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Ozark County commissioners held their final budget hearing Monday for the 2023 county budget, and commissioners voted to approve the budget. County officials have been working on budget matters since the beginning of the year. The final budget numbers were not available as the Times went to press...

This rendering, taken from the website benedictinesofmary.org, shows the architect's drawing of the new Monastery of St. Joseph now under construction southwest of Assumption Abbey in Douglas County, a few miles north of Rockbridge. The $20 million monastery will be large enough to house 48 nuns when completed and will also include a chapel and a Fathers Shrine to honor earthly fathers, grandfathers and priests. The shrine and many of the services in the chapel will be open to the public. 
Editor's note: This feature describing Assumption Abbey and the Nazareth Hermitage is the first of three stories that describe four religious communities and facilities that operate a few miles north of Ozark County in Douglas County. The other two facilities, St. Joseph's Monastery and Holy...
The United States Postal Service announced recently that Karla Hogan has been named the new Theodosia post master. Although she’s new to the title, Karla isn’t new to Ozark County or the USPS.  Karla and husband Mike own a farm in Ozark County in the Nottinghill area. “I have lived all my life in...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts Log truck rollover Black ice Monday morning was said to be the cause of this log truck rollover just south of the Missouri/Arkansas line on Highway 5. The crash closed the highway for much of the day Monday while crews worked to remove the wreckage and the logs from the roadway. The driver of the truck, Timothy Willenburg, was not seriously injured in the crash.
If you’re hoping for an early spring, you’re not alone. Ozark County was hit with two winter storms in the last week, the first of which dumped up to 10 inches of snow in some parts of the county and knocked out power to thousands. Then, on Monday, freezing drizzle in the wee hours of the morning...
Missouri State Representative Travis Smith (R-155th district) has filed a bill that would amend a law dealing with local sales tax rates that would raise the cap that counties can collect to one and a half percent, up from one-half a percent. Ozark County leaders were shocked to learn recently that...

The cover of last year’s The Real Ozarks featured a man kayaking on the North Fork of the White River. The Times is currently looking for photos to consider for the cover of this year’s edition. Email photos taken in Ozark County to Editor Jessi Dreckman at jessi@ozarkcountytimes.com or bring them by the Times office during regular business hours.
  Times ad manager Jenny Yarger has been busy working with area business owners on ads for the upcoming annual publication of The Real Ozarks Magazine. The glossy-covered, magazine-style book features information for residents and visitors about everything there is to do and enjoy in the area. The...

Nichole Sherry stands in front of her shop, Ozark Local, located in a shopping center at 5566 Highway 160 suite A in Theodosia. The shop offers t-shirts, home decor, artwork and other items.
Ozark Local is a new shop in Theodosia offering up a variety of items, many focused on Ozark County. Shop owner Nichole Sherry says it is the hills and hollers of this beautiful place she calls home that inspired her business - and its name.  “Being here in Ozark County sort of gets into your blood...
The Gainesville School District has announced that it has hired Dr. Richard Wylie as the 7th - 12th grade principal for next school year, 2023-24.  Wylie is essentially trading positions with current Gainesville principal Clint Hall, who has accepted the position of Mansfield School superintendent...

Becki Strong retired from the Circuit Clerk and Recorder’s position Dec. 31, 2022. She had worked in the office for 43 years, 28 of which she served as Circuit Clerk and Recorder.
After more than four decades of work in the Ozark County Circuit Clerk and Recorder’s office, Gainesville resident Becki Strong has retired.  “I have loved working with the people and being able to help. I’ve had people come in and say, ‘I don’t know what to ask for.’ And you wouldn’t know what to...

Historium volunteer Janet Taber, left, and retired Ozark County Times editor Sue Ann Jones show the recently acquired archival-quality boxes that will store hard, unbound copies of the Ozark County Times, some of them more than a century old. A Brownlee Local History Grant from the State Historical Society of Missouri provided $500 for the purchase.
Physical copies of the Ozark County Times from the late 1890s and early 1900s are now being stored in archival-quality boxes that will help preserve the fragile newspapers, thanks to recent funding made available through a State Historical Society of Missouri Richard S. Brownlee Missouri Local...

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