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This 2015 photo of Rebecca Ruud and Robert Peat Jr. was posted on Rudd’s Facebook page. She indicated in the comments that the photo was taken during their first date. The pair are now charged with murdering Ruud’s 16-year-old daughter Savannah Leckie in July 2017.
Recent court documents in the case against Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud, who is charged with murdering her 16-year-old biological daughter Savannah Leckie and disposing of her body in July 2017, reveal a surprise in the high-profile case. The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department is now in...

Social distancing wasn’t a worry about when the traditional big crowd gathered Sept. 21, 2019, on the Gainesville square for last year’s Hootin an Hollarin “Big Parade.” This year’s festival, which would have been its 60th celebration, has been canceled due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the first time since its start in 1961, Gainesville’s much-loved Hootin an Hollarin festival won’t be held this year amid concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Well, if shedding tears makes a difference, I’ve shed more than a few this year,” longtime chairperson Nancy Walker said during...

Travis Smith
Twin Bridges resident Travis Smith defeated Taney County resident Joe Combs Tuesday to win the Republican nomination for the Missouri 155th House District seat. Smith got 5,484 votes (59.34 percent) to Combs' 3,758 votes (40.66 percent) in the Aug. 4 primary election.  The 155th House District...

Karla Eslinger
Wasola resident Karla Eslinger has won the Republican primary election in a close race for the Missouri 33rd Senate District seat. Eslinger garnered 12,701 votes (37.12 percent) in the eight-county district, overcoming a close challenge by Robert Ross, with 12,559 votes (36.70 percent) – a 142-vote...
Ozark Countians turned down Constitutional Amendment No. 2 on the Primary Election by a huge margin. The amendment, proposed by initiative petition, would adopt Medicaid expansion in Missouri. In Ozark County, the issue received 3,046 total votes: 2,149 no (70.55 percent) and 897 (29.45 percent)...

Layne Nance
Layne Nance will be Ozark County's next Western District Commissioner after defeating opponents Shane Ledbetter and Robert Merriman in Tuesday's Republican primary election. With all western district precincts reporting, including absentee votes considered a precinct, the totals were: Nance 628;...

Gary Collins
Gary Collins will continue as Ozark County Eastern District Commissioner for another four years after defeating opponent Jay Smith in Tuesday's Republican primary election. With all eastern district precincts reporting, including absentee votes considered as a precinct, the totals were Collins 767...

Jama Berry
Jama Berry will continue as Ozark County Assessor for another four years after defeating her two opponents, Jennifer Cole and Karen Cunningham, in Tuesday's Republican primary election. With all 11 precincts reporting, including absentee votes considered a precinct, the totals were: Berry 1,710;...

Cass Martin
Ozark County elected a new sheriff Tuesday night, giving Cass Martin of Dora the job in a 1,563 to 1,415 win over opponent Curtis Dobbs of Pontiac.  On Jan. 1, 2021, Martin will be sworn into the job that has been held since Jan. 1, 2013, by Darrin Reed, who opted not to run for re-election. We'll...

ANN SANTACROCE
Ann Santacroce, 31, of Squires, and Trevor Pippin, 27, of Ava, have each been charged with tampering with a motor vehicle in connection with the theft of a car from Stone County. Santacroce was released Monday on medical bond, online court documents say. She was originally held on a $15,000 cash or...

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