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The Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved recommendations by the Missouri Department of Conservation for its fall and winter efforts to find cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) and help limit the spread of the deadly deer disease to more deer and more areas.Last season, MDC...

Diana Premer and her grandchildren, Colton, Maria and Melody, with their “Lake Hair, Don’t Care” themed golf cart, won the People’s Choice award at Saturday’s 18th annual Theodosia Marina Resort golf cart parade. Parade director Linda Moore, affectionately known as the mayor of TMR campground, said as many as 60 golf carts have appeared in the parade when the Fourth of July holiday falls on a three-day weekend. This year 23 decorated carts rolled through the campground. The parade, a well-loved tradition among TMR campers, is open to anyone with a golf cart or other small vehicle.
Many Fourth of July fireworks displays and other events occurred over the weekend in Ozark County and nearby areas, but the fun’s not over yet. The holiday events listed here are planned for this week. The fireworks displays are free and open to everyone. Some of the other activities, including...
Because the July 4th holiday falls on Wednesday, the regular weekly publishing day for the Ozark County Times, this week’s edition is being published and mailed a day early, on Tuesday. That means some weekly reports are abbreviated, and some usual items may be missing due to the short reporting...

Jackie Klineline, owner of Just Jackie’s restaurant at Pontiac, took this photo Sunday of the sunset over Bull Shoals Lake, which earned tops marks in a recent Ozarks Water Watch report comparing water quality in Upper White River sub-basins.
Bull Shoals Lake earned top marks in Ozarks Water Watch’s recently released 10th annual “Status of the Watershed Report.”The report, a summary of data from 12 monitoring projects, is designed to answer the question, “How’s the water?” in the Upper White River basin in southwest Missouri and...

Lightning struck the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office Sunday morning, disabling some of the department’s communications systems.
A lightning strike during a passing thunderstorm Sunday morning knocked out radio communications at the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office, took out phone lines and zapped an office copier machine. Electrical power automatically switched over to the building’s gas-powered emergency generator, according...

Tommie Taylor shows one of the turkeys he killed during a recent hunting season. This one had four beards. His wife Donnis told the Times, “I can’t even imagine all the men he’s taken turkey hunting” in the 52 years since this story started.
Editor’s note: Ozark County native Tommie Taylor retired in 2016 after working for the county in different jobs for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Donnis, live in Gainesville. My turkey hunting story started when I was 14 years old. My friend Dale Chisam was working on my family’s barn one...

Photo courtesy Lindsay Collins. Fields decorated with hay bales have created pretty scenery lately around the county, but this year’s crazy spring weather and dry conditions have resulted in a substantially smaller hay crop than in previous years. The shortage has livestock producers scrambling to find hay to buy for the coming winter. Ozark County Extension specialist Randy Wiedmeier said that in good years, fields might produce five or six round bales per acre, but this year it’s more like two or three.
Ozark County farmers – and other ag producers around the state – are having a hard time finding hay to buy to feed their livestock during the coming winter.Randy Wiedmeier, livestock specialist in the Ozark County Extension office, said area producers are becoming worried about the situation. “I...

Photo /Theodosia Marina Resort. A long line of golf carts ablaze with patriotic colors lines up for the annual golf cart parade at Theodosia Marina Resort. This year, the parade starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30 with line-up at the Fort Cook office
Ozark Countians, along with family guests and tourists, will celebrate the Fourth of July in the coming days with a wide variety of colorful events around the area. The fireworks displays listed here are free and open to everyone. Some of the other activities, including games, food vendors and...

The Gainesville Volunteer Fire Department lost its pumper and ladder trucks in last year’s flood and fire. But within a few weeks of the double catastrophe, the Republic Fire Department had offered to sell the city of Gainesville a used firetruck (left) for $25,000, and the Robertson Fire Protection District gave the department a used fire and rescue truck it had previously offered for sale for $80,000.
A year ago at this time, about the only thing the Gainesville Volunteer Fire Department had going for it was its dedicated volunteers – and a city council determined to help GVFD get back on its feet after double catastrophes. Its building and more than $400,000 worth of equipment were gone,...

Photo /Theodosia Marina Resort A long line of golf carts ablaze with patriotic colors lines up for the annual golf cart parade at Theodosia Marina Resort. This year, the parade starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30 with line-up at the Fort Cook office
Ozark Countians, along with family guests and tourists, will celebrate the Fourth of July in the coming days with a wide variety of colorful events around the area. The fireworks displays listed here are free and open to everyone. Some of the other activities, including games, food vendors and...

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