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Times photo / Jessi Dreckman Western District Commissioner Layne Nance confirmed Monday that the bright orange signage at Haskins Ford has been “flipped down” to warn residents that the crossing is under water, and the roadway is closed. When the area is passable, the bottom sections of the signs are flipped upward, hiding the message. This photo was taken Monday afternoon. Nance said the water in Bull Shoals lake is still rising, and County Road 863 continues to be closed at the ford.
At their Monday morning meeting, the Ozark County Commissioners discussed upcoming bills and payroll, the upcoming General Municipal Election and the need for area drivers to be more aware.    Haskins Ford crossing One hot topic centered on the Haskins Ford crossing, an area where County Road 863...
Jordan Haden, who was found guilty by a Wright County jury of second-degree assault and resisting arrest, had his sentencing hearing continued. This will be the second time the hearing has been rescheduled.   Haden was originally set to be sentenced on Feb. 18, but the courthouse was closed due to...

This still image was taken from a video posted on Facebook in August 2020 that shows a man hitting a horse with a shovel, eventually breaking the shovel. The post, which had been shared more than 5,000 times before it was removed, prompted messages of concern and outrage to the Ozark County Times and the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office.
Gainesville resident Darrell Logan Sr. submitted an Alford guilty plea March 25 to the class A misdemeanor of animal abuse before Associate Judge Raymond Gross in open court. The case stems from an August 2020 incident in which Logan is alleged to have hit a horse in the head with a shovel. An...
Gainesville School has announced that its 2021-22 school schedule will operate Monday through Thursday. Students will not be in school most Fridays, school officials say. The board announced after its Feb. 22 meeting that the district would transition into a four-day school week but wanted more...
  Editor’s note: 1998 Gainesville High School graduate Jabet Morgan Wade, local business owner and mother of fourth-grader Lola and second-grader Finn, serves as vice president of the Gainesville R-V Board of Education. When the U.S. Department of Education announced last fall that it was accepting...
This week the Times publishes profiles of five of the eight Ozark County candidates running for positions in the April 6 General Municipal Election.  Two candidates, incumbent Dana Crisp and challenger Debbie Miller, are running for the East Ward seat on the Gainesville City Council, a two-year...
The Gainesville High School Lady Bulldogs softball team began their season with a 6-5 conference tournament win over Conway on Friday, March 19. The win meant the team continued on to Hartville, where they faced the Mansfield Lions on Saturday.   “We found ourselves down 0-5 against the Conway...
Bakersfield resident Elizabeth Meskimen, 36, has been charged with driving while intoxicated (prior offender), three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and operating a vehicle in a careless manner involving an accident in connection with a Valentine’s Day crash. She is scheduled to make...
Bakersfield resident Elizabeth Meskimen, 36, has been charged with driving while intoxicated (prior offender), three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and operating a vehicle in a careless manner involving an accident in connection with a Valentine’s Day crash. She is scheduled to make...
The Ozark County Health Department is taking appointments for a first-dose Moderna vaccination clinic to be held Tuesday, April 6, at the OCHD office on Third Street in Gainesville. To make an appointment, call OCHD at 417-679-3334. Because this is a locally managed vaccination event, appointments...

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