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Katelyn Brantingham, daughter of Karen and Dan Brantingham of Noble, was recently recognized as one of two “Outstanding Psychology Graduates” at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, where online commencement exercises are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16. This broadcast event is...
Treasure Fest will be held Sunday, May 17 Theodosia Treasure Gallery owner Jan Chester is resuming her third-Sunday-of-the-month craft shows on May 17. “We need something to do,” Chester said. “We will practice social distancing, and it will be outside.” The festival is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the...
When Steve Bartlett heard a loud noise on the front porch of his Timber Knob home Wednesday night, May 6, he walked to the window, turned on the outside light and found a 300-pound black bear looking back at him through the glass. “I pecked on the glass, and it just looked at me,” said Bartlett, a...

Dot Strickland, shown in this 2017 Hootin an Hollarin file photo with her husband, Lawrence, was the target of a recent “grandma scam” telephone call. Her husband died in October 2018.
The first thing the man on the telephone said when Dot Strickland answered recently was, “Listen! Don’t tell anyone what I’m going to tell you.” Then he said, “This is your grandson Michael, and I’m in jail.” To say Dot was shocked would be a vast understatement. “Michael is a pastor in Atchison,...

This ad for Skeeter’s Cafe in Gainesville High School’s 1970 Bulldogger yearbook shows, from left, owners Skeeter and Faye Stevens with employees Bonnie Luna and Ella Mae Cutshaw Piland.
Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part story. When Deb Garcia announced recently on her Facebook page that she and her husband, Lou, would not be reopening their cafe on the Gainesville square after closing it during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown order, many area residents felt their hearts...

The Finch family moved to the Ozarks about three years ago from Belen, New Mexico. From left: Chad Finch holding Vance, 2; Glory, 4; Myron, 8; Teller, 6; Rawley, 9; and Curtis, 11. In the back, the kids’ mother, Laurel, holds 1-year-old Emmerick. Photo submitted.
In the wee hours of the morning Saturday, May 9, in the darkest part of the night, as Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase prepared to search for a 6-year-old boy in a pond on a farm east of Ava and just north of Ozark County, he “felt like I was about to be sick,” he said Monday.  Degase was one of...

Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Curtis Dobbs escorts Allen Shafer, 32, into the Ozark County Courthouse Tuesday to be arraigned on charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and tampering with a motor vehicle in connection with the Saturday night shooting death of 22-year-old Devon “Porkey” Massey of Dora. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Editor's note: This online article has been edited to clarify and correct the original story.   Two men are currently being held in the Ozark County Jail without bond after two separate violent incidents in the Dora area left one man dead and three others injured. An altercation leads to murder A...
Gainesville Health Care Center on Highways 5 south / 160 west invites area residents to join a Mother’s Day parade through the GHCC parking area to wish residents and loved ones there a happy day. Administrator Sherri Beasley said the parade will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, and participants are...
A celebration of the life of former Pontiac / Price Place Volunteer Fire Department chief Art Streigle will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at PPPVFD station #2 on W Highway 4 miles from High-way 5 south. The memorial service will be followed at 4:30 p.m. by a fundraiser dinner to help the...

Gene Cherry manned the donation site at Gainesville High School during the Ozark County Food Drive Wednesday, April 29. Cherry was one of several volunteers working that day at Bakersfield, Gainesville, Lutie, Dora and Thornfield schools to collect nonperishable food and monetary donations for the Ozark County Food Pantry.
Generous Ozark Countians contribute food, paper goods and cash during April 29 food drive A woman with a desire to help, a group of willing volunteers and a generous community made for a successful Ozark County Food Drive Wednesday, April 29. Organized by Debbie Daniel of Theodosia, nine volunteers...

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