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Times correspondent Linnie Ingram at a recent Hootin an Hollarin.
For several years, a little pop-up box has appeared on my computer at 1 p.m. every Monday. “Call Linnie,” it reminds me. Last Monday, the reminder popped up, but the afternoon got away from me as the week’s news came together. The phone rang; email flowed. The little reminder in the top right...

Times photo / Jessi Dreckman Gainesville superintendent Justin Gilmore said last week that a recently announced grant will help fund a FEMA storm shelter that will create a new front appearance and a new entrance for Gainesville’s high school / junior high building.
Twelve years and two more attempts after the Gainesville R-V School District was first approved for a FEMA grant to build a storm shelter “safe room,” the district was notified last week that a new 90/10 grant for a shelter has been approved.  The structure should become a reality sometime in the...

Ozark County Chamber of Commerce president Doug Hawkins, his girlfriend Amy Green and Amy’s daughter Emily are known for their elaborate and fun costumes each year. Hawkins says they’re working on a theme for this year but haven’t got the details nailed down yet.
Fall came sweeping in last week with cool, crisp air, and the drop in temperatures has many Ozark Countians thinking of autumn – and of Halloween. Ozark County Chamber of Commerce president Doug Hawkins says the annual Gainesville trunk-or-treat event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween...

Greg Moss recently completed repairs to the Hootin an Hollarin cabin, which serves as a promotional landmark for the long-running festival that, until this year, has been celebrated for six decades. With the help of Eric Case, Moss replaced rotting boards and logs and old, failing chinking in the structure, which was originally a smokehouse that was donated for the first Hootin an Hollarin in 1961. PHOTO COURTESY GREG MOSS
The little Hootin an Hollarin cabin on the Gainesville square got a recent facelift with the replacement of some rotting logs and old chinking.  Greg Moss, who was hired by the Hootin an Hollarin Committee to repair the cabin, was assisted by Eric Case in tending to the former little smokehouse...

TRAVIS BROWN
Families of two missing local men are still searching for answers as the months continue to pass without any sign of what happened to them. “We’ve had zero new leads,” Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Curtis Dobbs told the Times last week. “It’s as if they just vanished.” Those with any...

This photo was taken during a 2019 vehicle-fire training session for area volunteer fire departments in Gainesville. Three training sessions for area VFDs are planned for October.
Area volunteer firefighters will have three local training opportunities during the month of October. The courses are provided through the University of Missouri Extension Division Fire and Rescue Training Institute and will be held at the Gainesville Masonic Lodge at 98 Second St. behind Town...

DOYLE SHELTON
Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputies Seth Miller, Kyle Hannaford and Eric Bales helped Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase apprehend Doyle Wayne Shelton Jr., a 46-year-old Ava man, from a residence in Theodosia on Sept. 24 after a week-long search for the wanted fugitive. “Sheriff Degase credits the...

WILLIAM WOLFE JR.
A two-day manhunt for Douglas County murder suspect William Wolfe Jr., 54, of Ava, extended into northern Ozark County over the weekend. “We were all over eastern Douglas County and northern Ozark County for about 48 hours,” Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase told KY3 news.  The hunt for Wolfe is...

JESSE PICKEL
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jesse Pickel, 25, of Theodosia, in connection with the Aug. 13 break-in of a Gainesville storage unit rented by Andrew Wayne and Megyn Adam and the theft of more than  $10,000 worth of possessions inside.  Pickel is charged with second-degree burglary and...
  In response to increased numbers of active covid-19 cases in the county and in the district, Gainesville Schools announced Thursday that, beginning Friday, Sept. 25, it will institute block scheduling in its junior high and high school buildings and that virtual learning from home will be...

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