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Amelia LaMair of Sycamore has joined the Ozark County Times staff as a reporter/office staff member. She works Mondays and Fridays covering the Ozark County commissioners’ weekly meetings and also working with school news and on general feature/news assignments.  “We’re happy to welcome Amelia to...
Last week’s snow-covered Ozark County experienced a drastic change in weather as temperatures climbed over the weekend. (Top, left) On Thursday, Noble resident Shiela Scott captured a unique pattern of ice that froze on top of Bull Shoals Lake at Theodosia after an arctic blast of below-zero...

Emilee Shipley. Courtesy of Ozark County Sheriff's Department.
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed says officers are still searching for 16-year-old Emilee Shipley, who was reported missing at 6:58 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8.  “It’s the not knowing that’s so hard,” Emilee’s grandmother Jeanie Shipley,  told the Times Tuesday morning.  Jeanie and husband David had...
Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department recently bought this 1995 E-One Cyclone firetruck from the Lansing, Kansas, Fire Department. The truck will be outfitted with tools and equipment so it can be used as the department’s rescue/pumper vehicle, said TVFD chief Nathanael Winrod, right, pictured with...

Col. Clay Pettit
Ozark County native Clay Pettit was recently promoted from lieutenant colonel to colonel during an Army ceremony at the U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where he currently serves.  Pettit, son of Isabella resident Mary Pettit and the late Tommy D. Pettit...

The new Missouri Ozark Community Health building is nearing completion on Elm Street just north of the Gainesville post office. Times photos/Sue Ann Jones.
Gainesville’s new Missouri Ozark Community Health building is expected to open within the few weeks just north of the Gainesville post office.  MOCH CEO Tim Shryack said last week he expects the new 6,000-square-foot building will be finished by the end of February or early March – if the weather...
The filing period for candidates wishing to run in the April 3 general municipal election for seats on school, municipal and other public boards ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, after this week’s press deadline. We’ll have the names of candidates running in this year’s election in next week’s ...

The early Zanoni post office, which opened in 1898, operated in this store building in the village of Zanoni on Pine Creek – now the site of the privately owned Zanoni Mill Ranch. In 1970, then-postmaster Classie Shanks moved the post office into a small building on Highway 181 near N Highway, where it operated until service was “emergency suspended” by USPS in 2016. Now the postal service proposes reopening the Zanoni post office in a new modular facility that some residents, and the county commission, consider wasted money.
Ozark County Presiding Commissioner John Turner last week sent an email message to the U.S. Postal Service saying the new $270,000 post office proposed for Zanoni is not needed or wanted by most area residents. Turner sent the email after USPS representatives held a meeting Jan. 8 at the...

Rebecca Ruud and Robert Peat Jr.
Reprinted with permission from the Springfield News-Leader with local details added by the Times staff.   A judge set trial dates Friday, Jan. 12, for the husband and wife accused of killing a 16-year-old autistic girl and burning her body this summer in Ozark County. Rebecca Ruud, 39, and Robert...
The annual Pontiac Chili Cook-off and live music will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Just Jackie’s restaurant in Pontiac. The cook-off is open to all chili-making competitors, and all types, varieties and heat levels of chili are welcome. Competitors are asked to deliver chili warm/ or hot...

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