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Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Sherman and K9 Rye completed training certification at F.M. K9 in Michigan last fall and are currently actively serving within the department. Rye is used in narcotic detection, article searches and missing person searches.
Ozark County Sheriff’s K9 Rye and her handler, Deputy Josh Sherman, are quite the duo within the sheriff’s department, aiding in searches for drugs, missing people, paraphernalia and other potential evidence that proves beneficial to investigations.  The pair also serve as approachable ambassadors...

Stormy Sigman is shown here after a surgery to remove a tumor from her throat earlier this month.
A benefit event in support of Stormy Jean Sigman, a 10-month old child diagnosed with cancer, is being held from 4 p.m. Feb. 4, to 2 a.m. Feb. 5, at Take 5, located on Highway 5, south of Gainesville, near the Arkansas state line.  A fried chicken dinner will be served for $10 for adults and $5 for...

Gainesville resident Ruby Winslow shows the basket of items she received for being the first ever customer at the newly opened Whataburger in Ozark. Winslow also received a certificate for free meals for a year.
Gainesville resident Ruby Winslow says she has recently obtained an accolade that she’s dreamed of nearly all her life. She is now one of the few people who can say they’ve purchased the first Whataburger sold at a location of the popular chain restaurant.  “It’s the ultimate achievement of any...

Ozark County Sheriff Cass Martin, left, and former Prosecuting Attorney Matt Weatherman, center, are shown speaking with area residents last September during one of the sheriff department’s many town hall meetings held across the county to discuss the additional half-cent law enforcement sales tax that the department was proposing. The measure passed by a large margin in the November General Election, but officials here were notified in early January that a state statute is keeping the county from being able to collect the tax. Officials are now working together to find the next steps needed to put the measure back on the ballot.
Ozark County leaders were shocked recently to learn that a half-cent sales tax approved by voters in the November general election could not be collected by the Missouri Department of Revenue. The news about the sales tax technicality broke last week as the Ozark County Times was going to press....

Ozark County officials were sworn in Dec. 30 at the Ozark County Courthouse by Clerk Brian Wise, second from right. Elected officials pictured from left are: Prosecuting Attorney Lee Pipkins, Presiding Commissioner Terry Newton, Circuit Clerk and Recorder of Deeds Jackie Smith, Collector Darla Sullivan, Treasurer Christy Thompson and, far right, Clerk Brian Wise. Wise was sworn in by Associate Judge Raymond Gross.
Ozark County’s officials were sworn into their new terms by Associate Judge Raymond Gross and Clerk Brian Wise on Friday, Dec. 30, in the upstairs courtroom at the Ozark County Courthouse in Gainesville.  Among those being sworn in are three new officials: Prosecuting Attorney Lee Pipkins,...

Photography in its early stages relied on very still subjects, as the camera’s shutter remained open for several seconds. Any movement could cause blurriness. The students at the Locust School in Ozark County must have remained very still while posing for this 1913 photo. At the time, it was common for some children to wear shoes to school and others to go to class barefoot.
Have you ever wondered why your ancestors look so grim in those old, brown photographs taken at the turn of the 20th century? It’s not because of bad dentistry, nor because they’re unhappy or prudish. It’s because they’re trying to be still. Camera shutter speeds were slow and had to remain open at...

On Jan. 4, the Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force recovered 29 Lakeland Terriers from a formerly licensed breeder in Ozark County. HSMO indicates the dogs have been neglected. They have been transfered to the organization's shelter for care and rehabilitation. It is expected that all the dogs will be available for adoption after they recover. 
Ozark County Sheriff Cass Martin told the Times Thursday morning that his office is involved in a case in which the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force recovered 29 Lakeland Terriers from an Ocie-area property in Ozark County Jan. 4. The 29 dogs were taken from a formerly-...

This statement was issued by Ozark County officials Tuesday afternoon.
The Ozark County Commission released a statement Tuesday afternoon explaining that they’ve become aware of an issue with the additional half-cent law enforcement sales tax that voters here passed in the November General Election. “It has come to our attention, after notification from the...
Ozark County Commissioners voted to update the county’s hazardous mitigation plan, a routine task commissioners do every five years. The Ozark County Multijurisdictional Local Hazardous Mitigation Plan is something that is prepared for the county by South Central Ozarks Council of Government (...

Ozark County Toy Drive volunteers Susannah Alms, closest to the camera, and Jenna Uchtman work to wrap gifts during the 2022 Ozark County Toy Drive, held Dec. 17 in Gainesville.
Toys and other gifts for more than 200 Ozark County children were distributed Saturday, Dec. 17, at this year’s Ozark County Toy Drive. The event was held in the former Senior Center building on Third Street in Gainesville.  “We had plenty of toys and lots of good workers,” said chairperson Nancy...

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