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The “popcorn man” Bobby Grisham was presented with a 2021 Senior Service Award on behalf of Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe for his volunteer work selling popcorn to raise money for area schools. Grisham was presented the award by Sen. Karla Eslinger, who also nominated him for the award. He was one of only 10 people in the state to receive the award.
Affectionately known as “the popcorn man,” local resident Bobby Grisham was recognized with a 2021 Senior Service Award, presented by Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, for his many years of service to the community, particularly raising money for local schools. Grisham earned the name “the popcorn man...
As covid, the flu and other wintertime bugs surge around the Ozarks, the illnesses are wreaking havoc on school and sports schedules, forcing some teams to pull out of tournaments and making it hard to even field enough players for a varsity team. For many small schools, it means staff and faculty...

Quite an accomplishment Tecumseh resident Bill Driscoll, 66, finished the 223-mile Ouachita Trail in November. The milestone, paired with his previous hikes of the Ozark Trail and Ozark Highlands Trail, completes the “Triple O,” a coveted hiking accomplishment spanning a total of 738 miles. Bill spent 63 hiking days over the last 15 years as part of the journey. He averaged 12 miles per hiking day. 
It was Nov. 2, 2021, when Bill Driscoll completed the 223-mile Ouachita Trail.  As he crossed through a metal structure marking the end of the hike, he knew he’d completed a much-anticipated journey. Sure, he’d finished the 223-mile Ouachita Trail.  The completion of that day’s hike also meant that...
Ozark County Sheriff Cass Martin said that officers investigated a string of at least seven vehicle break-ins that were reported in the Gainesville area on a snowy Jan. 6, when officers were also working tirelessly to help clear several snow-induced traffic incidents from Ozark County streets and...
The Ozark County Commissioners voted unanimously during their Monday meeting to place an upcoming measure on the April 5 General Municipal Election ballot.  If approved, the measure would allow Ozark County to receive county tax on goods purchased by county residents through website and other...

Dian and Ron Luna enjoyed a trip to Colorado with some of their family members in summer 2021, a few weeks before a medical emergency led to Ron’s unexpected death in Great Bend, Kansas.
Dian Luna is sharing the story of her family's tragedy and heartache hoping she might inspire others, as the new year begins, to make a resolution to speak up in challenging circumstances. She can't help but believe now that if she and her husband, Ron Luna, had spoken up in a stressful setting, he...

Officers retrieved this photo off footage from the convenience store’s security camera on Jan. 4, the night of the armed robbery.
The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating an armed robbery incident that occurred Jan. 4 at Bullseye 36 in Gainesville, a store that’s locally known as J-Mart.  This week’s Ozark County Sheriff’s report shows that the call came in to the sheriff’s 911 dispatch office at 9:55...

Jim Clayton, a heavy equipment operator for Ozark County, moves gravel with a backhoe on County Road 861 in the “Steel Tracks” area along the Little North Fork of the White River. As evidenced in the photo, recent flooding caused intense damage in that area. According to Western District County Commissioner Layne Nance, the massive hole of water along that road was so large it could have swallowed two trucks. Times photo/Bruce Roberts
The 7-inch torrent of rain Ozark County received on Dec. 17, 2021, has put a spotlight on a problem that has long existed here and in other counties in the region. It’s where the rain meets the road, if you will. Low-water crossings, slabs, culverts and old bridges are scattered across the...

Emergency crews closed Highway 160 near Spring Creek Hill due to a seven-vehicle pile up, which included a Missouri Department of Transportation snow plow. The crash was first reported at 8:11 a.m. that morning when the MoDOT truck plow and two other vehicles collided. As other vehicles came upon the crash, they were unable to stop and slid into the ditches around the vehicles. There were no serious injuries reported from the crash. Another MoDOT plow truck crash was reported on Highway 181 at 12:17 p.m. that afternoon.
The first week of the new year blew in with some tricky winter weather.  On Wednesday, Jan. 5, local weather forecasts predicted a dusting of snow for Ozark County, but when residents awoke the next morning there was an inch or two on the ground.  The winter precipitation created quite an issue for...
Ruby Winslow retired recently as chief of the Timber Knob Volunteer Fire Department.  Again. After serving as chief for nearly 25 years — since TKVFD was organized in 2000 – Ruby had retired once before, a couple of years ago, turning over the chief’s job to her daughter,  longtime TKVFD...

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