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Photo courtesy of Justin Brown Ozark County deputy Justin Brown, left, and his canine officer Rye, visited with Brody and his mom, Bobbie Joe Shelby, last week, delivering gifts from the West Plains Fire Department and Rye’s new “challenge coins.” Bobbie Joe later thanked Brown and Rye. “Brody really loved it! Anything to lift his spirits for a little bit warms our hearts.”
Nine-year-old Brody Shelby on Sunday was named a junior firefighter chief by Timber Knob Volunteer Fire Department chief Ruby Winslow. The honor followed Brody’s designation as an honorary Springfield Fire Department firefighter last week by SFD chief David Pennington and SFD executive officer...
Fourteen-year-old Sydnee Paige Snow, of Ava, died as the result of a Christmas Eve vehicle accident on Highway 181 three miles north of Dora.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol online crash report, the accident occurred at 9:35 p.m. Thursday when a 2010 Kia Forte driven southbound by...

DOW camp is a week long summer camp held at Hammond Mill Camp, near the North Fork of the White River. This photo was taken by Karla Smith during the 2019 DOW camp. The camp had to be canceled due to covid-19 this year, but organizers hope it can be held in 2021.
Recognizing that many Ozark County residents consider making financial donations to charitable organizations this time of year, the Times is sharing information about some of the deserving charities that serve our area. To have a charitable organization that serves Ozark County included in an...

Photo by Teresa Evans Gainesville’s Wyatt Alms looks for an open player during Friday night’s home-court victory over the Lutie Indians.
The Gainesville Bulldogs varsity basketball team brought their season record to 5-1 after a 63-26 home-court victory over the Lutie Indians Friday, Dec. 18.  GHS junior Jake Leeker led the scoring with 20 points, followed by Bryce Hambelton with 14 and Landry Jenkins with 12. Carter Wise added 6,...

The Ozark County Fire Chiefs Association is selling these promotional decals for a minimum $5 donation to raise funds for materials and supplies used in the training sessions and classes that are held here for Ozark County firefighters. The decals, designed to be displayed on the windows of vehicles, homes and offices, may be purchased at the Times office or by mail (see details, page A10).
Recognizing that many Ozark County residents consider making financial donations to charitable organizations this time of year, the Times is sharing information about some of the deserving charities that serve our area. More organizations will be listed in next week’s Times or other upcoming...
Cabool resident Joseph Hale, 32, was arrested Dec. 18 in connection with alleged drunk driving and then fleeing from officers during a chase in Bakersfield after he was spotted in a stolen vehicle.  Formal charges have not yet been filed in the case, but Hale is listed on the Missouri State Highway...
Julia C. Hicks, 73, of Squires was killed Sunday in an early morning hit-and run accident just south of Squires on N Highway in Douglas County, and officers are asking the public for help in uncovering details of the deadly crash.  “We need your help. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the...

A rainbow appears in the spray from the hose on the Gainesville VFD ladder truck as it responded with Theodosia Area and Pontiac / Price Place VFDs to a structure fire Monday afternoon in Theodosia.
Theodosia Area Volunteer Fire Department responded Monday afternoon to a structure fire on Homestead Drive in the area behind Cash Saver Pantry on Highway 160. In a post on its Facebook page, TAVFD  expressed thanks to the Ozark County Sheriff’s dispatcher and to Pontiac / Price Place and...

Gainesville resident Jodi Leeker, director of Behavior Health at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas, happily posted this photo after she got her first covid-19 vaccination at the hospital. She will get the second of two shots in three weeks. Registered nurse Jodi Bodenhamer gave Leeker the shot.
Much of the world heaved a guarded sigh of relief last week when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for a second vaccine aimed at preventing covid-19, a virus now raging at pandemic levels in many countries, including the U.S.  At press time Tuesday, Ozark...

Above left: Several Ozark County firefighters signed a firefighter’s helmet to encourage Brody Shelby as he recovered from surgery last week in Springfield to remove a brain tumor. Center and right: The ladder of a Springfield Fire Department firetruck was extended to Brody’s fourth-floor room at Mercy Hospital Friday so Firefighter Caleb Elliot could climb up and show him the big Christmas card SFD firefighters had signed for him. Word about Brody’s fight against brain cancer has spread within the firefighting world, and gifts have come in from several departments, including a South Carolina department where Brody’s stepdad, James Walley Jr., used to work, and from as far away as South Australia.
Ozark County resident Brody Shelby, 9, had a special visitor Friday at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, where he was recovering from brain surgery. The visitor came from the Springfield Fire Department. But he didn’t come through the door to Brody’s hospital room in these covid-restrictive times....

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