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Mary Lou Hambelton, 78, was sound asleep in her Dora home a little after 1 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, when she woke up and “had a funny feeling that something was going to happen,” she said Monday. A few seconds later, someone pounded on the door of her house south of Dora.  “It rattled me,” she...

Photo courtesy Lynn Bentele
Tom and Lynn Bentele have a new walking companion. For about two months, this wild tom turkey has befriended the Benteles and others in their Zanoni neighborhood and shows up to accompany them on daily walks. He may be hoping for protection as Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season started Sunday.
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed and Chief Deputy Winston Collins returned to Ozark County  Wednesday, Sept. 27, after spending three days in Minnesota talking with friends, relatives and acquaintances of 16-year-old Savannah Leckie, whose burned remains were found Aug. 4 on her mother’s Theodosia-...
Government offices, including those at the Ozark County Courthouse and Gainesville City Hall, will be closed Monday, Oct. 9, in observance of Columbus Day. Banks, post offices and the Gainesville License Office will also be closed. Many local businesses and offices, including the Ozark County Times...

Photo courtesy Aerial Ozarks MoDOT officials say the recently rebuilt James Bridge on PP Highway near Dawt (shown here) will probably reopen to traffic next week, and the rebuilt CC Highway bridge near Hammond Camp may reopen as early as late today, Oct. 4, if final details can be completed. Both bridges were destroyed by the historic April 29-30 floods that lifted the North Fork of the White River to levels never seen before in recorded history.
Many Ozark Countians are eagerly awaiting the reopening of two major bridges over the North Fork of the White River this week and next, hoping the Missouri Department of Transportation’s hopeful predictions stay on schedule. The bridges on CC Highway neaer Hammond Camp and James Bridge on PP...

Pontiac resident Linda Dunsmuir recently visited the McWilliams Pumpkin farm in West Plains with grandkids Mia Dunsmuir, 11, and Alex Dunsmuir, 6. “That place is awesome,” Linda told the Times this week. “They’ve added a lot of new stuff for the kids.”
Fall is here, although the weather hasn’t yet turned to those familiar crisp October temperatures. Autumn events around the Ozarks are being held to celebrate the season and in anticipation of Halloween. Listed below are events happening soon in the area. Watch the Times each week for an updated...

photo courtesy of Missouri Press Association Missouri Press Association president Jeff Schrag, left, presented Ozark County Times staff members with award plaques during Saturday’s Missouri Press Association convention in Springfield. From left, Times reporter Jessi Dreckman, Times advertising manager Jenny Yarger and Times owner and publisher Norene Prososki. Times editor Sue Ann Jones was unable to attend.
The Ozark County Times brought home two first place awards, five second place awards, four third place awards and one honorable mention at the 2016 Missouri Press Better Newspaper Contest awards luncheon held at University Plaza Hotel in Springfield Saturday. “I’m extremely proud of the staff at...

In this photo, published in the Oct. 11, 2006, edition of the Ozark County Times, Leslie Turner, center, stirs molasses toward its final stage as son Doyle Turner (back) stirs the incoming cane juice, and son-in-law Wendell Daugherty strains the finished product into jars. Leslie died in 2013, but his children continue the fall tradition of turning sorghum cane into molasses.
For more than 40 years, the Turner family has been turning the juice of homegrown sorghum cane into sweet molasses on their farm. To watch them in action, make plans to travel to Thornfield between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, when they crank up the old cane press again and fire up the...

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