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White River Connect, a subsidiary of White River Valley Electric Cooperative, has announced that work is now under construction in the Theodosia service area for its high-speed fiber internet service.  According to a White River Connect graphic posted to social media explaining the steps to...

photo by Amanda Mendez, Howell County News A long line of visitors waited patiently during a March 19 open house to enter the new St. Joseph's Monastery that's nearing completion in Douglas County a short distance north of Rockbridge.
On March 19, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, welcomed a large crowd of curious visitors to an open house at their impressive new St. Joseph's Monastery that's nearing completion off N Highway in Douglas County just a few miles north of the Ozark County line. When finished, the $18...
Voters in Ozark County will take to the polls next Tuesday, April 2, for the General Municipal Election, where ballots will offer contested races for Bakersfield and Gainesville School Boards, a county “use tax” measure and other items. A sample ballot is available on page B6 in this week’s edition...
The Gainesville City council reviewed two bids for “codification,” a process to clean up, analyze and develop city ordinances so that they are easy to understand, enact and enforce. The process would also involve putting the ordinances on a website that would be available to the general public to...

Times photo/Jessi Dreckman Quite a few drivers have been driving on the shoulders of High School Drive, which runs in front of Gainesville High School, to avoid going over the installed speed bumps with all four tires. It has resulted in damaged road shoulders, city officials say. The school and city are currently discussing what can be done in that area. The street is a city street; however, the school has taken over maintenance of the stretch of road where the speed bumps were installed. There are five speed bumps currently installed, two at each of the far entrances of the high school parking lot and one in the center area, pictured above, where a city fire hydrant is located. The city council members were in favor of allowing the school to outfit the street as it needs to as long as the fire hydrant is accessible from the roadway for the fire department’s needs. Superintendent Justin Gilmore said the school would seek advice of an engineer or other professional for recommendations and options.
At the March 12 Gainesville City Council meeting, Maintenance Supervisor Mike Davis said that an employee from the Gainesville School approached him to ask what the city would allow the school to do alongside High School Drive, where the school installed speed bumps last year in an effort to slow...

The 11th annual Glade Top Trail Run will be held Saturday, April 6, at Glade Top, a designated scenic byway within the Mark Twain National Forest in northern Ozark County and southern Douglas County. The race offers participants three designated distances, a 1-miler, a 4-miler and a 10-miler. All proceeds benefit the Pat Souder Henry Scholarship Fund.
Organizers with the April 6 Glade Top Trail Run say they’re expecting a big crowd at this year’s event. Now in its eleventh year, the run/walk event offers great camaraderie, a challenging route and a whole lot of fun, all set amongst the remote and rugged hills of the Mark Twain National Forest in...

Gainesville resident Zyler Woodward, a sixth grader at Gainesville Elementary School, rides a bus that's especially equipped to accommodate his motorized wheelchair. Luke Cooley, the bus driver (far left) "is super cool with Zyler," says Zyler’s mother, Holly Uchtman. Also shown helping Zyler on the bus Monday morning are his grandmothers, Linda Simpson Uchtman (center) and Nancy Loftis Steele.
Holly Uchtman missed the doctor's first call. But she was at her home in Republic and answered the phone when her son's pediatrician called back at 6 p.m. on that summer day in 2015. What he said knocked the breath out of her. "I was standing in my bedroom. I'll never forget falling to my knees. I...
Sealed bids will be accepted on March 25 to outfit two new vehicles from the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department for police use, according to the Ozark County commissioners Monday.  The 2020 and 2018 Chevy Tahoe pursuit package vehicles were purchased in early February, according to OCSD...

Brooks Blevins will visit Flotsam Farm, located on Highway 181 near Hodgson Mill, for a discussion on “How to Talk Ozark,” at the farm’s weekly Sycamore Salon next Thursday, March 21. Everyone is welcome.
Flotsam Farm’s Sycamore Salon will host author, historian and Missouri State University professor Brooks Blevins, who will present “How to Talk Ozark in 7 Simple Steps,” next Thursday, March 21, at the farm off Highway 181 near Hodgson Mill. It is a free event, although donations can be made to...

Times photo/Regina Mozingo Auden Vaneperen, a 20-year-old Gainesville man pictured standing on the courthouse lawn in this photo, was driving the upside down 2021 Toyota Camry when he flipped it onto a parked 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, owned by Cindy Thomas, who works in the Ozark County Collector’s office.
It was around 4:15 p.m. last Wednesday, March 6, just as business on the Gainesville square was wrapping up for the day that a thundering sound brought dozens of people to their office doors - and then running outside to help with the terrifying scene they found before them.   A white 2021 Toyota...

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