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Across Ozark County’s hills and hollers, alongside county roads and state highways sprinkled with wildflowers, old cemeteries are blooming this week with bright, manmade color as families and friends continue the decades-old Decoration Day tradition.  Although placing flowers and other mementoes on...

Photo by Karla Smith The Gainesville Bulldogs were all smiles after winning their second consecutive district championship when they defeated the Seymour Tigers Tuesday, May 17. The Bulldogs went on to defeat Plato on Monday, May 23, winning their second consecutive sectional championship. They head to Marionville to take on the Comets in quarterfinal action at 6 p.m. today, May 25 at Marionville.
The Gainesville Bulldogs baseball team won the Class 2 District 10 championship on Tuesday, May 17, then topped it off with a sectional win over Plato Monday, marking the second consecutive year for the team to advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 2 state tournament. The wins set up a state...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts Ozark County Commissioners are considering building a new road in order to combat traffic congestion on Highway 160 at the Ozark County Food Pantry, west of downtown Gainesville. During the two Wednesdays a month the pantry distributes food to more than 100 of Ozark County families, traffic is backed up on the shoulder of Highway 160 at the pantry site. The congestion has led to some minor accidents and the need for sending an Ozark County deputy to direct traffic, taking the officer away from other duties. The proposed road would start on County Road 806 (old Highway 160) near the Ozark County jail and travel down the hill to the food pantry.
Ozark County Commissioners are considering putting a new road from near the Ozark County jail to the Ozark County Food Pantry to keep traffic off Highway 160 during food pantry distribution days. “The traffic on 160 there gets backed up on the shoulder and there have been a few minor fender-benders...
As the school year draws to a close in Missouri, most teachers are more than ready for the summer break, as the lingering covid-19 pandemic has added extra stress the past couple school years and a looming teacher shortage is brewing like storm clouds on the horizon. Recent news stories of 650...

Horseback and this authentic 1880s stagecoach will be the only transportation options for the Stagecoach Journey crew during a May 21-27 authentic western wagon route through Ozark County. This photo was taken by talented photographer and Stagecoach Journey crew-member Dennis Crider during an early April appearance at the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center’s Annual Heritage Day. “Cowboy Rick” Hamby, a Caulfield resident who owns the stagecoach with wife “Arkansas Bev” is shown near the center in the cowboy hat.
Donning his traditional cowboy hat, bandana and boots, Caulfield’s “Cowboy Rick” Hamby, along with wife “Arkansas Bev” visited the Thornfield School May 4 to deliver penpal letters that were written by students at Junction Hill and Glenwood Schools.  The pair also collected handwritten letters from...

Justin, Jennifer and Barakah Ruggles are currently reported missing. If you know anything about their whereabouts, please call the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department at 417-679-4633.
The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department is currently searching for information about the whereabouts the Ruggles family, who are Ozark County residents. Sheriff Cass Martin said 32-year-old Justin, 30-year-old Jennifer and 5-month-old Barakah were reported missing on May 5. “It has been found that...
Gainesville-area resident Bonnie Luna has never starred in a TV crime-story series, but she’s still pondering how closely reality mimicked fiction when she was in a Branson store May 6 that was hit by a would-be robber. And while the attempted robbery was thwarted by bystanders, the story ended in...
Rhonda Sprague, 56, of Gainesville, was scheduled for a bond reduction hearing at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Ozark County Courthouse before Associate Circuit Judge Raymond Gross.  According to the probable cause statement filed by Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Rhoades, the officer was...
The Village of Theodosia is implementing a sewer rate increase beginning June 1.  The residential sewer rate will increase $1.50 a month from $25 to $26.50 monthly, and residential sewer clients with a private pump station will see an increase from $23.75 to $25.25 monthly.  The business sewer rate...

Above left, the city of Gainesville maintenance employees Mike Davis, threading the hose into a manhole, Levi Evans, to Davis’s left, and Josh Easterday work with the new trailer-mounted sewer jetter to test how the equipment will help the city remove debris and clear main sewer lines. Above right, after the workers jet the sewer lines, they can run the city’s sewer camera into the line to see how clean it is and if there are any more spots that need additional jetting. The camera is able to measure how far it is inserted into the sewer line and can replay the information to the employees making it easy for them to know where they need to use the sewer jetter to remove additional debris. The city plans to slowly work toward viewing and cleaning all lines in the next few years, according to Water Specialist Jessi Price. “This is time consuming but will be worth it to keep our sewer moving freely to the treatment plant,” she said.
The city of Gainesville recently received its new sewer jetter, a piece of equipment that uses highly pressurized water to clean sewer lines.  The city council approved the purchase of the Mongoose brand jetter from Armour Equipment on July 29, 2021, for $54,603; however, the jetter didn’t get...

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