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Sheriff Cass Martin, front, with Reserve Deputy John Russo, says the sheriff’s department will be updating the jail’s pods as part of a major renovation project. One of the more important updates includes outfitting the cells with an intercom system, allowing inmates to alert jail staff in an emergency. Martin says the cells currently do not have working systems, with the hardware completely missing in several instances. The absence of an intercom system means a prisoner would have to yell loud enough to be heard through the jail cell door and the jail pod door, shown at the top right in the photo.
With a combined leftover balance and expected revenue totaling $5.8 million and anticipated expenditures clocking in at $5.1 million, Ozark County’s 2021 budget is the largest in the county’s history.  The uptick in sales tax revenue from 2020 and expected revenue for the coming year meant there...

Times reporter Jessi Dreckman snapped this photo of the empty and snow-covered Gainesville square Monday afternoon around 1 p.m. Gainesville residents saw about 7 inches of snow fall Sunday into Monday afternoon, and at press time Tuesday forecasts were calling for another 6 to 8 inches Tuesday into Wednesday.
Like much of the country, Ozark County is shivering through a massive winter weather system this week that on Monday left many local areas buried beneath a heavy blanket of snow and most highways and county roadways completely covered despite the best road-clearing efforts of the Missouri...
Chantel Drake, 31, of West Plains, is facing a class D felony charge of tampering with a motor vehicle in connection with a Feb. 1 incident in which she reportedly stole a vehicle from Howell County and engaged in a high-speed pursuit with Baxter County, Arkansas, and Ozark County sheriff’s...
Gainesville resident Michael Lee Goins has been charged with the class E felony of driving while intoxicated resulting in an injury in connection with a Sept. 5, 2020, utility terrain vehicle (UTV) crash on T Highway that left a woman injured. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Tuesday,...
Joseph Dwayne Hale, 32, of Cabool, is charged with four felonies in connection with a Dec. 18, 2020, incident in which he is alleged to have stolen a truck and then fled from Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputies.  Hale is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, property damage to a vehicle with the...
Ozarks Healthcare (formerly Ozarks Medical Center) in West Plains has been selected as one of Missouri’s high-throughput covid-19 vaccination sites. The selection will allow the medical system to coordinate with the medical community to provide future vaccination clinics. The announcement follows a...
Missouri's online covid vaccine dashboard reported Tuesday that 627 doses of covid-19 have been administered in Ozark County, including 573 first doses and 54 second of two doses. The total represents 6.2 percent of the county's 9,174 residents, the dashboard reported. The dashboard also said that...
Two upcoming holidays Feb. 12 and Feb. 15 will cause closures at some area offices and businesses. The Ozark County Times office will be open both days. Gainesville City Hall and the Gainesville License Office will be closed both days.     Lincoln’s birthday Missouri state offices will be closed...

The new pathway of Highway 160 will stretch north of its current location beginning halfway down the hill west of the Tecumseh access at Norfork Lake. The result will eliminate these two reverse curves, allowing a gentler bend in the roadway.  Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Few sections of Ozark County roadway are as infamous, and perilous, as the quarter-mile stretch of Highway 160 west of Norfork Lake known simply to locals as the “Tecumseh curves.” Located about 9 miles east of Gainesville, Highway 160 descends a hillside at that point, leading drivers through more...

Sparta Tournament champs The Gainesville Bulldogs took first place in the Sparta Tournament Saturday after a nail-biter 59-51 overtime win against Fair Grove. Members of the team are, from left, (front row) Andrew Hambelton, Camden Evans, Ryan Poe, Carter Wise, Easton McGee; (back row) Nathan Kiger, Jake Leeker, Landry Jenkins, Bryce Hambelton, Isaac Barnett, Westin Wilson and Wyatt Alms. Photos courtesy Karla Smith
The Gainesville Bulldogs varsity basketball team had a great showing at the Sparta Tournament last week that ended in a gutsy 59-51 overtime win over first-seeded Fair Grove to bring home the championship trophy.  “We had some stretches in all three games where we weren’t as efficient as we needed...

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