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Vicki Lindsey Garner
The Ozark County Historium in Gainesville will host its traditional summertime event, the Historium Tea, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 29. After a two-year hiatus, it is a welcome resumption of one of the most successful events sponsored by Historium volunteers in years past. In keeping with the...
The Ozark County Health Department reported Monday on its Facebook page that Ozark County has a vaccination rate of about 33 percent, following its statement that, “Sadly, we are beginning to see an increase in Covid-19.”  Rates and numbers vary widely with various reporting methods and sources....

Michael Loftis, pictured with sons Chason, left, and Gabriel, paddles a raft down the North Fork of the White River during a recent float trip. Michael’s wife, Laine, and their two other children, Layla and Grady, were also on the trip. The Loftises rented the raft from local outfitter Sunburst Ranch. The family of six sold their house near Squires in 2017, bought an RV and have been traveling the country full-time since then. They return to the Ozarks to visit family and friends here several times throughout the year, including this trip last month. To follow their adventures, search “Loftis Party of Six” on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube or visit www.loftispartyofsix.com.
Floating season is in full swing, and the cold, clear, spring-fed water of the North Fork of the White River is just the place to be on a hot, sunny day. This comprehensive list of Ozark County-area access options on the North Fork has been assembled to provide an overview of this summer’s...

Sid Pierce playing drums at a Branson show in 2019.
Editor’s note: This is the third part in a three-part series to be included in the personal memoir now being assembled by Ozark County native Sid Pierce, a Navy veteran, retired teacher and Branson sound technician and drummer who for many years traveled extensively with country music recording...

Gainesville resident Mike Ellison, pictured here with his son, Tyler, was chosen as one of five Missouri residents who are able to participate in this year’s Missouri elk hunting season. This photo was taken last year in Colorado when Tyler harvested this bull elk while hunting with his dad. Mike, an avid hunter and outdoorsman, says he hasn’t killed an elk before and is excited for the chance this fall during Missouri’s second ever organized elk-hunting season.
Ozark County resident Mike Ellison was drawn as one of five Missourians chosen for the state’s 2021 elk hunting season this fall and winter.  Mike lives in Gainesville with his wife, Emmy, and son, Tyler. The couple also has an adult daughter, Lori, who graduated from Gainesville High School last...

Left: Ozarts Impressions Studio owner Carey Jordan, left, pictured with daughter Carissa, holds two paintings that were completed during a painting session last month. Carey is hosting painting sessions every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this month.
Editor’s note: The Times shares news about any new business that is established inside Ozark County. Email jessi@ozarkcountytimes.com to submit information about a new business to be featured in an upcoming edition.   Zanoni resident Carey Jordan and husband David have officially opened Jordan’s...

Times file photo / Sue Ann Jones Among the 300 graduates and family members who attended the Gainesville High School all-school reunion in 2015 were, from left, Ralph Young (class of 1956), Ray Strong (1960), Golden Beard Strong (1963), Arlene Smith Eccardt (1960) and Evalee Smith Young (1956).
Organizers with the Gainesville High School all-school reunion have been busy mailing out invitations for this year’s Sept. 4 event, which will be held at GHS.  Event organizer Paula Rose and a dedicated committee of 20 to 25 other community members have spent months on the phone, on social media...

Ozark County Historium volunteers, from left, Barbara Luna, Nancy Thomas and Sandra Stone are eager to welcome visitors back to the facility after a forced 18-month closure due to the pandemic. Everyone involved with the historical society is happy that their “home” will once again be a gathering place for anyone interested in Ozark County, genealogy, culture and history, say OCGHS president Jean Allen.
After a hiatus of one and a half years, the Ozark County Historium is once again open. The board of directors, headed by Ozark County Genealogical and Historical Society president Jean Allen, recently made the decision to resume regular hours of operation and events beginning in July. And after...

The current Caulfield Volunteer Fire Department firehouse, shown here, will be removed in the coming months to make space for a new, larger firehouse that will be built as part of a $500,000 grant-funded project.
The Caulfield Volunteer Fire Department has been notified that it’s the recipient of a $500,000 grant to be used to build a new, bigger and more usable firehouse.  “We’re excited and hope the community will be too,” Caulfield fire chief Shannon Sisney said. “Thank you for all the support we...

During his decades-long career in ministry, Dale Roberts baptized Parker Smith in a stock tank at the camp in 2019.
Piland Youth Camp, near Thornfield, is small in area, 5 acres or so, but since its beginning in the mid-1950s it’s had a big impact on the hundreds, maybe thousands, of children, teens and adults who have spent time there.  Some former Piland campers have gone on to become full- or part-time...

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