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photo courtesy of Amelia LaMair Missouri State Highway Patrol marine troopers and another emergency responder look out upon the swollen water of Bryant Creek April 5 during the search for three floaters who had put in the day before for a 3-day canoe trip. The boaters got to their take-out location at Warren Bridge a day and a half early and were unharmed.
What started as a potentially scary situation for emergency personnel on Bryant Creek last Wednesday, May 4, turned out to have a happy ending.  According to Sgt. Eddie Young with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a marine division trooper received a call from someone who reported that three men...

Times photo/Jessi Dreckman A baby formula shortage currently exists in the United States, and statistics show that Missouri currently has at least half of all of its formula out of stock. This photo taken over the weekend at a nearby Walmart store shows the near empty shelves that parents are often met with. The Ozark County Health Department says local mothers and fathers are often struggling to find formula at all – much less WIC approved options for low-income families.
The current baby formula shortage has left already overwhelmed new mothers and fathers with a new, very real concern – with store shelves nearly empty of formula, how can they consistently and healthfully feed their babies? The issue is intensified in Ozark County due to its rural location and lack...
  Next week MoDOT contractor crews will begin working on Highway 160, making repairs to a job last year in a stretch that runs beginning at Highway 5, south of Gainesville, and running to Highway 101 in Howell County. Crews will also be applying an epoxy seal on the Lick Creek Bridge on Highway 160...

Girls in the graduating class are (from left) back row: McKenna Miller, Cassidy Hambelton, Destany Massey, McKayla Kendrick and Standish Wake. Front row: Dora Watkins, Kylie Jones, Kaitlyn Thompson, Lakin Church and Faith Mings.
Dora High School held its 2022 graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the school’s gym.  This year’s valedictorian is Kaitlyn Thompson and salutatorian is Elijah Spencer.  This year’s graduating class includes 23 seniors. 
  Gainesville resident Rhonda Sprague, 56, is being held in the Ozark County Jail without bond in connection with a shooting incident at her home on Highway 181.  She was arraigned Tuesday. A bond reduction hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 18.  Sprague faces felony charges of first-degree...

At left, Reagan Jones (Herrington), 1988 and at right, Reagan and her 6-year-old daughter, Vivian.
After a long absence, I was back in a familiar place recently, the soccer field sidelines. I was visiting my daughter and her family on a Saturday morning when her two youngest daughters, ages 4 and 6, were playing soccer in their different age groups.  I don’t know much about soccer, but I sat on...

The Tailgate Ministry is proposing building a tiny home village somewhere in Ozark County to help address the need for affordable housing for family members. The group, which operates as a business and charity construction business, has proposed this type of layout. The village would include small homes or cabins that range from 640 square feet and up. One side of the community would be dedicated to senior housing for community members who may need or want to downsize from a full home. The other side of the community would be for community members who may be having a difficult time paying rent or finding housing for families. In between the two sections of homes, the Tailgate Ministry envisions several buildings and facilities that could be used by all village members. They are proposing a couple playgrounds, a basketball court, a library and computer area, a fellowship hall with a kitchen, a multi-purpose building, clubhouses and storage sheds.
  The Tailgate Ministry has been making quite the impact around Ozark County at a grassroots level, completing tasks that range from bringing free food to residents who need it to helping refinish a garage into an apartment.  Construction work is now a main focus of the charity, as members work to...

Photo submitted Members of the GHS cast and crew for the drama department’s production of “Nifty Fifties” are (standing, from left) Madelynn Corbin, Jackson Rodgers, Emma McGinnis, Jamon Crisp, Ryder Murphy, Dylan Abraham, Colton Dunn, Katelyn Morgan, Makenzie Avila, Calleigh Goodman, McKoy Dobbs and Victoria St. Pierre. Seated (from left) are Eddie White, Brianna Cass, Skylar Acklin, Joslyne Trout, Savannah Bushner, Nicholas Goodson, Sarah Hawkins, Catelyn Flummer, Silvana Sherrill, Katelin Allen, Whitney Jarvis, Starr Meyers and Cheyenne Wachtel.
Musical comedy coming to Gainesville High School gym this Friday and Saturday; showtime is 7 p.m. both nights   The newly-revived Gainesville High School drama department hopes you will come take a trip with them this weekend back to the “Nifty Fifties.” The GHS drama department will host its first...

Owner found: The next day, the OCSD followed up with this mug shot post indicating that the sunglasses owner was found. Huelsenbeck was arrested in West Plains where he was hiding in a closet.
The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department used humor in a recent Facebook post about a subject who fled the scene of an attempted arrest. On April 26, the sheriff’s department posted a photo of an Ozark County Jail striped jumpsuit with a pair of sunglasses on top. The caption of the post was titled, “...
Sometimes the most impactful projects seem to swirl together of their own measure, taking those involved along for the ride as it unfolds in unexpected ways.  Isabella resident Arthur Fortin says the Tailgate Ministry project in Ozark County has been a bit like that for him and the others involved...

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