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Six of the shoot-out cast members.
Here’s a story that’s hard to believe in these days of tragic school shootings and mass murders that break our hearts and defy our understanding:  Fifty-some years ago, Gainesville High School students carried shotguns to school and staged wild shoot-outs on the town square. Photos in the 1965 GHS...

Jerry Crownover
Having been involved in the livestock industry my entire life, I know the vast majority of producers go above and beyond what’s expected to provide their animals with absolutely the best care possible. For a cattleman to purposefully mistreat or abuse the source of his or her livelihood makes about...
I received the copy of the Times Past magazine that y’all recently mailed to me. I read it from cover to cover and really enjoyed it. It was very well done and very historically informative.  Many of the folks mentioned in the articles I personally knew, and many more I knew of from past...
During his former years as a sheriff’s deputy, Dale Schofield arrested Todd Brown at least a dozen times. “He was constantly in and out of trouble,” Schofield said Monday. “Domestic, DWI, burglary, stealing, you name it. Many folks knew him as the town drunk. If you drove through Theodosia you...
Editor’s note: Father’s Day is Sunday, and baseball season is in full swing. Ozark County ball parks are filled with fathers teaching their kids about sportsmanship and how to hold a bat, catch a ball and run the bases. We salute those fathers who know how important it is to spend time with...
I just learned that Florida has an amendment on its November state ballot which, if passed, will end betting on dog racing in the state. Currently, of the 17 greyhound racing tracks in the United States, Florida has 11. By 2019 there may be thousands of greyhounds needing a new home somewhere in...
I received the Ozark County Times on Aug. 4 and read that thing almost verbatim. I noted the obituary of Versia Clayton Robbins, which made no reference to any brothers or sisters Versia may have had, and I would appreciate your clarifying the matter. In the 1933-34 school year, Versia and her...
The Gainesville school board expresses its thanks to each and every person who supported and fought for Proposition: Gainesville Bulldogs. We are disappointed in the outcome, but we are proud of the campaign that was put forth under the leadership of Dr. Jeff Hyatt, superintendent of schools. We...
Editor’s note: this letter by Gainesville High School senior Jacob Overturf, edited by the Times, was written in response to Gainesville resident Bob Warrick’s letter “Vote no on the school levy increase” published in the Aug. 1 edition of the Times. Although the election is over and the levy...

Gainesville school superintendent Mearle Luna, who held the post for 26 years, presenting the senior class of 1962, the last class to graduate in the “old” building before high school classes moved to the current high school building in 1963.
Editor’s note: The Ozark County Times is a nonpartisan newspaper that does not endorse candidates or take sides on issues. However, Times staffers sometimes express their own personal opinions in clearly identified writings. This is Times editor Sue Ann Jones’ opinion about the upcoming Gainesville...

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