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Times photos/Jessi Dreckman Gainesville Elementary Principal Ben Hopper is pictured here with students, from left, Bentley Rodrigue, Valerie Moseley and Kobi Adams, in front of the elementary school’s front entrance. The doors have been outfitted with a new school safety window film that prevents those outside the school from seeing inside the building. The film appears transparent when a person is inside the building looks out. The same security film-covered door in the photo above is pictured from the inside below, showing that it is nearly invisible when standing inside looking out.
This year the Gainesville School District has installed a few new physical security measures to help make the school a safer place for students and staff, Superintendent Justin Gilmore said. The upgrades have been funded by a $100,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary...

Antler Motel and Thomas & Douglas CPA took home the second place float prize during hte 2022 Jingle Bell Parade with a Home Alone-movie themed float.
This year’s Jingle Bell Parade, set to begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best yet!  Parade coordinator Paula Rose told the Times that as of Monday afternoon, she had 12 floats, 20 festive vehicles, numerous classic cars, the Gainesville High School band and...
The Festival Committee of Bakersfield and the Bakersfield Auto Club are organizing this year’s Christmas festival and parade, to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in the parking lot behind Century Bank in Bakersfield.  Parade line-up for the “Sweetest Christmas Parade” will be at the Bakersfield...
Allisa West, the booth and vendor coordinator for the Wonders of Christmas on the Square event in Gainesville, says she’s excited that almost three dozen vendors are signed up to attend this year’s event, to be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.  West gave the Times this current list of vendors who are...

Photo by Sue Ann Jones Bobby Grisham, shown here sitting at his peanut-sales table at Gainesville High School during the red-and-white chili supper scrimmage on Nov. 16 with his daughter Greta Bradley, has been named Jingle Bell Parade marshal in Friday night's Wonders of Christmas event in Gainesville. He was honored during the Nov. 16 event for his many years of fundraising on behalf of the Masons in Robert Burns Lodge by selling popcorn or peanuts at Gainesville and Dora schools' sports events. Through his efforts, more than $40,000 has been raised for the schools' backpack programs, which sends supplemental food home with students in need.
Ninety-year-old Gainesville resident Bobby Grisham, this year's Jingle Bell Parade marshal, is a familiar face not only to his friends and relatives in town, but also to the students at Gainesville and Dora high schools. And for good reason: For 20 years, Bobby has been the local driving force that...
The Ozark County Commissioners and County Clerk say they are happy with Missouri State Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick’s rating of fair for the county. “Eighty to 85 percent of [state] audits are fair audits. It’s nothing new,” said Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise. In a report released Nov. 21, the state...

Gainesville kindergarten teacher Hailey Hand and her daughter Adele, a student at GES, were dressed in their pilgrim’s best last week to celebrate the kindergarten’s annual Thanksgiving feast. Other students dressed as Native Americans.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers. The staff here at the Ozark County Times is thankful for each and every person reading this edition, along with all of the community members who submit news and photos each week that allow this publication to continue to record the history of Ozark County...

Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. John Roberts, second from left, and Sgt. Adam Johnson, to his right, were honored for their efforts to save the life of two campers who were caught in flooding conditions on the North Fork of the White River.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Adam R. Johnson and Cpl. Johnathan R. Roberts have been named Missouri State Team Members of the Month for their life-saving water rescue of two campers. Johnson and Roberts serve in Highway Patrol Troop G, which encompasses Ozark County. "When two campers were...

Missouri State Treasurer Vivek Malek, pictured in the back row second from right, visited with Ozark County officials in reference to the MOBUCK$, a low-interest loan program through the state treasurer’s office. Pictured, from left: Back row: Mason Eslinger with the Ozark County Chamber of Commerce, County Clerk Brian Wise, Presiding Commissioner Terry Newton, State Treasurer Vivek Malek and Western District Commissioner Layne Nance. Front row: Ozark County Treasurer Christy Thompson and Eastern District Commissioner Gary Collins. New applications will be accepted on Jan. 2, 2024. To find out more, visit treasurer.mo.gov/content/low-interest-loans.
Missouri State Treasurer Vivek Malek visited with local leaders Nov. 15 at the Ozark County Courthouse. He discussed the statewide impact of the MOBUCK$ low-interest loan program, and shared his plan to work on legislation that would expand the successful program’s capacity. Due to inflationary...

Dr. Janet Martin, the owner of the building on the northwest corner of the Gainesville square that currently encompasses Absolute Insurance Services and Maranatha Chiropractic, along with the upper level spaces above both businesses, has requested that the city council allow them to market the space as residential as well as commercial. The space was originally built as a hotel unit, and therefore the upstairs is outfitted in a way that is more residential in nature.
During the Nov. 9 Gainesville City Council meeting, Debra Schilling Smith, a realtor with United Country Missouri Ozarks Realty, and Dr. Janet Martin, a chiropractor who owns the building on the northwest corner of the Gainesville square, addressed the city council with a request to lift an...

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