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The first edition of the Times’ new behind-the-scenes newsletter, to be published quarterly, shows Times staff members doing the work that results in each week’s edition of the newspaper. The newsletter includes this photo of Times publisher / ad manager Jenny Yarger unloading newspapers and cookbooks from the company truck, which is used to transport the Times from Springfield, where it is printed each week at Nowata Print Shop.
The Times last week launched its first digital edition of a behind-the-scenes newsletter to be published quarterly. The free newsletter includes photos of staff members doing the work that results in each week’s edition of the Times – as well as the recently released Ozark County Cookin’ cookbook....

Jax Headrick, 8, son of Tyler and Mandy Headrick, enjoyed making and throwing snowballs Sunday afternoon. His mom snapped this photo just as one of Jax’s snowballs hit the window. “I was just trying to take a sweet picture of Jax in the snow through the glass door,” Mandy said. “Instead, I get a snowball to the glass.”
Ozark County got its first brush of snow for the winter season Sunday. Residents awoke to gray skies and precipitation that slowly changed from rain to sleet to big, fluffy, wet snowflakes by mid-afternoon. Most areas in Ozark County had at least enough snow to cover the ground, with more...

National Guard soldier Marco Walden performs a covid test on Gainesville resident Dottie Dowrick at the drive-thru clinic Monday. Organizers said 32 residents pre-registered for the free testing event, but the National Guard opened registration up to any Missouri resident who wished to be tested, and a total of 37 tests were administered.
Thirty-seven tests were administered by Missouri National Guard members at a free drive-thru covid-testing event at the Gainesville Saddle Club in Gainesville Monday. Guardsman Sgt. Zachary Weeks told the Times that 27 National Guard soldiers worked at the Gainesville event. He said test results...

Holiday royalty Santa and Mrs. Claus (portrayed by Connelly Dunnerman and Teri O’Dell) waved to children from the back of an antique truck in the annual Jingle Bell Parade. After the parade the jolly couple visited with children in the gazebo.
Editor's note: Gainesville High School graduate Abby Milligan, now a freshman  in the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is interning at the Ozark County Times during her holiday break.   Ozark County residents braved the cold Friday night, Dec. 4, to celebrate the season at Gainesville's...

Little Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas Parker Robinson and Tera Watts were crowned Little Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas, much to Santa’s delight, at Bakersfield’s Christmas in the Park celebration Saturday.
The Bakersfield Festival Committee hosted Christmas in the Park at Pride Park in Bakersfield Saturday. The outdoor event was well attended in spite of changes and cancellations due to covid concerns, according to committee member Kristi Edens. “There weren’t near as many people as we usually have...
The candidate filing period for the April 6, 2021, election begins Tuesday, Dec. 15, for positions coming open on Ozark County school and municipal boards, as well as Public Water District #1 in Theodosia, and the Ozark County Ambulance District. (No terms are expiring on the Ozark County Health...

Parade marshal Roger Frost Roger Frost, the 2020 Jingle Bell Parade marshal, "has been a very generous supporter of several local school and community projects such as Project Grad, PTO, teacher in-service, Relay For Life and the Gainesville City Park, to name a few," says parade organizer Paula Rose. Frost, who is the longtime manager of Town & Country Supermarket here, says he doesn’t like being in the spotlight but adds, "We just try to help as many as we can.”
Jingle Bell parade may include 40-plus entries this year! Parade organizer Paula Rose said she didn’t know how the 2020 Jingle Bell parade at the Wonders of Christmas festival would pan out this year amid covid-19 concerns, but she has been pleasantly surprised with the number of entries scheduled...

Dora resident Jay Smith and his mom, Becky Smith, were both successful during this year’s rifle season, killing these two big bucks. “It was a good morning at the Smith farm,” Jay said. “My mom is a big-buck killer. I love hearing and seeing how excited she gets during deer season.”
Ozark County hunters harvested fewer deer during this year’s firearms season, Nov. 14-24, than they have in the last 10 years.  Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation indicates that 1,681 deer were killed this year during Missouri firearms deer season in Ozark County. The...

Herman Pierce
Editor’s note: This is one of the stories to be included in the personal memoir now being assembled by Ozark County native Sid Pierce, a Navy veteran, retired teacher and Branson sound technician who for many years traveled the world with country music recording artist Roy Clark. His dad, the late...
In-person donations are being accepted this week at the First Baptist Church for this year’s Ozark County Toy Drive, an annual charity that has helped make Christmas brighter for hundreds of Ozark County children through the decades. The event will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in...

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