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Circuit Judge Craig Carter processed a total of eight cases during the Aug. 27 session of Ozark County Law Day. Updates are listed here.   Scheduled for Oct. 7 Allen W. Luebbert, charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of assault, was arraigned. He is scheduled to return Oct. 7...
Warren Price, a Bakersfield man who was charged in 2018 with two counts of sodomy or attempted sodomy in connection with the allegation that he sexually assaulted a family member in a Branson hotel, has had his Taney County jury trial canceled.  The trial, which was set for Sept. 28 through Oct. 2...

LINDA MCKINNEY
  Editor’s note: Gainesville attorney Linda McKinney has been honored by Missouri Lawyers Media with a Women’s Justice Award in the general practitioner category, which recognizes female attorneys who “handle multiple practice areas with skill.” This profile by Dana Rieck of Missouri Lawyers Media...

Former Wasola Volunteer Fire Department chief Darrel Watson greets his granddaughter before her wedding last year. As he battles a rare form of leukemia, Watson’s family is asking for the community’s help with medical-related expenses.
Darrel Watson is not one who asks for help easily. The fact is, for more than 20 years, he was one of the first to respond when others called for help while he served as a volunteer first responder, firefighter and later chief of the Wasola Volunteer Fire Department.  For their devoted service to...

Christie Vauter looks over the farm’s lush squash patch. Jack Vauter says squash is his favorite vegetable to grow.
Gardeners’ names: Jack and Christie Vauter of Barren Fork Farm off County Road 831, just below Woodpecker’s Farm (Q&A filled out by Jack)   Describe your garden: We grow in three different garden spots. One spot is approximately 50 by 200 feet. Another is 25 by 300 feet, and the last is...

Carol J. Cooper with her new book, Gifts for the Heart.
Gainesville resident Carol J. Cooper has published her second book, Gifts for the Heart.  Cooper, who retired from Lutie School after a 34-year teaching career, says the book is a fun tale about a little girl, Emily, who wakes up in a cranky mood but opens her heart throughout the day to...
After being closed to visitors for several months due to concerns linked to the current covid-19 pandemic, Gainesville Health Care Center has started arranging family members’ in-person visits for its residents under carefully managed conditions. GHCC administrator Sherri Beasley said the visits...
Gina Herd holds Chestene, her miniature donkey that was named for her grandmother – because the baby was born on her grandmother Chestene Lietch’s birthday, Aug. 18. Herd said she has loved donkeys since she was a little kid, a fondness she shared with her paternal granddad, Buddy Herd. Now she...

Robert Abbott
Robert A. Abbott of Koshkonong has racked up another Ozark County case in which he is alleged to have attempted to steal a truck from Johnny Evans’ house on Highway 181 in Gainesville on June 29, the day before he allegedly took Manuel Hambelton’s truck parked outside Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ and Pizzeria...

Donnie Brown
A $10,000 cash-only bond has been issued for Donnie Ray Brown, 35, of Gainesville, in connection with allegations that he tied a 7-year-old child to a chair and hit the child with a belt, bruising the boy, as a form of discipline. A class D felony charge of abuse of a child has been filed against...

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