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Lightning struck the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office Sunday morning, disabling some of the department’s communications systems.
A lightning strike during a passing thunderstorm Sunday morning knocked out radio communications at the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office, took out phone lines and zapped an office copier machine. Electrical power automatically switched over to the building’s gas-powered emergency generator, according...

Boy Scouts helped fold flags during the Theodosia Masons’ 2016 flag retirement ceremony. This year’s ceremony is scheduled for noon Saturday, June 30, at the lodge on Highway 160 in Theodosia next to Lutie School. Those attending are invited to bring old and unserviceable flags for retirement.
Sampson Masonic Lodge #298 in Theodosia will conduct its fourth annual American flag retirement ceremony beginning at noon Saturday, June 30, at the lodge located on Highway 160 next to Lutie School. An Army color guard is scheduled to help open and close the ceremony, and Missouri State Sen. Mike...

Jackie Klineline, owner of Just Jackie’s restaurant at Pontiac, took this photo Sunday of the sunset over Bull Shoals Lake, which earned tops marks in a recent Ozarks Water Watch report comparing water quality in Upper White River sub-basins.
Bull Shoals Lake earned top marks in Ozarks Water Watch’s recently released 10th annual “Status of the Watershed Report.”The report, a summary of data from 12 monitoring projects, is designed to answer the question, “How’s the water?” in the Upper White River basin in southwest Missouri and...
A local working group charged with identifying local priority resource concerns and providing input about program criteria to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the Ozark County Soil and Water Conservation Department office on North Main Street...
Ozarks Medical Center will offer free athletic physicals for area student athletes from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thurs-day, July 19, at the Shaw Medical Building, across from the main entrance of the hospital at 1100 Kentucky Avenue in West Plains.Participants are encouraged to arrive during these specific...
Jentry Harley, 8, was named Youth Reserve Grand Champion recently in the 11 and under category of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association’s 2018 spring show in Ava. Jentry has been showing Missouri Fox Trotters for a year and a half, and this was only her fourth time to compete in an...
Two informational events are planned be-fore the upcoming Aug. 7 primary.The Gainesville R-5 Board of Education will host an informational meeting on Proposition Gainesville Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, in the high school library. Food and re-freshments will be served.A “Meet the Candidates...
Government offices and many businesses, including banks and post offices, will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. The Gainesville license office, the Ozark County Volunteer Library,  Ozark County Health Department and The Center  will also be closed Wednesday...

Photo courtesy Lindsay Collins Fields decorated with hay bales have created pretty scenery lately around the county, but this year’s crazy spring weather and dry conditions have resulted in a substantially smaller hay crop than in previous years. The shortage has livestock producers scrambling to find hay to buy for the coming winter. Ozark County Extension specialist Randy Wiedmeier said that in good years, fields might produce five or six round bales per acre, but this year it’s more like two or three.
Ozark County farmers – and other ag producers around the state – are having a hard time finding hay to buy to feed their livestock during the coming winter.Randy Wiedmeier, livestock specialist in the Ozark County Extension office, said area producers are becoming worried about the situation. “I’m...

The Gainesville Volunteer Fire Department lost its pumper and ladder trucks in last year’s flood and fire. But within a few weeks of the double catastrophe, the Republic Fire Department had offered to sell the city of Gainesville a used firetruck (left) for $25,000, and the Robertson Fire Protection District gave the department a used fire and rescue truck it had previously offered for sale for $80,000.
A year ago at this time, about the only thing the Gainesville Volunteer Fire Department had going for it was its dedicated volunteers – and a city council determined to help GVFD get back on its feet after double catastrophes. Its building and more than $400,000 worth of equipment were gone,...

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