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Kali, daughter of Scott and Sue Deroo of Taneyville, was thrilled to see this big hay-bale turkey sitting outside Donley Feed & Fertilizer in Thornfield last week. The festive bird features a hand-painted head and canoe-paddle tail feathers. Karen Cunningham told the Times that a Thornfield...

Times photo / Jessi Dreckman Gainesville superintendent Justin Gilmore, left, and school bus mechanic Luke Cooley stand with the three brand-new school buses the school purchased as part of the Missouri Clean Diesel Program, a joint effort between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Volkswagen Trust that aims to reduce diesel emissions.
The Gainesville School District has purchased three brand-new school buses as part of the Missouri Clean Diesel Program, a joint effort between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Volkswagen Trust that aims to reduce diesel emissions. The grant program paid 60 percent of the cost...
Joseph Myers, shown here with his wife, Chelsea, is the new pastor at Clear Springs Church near Dawt. Myers, who gew up in Jackson, Missouri, north of Cape Girardeau, recently moved to the Ozarks from Granbury, Texas, where he’s been living the last 16 years. Most recently, he has attended the...

A trip around the Gainesville square after dark is bound to put local residents in the holiday spirit. This year’s display of lighted Christmas decorations was installed over the weekend and will remain lit until after Christmas Day.
After a windstorm last year destroyed almost all of the regular Christmas decorations that usually adorn the Gainesville courthouse lawn, some residents wondered if there would be any decorations at all this year.  Thanks to many helping hands, the colorful features have has been replaced, and this...

Joe Humbyrd completes a 680-pound deadlift in this 2016 photo.
Top Dog Fitness Center, which sits on the north side of Gainesville off Harlin Drive, has been the backdrop for a number of local residents reaching hard-earned, sweat-drenched goals, but one Top Dog member in particular is crushing state and national records thanks to his time spent at the gym. ...
Gainesville resident Rhonda Johnson, 51, and former Theodosia resident Kayla Williams, 28, now living in Hartville, were two of the three people reportedly held at gunpoint by a resident when they were caught burglarizing his remote Douglas County residence on Halloween night.  The pair, along with...

Michael Maloy
Michael Maloy, 32, of Willow Springs, was arrested Nov. 12 on a $1,500 cash-only bond in connection with a charge of possession of a controlled substance (Alprazolam and Tizanidine).  The class D felony can carry a sentence of up to four years in prison. According to the probable cause statement in...

Michael W. McCullough
Michael W. McCullough, 60, of Gainesville, pleaded guilty to two counts of child molestation pursuant to a plea agreement with the state Nov. 7. As part of the agreement, a third child molestation charge was dismissed.  A sentence advisory report was ordered from the Missouri Division of Probation...

Last week the OCSD received a $3,000 donation from Caesar DePaco, a businessman and philanthropist who is known for supporting law enforcement agencies. The funds were used to outfit Ozark County Sheriff’s canine Rye with a kevlar vest, providing protection from bullets and stab wounds, and also a heat alarm for Brown’s truck, which will alert the officer if conditions inside become unsafe for Rye.
Ozark County Sheriff’s canine Rye, a black German shepherd that joined the department earlier this year, has generated some exciting news lately.   K9 and handler now certified Brown and Rye were recently certified as a K9 team at BlueStreak K9 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. During the certification, four...
The Ozark County Toy Drive, an annual charity operation that has helped make Christmas brighter for hundreds of Ozark County children through the decades, is moving to a new location this year.  Toy drive chairperson Nancy Walker said this year’s toy drive will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12,...

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