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Trenton Strain. BCSO mug shot.
Editor's note: The online version of this story was edited slightly from the article that ran in the Oct. 19, 2022, edition of the Ozark County Times, to include four fires that were reported on County Road 503 that are thought to be a part of the alleged arson spree.      A man accused of...
The 2022 edition of Ozark County Cookin’ will feature not only the recipes but also the stories of Ozark County cooks, present and past, whose kitchen talents created warm, enduring memories for generations of area families. As we do each year, the Times is asking readers to share their memories...

Photo by Norene Prososki Connie and Don Smiley, on the deck of their lake home in Theodosia, hold Don’s book of poetry, “Silent Our Walk and other Poems.” Although most of the books have been given away as gifts, there are a limited number of copies available for $9 at the Ozark County Times office. The cover of Don Smiley’s book of poetry features a photo of Don and their beloved golden retriever Barley returning home after hunting on their property in Theodosia. The photo was taken by his wife Connie
Don Smiley always had a little compulsion about rhyming. He’d jot down poems about whatever subject was on his mind – forest animals, walking in the woods, his love for his wife Connie and daughter Tava or his passion for the Ozarks. Through the decades of their married life, Don would leave the...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts Deputy Seth Miller shows the water softener system in the basement of the Ozark County Jail that has been bypassed for some time and has created some plumbing issues in the jail. Most of the jail was effectively shut down due to plumbing issues over the weekend.
The Ozark County Jail was without water over the weekend, and most of the jail remained without water on Monday due to plumbing issues within the building. The Sheriff’s Department posted a statement on their Facebook page over the weekend explaining that the jail was mostly without water and...

photo courtesy of Penny Britt Gainesville resident Penny Britt, right, and her mini goldendoodle Archie meet hospice patients in their own homes, as they are here with Shirley Rubis. The registered nurse working with Shirley recommended an Archie-visit to provide comfort and companionship. After an initial visit, Penny and Archie now visit Shirley monthly.
Gainesville resident Penny Britt says her new co-worker Archie fits in well with patients and employees alike at Hospice of the Ozarks. His teddy-bear-like appearance and sweet demeanor wins over most anyone he meets, and he provides a level of quiet and reassuring comfort that only a canine...

Three decades of service Monte Shipley, right, who has served as Dora fire chief for 35 years, and Deputy Chief John Epley, left, and his wife Donna, retired from the Dora Volunteer Fire Department Sept. 1. Both Monte and John helped build the fire station pictured behind them. “It was all built with volunteer labor. First, we had two bays and a community building. Then we ran out of room. We had three trucks, so we added three more bays...”
For more than three decades, Dora volunteer firefighters Monte Shipley and John Epley dropped what they were doing when they heard a fire tone ring out from their belt-clipped radios - and they responded.  During family gatherings, during holidays, during birthdays, in middle of the night and first...

Shirley and Ronnie Garrison’s house on Lake Road 619, off HH Highway south of Isabella, is off the beaten track but attracts a lot of attention this time of year when Shirley and son Heath Garrison create clever seasonal yard displays like these, which feature a huge haybale scarecrow and three straw bales with expressive faces. The designs are illuminated at night, and the Garrisons welcome friends, neighbors and other residents to come by and check it out.
Shirley Garrison and son Heath Garrison have once again transformed the lawn around the Isabella-area home where Shirley lives with husband Ronnie Garrison, into an eye-catching and traffic-stopping seasonal fall display. Even though their home on Lake Road 619, off HH south of Isabella, is well...

Grandpa Homer Roberts’ old 8N Ford tractor still sits on the family farm in Elijah. The tractor was purchased new in Gainesville in the 1950s, and has hauled tons of black walnuts over the years. Times photo/Bruce Roberts.
It’s October in the Ozarks, and the crisp mornings and gentle breezes are ushering in fall colors.  I suspect the lack of rain may hinder a splendorous fall foliage display this fall as it has in past years, but there’s one tree that always looked like money to a poor family during the Jimmy Carter...

This photo of the upper garden at East Wind shows raised rows of greens in the foreground with various trellised plants in the background.
In Ozark County, where many enjoy gardening, there is no shortage of green thumbs. But the passion and skill for growing food stands out especially bright in local resident Richard Goerwitz, the garden manager at East Wind. An intentional community in Tecumseh, East Wind boasts a population of...

Rockbridge Rainbow Trout Ranch is hosting its annual fall festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.
It’s that time of year when pumpkins, apple cider and crisp, fall air set a festive tone in the Ozarks. Listed here are Halloween and fall events that residents can visit or attend in the coming weeks.  Those organizing a local fall or Halloween-themed event can contact Jessi Dreckman at 417-679-...

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