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Ida Mae Huse, center, long-time Ozark County teacher and former Gainesville Elementary School principal, was presented with a 50-year membership pin Feb. 13 by Delta Kappa Gamma members Alice Neal of Eminence, left, and Caryl Feiler of Lakeview, Arkansas, who taught kindergarten in Gainesville while Ida Mae was principal. Delta Kappa Gamma is an international professional women educators society; the local Xi Chapter, which Ida Mae served as treasurer for many years, draws from a five-county area, including Ozark County. photo courtesy Alice Neal
Hardenville resident Ida Mae Huse, who turns 90 on Feb. 25, was honored recently with a 50-year membership pin presented by fellow members of Xi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma, an international professional women educators society.  After 18 years of classroom teaching, in 1968 Ida Mae was unexpectedly...
The Gainesville Board of Aldermen will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, concerning Town & Country Supermarket’s request for a liquor license. All citizens are invited to attend the meeting. The liquor license application, reported in the Jan. 30 edition of the Times, comes in...

Mike and Gretchen Hatcher moved into their home at Briar Creek Retreat west of Theodosia three weeks ago. Mike says the idea for the retreat for pastors and missionaries and their families came to him as a vision from God in 2005 while he was serving with the Navy in Guam. Eventually the retreat will include seven cabins named for the gifts of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness and Gentleness.
Briar Creek Retreat in Theodosia will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, welcoming the community to see the first stage of a respite retreat for pastors and missionaries that began in 2005 when Navy Sr. Chief Mike Hatcher, while stationed on Guam, received what he...

Kirsten Alvey-Mudd works her way through a tunnel in a Cloud 9 cave where, she said in a Facebook post, "I had my nose under on a sideways head-tilt belly crawl to and from the last room in the water passage."
An intrepid group of spelunkers was at Cloud 9 Ranch last week, venturing into several caves on the property, sometimes crawling on their bellies through low-ceilinged, water-filled, creek-bed passageways they call “ear-dippers” and “nose splashers” to survey the biology of the caves, looking for...

This photo of Karl Thaning, standing behind wife Sonya, front right, and helper Tammy Parmer, was taken in the Thaning's Fried & Frozen food truck during the 2018 Hootin an Hollarin festival in September.
Gainesville resident Karl Thaning started his day Dec. 14 like any other, totally unaware that by the end of the night he would be unable to move any part of his body from the neck down. The temporary paralysis is a result of a rare neurological disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome, which Karl...

Wendy Donley
The Ozark County Children’s Division is partnering with local churches and individuals to help meet the needs of the families and children they serve. The Helping Hands faith-based initiative will hold an informational meeting, open to the public, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at First...

Opal Bearden celebrates her 90th birthday next week.
Opal Bearden will celebrate her 90th birthday from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at a gathering hosted by her family at the First Christian Church in Gainesville.  She was born Feb. 21, 1929, in West Frankfort, Illinois, the oldest of William and Hattie McCollum’s five children. In 1947, Opal...

Bakersfield photos by Amy Ingalsbe
Hunter Bentley and Makenzie Lester crowned at 2019 Bakersfield Homecoming Members of the 2019 Bakersfield Homecoming royal court are, from left, front, crown bearer Kurt Watlington, freshman attendant Hannah Bean, sophomore attendant Grace Miller, junior attendant Erin Heavener, homecoming queen...

Dr. Phillip Howerton
For anyone who is intrigued with the culture and history of the Ozarks region, next week’s visitor to the Ozark County Historium will be of interest.At 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Dr. Phillip Howerton will be speaking about his newest publication, The Literature of the Ozarks: An Anthology.  To say...

The Heriford Store in Thornfield closed Feb. 5, leaving the community without a grocery / convenience store for the first time in more than 100 years. The store building and a nearby home, owned by Juanita and Kenny Heriford, is for sale. Times photos / Jenny Yarger
For the first time in more than 100 years, there’s no grocery / convenience store in Thornfield, following the closing of the Heriford Store on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Juanita Heriford, who bought the store on Highways 95 and JJ 12 years ago with her husband, Kenny, said Monday it was a hard decision, but...

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