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Erin Swofford
At its May meeting, the Gainesville R-V Board of Education hired Erin Swofford as Gainesville Elementary School principal. Swofford has been the special education director for Ava Schools and assistant elementary school principal in Ava since 2016.   Swofford, the daughter of James and Alice...
In less than a week, Ozark County’s registered voters will decide whether the county will begin collecting a 2 percent internet “use tax,” similar to a sales tax, on some online purchases, and who will fill open seats on the Dora, Gainesville and Thornfield school boards. Some Ozark Countians also...
COVID-19 kept students and teachers from attending their traditional classes, but Lutie School’s teachers and staff decided they wouldn’t let their end-of-year goodbyes go by the way-side. On May 20, they loaded up onto a school bus and visited students’ homes, delivering smiles, awards and ice...
Ozark County livestock producers – and thousands of farmers and ranchers around the country – are considering how to apply for newly announced federal funds offered to them through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The program provides up to $16 billion to be made in direct payments to...

Bakersfield High School held its high school graduation in the Jerry Taylor Gymnasium Friday, May 22. This screenshot was taken from a video that may be viewed on the Ozark County Times Facebook page.
The 2020 senior class graduated from Bakersfield High School Friday, May 22, in the Jerry Taylor Gymnasium. Loosely abiding by COVID-19 pandemic social-distancing guidelines, a limited number of family members gathered to celebrate a challenging finish of high school careers cut short by the...

Jason Laird
Jason Laird, 44, of Gainesville, appeared for his May 20 Law Day hearing by video chat from the Douglas County Jail, where he was moved after an escape attempt from the Ozark County Jail.   He accepted a plea agreement offered by the state on the six cases, totaling 15 charges, and was sentenced to...

Corey Hillhouse
Three three-year positions are coming open, those held by Jerry Kiger, Corey Hillhouse and Marti Warden. All three incumbents have filed for re-election, and Douglas Hawkins has also filed as a candidate. Board members whose terms are not expiring are Jabet Wade, Mason Eslinger, Heather Bushner and...

William "Mitch" Cook
Editor's note: Donnie Cunningham declined to provide profile information, and Terry Ewing declined to provide a photo.    Three three-year positions are coming open, those held by Terry Ewing, Donnie Cunningham and Travis Tucker. All three have filed for re-election. Renee Graham and William “...

Lindsay Collins
Lindsay Collins, Cassidy Martin, Jerry Moritz and Mindy Trail are vying for three open positions, those currently held by Collins, Martin and Ed Lee. Lee has not filed for reelection. Gwen Chambers and Wanda Watkins have filed as write-in candidates for the Dora school board. Their names will...

This black bear sow was photographed near Forsyth. Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is seeking initial public input on a proposed limited and highly regulated hunting season for black bears, which would be open only to Missouri residents. If approved by the Missouri Conservation Commission, a season could occur as soon as the fall of...

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