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Times photo/Jessi Dreckman MoDOT’s Statewide Transportation Program plan, which includes proposed highway projects scheduled for the next five years, includes adding shoulders and rumble strips to Highway 5 north and south of Gainesville, including this stretch of highway that runs between The Antler and the Gainesville Veterinarian Clinic. The plan also includes washing the Theodosia bridge, pavement improvements to Highway 181 and guardrail repair across the county.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has released its latest Statewide Transportation Program plans, which include scheduled projects for 2022-2026. The proposed plan is available for public review and comment from now until June 4. The plan can be viewed in its entirety at https://www.modot....

More than 200 people attended the 33rd annual Lions Club Auction Friday night, May 7, in the Gainesville High School gym. The event raised $19,500 this year.
This year’s Lions Club auction netted $19,500 for Gainesville’s summer ball program and other local projects supported by the Gainesville Lions Club. The annual fundraiser, now in its 33rd year, was held Friday night at Gainesville High School. In past years the auction has raised these amounts:...

Mr. Cartwright Ray Cartwright teaches art and music to kindergarten through eighth grade classes at Thornfield. He has taught at Thornfield for 13 years. This photo was taken recently at his Sparta home as he was preparing to practice “Pomp and Circumstance” on the piano in preparation for the combined kindergarten and eighth grade graduation ceremony at the school. Hanging on the wall is a reproduction of one of his favorite pieces of artwork, the Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) work “Two Young Girls at the Piano.” Cartwright says he has often discussed the piece, which was painted in 1892, with his students, especially as they study impressionism art.
Nestled among farmland and quiet, rolling hills, Ozark County’s smallest school district has a unique charm all its own. Thornfield School, the only kindergarten through eighth grade district left in the county, has just over 40 students and a small group of teachers who care deeply for the...
The Ozark County Times will be featured as one of five newspapers around the globe during a July 14-17 International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors conference focused on local newspapers’ use of social media.  The conference will be led by Dorinne Mendoza of Local News Partnerships for...
On April 28, 19-year-old Taylor Barao of Gainesville was sentenced to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections by Associate Circuit Judge Elizabeth Bock in Douglas County Court, where the case was transferred on a change of venue motion.  The sentence was made under Missouri Revised...
Hunter Jack Black, 36, of Bakersfield, was scheduled to appear before Associate Judge Raymond Gross at 11 a.m. today, May 5, for a bond hearing in connection with an April 22 incident in which he is alleged to have slammed his truck into another man’s truck, causing one man to be thrown out of the...
At their Monday morning meeting, the Ozark County Commissioners discussed the ever-changing water situation at Haskins Ford, the new signs ordered for the recycling center and an upcoming courthouse holiday before turning the meeting over to citizens’ comments, where three local residents asked for...

First Baptist Church Pastor Mason Eslinger
Two Gainesville-area churches are expanding their activities into recently purchased or rented buildings here.   Restoration Church, a ministry of Mammoth Assembly of God Mammoth Assembly of God will hold its first service in the former Suter Pawn Shop building on First Street in Gainesville at 6:...

Lions Club members, from left, Josh Gaulding, Chris Harlin and Bill Trivitt show several of the items that will be auctioned or raffled off as part of the annual Lions Club auction, to be held at 6 p.m. this Friday, May 7, at the Gainesville High School.
The annual Gainesville Lions Club Auction will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, at the Gainesville High School. A dinner featuring chili and cinnamon rolls will be served at 6 p.m. The cost is $1, which also enters the attendee into several drawings throughout the evening.  This year’s sportsman’s...

After their riverside cabin was wrecked by the historic 2017 flood, retired Gainesville teacher Robin Mustion and her husband, Rich, moved to a hilltop home on Highway 181.
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part story marking the four-year anniversary of an historic flood that devastated parts of Ozark County on the weekend of April 29-30, 2017. In this story, retired Gainesville teacher Robin Mustion and her husband, Rich, share the story of how the...

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