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Area residents are responding with support for a Theodosia couple, Kermit J. Schofield, 76, and his wife, Sandy Schofield, 73, who pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to illegally trafficking in wild American ginseng. According to a news release from Tom Larson, acting United States attorney for...
The filing period for candidates wishing to run in the April 3, 2018, general municipal election for seats on school, municipal and other public boards continues until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. Three two-year seats are coming open on both the City of Bakersfield and City of Gainesville boards. Two...

Sherri Wilson, who retired Friday after 26 years with Century Bank of the Ozarks in Gainesville, shows the gifts she was given during her retirement party Thursday, including pictures and a plaque resting on a porch swing that was a gift from her colleagues in the bank’s loan department. Also pictured are her boss, Bill Trivitt, and Century Bank president and CEO Chris Harlin. Photo submitted.
Sherri Cockrum Wilson retired Friday after working 26 years with Century Bank of the Ozarks in Gainesville. She had worked some other jobs – in retail sales in Springfield, at Town & Country Supermarket and at the Ozark County Recorder’s Office –  between her graduation from Gainesville High...

Work began in July on the CC Highway Bridge near Dora, shown here, and on the PP Highway Bridge near Dawt, known locally as James Bridge.
Last week we published highlights of the top stories published in the Ozark County Times from January through June 2017. This week we continue that summary, looking back at the stories that garnered the most interest from July through December.    July 2017 Bridge rebuilding work begins at James...

Ozark County residents Ini, left, and Wren, were approached by a casting crew for the Discovery Channel’s hit TV show “Homestead Rescue” in early spring through Instagram, where Wren frequently shares photos and snippets of their homesteading journey. The pair, who do not have a TV and had not heard of the show, went through an interview process and were ultimately chosen to be featured in an episode that aired Dec. 13. The Raney family was able to use the yurt’s original floor, made of reclaimed poplar barnwood.
Wren and Ini, an Ozark County homesteading couple who have chosen not to use their last names for privacy concerns, were featured in a Dec. 13 episode of Discovery Channel’s hit TV show, “Homestead Rescue.” The show pairs homesteaders in need of help with Marty, Matt and Misty Raney, a father, son...
The former Hodgson Mill plant on County Road 806 in Gainesville is now home to a new company, Ozark Vinyl, a plastic-recycling business that moved into the facility in early December. The company, which has a contract with Baxter Healthcare Corporation to recycle scrap plastic, shares the space...

A New Year’s Day fire destroyed this older rock home on the Howards Ridge farm owned by Stan and Janet Taber of Almartha. Sam Overturf, who was renting the house, was not home when the fire started. Volunteers from six area fire departments responded to the blaze, working several hours in bone-chilling, sub-freezing temperatures to contain the fire and keep it from spreading to nearby hay barns and other structures. Times photo / Sue Ann Jones.
Fire destroyed a Howards Ridge home Monday evening, bringing firefighters from six area fire departments to battle the blaze in sub-freezing temperatures. Ozark County Ambulance also responded to the scene, where an unidentified firefighter slipped from a ladder but, after attention from the...
Christmas trees can be left at the side of any Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp on Norfork or Bull Shoals lake to be used as fish cover. Those leaving trees at the ramps should be careful not to block the ramp and parking areas. All trees must be real, not artificial, and must be free of ornaments...
The filing period for candidates wishing to run in the April 3, 2018, general municipal election for seats on school, municipal and other public boards continues until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.   Municipal, public boards Candidates are invited to file for positions coming open on these...
The Ozark County Courthouse and most other government offices, including post offices, will be closed Monday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. The Ozark County Commission will postpone its usual Monday meeting until 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.  Gainesville City Hall will also be closed on  New...

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