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With its short, stubby tail and wispy tufts of new feathers topping its head and sticking out from the back of its neck, the first wren fledgling looked a little bit like an alien.
Note: To read more of Theodosia resident Connie Smiley’s blog, visit ozarkgrace.blogspot.com. It’s quiet on the front porch this afternoon, and a little bit lonely, after the clamor of the morning. A pair of Carolina Wrens have been nesting in a creel that hangs from one of the porch pillars, and...

Gainesville preschool students were treated to a fun fire safety lesson from Gainesville Volunteer Fire Department firefighters last week. Students pictured with Gainesville fire chief Ed Doiron are, from left: Makenzie Lane, Greyson Dabney, Brayden Wilson, Tanner Jones, Oliver Paul, Elizabeth Havens, (back) Noland Barger, Ellie May Fullilove and Aspen Walrath-Papke. Front: Dakota Bishop, Fox Paul and Amy Smart.
Gainesville Volunteer Fire Department personnel visited the two Gainesville preschool classes last week, introducing the students to fire safety skills, giving them a tour of the fire engine and showing students what a firefighter might look like dressed in fire gear in case of a house fire....

The Ozark County Jail’s new video visitation system was installed this week. The system uses four 50-inch screens, including the one pictured above in the sheriff’s department lobby and three others in each of the jail’s three pods, along with phone/texting units, shown in the two photos below.
The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department rolled out a new video visitation and chat program this week, allowing inmates in custody to connect with loved ones through video conferencing.  Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed told the Times Monday that the system will also allow judges to process video...

Mike Hatcher
Treasure Gallery, at 5566 Highway 160 in Theodosia, will host a book-signing event and music jam at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25. Local authors Michael Hatcher and Betsy Ritchie will be on hand to sell and sign copies of their books.  Hatcher, founder of Briar Creek, a retreat for pastors and their...
Construction of Gainesville School’s new preschool building has been put on hold pending the filing of paperwork required by the Federal Aviation Administration because of the school’s proximity to the Gainesville Memorial Airport on the other side of Bulldog Drive. Also, after a spokesman for the...

GHS hat toss
Gainesville graduation Gainesville High School held its 2019 graduation exercises at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Jaima DeVries is the class valedictorian, and Madison Trivitt is salutatorian (corrected from print version). At the end of the night, caps were tossed. Gainesville photos by Gary Armstrong...

Participating boats prepare to head out Saturday morning at the beginning of this year’s White River Valley Electric Cooperative’s annual Hooked on Education out of Pontiac Cove Marina. Photo courtesy Drew Dreckman.
This year’s White River Valley Electric Cooperative’s annual Hooked on Education Fishing Tournament, held May 4 out of Pontiac Cove Marina on Bull Shoals Lake, welcomed 152 registered boats. The annual tournament raises funds for WRVEC’s Operation Round Up Program, which has collected and...

Jenni Garrison with the Ozark County Health Department, a certified child passenger safety technician, offers local residents free car seat checks by appointment throughout the year. She also schedules at least one community car seat check event every year, usually in the spring. Details of the public event will be published in the Ozark County Times when confirmed. To stay certified, Garrison has to complete six correct car seat checks herself in view of a certified instructor and complete continuing education to stay informed about current guidelines. Times photo / Jessi Dreckman.
When installed correctly, car and booster seats are designed to protect our most precious cargo in the event of a collision, but alarming statistics show that three out of four car seats are not used or installed properly. The Ozark County Health Department is on a mission to help reduce the...

Krista Crisp
Krista Crisp, owner of KCrisp Massage Therapy LLC, is now making appointments for massage therapy at The Hair Shop on the south side of the Gainesville square. Crisp, who has 11 years of experience as a massage therapist, offers relaxation and therapeutic massage as well as hot stone therapy with...

Law enforcement officers stand beside wreaths that were part of a ceremony at the Missouri Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Saturday that added nine names to the Wall of Honor – four who died in 2018, and five others who died between 1895 and 1971. One of the “historical” names added to the Wall of Honor was Joseph “Joday” Wilson of Romance.
In weekend ceremonies, the name of an Ozark County constable who was murdered in 1905 was added to the Wall of Honor at the Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol grounds in Jefferson City. The Saturday ceremony marked the addition to the Wall of Honor the names of four Missouri law...

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