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Rodger and Kim Hickerson and newly adopted daughter Frances will be spending Christmas together this year. Rodger and Kim adopted the girl Nov. 9 after serving as her foster parents for several months. Photo submitted.
This Christmas, Rodger and Kim Hickerson, a Zanoni-area couple who experienced the unimaginable pain of losing both of their teenage sons in separate accidents eight years apart, will be spending the day counting their blessings and thanking God for bringing a daughter into their lives. The...

Roger and Sherri Wilson, formerly of Nebraska, shown here with their dog Libby, have purchased Bryant Plastics manufacturing company on Highway 5 north of Gainesville. The business was started in 1974 by James R. Beasley, but for most of its history has been owned by Ralph Brown. Times photos / Jenny Yarger.
The Ozark County manufacturing business that opened 44 years ago as Bryant Plastics has been purchased by a Nebraska family who will rename the business Wilson Industries, a corporate umbrella that will continue the PVC-pipe-manufacturing side of the business as Wilson Plastics and the freight side...
The Options Pregnancy Center opened last week on First Street in Gainesville, with executive director Mary Seewald, left, and case manager Rachelle Brown welcoming pregnant women and teens, new mothers and couples seeking support during pregnancy and as new parents. The nonprofit agency, supported...

Bryan Mohr
Bryan Mohr, 34, was arrested Monday and is being held in the Ozark County Jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond in connection with a charge of first-degree rape that was filed against the Gainesville man on Dec. 7. Mohr was scheduled to be arraigned before Associate Judge Cynthia MacPherson Tuesday...

Don Smiley opened his Sierra Ozark real estate office 44 years ago in a small rented office near the Theodosia Marina.
The most important thing Don Smiley wants friends and clients to know is that he’s not retiring.  Yes, he’s 77. And yes, he’s merging the real estate business he’s owned and operated for 44 years, Sierra Ozark Corporation, with another company that will rename the business. But despite all that,...

Pamela Hengen, mother of Ozark County fallen soldier Matthew J. England, awards Dillon Abraham the first-place prize for winning the 10-and-younger division at the annual 5K race/walk held Saturday, Dec. 8, in honor of Hengen’s son.
For the past five years, on the Saturday before Veterans Day, Matthew England’s mother Pamela Hengen has hosted a 5K run/walk to raise money for a scholarship fund set up in memory of her son, who lost his life at the age of 22 when an insurgent’s homemade bomb blew up his Army vehicle on June 8,...

Claire Turner, 9, daughter of Ashley Turner and Jeremy Hughes, visited with Santa Claus at Gainesville Elementary School's special choir performance Friday night. Santa will be visiting Ozark County again in the next couple weeks. Photo courtesy Darla Sullivan.
Santa Claus came to town Friday might, visiting Gainesville Elementary School during the special choir’s performance of ’Twas One Crazy Night Before Christmas. He’s coming back this week and next, and through the magic of Christmas (and perhaps some  rocketing reindeer), he’ll be making...

When the 17-year-old mini-van owned by Krista Cofer and her fiance Justin Ledbetter broke down a couple of weeks ago, Justin spent 16 hours trying to fix it. He pulled it up close to the couple’s Theodosia home so it could be plugged into a battery charger. On Dec. 1, that connection is believed to have started a fire that destroyed the vehicle – and might have destroyed their home if passers-by hadn’t noticed the 3 a.m. fire and rushed to wake them.
Richard and Mareshah Taber enjoyed playing cards and visiting with friends at their lakehouse near Lost Woods Golf Course in Theodosia late Friday night, Nov. 30. If that Friday had been like “99 percent” of the many evenings they’ve enjoyed at their lakehouse, Mareshah Taber said, they would have...

Steve Richards
After leading the Dora R-III School District for five years, Steve Richards will be moving to the Seymour School District after the end of this school year. His last day at Dora will be June 30, Richards told the Times Monday. “It was kind of tough,” he said, describing the decision to leave. “This...

Weather permitting, Cow-boy Rick Hamby of Caulfield will bring his “Journey Stage” along for his presentation at the Ozark County Historium at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.
At 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, Cowboy Rick Hamby of Caulfield will visit the Historium, and, weather permitting, he plans to bring along his famous “Journey Stagecoach,” which he and his crew have driven on several westward journeys in recent years.  Hamby, who presents a radio program entitled ...

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