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Times photo / Amelia LaMair Rising water in Norfork Lake due to recent rains has brought the lake level closer than usual to the deck of the Highway 160 bridge at Tecumseh. The lake has backed up into one of its main tributaries, the North Fork of the White River, enough to cover the County Road 318 bridge at Dawt Mill.
High water continues to be a problem in some areas of Ozark County due to recent rains and rising lake levels. At the weekly meeting of the Ozark County Commissioners on Monday, Eastern District Commis-sioner Gary Collins said the North Fork of the White River, as it flows into Norfork Lake, has...

The day-use area of the North Fork Recreation Area near Dora, known locally as Hammond Access, reopened Friday after being closed so that repairs and improvements could be made. This photo, taken from the Cudworth Memorial Bridge on CC Highway, shows the “water-play” access, which will also be used for launching boats into the river until a new, separate launch ramp can be completed a short distance away.
After repeated weather delays and recent vandalism, most of the North Fork Recreation Area located on the North Fork of the White River near Dora, known locally as Hammond Access, reopened Friday, June 7. An announcement from the Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs ranger district of the Mark Twain...

Ozark Countian Taylor Brooks was in the U.S. Military Academy class of 2019 as it paraded on “The Plain” during recent graduation exercises at West Point.
An impressive cadre of 987 members from the West Point class of 2019 joined the U.S. Military Academy’s “Long Gray Line” on Saturday, May 25, and took the first step in their new lives as soldiers and leaders in the  Army. The historic Michie Stadium, site of many classic Army football games, was...

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Rebecca Ruud’s trial reset for Jan. 27, 2020 Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud, charged with murdering her 16-year-old biological daughter Savannah Leckie and disposing of her corpse in 2017, appeared for a motion hearing before Judge Calvin Ray Holden May 24 in a Greene County courtroom in...

A creek crossing on County Road 938 in the Toledo community in northwest Ozark County is closed until a low-water bridge can be replaced, according to Ozark County Western District Commissioner Greg Donley. The previous structure was falling apart and had to be removed for safety reasons, said Donley, who added that repairs will start next week. The crossing may be closed until the end of June. Photo courtesy of Greg Donley
The Ozark County Commissioners, in their regular weekly meeting Monday morning, said they have been fielding an increased number of calls from county residents requesting road repairs. Usually, road crews are generally  able to respond quickly when someone calls to request a repair, the...

The late Alva Hollingsworth, formerly of Gainesville, was part of the Allied invasion of Omaha Beach during D Day 75 years ago this week.
Editor’s note: In recognition of the 75th anniversary of D Day on June 6, we reprint this profile of the late Alva Hollingsworth, formerly of Gainesville, a soldier who participated in the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. Written by Mary Ruth Luna Sparks, editor of the Ozark County Genealogy...
An informational meeting about Bryant Creek State Park, a few miles north of Rockbridge in Douglas County, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the Ava Senior Center, 281-283 NE Second St. in Ava.  A news release from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said, “The public is...

Take a dip in the picturesque but icy water of Althea Spring for an invigorating experience on the lower North Fork of the White River. Althea Spring can be accessed from the back of the parking lot at Patrick Bridge on H Highway or from the river just below the bridge. The spring features beautiful turquoise water and an inviting waterfall that plunges over what was once the watermill dam
Editor’s note: Floating Ozark County’s cold, clear streams is a favorite summertime activity for both local residents and tourists, but accessing Bryant Creek and the North Fork of the White River takes more effort now than it did before the historic 2017 flood heavily damaged or destroyed many put...

District wilderness manager Johnathan Rhodes, left, and Youth Conservation Corps crew leader David Paul work to repair a gate at the North Fork Recreation Area that was damaged by unknown vandals last week. The recreation area, known locally as Hammond Camp, is off CC Highway south of Dora.
**UPDATE: The Mark Twain National Forest has just announced that the North Fork Recreation Area/Hammond will reopen the campground and new water play area starting Friday, June 7. Canoe and kayak users can use the area to launch boats until the new launch site, located upstream near the bridge, is...

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Rebecca Ruud’s trial reset for Jan. 27, 2020 Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud, charged with murdering her 16-year-old biological daughter Savannah Leckie and disposing of her corpse in 2017, appeared for a motion hearing before Judge Calvin Ray Holden May 24 in a Greene County courtroom in...

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