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Carol Cooper is pictured here with a monarch that she helped raise from an egg laid on her milkweed plants in her front yard last year. Cooper regularly brings eggs in after they’re laid and provides a controlled environment where the insects have less predator pressure. She releases full grown Monarchs after they hatch.
Gainesville resident Carol Cooper says she’s been checking her blooming milkweed everyday, but the lack of Monarch larva on the plants is making for a disappointing summer.  “No Monarchs. No eggs yet,” she told the Times last week, adding that in past years she’d helped to raise the Monarchs who...
If there’s a silver lining to a drought, in Ozark County many low-water crossings that are typically underwater due to swollen lakes are crossable this year. Ozark County Commissioners said the only low-water crossing that’s still closed is Haskins Ford on County Road 863 where the Little North...
Ozark County received good news Monday during a mid-year health insurance checkup. County commissioners heard from John McCarty with Arch Brokerage, the county’s health insurance provider. McCarty attended the commissioners’ regular Monday morning meeting and reported that the county has filed only...

Fatal crash
Corey 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...

Anna Simonson from Community Partnership of the Ozarks was the main speaker during the July 12 Ozark County Substance Abuse Task Force.
Ozark County was chosen as one of nine counties to be a part of youth-centered substance use prevention through a federal grant program. The program was discussed at the Ozark County Substance Abuse Task Force’s July 12 meeting at Gainesville First Baptist Church’s community event center where 12...

Virgil Duren was arrested on suspicion of a double murder by the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department on Nov. 10, 1964, nearly three months after Oscar and Ruby Kempe’s bodies were found at their Theodosia property. The Times announced the arrest in its Jan. 10, 1965 edition.
Editor’s note: This is the conclusion of a two-part series written by Springfield-area freelance writer and retired Texas State University professor Kathryn “Kitty” Ledbetter detailing the Aug. 17, 1964 brutal double murder of Oscar and Ruby Kempe in Theodosia. Ledbetter and her grandparents become...

Kathryn Ledbetter, who has written this article, remembers frequently visiting the Kempe home with her grandparents Opal and Rayford Ledbetter, pictured above, who lived at the bottom of the mountain from the Kempes on P Highway.
As residents await decision in Leckie murder trial, many are reminded of another brutal Ozark County murder   Editor’s note: Springfield-area freelance writer and retired Texas State University professor Kathryn “Kitty” Ledbetter wrote this two-part piece detailing the Aug. 17, 1964 brutal double...
Declining fuel prices and a little rain over the weekend are both welcome sights for area volunteer fire departments. A summer drought and soaring fuel prices have hit many volunteer fire departments where it hurts. The Ozark County Times reported last week on the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department...

Heather Hoffman of Rock Hill Flower Farm in Pottersville will be the main speaker during the Aug. 4 Ozark County Historium annual summertime tea. Hoffman raises a variety of flowers for market.
Tickets are now on sale for the Ozark County Historium's annual summertime tea, to be held 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.  With a theme of “fresh cut flowers," Heather Hoffman of Rock Hill Flower Farm in Pottersville will be the ideal guest speaker. Hoffman, who sells fresh flowers that she raises...
The following three candidates are running for the only contested Ozark County position in the Aug. 2 Primary Election, that of presiding commissioner.  The Times reached out to each candidate and asked for a photo and a 300-word profile to run in the newspaper prior to the election. These profiles...

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