News

  At their Monday morning meeting, Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise presented the Ozark County Commissioners with three potential options to consider for upgrading the county employees’ paid vacation plan.  Wise and the commissioners have been discussing the idea of offering more paid vacation days...

A tree that sounded like thunder When this large tree fell Friday night at the home of Kevin and Cindy Thomas on County Road 119 south of Almartha, Kevin and son-in-law Denver Mitchell, who were in the house at the time, thought the loud sound they heard was just thunder.
Kevin and Cindy Thomas’ friends, relatives and neighbors stepped in to help when the storm blew down a large tree that fell on the carport at their home on County Road 119.  Cindy said Monday that Kevin and her son-in-law, Denver Mitchell, were in the home Friday night when the tree fell but...

Runaway walkway The storm Friday night caused damage to all of the main walkways at Pontiac Cove Marina on Bull Shoals Lake, and marina manager Jabet Wade said the docks were not accessible until they could be repaired at daylight on Saturday morning. One 110-foot-long walkway section, shown here ahead of a boat operated by Wade’s husband, Matt, “made its way out of the cove and was found about a half-mile north of the marina,” she said. “We were able to retrieve it after daylight and put it back together.” Wade said Pontiac Cove “is usually pretty protected from a north wind, which is the direction from which the storm came; however, the high water makes us more vulnerable. The walkways are long and not nearly as stable as they would be under normal conditions. If the lake weren’t so high, we might not have had any damage at all. We feel very lucky that it wasn’t worse than it was.”
Strong storms that swept through the area last Friday night downed trees and caused power outages. The biggest problem was dozens of trees that fell onto power lines, knocking out power to hundreds of households and blocking roadways, said Ozark County emergency management director Curtis Ledbetter...

First reported tree down, and it was a big one A Friday night phone call to Eastern District Commissioner Gary Collins about this tree that fell across County Road 502 opposite the Gene and Penny Britt home south of Gainesville was the first of several calls about storm damage the county commissioners received over the weekend and into Monday. Most calls reported downed trees and utility lines. Fortunately, little structural damage was reported.
Ozark County’s Road and Bridge crews were busy through the weekend and early this week cleaning up debris from a Friday, June 11, storm.  “They were out to two or three o’clock in the morning Friday into Saturday. Then [they] worked all Saturday and back out Sunday,” Presiding Commissioner John...

Times photo/Norene Prososki Track-star brothers Gainesville track star brothers Joshua, left, and Nate Richer display the medals they earned during this year’s track season. 
Josh and Nate Richer come from a long line of hard workers who love track and field.  The boys, who moved to Gainesville with their family in November, lived out that legacy Saturday, May 21, at the Class 2 state track meet, where they won state honors and made their mark in Gainesville High School...

One side effect of the “Pearl Rush” of the early 20th century was that pearl buttons become popular nationwide. The first shell-button factory was established in 1900 in Black Rock, Arkansas, not far south of the Missouri line. These undated photos of button factory workers are from the Arkansas Fish and Game Department.
In our constant forays online searching for tidbits of historical information, we recently came across a reference to the “Arkansas Pearl Rush.” That casual encounter led to a revelation that few today would ever have expected. Our first inclination was to assume that this was just an “Arkansas”...
With more than half of Americans now vaccinated with at least one dose of the covid-19 vaccine and many restrictions lifted, it’s starting to feel like the country is easing back into normalcy. But a county-by-county risk assessment updated Monday by the New York Times shows that the virus danger...

A group with a dream and a plot of land Ozark Outdoor Adventures board members, from left, Sandy and David Morgan, David Bushner and Kelly Forrest, joined by volunteer Robert Clark, far right, recently met at the 4-acre property that will serve as their organization’s home base. The property was donated to the group by the family of the late Bob Goodwyn. Another original founder of the group, Doris Sayles, has since stepped down from the organization.
A small group of dedicated volunteers has been working tirelessly behind the scenes on an exciting  new project aimed at helping pre-teens and teenagers disconnect with their phones and instead connect with the restorative powers of nature and a Christian faith, all while learning life and survival...

After the fixed bleachers were removed, the existing locker rooms, which were housed underneath the bleachers, shown as the white wall toward the bottom left of this photo, had to be filled in. The new flooring will be installed over the area, making the floor even with the rest of the space.
Gainesville High School’s gym is currently under construction, and crews are working to remove the former red fixed bleachers and replace them with ADA-compliant “roll-back” bleachers.  The locker rooms, which were located under the fixed-bleachers are being removed, and a 54-inch space will be...

The new Gainesville City Park logo was designed by local artist Abby Britt.
The Ozark County Wellness Committee, a group of community members whose mission is to help make Ozark County healthier through physical activity and other means, has been making progress on the Hoerman Memorial Park renovations and additions. The project, announced last fall, is being funded...

Pages

Ozark County Times

504 Third Steet
PO Box 188
Gainesville, MO 65655

Phone: (417) 679-4641
Fax: (417) 679-3423