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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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  A benefit auction and contributions for Dalton Durham, a Bakersfield man who was recently diagnosed with cancer, raised more than $42,630. The benefit featured items donated by members of the community and area businesses. The auction itself raised nearly $30,000, and more that $13,000 in cash...

Arthur DeWitt Hall looks at the 2021 Hootin an Hollarin people's choice winning quilt.
This is a last minute reminder that the new check-in day for entering your quilt, wall hanging, table runner or other quilt show piece is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. The quilt show is in the same building as last year, on the square, next door to Sweet Little Things Bakery. The...
An exciting new event at this year’s Hootin an Hollarin festival is a cornhole tournament. It replaces the Hootin an Hollarin horseshoe pitching contest, which has lacked participation in recent years.  The double elimination tournament-style contest will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in the...

Kitty’s mother, Joy Ledbetter, second from left, and her friends are pictured here having a good time with their soldier dates during her time in California in 1944. Kitty suspects the photo was staged as a souvenir photo for tourists at the Mexican border.
Nearly a half million people left California last year, some finding a new home and much different life here in the quiet hills of Ozark County. It’s easy to see why.  If earthquakes, fires, smog and traffic jams didn’t get to them, the cost of living did. The median price of a home in 2022 was...

Ozark County’s school resource officers include Dora’s Jeremy McKee, left, Bakersfield’s Wayne Romans, center, and Jeremy Fowler at Lutie.
As an added measure of student and staff safety this school year, Dora and Lutie school districts have made the investment to each hire a certified sheriff’s deputy to serve as a school resource officer.  The two districts join Bakersfield School, which has had a SRO for several years. Jeremy McKee...

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