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I want to put in my two cents’ worth about the Christmas displays not being put out this year around the square in Gainesville. Christmas is not a happy time for everyone. A lot of families can’t be together. A lot of people don’t have much, material-wise or food-wise. Sometimes it takes very...

Letter to the editor
On behalf of the Ozark County Chamber of Commerce, I extend our apologies for not setting up Christmas decorations on the courthouse square this season.  With a complete change of board officers and delegation of duties, the decorations were – unfortunately – not properly time managed.  As your...

Jerry Crownover
When it came to Christmas gifts, Dad was all about practicality. I know I must have received some toys or other impractical gifts when I was very young, but from age 9 or 10 onward, the gifts were always things I needed: coats, shoes, shirts, jeans, etc. There was never money to waste on...
Editor’s note: To read more of retired Gainesville educator Jane Elder’s blog, Ozark Road, visit gainesvillemo.blogspot.com.   Tis the season. Ready or not, here it comes. I stepped outside this morning to do some chores. The sun was just starting to come up in the east. Slanting light sparkled on...

Fred Smith is the little guy in the white shirt and light-colored overalls on the right end of the front row in this photo of the Upper Brixey school that was probably taken in 1917 or 1918. Most of the other students are unknown, but Beulah Collins Smith, the teacher, is the dark-headed woman standing in front of the door of the school, which still stands on Highway 181 south of Rockbridge.
Editor’s note: To read more of the reminiscences of Ozark County native Ronnie Parsons, now living in Texas, visit his Facebook page: facebook.com/ronnie.parsons.   Back in my childhood days in Brixey Holler, people seemed to be driven to fulfill, to the highest degree possible, the expectation...
The Isabella VFW Post 5366 had a great turnout for our Thanksgiving Day dinner; 120 people were fed. A lot stayed afterward and visited and munched on desserts. Everyone thanked us, and several told me they would have spent the day alone and that they were so glad they came. We invite everyone to...
If someone blindfolded you, took you for a ride and then took the blindfold off after they led you into a house, you would still know if you were in a farmer’s home. Coming in the back door, whether through a garage, porch, mudroom or utility room, you would most certainly see a row of muddy (and...
The era of strategic patience and capitulation symptomatic of the Obama administration and its approach to North Korea finally ended last week. President Trump has now formally declared and labeled North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. What does that mean? It’s simple: President Trump is...
Twenty-one years ago, a few days before my father passed away, I told him I had some big news to tell him. He was lying in bed, weakened from his battle with cancer, when I sat beside him and told him I was going to quit my job as a university professor at the end of the school year and pursue...
It’s been busy here at the newspaper office. We’ve been pushing deadlines, staying up late and working hard to get the newspaper and our annual Ozark County Cookin’ cookbook out to our readers. Last week, after the papers and cookbooks were delivered across the county, I sat down at my desk with...

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