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Candidates lined up to file for the primary elected positions at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday were from left: Lee Pipkins (candidate for Prosecuting Attorney), Christy Thompson (incumbent treasurer), Darla Sullivan (incumbent collector), Jackie Jones Smith (candidate for circuit clerk/recorder of deeds), Terry Newton (candidate for presiding county commissioner) and Brian Wise (incumbent county clerk). Filing for the positions continue through March 29. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Candidate filing for the Aug. 2 primary election began at 8 a.m. Tuesday. It continues through March 29.  In Ozark County, public offices up for election during the Primary include those of presiding county commissioner (now held by John Turner), county clerk (now held by Brian Wise), county...

Dustin ran through France in December 2019, taking in the sites and running by the Eiffel Tower.
Editor’s note: This is the second article in a three part series detailing Dustin Johnson’s world record run attempt and his preparation for his second attempt at the run, all while bringing awareness to veteran suicide. To following along with Dustin’s journey, follow “Dustin Johnson’s World...

Photo above, left: Pontiac/Price Place fire chief Khristie Jacquin and assistant chief Joe Bator fought a dozer fire at the corner of County Road 628 and Highway W Monday evening. Photo above, right: A few hours before, Bakersfield firefighter Zach Fowler, left, and Tecumseh firefighter Johnathan Winrod, right, responded with about a dozen other firelighters to a roadside brush fire on PP Highway Monday afternoon.
A soaking rain and impending winter precipitation hopefully will help ease dry conditions that have sparked a number of brush and grass fires recently in Ozark County. Even with the rain, the temperatures are bound to pop back up and with gusty late winter winds and lower humidity, the threat of...

Gainesville elementary science teacher Heidi Gaulding lives in Thornfield with her husband Josh and children Aden and Avery.
When Heidi Gaulding was a child, she never dreamed she’d be happily teaching fifth and sixth grade students about science in a tiny town with a population just over 700. But that’s exactly where her life has led, and she says she couldn’t be happier.  “My mom started her teaching career when she...

Eileen McKenna’s artwork is currently on display at the Ozark County Volunteer library. An artist’s statement about McKenna next to a large oil painting explains that she currently lives in the Ozarks and began painting later in life. She was originally a self-taught artist, but as her interest in art she took classes in various artistic mediums. “I’ve found that the art classes made my creativity flourish. I’ve volunteered at a mental health facility in Springfield for 10 years. We create art pieces by combining various objects recycled, found or donated. The students really enjoy it, and their art helps them convey their challenges.” To contact McKenna about her artwork, email eileen_mckenna@yahoo.com.
Are you an artist? The Ozark County Volunteer Library in Gainesville is hosting a visiting artist exhibit at the library on a rotating basis. Organizer Lisa Atkinson said the program is aimed at engaging the local community with works of art from artists in the area - young and old.  “The visiting...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts Ozark County jail administrator Curtis Ledbetter shows the antiquated control board inside the dispatch area at the Ozark County Jail. Ledbetter said some of the red indicator lights that show that doors are open are faulty, and that the doors are actually closed. Additionally, some of the electronic door buttons on the board no longer function.
The Ozark County Jail is showing its age. County commissioners on Monday said they received a proposal from the sheriff’s department to use some of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds they had received to replace the nearly 30-year-old electronic system at the jail. The county will be seeking...

Photo courtesy Dennis Crider The Hambys’ Journey Stagecoach has made several long-range trips out West, carrying student penpals’ letters to be delivered along their multi-day routes. The next trip for the authentic 1880s stagecoach will be the Ozark Mountains Heritage Trails Journey May 22-27 in Ozark County.
The next installment of Cowboy Rick Hamby’s “Just for Kids radio roundup / Great Moments in American History” will feature Ozark Countians and others discussing the Journey Stagecoach’s upcoming Ozark Mountains Heritage Trails journey that will wind through Ozark County May 22-27. The radio program...

Dustin Johnson is preparing for a second attempt at a world record run that will take him on a 16,300 mile journey across four continents, circling the globe. The above photo was taken at one of his campsites in the Andes Mountains in South America during Johnson’s first attempt at the run in 2019, which was cut short due to the inability to enter Australia during a devastating wildfire season. His tent was never delivered, so he slept in a sleeping bag under the stars for more than a month.
Great success is often built upon failure, and some of the most impressive feats are accomplished by those who are unwilling to allow missteps, road blocks and closed doors determine their fate.  Dustin Johnson, a 2013 Dora High School graduate, is blessed with that tenacity. After attempting - and...

Fyre Fry’s is located on Highway 160 in Theodosia across from the Bullseye station. There is a large gravel parking area and a bathroom facility in a small shed next door. The business’s hours are currently 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Amid last week’s winter weather torrent, Cort Shoemaker and Kevin Garcia opened their new food truck business Fyre Fry’s on Highway 160 in Theodosia across from the Bullseye station.  Their opening, Feb. 2, occurred when other businesses in the area had closed due to a forecast of six to eight...
When Eli Wilson arrived at Lily Parker’s house near Thornfield on Nov. 2, 2020, to pick her up, his cover story was that they were going to drive into Gainesville to pick up their concealed carry permits, having completed the weapons course a few days earlier.  But as Eli got out of his car and...

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