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Stella Luna’s cornbread - I don’t think my mother ever had this written down, but this is how she taught me to make cornbread. It’s so much better than a mix – and not much harder. I remember it, hot and crusty, broken into a plate brimming with pinto beans, or simply crumbled into a cold glass of milk for an easy Sunday night supper. *****1 cup corn meal (Stella used yellow), 1 cup flour, 3 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, 1 egg, Milk -- she never did measure it. I was to judge by looking at the batter. Over the years I’ve decided it takes a little more than one cup of milk. Mix all that together. (Don’t use a mixer. Just stir it with a fork or spoon.) Meanwhile in a 8 or 9” cast iron skillet, be heating some bacon grease. No measure on this, just be sure the bottom of the skillet is covered. (I’ve learned vegetable oil, even olive oil will work.) It should be VERY hot. Swirl it around in the skillet some to be sure the sides are coated too. Then pour it into the meal and flour mixture and stir four or five times. Pour it all into the hot skillet and bake 20 – 25 minutes at 400 degrees. When it’s done, turn it upside down on a plate and slice into wedges. - Mary Ruth Luna Sparks
The 2017 edition of Ozark County Cookin’ will feature not only the recipes but also the stories of Ozark County cooks, present and past, whose kitchen talents created warm, enduring memories for generations of area families. As we do each year, we’re asking our readers to share their...

Joyce Morgan visited the McWilliams Pumpkin Patch in West Plains recently with grandsons Dalton, left, and Dakota. The pumpkin patch, on Howell County Road 6920 just west of West Plains, is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays noon to 6 p.m. Find out more about the McWilliams Pumpkin Patch by visiting their website, http://www.mcwilliamspumpkinpatch.com.
Halloween is just a couple of weeks away, and fall- and Halloween-themed events are happening all over the region. The following events and ongoing attractions in the area cater to both families and those looking for something a little more frightening. Next week’s Times will include information on...
We're in the process of transferring our files over to our new website. So, we've compiled all of the stories on the Savannah Leckie murder here through Sept. 27, 2017. Stories published after Sept. 27 will be posted directly on the new website.  ********************************************* Family...

Rebecca Ruud
Thirty seventh Judicial Circuit Judge David Evans filed an order today transferring the murder trial of 39-year-old Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud from Ozark County to Taney County. The transfer was made on Ruud's behalf by defense attorney Lauren Kate Welborn. Online records indicate that the...

Joyce Morgan visited the McWilliams Pumpkin Patch in West Plains recently with grandsons Dalton, left, and Dakota. The pumpkin patch, on Howell County Road 6920 just west of West Plains, is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays noon to 6 p.m. Find out more about the McWilliams Pumpkin Patch by visiting their website, http://www.mcwilliamspumpkinpatch.com.
Halloween is just a couple of weeks away, and fall- and Halloween-themed events are happening all over the region. The following events and ongoing attractions in the area cater to both families and those looking for something a little more frightening. Next week’s Times will include information on...
Friends and family are mourning the tragic death of Ozark County native Dixie Bertram Adair, 86, whose body was found near the Oklahoma-Kansas border Thursday night, Oct. 12, after she was reported missing the previous Monday evening. Adair, who was born in Elijah and graduated from Gainesville...
Friends and family are mourning the tragic death of Ozark County native Dixie Bertram Adair, 86, whose body was found near the Oklahoma-Kansas border Thursday night, Oct. 12, after she was reported missing the previous Monday evening. Adair, who was born in Elijah and graduated from Gainesville...

Bassmaster Team Championship
For the second time in its four-year history, the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship is headed back to Arkansas. B.A.S.S. officials announced recently that the tournament will be held Dec. 6-9 on Norfork Lake near Mountain Home. The winning team will receive a new Nitro Bass Boat...

On the menu: Lake Norfork catches
Tecumseh resident Bill Driscoll shows off the six channel catfish he caught on a Lake Norfork trotline Monday. Earlier, Driscoll caught a mess of Ozark longpincher crawdads, which some consider a hillbilly improvement over Maine lobster. Driscoll, retired from the Missouri Department of...

Gourds can be useful in many creative ways
Our ancestors couldn’t go to the hardware store or shopping mall to buy utensils and other household essentials. Instead, they improvised with items found in nature. The dried fruit of several members of the cucumber family proved useful for many purposes, says University of Missouri Extension...

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