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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...

Located in southern Douglas County, near the Ozark County line, Bryant Creek State Park features many natural attributes including almost two miles of Bryant Creek frontage. Photo courtesy of Missouri State Parks.
Rockbridge-area Bryant Creek State Park, one of Missouri’s newest state parks, is scheduled to open to the public Sept. 23 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Located in southern Douglas County, just a couple miles from the Ozark County line, Bryant Creek State Park is home to impressively...

Sept. 14, 1972 edition of the Ozark County Times
Article reprinted from the Sept. 14, 1972 edition of the Ozark County Times.    The Gainesville R-5 school board will meet tonight with Springfield attorney Jerry L. Redfern to discuss possible procedures to be taken in answer to a class action complaint filed against the board and high school...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts
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...

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