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Ozark County Sheriff Cass Martin, still facing funding issues after announcing recently that his department would be reducing patrols, appeared again before the Ozark County Commission Monday morning looking for answers. Martin asked commissioners if money the county received from the American...
  Latin American Motorcycle Club rumbles through Ozark County with a stop in Gainesville for lunch with 500 bikes   About 500 members of the Latin American Motorcycle Association arrived in Gainesville last Thursday, June 30, and visited The Antler Package and Pizza as part of a road trip to...

Times photo/Jessi Dreckman Drought conditions have set in through parts of Ozark County due to the very hot and dry weather, which has hit the county earlier than usual this year. Many landowners are finding that area fields are dry and grasses dead, including this Gainesville-area field that was planted in arrow-leaf clover and wheat. Some farmers say they plan to begin feeding hay soon.
After experiencing one of the coolest and wettest springs on record and the 16th wettest May ever, parts of the Ozarks are now under stage 1 moderate drought conditions. According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, the eastern portion of Ozark County and all of Howell County has...

Savannah Leckie with biological mother Rebecca Ruud
The trial for Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud, charged with murdering her 16-year-old biological daughter Savannah Leckie and burning the girl’s body on her farm in July 2017, was held June 27-30 at the Greene County Courthouse in Springfield. It was a bench trial, before Circuit Judge Calvin...
The Center is in great need of monthly donations, as board members explain that the organization’s regular donations have slowed considerably since receiving ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding from the Ozark County Commissioners late last year.  Organizers note that the ARPA funds could only...
The following events have been scheduled over the Fourth of July weekend.    Saturday, July 2   Theodosia golf cart parade and fireworks is Saturday, July 2   Fireworks at Theodosia will start at dark Saturday, July 2, over Bull Shoals Lake, viewable from the campground area and adjoining Theodosia...

Theodosia Marina Resort owner Bill Cook remembers Theodosia’s first public fireworks display, 1980-81.
Reprinted from the June 27, 2012 edition of the Times. I will start by saying that the story I’m about to tell you will not use [many] names, and the reason is to protect all of us. This is a story of how Theodosia got its start with a fireworks show over the water and just how close we came to a...
Many government offices and business will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the July 4 holiday. The Ozark County Courthouse, Gainesville City Hall, the Gainesville License Office and The Center will be closed. Banks and post offices will also be closed Monday.  The Ozark County Times...

Rebecca Ruud
Editor’s note: The Rebecca Ruud trial is being held June 27-29 at the Greene County Courthouse in Springfield; however, the Times was only able to recount the first day of trial in this week’s edition due to our press deadline of early Tuesday. We will have an article in next week’s Times about the...
It’s rodeo time in Gainesville this weekend. The action starts at 8 p.m. Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 at the Gainesville Saddle Club Arena.  Admission is $8 for adults. Kids 10 and under are free.  In addition to the rodeo, organizers said there will a kids’ slip-and-slide on the big hill...

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