Theodosia Masons plan 4th annual flag retirement ceremony June 30


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 Schoo

Bull Shoals water quality earns top marks in report


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.”

Hay shortage here has ag producers facing tough decisions, praying for rain


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.

After digging out of the mud and rising from the ashes, GVFD is better, stronger one year after double disasters struck


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 fe

Red oak ‘strainer’ creates need for several rescues on Current River


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 rive

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