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The Ozark County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly meeting at noon Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Century Bank of the Ozark training room in Gainesville. All members are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided by First Home Bank. For more information, contact Amelia LaMair at info@...
Gainesville is holding a city-wide clean-up Friday, Oct. 6. Residents may set out large items such as furniture for pickup. A limit of one microwave and one TV per customer also may be left out for pickup. Tires must be cut into three pieces so they don’t hold water, and paint cans must be opened...
The Baxter Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is holding a jewelry sale from 7 a m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, as a fundraiser to support special services and help meet equipment needs for the hospital in Mountain Home, Arkansas. The sale will be held...
A free “Medicare and You” class will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at The Center on Highway 5 just north of the Gainesville city limits. This class, sponsored, by The SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging and The Center, will help participants make sense of the decisions  involved in starting...

Times photo / Norene Prososki MFA Oil delivery driver Daniel Chambers boards up a window Thursday morning that was broken out during an apparent burglary during the night. A break-in and theft were also reported Thursday morning at Gainesville Elementary School.
The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department is investigating two break-ins that apparently occurred overnight Wednesday, Sept. 27. At 6:14 a.m. Thursday a caller reported to the sheriff’s office that the front glass had been broken out of the MFA Oil office on Third Street just east of the Gainesville...
Mary Lou Hambelton, 78, was sound asleep in her Dora home a little after 1 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, when she woke up and “had a funny feeling that something was going to happen,” she said Monday. A few seconds later, someone pounded on the door of her house south of Dora.  “It rattled me,” she...

Photo courtesy Lynn Bentele
Tom and Lynn Bentele have a new walking companion. For about two months, this wild tom turkey has befriended the Benteles and others in their Zanoni neighborhood and shows up to accompany them on daily walks. He may be hoping for protection as Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season started Sunday.
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed and Chief Deputy Winston Collins returned to Ozark County  Wednesday, Sept. 27, after spending three days in Minnesota talking with friends, relatives and acquaintances of 16-year-old Savannah Leckie, whose burned remains were found Aug. 4 on her mother’s Theodosia-...
Government offices, including those at the Ozark County Courthouse and Gainesville City Hall, will be closed Monday, Oct. 9, in observance of Columbus Day. Banks, post offices and the Gainesville License Office will also be closed. Many local businesses and offices, including the Ozark County Times...

Photo courtesy Aerial Ozarks MoDOT officials say the recently rebuilt James Bridge on PP Highway near Dawt (shown here) will probably reopen to traffic next week, and the rebuilt CC Highway bridge near Hammond Camp may reopen as early as late today, Oct. 4, if final details can be completed. Both bridges were destroyed by the historic April 29-30 floods that lifted the North Fork of the White River to levels never seen before in recorded history.
Many Ozark Countians are eagerly awaiting the reopening of two major bridges over the North Fork of the White River this week and next, hoping the Missouri Department of Transportation’s hopeful predictions stay on schedule. The bridges on CC Highway neaer Hammond Camp and James Bridge on PP...

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