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15 girls vying for queen title The 2019 Hootin and Hollarin queen candidates include, from left (front), Kaitlyn Morse, Lily Parker, Olivia Milligan, Libby Pansano, Brandi Johnson; (middle row) Morgan Smith, Jasmine Hall, Hailey Taylor (withdrew after photo was taken), Jessee Latham, Cheyenne Clinton, Emily Green; (back) Star Janes, A’aisha Sykes, Hunter McCullough, Brandy Belt and Hannah See. The pageant begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the east side of the Gainesville square.
The 59th celebration of Hootin an Hollarin kicks off Thursday as volunteers, demonstrators, musicians, vendors, contest competitors and committee members make last-minute preparations for Ozark County’s traditional old-time fun-fest extravaganza.  A full schedule, map and stories about the...

Ozark County residents Ian Giesbrecht and Wren Haffner will teach a modern approach to ancient building practices that are in line with nature Saturday, Sept. 28, during the Ozark Area Community Congress. The couple will share what has worked for them in the practice of natural building on their 18-acre off-grid homestead. The session with start with a slide show of natural building techniques and shift to a “do it yourself” session about slip straw and clay plastering. This photo shows the couple in front of one of the natural buildings they’ve created on their property near Gainesville.
A temporary “green village” will form at Hammond Group Camp on CC Highway south of Dora Sept. 27-29 during the 40th annual Ozark Area Community Congress. Participants from all across the Ozarks are expected to gather to share news, ideas, meals and fellowship “with the goal of living in harmony...

Times photo / Bruce Roberts Ozark County Ambulance has recently expanded its service, and in addition to its single 24/7 vehicle and crew, it also has a second vehicle and crew available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday. Two of the ambulance crews are pictured here with ambulance district administrator Stacy Raney, right. Crew members are, from left, Tracy Meal, John Keller, Susan Howard, Dustin Warren and Aaron Bellcock. All those pictured are emergency medical technicians except paramedics Keller and Raney.
Ozark County Ambulance has expanded its service and now, in addition to its single vehicle and crew available 24/7, a second vehicle and crew will also be available for six 13-hour shifts each week.  The double-crew shifts will work from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday, said Ozark County...

Times photos / Bruce Roberts. Great weather helped make Bakersfest a success Saturday as craft and food booth vendors were plentiful at Pride Park.
The 21st annual Bakersfest was a success, organizers say, with large crowds and a lot of events throughout the day Saturday. The festival, which has grown over the years, included a big car show, giveaways, food and sno-cone booths and several craft and vendor booths, along with music,  games and...

Gainesville resident Trish Navarro raised Bird the blue jay after her little great-granddaughter called it down out of a tree, saying, “Come on, bird, come on. I’ll catch you.”
Gainesville has its own mascot. Meet Bird, the friendly little blue jay flying around town, landing on people and begging for food. Bird was raised by Gainesville resident Trish Navarro after her great-granddaughter called the baby blue jay out of its nest near her family’s home in Wasola. “...

Crystal Fenske, Hailey Kruzewski, Elana Robles and Bailee Amos were part of the group of Lutie High School students who volunteered at Saturday’s Party on the Hill fundraiser event for the Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit organization that provides immediate assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured service members of all branches of the United States military.
A maxed-out crowd of 410 people attended Saturday night’s Party on the Hill west of Theodosia that raised money for the Semper Fi Fund, which provides assistance and support to post-9/11 combat-wounded services members of all branches of the U.S. military. Organizer Debbie Daniel had set a limit of...

15 girls vying for queen title The 2019 Hootin and Hollarin queen candidates include, from left (front), Kaitlyn Morse, Lily Parker, Olivia Milligan, Libby Pansano, Brandi Johnson; (middle row) Morgan Smith, Jasmine Hall, Hailey Taylor (withdrew after photo was taken), Jessee Latham, Cheyenne Clinton, Emily Green; (back) Star Janes, A’aisha Sykes, Hunter McCullough, Brandy Belt and Hannah See. The pageant begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the east side of the Gainesville square.
The 59th celebration of Hootin an Hollarin kicks off Thursday as volunteers, demonstrators, musicians, vendors, contest competitors and committee members make last-minute preparations for Ozark County’s traditional old-time fun-fest extravaganza.  A full schedule, map and stories about the events...

Jim Kyle
Ozark County resident Jim Kyle on Saturday was elected to the White River Valley Electric Cooperative’s board of directors after being nominated from the floor during the co-op’s annual meeting in Branson.  Kyle’s election was unusual in that he did not participate in the usual process through...

Michael Boyink photo courtesy Douglas County Herald. From left: Father Mark Scott Abbott of New Melleray, Iowa; Father Cyprian Harrison of Ava; and Bishop Rice (seated) applaud as Abbott Joseph, originally from Our Lady of Divine Grace in Vietnam, displays the key to the Assumption Abbey Monastery south of Ava. The ceremony marked the end of a six-year process of migrating ownership of the facilities to the Vietnamese monks.
Editor’s note: This story is reprinted with permission from the Douglas County Herald in Ava.   For the resident monks used to quiet meditation, contemplation and prayer, last Thursday at Assumption Abbey south of Ava must have seemed like Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Cars from several states...

After being closed since early May due to high water over the roadway at Bridges Creek near where it enters Norfork Lake, County Road 551, known locally as Smokey Road, reopened Aug. 16 when the water finally receded below the slab over the creek. Times photos/ Amelia LaMair
At their regular Monday meeting last week, Ozark County Commissioners said two of three lake crossings in the county that have been closed since early May due to high water have now reopened. On the east side, County Road 551, also known as Smokey Road, reopened on Aug. 16 as the waters of...

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