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Mike Zimmer
When the votes were totaled on election night, Christopher Bales had been elected to the Bakersfield school board with 104 votes, but the other two candidates, Michael Scott and Mike Zimmer, were tied for the second seat with 100 votes each. After the election was certified Friday by Ozark County...

Gail Reich
Deanna Gail Reich was re-elected April 3 to another two-year term as Gainesville mayor, receiving 83 votes to opponent Carroll Wise’s 55. Four write-in votes were cast.No one filed for the east ward alderman seat currently held by Lyndell Strong. Fifteen total  write-in votes were cast, with Lana...
The Smith Chapel Cemetery meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday night, April 14, at Smith Chapel church on N Highway north of Gainesville.Donations for cemetery upkeep can be mailed to Colene Rose, 7067 St. Highway 181, Gainesville, MO 65655.
April Menus Lunch is served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is open to everyone. The cost is $6 for those younger than 60; a $3.50 donation is requested for those over 60. Call 679-4746 to order take-out for 25 cents more. Wednesday, April 11: Thai chicken over rice with kale blend, meadow-...

Missouri Department of Transportation employees Shannon Huff, left, and Kane Thomas show the yellow trash bags available from MoDOT’s Gainesville maintenance shed for volunteers picking up trash along the roadsides.
Ozark Countians are showing their appreciation for their beautiful home in the hills – and their disdain for the litter that takes away from its beauty. Reports are coming in of residents working along its winding roadsides during April, which has been designated “Clean Up Trash  month” by the...

Signs lined the door of the courtroom poling place in the Ozark County Courthouse during the April 3 General Municipal Election.
Ozark Countians passed an increase in the tax levy supporting its ambulance service in last week’s General Municipal Election, and Dora R-III School District voters agreed to renew its school tax levy with a 10-cent increase.Only two of the county’s five school districts had elections for school...
Gainesville R-V School superintendent Dr. Jeff Hyatt told Gainesville Lions Club members last week that the school board had voted March 26 to ask voters to approve a 75-cent operating levy increase in the August election.The last time a Gainesville School tax issue was passed was 25 years ago – in...

Almost a year after the historic 2017 flood, some Ozark County water crossings still show signs of the damage it caused. Large stone blocks line the crossing known locally as the “cheese plant bridge” on County Road 503 south of the Gainesville post office.The blocks temporarily replace the washed-away guardrail, part of which dangles off the downstream side of the bridge over Lick Creek. Ozark County Western Commissioner Greg Donley told the Times Monday that FEMA had recently approved funding to replace the guardrail, rebuild the “rock blankets” under the north and south ends of the bridge and do other work to restore the bridge.
Ozark County Commissioners said Monday during their regular weekly meeting that as much as 3 to 4 inches of water still covered some low-water crossings around the county following several recent days of rain. Among the crossings mentioned was Warren Bridge on County Road 328 and Smokey Road (...

River of Life Farm owner Myron McKee inspects the water flow at The Falls on the North Fork of the White River. A native population of rainbow trout creates a unique fishery here and brings anglers from all over the country.
This story, by Jim McCarty, editor of Rural Missouri magazine, is reprinted with permission. It has been edited slightly for space and to add local information. Standing on the deck of his latest rental cabin high above the North Fork of the White River south of Dora, Myron McKee waves his arm in...
Candidate filing for the Aug. 7 primary election ended last week on March 27. These Republican candidates will be running in contested Ozark County races:Ozark County presiding commissioner: John Turner (incumbent), Gainesville, and Seth Smith of Isabella.Ozark County prosecuting attorney: John...

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