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Almost a year after the historic 2017 flood, some Ozark County water crossings still show signs of the damage it caused. Large stone blocks line the crossing known locally as the “cheese plant bridge” on County Road 503 south of the Gainesville post office.The blocks temporarily replace the washed-away guardrail, part of which dangles off the downstream side of the bridge over Lick Creek. Ozark County Western Commissioner Greg Donley told the Times Monday that FEMA had recently approved funding to replace the guardrail, rebuild the “rock blankets” under the north and south ends of the bridge and do other work to restore the bridge.
Ozark County Commissioners said Monday during their regular weekly meeting that as much as 3 to 4 inches of water still covered some low-water crossings around the county following several recent days of rain. Among the crossings mentioned was Warren Bridge on County Road 328 and Smokey Road (...
Ozark Countians have begun the annual search for morel mushrooms. Four species of morel mushrooms growing in the Ozarks vary in color from yellow to tan to gray. Be careful! A similar-looking but sometimes toxic species of mushroom, known as “false morels” or red morels, is also found in the Ozarks...

Tyler Ellison of Gainesville, who was 11 at the time, killed this turkey last year while hunting with his dad, Mike Ellison. The turkey had an 11-inch beard.
Missouri’s young turkey hunters will be taking to the woods this weekend for the annual Missouri youth weekend spring turkey hunt. The youth-only weekend runs from a half-hour before sunrise Saturday, April 7, through sunset Sunday, April 8. Hunters ages 6 to 15 are eligible to purchase a hunting...
Thank God March is finally over! I have never seen a March like this one in terms of weather and fishing. A normal March brings warm days with south winds and some rain. This March was nothing like that. When we did get a warm day with south winds it was followed by cold north winds, rain and...

River of Life Farm owner Myron McKee inspects the water flow at The Falls on the North Fork of the White River. A native population of rainbow trout creates a unique fishery here and brings anglers from all over the country.
This story, by Jim McCarty, editor of Rural Missouri magazine, is reprinted with permission. It has been edited slightly for space and to add local information. Standing on the deck of his latest rental cabin high above the North Fork of the White River south of Dora, Myron McKee waves his arm in...

Almost a year after the historic 2017 flood, some Ozark County water crossings still show signs of the damage it caused. Large stone blocks line the crossing known locally as the “cheese plant bridge” on County Road 503 south of the Gainesville post office.The blocks temporarily replace the washed-away guardrail, part of which dangles off the downstream side of the bridge over Lick Creek. Ozark County Western Commissioner Greg Donley told the Times Monday that FEMA had recently approved funding to replace the guardrail, rebuild the “rock blankets” under the north and south ends of the bridge and do other work to restore the bridge.
Ozark County Commissioners said Monday during their regular weekly meeting that as much as 3 to 4 inches of water still covered some low-water crossings around the county following several recent days of rain. Among the crossings mentioned was Warren Bridge on County Road 328 and Smokey Road (...
Ozark Countians have begun the annual search for morel mushrooms. Four species of morel mushrooms growing in the Ozarks vary in color from yellow to tan to gray. Be careful! A similar-looking but sometimes toxic species of mushroom, known as “false morels” or red morels, is also found in the Ozarks...

Tyler Ellison of Gainesville, who was 11 at the time, killed this turkey last year while hunting with his dad, Mike Ellison. The turkey had an 11-inch beard.
Missouri’s young turkey hunters will be taking to the woods this weekend for the annual Missouri youth weekend spring turkey hunt. The youth-only weekend runs from a half-hour before sunrise Saturday, April 7, through sunset Sunday, April 8. Hunters ages 6 to 15 are eligible to purchase a hunting...
From the beginning of last week to the end we saw a steady improvement in the weather and the fishing. The best bite early in the week was the Fout’s area, but everybody started fishing the area and the bite slowed down.With the warm weather the last couple of days, the stripers started biting all...
Bass fishing last weekend was better than it has been for a long time. Numerous baits worked in both the creeks and on the main lake. I caught bass on a shaky-head worm, square-bill crankbait and the Bama rig. Fish were as shallow as 3 feet, and others were as deep as 25 feet. Fish your style, and...

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