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Audie Pulliam, a MoDOT engineer working closely with contractors on the Tecumseh curves project, says that in addition to structure removal, contractors are also progressing with dirt work. This section of Highway 160 is near a private roadway, Tecumseh Creek Road, which leads to a home near Norfork Lake.
The Tecumseh curves project has been underway for a month now, and those driving through that area of Highway 160 can see a dramatic change.  “We are nearing completion of the [structure] removals and the contractor… is progressing with the earthwork,” said Audie Pulliam, Missouri Department of...

Montgomery Mitchell, then 10 years old, harvested this gobbler while hunting with her dad in Ozark County during the 2020 youth-only turkey hunt. Montgomery is the daughter of Brett and Amanda Mitchell of Dora. To submit a youth turkey photo to be published in an upcoming edition of the Times, email the picture to jessi@ozarkcountytimes.com. Include the hunter’s name and age, the date the bird was harvested, who the young hunter was hunting with and in what part of the county the bird was killed. Additional information, such as the bird’s weight, beard or spur length or other interesting tidbits about the hunt are also welcome.
The Missouri Department of Conservation has good news and bad news for Ozark County turkey hunters this spring.  The bad news: Hunters can expect this spring season to be about as challenging as the past few spring seasons. The good news: The numbers of harvestable turkeys is likely to improve the...

The parking lot at the Tecumseh access on Norfork Lake was filled this weekend after boaters and fishermen discovered an unexpected surprise – open gates to the access, which has been under construction for several months and mostly closed to vehicle and boat traffic since an historic flood in spring 2017 left the access heavily damaged. Corps of Engineers project manager Mark Case said the gates were opened to give fishermen “some temporary access.” Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Fishermen got an Easter weekend surprise as the gates to the Tecumseh access on Norfork Lake were opened late last week and left open throughout the weekend, allowing fishermen and boaters to access Norfork Lake there. As of Monday morning, the gates remained opened. The access, which is in its...

photo courtesy of West Marine A new law requires most boaters to use their emergency cut-off switches through a link lanyard like the one pictured above.
As of April 1, those driving boats that are less than 26 feet in length and powered by motors of at least 3 horsepower are required to use their engine cut-off switches (ECOS) while operating the boat. The new law, instated by the US Coast Guard, will likely affect many Ozark Countians, who will...

Dana Crisp
Incumbent Dana Crisp was re-elected to the Gainesville Board of Aldermen East Ward seat in Tuesday’s General Municipal Election. Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise reported that Crisp received 12 votes, and challenger Deb Miller received 6. In the West Ward, where no candidate filed after former...
Incumbents Robert Lee and Terry Martin were re-elected to the Dora School Board in Tuesday's General Municipal Election.  Incumbents Martin and Lee, as well as challenger Gwen Chambers were running for two three-year terms on the board.   These votes were cast:  Lee, 113; Martin, 85; Chambers 45.
Incumbents Darrin Clayton and Joshua Mayberry were re-elected to the Thornfield School Board during Tuesday’s General Municipal Election. The two incumbents were running against challenger Travis Tucker for two three-year terms on the board. These votes were cast: Clayton, 54; Mayberry, 53; and...
Tracy “Todd” Presson, a Gainesville man who reportedly produced child pornography images and videos at his Gainesville home, was recently sentenced to 840 months, or 70 years, in federal prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine during a March 26 hearing before Judge Stephen R. Bough in federal...
Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise's office in the courthouse will be open extended hours from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, April 3, and from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, to accommodate Gainesville residents and voters in the Dora and Thornfield school districts who want to vote absentee in the...

Photos courtesy Pontiac Cove Marina First place winners.........Michael Welch, left, and Albert Scott, both of Theodosia, won the $1,500 first place cash prize for their 26-pound catch in Saturday’s Verne Cubbage Memorial fishing tournament out of Pontiac Cove Marina. The team also won the $460 Big Bass price for their 6-pound catch.
The 14th Annual Verne D. Cubbage Memorial Fishing Tournament was held March 27 at Pontiac Cove Marina. A record 46 boats entered the tournament, which took off at 7 a.m. and began weighing in at 3:30 p.m. The top five places received cash prizes. First place went to Michael Welch and Albert Scott,...

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