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Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio This composite, reprinted from the NASA.gov website, shows the path of totality that will occur during the April 8 total solar eclipse. In Ozark County, the period of totality, when day becomes night, will last a little less than two minutes between 1:54 and 1:56 p.m. as the shadow of the moon passes in front of the sun.
Something really extraordinary will happen April 8 in Ozark County – and also in some other lucky communities and cities across a narrow swath of North America.  On that date, for those of us fortunate enough to be in the right spot, the sky will darken, and for a few precious minutes, day will...
Retired MSHP Driver Examination Chief Freddie Long, 73, of West Plains, who also serves on the Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force and as a reserve deputy for the Ozark County Sheriff, was injured in a crash on Highway 14 in Howell County Jan. 5.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s online...
“It doesn’t affect everybody, but it will aid everybody.” That’s what Ozark County Presiding Commissioner Terry Newton said during the Monday morning commissioners’ meeting. The commissioners were discussing the need for what is called the “internet use tax” – a measure that has been put on the...

Twenty-six boys and teens, along with several volunteer leaders, hosted the 2023 Saints of Valor winter camp at Jordan’s Crossing in Protem Dec. 28-31. Those pictured, from left, are: front row: Joshua Skiver, Lucian Lee and Davin Friend. Second row: Tony Robbins, Justin Barcelona, Mason Bailey, Drake Rhoads, Hudsyn Friend, Max Hamilton, Carson Nielson, Brandon Barcelona, Dante Thome, Terry Robbins, Manny Lee and Elijah Lee. Back row: Jeremiah Easley, Alex Smith, Aiden Thome, Aaron Kahl, Ryder Murphy, Zeke Yarger, Colton Dunn, Dylan Abraham, Lucas Luna, Archer Luna, Orion Bradley, Titus Lee, Ronnie Kahl and Ron Yarger. Not pictured: Macray Hambelton.
It was 1 o’clock in the morning, under an inky black December sky when a 16-year-old Gainesville boy slowly walked into the frigid water of Bull Shoals Lake.  He was followed a few steps behind by Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church Pastor Davin Friend, while a team of nearly 30 boys and men watched...

World War II veteran Bob Usrey, shown here in 1955 with his daughters, from left, Vicky, Missy and Pam, moved to Gainesville in 1952 with his wife Cleta to become manager, funeral director and embalmer at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home. The twins, now Pam McGinnis and Vicky Evans, were 14 months old when the family moved here. Missy (now Foster) was born in 1955.
Most folks today probably think of funeral homes as somber places where the hard fact of death is a constant presence. But for a certain bunch of Gainesville kids who grew up in the 1950s and '60s, Clinkingbeard Funeral Home was a fun place where we shared way more laughter than tears. It was a...
Joseph L. Kish, 42, was killed in a head-on crash at 3 a.m. last Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023, on Highway 5, about five miles south of Wasola.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s online crash report, Kish was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze southbound on Highway 5 when, around 3 a.m., he...

Those at the donation presentation were, from left: Josh Sherman with K9 Karo, Peggy Williams, Matt Rhoades, Curtis Ledbetter, Gannan Moss, Rhonda Sedlacek and Debra Schilling Smith.
Debra Schilling Smith and Peggy Williams with United Country Missouri Ozarks Realty raised $3,400 for the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department Shop with a Cop event.  The pair organized a fundraising effort called "Stuff the Stockings with Change for Christmas," in which they placed 5-foot tall candy...

Longtime newspaper columnist Jerry Crownover has published his final “Life is Simple” column this week (see page 2) after nearly 30 years of writing about his life as a farmer. Those who will miss his column are encouraged to visit his new YouTube channel, Crown Cattle Company, where he will continue to post videos, telling the beloved humorous stories he’s known for.
After writing a humorous farm column that has entertained thousands of newspaper and magazine readers all around America for nearly 30 years, Jerry Crownover is calling it quits – and no one is happy about it.  Well, except maybe his wife, Judy, who has seen him fret and stew, trying to think up...

The annual Ozark County Toy Drive provided new toys and other Christmas gift items to Ozark County families for more than 200 children, organizers say. Toy Drive volunteers are pictured in the background preparing to help guide families through the room full of gifts that morning.
Toys and other gifts for more than 200 Ozark County children were distributed Saturday, Dec. 16, at this year’s Ozark County Toy Drive. The event was held at the First Baptist Church event center building on Third Street in Gainesville. “I thought it went real well,” said chairperson Nancy Walker...

Ozark County officials lowered the courthouse flag to half-staff last week in honor of Caulfield firefighter Richard Clewett, who died in a fiery crash.
Caulfield resident and local volunteer firefighter Richard Clewett, 39, was laid to rest at a family cemetery Friday in a service with full military honors. Clewett was killed in a Dec. 13 crash on V Highway, about two and a half miles west of Caulfield.  He was a Caulfield volunteer firefighter,...

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