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Photo courtesy Clarkson Construction Larry Tilson was the first area resident to drive across James Bridge on PP Highway last week when the rebuilt bridge reopened after being washed away in the spring floods.
Larry Tilson was only too happy to oblige about 3:30 p.m. last Wednesday, Oct. 11, when members of the Clarkson Construction crew invited him to be the “first legal crosser” to drive across the newly completed James Bridge on Highway PP near Dawt.  Tilson, who lives in the familiar blue house on PP...

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 memories and...

Long-Term Recovery Committee
Officers of the Ozark County Long-Term Recovery Committee are, from left, Ozark County Emergency Manager Brett Meints, committee chair Shawn Taylor, secretary Jennifer Winrod, member Daniel Clubb and co-chair Sharon Davidson. The committee will have its next meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at...

Black walnut hulling station. Photo courtesy of Hammond Hullers.
Black-walnut hulling stations have opened for the season throughout the Midwest, and a news release from Stockton-based Hammons Hullers says the company is paying an “opening price” of $15 per 100 pounds (after hulling) to those bringing black walnuts to one of the company’s hulling sites. The...

Firefighter and paramedic Randy Fowler was among the crew who responded to a camper fire Monday at Udall campground. By the time the firefighters arrived on scene, the camper was already engulfed in flames. Photo courtesy of Karen Davis.
Bakersfield, Tecumseh and Howell Rural volunteer fire departments responded to a camper fire last Monday afternoon at Udall campground on Lake Norfork. The occupant of the camper, an unidentified West Plains man, reportedly saw smoke and fire coming from the roof of the camper around 1 p.m. and...

photo submitted Dora-area residents Jenny and Levi Schump were recently interviewed by Amelia LaMair about their plans for developing a self-sufficient homestead, market garden and organic orchard.
Amelia LaMair, who owns Flotsam Farm near Hodgson Mill with partner Eric Tumminia, has started conducting interviews with local farmers and producers as part of a project titled “Building the Local Food Economy in Ozark County.” LaMair submitted the project idea to the Sustainable Agriculture and...
This story is reprinted with the permission of Shaylee Wallace, author of the ramblinranchgirl blog. To read more, visit ramblinranchgirl.wordpress.com.    When I first decided I wanted to write about women in agriculture, I imagined cattle, advocacy programs and large tractors rolling through row-...

Gainesville resident Rhonda Hardcastle and granddaughter Jade visited the McKenna Family Pumpkin Farm in Forsyth over the weekend.
It’s the time of year when pumpkins, apple cider and crisp, fall air set a tone of festivity in the Ozarks. Listed here are Halloween and fall events that residents can visit or attend this week. Watch the Times each week for an updated list of fall-related events. Those organizing a local fall or...

Photo courtesy Clarkson Construction An unidentified car crosses the Cudworth Bridge on CC Highway shortly after it reopened Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 4. The photo was shared with the Times by Clarkson Construction of Kansas City, which was contracted June 29 by the Missouri Department of Transportation to replace bridges on CC and PP highways in eastern Ozark County that were washed away by late-April floods. The Cudworth Bridge over the North Fork of the White River was completed about three months after work began the first week in July. The contract was for $2,797,915.
They had errands to run, so Marcie and Wes Roberts drove the long way to West Plains from their home near the Dora School last Wednesday, Oct. 4. They had to take a round-about route – north on Highway 181, east on Highway 14 and then south on Highway 63 – because the direct route, CC Highway, was...

Long-Term Recovery Committee
Officers of the Ozark County Long-Term Recovery Committee are, from left, Ozark County Emergency Manager Brett Meints, committee chair Shawn Taylor, secretary Jennifer Winrod, member Daniel Clubb and co-chair Sharon Davidson. The committee will have its next meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at...

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