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Times photo / Sue Ann Jones The Ozark County Ambulance District is staffing a second ambulance unit, beginning with a two-person crew of emergency medical technicians, Aaron Bellcock, right, and Joe Bogowith, shown here with ambulance district administrator Stacy Raney, left. The second unit will be available to work 12-hour shifts on select weekends, with the schedule expected to progress to four 10-hour days during times of greatest anticipated need based on major holiday schedules and statistics tracked by the district.
After operating a single ambulance unit 24/7 for several years, the Ozark County Ambulance District board at its March meeting voted unanimously to move forward with plans to staff a second ambulance.  The plan will begin with an additional two-person crew, EMTs Aaron Bellcock and Joe Bogowith, who...

Lola Collins, 4, daughter of Seth and Dara Collins, shows the morels she and her dad found while hunting in the woods near their Noble home.
Reprinted with permission of the News-Leader Temperatures are warming nicely, and there’s been plenty of rain. And expert morel mushroom hunter Ron Cook is already getting excited. “We’re in for an epic morel season in Missouri,” said Cook. “The conditions are really right for them. The season...

Lions Club members Bill Trivitt, left, and Chris Harlin of Century Bank of the Ozarks display just a few of the many items that will be up for auction this Friday night at Gainesville High School. The auction, a yearly event, helps fund the summer ball program as well as scholarships and other Lions Club projects.
Plans are underway for the Gainesville Lions Club’s 32nd annual auction and sportsman raffle to be held Friday night, April 12, at Gainesville High School. This year’s raffle, held in conjunction with the auction,  includes 14 firearms, a gun safe, a kayak, a utility trailer, flying drone and other...
Gainesville superintendent Jeff Hyatt said he is “sorely disappointed” in the results of the April 2 general municipal election in which voters turned down the school district’s two financial proposals – one for facility improvements and one for building a new gymnasium.  Monday, he expressed some...

This photo, from the Missouri State Beekeepers Association, shows Boone County beekeepers Nancy and Domenic Giofre collecting a honey bee swarm. For more information, visit the MSBA website (mostatebeekeepers.org).
The Missouri State Beekeepers Association asks residents to be aware that honey bees swarm during the spring when they’re looking for a new home. Swarms usually appear as a large, vibrating lump of bees that may be found clinging to a car bumper, a fence, a tree limb, a porch rail – or just about...

For 47 years, Wade Turner has driven throughout three counties delivering feed from Donley Feed Mill in Thornfield. The feed mill closed recently, but the company continues to sell fertilizer.
Editor’s note: This story and photos are reprinted with permission from the Ozarks Alive! blog by Kaitlyn McConnell. To see more of McConnell’s stories about the people and places of the Ozarks, visit ozarksalive.com. THORNFIELD – As dawn breaks against the quiet black of night, Wade Turner puts on...

Despite serious vision problems, Lena Blair finds way to keep sewing. In the above photo, she uses two very bright Ott lights to help.
Quilts are once again covering the walls at the Historium in Gainesville as the colorful creations of Ozark County native Leda Howard Blair are now on display. The collection is only a small sampling of a large number of quilts Leda has made since she began her retirement hobby in 2000. Her special...

Tecumseh resident Bill Driscoll posted his first stringer full of white bass and walleye for the season on his Facebook page. Driscoll, an avid angler and outdoorsman, included the caption J.L.O.T.L., his personal catchphrase, “Just living off the land.”
Turkey season is just around the corner, Ozark Countians have found a few morel mushrooms sprouting up from forest floors, and waves of warm days and nights have began to raise the water temperature in area lakes and rivers. The conditions are just right for one of Ozark County’s most exciting...
At their weekly meeting Monday, Ozark County Commissioners voted to adopt Ordinance 4119, implementing an additional 1 percent sales tax on metered domestic utilities including propane, city water and electricity. Telephone service and gasoline are not included in the tax, which will be collected...

Morgan Strain killed his first turkey last year while hunting with his dad, Michael Strain.
Ozark County turkey hunters join others across the state who are starting to feel the “itch” as spring turkey season nears. Missouri youth will have their first shot at bagging a bird this weekend, April 6-7, during the youth-only weekend. Adults, along with any youth who didn’t harvest a bird...

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