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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,...

MTNF photo Forest Service employees Daniel Oldham and Kyle Young removed a particularly dangerous tree from the Current River one section at a time after several floaters got caught in the “strainer,” resulting in more than 20 MSHP Water Division rescues over the Memorial Day weekend.
Doniphan – During the busy Memorial Day weekend, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division conducted approximately 20 water rescues on the Current River, including a near drowning, when river-goers got caught in the limbs and root system of a particularly large scarlet oak that had recently...

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.Missouri State Sen. Mike Cunningham will be the keynote speaker. Girl Scouts from Troop #71227 in...

Danny Joe Williams
Danny Joe Williams, 59, of Tecumseh, on June 7 entered a guilty plea to the class B felony of first degree child molestation. The case, originally filed in Ozark County, was moved to Wright County in 2017 in response to Williams’ motion for a change of venue, which was accepted by Circuit Judge...

Jamie Pate holds the 45-pound bighead carp he and his father, John Pate, shot on Bull Shoals Lake. It’s the first bighead they’ve encountered at the lake.
Bull Shoals Lake is renowned for its monster striped bass, largemouth bass and delicious walleye. Straddling the Missouri and Arkansas border, it’s a great lake to whet a youngster’s appetite for a day or night of family fishing.But a recent catch by two bowfishermen is sending some shock waves...

Ashley Fulkerson, also identified in reports as Ashley Simonetti, was the great-niece of Ray McDaniel.
Another distant tragedy has impacted an Ozark Countian.Zanoni resident Ray McDaniel was shocked and heartbroken to learn last week that the young woman who was shot and killed Thursday by Kansas City Police was his great-niece who, 20 years ago, had been a flower girl at his wedding.Ashley...

Danielle Neal
Danielle Neal, 46, of Noble, died Sunday, June 17, in a motorcycle accident on Highway 60 five miles east of Cabool. The Missouri State Highway Patrol online crash report, filed by MSHP Trooper J. L. Sentman, said the accident occurred when Neal, operating a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle, swerved to dodge...
Many folks may have wondered a year ago, following the most devastating flood on record, if Ozark County’s rivers would rebound. County officials and those operating tourist-dependent businesses worried that tourists and locals who had flocked to the river in previous years might not come back.But...

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