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Ozark County employees will not have to pay more this year for their health insurance, although the cost of the benefit will increase $68 per person per month for the coming year. County commissioners agreed to cover the increase in the monthly premiums for county employees.  Employees now pay $148...

In response to the covid-19 pandemic, Ozark County Associate Circuit Judge taped arrows on the floor and stairway walls of the courthouse to indicate where people should stand while waiting to enter the courtroom. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Editor’s note: Gainesville High School 2020 graduate Abby Milligan, now a first year-year student in the University of Missouri School of Journalism, completed an internship at the Ozark County Times during her holiday break.   When Ray Gross was elected associate circuit judge in 2018, he never...
The Sale Barn Cafe in Gainesville raised nearly $2,500 during a Jan. 22 lunch fundraiser, and all proceeds were given to Ozark County Ambulance EMT Dustin Warren and his three girls, including his newborn daughter Emersyn.  Warren’s wife, Amanda, died unexpectedly during childbirth Jan. 12.  “Ozark...

Green thumb making some green for FFA...Cole is pictured inside the school’s greenhouse with plants her agriculture students grew and were selling for a spring fundraiser last year.
Lutie High School educator Kathalee Cole wears about as many hats as an educator can: high school agriculture teacher, pre-K through 12 grade school counselor, FFA adviser, high school cheerleading coach, academic testing coordinator, homeless student liaison, English language learning (ELL)...
Only one municipality and two school districts in Ozark County will hold elections in the April 6 General Municipal Election. Candi-date filing for the election closed Tuesday, Jan. 19.  Elected positions are coming open on all five Ozark County school and all three municipal boards, as well as...

The new bridge on County Road 912 over Pond Ford Creek in Thornfield opened last week after work on the half-million-dollar project was completed by Ozark-based RJ Warren Construction Co. The old bridge "used to be wooden and they poured concrete over the top of it," according to former Western District Commissioner Greg Donley. He added that the old structure had a 5-ton weight limit, which restricted the loads of such things as hay, concrete or logs that area haulers might need to move along the county road.
The year’s first high-water event lifted Ozark County streams over many roadways Monday, including Highway 181 at Hodgson Mill, shown in this photo by Joyce Morgan. Many parts of the county reported about an inch and a half of rain Sunday night / Monday morning, but heavier rains north of here were...
Dora Lady Falcon basketball player Cassidy “Noodle” Hambelton  hit her 1,500th point on Jan. 11 during a home game against Couch and was honored  Monday, Jan. 18, when coach Cole Garnette and fellow teammates presented her with a commemorative ball. “Cassidy is a special player,” Garnette said. “...
Photos courtesy Lori Denton   Ethan Cotter and Ashton Yeager were crowned king and queen at Bakersfield’s homecoming celebration Friday, Jan. 15. Pictured, from left, Bo Bean, Silas Bouchard, Sydney Tucker, Aidan Tiller, Sarah Deluna, king Ethan Cotter, queen Ashton Yeager, Hailee Collins, Logan...

Ted and Carey Harris recently opened 101 Pastries & Cream, a cafe, bakery and ice cream shop at Highways 101 and 160 in Caulfield. The couple say their goal is to bring the little building back into commercial existence from its original life as the Frosty Freez, a cafe and ice cream shop that opened in the 1950s. “[This building] contains many childhood memories of our older generation, and we’re here to allow another generation to create new memories here in Caulfield,” Carey said.
A cafe and sweets shop with deep local history and an eclectic little store that sells all sorts of interesting treasures both opened last month in Caulfield.  The two stores, 101 Pastries & Cream and Ozark Mountain Trading Post, are located directly across from one another on Highway 101 near...

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