Ozark County VFDs receive MDC grants


Four Ozark County volunteer fire departments are recent recipients of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s volunteer fire assistance (VFA) grants. Dora, Pontiac/Price Place, Theodosia and Tecumseh VFDs were all awarded matching funds through the program. Pictured, from left: MDC employee James Harlan, Dora VFD chief Monte Shipley, Tecumseh VFD assistant chief J.B. Duke, Pontiac/Price Place assistant chief Roger Cooley and chief Arthur Streigle, Theodosia Area VFD chief John Lubbers and MDC employee Barry Olmstead.

A total of $6,156.22 was distributed to Dora, Pontiac/Price Place, Theodosia Area and Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Departments  Friday from the Missouri Departme

Ozark County Schools gear up for opening day


After a construction delay tied to questions about the modular building’s proximity to the Gainesville Memorial Airport across Bull Dog Drive, the Gainesville School District’s new Preschool Center now is ready for the opening of the school year on Aug. 13. Site preparation began in May, but work stopped after questions were raised about the safety of the building’s location a short distance east of the junior high wing of the high school building near the end of the airport runway. But by the end of the month, the Federal Aviation Administration had ruled that “the structure does not exceed obstruction standards and would not be a hazard to air navigation.” The new sign proclaims, “Home of the Little Bulldogs.”

County schools are gearing up for the 2019-2020 school year.

Celebrating 125 years, Century Bank’s history is also history of four generations


Century Bank of the Ozarks is celebrating its 125th anniversary today by sharing free refreshments at all its branches. The bank was founded in 1894 by members of the Harlin family, which still owns the bank today. From left: CEO Chris Harlin and wife Missy, and board chairman John L. Harlin and wife Linda.

This story is adapted from an article published in the July 22, 2009, edition of the Times.

Recently released opioid data shows millions of pain pills were dispensed here 2006-2012


The Washington Post recently published an interactive version of this map providing information from a DEA database that tracks, county by county, every opioid pain pill, from manufacturer to pharmacy, in the U.S. between 2006 and 2012. The tall, dark rectangle near the center of the Missouri-Arkansas line is Howell County. Visit https://wapo.st/DEA-pain-pill-database?tid=ss_mail to access the easy-to-use map. Image: Screenshot of the Washington Post website

More than 2 million oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, the equivalent of 34.3 pills per person per year, were dispensed in Ozark County

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