Loftis family leaves the Ozarks to travel the country full time


Laine and Michael Loftis are currently traveling the country full-time in a RV with their four children, pictured, from left, 5-year-old Layla, 3-year-old Chason, 1-year-old Gabriel and 7-year-old Grady. The family is documenting life on the road through Facebook, Instagram and YouTube under the name “Loftis Party of Six.”

Michael and Laine Fish Loftis, with their four children, traded life in the Ozarks eight months ago for life on the road in a 38-foot fifth-wheel camper.

Jason Smith visits new FEMA shelter at Bakersfield School


Times photos / Bruce Roberts U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, second from right, visited Bakersfield School’s newly completed FEMA safe room building Friday. Missouri Rep. Karla Eslinger, second from left, also visited the facility that day. Bakersfield High School principal Doyne Byrd, left, and Bakersfield superintendent Dr. Amy Britt, right led the elected officials on a tour of the three-year-old school and the newly completed FEMA building.

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Ceremony marks name change from First Home Bank to Stockmens Bank


Ozark County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday to celebrate the name change of First Home Bank to Stockmens Bank. From left (front): Jerri Sue Crawford, Shannon Peterson, Ozark County Chamber of Commerce president Doug Hawkins, Stockmens bank employees Audrey Sisco, Danielle Hogue, Kaitlin Conrad and Arlene Merriman, city of Gainesville office assistant Jessica Price, city clerk Lisa Goodnight and Ozark County Chamber of Commerce member Debra Smith. Back: Environmental public health specialist Craig Fox with the Ozark County Health Department, Tom Sutherland of Stockmens Bank, Stockmens Bank Missouri president Jeffrey Palmer, retired judge John Moody, Stockmens Bank Gainesville branch manager Mason Eslinger and (a second) John Moody.

Customers, Ozark County Chamber of Commerce members and city leaders on Monday joined Gainesville branch manager Mason Eslinger and staff for a customer app

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