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Ozark County native Tawnya Crisp Krempges’ photo appeared recently on the Megatron in Times Square as part of an advertising promotion for the Mary Kay cosmetics company.
It’s not every day that an Ozark County native’s photo appears, billboard size, in Times Square, but one was there recently when Tawnya Crisp Krempges’ smiling face appeared on the ABC building’s Megatron in New York City. The publicity came when Tawnya’s Mary Kay unit met the challenge of having a...

The tan-colored, single-level home just below the red fire-retardant chemical plume in this photo by Riverside (California) Press-Enterprise reporter Brian Rokos belongs to Alex and Vonda Solomko, Ozark County native Kristin Solomko’s in-laws in Murrieta, California. During the Liberty Fire that burned out of control in that area last week, fire crews decided to drop their load there because they saw the fire breaks that had been created around the home and thought it could be saved.
An Ozark County native recently got a too-close-for-comfort view of California wildfires that have made national headlines during the past week. For the last three years, Kristin Crawford Solomko, daughter of Bryan and Jerri Sue Crawford of Gainesville, has lived with her husband, Michael, in...

More than 100 people attended the informational meeting Dec. 5 in Ava about the future of the new Bryant Creek State Park in Douglas County a few miles north of Rockbridge. The meeting included three exhibits where Missouri State Park employees answered visitors’ questions and shared information about the park. Written comments were accepted at the meeting, and online comments are currently being accepted through Jan. 5, 2018, on the Missouri State Parks website. Photo courtesy of the Douglas County Herald.
This article is reprinted with permission from KSMU.org. Additional information has been added by the Times staff.    Three public meetings on the future of Missouri’s newest state parks are finished, including the Bryant Creek State Park meeting, which was held Dec. 5 at the Ava Community Building...

While being filmed for an upcoming episode of “Homestead Rescue” on the Discovery Channel, Misty Raney, left, and Wren Russenholt, discuss a cedar “aqueduct” system designed to provide Wren and partner Ini with a more accessible way to bring water to their gardens. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman.
An episode of the Discovery Chanel’s hit TV show “Homestead Rescue” that was filmed in Ozark County earlier this year will air at 8 p.m. central time tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 13. The episode features a Luna-area couple named Wren and Ini, who have elected to use the last name Russenholt in the...
A preliminary hearing for Kevin Robinson, 28, of Gainesville, was held Nov. 28 before Associate Judge Cynthia MacPherson in connection with an incident in which Robinson was alleged to have stabbed  24-year-old Robert Chambers in Gainesville’s Town & Country Supermarket parking lot Oct. 21. At...

Area residents are invited to select an “ornament” from area Angel Trees, like this one shown by Deb Garcia at Deb & Lou’s Cafe in Gainesville. The ornament adopter is then asked to fulfill some or all of the requests listed on each ornament as the child’s needs and wishes. The gifts must to returned to the Angel Tree site by 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, to be collected by the project’s organizers and distributed to the specified families. Times photo/Norene Prososki.
Ozark County Family Services, partnering with retired social worker Karla Smith and the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department, are working to make sure Santa visits every child in the county this year. Family Services staff members organize the annual “Angel Trees” here to provide gifts for children...

Kathy Weinert works to chisel a stone to fit a spot within Rick and Jill Norton’s fireplace. Rick said the Weinerts were true craftsman, and “as many stones were chosen as were rejected.” Photo courtesy of Jill Norton.
Despite living away for several years, Ozark County native Rick Norton has always considered Ozark County his home. He and wife Jill looked forward to the day they could retire and move back to the area. After some unexpected health issues, that day came a little sooner than expected. But the early...

Photo courtesy Doug Hawkins.
Rob Collins of Chaney Monument and D&D Signs assisted Gainesville city employees Monday in hanging holiday decorations around the Gainesville square in celebration of the Christmas season and to prepare for Saturday’s “Wonders of Christmas” event to be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. See page 2...

Circuit Judge Craig Carter
In a recent ceremony honoring exemplary service to the people of Missouri, Missouri Chief Justice Zel M. Fischer recognized Ozark County Circuit Judge Craig Carter for his participation in the judicial transfer and partnership programs. The ceremony was held during the annual meeting of the...

Angaline Ryan
Angaline Ryan, 60, of West Plains was scheduled to face a Texas County jury Dec. 11-15; however, Ryan’s trial was canceled after a motion for continuance was filed by Howell County Prosecutor Michael P. Hutchings on Nov. 28. The case is now scheduled for a hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. It’s...

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