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In late March, the Ozark County commissioners declared April as “Clean Up Trash” month, encouraging residents to pick up trash along roadsides and other areas, but now that the month has ended, they hope citizen efforts will continue. To encourage the clean-up effort, the commissioners announced...
One Ozark Countian died and several area residents were injured in these recent crashes on roadways in or near Ozark County. Mountain Home teen hospitalized  Autumn McFarland, 16, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center after sustaining moderate injuries in a...

When the floodwaters of the North Fork of the White River receded enough Sunday morning, April 30, MSHP 2017, trooper John Roberts and other rescuers got Peggy Donahue and her daughter and son-in-law, Autumn and Joshua Shirley, from the roof of their two-story home on James Lane near Dawt. The three family members spent nine hours on the peak of the roof as the raging river uprooted trees and destroyed homes and other structures and sent the debris hurtling toward them. Pictured above: Peggy Donahue, seated in the boat wearing the orange life jacket, and, from left, Missouri Department of Conservation agents Mark Henry and Gerald Smith and MSHP troopers Jason Philpott, Cole Chatman and Roberts. This photo was taken as they reached the shallower edge of the floodwater where they would deposit Peggy before returning to the flooded house to rescue Autumn and Joshua. File photo courtesy Shawn Taylor
On that rainy Saturday, April 29, 2017, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers John Roberts and Jason Philpott began their shift at 6 a.m. by preparing for swift-water rescues in a flood they didn’t really expect to come.“Most of the time when a possible flood is predicted, we prepare and get the...

ALTHEA SPRING - THEN AND NOW Ozark County commissioners and Missouri Department of Conservation biologist A. J. Pratt say one of the most noticeable results of the devastating 2017 flood along the North Fork of the White River is the loss of shade along the stream. These photos show an example of that change at Althea Spring, part of MDC’s public access point at Patrick Bridge on H Highway. Above: Before the 2017 flood, visiting the icy-cold water spilling over the small dam below Althea Spring meant a walk through the woods from the highway or splashing up the tree-shaded spring branch from the river. Below: Last year’s flood destroyed thousands of trees along the North Fork, including those that shaded Althea Spring. MDC has cleared away the towering pile of knocked-over trees and other debris along the spring pond, leaving a wide-open area where shade is difficult to find. Photo courtesy Jerry Luna
The flood that ravaged Ozark County a year ago over the April 28-30 weekend “was terrible, terrible, awful,” Ozark County Presiding Commissioner John Turner said last week at the commissioners’ regular Monday morning meeting. “Hopefully, we won’t see anything like it in our lifetimes.”But even if...
To jump-start the week, we gathered in the dining room to make brownies. We made three different kinds –regular, Oreo and s’more brownies. The residents said they had never made Oreo or s’more brownies, and they absolutely loved making them. After lunch, we all went back to the dining room to taste...

Murder victim Lawrence Brostedt
Murder victim Lawrence Brostedt was a “very private person who didn’t talk publicly about his family,” one of his friends, Juanita Heriford, recalled Monday.Heriford, who owns and operates the Heriford Store at Thornfield, not far from the house Brostedt had built on Up Hill Lane Drive, met him...
A series of “Back to the Bible” gospel meetings will be held soon at Smith Chapel Church of Christ with Ivie Powell and Jake Long speaking. The sessions start Sunday, May 6, with Bible study at 10:30 a.m., Sunday morning worship at 11:15 a.m. and evening worship at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday...
The Thornfield Volunteer Fire Department will host a fish fry fundraiser from noon to 2 p.m. Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 13 – at Thornfield School on Highway 95. Organizers say side dishes and desserts will be gratefully accepted. Door prizes will be awarded. Everyone is invited. For more...

Mae Johnson peruses local gardner Miriam Schrippe’s selection of plant starts and baked goods at the 2017 Ozark County Homegrown and Homemade Festival. This year’s festival, to be held Saturday on the Gainesville square, will feature vendor booths by local farmers, gardeners, artisans and others.
The fourth annual Ozark County Homegrown and Homemade Festival will fill the west side of the square with creative vendors and a variety of appealing activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.Local farmers, artisans and other “merchants” will be peddling their wares, which must be made or grown...
 Join us for the first-Sunday fried chicken dinner fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 6. You’ll enjoy a delicious dinner while helping The Center – and also the Bakersfield students who will be serving the meal to collect tips for the Scholar Bowl, an academic Quiz Bowl in which students...

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