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Members of the Show-Me Natural Gardens team prepare for one of the public meetings they held in Ava to discuss their proposal to establish their cannabis-based businesses there. From left: Steve Ruzic, who brings his experience in the pharmaceutical industry to the project; CEO/president Katrina Overcast; COO Matthew Overcast (seated); and Michael Fuge, University of Missouri Columbia Medical School graduate. Photo courtesy Show-Me Natural Gardens
Three years ago, after several family members were diagnosed with cancer, former Ozark County resident VaNessa Loftis started researching medical marijuana. She shared the information she found with her family, and they became advocates of Missouri’s Amendment II, which proposed legalizing...

MDC photo This bull elk was photographed at Missouri’s Peck Ranch Conservation Area. MDC is proposing the framework for a limited elk hunting season and is asking for public comments.
Limited season for Missouri residents could start as soon as 2020 if plan criteria are met.   The Missouri Department of Conservation shared its initial plan for a limited elk-hunting season with the Missouri Conservation Commission at the commission’s public meeting June 28 in Jefferson City. The...

This photo of former Gainesville resident Vernon White was taken in Texas in the 1990s – several years before he jumped headfirst from a pier platform at James Bridge near Dawt, breaking his neck, crushing several vertebrae and leaving him a paraplegic.
Last month’s report of a woman who reportedly broke her ankle and leg after jumping feet-first from the James Bridge into the North Fork of the White River northeast of Dawt reminded some area residents of a similar incident nine years ago that left an Ozark County man paralyzed. Vernon White, a...

After being delayed a night due to stormy weather, the annual Pontiac fireworks display lit up the night sky Saturday over Bull Shoals Lake, casting shadows behind boaters gathered below. Photo courtesy Karen Eubank
Ozark County’s celebration of the Fourth of July holiday continued last week as crowds gathered in Rockbridge and Pontiac for elaborate fireworks displays and water-fun enthusiasts headed for lakes and streams.  Following a day of patriotic activities, a fundraiser pig roast and then a sky-blazing...
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission’s proposed improvements for the Tecumseh curves on Highway 160 in Ozark County will be the focus of a public meeting to be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the Gainesville High School cafeteria on Bull Dog Drive in Gainesville.  An...
Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Urich’s mother, Susan Urich, second from right, didn’t win the Showcase round when she appeared as a contestant on the nationally syndicated Price Is Right show recently, but she certainly deserved a prize for her enthusiasm. She exuberantly shrieked, jumped,...

Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed, pictured above at the recent Masons’ American Flag Retirement Ceremony in Theodosia, says although he plans to retire after this term, he will continue to be active in the community and serve as an advocate for the county’s law enforcement and citizens.
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed says the Greene County inmate-boarding contract with Ozark County is working even better than he thought it would. Ozark County received a $21,780 check for its first full month of housing prisoners for Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott a few weeks ago. Reed says he...

Members of the Show-Me Natural Gardens team prepare for one of the public meetings they held in Ava to discuss their proposal to establish their cannabis-based businesses there. From left: Steve Ruzic, who brings his experience in the pharmaceutical industry to the project; CEO/president Katrina Overcast; COO Matthew Overcast (seated); and Michael Fuge, University of Missouri Columbia Medical School graduate. Photo courtesy Show-Me Natural Gardens
Three years ago, after several family members were diagnosed with cancer, former Ozark County resident VaNessa Loftis started researching medical marijuana. She shared the information she found with her family, and they became advocates of Missouri’s Amendment II, which proposed legalizing...

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Recently passed federal legislation allows qualifying seniors (age 60 and older) to use Missouri Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers to purchase produce at local farmers’ markets. Eligible seniors receive 10 vouchers ($5 each), totaling $50 annually to purchase fruits, vegetables,...

James Bridge on Highway PP in 2017, after it was rebuilt following the 2017 flood. Photo courtesy of Aerial Ozarks.
An unidentified river-goer, thought to be a 45-year-old Florida woman, was injured Saturday when she jumped feet-first off the James Bridge into the North Fork of the White River, which is estimated to be 4 1/2 to 5 feet deep at that point.  At 4:33 p.m. Saturday, the Ozark County Sheriff’s...

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