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...

CC Highway bridge
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...

This photo of the rebuilt James Bridge was taken by Aerial Ozarks Oct. 1. Search for "Aerial Ozarks" on Facebook to view more drone footage of the CC Highway and PP Highway bridges throughout the process of being rebuilt.
The newly rebuilt James Bridge over the North Fork of the White River on PP Highway near Dawt is expected to reopen today, Oct. 11, after being washed away in the historic, late-April floods that wreaked havoc throughout Ozark County.  A second destroyed-and-rebuilt bridge – on CC Highway over the...

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 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.


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