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Travis L. Johnson, 32, of Gainesville was scheduled for a criminal setting Tuesday in a case in which he is charged with the class E felony of promotion of obscenity in the first degree.  The charging documents indicate that Johnson is alleged to “have promoted obscenity to a... minor by offering...

Four Ozark County volunteer fire departments are recent recipients of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s volunteer fire assistance (VFA) grants. Dora, Pontiac/Price Place, Theodosia and Tecumseh VFDs were all awarded matching funds through the program. Pictured, from left: MDC employee James Harlan, Dora VFD chief Monte Shipley, Tecumseh VFD assistant chief J.B. Duke, Pontiac/Price Place assistant chief Roger Cooley and chief Arthur Streigle, Theodosia Area VFD chief John Lubbers and MDC employee Barry Olmstead.
A total of $6,156.22 was distributed to Dora, Pontiac/Price Place, Theodosia Area and Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Departments  Friday from the Missouri Department of Conservation’s volunteer fire assistance (VFA) matching grants program.  As part of the program, Dora VFD purchased four telescoping...

After a construction delay tied to questions about the modular building’s proximity to the Gainesville Memorial Airport across Bull Dog Drive, the Gainesville School District’s new Preschool Center now is ready for the opening of the school year on Aug. 13. Site preparation began in May, but work stopped after questions were raised about the safety of the building’s location a short distance east of the junior high wing of the high school building near the end of the airport runway. But by the end of the month, the Federal Aviation Administration had ruled that “the structure does not exceed obstruction standards and would not be a hazard to air navigation.” The new sign proclaims, “Home of the Little Bulldogs.”
County schools are gearing up for the 2019-2020 school year. Important dates and guidelines are listed below. Bakersfield R-IV School Registration for all new students will be held Thursday, Aug. 1; Friday, Aug. 2; and Tuesday, Aug. 6. Teachers report for in-service Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 7-9, and...

Century Bank of the Ozarks is celebrating its 125th anniversary today by sharing free refreshments at all its branches. The bank was founded in 1894 by members of the Harlin family, which still owns the bank today. From left: CEO Chris Harlin and wife Missy, and board chairman John L. Harlin and wife Linda.
This story is adapted from an article published in the July 22, 2009, edition of the Times. Century Bank of the Ozarks is celebrating its 125th anniversary today by inviting everyone to enjoy refreshments throughout the business day at its locations in Gainesville, Theodosia, Bakersfield and Ava....

The Washington Post recently published an interactive version of this map providing information from a DEA database that tracks, county by county, every opioid pain pill, from manufacturer to pharmacy, in the U.S. between 2006 and 2012. The tall, dark rectangle near the center of the Missouri-Arkansas line is Howell County. Visit https://wapo.st/DEA-pain-pill-database?tid=ss_mail to access the easy-to-use map. Image: Screenshot of the Washington Post website
More than 2 million oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, the equivalent of 34.3 pills per person per year, were dispensed in Ozark County from 2006 through 2012, according to a recently released Drug Enforcement Administration data base that “tracked the path of every single pain pill sold in the...

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Mark Twain School superintendent Joe Donley and secretary Michelle Collins were happy to see a brand-new bus roll into the school’s parking lot last week. The school received the new bus thanks to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Diesel Emissions Reduction Act and the Volkswagen Trust....

State Rep. Karla Eslinger (in the middle seated) listens to discussions at the Ozark County Substance Abuse Task Force Meeting. She expressed that she will be more than happy to work with the Task Force on an on-going basis in making Ozark County a drug-free community. Others attending the meeting were, clockwise from bottom left: Attorney Linda McKinney, Treatment Court coordinator Jennifer Horn, Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant, Ozark County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Dan Israel, Pastor David Evans, Sheriff’s Deputies Vesa Phelan and Kyle Hannaford, Eslinger, Dr. Masa Kinoshita, Kalen Hoffman, Anita Chappell, Pastor Jeff Dotson and director of CareCenter Ministries and Pastor Blake Atchison. 
State Rep. Karla Eslinger and Will Wheeler, representing U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, were special guests at the July 9 meeting of the Ozark County Substance Abuse Task Force in the Missouri Ozarks Community Health conference room in Gainesville. Eighteen members and two other special guests – Community...

Photos courtesy Aletta Moore, library volunteer
Claire Wade and (top) Logan Koontz were two of several youngsters who happily assisted Steven Classic with his magic show Monday, July 15, as part of the Ozark County Library’s summer program for kids. Next week’s (July 22) program, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, will feature Luther Hampton playing...

The Hepatitis A virus, from https://www.cdc.gov/features/viralhepatitis/
Health officials have seen an increase in the number of Hepatitis A cases occurring in southwest Missouri, including in Ozark County. “I can tell you that we have worked several cases this year, and I don’t recall any for last year,” said Ozark County Health Department nurse Bonnie Peter. “...

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Mark Twain School superintendent Joe Donley and secretary Michelle Collins were happy to see a brand-new bus roll into the school’s parking lot last week. The school received the new bus thanks to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Diesel Emissions Reduction Act and the Volkswagen Trust....

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