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Missouri’s minimum wage rose to $10.30 per hour on Jan. 1, and with President Joe Biden and other politicians pushing to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, the county, as well as many local businesses, are nervously looking toward the future. At their meeting last week, the Ozark County...
The Ozark County Commissioners are currently reviewing and discussing potential changes in the courthouse’s communication system, internet service and elevator contract.    Possible phone system and internet upgrades At their Feb. 1 weekly meeting, the commissioners said they are considering...

The Ozark County Fire Chiefs Association is selling these window decals as a fundraiser to help pay for training sessions and the materials used in them.
The Times recently published lists of charitable organizations that serve Ozark County and suggested that area residents might be willing to support those groups financially. The 15 volunteer fire departments that serve Ozark County are also charitable organizations, and almost all say they need...

Facebook famous Ozark County Sheriff’s canine Rye has her own Facebook page (search for “K9 Rye”). The dog is supported completely by donations, and more community donations are currently needed.
The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department is currently raising funds to support its police canine, Rye.  “The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 program is completely funded by the gracious donations from citizens and businesses of Ozark County,” OCSD Sheriff’s Deputy and canine handler Justin...

Thursday and Friday, Ozark County’s first responders, including Ozark County Ambulance District administrator Stacy Raney, were offered the vaccine at the Ozark County Health Department. OCHD nurse Rita Cudworth gave Raney the shot. Times photo/Regina Mozingo
As residents and staff members at Gainesville Health Care Center got their second of two covid vaccinations Thursday, Jan. 28, several Ozark County first responders got their first shot as the long-awaited vaccine finally was made available in the county to those not connected to the nursing home...

Sales tax revenue is up Contrary to what might have been expected during a year when the covid pandemic caused retail chaos in many places, Ozark County's sales tax revenue was greater in 2020 than any year since at least 2017 – and maybe for all time, said Ozark County Presiding Commissioner John Turner. This chart shows the county's cumulative sales tax revenue during each month from 2017 through 2020.
For many of us, Dec. 31 was a time to say a sincere “Good riddance!” to a pandemic-plagued year that just about everyone was happy to leave behind. After all, 2020 was the year when each day’s national newscasts seemed to report a growing number of covid-19 diagnoses and deaths as well as a...
Photos by Karla Smith   Kaitlyn Morse and Koby Wooledge were crowned queen and king at the 2021 Gainesville homecoming held Friday, Jan. 22. Homecoming court members pictured, from left, were (front row) freshman Ashley Dunn, sophomore Jesse Latham, crown bearer Rowan Nash, junior Nicole Donahue,...

1,000 points...Gainesville senior forward Elizabeth Kinworthy goes up for 2 points against Mountain Grove during the Jan. 18 52-42 homecourt victory over the Lady Panthers. Kinworthy scored her 1,000th point during the win over Mansfield on Thursday, Jan. 21. Photo by Karla Smith
The Gainesville Lady Bulldogs hosted Mansfield Thursday, Jan. 21, and defeated the Lady Lions 53-46. “This was a good conference game win for us,” said GHS coach Lance West. “We shot 52 percent from the field and out-rebounded Mansfield 24-9. We were able to get some big stops on the defensive end...
The Ozark County Food Pantry has received a new walk-in freezer thanks to Ozarks Food Harvest as part of a more than $200,000 grant to area food pantries.  The local food pantry, which is located on Highways 160/5 west of the Gainesville business district, was one of eight food pantries in...
The Ozark County Recycling Center on County Road 502 in Gainesville has received nearly $15,000 in grant funds from the South Central Solid Waste Management District.  “We’re pretty proud of our recycling center, because we all saw what the county looked like without it,” Ozark County Presiding...

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