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Photo by Karla Smith Gainesville’s Bryce Hambelton works against Ava’s Andrew Dalton during the Dec. 22 game at Ava High School
The Gainesville Bulldogs basketball team recently brought their season record to 7-4, racking up two wins at the Cabool Holiday Tournament after falling 50-40 to the Ava Bears in regular season play on Tuesday, Dec. 22.  The Gainesville junior varsity took the court first at Ava High School and...

Bakersfield Volunteer Fire Department chief Greg Watts said when assistant chief Punk Stone returned home to find smoke billowing out of the attic of his house, “it probably really helped that he was a firefighter and knew what to do.”
A flue fire broke out at Bakersfield Volunteer Fire Department assistant fire chief Punk Stone’s residence Sunday, according to fire chief Greg Watts.  Watts said that Stone, his half-brother, and Stone’s father awoke that morning, finished their chores and went to get something to eat. When they...

Photo courtesy Susie Farbin Rachel Barry, left, receives the key to Jean’s Healthway in Ava from longtime owner Jean Farbin.
By Kaitlyn McConnell   Editor’s note: This story about Jean’s Healthway store on the Ava square is reprinted from Kaitlyn McConnell’s popular blog, Ozarks Alive! For more of McConnell’s stories about interesting people and places in the Ozarks, visit ozarksalive.com.     For more than 40 years,...

photo courtesy of Eastern Douglas County VFD Eastern Douglas VFD firefighters, from left, Autumn Barnhart, Joe Bell and Justin Hammett were among the volunteers who responded with other area fire departments to a Dec. 29 structure fire in the Twin Bridges area. Firefighters from six area fire departments responded to the blaze.
Dora Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday, Dec. 29, responded in mutual aid to a Douglas County fire in the Twin Bridges area on Highway 181.  The fire, which was within the Twin Bridges VFD territory, was reported at 8:06 a.m. Twin Bridges firefighters responded to the scene, where the homeowner...

At an informal potluck Christmas party for Ozark County employees, former Ozark County Western District Commissioner Greg Donley, right, expressed thanks to his fellow commissioners, Road and Bridge employees and courthouse staff for the plaque they gave him recognizing his 12 years’ service as commissioner. Donley was elected in 2008 as a Democrat, one of the few Democrats elected to a local Ozark County position in several decades. He changed his party affiliation to Independent ahead of his 2016 campaign and was again elected. He announced several months ago that he had decided not to run for re-election in 2020. Gainesville resident Layne Nance, who was elected in the August primary to replace Donley, ran unopposed in the Nov. 3 general election. Davin Friend, pictured at left, told the Times that when Eastern District Commissioner Gary Collins told him about the plaque to be presented to Donley, Friend told Collins he had “the perfect outfit” to wear for that presentation. Friend said he had bought the colorful Christmas jacket and matching necktie “a couple of years ago at Wal-mart to wear for our church’s Christmas program.” He pastors at Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church.

Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise, far left, performed a swearing in ceremony Dec. 31 for most of Ozark County’s newly elected and re-elected officials: from left, Assessor Jama Berry, Treasurer Christy Thompson, Western District Commissioner Layne Nance, Sheriff Cass Martin, Eastern District Commissioner Gary Collins and Public Administrator Melinda Abraham.
A warrant with a $2,500 cash-only bond has been issued for Michael Lewis Maloy, 32, of Willow Springs, in connection with the Nov. 9 break-in of Roy’s Store in Dora and the theft of several items inside the store. Maloy has been charged with burglary and theft of items totaling more than $750 in...
 Amber Davis, 34, of Isabella, was arraigned on a charge of possession of methamphetamine before Associate Judge Raymond Gross Monday. Public defender Lauren Kate Welborn entered her appearance in the case as Davis’s attorney. A bond reduction hearing is set for Jan. 12. She is currently being held...
A warrant with a $1,500 cash-only bond has been issued for 36-year-old Bakersfield resident Hunter Black. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony. He could face up to 4 years in prison if convicted of the charge. Although the case was just filed in court last week, the...

Gainesville firefighters Lisa Hoffaman, left, Kevin Piland, in back, and John Russo work a fire at the Patriot Internet building, located in the strip mall next to Bullseye in Theodosia.
Area volunteer fire departments have been busy with a number of structure fires in the area. Three fires in a two-day span in the Theodosia area had volunteers especially weary.  A Dec. 21 structure fire at a residence on Homestead Drive in the area behind Cash Saver Pantry in Theodosia resulted in...

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