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Hunters who harvest deer in any of the 25 gray-shaded counties of MDC’s CWD Management Zone, including Ozark County, during opening weekend of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 11-12 must present their harvested deer at a MDC CWD sampling station so staff can collect tissue samples to test the animals for CWD. Sampling stations here will operate at Dora School and Gainesville School. Find other counties’ sampling stations at mdc.mo.gov/cwd.
MDC will conduct mandatory CWD sampling of harvested deer Nov. 11-12 in Ozark County and 24 other counties; voluntary CWD sampling will be offered throughout the entire deer season.   The Missouri Department of Conservation needs the help of deer hunters this year to keep the deadly deer disease...

Photo by Andrew Jansen/News-Leader From left, Donetta Clouse, Skeeter Decker and Harry Clouse watch the fish swim by at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium on Sept. 22. Donetta, an Ozark County native, and her husband Harry celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary by going to the museum on opening day.
Springfield residents Donetta and Harry Clouse gave themselves a 61st wedding anniversary gift Sept. 22, buying tickets to the new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield. [Donetta Newton Clouse is an Ozark County native, a former student at the Caney School and daughter of...
Government offices, including those at the Ozark County Courthouse and Gainesville City Hall, will be closed Monday, Oct. 9, in observance of Columbus Day. Banks, post offices and the Gainesville License Office will also be closed. Many local businesses and offices, including the Ozark County Times...
Mary Lou Hambelton, 78, was sound asleep in her Dora home a little after 1 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, when she woke up and “had a funny feeling that something was going to happen,” she said Monday. A few seconds later, someone pounded on the door of her house south of Dora.  “It rattled me,” she...

Photo courtesy Lynn Bentele
Tom and Lynn Bentele have a new walking companion. For about two months, this wild tom turkey has befriended the Benteles and others in their Zanoni neighborhood and shows up to accompany them on daily walks. He may be hoping for protection as Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season started Sunday.

photo courtesy of Missouri Press Association Missouri Press Association president Jeff Schrag, left, presented Ozark County Times staff members with award plaques during Saturday’s Missouri Press Association convention in Springfield. From left, Times reporter Jessi Dreckman, Times advertising manager Jenny Yarger and Times owner and publisher Norene Prososki. Times editor Sue Ann Jones was unable to attend.
The Ozark County Times brought home two first place awards, five second place awards, four third place awards and one honorable mention at the 2016 Missouri Press Better Newspaper Contest awards luncheon held at University Plaza Hotel in Springfield Saturday. “I’m extremely proud of the staff at...

Fish fry
The Protem Community Center will host a fish fry  with music performed by local musicians beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct 14. The community center is on Highway 125 in Protem.  The menu includes fish and hot dogs, with all the fixings. Everyone is welcome.

Photo courtesy Linda Dunsmuir Pontiac resident Linda Dunsmuir recently visited the McWilliams Pumpkin farm in West Plains with grandkids Mia Dunsmuir, 11, and Alex Dunsmuir, 6. “That place is awesome,” Linda told the Times this week. “They’ve added a lot of new stuff for the kids.”
Fall is here, although the weather hasn’t yet turned to those familiar crisp October temperatures. Autumn events around the Ozarks are being held to celebrate the season and in anticipation of Halloween. Listed below are events happening soon in the area. Watch theTimes each week for an updated...

Photo courtesy Aerial Ozarks MoDOT officials say the recently rebuilt James Bridge on PP Highway near Dawt (shown here) will probably reopen to traffic next week, and the rebuilt CC Highway bridge near Hammond Camp may reopen as early as late today, Oct. 4, if final details can be completed. Both bridges were destroyed by the historic April 29-30 floods that lifted the North Fork of the White River to levels never seen before in recorded history.
Many Ozark Countians are eagerly awaiting the reopening of two major bridges over the North Fork of the White River this week and next, hoping the Missouri Department of Transportation’s hopeful predictions stay on schedule. The bridges on CC Highway neaer Hammond Camp and James Bridge on PP...

St. Paul Lutheran Church
St. Paul Lutheran Church in West Plains invites area residents to bring their pets to a “blessing of the animals” ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the church parking lot at 291 N. Kentucky Ave., behind Bradford Pharmacy. A color photo certificate of owner and pet can be ordered, free of...

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