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.

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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.

Volunteers throughout the county are working hard to get things ready for area residents who look forward to celebrating Christmas, Ozark County style. 

Thanksgiving fire destroys home in Dora


Dora Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 3 a.m. call Thursday morning to fight a raging fire that destroyed Radu and Anna Slaviks’ eight-bedroom house on County Road 356. Caney Mountain and Eastern Douglas VFDs responded in mutual aid. Although firefighters worked through the night, DVFD chief Monte Shipley said the house was “too far gone” when firefighters arrived. It’s thought the fire started in the chimney. Photo courtesy Dora Volunteer Fire Dept.

Radu Slavik credits 2 1/2-year-old Raven with saving her family – Radu and his wife, Anna, and three other sleeping children – in

Public meeting set for Dec. 5 in Ava to discuss future of Bryant Creek park


More than 100 people in January attended a preview of newly acquired Bryant Creek State Park a few miles north of Rockbridge in Douglas County. The participants divided into different groups, including this one, that explored some of the park’s 2,917 acres. The park was closed and development plans were postponed indefinitely after the inauguration of Eric Greitens as governor. Now a public meeting is set for Dec. 5 in Ava to discuss the future of Bryant Creek State Park as well as two other parks that were announced in the closing days of former governor Jay Nixon’s administration.

Ambulance district finalizes financing for new building


Ozark County Ambulance District board president Raymond Peter, far right, with district treasurer Jerri Sue Crawford and paramedic and operations manager David James (standing) signed papers Tuesday with Lyle Prior of Municipal Development & Funding (seated), finalizing financing to build a new ambulance district base to replace the current building, which was condemned after hazardous mold was detected in late 2015.

2017 cookbooks are nearly gone; 2018 edition now in works


Former Gainesville resident Vanessa Yarber of Lebanon, shown here with her husband Derek and children, from left, Raegan, Koby and Kyler, was the winner of the $100 prize awarded in a random drawing of those who submitted recipes for this year’s Ozark County Cookin’. Vanessa shared a recipe for carmelitas that appears on page 36 of this year’s cookbook – a treat so delicious she says you’ll want to make a double batch!

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