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The start of the 2021-22 school year is just around the corner, and Ozark County school districts have announced their registration and start-of-school activities and schedules.   Bakersfield New student registration is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 10-12. New students may come at anytime...

Instructors, handlers and K9s who participated in the recent three-day tracking seminar in Gainesville led by Illinois-based Cedar Creek Kennels gathered in West Plains on the last day of training. From left, West Plains Police Department handler Wes Stewart and K9 Loki, Oregon County Sheriff’s Department handler Rick Matteson and K9 Amul, Cedar Creek Kennels owner Matt Greenlief, Ozark County Sheriff’s Department handler Alan Daffron and K9 Rye, Cedar Creek Kennels trainer Dave Wynne, and Mountain View Police Department handler Michael Pauley and K9 Mark. The K9 training was a prize giveaway in a Cedar Creek Kennels Facebook contest that Ozark County Deputy Sgt. Justin Brown (Rye’s former handler) entered and won.
Ozark County Sheriff’s Department hosted a K9 training program last week that brought together officers and dogs from five area law enforcement agencies.  The three-day tracking seminar was a prize offered by Monmouth, Illinois-based Cedar Creek Kennels LLC, which conducted a Facebook contest that...
The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department officers found Matthew Paul Deever, a defendant who was wanted by police in Greene and Webster Counties for active warrants in various cases, underneath the floor of a Tecumseh-area home July 29.  A post made to the OCSD Facebook page said Sheriff Cass Martin...

photo courtesy of Bull Shoals Lake Package Burglars broke a glass front door and entered the Bull Shoals Lake Package and Outdoor Sportsman store in Theodosia sometime late Thursday, July 26, or in the early morning hours of Friday, July 27. The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating the case.
Personnel from Bull Shoals Lake Package and Outdoor Sportsman, a Theodosia store off Highway 160, said they were overwhelmed by the community support they received after burglars broke through the shop’s glass-pane door. The list of what was taken in the break-in was not available at press time.  “...
  Ozark County Commissioner John Turner, left, and 33rd District Missouri State Senator Karla Eslinger, of Wasola, stand beside a banner recognizing 2021 as Missouri’s Bicentennial. The banner, which will be displayed in the Ozark County Courthouse, notes Ozark County’s organization in 1841 and...
The two hospitals closest to Ozark County announced last week that they had reached new highs in the number of patients admitted for treatment of covid-19 as virus cases surged through the area. Sunday evening, the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services covid-data website showed Ozark,...

photos submitted by GHS staff A crew with Robby Strain Concrete, assisted by other area contractors, smooths concrete on a portion of the Gainesville High School gym that was revealed when the gym’s original, fixed-in-place bleachers were removed and the locker rooms under the bleachers were filled in. See page 16 for more photos of the gym-renovation process.
Work on the remodeled interior of the Gainesville High School gym is nearing completion, says Gainesville superintendent Justin Gilmore. The gymnasium project is the first step in a major renovation that will also include adding a new 7,792-square-foot structure onto the front of the 58-year-old...

Norfork Lake has receded enough to allow cars to drive over the bridge on County Road 318 at Dawt and vessels on the North Fork of the White River to pass under the bridge. The flat-bottom boat pictured here motored upstream, then went under the bridge and back down while Times reporter Jessi Dreckman was there Monday afternoon.
At this week’s meeting of the Ozark County Commissioners, they discussed the lake levels and how they are impacting Ozark County roads.  At the time of the meeting, around 9 a.m. Monday, Norfork Lake was at 567.6 (15.64 feet above its full pool of 552), and Bull Shoals Lake was at 682.51 (23.51...
Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Justin Brown, second from right, recently completed a training course to become certified as a level III crisis and hostage negotiator. The training, offered by Crisis Systems Management and sponsored by the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center, was held at Camp...
Further details have emerged in the Pettis County case where former Gainesville resident Jason Laird is charged with burglary, tampering with a motor vehicle and stealing. The Times had requested the probable cause statement in that case before last week’s edition went to press and received it...

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