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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...

Times photo/Bruce Roberts A rider hangs on as long as he can during the second annual Ozark County FFA Bull Blast Friday at the Gainesville Saddle Club.
While it may have been Hootin an Hollarin weekend, a few hundred visitors to Gainesville slipped down to the Gainesville Saddle Club Arena Friday night to watch the Ozark County FFA Bull Blast. A big hit with the crowd, which was one of the largest ever at the saddle club arena, the Bull Blast was...

Sixteen-year-old autistic teen Savannah Leckie, left, was killed in Ozark County in July 2017. Her biological mother, Rebecca Ruud, right, admitted to burning the girl's body after death. Ruud and co-defendant Robert Peat Jr. were originally indicted on charges relating to the murder of the girl. However, Ruud was found not guilty of those charges during a bench trial before Circuit Judge Calvin Holden June 27-30. Peat's case was dismissed Sept. 14, and he is no longer charged with anything relating to the incident.
Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud will walk out of the Greene County Jail a free woman today 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 this...

This photo was taken at a past Party on the Hill event.
Organizers say this year’s live music lineup is shaping up beautifully for the third annual Party on the Hill fundraising event, set for Saturday, Sept. 24, in Theodosia. The annual event raises money each year for the Semper Fi & America’s Fund, an organization that benefits the nation’s...

Located in southern Douglas County, near the Ozark County line, Bryant Creek State Park features many natural attributes including almost two miles of Bryant Creek frontage. Photo courtesy of Missouri State Parks.
Rockbridge-area Bryant Creek State Park, one of Missouri’s newest state parks, is scheduled to open to the public Sept. 23 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Located in southern Douglas County, just a couple miles from the Ozark County line, Bryant Creek State Park is home to impressively...

Sept. 14, 1972 edition of the Ozark County Times
Article reprinted from the Sept. 14, 1972 edition of the Ozark County Times.    The Gainesville R-5 school board will meet tonight with Springfield attorney Jerry L. Redfern to discuss possible procedures to be taken in answer to a class action complaint filed against the board and high school...

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