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The 2022 edition of Ozark County Cookin’ will feature not only the recipes but also the stories of Ozark County cooks, present and past, whose kitchen talents created warm, enduring memories for generations of area families. As we do each year, the Times is asking readers to share their memories...

Times photo/Norene Prososki The Ozark County Times was honored with 10 awards in the Missouri Press Better Newspaper Contest based on work written, designed, created and printed in 2021. Staffers pictured in the above photo from left are, Editor Jessi Dreckman, Office Manager and Graphic Designer Regina Mozingo and Publisher and Ad Manager Jenny Yarger. Former Editor Sue Ann Jones, no pictured, continues as a feature writer and gathers information for the Times Past column each week. Other staffers include Reporter Bruce Roberts, not pictured, who joined the staff in December 2021, and Times owner Norene Prososki, who is semi-retired and works part time.
Times named second-best designed newspaper in state, The Real Ozarks is #1 special section   The Ozark County Times was honored with 10 awards (three first place, three second place, three third place and an honorable mention) in the Missouri Press Association’s 2022 Better Newspaper Contest,...
Editor’s note: For more information on the Ozark Neighborly Exchange, call Jon Kruger at 417-679-0446 or search for “Ozarks Neighborly Exchange” on Facebook.    Tucked into a shady little grove of hardwoods and cedars northeast of Isabella is a home that looks as if it were plucked from the pages...
The Ozark County Chamber of Commerce has confirmed that the Ozark County Trunk-or-Treat held around the Gainesville square will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Halloween night, Monday, Oct. 31.  Children and adolescents in costume can visit vehicles parked on the square to receive candy or other treats....

Times photo/Jessi Dreckman Local politicians, a large group of Missouri State Park employees and area residents gathered for a ribbon cutting at Bryant Creek State Park Sept. 23. Pictured from left: Rep. Don Mayhew, Douglas County Commissioner Brad Loveless, Sen. Karla Eslinger, Mo. State Park Natural Resource Steward Chris Crabtree (partially hidden), Rep. Travis Smith and the new Bryant Creek State Park Superintendent Nick Kromrie holding daughter Lucy. Nick and his family will live in a home within the state park boundaries.
During a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 23 at the newly opened Bryant Creek State Park on N Highway, a couple miles north of Rockbridge, Missouri State Parks Natural Resource Program Director Ken McCarty said the 2,900 acres are some of the most spectacular and diverse in the whole state park system...

Jerry Crownover
You probably saw the news clip a few weeks ago of the young girl at the water park leading her pet alligator on a leash. City officials, who were in charge of supervising the park, allowed the animal to accompany the girl because she claimed the reptile was an emotional support animal. It was...

Photos by Karla Smith The court, pictured from left, is Princess Mary Jane Flygare, Princess Cheyenne Wachtel, Princess Jessee Latham, Queen Olivia Milligan, Deputy Queen Ashley Dunn and Miss Sweetie Pie Jasmine Hall.
As Gainesville returned to its normal hustle and bustle of everyday business this week, locals and visitors alike are reveling in the memories made around the quaint square during the 61st Hootin an Hollarin festival, held Sept. 15-17.  This year’s festival had an exceptionally large turnout, with...

Ozark County Courthouse
After a busy weekend of Hootin an Hollarin on the Gainesville square, Ozark County commissioners met Monday with a light agenda during their regular weekly meeting. Commissioners John Turner, Layne Nance and Gary Collins talked about the festival briefly and then began talking about some follow-up...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts Local residents gathered for a public hearing recently regarding the proposed Ozark Run Scenic Byway. Several counties have opted out of the proposal.
The proposed Ozark Run Scenic Byway is beginning to look like a fragmented map of dots and lines that rarely connect instead of the seamless 375-mile route from St. Louis to Branson that planners had envisioned. That’s because counties and cities are opting out, due mainly to public feedback from...

Savannah Leckie
Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud walked out of the Greene County Jail Sept. 15 a free woman after being held in pre-trial custody for five years in connection with murder charges involving her teen daughter Savannah Leckie. Ruud appeared in Greene County court before Circuit Judge Calvin Holden that...

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