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Ericka Armstrong
Ericka Armstrong was hired for the job of principal of Gainesville grades 7-12 at the Nov. 14 board meeting of the Gainesville school board. Armstrong, currently the Gainesville Junior High principal, is in her second year at Gainesville and will move into the job July 1. She replaces current GHS...

Curtis and Kimberlie Nielsen, pictured at left with son Conner, watch as firefighters with several area fire departments work to try to extinguish the flames covering their workshop. Times photo/Regina Mozingo.
A large garage/workshop owned by Curtis and Kimberlie Nielsen was destroyed in a Monday afternoon fire on County Road 303, just east of Hardenville. Curtis Nielsen said the family was not home when the fire started in the detached structure. The Nielsens had recently moved into the new home, and...

John and Angie Lamb
A rifle accident on the opening day of firearms deer season has left one Ozark County mother without a foot and a family looking for answers. Bakersfield resident Angie Lamb hadn’t even made it to her deer stand that Saturday morning, Nov. 16, when her Remington 700 series rifle fired – without...

Joe Easterday, left, and son Josh Easterday, show the size of this inflatable reindeer, part of the Rocky Top campground's festival of lights tour. Times photo / Regina Mozingo.
Beginning Dec. 1, Ozark County residents and visitors can enjoy the bright and appealing Christmas light display at Rocky Top Campground and Cabins on Highway 160 at the top of the Tecumseh curves. Joe Easterday, who owns the resort with his wife, Diane, and their son Josh Easterday, with several...

Couple has unforgettable deer hunt: Wyatt and Kiya Grisham had an unforgettable opening morning of deer season this year. Wyatt killed a nice 10-point buck on the Grisham farm off Highway 181 that he’s had his eye on through game camera photos for several months, but Kiya’s harvest was truly unforgettable. She killed an 8-point piebald buck, which has white and brown patchy fur, while hunting in Pontiac. “It’s a once in a lifetime buck,” she said. Albino deer and piebald deer, or partially albino deer, fall under the same regulations as normally colored animals, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. A 2019 Mossy Oak article says hunters have a one in 30,000 chance of seeing a true albino deer, whose recessive genetic traits keep it from having any coloration in its hair, tissue or skin, in the wild. Piebald deer, also caused by a genetic variation, are slightly more common; 2 percent of the current whitetail deer population are piebald.
A total of 861 deer were harvested in Ozark County Nov. 16-17 during opening weekend of the 2019 firearms deer season, including 252 does, 541 antlered bucks and 68 button bucks. Figures for opening weekend of the 2018 weekend weren’t available, but the Missouri Department of Conservation...

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Area residents are invited to share Thanksgiving at any of three community Thanksgiving dinners to be served on Thanksgiving Day in Isabella and Theodosia.  V​FW VFW Post #5366 in Isabella, with help from the AmVets chapter, will serve its annual free community dinner to be served at noon at...

The Warriors2US project will host most of its veteran and first responder guests in this structure, which founder Donna Nasr calls “the barracks.” The 2,800-square-foot building will feature sleeping arrangements for up to 16 people, including some handicap-accessible spaces, a full kitchen, an area where trainings and meetings can be held and handicap-accessible bedrooms and showers. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Tucked away down County Road 519A in Hardenville, a quiet project is coming to life that is sure to make a big impact on veteran and first responder communities.   Donna Nasr, founder and president of the Warriors2US Foundation, has started building a recreational camp aimed at providing...

Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed, left, has announced he’s running for Missouri’s 155th House District representative in the 2020 election. Cpl. Curt Dobbs, a deputy with the sheriff’s department, plans to run for the sheriff’s job Reed is vacating. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed announced last week that he intends to run for Missouri’s 155th District House of Representative seat during the 2020 election. Reed’s current term as sheriff, his second, ends at the end of 2020. The Representative seat is currently held by Wasola resident Karla...

Current 155th Missouri House District Rep. Karla Eslinger visited with Rocky Sullivan in Gainesville auto parts store Bumper-to-Bumper Friday morning after officially announcing her plan to run for the Missouri Senate in the 2020 election. Eslinger, who has lived in Wasola with her husband, David, for 35 years, is the sister of Sullivan’s wife, Kim. “Whatever Karla does, she does a great job at,” Sullivan told the Times. “This won’t be any different. She’s a hard worker, and she’s not afraid to work for the people of the district.” Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
During a visit to the Times office Friday morning, Wasola resident and current Missouri 155th House District Rep. Karla Eslinger announced her intent to run for the Missouri 33rd Senate  District seat in the August 2020 primary election. The position is currently held by Mike Cunningham....

Gainesville VFD firefighter Kevin Piland makes sure no flames are left in the ruins of the small mobile home that burned Nov. 13 on Highway 5 south of Gainesville. The home’s occupants, Austin and Nicole Davis, lost everything in the blaze. Times photos/Regina Mozingo
A young Gainesville couple lost everything except their dogs in a  Nov. 13  fire on Highway 5 south of Gainesville. Austin and Nicole Davis were getting ready to leave their small mobile home that Wednesday afternoon when they noticed the electric box sparking, said Austin. “We were just about to...

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