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Tony E. Cowden, 63, owner of the popular Tony’s Pizza House restaurant in Protem, was sentenced Monday, Jan. 8, to 18 months in federal prison without parole. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips in connection with tax evasion charges. Cowden pleaded guilty to five...

DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS BURGLAR? Deputies with the Ozark County and Taney County sheriff’s departments are currently investigating several burglaries in the area that are thought be to related. This still shot was taken from security footage from the most recent break-in, which occurred over the weekend at Mark Twain School. Lutie School superintendent Scot Young told the Times that footage from a Dec. 10 break-in at Lutie school showed the same man, dressed in the same outfit. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department at 417-679-4633.
Sheriff’s deputies from Ozark and Taney Counties are currently investigating a string of burglaries over the past month across the two-county area that are thought to be related. Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed told the Times Tuesday morning that officers are almost certain a burglar who broke...

Postal service officials outnumbered residents at Monday’s meeting in the Gainesville post office to discuss the proposed reopening of the Zanoni post office. USPS real estate specialist Vee A. Spikes from Bloomington, Illinois, standing, front, presided over the meeting. From left: Peggy Bradfield from Kansas City (filling in for the manager of finance, she said); Robert Deen from Cape Girardeau, manager of post office operations for Area 4; Gainesville postmaster Jeff Elliott; Thomas Flynn from Cabool, manager of post office operations for Area 2; and Poplar Bluff postmaster Matt Carey.
The U.S. Postal Service plans to spend approximately $270,000 to $280,000 to reopen a post office facility in the Zanoni area, USPS real estate specialist Vee Spikes said Monday at a meeting held at the Gainesville post office.  The new facility will be open two hours a day during the week and four...

Michael McCullough. Mug shot courtesy of Ozark County Jail.
Michael W. McCullough, 57, of Gainesville, is being held in the Ozark County Jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond, accused of child molestation involving a girl who was younger than 12 when the molestation began. McCullough is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, before Associate...
The Ozark County Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the Century Bank of the Ozarks training room. Debra Schilling Smith, Realtor with the Century 21 LeMac Realty Z Team will be the lunch sponsor.  For more information, contact Amelia LaMair at 679-4913 or ozcocofc@yahoo....
The filing period for candidates wishing to run in the April 3, 2018, general municipal election for seats on school, municipal and other public boards continues until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. Three two-year seats are coming open on both the City of Bakersfield and City of Gainesville boards. Two...

Sherri Wilson, who retired Friday after 26 years with Century Bank of the Ozarks in Gainesville, shows the gifts she was given during her retirement party Thursday, including pictures and a plaque resting on a porch swing that was a gift from her colleagues in the bank’s loan department. Also pictured are her boss, Bill Trivitt, and Century Bank president and CEO Chris Harlin. Photo submitted.
Sherri Cockrum Wilson retired Friday after working 26 years with Century Bank of the Ozarks in Gainesville. She had worked some other jobs – in retail sales in Springfield, at Town & Country Supermarket and at the Ozark County Recorder’s Office –  between her graduation from Gainesville High...

Ozark County residents Ini, left, and Wren, were approached by a casting crew for the Discovery Channel’s hit TV show “Homestead Rescue” in early spring through Instagram, where Wren frequently shares photos and snippets of their homesteading journey. The pair, who do not have a TV and had not heard of the show, went through an interview process and were ultimately chosen to be featured in an episode that aired Dec. 13. The Raney family was able to use the yurt’s original floor, made of reclaimed poplar barnwood.
Wren and Ini, an Ozark County homesteading couple who have chosen not to use their last names for privacy concerns, were featured in a Dec. 13 episode of Discovery Channel’s hit TV show, “Homestead Rescue.” The show pairs homesteaders in need of help with Marty, Matt and Misty Raney, a father, son...
The former Hodgson Mill plant on County Road 806 in Gainesville is now home to a new company, Ozark Vinyl, a plastic-recycling business that moved into the facility in early December. The company, which has a contract with Baxter Healthcare Corporation to recycle scrap plastic, shares the space...

A New Year’s Day fire destroyed this older rock home on the Howards Ridge farm owned by Stan and Janet Taber of Almartha. Sam Overturf, who was renting the house, was not home when the fire started. Volunteers from six area fire departments responded to the blaze, working several hours in bone-chilling, sub-freezing temperatures to contain the fire and keep it from spreading to nearby hay barns and other structures. Times photo / Sue Ann Jones.
Fire destroyed a Howards Ridge home Monday evening, bringing firefighters from six area fire departments to battle the blaze in sub-freezing temperatures. Ozark County Ambulance also responded to the scene, where an unidentified firefighter slipped from a ladder but, after attention from the...

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