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The Protem-area home of 84-year-old Les Tennis was completely destroyed in last week’s wildfire, which was named the “Rozell fire” by Mark Twain National Forest officials. Tennis escaped with nothing but the clothes he was wearing. Photo courtesy Ron Yarger.
Eighty-four-year-old Les Tennis is living temporarily with his brother-in-law, Joe Hunter, after a fast-moving wildfire last week burned nearly 2,000 acres in the Mark Twain National Forest near Protem – but destroyed only one structure: Tennis’ longtime home.  MTNF spokesperson Cody Norris said in...

Mark Case, project manager with the Mountain Home, Arkansas, Corps of Engineers office, attended the Gainesville meeting to answer questions about the Corps plans to restore the lake access and boat ramp at Tecumseh Park. Times photos / Jessi Dreckman.
With the weather warming and the upcoming spring white bass run on many Ozark Countians’ minds, fishermen and lake-goers alike are wondering what will happen with the popular fishing area at the Tecumseh Park access.  The park and its lake access were heavily damaged after the floodwaters of the...
The Army Corps of Engineers is hosting Bull Shoals Lake Shoreline Management Plan update workshops Feb. 26 through March 1, including one scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Lutie School in Theodosia.At the workshops, Corps personnel will share the draft shoreline management plan, answer...
The Missouri Department of Conservation is updating its black bear research webpage with enhanced features and information on Missouri’s native black bear population. The new webpage will offer black bear research project summaries, project updates, new research photos, videos, interactive story...
State, city and county offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of the Missouri state holiday honoring George Washington’s birthday. Monday is also a federal holiday marking Presidents Day, which commemorates Washington’s birthday as well as Abraham Lincoln’s. Missouri celebrated...

Gainesville FBLA students, accompanied by advisers Chelsey Gilmore and Alisha Gray, attended the District 14 Leadership Conference in West Plains Friday, Feb. 2. Pictured, from left (front row): Martha Wood, Kellie Thomas, Branetta McNece, Brexton Miller, Ashley Poe, Jaima DeVries, Aubrey Turingan, Ruthanne Doebler, Chasity Mansker, Abigail Milligan, Danielle Cummings. Middle row: Golda Biby, Madison Butts, Payton Lynne, Hannah Carter, Austin Petter, Gavin Broderick, Garrett Morgan, Cooper High, Guilia Cecchin, Shai Meek, Shelby Kinsey, Madison Trivitt, Blakely Morrison. Bback row: Cole Hershberger, Daniel Miller, Justin Goins, Javy Rosas, Eli Amyx, Ben Pointer, Brandon Poe, Jaxon Britt.
Gainesville High School FBLA placed in the top five in 22 events and had 18 students qualify for state at the District 14 Leadership Conference held Friday, Feb. 2, in West Plains. 
Gainesville FBLA member Eli Amyx was elected District 14 president, and Abigail Milligan, also from Gainesville, was...
Ozark County Circuit Judge Craig Carter processed a total of nine civil cases and 35 criminal cases during the Feb. 7 session of Ozark County Law Day. The criminal cases are listed below. Plea and sentencing hearingsSharlene N. Deever pleaded guilty to possession of any controlled substance other...
The Gainesville Lady Bulldogs recently came back from a tough 70-36 road loss to Fordland to defeat Mountain Grove, Seymour and Norwood, bringing their season record to 17-8.On Monday, Feb. 5, when the Gainesville team traveled to Fordland to take on the Lady Eagles, “Fordland came out very...
To contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department or other emergency-responding agencies here, call 679-4633. In an emergency, dial 911. Feb. 5 (continuedfrom last week)9:52 a.m. – Caller said he shot a big black dog that was chasing his cows along Highway 95 near Thornfield; he said he told the...

Mahali Loftis
Mahali Loftis, daughter of Brian and April Loftis of Hollister, was recently awarded the Central Bank of the Ozarks Champion of Character Award at her school in Hollister. She was nominated for the award by her classmates and her teachers and was the only sixth grader chosen for this award. Mahali...

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