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Cory T. Lawrence, 33, of Theodosia, was killed in a head-on crash at 6:15 p.m. July 27 on Highway 160, one mile west of Theodosia.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol online crash report, Lawrence was traveling westbound on Highway 160 in a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria with 35-year-old...
The Missouri State Board of Education recently relaxed requirements to become a new teacher in the Show Me State to help address a growing shortage of teachers. Previously, people looking to get their teaching licenses would have had to pass an assessment. Now, those who score below a passing grade...
Those who know former Ozark Countian Dylan Funk likely won’t be surprised to learn that he’s currently on a grand adventure, spending five months this summer hiking from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail.  Funk, known for his wide smile, distinctive hair and easy-going personality, grew up...
There was a collective gasp in Ozark County last Friday when it was announced that Circuit Judge Calvin Holden had found Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud not guilty of murdering her 16-year-old biological daughter Savannah Leckie in 2017.  In fact, the judge found that Ruud was not guilty of all...
Marlin Wallace beat out competitor Dale Schofield 86 to 75 in the race for Republican Committeeman for Big Creek Township during the Aug. 2 Primary Election, according to unofficial results from Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise. There was one write in candidate as well.  See next week's Times for a...

Terry Newton
Terry Newton took home the most votes for Ozark County Presiding Commissioner in the Aug. 2 Primary Election with 742 residents casting a ballot in his favor, compared with 598 ballots cast for incumbent John Turner and 411 ballots cast for candidate Joe Corbin, according to unofficial results from...

Rebecca Ruud
Circuit Judge Calvin Holden has found that Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud is not guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, abuse of a child, and tampering with evidence.  She was found guilty of only one charge, abandonment of a corpse. It is a class E felony with a maximum sentence of...

Heather Hoffman of Rock Hill Farm is known for her beautifully arranged, fresh cut flowers. She is the speaker at this year’s Historium tea.
Tickets are now on sale for the Ozark County Historium’s annual summertime tea, to be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Historium building on the square in Gainesville. This year’s theme is “fresh cut flowers,” and Heather Hoffman of Rock Hill Flower Farm in Pottersville will be the...

Times photo/Jessi Dreckman Ini Giesbrecht, in his signature kilt, and Wren Haffner, stand in their garden where squash are planted. Their property, which they’ve named Mountain Jewel, is located along Caney Creek off FF Highway northeast of Gainesville. 
There are few pests that gardeners here love to hate as much as squash bugs - and for good reason.  Flourishing gardens in early spring can take a sharp turn as tiny copper-colored eggs tucked inconspicuously onto the undersides of leaves begin hatching into droves of hungry nymphs that seem to...

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