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Norfork Lake has receded enough to allow cars to drive over the bridge on County Road 318 at Dawt and vessels on the North Fork of the White River to pass under the bridge. The flat-bottom boat pictured here motored upstream, then went under the bridge and back down while Times reporter Jessi Dreckman was there Monday afternoon.
At this week’s meeting of the Ozark County Commissioners, they discussed the lake levels and how they are impacting Ozark County roads.  At the time of the meeting, around 9 a.m. Monday, Norfork Lake was at 567.6 (15.64 feet above its full pool of 552), and Bull Shoals Lake was at 682.51 (23.51...
Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Justin Brown, second from right, recently completed a training course to become certified as a level III crisis and hostage negotiator. The training, offered by Crisis Systems Management and sponsored by the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center, was held at Camp...
Further details have emerged in the Pettis County case where former Gainesville resident Jason Laird is charged with burglary, tampering with a motor vehicle and stealing. The Times had requested the probable cause statement in that case before last week’s edition went to press and received it...

Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Daffron is the current handler for OCSD K9 officer Rye.
Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Daffron is the current handler for OCSD K9 Deputy Rye, a German shepherd that joined the force a little over a year ago.  Daffron joined the Sheriff’s Department in May after leaving his post as a deputy with the Howell County Sheriff’s Department.  “I’ve trained...

photo courtesy of OCSD Several Ozark County residents called the sheriff’s department and other local government offices last week to report a low-flying helicopter over their property. The helicopter was used as part of a multi-jurisdictional effort to locate illegally grown marijuana in Ozark County.
On July 21, the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies worked together to conduct a marijuana interdiction patrol across Ozark County.  “Several marijuana locations were found. Some were licensed individuals who were in compliance with current Missouri law concerning medical marijuana...

Times photo / Jessi Dreckman Large piles of gravel and other materials were brought in to Warren Bridge on County Road 328 recently in preparation for a project that aims to rebuild the approach to the east end of the bridge. As of Monday, traffic was still able to pass over the bridge. Eastern District Commissioner Gary Collins said there likely will be a few days when the bridge will be completely closed to traffic so the work can be completed. When that happens, the crews will install signs at either end of the county road, on FF and H highways, announcing the bridge closure, Collins said.
Eastern District Commissioner Gary Collins said Monday that work has begun to rebuild the east-side approach to Warren Bridge over Bryant Creek on County Road 328. The bridge, which is frequently used by floaters as a take-out on the Bryant, is located about 15 miles northeast of Gainesville and 11...
Norfork Lake has receded over the past few weeks, allowing the newly rebuilt Tecumseh access boat ramp, pictured above, parking lot and canoe/kayak ramp to be fully accessible to lake-goers. See the Ozark County Commissioners’ report on page 15 for updates on other crossings in the county.

Photos courtesy Amy Ingalsbe
Reuben and Amy Ingalsbe planted a 2-acre field near their Tecumseh-area home in sunflowers this year, something Amy had wanted for a long time.  She said Reuben brush-hogged the field then used a ripper to break up the ground. Then he used a hand-spreader to scatter the contents of two big bags of...
Whether we proudly count our family’s generations here or recently adopted these rugged old hills as our home, we Ozark Countians love our county’s history. That’s why the Times Past column is one of the most popular regular features in each week’s Ozark County Times.  In this year’s Times Past...

Doyle Turner and his wife, Peggy, were treated to a decorated cake in their honor.
On Sunday, July 11, Doyle Turner left True Hope Baptist Church in Theodosia a little differently than he’d left it almost every Sunday since September 1987. That Sunday a couple of weeks ago he and his wife, Peggy, left the church without locking the door and with the building key missing from his...

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