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Hayden Johns, 10, killed this 9-point buck on Sept. 22 with a crossbow from 15 yards. The buck scored just shy of 130 inches, and was taken exactly one year from Hayden's 139 3/4-inch crossbow kill in 2018. Hayden is the son of Theodosia residents Josh and Melanie Johns.
Dedicated Ozark County bow hunters have taken to the woods the last of couple weeks to fight sweltering temperatures, mosquitoes and humidity in hopes of harvesting a deer. Forecasted cooler temperatures throughout the end of the week and the weekend should provide better hunting conditions.  At...

Monica Cowin Bethards, left, and her mother, Judy Evans, worked in Judy’s Daystar Shirts booth at Hootin an Hollarin wearing T-shirts bearing the 2019 Hootin an Hollarin design Monica created, reflecting this year’s “A trip back when” theme. Monica began drawing an annual Hootin an Hollarin T-shirt design in 1989, while she was in high school, and continued until about eight years ago, when her deteriorating eyesight left her legally blind.
The design on this year’s Hootin an Hollarin T-shirts – a rustic-looking, mule-powered covered wagon carrying the familiar, stylized Cedar Pete and Addie Lee characters – was designed by Ozark County native Monica Cowin Bethards reflecting the 2019 festival theme, “A trip back when.” It wasn’t the...
Our ongoing coverage of Gainesville’s Bird the Blue Jay continues. Last week, when Century Bank of the Ozarks employee Michele Johnson drove to the post office, Bird fluttered into Michele’s car and wouldn’t leave. He insisted on riding along, perching on the steering wheel (above) for part of the...

Kelly and Jason Marsh
There’s a movement happening in Bakersfield that even Donald Trump would get behind. Make Bakersfield Great Again. While there are no mega-rallies and no political sharpshooters involved, what’s happening is a quiet transformation of this sleepy little historic town in southeast Ozark County. When...

Five-year-old twin brothers Dalton, left, and Dakota Morgan, visited the McWilliams Pumpkin Patch near West Plains Saturday during its opening weekend. The twins, sons of Joe and Kristin Morgan of Gainesville, are shown riding the farm’s tractor train.
The weather forecast for this coming weekend features a prediction of beautiful, crisp, fall temperatures that promise to provide the perfect setting for a fun day at an area event or activity celebrating the season. Listed here are events happening soon in this area. Watch the Times each week for...

Blevins
Dr. Brooks Blevins, Missouri State University professor of history, will be at the Ozark County Historium in Gainesville at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, to talk about his new Civil War book, volume 2 of his History of the Ozarks series. Blevins is a popular speaker, and his previous appearances at...

GHS class of 1964 reunion Pictured, from left: Alfred Newton, Pat Whisnant, Gene Farmer, Myron DeVaul, Joe Hawkins, Pat Hannaford, Jerry Crawford, Sonja Grisham, Lester White, Mike Wood, Connie Daugherty, Larry Warrick, Shirley Swearington Sellers, Vance Hambelton, Sue Bushong Sickler and Buddy High.
GHS class of 1964 reunion The Gainesville High School class of 1964 met Saturday at The Center in Gainesville for its 55-year reunion. The group enjoyed snacks and visiting. Class member Pat Hannaford sang a song for the group and offered a prayer. GHS Class of 1999 reunion Several members of the...

MDC photo Missouri Department of Conservation is considering revised regulations allowing landowners to use thermal imagery to address damage caused by nuisance wildlife, such as coyotes.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering changing regulations to help landowners address damage caused by problem wildlife and feral hogs. MDC is proposing the changes in response to citizen requests to the Regulations Committee to use night vision or thermal imagery to address...

Isaiah Ralston, 3, walked with the Timber Knob Volunteer Fire Department Honor Guard in this year’s parade carrying an American flag. in memory of his dad, former firefighter Cody Ralston, who died in January.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes it’s the story behind the picture that tells the bigger story. Most people watching the Hootin an Hollarin parade Saturday afternoon were probably unaware of the story behind the little blond-haired boy carrying a small American flag and...

MO State Parks photo
Members of the Sierra Club and Ken McCarty, Missouri State Parks natural resources management director, will lead a hiking tour of Bryant Creek State Park, off N Highway just north of the Douglas-Ozark County line near Rockbridge, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.  A similar hiking tour will be...

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