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Stockmens Bank reopened its lobby Monday after the month-long COVID-19 shutdown that caused banks and other offices and businesses to close their lobbies and work behind locked front doors. The bank’s new plexiglas “sneeze guards” that protect tellers, including Arlene Merriman, left, and Kaitlin Conrad, are hard to see in the photo, but they’re there.
Gov. Mike Parson’s Stay Home, Missouri order was lifted Monday, allowing Missourians to venture out again after being directed since April 13 to stay at home unless they were employed in “essential” businesses or travel or dealing with emergencies. In response, many Ozark County offices and...

Newton Mining Company’s principal founders were apparently Isidor Bush, whose name was sometimes spelled Busch, above, and Woldemar August “Gustavus” Fischer, below. Fischer was born in Germany; Bush was born in the Czech Republic. Both men served as officers in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Over the past two centuries, there have been many who came to Ozark County in search of something. For some it has been tranquility, for some a desire to be independent and for some a quest for spiritual enrichment.  We tend to hear little or nothing about those who came seeking fortunes, probably...

Bakersfield preschool teacher Jody Bonds, above, and Lisa Bean, Bakersfield kindergarten teacher, below, are two of the many Bakersfield educators who have posted virtual storybook sessions on the “Bakersfield Elementary Story Time” Facebook page.
The Bakersfield Elementary Story Time Facebook page is filled with Bakersfield teachers and other school employees reading stories to students through video. The group was created about a month ago as a way for Bakersfield students to find videos from all their teachers in one place. The educators...

Gainesville photographer Karla Smith, whose school sports photos published in the Times and on Facebook have thrilled area families for many years, is using her talents to create graduation portraits for Gainesville High School’s 50 seniors – her gift to these students whose activities she’s recorded for years. Above: Ashley Poe blows a cloud of confetti toward the camera.
Editor’s note: We hope to have updates about graduation events planned by Dora and Lutie high schools in next week’s Times.    The COVID-19 pandemic may have turned the world upside-down for the class of 2020, but despite the abrupt, unexpected and unplanned end of in-person classes through the...

Gov. Mike Parson’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” order, issued Monday, lets previously closed businesses reopen, within guidelines, on Monday, May 4, a month after a statewide shutdown order began April 5. Many residents are especially eager to get back to their favorite hair and tanning salons, and the signs posted in the window of Kristie Ashmead’s Southern Roots salon in Gainesville show that the stylists there are equally happy to welcome back their patrons.
At press time Tuesday, Ozark County still had no reported positive cases of the COVID-19 virus, and residents here are hopeful that the May 4 “reopening” at the end of Gov. Mike Parson’s “Stay Home, Missouri” order will let life move closer to normal after the state’s April 5 pandemic shutdown...

Larry Meadows used his tree-service bucket truck Monday morning to rescue Miracle, a white, long-haired fluffball cat who spent the weekend stranded 30 feet up in a huge oak tree.
Larry Meadows says he’s never been much of a “cat person,” although he does own one that came to his and wife Lana’s Tecumseh home as a stray. “They’re just not my favorite animal,” he said late Monday afternoon. With that kind of attitude, it seems a little unlikely that Larry, of all people,...

Paxton and Paige Smith were married March 29 at Greenhouse Two Rivers in Highlandville, near Springfield, with only their parents, siblings and grandparents in attendance. The couple were forced to alter their 200-person guest list a week before the wedding due to restrictions on large gatherings amid the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. Despite the sudden and drastic change, the Smiths say the day turned out perfectly. Photos by Karla Smith.
Fifty years from now, when Paxton and Paige Smith sit down to tell their grandchildren about their wedding day, they’ll have one doozy of a tale to share.  The couple’s original March 29 wedding plans consisted of spending a full weekend with guests from all over the country, concluding with a...

Lutie FFA adviser Kathalee Cole says she’s gearing up for the annual plant sale at the Lutie School greenhouse, located behind the main school. She’s pictured here with a basket of SunPatients in her right hand and a margarita lime sweet potato vine in her left.
The Lutie FFA plant sale will run from Monday, April 27, through Friday, May 15. Lutie FFA adviser Kathalee Cole will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays during that time for people to purchase plants. Those interested should call 417-273-4150 between 9...
Veterinarians Bryan Luark and Katlin Hornig began their tenure at the Gainesville Veterinary Clinic Monday, taking over the practice that has been operated by veterinarians Bob Main and Robin Deck since they moved here in 1985. In a Times ad last week welcoming the new vets to Gainesville, Main and...

Ten-year-old twins Alli, left, and Addi Garrison, with their 6-year-old brother Eli, helped place several blue pinwheels around Ozark and Douglas counties over the weekend as part of a Helping Hand’s scavenger hunt organized in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month. To find out more, join the “Child Abuse Awareness Photo Scavenger Hunt” group on Facebook.
The faith-based group Helping Hands is hosting a pinwheel scavenger hunt across the area in honor of Child Abuse Awareness month in April. Organizer Stacy Garrison says blue pinwheels have been scattered throughout Gainesville, Ava, Theodosia and Pontiac, and residents are  challenged to find them...

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