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After being closed since early May due to high water over the roadway at Bridges Creek near where it enters Norfork Lake, County Road 551, known locally as Smokey Road, reopened Aug. 16 when the water finally receded below the slab over the creek. Times photos/ Amelia LaMair
At their regular Monday meeting, Ozark County Commissioners said two of three lake crossings in the county that have been closed since early May due to high water have now reopened. On the east side, County Road 551, also known as Smokey Road, reopened on Aug. 16 as the waters of Bridges Creek...

Jim Kyle
Ozark County resident Jim Kyle on Saturday was elected to the White River Valley Electric Cooperative’s board of directors after being nominated from the floor during the co-op’s annual meeting in Branson.  Kyle’s election was unusual in that he did not participate in the usual process through...

Michael Boyink photo courtesy Douglas County Herald From left: Father Mark Scott Abbott of New Melleray, Iowa; Father Cyprian Harrison of Ava; and Bishop Rice (seated) applaud as Abbott Joseph, originally from Our Lady of Divine Grace in Vietnam, displays the key to the Assumption Abbey Monastery south of Ava. The ceremony marked the end of a six-year process of migrating ownership of the facilities to the Vietnamese monks.
Editor’s note: This story is reprinted with permission from the Douglas County Herald in Ava.   For the resident monks used to quiet meditation, contemplation and prayer, last Thursday at Assumption Abbey south of Ava must have seemed like Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Cars from several states...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts Lonnie Crisp, 75, of Caulfield, died Monday evening as the result of injuries sustained in a car-versus-semi-truck crash late Monday afternoon at Highway 5 north and Third Street in Gainesville.
A Caulfield man died Monday evening as the result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash late Monday afternoon in Gainesville. Lonnie Crisp, 75, of Caulfield, was pronounced dead at 6:04 p.m. at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, where he was taken by Air Evac following the 4:11 p.m. accident...
There’s still time to register to attend the second annual “Party on the Hill,” a benefit event for the Semper Fi Fund, a national charity that assists wounded post-9/11 veterans from all branches of the military. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, near Theodosia.  Attendance is free, but...

Times photo/Regina Mozingo Gail Ross, 81, operates Gail’s Pets Second Chance, a no-kill shelter on her 40-acre property at Oakland, Arkansas, south of Ozark County.
Just south of the Missouri-Arkansas line, down Highway 222 to Oakland, Arkansas, and then even farther down a long dirt road lies an oasis, of sorts, for dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes. Small dog-shaped signs lead the way to Gail’s Pets Second Chance, a no-kill dog rescue that shelters many...

Richard Sigler is donating this custom-made guitar to raffled this week to benefit Bakersfest and its car show.
The streets of Bakersfield will be humming like an old Buck Owens song, come Saturday. The 21st annual Bakersfest will be held at Bakersfield Pride Park in downtown Bakersfield, complete with a car show, craft booths, games, music, food and a city-wide yard sale. Organizers are hoping for good...

Look inside today’s edition of the Times for a special 68-page Hootin an Hollarin guide, featuring the 2018 Lil Cedar Pete and Lil Miss Addie Lee winners Trail Acklin, son of Rockie and Patricia Acklin, and Adaleah Moore, daughter of Sarah and David Moore.
Hootin an Hollarin starts next week, transforming the Gainesville square from its usual quiet, small-town demeanor into a bustling old-time village full of handicraft vendors, homecoming visitors and a wide variety of crowd-pleasing, rib-ticklin’ activities and heartwarming country music. Details...

Bakersfield superintendent Dr. Amy Britt works in her new office in the school’s FEMA storm shelter building. The superintendent’s offices were moved into the FEMA building recently after several school officials and staff members chipped in to help with the cost.. Britt said the staff kept the costs way down and did a “marvelous job … I just love it.” The decor includes an American flag made from recycled wood by Bakersfield FFA student Ashton Yeager, who torched the wood to create the flag’s stripes and then “branded” in the stars.
When the Bakersfield School District broke ground for its new FEMA storm shelter building on May 31, 2018, superintendent Dr. Amy Britt told the Times the new building would be “one big open room plus restrooms, a mechanical room and a FEMA supply room.” But Britt added that the building, which...

Veterinarian Donna Cook with her rescue dog, Priscilla
Veterinarian Donna Cook is joining Dr. Robin Deck and Dr. Robert Main at the Gainesville Animal Clinic beginning this month, working part-time, usually on Mondays, and specializing in the care of small animals.  Cook, no stranger to small towns, grew up in Pond Creek, Oklahoma, and for a while...

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