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Driving to and from Alaska For 17 years, while Duane and Debbie Grigg taught school in Alaska, they drove the Alaska Highway and other roads to come home to the Ozarks for summer vacation every year. They now drive it to visit their son, Cole, who lives in Wasilla, north of Anchorage. Duane says he’s driven the 4,000-mile trek from Gainesville to Alaska 45 times so far. It takes about a week, he said, and his goal is to drive it 52 times, so he can say he’s spent a year of his life driving to and from Alaska. This photo was taken in 2011. You can see what is left of the Matanuska Glacier over Duane’s right shoulder.
Duane Grigg was feeling restless.  It was 1979, and he had been teaching school and coaching at Mountain Home (Arkansas) Junior High School for six years and was yearning for a change.  “The need for adventure was consuming me – it had been all my life,” he said.  Soon Duane and his wife Debbie...
The 61st annual Hootin an Hollarin festival, scheduled for Sept. 15-17 on the Gainesville square, is a month away, and members of the Hootin an Hollarin committee have been working behind the scenes to finalize details for the big event. This year’s festival theme is “From Pioneer Ways to Modern...

Beer Belly’s Bar and Grill opened last week off Highway 5, south of Gainesville, near the Missouri - Arkansas state line in a building that formerly housed The Ranch House. Owners are, from left, Tony and wife Jessi Walrath along with Tony’s parents Rich and Sally Long. Tony and Jessi also own Live Edge Bar and Grill in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Editor’s note: The Times offers free news articles for new Ozark County businesses or businesses that have new owners. If you have opened a new business and are interested in being featured, contact Editor Jessi Dreckman at jessi@ozarkcountytimes.com or by calling the Times office at 417-679-4641...

Like father, like son Zanoni resident David Clardy, pictured above in front of his large garden this year, says he’s learned almost everything he knows from his father James Jordan, pictured in his own garden, below, several years ago. James and wife Debbie Jordan also live in Ozark County.
Editor’s note: David Clardy sets a sales table up at the farmers market on the north side of the Gainesville square on Tuesday mornings and at the Hometown Hardware first Saturday farmers market in Theodosia with his homegrown produce, salsa, pickles, jams and syrups and other homegrown and...
  The Cubbage family recently gave a donation of $2,450 for Gainesville FBLA and FFA from their annual Cubbage fishing tournament. Shown are, from left, Chelsey Gilmore FBLA sponsor, Julie Cubbage, Jenna Cubbage, Jack Cubbage, Jerry Cubbage and Jon Wilson FFA sponsor.  Gainesville School extended a...

Patricia L. Hobbs
In a surprising turn of events, Patricia L. Hobbs, previously charged with driving while intoxicated with drugs causing the death of 59-year-old Michael “Micky” Clark in a Feb. 17, 2020, crash on Highway 5, pleaded guilty by Alford plea to an amended charge of second-degree assault during the Aug....

A representative from White River Valley Electric Cooperative gave county commissioners an update Monday on the progress of the fiber optic internet project being developed by WRVEC for its customers in Ozark and the other four counties it serves. WRVEC created a web page for updates about the project and customers can go to the page and update their information to help expedite the implementation of the high speed internet into area homes and businesses. The website is https://www.whiteriver.org/fiber/.
Ozark County commissioners heard Monday from Cassie Cunningham, a representative of White River Valley Electric Cooperative, who was in town to update the commissioners on a fiber-optic internet project that the cooperative is undertaking. Cunningham said the WRVEC board voted recently to proceed...

Times photo/Jessi Dreckman Kevin and Janice Lessard are the new owners of Otter Kreek Tackle and Cafe. The Lessards, along with son Gabriel, moved to Theodosia this spring and took over ownership of Otter Kreek Tackle and Cafe in Thornfield on May 18.
Editor’s note: The Times offers free news articles for new Ozark County businesses or businesses that have new owners. If you have opened a new business and are interested in being featured, contact Editor Jessi Dreckman at jessi@ozarkcountytimes.com or by calling the Times office at 417-679-4641...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts Ozark County sheriff’s officials transport prisoners to the Ozark County courthouse Tuesday morning for court appearances. Deputies and Sheriff Cass Martin are taking on extra duties, like serving as bailiff during court, since Martin was forced to lay off seven employees recently due to a budget crisis.
The recent budget woes of the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department have suddenly exploded into a full-blown, four alarm crisis. Sheriff Cass Martin said Monday he was forced to lay off two full-time deputies and five other employees last week. The sheriff said that due to the matter being a sensitive...
White River Valley Electric Cooperative is moving forward with a plan to implement high-speed fiber optic internet to the five southwest Missouri counties it serves, including Ozark County. According to a news release from the cooperative, the WRVEC board of directors made a resolution last week to...

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