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Gainesville resident Zyler Woodward, a sixth grader at Gainesville Elementary School, rides a bus that's especially equipped to accommodate his motorized wheelchair. Luke Cooley, the bus driver (far left) "is super cool with Zyler," says Zyler’s mother, Holly Uchtman. Also shown helping Zyler on the bus Monday morning are his grandmothers, Linda Simpson Uchtman (center) and Nancy Loftis Steele.
Holly Uchtman missed the doctor's first call. But she was at her home in Republic and answered the phone when her son's pediatrician called back at 6 p.m. on that summer day in 2015. What he said knocked the breath out of her. "I was standing in my bedroom. I'll never forget falling to my knees. I...
Sealed bids will be accepted on March 25 to outfit two new vehicles from the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department for police use, according to the Ozark County commissioners Monday.  The 2020 and 2018 Chevy Tahoe pursuit package vehicles were purchased in early February, according to OCSD...

Brooks Blevins will visit Flotsam Farm, located on Highway 181 near Hodgson Mill, for a discussion on “How to Talk Ozark,” at the farm’s weekly Sycamore Salon next Thursday, March 21. Everyone is welcome.
Flotsam Farm’s Sycamore Salon will host author, historian and Missouri State University professor Brooks Blevins, who will present “How to Talk Ozark in 7 Simple Steps,” next Thursday, March 21, at the farm off Highway 181 near Hodgson Mill. It is a free event, although donations can be made to...

Times photo/Regina Mozingo Auden Vaneperen, a 20-year-old Gainesville man pictured standing on the courthouse lawn in this photo, was driving the upside down 2021 Toyota Camry when he flipped it onto a parked 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, owned by Cindy Thomas, who works in the Ozark County Collector’s office.
It was around 4:15 p.m. last Wednesday, March 6, just as business on the Gainesville square was wrapping up for the day that a thundering sound brought dozens of people to their office doors - and then running outside to help with the terrifying scene they found before them.   A white 2021 Toyota...

Gainesville mayor Gail Reich stands with a selection of her many house plants. Reich says all of her plants and most of her pots have been given to her by loved ones over the last 50 years.
Gainesville’s Gail Reich is a plant lover - that much is clear from upon stepping into her well-lit living room on Cedar Oak Drive. From the front door, at least a dozen various plants can be seen, perched on top of stools and chests, in large pots on the floor and in smaller pots sitting on wire...

In 2005, while serving with the Navy in Guam, Mike Hatcher, shown here with his wife, Gretchen, had a spiritual vision directing him to build a retreat for pastors at Theodosia, Missouri, a place he had never heard of. Two years later, the Hatchers bought land in Theodosia, and now they're living out that vision at Briar Creek, a respite retreat for pastors and missionaries they're building on P Highway.
Theodosia resident Gretchen Hatcher, 62, is no stranger to hardship and heartache. During her 24 years as a military wife, she parented two sons alone while her husband, Mike, a career Navy submariner, was repeatedly at sea for three months at a time. She grieved for five babies lost to...
There are seven local county office positions that will be up for election during this year’s Aug. 6 Primary. They are eastern district commissioner, western district commissioner, sheriff, assessor, coroner, surveyor and public administrator.  The filling period for those who wish to file as...
The Gainesville City Council met for their regular monthly meeting Feb. 13 at City Hall.  One topic of discussion centered around the city’s sewer system issues they’ve seen with residents flushing tampons, flushable wipes and other items down the toilet. “We even found a shoe,” Mike Davis, City...

Delilah Dreckman, 5, takes a turn on the balance beam “fit station” at the Lutie Memorial Trail, a quarter mile paved walking trail with 20 exercise stations built along the way.
The winter season might not be the most obvious time to check out the local trails in and around Ozark County, but conditions are great to get outside with warm afternoons paired with the lack of various summertime irritants (dreaded ticks and chiggers, poison ivy and the like).  Ozark County...

Kelle Ann Workman, a 24-year-old Douglas County woman, went missing July 30, 1989 while mowing a cemetery in northwestern Douglas County.
Brixey resident Leonard "Dwight" Banks is one of three men who has been arrested for the 1989 murder of 24-year-old Kelle Ann Worman. The arrest came after a Douglas County grand jury indictment was filed in the cold case in relation to new information shared by a reported witness who came forward...

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