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Photo by Donna J. Vincent Rough Stock Unlimited employees Shai Meek and Brady Brown, perched on the fence, watch a bull rider’s attempt to stay on for eight seconds during the first annual Bull Blast held Friday, Sept. 17, at the Gainesville Saddle Club Arena.
Ozark County FFA chapters hosted their first annual Bull Blast at the Gainesville Saddle Club Arena on Friday, Sept. 17, during Hootin an Hollarin. Around 670 people paid the $5 admission to watch the bull-riding competition. Organizers Monty Hambelton, president of the saddle club; Kevin Meek,...

MDC is hosting a hunter education skills session at Gainesville High School on Saturday, Oct. 2.
The Missouri Department of Conservation will host a hunter education class at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Gainesville High School community room (the former library). To be eligible for the class, students must be at least 11 years old on the date of class. Participants must register online. To...

Orval Don Merriman. Ozark County Jail mug shot.
A Theodosia man with a lengthy criminal history that includes two previous convictions of aggravated stalking is being held in the Ozark County Jail without bond in connection with a newly filed Ozark County case in which he’s alleged to have stalked and threatened a woman while in possession of a...

Photo courtesy Christi West
  An Ava Redi-Mix truck was pulled out of Bull Shoals Lake near Protem Friday at the end of Elbow Road. The Times was unable to learn how the vehicle ended up submerged in the water;  calls were referred to Redi-Mix spokespersons who had not returned them by press time. Theodosia Hardware owner...

Century Bank of the Ozarks CEO Chris Harlin is pictured with the antique cannonball safe that was purchased by his family five generations ago when the original Bank of Gainesville opened in July 1894.
Century Bank of the Ozarks’ antique “cannonball” safe, originally brought from West Plains by Joe Farmer’s team of horses in the summer of 1894, was moved to the bank’s current lobby from its resting place in the bank’s old building on the west side of the square on Monday, Sept. 13. The safe hadn’...

This photo shows the rather tight left turn motorists headed to Gainesville may have to make if they’re coming from Highway 160 east of the square onto Hillside Drive and then onto Main Street. This route, which might pose problems for those driving RVs or pulling long trailers, will likely be a popular way into town during Hootin an Hollarin because of the ongoing construction on the Barney Douglas Bridge on Highway 160 over Lick Creek just east of the square. An alternative would be to take Hillside Drive from Highway 181, about a quarter mile north of Highway 160, and travel to the Main Street intersection from the other direction.
Construction crews will likely still be working on the Barney Douglas Memorial Bridge, just east of the Gainesville square on Highway 160, on Thursday and Friday during Hootin an Hollarin. And while the work will stop for the weekend, the one-lane traffic over the bridge and the closure of the...

A slide show presented during Glois Loftis Appleton’s recent retirement party commemorating her 55 years at the BKD Accountants and Advisers headquarters in Springfield included these photographs of her now – and when she joined the company at age 18 in 1966.
When Ozark County native Glois Loftis Appleton started her first job out of high school in 1966 – after a year at what is now Missouri State University and a couple of months in a business program – she sat at a table at BKD Accounting Services in Springfield equipped with a pad of 13-column paper...

photo courtesy of Tecumseh VFD The Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department posted this photo, along with several others, that were taken by crews working to clean up a semi-truck and trailer crash on Highway 160 at the Tecumseh curves during the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 13.
A tractor-trailer hauling 73 tons of cotton seed hulls turned over on Highway 160 at the Tecumseh curves around 1:30 a.m. Monday. Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department assistant fire chief J.B. Duke said the truck driver, an acquaintance of his, called and told him the truck had flipped onto its side...

Royalty in the making Hootin an Hollarin begins at 5:45 p.m. Thursday as Gainesville Mayor Gail Reich extends her welcome to the 60th celebration of the beloved festival. Then, after a performance by the Rio band, the annual Hootin an Hollarin queen pageant begins at 7:30 p.m. These 10 contestants will smile their brightest smiles and charm the crowd with their country-style wit and wisdom as they vie for the crown. Front row, from left: Brandi Johnson, Emory Warden, Savannah Bushner, Jillian Morse. Back: Jasmine Hall, Jessie Latham, Victoria Smith, Haddie Parker and Emily Green.
Welcome to the 60th celebration of Hootin an Hollarin, one of the longest-running festivals in Missouri. For the next three days, the Gainesville square will be transformed from its normal quiet, week-day business tempo into a vibrant mixture of country music, talented crafters and down-home chefs...

Times photo / Jessi Dreckman Contractor crews are laying the aggregate base and starting to pave the new westbound lanes on the Highway 160 project at the Tecumseh curves. MoDOT says the project is on schedule and should be finished during this “construction season.”
Missouri Department of Transportation resident engineer Audie Pulliam says the realignment of the Tecumseh curves on Highway 160 is on schedule.  “The Tecumseh project is progressing, and we are still planning on having it open this construction season,” Pulliam told the Times. “The contractor is...

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