biological daughter, Savannah Leckie, in this family file photo. Ruud and her husband, Robert Peat Jr., are now charged with murder in Savannah’s 2017 death. Court documents related to a recent search warrant executed on Ruud’s Theodosia-area farm include an informant’s description of how Savannah may have died.

A gruesome murder-method possibility has emerged in court documents related to a recent search of the Theodosia-area property where 16-year-old Savannah Leckie is believed to have died one year ago

OC Commission seeks new emergency director


Ozark County commissioners expressed relief at their Monday morning meeting that FEMA has approved funding for repairs to county roads and bridges damaged by flood and high water. One of the crossings to be repaired is Haskins Ford over the Little North Fork of the White River as it flows into Bull Shoals Lake on County Road 863 near Isabella. A hole opened up in the submerged slab earlier this spring, and concrete blocks were placed in the damaged area to keep vehicles from driving into the hidden hole after vandals stole metal fenceposts originally marking the hazardous spot. The crossing was underwater most of this spring due to high lake levels. The repairs, which will return the area to "pre-flood" condition, will include concrete work, asphalt and new culverts. Times photo / Amelia LaMair

Morrison and McKee reelected to Soil and Water Conservation board in recent election, annual meeting


District specialist Laramie Johnson grills hot dogs while Ozark County Extension specialist Randy Wiedmeier and SWCD intern Clayton Leroy offer advice. Hamburgers and hot dogs were served to 180 people who attended the Ozark County Soil & Water Conservation District's annual meeting and election Friday in Gainesville.

Ozark County Soil and Water Conservation District's annual meeting and election were held Friday, June 22, at the office in Gainesville.

Faith Harlin’s four years as Camp Barnabas volunteer have been rewarding, meaningful


Faith Harlin, a graduate of Gainesville High School and four-year volunteer at Camp Barnabas, hugs Theresa, a 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome. Faith spent a week with Theresa during this summer's week-long camp at Table Rock Lake. Camp Barnabas is a Christian-based summer camp for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses.

Faith Harlin first volunteered at Camp Barnabas  the summer after her freshman year at Gainesville High School.

At information session, Gainesville school to explain why it needs 75-cent levy increase


If the Gainesville R-V School District's 75-cent levy-increase proposal is approved by voters in the Aug. 7 primary, the district will replace interior and classroom doors with high-security doors that offer better protection for students and teachers. Here, district business manager Allisa West shows one of the original interior doors in the 55-year-old school that would be replaced. Times photo / Jenny Yarger

It's been 25 years since Gainesville R-V School District voters approved a levy increase.

Lightning sparks blaze that destroys Caulfield-area home


Twenty firefighters from five area departments worked several hours fighting a July 5 lightning-caused fire that destroyed the Caulfield-area home of an older Ozark County couple. Caulfield Membership Fire Department chief Shannon Sisney said the home was a total loss, but firefighters kept the fire from spreading to two nearby outbuildings.

Lightning sparked a July 5 house fire on Highway 160 west of Caulfield that destroyed the home of an older Ozark County couple.

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