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Bouquet Palace, a floral market “and more,” will host a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at its new location in the Old Ford Market building on the west side of the Gainesville square. Heather Duggins will manage the new store, which is a secondary location to her...

Valedictorian Hailee Collins. Photos by Amy Ingalsbe.
Bakersfield’s 2021 commencement exercises were held Friday, May 21, at the school.    Commencement address by Heather Smith Bakersfield first grade teacher Heather Smith gave this year’s commencement address.  Smith congratulated the class and said she knew that this particular class has chosen to...

Trevor Mansker was named 2021 Lutie salutatorian. Mansker finished his education in March and left soon after for recruit training in the United States Navy. His foster mother and Lutie teacher Kathalee Cole, pictured below, gave his speech to the graduation audience.
Seven Lutie High School seniors graduated during the 2021 commencement exercises held May 22 in the Lutie School gym.     Commencement address by Gary Arthaud Retired Lutie High School superintendent Gary Arthaud gave this year’s commencement speech, which focused on the theme of hard work. ...

The Gainesville High School Bulldogs beat the Seymour Tigers on Friday, May 21, to bring home the school’s first district championship in 30 years. The Bulldogs went on to play Richland for the sectional title on Monday, May 24, and rolled over the Bears 11-1. Gainesville is hosting the regional game at 5:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 26, and will take on the Marionville Comets. Members of the Bulldogs team are, from left, (front row) Wyatt Alms, Danny Sherry, Camden Evans, Jarett Hogan, Jake Leeker, Wyatt Walker, Dymon Van Eperen, Brady Myers; (back row) Nathan Kiger, coach Blake Hobbs, Briar Walrath, Andrew Hambelton, Landry Jenkins, Bryce Hambelton, Aden Yarger, Daden House, Kannon Morrison, Cooper Friend, Bryant Neel, assistant coach Austin Thompson and Bryson Martin. Photo courtesy of Karla Smith.
The Gainesville Bulldogs are among the top eight teams in Missouri Class 2 baseball and now hold a 20-8 record after beating Seymour in districts and Richland in sectionals. It’s a historic time for Bulldog baseball fans, and for the first time in decades, Gainesville will host a state playoff game...

The single-story ranch-style home in Theodosia where Karla Brown lived with six of her family members was destroyed Thursday in a fire of undetermined cause. Brown’s son, Dustin Brown, suffered smoke inhalation and superficial burns and was flown by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital’s burn unit. The family’s two dogs died in the blaze.
Dustin Brown had breakfast Thursday morning at the Theodosia Bullseye station where his mother, Karla Brown, works. Then he returned to his mother’s home on County Road 635 in Theodosia to find sparks and smoke rising from the front of the single-story house where seven family members lived...

John Cole has been missing for two years, and his wife Angela, pictured with him in this file photo, is still searching for any information in the case.
The two-year anniversary of John Cole’s disappearance looms this Friday, May 21, and his wife Angela says it doesn’t feel like they’re any closer to finding out where he is than the day he left.  “It is hard not knowing if he’s alive or deceased somewhere,” she told the Times late last week. She’s...
Michael M. Mason, 41, of West Plains, is being held in the Ozark County Jail without bond in connection with two newly filed cases in which he is charged with stalking and violating an ex-parte order of protection for an adult victim.  The ex-parte order, sometimes called a restraining order, is...
Bakersfield School superintendent Dr. Amy Britt said Monday that catalytic converters were stolen recently from three of its school vehicles, causing some major issues for the district.  “This is the third time we’ve had catalytic converters stolen. We’ve had one cut off one of the school vans....

The lakes are rising, closing roads again The Ozark County Commissioners say both Bull Shoals and Norfork Lakes are high again this spring, causing area road closures on both sides of the county. At their Monday meeting, the commissioners said that on the eastern side of Ozark County, signs are up at County Road 551 in Tecumseh, known locally as Smokey Road, pictured here, warning motorists that the road is impassable due to the backed-up waters of Norfork Lake. On the western side of the district, Haskins Ford on County Road 863, and the “Steel Tracks” crossing on County Road 861 in the Isabella area, along with the Gulley Spring Creek crossing on County Road 614 in the Pontiac area are all impassible due of the high level of Bull Shoals Lake. As of 9 a.m. Monday, Norfork Lake was 15 feet above flood pool with a water level of 567.05 feet, and Bull Shoals Lake was 20 feet above flood pool with a water level of 679.39 feet. The commissioners said they think the levels are only going to get higher, as rain is forecasted for most of the week.
The Ozark County Commissioners say they’ve begun the process of setting up the online government portal account for the money the county will receive as part of the American Rescue Plan Act, but they aren’t in a hurry to designate the funds yet. “Christy and I were working on that Friday,”...

John Cole has been missing for two years, and his wife Angela, pictured with him in this file photo, is still searching for any information in the case.
The two-year anniversary of John Cole’s disappearance looms this Friday, May 21, and his wife Angela says it doesn’t feel like they’re any closer to finding out where he is than the day he left.  “It is hard not knowing if he’s alive or deceased somewhere,” she told the Times late last week. She’s...

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