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Janet Ebrite Taber, left, with her “first cousin once removed” Helen June Blisard Conardy, center, and “first cousin twice removed” Linnie Crawford Pitcock Ingram.
Cousins – the very word evokes fond memories of childhood for most people, of playing together at family gatherings on holidays and vacations, of spending time together with shared grandparents, of similar-age relatives who sometimes grew to become the very best friends. The bond between cousins is...

Mrs. Tara Lininger, second grade
Lutie School District has hired six new teachers for the upcoming school year. Principal Amy Lane told the Times these teachers have been awarded contracts to teach during the 2020-21 school year: Tara Lininger, second grade; Maggie Miller, fourth grade; Heath Treat, high school history; Lauren...

Members of the National Guard, Lutie school district and Salem General Baptist Church worked together to distribute fresh food boxes to 150 families during a June 19 drive-thru event at the school. The group is organizing another distribution to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 23. To reserve a box for pickup that day, call Lutie School at 417-273-4150. There are no requirements to qualify for the distribution.
Schools, churches and organizations around the county are working to organize a variety of upcoming food giveaways to ensure that no family in Ozark County goes hungry. Information on three upcoming events is listed below.  Those organizing future food-giveaway or community-support events are...

Emergency responders from Gainesville, Oakland / Promised Land, Pontiac / Price Place, Air Evac, the Ozark County Ambulance are shown in this photo helping to free Joshua Randolph, one of two drivers who were seriously injured in a crash on Highway 5 south near Pontiac Tuesday afternoon. First responders from Lick Creek and Timber Knob VFDs were also at the crash but are not pictured in this photo. Randolph was reportedly partially ejected from the window of the 2007 Chevrolet Impala, pictured on the right side of this photo. Responders had to use the Jaws of Life to lift the vehicle off of him, one firefighter said. Gregory McGee, the driver of the 1999 Chevrolet pickup, pictured on the left side of this photo, was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas, with serious injuries. McGee was charged with driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving in connection with the crash. Photo courtesy of Jason Everrod.
Two Gainesville men were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, on Highway 5, about one mile southeast of Pontiac. One of the two drivers, 62-year-old Gregory R. McGee, has been charged with driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving in connection...

Some Ozark Countians got a glimpse of the first fireworks of the season Friday night, June 26, when a 10-minute fireworks display concluded the Dora High School graduation ceremony, which was held outside on the school’s ball field due to distancing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dora resident and school board member Lindsay Collins snapped this photo of the festive display that was set off at the end of the event.
July 4 is right around the corner, and there’s no better place to celebrate than right here in the Ozarks. Here’s a list of holiday events to fire up anyone’s patriotic spirit. While some annual events have been canceled or postponed due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, other...
Two longtime camps for area youths have been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual weeklong DOW Camp, for youth in Douglas, Ozark and Wright counties, has been canceled this summer because Hammond Mill Camp, the site of DOW Camp and other events, has halted all activities for...
Gainesville R-V School District superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hyatt, fourth from left, presided over his final school board meeting Thursday, June 25, before his retirement  began June 30. Board members brought in a cake and refreshments to help him celebrate the occasion. “I’m still going to be a...

Times photo/Jenny Yarger
Driver Karin Tietz speaks with Tim Shryack about her COVID-19 testing appointment Friday, June 26, at Ozark County’s first drive-thru COVID-19 testing event. The event was a cooperative effort of the Ozark County Health Department and the Missouri Ozarks Community Health Clinic in Gainesville,...
Bakersfield High School’s graduating seniors were awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships and other awards during the school’s 2020 graduation events. BHS counselor Trudy Summers announced that the following seniors earned these scholarships: Brandy Belt: Class of 1962 $500, Jake Lashley $500...
Scholarships and awards worth approximately $892,590 were announced for members of the Gainesville High School class of 2020 at the school’s awards program June 17, which was rescheduled due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  During the awards program, GHS counselor Miranda Donley...

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