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Theodosia resident Elmer Roberson is shown on the D-8 Caterpillar bulldozer he operated in Korea while serving with the 13th Combat Engineers in the Army’s 7th Division.
The day Elmer Roberson had to leave his wife, Betty, and their young daughter to go to the Korean Conflict “was the hardest day, one of the toughest you can imagine,” he said.  Elmer, then living in Bible Grove, Illinois, had been drafted. “I went for the physical, and then I only had two days’...

Cpl. Oliver DeWitt Barner
Editor’s note: Nov. 11, 2018, marks 100 years since the Armistice was signed, ending military action on the Western Front in World War I. Recognizing that anniversary, this uncensored WWI letter from Ozark County native Oliver DeWitt Barner, describing the last moments of the war, is reprinted from...

When the Con Thien outpost where Pat Neal served was overrun by the North Vietnamese in May 1967, this tracked vehicle carrying 17 infantrymen became tangled in concertina wire and couldn’t move. A North Vietnamese soldier with a flamethrower was waiting when the operator dropped the ramp so the men could escape. He opened fire, killing them all. Neal and another Marine removed the bodies from the vehicle. Memories of that grim duty still haunt Pat today.
The worst of Pat Neal’s PTSD nightmares came 30 years after he left Vietnam, but those three decades didn’t diminish their impact.  “During all those years, I was working and busy, and I drank a lot at night. I would go to work, come home and drink, get up the next morning and go to work. One day,...

Summer Loberg. Ozark County Jail booking photo.
A Cedar Creek woman who attempted to flee from an Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy in March 2017 while driving a four wheeler with a 30 pack of beer strapped to the front rack was found guilty of driving while intoxicated, aggravated offender, during a court trial Oct. 30 before Circuit Judge Craig...
Caulfield VFD to host hunters’ breakfast  fundraiser Saturday A deer hunters’ breakfast and bake sale fundraiser will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Caulfield firehouse on Highway 160. The cost of the breakfast will be $8 per person and will include pancakes, biscuits and gravy...

Volunteer Hailey Turner, left, and John Peter, MDC wildlife resource technician, take a tissue sample last year from a deer presented during opening weekend of the 2017 firearms deer season. Deer harvested in Ozark County are required to be tested for CWD this weekend, which marks opening weekend of rifle season. Times file photo/Sue Ann Jones.
Missouri firearms season opens Saturday, and the Missouri Department of Conservation is conducting mandatory sampling for chronic wasting disease (CWD) at two stations in Ozark County.  Hunters who are successful in killing a deer Saturday, Nov. 10, or Sunday, Nov. 11, are required to visit the...
Because Veterans Day, Nov. 11, falls on a Sunday this year, the Ozark County Courthouse, Gainesville City Hall and the Gainesville License Office will all be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of the holiday. Banks and post offices will also be closed that day. Most area businesses, including...

Now 95, World War II veteran Arnold Lawson has enjoyed his front-porch view across a quiet valley bordering Turkey Creek since he built his house near Thornfield more than 60 years ago with lumber cut and milled on the property.
Before Arnold Lawson left his Thornfield home in 1943 to serve in World War II, the farthest he had been from Ozark County was Three Brothers, Arkansas. As a boy, he had helped haul lumber there for his uncles.  Born on Jan. 8, 1923, on the 20-acre farm owned by his parents, Hobert and Leta Lawson...

Election precinct judges bring ballots into the Ozark County Clerk's Office Tuesday night.
The majority of voters in the Gainesville R-V School District on Tuesday continued their 20-plus years of turning down levy-increase proposals, defeating the district's latest proposal on the Nov. 6 general election ballot by 150 votes: 930 yes, 1,080 no. After an earlier proposal asking voters to...

This photo from the Elks.org website shows Dennis McAleese, right, Veterans Leather Program chair, speaking with a wheelchair-bound veteran who received a pair of reinforced, fingerless buckskin gloves as part of the Elks Lodge program. The Elks Club makes the gloves from deer hides donated by hunters.
Deer hunters are being asked to bring the hides from their harvested deer to Elks Clubs in West Plains or Mountain Home, Arkansas, to participate in the Elks’ national program that makes buckskin gloves for veterans in wheelchairs.  Dennis McAleese, of Elizabeth, Arkansas, is the national chairman...

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