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These two Fourth of July extended-holiday events are planned for Saturday, July 11, in Ozark County. Bakersfield Picnic in the Park and fireworks - The annual picnic in Bakersfield’s Pride Park will be held from 5 p.m. until dark, when the fireworks show begins. Town-wide yard sales, music, food,...
The three-day Fourth of July weekend was a busy one for Ozark County’s first responders, ambulance personnel and sheriff’s department. Emergency staffers and volunteers responded to 46 calls in the 72-hour holiday period. (See the sheriff’s report on page 7.) Twenty-two of those calls were from...
One new case of COVID-19 has been reported here since last week’s Times. Ozark County Health Department administrator Rhonda Suter said Tuesday, June 30, that Ozark County’s second positive case of COVID-19 had been confirmed. The new case brings the county’s total to two confirmed cases. The...

Emergency responders as well as other motorists who stopped to help are credited with saving the lives of Gregory McGee, 62, and Josh Randolph, 31, who were injured in a June 30 crash on Highway 5 south. Shortly before this photo was taken, rescuers pulled McGee from the Chevy Blazer (left) after it burst into flames. The responders then rushed to help stablize Randolph while his partially ejected torso and midsection were pinned under his Chevy Impala (right). Hydraulic extrication equipment was used to lift the mangled vehicle off of him.
Emergency personnel and bystanders are credited with saving the lives of two Gainesville men who sustained major injuries in a June 23 vehicle crash on Highway 5 south near W Highway.  Paula Coatney and Trisha Hathcock were headed northbound in their two vehicles that Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. In...

Tracy “Todd” Presson
Editor’s note: Documents used to gather information for this story about Tracy Presson’s case are publicly available on the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) website. Visit pacer.uscourts.gov to view the documents or find more information about the case.   Tracy “Todd” Presson, a 54...

Janet Ebrite Taber, left, with her “first cousin once removed” Helen June Blisard Conardy, center, and “first cousin twice removed” Linnie Crawford Pitcock Ingram.
Cousins – the very word evokes fond memories of childhood for most people, of playing together at family gatherings on holidays and vacations, of spending time together with shared grandparents, of similar-age relatives who sometimes grew to become the very best friends. The bond between cousins is...

Mrs. Tara Lininger, second grade
Lutie School District has hired six new teachers for the upcoming school year. Principal Amy Lane told the Times these teachers have been awarded contracts to teach during the 2020-21 school year: Tara Lininger, second grade; Maggie Miller, fourth grade; Heath Treat, high school history; Lauren...

Members of the National Guard, Lutie school district and Salem General Baptist Church worked together to distribute fresh food boxes to 150 families during a June 19 drive-thru event at the school. The group is organizing another distribution to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 23. To reserve a box for pickup that day, call Lutie School at 417-273-4150. There are no requirements to qualify for the distribution.
Schools, churches and organizations around the county are working to organize a variety of upcoming food giveaways to ensure that no family in Ozark County goes hungry. Information on three upcoming events is listed below.  Those organizing future food-giveaway or community-support events are...

Emergency responders from Gainesville, Oakland / Promised Land, Pontiac / Price Place, Air Evac, the Ozark County Ambulance are shown in this photo helping to free Joshua Randolph, one of two drivers who were seriously injured in a crash on Highway 5 south near Pontiac Tuesday afternoon. First responders from Lick Creek and Timber Knob VFDs were also at the crash but are not pictured in this photo. Randolph was reportedly partially ejected from the window of the 2007 Chevrolet Impala, pictured on the right side of this photo. Responders had to use the Jaws of Life to lift the vehicle off of him, one firefighter said. Gregory McGee, the driver of the 1999 Chevrolet pickup, pictured on the left side of this photo, was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas, with serious injuries. McGee was charged with driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving in connection with the crash. Photo courtesy of Jason Everrod.
Two Gainesville men were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, on Highway 5, about one mile southeast of Pontiac. One of the two drivers, 62-year-old Gregory R. McGee, has been charged with driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving in connection...

Some Ozark Countians got a glimpse of the first fireworks of the season Friday night, June 26, when a 10-minute fireworks display concluded the Dora High School graduation ceremony, which was held outside on the school’s ball field due to distancing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dora resident and school board member Lindsay Collins snapped this photo of the festive display that was set off at the end of the event.
July 4 is right around the corner, and there’s no better place to celebrate than right here in the Ozarks. Here’s a list of holiday events to fire up anyone’s patriotic spirit. While some annual events have been canceled or postponed due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, other...

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