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The Ozark County Chamber of Commerce has confirmed that the Ozark County Trunk-or-Treat held around the Gainesville square will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Halloween night, Monday, Oct. 31.  Children and adolescents in costume can visit vehicles parked on the square to receive candy or other treats....

Times photo/Jessi Dreckman Local politicians, a large group of Missouri State Park employees and area residents gathered for a ribbon cutting at Bryant Creek State Park Sept. 23. Pictured from left: Rep. Don Mayhew, Douglas County Commissioner Brad Loveless, Sen. Karla Eslinger, Mo. State Park Natural Resource Steward Chris Crabtree (partially hidden), Rep. Travis Smith and the new Bryant Creek State Park Superintendent Nick Kromrie holding daughter Lucy. Nick and his family will live in a home within the state park boundaries.
During a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 23 at the newly opened Bryant Creek State Park on N Highway, a couple miles north of Rockbridge, Missouri State Parks Natural Resource Program Director Ken McCarty said the 2,900 acres are some of the most spectacular and diverse in the whole state park system...

Jerry Crownover
You probably saw the news clip a few weeks ago of the young girl at the water park leading her pet alligator on a leash. City officials, who were in charge of supervising the park, allowed the animal to accompany the girl because she claimed the reptile was an emotional support animal. It was...

Photos by Karla Smith The court, pictured from left, is Princess Mary Jane Flygare, Princess Cheyenne Wachtel, Princess Jessee Latham, Queen Olivia Milligan, Deputy Queen Ashley Dunn and Miss Sweetie Pie Jasmine Hall.
As Gainesville returned to its normal hustle and bustle of everyday business this week, locals and visitors alike are reveling in the memories made around the quaint square during the 61st Hootin an Hollarin festival, held Sept. 15-17.  This year’s festival had an exceptionally large turnout, with...

Ozark County Courthouse
After a busy weekend of Hootin an Hollarin on the Gainesville square, Ozark County commissioners met Monday with a light agenda during their regular weekly meeting. Commissioners John Turner, Layne Nance and Gary Collins talked about the festival briefly and then began talking about some follow-up...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts Local residents gathered for a public hearing recently regarding the proposed Ozark Run Scenic Byway. Several counties have opted out of the proposal.
The proposed Ozark Run Scenic Byway is beginning to look like a fragmented map of dots and lines that rarely connect instead of the seamless 375-mile route from St. Louis to Branson that planners had envisioned. That’s because counties and cities are opting out, due mainly to public feedback from...

Savannah Leckie
Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud walked out of the Greene County Jail Sept. 15 a free woman after being held in pre-trial custody for five years in connection with murder charges involving her teen daughter Savannah Leckie. Ruud appeared in Greene County court before Circuit Judge Calvin Holden that...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts A rider hangs on as long as he can during the second annual Ozark County FFA Bull Blast Friday at the Gainesville Saddle Club.
While it may have been Hootin an Hollarin weekend, a few hundred visitors to Gainesville slipped down to the Gainesville Saddle Club Arena Friday night to watch the Ozark County FFA Bull Blast. A big hit with the crowd, which was one of the largest ever at the saddle club arena, the Bull Blast was...

Sixteen-year-old autistic teen Savannah Leckie, left, was killed in Ozark County in July 2017. Her biological mother, Rebecca Ruud, right, admitted to burning the girl's body after death. Ruud and co-defendant Robert Peat Jr. were originally indicted on charges relating to the murder of the girl. However, Ruud was found not guilty of those charges during a bench trial before Circuit Judge Calvin Holden June 27-30. Peat's case was dismissed Sept. 14, and he is no longer charged with anything relating to the incident.
Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud will walk out of the Greene County Jail a free woman today after being held in pre-trial custody for five years in connection with murder charges involving her teen daughter Savannah Leckie. Ruud appeared in Greene County court before Circuit Judge Calvin Holden this...

This photo was taken at a past Party on the Hill event.
Organizers say this year’s live music lineup is shaping up beautifully for the third annual Party on the Hill fundraising event, set for Saturday, Sept. 24, in Theodosia. The annual event raises money each year for the Semper Fi & America’s Fund, an organization that benefits the nation’s...

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