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Larry Warrick recently shared with the Times two memory books that had belonged to his aunt, the late Glenda Warrick Hays, during her days at Thornfield High School in 1937 and 1938.
As our old year ends, the familiar notes of “Auld Lang Syne” are heard, calling us to remember old friends and old times – and maybe prompting us to click on a keyboard or a smartphone to bring up photos and stories aplenty. But 80 years ago, before technology intervened, one of the ways citizens...
Raymond Gross was sworn in as associate circuit judge for Ozark County Dec. 28 by Judge Craig Carter (not pictured) while his children, Kendall, Lincoln and Aubrey, held a Bible. A courtroom full of friends, family members and colleagues witnessed the ceremony. Judge Gross’ first day in court was...

Ceder Collins
Ceder Collins, 20, graduated Dec. 7 from boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. He now is headed to Twentynine Palms, California. Collins, a 2016 Dora High School graduate, is the son of Jaci Robinson of Dora and Kip Collins of West Plains. 

Tecumseh resident Paul Guiley was presented with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on Nov. 8 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He’s pictured with Heather Metzler, FAA Safety Program director in Little Rock. The award is the FAA’s highest honor given to civilian pilots.
Paul Guiley was recently presented with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on Nov. 8 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The honor is the highest award given to civilian pilots by the Federal Aviation Administration. To qualify, pilots must have made their first solo flight 50 years ago, have their...

Dustin Lee. Ozark County Jail photo.
Dustin Lee, 35, of Vanzant, will spend five years in prison in connection with the burglary and theft of multiple guns and other items in Ozark County earlier this year. Lee pleaded guilty Dec. 5 before Circuit Judge Craig Carter  to first-degree burglary and stealing a firearm and was sentenced to...

Barney and Doris Douglas - The family of the late Barney and Doris Douglas donated 69 books to Gainesville third grade and preschool students last week. Each book included the stamp, pictured below, on the inside cover. Both Doris and Barney Douglas spent their lives giving back to Ozark County. Doris, who died June 6, 2014, dedicated many years as a volunteer at the Ozark County Volunteer Library. Barney, who died Dec. 22, 2012, was active with the Robert Burns Masonic Lodge #496, volunteered with the American Red Cross bloodmobile, Lions Club, Hootin an Hollarin, and the ball game concession stand. He also served on the Ozark County Health Department board and Gainesville school board.
Nearly 70 Gainesville Elementary students received a little extra Christmas cheer Dec. 19 when they were given a new book to take home with them in memory of the late Barney and Doris Douglas. The gifts, provided by the Douglases’ children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, were distributed to...

From left: Shelby Smith, Paige Riley, Karen Brantingham, Karla Smith and Katelyn Brantingham picked up gift-wrapped presents from the businesses where Angel Trees had offered “ornaments” bearing children’s Christmas wishes. Residents and customers took the ornaments, bought the requested gifts, wrapped them and returned them to the businesses to be picked up by Wednesday’s volunteers, who delivered them to the Family Services building.
On Dec. 19, volunteers gathered up the dozens of gifts provided by more than 150 “angels” who fulfilled Angel Tree wishes to give Ozark County kids a merry Christmas this year. Karla Smith, one of the organizers, expressed thanks to all the anonymous residents who bought gifts for Ozark County’s...
Gainesville schools superintendent Jeffrey Hyatt said Monday the Gainesville school board is “actively considering” the possibility of moving to a four-day school week for the upcoming year. The board is  also considering options for ballot language that might be put before voters in the April 2,...
OATS Transit, which serves Ozark County, has announced it will begin implementing a new fare system in southwest Missouri starting in 2019.  The announcement says the change “is being made to help offset declining revenues while supporting increased ridership opportunities. The fares are necessary...
At noon on Christmas Day, VFW Post #5366 in Isabella, with help from the AmVets chapter, will serve its annual free community dinner at the VFW hall on HH Highway in Isabella.  Facility manager Ruby Winslow said everyone is invited to the free meal, veterans and non-veterans. If advance...

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