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Times photo/Jessi Dreckman Although most of the damage reported in the county from last weekend’s storms involved downed trees and branches, the fence at the new sports complex across from the Gainesville High School sustained quite a bit of damage. “The fence is 16 feet high in center field (pictured above). The posts are buried 8 feet deep with concrete. The wind blew hard enough to bend some of the posts over at the ground,” Superintendent Justin Gilmore told the Times. “The fence will probably be replaced in areas and fixed in others. We will look to reinforce the fence somehow; however, mother nature can be very destructive sometimes.”
According to the Ozark County Commissioners, several trees were damaged and fell across the roads and highways during the strong storms that swept across the Ozarks during the early Sunday morning hours.  During their regular Monday morning meeting, commissioners said no structural damage was...

The concrete repair work has been completed in front of the Ozark County Volunteer Library, and the library will reopen to the public on Monday.
By Aletta Moore Library volunteer   The Ozark County Volunteer Library will reopen Monday, June 17, after being closed since May 20 for repair work to improve the front access to the building. “If the number of phone calls we have received is any indication, a lot of people have missed the library...
Gainesville resident Penny Britt, center, received the 2024 Servant’s Heart of the Year award at the Hospice of the Ozarks “A night of Hope” gala fundraising event, held June 8, at The Sheid at Arkansas State University in Mountain Home, Arkansas. She is pictured with Relationship and Giving...

Shari McCallister, the new manager of Just Because Floral and Gifts, has over 34 years of experience in the floral industry and recently sold her flower shop in Houston, Missouri. She is now the lead designer at the Theodosia shop, which offers an array of gift items and floral options.
Just Because Floral and Gifts has opened in Theodosia, conveniently located next door to the Theodosia post office on Highway 160. The shop offers residents in the area a new place to shop for gift items and order a wide variety of flowers and floral arrangements.  The store is owned by Leslie and...

The Dawt Church of Christ will host a centennial celebration beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the church on County Road 317 at Dawt.
The Dawt Church of Christ will host a centennial celebration that starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the church on County Road 317 at Dawt. Minister Wayne Stewart said everyone is invited, especially those who have been associated with the Dawt congregation through the years. "Come and help...

Corbyn Treat was made a Walmart Heart honorary truck driver during a special event held in his honor June 1 in West Plains.
Eight-year-old Corbyn Treat, son of Shane and Amanda Treat of Gainesville, had quite the special day June 1, thanks to his nomination as an honorary member of the Walmart Heart program, an effort to recognize and celebrate children with special needs, terminal illness or life-altering experiences...

Concrete-repair work continues at the Ozark County Volunteer Library, causing the library to be closed longer than originally expected. Shown here, from left: Nick Schwenk, Jim Frye, Ken Krupp and Braden Frye. The work crew also included Davin Friend, not pictured.
The Ozark County Volunteer Library’s closure for concrete repairs will continue a little longer than expected due to the ongoing work, library board president Joanne Krupp said last week. The original closure was scheduled for May 20 through June 1, but the job has proven to be a little more...

Amanda Goodman snapped this photo of a black bear in a tree in her yard last week.
One day last week Howards Ridge resident Amanda Goodman was at her house on County Road 529 off J Highway when her dog began barking insistently. At first, she didn’t think much of it. “We just thought it was a neighbor dog coming down the road, so we didn’t give it much attention,” she told the...

drone photo courtesy of Ed Doiron This overhead photo shows the location of the four vehicles that were involved in an afternoon crash at Highways 160 and 5 North last Friday. Emergency responders were at the scene for five hours, from 4:45 until 9:50 p.m., cleaning up the crash site. There was one reported injury to Claire York of Springfield. The injury was classified as “moderate” by the MSHP. All other drivers and passengers were uninjured.
A photo posted to the Ozark County Times Facebook page from a May 31 four-vehicle crash at Highways 160 and 5 North in Gainesville has sparked a lively discussion, where many local residents voiced their opinion that something should be done to help prevent further crashes at the busy intersection...

Several broken limbs and uprooted large trees were found along a less than one mile stretch in Brixey where officials believe a tornado touched down for a brief period Sunday.
Ozark County Emergency Management Director Curtis Ledbetter said Tuesday that after speaking with weather officials, the National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-0 tornado touched down 11 miles north of Gainesville in the Brixey area in the early morning hours Sunday, May 26.  Ledbetter said...

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