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Circuit Judge Craig Carter processed a total of 17 criminal cases during the Nov. 4 session of Ozark County Law Day. Details on the hearings are listed below.    Defendants who pleaded guilty Anthony S. Collins pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and forgery pursuant to a plea agreement with...
By Sid Pierce Special to the Times   Editor’s note: Ozark County native Sid Pierce, right, a Navy veteran, worked and traveled with country music star Roy Clark for more than 20 years before returning home to teach in the Gainesville Schools. Now living in Kimberling City, he worked as a sound...

A new prize category has been added for entries in this year’s Jingle Bell Parde in Gainesville’s Wonders of Christmas event to be held Dec. 4. The new, $50 prize will be awarded to the “best lighted vehicle.” In last year’s parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus rode in a a vintage vehicle adorned with a lighted reindeer (elk) rack. Times file photos / Norene Prososki
Gainesville’s “Wonders of Christmas” event will be held Friday evening, Dec. 4, on the square. Organizers urge everyone who attends to follow social distancing recommendations.  Craft, food or game vendors are welcome to set up on the square free of charge. Booths can operate from 5 p.m. until the...
  Gavin D. Phelan, 18, of Wasola, was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas, with moderate injuries after a motorcycle accident Saturday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Phelan was traveling eastbound on Y Highway at about 9:20 a.m....

MDC staff tested more than 27,000 tissue samples for CWD during the 2019 hunting season. Twenty-four new cases of CWD were identified last year, bringing the total number of CWD cases in the state to 140. MDC has tested about 130,000 deer since the first cases of CWD were found in Missouri free-ranging deer in 2012.
Ozark Countians and other deer hunters within Missouri’s 30-county CWD management zone will not be required to bring their deer in for mandatory testing this year during opening weekend of rifle season. Instead, the testing is voluntary. The Missouri Department of Conserva-tion announced that it is...

Last week members of the Ozark County Wellness Committee accepted a $25,000 donation from the Ozark County Community Foundation. From left, committee members Annie Kimbrough, Paula Rose and Karen Brantingham said the funds will be used to help build a multipurpose trail throughout a Gainesville School-owned wooded area near the school’s track that will connect to existing walking areas to create a longer continuous trail system. The final trail will use the 1/3-mile driveway at Gainesville’s Hoerman Memorial Park, the 1/4-mile track loop at Benton Breeding Stadium and two newly created chat-covered trails that connect the park and the track. The committee members say they hope the trails can be used by both the community and the school’s cross country team to train and maybe host cross country meets. Ozark County Community Foundation board member Mike Breeding, far right, and board president Kerrie Zubrod, second from right, said the board is always looking for projects that will benefit the community as a whole, and “this definitely does that,” Zubrod said.
The Hoerman Memorial Park and Benton Breeding Stadium and track near the Gainesville Elementary School are getting a facelift – in a big way.  Thanks to the efforts of the Ozark County Wellness Project and several grant programs, the basketball court has been repaired and resurfaced, new basketball...

Voting during a pandemic Wearing masks and working behind plexiglass, election judges Mary Chipp, center, and Mary Ann Niemi help a resident get started with the voting process Nov. 3 in the Barren Fork polling place in the Wasola Volunteer Fire Department. During the day, 401 ballots were cast there, 64.47 percent of the 622 registered voters in the precinct. Photo courtesy Janet Taber
Ozark Countians followed the national trend in last week's national presidential election and turned out in large numbers to cast their ballots. And the number of absentee ballots cast here, 956, was the most ever, according to Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise. In total, 4,889 of Ozark County's 7,356...

Mike Freiman, left, and Joe Summers make up the taxidermy team of Summers Taxidermy and Wildlife Studio in Bakersfield. The studio stays busy year round and mounts over 300 animals annually for customers all over the world. While many out-of-state customers have xaway from here because they actually think our work is that good. There are taxidermists all over the country, and they think our work is good enough to choose us. We get a lot of stuff out of Texas, and Texas has more taxidermists than any state there is,” he said.
Contact Summers Taxidermy and Wildlife at 417-505-9144, visit  www.summerstaxidermyandwildlifestudio.com or follow their Facebook page “Summers Taxidermy and Wildlife Studio.” Owner Joe Summers says the studio is always accepting new clients and work.    • • •   If you walk into Summers Taxidermy...
Organizers of the Wright, Douglas and Ozark County foster children’s annual Christmas party are accepting donations for this year’s event.  Residents can sponsor a foster child in two different ways, either by providing a $50 donation that will be used to buy toys and gifts on their Christmas list...
The annual angel tree program, which pairs children from families who might have trouble buying Christmas gifts with residents in the community who want to help, has begun accepting applications. This year, due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Division of Family Services office in Gainesville, where...

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