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Some Ozark Countians got a glimpse of the first fireworks of the season Friday night, June 26, when a 10-minute fireworks display concluded the Dora High School graduation ceremony, which was held outside on the school’s ball field due to distancing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dora resident and school board member Lindsay Collins snapped this photo of the festive display that was set off at the end of the event.
July 4 is right around the corner, and there’s no better place to celebrate than right here in the Ozarks. Here’s a list of holiday events to fire up anyone’s patriotic spirit. While some annual events have been canceled or postponed due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, other...
Two longtime camps for area youths have been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual weeklong DOW Camp, for youth in Douglas, Ozark and Wright counties, has been canceled this summer because Hammond Mill Camp, the site of DOW Camp and other events, has halted all activities for...
Gainesville R-V School District superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hyatt, fourth from left, presided over his final school board meeting Thursday, June 25, before his retirement  began June 30. Board members brought in a cake and refreshments to help him celebrate the occasion. “I’m still going to be a...

Times photo/Jenny Yarger
Driver Karin Tietz speaks with Tim Shryack about her COVID-19 testing appointment Friday, June 26, at Ozark County’s first drive-thru COVID-19 testing event. The event was a cooperative effort of the Ozark County Health Department and the Missouri Ozarks Community Health Clinic in Gainesville,...
Bakersfield High School’s graduating seniors were awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships and other awards during the school’s 2020 graduation events. BHS counselor Trudy Summers announced that the following seniors earned these scholarships: Brandy Belt: Class of 1962 $500, Jake Lashley $500...
Scholarships and awards worth approximately $892,590 were announced for members of the Gainesville High School class of 2020 at the school’s awards program June 17, which was rescheduled due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  During the awards program, GHS counselor Miranda Donley...
Matt Wade, left, won first place last weekend in the Pontiac Spearfishing Tournament with a 29.9-pound blue catfish, and Gabe Blackburn took second place with a 26.8-pound blue catfish. Thirty-nine divers participated in the tournament. Spearfishing season opened in Arkansas on June 15. Flathead...
Country Apron Bakery invites residents to its grand opening July 3-4 at its shop on Highway 160 in Theodosia. The little bakery specializes in cupcakes, cookies and artisan breads and also offers pies, cinnamon rolls, brownies, hot coffee and other items, including homemade soups for lunch. Salads...

Pictured, from left, in this ad for Johnson's Clothing Store in the 1968 Gainesville High School yearbook are Rex Johnson and his family: wife Frances, daughters Lisa (front) and Teresa, son Eric, and parents Jessie and Frank Johnson.
Rex Johnson’s obituary in last week’s Times listed his accomplishments and the many ways he had served his family, community and church in his 89 years in Ozark County. It talked about Frances, his beloved wife of 63 years, and the three adoring children, Teresa, Eric and Lisa, they raised.  But...

Sandy and Kermit Schofield were married for 60 years before his death last week.
Sandy Schofield didn’t hear him leave, but she awoke the instant her husband of 60 years was gone. “I had laid down on the couch right there in the little front room, and I woke up about 2:30. Before I stood up, I knew he was gone. I went straight to him, and he was still warm,” she said Sunday,...

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