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At their Monday meeting, the Ozark County commissioners accepted a bid from the James H. Drew Corporation of Sedalia to rebuild guardrails on the G & B Bridge on County Road 503 over Lick Creek, known locally as the Cheese Plant Bridge. The company’s $46,246.50 proposal was the only bid...

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The Center will host a Friday night fundraiser dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 22. The menu will be meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, roll, dessert and beverage.  The price will be $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12.   For more information, call The Center, 417-679-4746, during...

CADET MORRISON Even though he didn’t have a high school diploma, Winsor “Verd” Morrison was accepted into the Army Air Corps (today’s Air Force) after scoring 92 on the entrance exam a recruiter predicted he couldn’t pass. He was assigned to bombardier training and finished out the war in Hawaii, narrowly missing orders to ship out to Japan. “While we were there on island defense, they dropped the A-bomb in Japan,” he said.
Editor’s note: This is the conclusion of a two-part story about Ozark County native Winsor “Verd” Morrison that is reprinted with permission from the Ozarks Alive! blog by Kaitlyn McConnell. Part 1 of the story,  “Ozark County native delivered the first baby in state of Alaska,” was published in...

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The Center will host a Friday night fundraiser dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 22. The menu will be meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, roll, dessert and beverage.  The price will be $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12.   For more information, call The Center, 417-679-4746, during...

On New Year’s Day in 2018, Lick Creek Volunteer Fire Department, with mutual aid from Tecumseh, Gainesville, Caney Mountain, Timber Knob and Clarkridge (Arkansas) VFDs, battled a fire that destroyed an older rock-faced rental home on the Howards Ridge farm owned by Stan and Janet Taber of Almartha. The firefighters worked several hours in bone-chilling, sub-freezing temperatures to contain the fire and keep it from spreading to nearby hay barns and other structures. Times file photo / Sue Ann Jones
Editor’s note: Our recent two-part series outlining the work, and the needs, of Ozark County’s volunteer fire departments inadvertently left out Lick Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Howards Ridge. We apologize for the omission.  Lick Creek VFD Current roster: 11 active firefighters. Five work...

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The American Red Cross is hosting two upcoming blood drives in Gainesville: on Monday, March 25, at Gainesville High School and on Wednesday, April 3, at the First Baptist Church.  The GHS blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school, and the blood drive in the basement of the First...
The Gainesville R-5 School Board will host an informational open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the high school. Parents and community residents are invited and encouraged to attend. Board members and administrators will be available to give tours of the existing facility and answer...
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed, and fire chiefs across the county, urge area residents to call the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office at 417-679-4633 before doing any type of controlled burn. Notifying the sheriff’s office reduces confusion and prevents local VFDs from needlessly responding. The Ozark...

Times photo / Amelia LaMair
At their Monday meeting, the Ozark County commissioners accepted a bid from the James H. Drew Corporation of Sedalia to rebuild guardrails on the G & B Bridge on County Road 503 over Lick Creek, known locally as the Cheese Plant Bridge. The company’s $46,246.50 proposal was the only bid...
Plans are underway for the Gainesville Lions Club’s 32nd annual auction and sportsman raffle, to be held Friday, April 12, at Gainesville High School. This year’s raffle, held in conjunction with the auction,  includes 14 firearms, a gun safe, a kayak, a utility trailer, flying drone and other...

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