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Juanita Loraine “Waukee” Poe, now 101, says she looks forward to “paper day” each week so she can sit down and read the Times. Waukee, who lived in Udall for most of her life, now lives in at a skilled nursing facility in Springfield. She says she’s been overwhelmed and is so thankful for all the birthday cards and comments she’s received and visits she had with those that were able to be with her on her birthday.
The average life expectancy for an American is 78 years-old for men and 82 years-old for women. Less than one percent of us will live to be 100. So Aug. 25 was a special day for Waukee Poe, a lifelong Ozark County native who’s spent most of her life in-and-around Udall and now lives in Springfield...
I’ve been a journalist for 33 years, having started my career right here at the Ozark County Times in 1989. Back then I started out covering sports, including Gainesville volleyball … and now volleyball is back at GHS after having been dormant for three decades. Number one, that makes me feel old...
A 58-year-old man called the Ozark County 911 dispatch office around 9:17 p.m. Aug. 16, explaining that he was on the North Fork of the White River in his kayak, was taking on water and was lost. The weather had turned, and it was raining hard and there was a lot of lightning.  “He may be...

These two dogs have gone missing after a fire broke out at a residence on P13 off County Road 650 in Dugginsville.
It was around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, when a passerby called Ozark County’s 911 dispatch office to report what appeared to be a structure fire at or near a home on County Road 650 in the Dugginsville area, off P13. The Theodosia Area Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, with...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts County commissioners discuss the proposed half-cent sales tax for law enforcement at the regular weekly meeting of the commissioners Monday morning. Commissioners voted to put the issue on the November ballot.
Ozark County commissioners on Monday voted to put a half-cent sales tax for law enforcement on the Nov.8 General Election  ballot. Presiding Commissioner John Turner, in making the motion to put the issue before voters, said “In my eight years in office I’ve never asked for a new tax, but I propose...

2020 Hootin an Hollarin princess pageant winners are pictured here.
Girls in first through sixth grades are eligible to participate in the annual Hootin an Hollarin princess pageants, to be held Friday, Sept. 16. Those who wish to enter the contest must pre-register by Friday, Sept. 9. The Hootin an Hollarin princess contests, which begin at 2:45 p.m. Friday on the...

After a rugged climb, Duane Grigg makes it to the peak of Pinnacle Mountain during the Ouchita Trail 50 ultra in Little Rock, Arkansas, several years ago.
Duane and Debbie Grigg, who now live by Lick Creek between Howard’s Ridge and Mammoth in Ozark County, lived along the Kuskokwim River in the Alaska bush  for 17 years. The first part of this story, published in last week’s Times, shared some of the adventures the Grigg family had while living in...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts
Ozark County has now earmarked or spent all of the nearly $1.8 million in federal covid-19 relief funding from the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) that was given to the county in 2021 and 2022. The county received $891,764 in ARPA funds in 2021 and is set to receive about $890,000 in 2022.  ...

The proposed route for the Ozark Run Scenic Byway is included on this map.
In other business on Monday, county commissioners announced a public forum on a proposed scenic byway (that includes a portion of Ozark County) from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, in the upstairs courtroom in the Ozark County Courthouse.  The meeting is open to the public, and the commissioners are...
Ozark County commissioners will be discussing an idea to put a half-cent sales tax increase measure on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot during their next regular weekly meeting at 9 a.m. on Aug. 22. The commissioners meet every Monday at 9 a.m. on the second floor of the Ozark County Courthouse....

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