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A creek crossing on County Road 938 in the Toledo community in northwest Ozark County is closed until a low-water bridge can be replaced, according to Ozark County Western District Commissioner Greg Donley. The previous structure was falling apart and had to be removed for safety reasons, said Donley, who added that repairs will start next week. The crossing may be closed until the end of June. Photo courtesy of Greg Donley
The Ozark County Commissioners, in their regular weekly meeting Monday morning, said they have been fielding an increased number of calls from county residents requesting road repairs. Usually, road crews are generally  able to respond quickly when someone calls to request a repair, the...

The late Alva Hollingsworth, formerly of Gainesville, was part of the Allied invasion of Omaha Beach during D Day 75 years ago this week.
Editor’s note: In recognition of the 75th anniversary of D Day on June 6, we reprint this profile of the late Alva Hollingsworth, formerly of Gainesville, a soldier who participated in the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. Written by Mary Ruth Luna Sparks, editor of the Ozark County Genealogy...
An informational meeting about Bryant Creek State Park, a few miles north of Rockbridge in Douglas County, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the Ava Senior Center, 281-283 NE Second St. in Ava.  A news release from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said, “The public is...

Take a dip in the picturesque but icy water of Althea Spring for an invigorating experience on the lower North Fork of the White River. Althea Spring can be accessed from the back of the parking lot at Patrick Bridge on H Highway or from the river just below the bridge. The spring features beautiful turquoise water and an inviting waterfall that plunges over what was once the watermill dam.
Editor’s note: Floating Ozark County’s cold, clear streams is a favorite summertime activity for both local residents and tourists, but accessing Bryant Creek and the North Fork of the White River takes more effort now than it did before the historic 2017 flood heavily damaged or destroyed many put...

District wilderness manager Johnathan Rhodes, left, and Youth Conservation Corps crew leader David Paul work to repair a gate at the North Fork Recreation Area that was damaged by unknown vandals last week. The recreation area, known locally as Hammond Camp, is off CC Highway south of Dora.
Ozark County and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers are investigating damage and vandalism at the North Fork Recreation Area on the North Fork of the White River in the Mark Twain National Forest near Dora. The public campground and river access off CC Highway, known locally as Hammond...
A resident recently walked into Ozark County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) at 10:30 a.m. May 17 and told OCSD staff that he had purchased a glass jar that had a block inside labeled “Mercury 1 LB.” The sheriff’s office contacted the Department of Natural Resources who instructed the OCSD to take the...
The Ozark County Volunteer Library will host a summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories,” for children age 4 and up beginning Monday, June 17, and continuing through Monday, July 29. Volunteer Aletta Moore, who’s coordinating the program, said, “We’re encouraging the children and youth of our...
Gainesville resident Carol Cooper got quite a surprise Friday, May 24, when a black bear visited her property. Cooper, who lives just west of the Gainesville Elementary school off Highway 160, heard something making noise in the garage Friday morning and decided to investigate. When she went inside...
Pontiac Cove Marina held the Sixth Annual Pontiac Cove 5K Run/Walk Saturday, May 25. Proceeds from the race go to help fund the Pontiac fireworks display set for Friday, July 5. Overall winners of the race were (front, from left) Aspyn Britt who finished in 26:05 and Lain McCanless who finished in...

This photo of DOW camp counselors is thought to have been taken in 1996. From left are David Pearson, Connie Thompson, John Schaefer, Renee Hambelton (front), Deleana Ledbetter Bolinaga, Jason Strong and Susannah Taber Alms.
Editor’s note: For decades, Douglas, Ozark and Wright (DOW) counties have provided a special week for area children at Hammond Camp, near the North Fork of the White River southeast of Dora. Every year, gifts from individuals, groups and agencies make the camp possible for children who may not...

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