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Eastern District Commissioner Gary Collins says the price of recycling is overall doing better than it once was, relieving some costs for the Ozark County Recycling Center.  “Cardboard, newspaper are good, but glass and plastic is not real good right now,” Collins said.  The commissioners had to...
It’s no secret that gas prices have soared to record highs this summer and continue to tick upward. The highest ever price of regular unleaded gas in Missouri (at presstime) was set this Tuesday with a state average of $4.492 a gallon, while the statewide record high price of diesel fuel was set on...
The Ozark County Courthouse and county offices will be closed on Monday, June 20, in recognition of Juneteenth, which falls on Sunday, June 19. This is the first time Juneteenth will be observed by Ozark County officials. The holiday just recently became an official Missouri state and federal...

Dora 4-H Leader Paula Bodenhamer, left, receives the Frank Graham Leadership Award for her 17 years of dedication with the Dora 4-H club. Bodenhamer is pictured here with Ozark County MU Extension Council Chair Tate Stehle.
Ozark County’s Paula Bodenhamer, leader of the Dora 4-H club, received the 4-H Frank Graham Leadership Award this spring.  The Frank Graham Leadership Award is the highest honor Missouri 4-H bestows upon its volunteers. The award was created to recognize exemplary 4-H volunteers for their hard work...

MSU-WP photo Gainesville’s Keegan Corbin was one of nine students to receive the first certificates in advanced fabrication and welding awarded by Missouri State University-West Plains. The certificates were presented during the university’s May 21 commencement ceremony at the West Plains Civic Center.
When officials at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) awarded certificates to the first graduates of the Terry L. “Bo” Pace Advanced Fabrication and Welding Program May 21, Gainesville’s Keegan Corbin was among them. Corbin was one of nine students to receive his certificate that day at...
Ozark County’s Andy and Jane Elder will be teaching a traditional jig dancing workshop at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 3 in the exhibit hall of the West Plains Civic Center. The class will be for middle school students, and is part of the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival at West Plains. Willi...

Photo by Karla Smith Photography The Gainesville Bulldogs baseball team took fourth place in the Missouri Class 2 state tournament held at U.S. Baseball Park in Ozark May 30-31. It was the first time in school history that a baseball team has made it to the final four. Members of the team are, from left, (front row) Logan Hillhouse, Brady Myers, Jake Leeker, Bryce Hambelton, Landry Jenkins, Wyatt Alms, Camden Evans, Isaac Pippin; (back row) Assistant Coaches Austin Thompson and Josh Richer, Kannon Morrison, Jarett Hogan, Daden House, Hunter Luna, Nathan Kiger, Andrew Hambelton, Bryson Martin, Carter Wise, Briar Walrath, Aden Yarger and Head Coach Blake Hobbs. A full-color special section will be published in next week’s Ozark County Times commemorating the history-making season, the players and coaches.
The Gainesville Bulldogs baseball team took fourth place in the Class 2 state championship after falling to Plattsburg 13-5 Tuesday, May 31. It’s been an exciting season for Bulldog fans, who flocked from Gainesville to watch them play in the post-season tournament held at the US Ballpark in Ozark...

Times file photos Local pastor Davin Friend, left, and Theodosia area resident Michael Atkins are shown in these file photos from a story the Times published in 2018 when Friend rescued Atkins from drowning on Bull Shoals Lake at Theodosia. The two will reunite in Bull Shoals Lake Sunday, this time at Pontiac, when Friend baptizes Atkins at a community baptism. The event is open to all. It will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Pontiac Cove Marina.
Many longtime Ozarkers remember the days gone by of mass baptisms at area lakes and streams, and for a group of local Christians, they’re hoping to recreate the spiritual event with a community baptism planned for Sunday, June 5 at Pontiac Cove Marina on Bull Shoals Lake. The event will be 1 to 3 p...

The Gainesville Bulldogs take on the Portageville Bulldogs at 10 a.m., Monday, May 30 at U.S. Ballpark in Ozark. Members of the team, are, from left, (front row) Logan Hillhouse, Brady Myers, Jake Leeker, Bryce Hambelton, Landry Jenkins, Wyatt Alms, Camden Evans, Isaac Pippin; (back row) Assistant Coaches Austin Thompson and Josh Richer, Kannon Morrison, Jarrett Hogan, Daden House, Hunter Luna, Nathan Kiger, Andrew Hambelton, Bryson Martin, Carter Wise, Briar Walrath, Aden Yarger and Head Coach Blake Hobbs. Photo by Karla Smith Photography
The Gainesville Bulldogs are headed to the first baseball Final Four in school history after defeating the Marionville Comets 2-1 Wednesday, May 25 at Parkview High School in Springfield. Wyatt Alms hit the go-ahead 2-run home run in the third inning. “Wyatt is a clutch hitter,” said GHS Coach...

In 1950, the Corps of Engineers moved 272 graves from the original Friend Cemetery and five smaller cemeteries that would have been inundated by the impounded waters of Bull Shoals Lake to a 1.05-acre site on what is county Road 863 near Isabella. Since then, the Donley family has donated more land for the “New” Friend Cemetery.
Kay Stockton remembers when the annual gathering at Friend Cemetery would attract a big turnout. “Folks would come from all over, and you’d see relatives you hadn’t seen for a year,” she said last week, looking over the cemetery records that became her responsibility when her cousin, Doyle Kelley,...

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