Local Events

Plans are underway for the Gainesville Lions Club’s 32nd annual auction and sportsman raffle, to be held Friday, April 12, at Gainesville High School. This year’s raffle, held in conjunction with the auction,  includes 14 firearms, a gun safe, a kayak, a utility trailer, flying drone and other...

Mark Twin presenter Don Nicholson
The Ozark County Historium will welcome a very special guest at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7, when none other than the venerable Mark Twain visits for a morning of stories and conversation. Missouri’s famous native son will talk about his views on life, characterized by his well-known wit and wisdom....
The Krewe of Ozarkians (also known as the Ozark County Chamber of Commerce) will host a Mardi Gras Social from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Meeting Place, 434 Third St. in Gainesville. Everyone is invited to the free party, which organizers say will offer “a taste of New Orleans – Ozark...

Mark Twin presenter Don Nicholson
The Ozark County Historium will welcome a very special guest at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7, when none other than the venerable Mark Twain visits for a morning of stories and conversation. Missouri’s famous native son will talk about his views on life, characterized by his well-known wit and wisdom....

Retiring Ozark County Collector Bill Hambelton (above) works in the basement of the courthouse – below the office where his dad (below), the late Bill Hambelton, worked for 38 years as Ozark County Circuit Clerk and Recorder of Deeds.
Ozark County Collector Bill Hambelton is having a retirement party Thursday – whether or not he wants one.  Deputy Collector Darla Sullivan – who has worked with Hambelton for years and who steps into the job Friday, March 1, having been elected in November – said Bill warned her he didn’t want...

OCSD Chief Deputy Winston Collins holds the Barnett Raptor crossbow that will be raffled off April 15.
Friends and local residents have organized some ways to help Karl and Sonya Thaning while Karl recovers from Guillain-Barre syndrome. Here are three different fundraisers aimed at helping the couple through this difficult time.   Barnett Raptor crossbow raffle The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department...
The Gainesville Board of Aldermen will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, concerning Town & Country Supermarket’s request for a liquor license. All citizens are invited to attend the meeting. The liquor license application, reported in the Jan. 30 edition of the Times, comes in...

OCSD Chief Deputy Winston Collins holds the Barnett Raptor crossbow that will be raffled off April 15.
Friends and local residents have organized some ways to help Karl and Sonya Thaning while Karl recovers from Guillain-Barre syndrome. Here are three different fundraisers aimed at helping the couple through this difficult time.   Barnett Raptor crossbow raffle The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department...

Dr. Phillip Howerton
For anyone who is intrigued with the culture and history of the Ozarks region, next week’s visitor to the Ozark County Historium will be of interest.At 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Dr. Phillip Howerton will be speaking about his newest publication, The Literature of the Ozarks: An Anthology.  To say...

Opal Bearden celebrates her 90th birthday next week.
Opal Bearden will celebrate her 90th birthday from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at a gathering hosted by her family at the First Christian Church in Gainesville.  She was born Feb. 21, 1929, in West Frankfort, Illinois, the oldest of William and Hattie McCollum’s five children. In 1947, Opal...

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