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With fall firearms turkey season and archery season underway, the Missouri Department of Conservation predicts it could be a challenging season because this year’s annual wild turkey brood survey shows statewide turkey production was below average.  The statewide poult-to-hen ratio (PHR) for this...
Thomas & Douglas Certified Public Accountants this week moved to its new location on the east side of the Gainesville square. Pictured, from left: staff accountants Kellie Thomas and Annette Lane, and CPA/partner Jennifer Douglas. Founding partner Kenny Thomas opened the accounting firm as...

Owen and Emery Hogan, children of Gainesville residents Kyle and Sarah Hogan, visited the McWilliams Pumpkin patch near West Plains on Sunday.
Fall is here, and autumn events around the Ozarks are being held to celebrate the season and in anticipation of Halloween. Listed below are events happening soon in this area. Watch the Times each week for an updated list of seasonal events. Those organizing a local fall or Halloween-themed event...

Columbus Day
Most state, county and city offices will be closed Monday in observance of Columbus Day. Banks and some other offices and businesses may be closed as well.  The Ozark County Times and many retail businesses will be open regular business hour.

Photo courtesy Lisa Luna
Lisa and Charles Luna’s dog Ace checks out a tarantula near his Pontiac home. Tarantulas are a common sight crossing Ozarks roadways this time of year. The Missouri Department of Conservation says the huge spiders may have lived in this part of the country as long as 8,000 years. It’s believed they...

Skyler Ledbetter. Ozark County Jail photo.
The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Dora High School student Tuesday, Sept. 25, after the student allegedly made a threat through a private Facebook message, sharing a plan to drive a truck through the school wall into the cafeteria, detonate explosives inside the room and “kill...

Bette Brewer
A missing 63-year-old woman who had wandered into a wooded area adjoining her home near the Missouri-Arkansas line spent nearly 24 hours in the woods before she was found alive Sept. 25 with the aid of a bloodhound tracking dog. “It was a bad day that turned out good,” said Ozark County Sheriff...

After returning to Fort Stewart from Korea, Hartley and his wife, Shea, with infant daughter Kori Jean, headed to the nearby football stadium to surprise their older children, Kain, left, and Kodi.
Sgt. Jordan Hartley’s young children Kain and Kodi got a grand surprise recently when they attended a high school football game at Donnie Clack Stadium in Rochelle, Georgia, near Fort Stewart. As the kids’ great-grandmother, Pauline Bean of Bakersfield, tells it, the announcer told the crowd a...

Hootin and Hollarin volunteer Pamela Sisney, center, directed a new free attraction for kids this year, a hillbilly candy walk. The event, similar to a traditional cake walk, had children walking in a circle to the sound of music. When the music stopped, the children stopped on the nearest number. Whoever was standing on the number that was drawn got to choose a prize from the candy bin.
Hootin an Hollarin volunteer Pamela Sisney led two rounds of free kids games just after the terrapin races Friday and Saturday mornings. The games, held from 11 a.m. to noon each day, included a corn-digging tub, a tin can ball throw and a candy walk. 

Grand champion: Michael Blanks with Molly
It was a little rainy Saturday morning, so the 2018 Hootin an Hollarin pet show, so the judging was done under the store awnings on the east-side sidealks rather than in front of the bleachers as usual. There were a great variety of pets including a rooster, a lemur, a cat, a deer, several dogs,...


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