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Ozark County native Donna Walker, 92, completed her third book of Ozark County history last fall. Like her previous books, “Souder Memories” is a collection of colorful stories, poignant reminiscences and descriptive accounts of life in a rugged and remote community in the first half of the 20th century.
Donna Walker’s latest book, “Souder Memories,” describes life in a remote area of Ozark County during the first half of the 20th century – and gives perspective on the challenges Ozark Countians faced back then, usually without thinking of them as hardships. The 194-page book is a collection of...
Kaela Anderson, left, regional lead for The Center in Gainesville and the Ava Senior Center, and volunteer Cass Martin work to organize the 246 frozen prepared meals that were part of The Center’s delivery routes Tuesday. Anderson said 63 meals were delivered on the Theodosia and Pontiac route, and...
Gainesville resident Melinda Abraham handed over more than $3,500 to the Ozark County Food Pantry Monday morning, the result of an online auction for her famous cinnamon rolls. Melinda posted a photo of three 9-inch by 13-inch pans of freshly baked cinnamon rolls on Saturday and announced that she...

The Ozark County Commissioner's meeting live stream video is posted on the Ozark County Facbeook page. Readers can watch the weekly meeting and provide comments there.
At their regular weekly meeting Monday morning, which was live-streamed via the Ozark County page on Facebook, Ozark County Commissioners discussed both the positive and negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Mike Parson’s “Stay Home Missouri” order, which has been extended to May 3....

Jason Laird
Jason Laird, a 43-year-old Gainesville man who led officers on a cat-and-mouse chase for over a month early this year, has found himself in more hot water.  Laird is now charged with attempting to escape from the Ozark County Jail. The class E felony joins a list of other charges filed against him...

The J Highway bridge over Lick Creek at Howard’s Ridge will be closed beginning Monday, April 27, so that contractor crews can replace the heavily traveled structure. The bridge, built in 1948, was identified last year as one of 250 bridges in the state to be repaired or replaced. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman.
The J Highway bridge over Lick Creek at Howard’s Ridge, about 3 miles south of Highway 160, will close Monday, April 27, as contractor crews begin work to replace the existing bridge, which was built in 1948. The bridge will remain closed until work is completed in mid-August, area engineer Elquin...

The entire group of North Macedonian Peace Corps volunteers was evacuated from the country late last month. This photo was taken at the Skopje International Airport.
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series outlining former Gainesville resident Sydnie Russian’s experience as a Peace Corps volunteer and her chaotic evacuation last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The story’s introduction, in the April 8 edition of the Times, described Sydnie’s...

Air Force retired colonel Steve Wacholtz of Thornfield last year published the book of stories he originally wrote for his grandchildren. But then friends and relatives who read it told him, “You should publish it,” he said. So he did.
Thornfield resident Steven Wacholtz enjoyed an extraordinary assortment of assignments, experiences and challenges during his 25-year Air Force career, most of them as a morale, welfare, recreation and services officer. He loved recounting all the stories – some funny, others heartbreaking and all...
Dora Volunteer Fire Department recently received 20 face shields from Springfield-based graphic company nPrint Graphix. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the print shop has pivoted its normal operations of printing graphic signs and other marketing items to making face shields for the medical...
Several members of the Historium Quilt Group donated 94 hand-sewn face masks to the Gainesville Health Care Center last week, after GHCC director Sherri Beasley requested them. Barbara Luna, one of the participants in the project and a member of the Ozark County Historium board of directors,...

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