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  A tornado warning issued for the city of Gainesville a little after midnight Sunday marked the first time a warning had been issued since the FEMA storm shelter addition was added to the front of the Gainesville School. Superintendent Justin Gilmore said that in the event that a tornado warning...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts Amanda Wells has been hired to operate a daycare at Lutie School. The daycare will provide free childcare to Lutie staff.
With more schools nationally transitioning to four-day school weeks, one local school is going against the grain.  Lutie School announced recently it was switching from its four-day school week back to a traditional five-day school week beginning Monday when classes resume for the 2023-24 school...

Times photo/Jenny Yarger This camper was parked at Theo’S RV Park and was flipped onto its top after strong straight-line winds blew through Ozark County Aug. 9.
Ozark Countians are coming up for air this week with a forecast of hot and dry weather, a welcome reprieve from the hit-after-hit severe weather that residents have endured over the last couple weeks. The storms have left hundreds of thousands of dollars of destruction in their wake.  So, did a...

The late Mason Morpeth is pictured here with his wife Amber (Scott) Morpeth and their young daughter Evelyn. Morpeth died unexpectedly June 8 in a crash on Highway 14 in Douglas County. The community is now organizing a benefit event to help raise funds for his family in his absence.
A benefit auction for the family of the late Mason Morpeth will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, at the strip mall in Theodosia. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with activities including live music, bounce houses and more. Food and drinks will also be served.  A live auction will be held at 4 p.m. with...

This photo shows the new portion of County Road 518, which used to run through the parking lot of Mammoth Assembly of God Church. The new portion goes around the church and west of a parsonage. The road was moved, thanks to collaboration from the county, church and landowners who worked out a land swap to redirect the road.
An Ozark County road that ran through the Mammoth Assembly of God Church parking lot has been moved, according to Ozark County commissioners. “It’s been an issue pretty much ever since I’ve been a commissioner, 20-something years,” said Eastern District Commissioner Gary Collins. “The church burned...
Rob Collins of Chaney Monument/D&D Signs installs lettering on a new awning at Gainesville Elementary School Monday. Gainesville Superintendent Justin Gilmore said the new awning has been needed for a long time. “It’s been in the works for quite a while,” Gilmore said. “We are very glad to get...
Alton L. Curtright, 53, of Caulfield, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, in a motorcycle crash on Highway 160, about 2.5 miles west of Caulfield.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s online crash report, Curtright was traveling westbound on Highway 160 on a 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle at 1:45...

Ozark County Courthouse elevator
The elevator in the Ozark County Courthouse will be out of service for more than two weeks Aug. 14-30 for updates, according to Ozark County Commissioners. The elevator will be updated with a new electrical board, along with other improvements. During the time it is out of commission, handicap...

Deb Garcia, right, owner of Sweet Little Things Bakery in Gainesville is pictured here with her late son, Ryan Hardison. Deb and husband Lou have organized the “Flyin’ Ryan” 5k Memorial walk/run in his honor annually since his death in 2018.
The Flyin’ Ryan Fun Run 5k, a memorial fundraiser run/walk, in honor of the late Ryan Hardison, is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, in front of Gainesville City Hall.  Medals will be given to first, second and third places.  A shirt fundraiser is also being held with a deadline of...

Photo courtesy Bakersfield Volunteer Fire Department A massive tree was toppled in the Bakersfield area during this past weekend’s storms that downed dozens of trees, mostly in the eastern portion of Ozark County.
Mother Nature delivered a one-two punch over the weekend, with severe storms striking the area two nights in a row, Saturday and Sunday evening. Then another round of heavy rain moved through areas to the north on Monday night. The Saturday storm packed the biggest wallop, with winds on the east...

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