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The annual black walnut harvest has begun, according to a news release from Stockton-based Hammons Product Co. announcing the opening of its hulling stations on Oct. 1. The company said hullers will be paying a higher opening price this year than in 2018: $16 per 100 pounds after hulling ($15 for...

Hayden Johns, 10, killed this 9-point buck on Sept. 22 with a crossbow from 15 yards. The buck scored just shy of 130 inches, and was taken exactly one year from Hayden's 139 3/4-inch crossbow kill in 2018. Hayden is the son of Theodosia residents Josh and Melanie Johns.
Dedicated Ozark County bow hunters have taken to the woods the last of couple weeks to fight sweltering temperatures, mosquitoes and humidity in hopes of harvesting a deer. Forecasted cooler temperatures throughout the end of the week and the weekend should provide better hunting conditions.  At...
Our ongoing coverage of Gainesville’s Bird the Blue Jay continues. Last week, when Century Bank of the Ozarks employee Michele Johnson drove to the post office, Bird fluttered into Michele’s car and wouldn’t leave. He insisted on riding along, perching on the steering wheel (above) for part of the...

MDC photo Missouri Department of Conservation is considering revised regulations allowing landowners to use thermal imagery to address damage caused by nuisance wildlife, such as coyotes.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering changing regulations to help landowners address damage caused by problem wildlife and feral hogs. MDC is proposing the changes in response to citizen requests to the Regulations Committee to use night vision or thermal imagery to address...

MO State Parks photo
Members of the Sierra Club and Ken McCarty, Missouri State Parks natural resources management director, will lead a hiking tour of Bryant Creek State Park, off N Highway just north of the Douglas-Ozark County line near Rockbridge, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.  A similar hiking tour will be...

MDC photo Missouri Department of Conservation is considering revised regulations allowing landowners to use thermal imagery to address damage caused by nuisance wildlife, such as coyotes.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering changing regulations to help landowners address damage caused by problem wildlife and feral hogs. MDC is proposing the changes in response to citizen requests to the Regulations Committee to use night vision or thermal imagery to address...

MO State Parks photo
Members of the Sierra Club and Ken McCarty, Missouri State Parks natural resources management director, will lead a hiking tour of Bryant Creek State Park, off N Highway just north of the Douglas-Ozark County line near Rockbridge, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.  A similar hiking tour will be...

Gainesville resident Trish Navarro raised Bird the blue jay after her little great-granddaughter called it down out of a tree, saying, “Come on, bird, come on. I’ll catch you.”
Gainesville has its own mascot. Meet Bird, the friendly little blue jay flying around town, landing on people and begging for food. Bird was raised by Gainesville resident Trish Navarro after her great-granddaughter called the baby blue jay out of its nest near her family’s home in Wasola. “...

Gainesville resident Trish Navarro raised Bird the blue jay after her little great-granddaughter called it down out of a tree, saying, “Come on, bird, come on. I’ll catch you.”
Gainesville has its own mascot. Meet Bird, the friendly little blue jay flying around town, landing on people and begging for food. Bird was raised by Gainesville resident Trish Navarro after her great-granddaughter called the baby blue jay out of its nest near her family’s home in Wasola. “...

After being closed since early May due to high water over the roadway at Bridges Creek near where it enters Norfork Lake, County Road 551, known locally as Smokey Road, reopened Aug. 16 when the water finally receded below the slab over the creek. Times photos/ Amelia LaMair
At their regular Monday meeting last week, Ozark County Commissioners said two of three lake crossings in the county that have been closed since early May due to high water have now reopened. On the east side, County Road 551, also known as Smokey Road, reopened on Aug. 16 as the waters of...

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