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The Ozark Mountain Bass Club recently held its 2017 end-of-year banquet and awards ceremony at Cookie’s Restaurant in Theodosia. The top 10 Angler of the Year winners received plaques and will also be receiving jackets courtesy of Wing n Fin Resort and United Country-Willow Springs Realty. The club...

Joshua Long. Courtesy of Ozark County Jail.
Joshua Long, 37, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, is being held in the Ozark County Jail on a $5,000 cash-only bond on charges of burglary and possession of methamphetamine in connection with a Nov. 26 break-in at a Mammoth-area apartment where he allegedly attempted to leave the scene dressed as a...

Rocky Top Campground, off Highway 160 at the top of the Tecumseh curves, welcomes area residents and visitors to its drive-through Christmas lights display. Owners Joe and Diane Easterday say the drive-through is open to everyone and will continue nightly from dark until about 10 p.m. through the New Year’s. Photo submitted.
Christmas events are continuing this week throughout the area.  The Ozark County Community Choir, which includes members from five area churches, will present this year’s Christmas cantata, “Glory in the Highest,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Clear Springs General Baptist Church at PP Highway...
A Dora teenager was killed in a single-vehicle accident Dec. 3 near West Plains, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol online report. Sean W. Kelley, 17, was traveling westbound in a 1999 Pontiac Bonneville at “a high rate of speed” on County Road 4100 in Howell County about a half mile west...

West Plains Propane office manager Chrystal Meek said whoever burglarized the facility Tuesday, Dec. 5, caused substantial damage, including this broken glass door, but only got away with two checks made out to West Plains Propane. Photo courtesy Chrystal Meek.
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed warns local residents that burglaries and thefts are on the rise, a trend that typically can be seen nationwide from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. “Please be aware of your surroundings, and lock your vehicles,” Reed posted on his Facebook page. “If you see...
Shelter Insurance agent Doug Hawkins shows the Fostering Joy collection box that was delivered to his Gainesville office Monday. The charitable project gives area residents another opportunity to help make Christmas merry for foster children in Ozark, Douglas and Wright counties by donating new,...

Ozark County native Tawnya Crisp Krempges’ photo appeared recently on the Megatron in Times Square as part of an advertising promotion for the Mary Kay cosmetics company.
It’s not every day that an Ozark County native’s photo appears, billboard size, in Times Square, but one was there recently when Tawnya Crisp Krempges’ smiling face appeared on the ABC building’s Megatron in New York City. The publicity came when Tawnya’s Mary Kay unit met the challenge of having a...

The tan-colored, single-level home just below the red fire-retardant chemical plume in this photo by Riverside (California) Press-Enterprise reporter Brian Rokos belongs to Alex and Vonda Solomko, Ozark County native Kristin Solomko’s in-laws in Murrieta, California. During the Liberty Fire that burned out of control in that area last week, fire crews decided to drop their load there because they saw the fire breaks that had been created around the home and thought it could be saved.
An Ozark County native recently got a too-close-for-comfort view of California wildfires that have made national headlines during the past week. For the last three years, Kristin Crawford Solomko, daughter of Bryan and Jerri Sue Crawford of Gainesville, has lived with her husband, Michael, in...

More than 100 people attended the informational meeting Dec. 5 in Ava about the future of the new Bryant Creek State Park in Douglas County a few miles north of Rockbridge. The meeting included three exhibits where Missouri State Park employees answered visitors’ questions and shared information about the park. Written comments were accepted at the meeting, and online comments are currently being accepted through Jan. 5, 2018, on the Missouri State Parks website. Photo courtesy of the Douglas County Herald.
This article is reprinted with permission from KSMU.org. Additional information has been added by the Times staff.    Three public meetings on the future of Missouri’s newest state parks are finished, including the Bryant Creek State Park meeting, which was held Dec. 5 at the Ava Community Building...

While being filmed for an upcoming episode of “Homestead Rescue” on the Discovery Channel, Misty Raney, left, and Wren Russenholt, discuss a cedar “aqueduct” system designed to provide Wren and partner Ini with a more accessible way to bring water to their gardens. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman.
An episode of the Discovery Chanel’s hit TV show “Homestead Rescue” that was filmed in Ozark County earlier this year will air at 8 p.m. central time tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 13. The episode features a Luna-area couple named Wren and Ini, who have elected to use the last name Russenholt in the...

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