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Ron Haskins, 83, of Gainesville, proudly shows off his massive hat collection in his shop building west of Gainesville. Haskins said he has been collecting hats for about 45 years and has more than 1,000 hats. “I’ve lost count, honestly. I’m not sure how many I have anymore,” he said. Haskins said...
A proposed scenic byway, a portion of which would run along U.S. Highway 160 through Ozark County, was generally not well received during a public hearing in Gainesville last week. About 25 people attended an informational public hearing in the second floor courtroom of the Ozark County Courthouse...

Forty-three firefighters from eight area fire departments, along with a host of other helpers, responded to a Sept. 7 fire that broke out at the historic Dawt Mill in Tecumseh. The fire was extinguished with the mill standing. There was extensive damage to the kitchen and other damage throughout the structure, but staff member Dianna Sigert says plans are already underway to repair the mill, which they expect to reopen for its spring season.
It was 4:47 p.m. Sept. 7, when a call was made to the Ozark County Sheriff’s 911 dispatch office reporting a fire at historic Dawt Mill. That call set into motion the coordinated effort of more than 40 firefighters from eight different departments, sheriff’s deputies, ambulance EMTs and others that...
Click the links below to view PDF copies of the 2022 Hootin an Hollarin festival schedule and booth map.

The 2022 Ozark County Farm Family is Cole and Kristy Suter and their children 20-year-old Conner, left, 18-year-old Lance and 4-year-old Timber, front.
The 2022 Farm Family is Cole and Kristy Suter and their three children, 20-year-old Conner, 18-year-old Lance and 4-year-old Timber, who own a farm in the Squires area.  Cole is a fourth generation farmer, and wife Kristy also has a background in farming. The couple purchased their first set of...

Melinda Abraham
Gainesville resident Melinda Abraham, recipient of the Gainesville Lions Club’s 2022 Barney Douglas Citizen of the Year Award, isn’t often in the limelight. The award recognizes the many ways she serves her community behind the scenes – and in her kitchen.  It’s the way the award’s namesake, the...

H.K. Silvey
This year’s Hootin an Hollarin parade marshal, H.K. Silvey, 89, is recognized far and wide as an amazingly gifted fiddle player who, in addition to winning contests and performing all around the U.S., also played for the nightly Hootin an Hollarin square dancing for 18 years.  But growing up in...

The Ozark County Volunteer Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, for a gigantic book sale. Stock up now on new and gently-used books.
Book lovers and bargain hunters will both be in luck during Hootin an Hollarin!  The Ozark County Volunteer Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, for a gigantic book sale. Stock up now on new and gently-used books!   We have a great selection for sale including fiction, non-...
Alvie Lee Durham, 87, of Liberty, formerly of Bakersfield, died at home on Aug. 28, 2022. A casual celebration was held Sept. 3, at Liberty Hills Bible Church. Alvie was born in Ott, Arkansas, on Feb. 10, 1935 to Tommy and Maye Durham. He was the seventh born of 12 children.  At age 17, he joined...

Workers with West Plains Roofing began work to replace the roof of Gainesville City Hall recently. This photo, taken last Friday, shows the roof in varying degrees of replacement. The section toward the front of the building has the TPO covering applied, the middle section has the old shingles removed but the TPO hasn’t been applied and the section in the back of the building, left in this photo, has the old shingles on.
Workers with West Plains Roofing began work to replace the roof of Gainesville City Hall recently. The roof is being replaced with TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), a relatively inexpensive roofing material primarily made from recycled rubber. TPO is a common choice for roofing large commercial...

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