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Melissa Loftis, Bakersfield
For Bakersfield resident Melissa Loftis, her mother’s heart procedure was a wake-up call. “It opened my eyes,” Melissa said. “Diabetes and heart disease run in my family. And I’m a single mom. My son is autistic. I wanted to be there for him, to play with him and watch him grow up.”  But the...

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Melissa Littleshield, right, a sexual abuse advocate with Christos House in West Plains, met with the Ozark County commissioners Monday as they signed a proclamation designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The proclamation states that the Missouri State Highway Patrol recorded 44,...

Disability Employment Awareness Month
Ozark Independent Living spokesperson Terry Hampton recently met with Ozark County Presiding Commission John Turner, left, and Ozark County Western District Commissioner Greg Donley for the signing of a proclamation recognizing October as Disability Employment Awareness Month. (Eastern district...

Ladies prayer brunch
This month’s  ladies prayer brunch will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21, at Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church in Gainesville. All are women are invited. 
The South Central Cattlemen’s Fall Cattle Drive event will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, at the West Plains Civic Center in West Plains. The all-day event will include morning presentations by Natural Resource Conservation Service health specialist Drexel Atkisson and MU Extension beef nutrition...

Crash
Darryl Hobbs, 54, of Caulfield was transported by ambulance to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains after sustaining minor injuries in a single-vehicle accident around 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol online crash report, Hobbs was traveling eastbound on...

Photo courtesy Clarkson Construction Larry Tilson was the first area resident to drive across James Bridge on PP Highway last week when the rebuilt bridge reopened after being washed away in the spring floods.
Larry Tilson was only too happy to oblige about 3:30 p.m. last Wednesday, Oct. 11, when members of the Clarkson Construction crew invited him to be the “first legal crosser” to drive across the newly completed James Bridge on Highway PP near Dawt.  Tilson, who lives in the familiar blue house on PP...

Stella Luna’s cornbread I don’t think my mother ever had this written down, but this is how she taught me to make cornbread. It’s so much better than a mix – and not much harder. I remember it, hot and crusty, broken into a plate brimming with pinto beans, or simply crumbled into a cold glass of milk for an easy Sunday night supper. 1 cup corn meal (Stella used yellow) 1 cup flour 3 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1 egg Milk -- she never did measure it. I was to judge by looking at the batter. Over the years I’ve decided it takes a little more than one cup of milk. Mix all that together. (Don’t use a mixer. Just stir it with a fork or spoon.) Meanwhile in a 8 or 9” cast iron skillet, be heating some bacon grease. No measure on this, just be sure the bottom of the skillet is covered. (I’ve learned vegetable oil, even olive oil will work.) It should be VERY hot. Swirl it around in the skillet some to be sure the sides are coated too. Then pour it into the meal and flour mixture and stir four or five times. Pour it all into the hot skillet and bake 20 – 25 minutes at 400 degrees. When it’s done, turn it upside down on a plate and slice into wedges. Mary Ruth Luna Sparks
The 2017 edition of Ozark County Cookin’ will feature not only the recipes but also the stories of Ozark County cooks, present and past, whose kitchen talents created warm, enduring memories for generations of area families. As we do each year, we’re asking our readers to share their memories and...

Long-Term Recovery Committee
Officers of the Ozark County Long-Term Recovery Committee are, from left, Ozark County Emergency Manager Brett Meints, committee chair Shawn Taylor, secretary Jennifer Winrod, member Daniel Clubb and co-chair Sharon Davidson. The committee will have its next meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at...

Black walnut hulling station. Photo courtesy of Hammond Hullers.
Black-walnut hulling stations have opened for the season throughout the Midwest, and a news release from Stockton-based Hammons Hullers says the company is paying an “opening price” of $15 per 100 pounds (after hulling) to those bringing black walnuts to one of the company’s hulling sites. The...

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