Legislators visit Lick Creek bridge set to be rebuilt in 2020

Times photo/Norene Prososki Missouri Department of Transportation area engineer Elquin Auala, left, 155th District Rep. Karla Eslinger, Ozark County Presiding Commissioner John Turner, 154th District Rep. David Evans and MoDOT district bridge engineer Ed Hess met Thursday, March 21, to inspect the areas of damage and wear on the J Highway bridge over Lick Creek near Howards Ridge southeast of Gainesville. The group discussed MoDOT’s plans to replace the bridge in 2020 as part of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s “Focus on Bridges” program.

The bridge over Lick Creek on J Highway southeast of Gainesville is showing some wear and tear, and the Missouri Department of Transp

A bad beginning brought about good

Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed, second from right, was pictured on the spring 2019 edition of Missouri Sheriff Magazine with (from left) Cole County Sheriff John Wheeler, St. Charles County Sheriff Scott Lewis, and (right) Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser.

Editor’s note: This story, with some minor local editing, is reprinted with permission from the spring 2019 edition of The Missouri Sheriff, which

Dora’s Isaac Haney is Missouri Class 1 Player of the Year

Photo by Karla Smith Dora sophomore basketball player Isaac Haney has been named Missouri’s Class 1 Player of the Year by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association. He has scored more than 1,500 points in his high school career so far and helped lead the Falcons to the state championship playoffs in Springfield earlier this month.

Dora High School sophomore Isaac Haney is Missouri’s 2019 Class 1 Boys Basketball Player of the Year, selected last week by the Missouri Basketball Coaches

Trailers are lined up, and fish are bitin’

Parking areas full of trucks and trailers, like this one at Bridges Creek on Lake Norfork (known locally as Stump Hole), are a sign that spring-season fishing is good on area lakes. The popular Lake Norfork access on Highway 160 at Tecumseh is closed to motor traffic again this year, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to work toward repairing the heavy damage the area sustained during the historic flood in 2017. The Corps says construction is set to begin in November or December, with repairs to be completed by April 2020. Fishermen can park on the shoulders of Highway 160 and walk down to the access to take advantage of bank fishing.

Math bee winners

Second grade winners in the Ozark County Math Bee, held March 5 at Dora School, were, from left, first, D.J. Howard, Lutie; second, Lucretia Ames, Lutie; third, Avery Gaulding, Gainesville; fourth, Chelsea Richards, Dora; and fifth, Macy Hambelton, Gainesville.

Ozark County native is surely one of few doctors without a high school diploma

CADET MORRISON Even though he didn’t have a high school diploma, Winsor “Verd” Morrison was accepted into the Army Air Corps (today’s Air Force) after scoring 92 on the entrance exam a recruiter predicted he couldn’t pass. He was assigned to bombardier training and finished out the war in Hawaii, narrowly missing orders to ship out to Japan. “While we were there on island defense, they dropped the A-bomb in Japan,” he said.

Editor’s note: This is the conclusion of a two-part story about Ozark County native Winsor “Verd” M


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