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Photo courtesy David Mahan. Friends and guests came from near and far to hunt, fish and relax at Braddock Lakes Resort. A group of hunters, clad in their red deer-hunting shirts, jackets and caps, is shown in this undated photo, probably in the mid to late 1950s. The two men at left are unknown. Orval Mahan is shown with his foot on the car fender. The next man is unknown. Everett Mahan is standing, center, with Wendall Mahan and “Boogie” Taylor at right.
Editor’s note: This feature is the first of a series by Ozark County Times reporters Jessi Dreckman and Amelia Lamair describing a hidden-away bit of history in the Mark Twain National Forest just north of Ozark County in the community once known as Siloam Springs. Deep in the Mark Twain...

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Close to 70 people attended Monday night’s informal information session at Gainesville High School regarding the 75-cent levy increase proposal that will appear on the Aug. 7 primary election ballot. The increase would bring the school levy from the state minimum of  $2.75 to $3.50, still one of...

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The Center to host ‘Meet the Candidates’ dinner event Friday A “Meet the Candidates” fundraiser dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 20, at The Center on Highway 5 north at the Gainesville city limits. Local candidates running the Aug. 7 primary election will speak and answer questions...

Rebecca Ruud, right, is shown with her biological daughter, Savannah Leckie, in this family file photo. Ruud and her husband, Robert Peat Jr., are now charged with murder in Savannah’s 2017 death. Court documents related to a recent search warrant executed on Ruud’s Theodosia-area farm include an informant’s description of how Savannah may have died.
A gruesome murder-method possibility has emerged in court documents related to a recent search of the Theodosia-area property where 16-year-old Savannah Leckie is believed to have died one year ago this month.The court documents, which include an affidavit in support of a June 2018 search warrant,...
Due to the response to my sale, we will now be closing on July 31. There is still value in the stock that is left, and I anticipate most of that will be gone in the next two weeks.Bass fishing during these hot days can be frustrating, but some anglers are doing quite well. Several have told me that...
This year’s Back to School Fair at Dora will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Dora School cafeteria. Free clothing, shoes, haircuts and other goods and services will be available to students at the event. Organizers expressed thanks to area churches and individuals who have...
The Ozark County Health Department is accepting financial donations for school supplies as part of the Ozark County Inter-Agency Council’s program to help provide free school supplies to Gainesville students who need them.Health department administrator Rhonda Suter says OCHD staff members are able...

Photo/Karla Smith Gainesville Cardinals The Gainesville Cardinals took first place in the coach-pitch 6- to 8-year-old boys division of the summer ball program. Members of the team were, from left, (front row) D.J. Howard, Parker Gilmore, Ty Alms, Jake Hogan, Luke Hogan; (back row) Zach Evans, Silas Moody, Howard Wade, Dylan Jennings,Carson Nielson and Jaxon Headrick. The boys were coached by Spencer Wade, back row left, and Justin Gilmore, back row right.
“Without the help of many people, the kids wouldn’t have this opportunity.”Morris Jenkins, league coordinator Almost 350 local children participated in this year’s summer ball program. Thirty-one teams – 21 from Gainesville, nine from Bakersfield and one from Dora –competed in the league, which is...
Four injury accidents have occurred in Ozark County so far this month, as reported on the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s online crash report website.Two people were injured Friday, July 13, when a Dodge pickup backed into a Ford 500 on Highway 160 one mile east of Hardenville. According to the...
Bailee Russell, granddaughter of Joe Frost of Theodosia and the late Opal Frost, recently earned a position on the Missouri State National High School Rodeo Team and will travel to Rock Springs, Wyoming, to compete July 15-21 in the 69th annual National High School Finals Rodeo. The rodeo will host...

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