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Couple has unforgettable deer hunt: Wyatt and Kiya Grisham had an unforgettable opening morning of deer season this year. Wyatt killed a nice 10-point buck on the Grisham farm off Highway 181 that he’s had his eye on through game camera photos for several months, but Kiya’s harvest was truly unforgettable. She killed an 8-point piebald buck, which has white and brown patchy fur, while hunting in Pontiac. “It’s a once in a lifetime buck,” she said. Albino deer and piebald deer, or partially albino deer, fall under the same regulations as normally colored animals, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. A 2019 Mossy Oak article says hunters have a one in 30,000 chance of seeing a true albino deer, whose recessive genetic traits keep it from having any coloration in its hair, tissue or skin, in the wild. Piebald deer, also caused by a genetic variation, are slightly more common; 2 percent of the current whitetail deer population are piebald.
A total of 861 deer were harvested in Ozark County Nov. 16-17 during opening weekend of the 2019 firearms deer season, including 252 does, 541 antlered bucks and 68 button bucks. Figures for opening weekend of the 2018 weekend weren’t available, but the Missouri Department of Conservation website...
Area residents are invited to share Thanksgiving at any of three community Thanksgiving dinners to be served on Thanksgiving Day in Isabella and Theodosia.  V​FW VFW Post #5366 in Isabella, with help from the AmVets chapter, will serve its annual free community dinner to be served at noon at the...

The Warriors2US project will host most of its veteran and first responder guests in this structure, which founder Donna Nasr has funded and named “the barracks.” The 2,800-square-foot building will feature barracks-like sleeping arrangements for up to 20 people, including handicap-accessible living quarters, a full upstairs kitchen, an area where trainings and meetings can be held and a garage for building and construction projects.
Tucked away down County Road 519A in Hardenville, a quiet project is coming to life that is sure to make a big impact on veteran and first responder communities.   Donna Nasr, founder and president of the Warriors2US Foundation, has started building a recreational camp aimed at providing veterans...

Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed, left, has announced he’s running for Missouri’s 155th House District representative in the 2020 election. Cpl. Curt Dobbs, a deputy with the sheriff’s department, plans to run for the sheriff’s job Reed is vacating. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed announced last week that he intends to run for Missouri’s 155th District House of Representative seat during the 2020 election. Reed’s current term as sheriff, his second, ends at the end of 2020. The Representative seat is currently held by Wasola resident Karla...

Times photo/Jessi Dreckman Current 155th Missouri House District Rep. Karla Eslinger visited with Rocky Sullivan in Gainesville auto parts store Bumper-to-Bumper Friday morning after officially announcing her plan to run for the Missouri Senate in the 2020 election. Eslinger, who has lived in Wasola with her husband, David, for 35 years, is the sister of Sullivan’s wife, Kim. “Whatever Karla does, she does a great job at,” Sullivan told the Times. “This won’t be any different. She’s a hard worker, and she’s not afraid to work for the people of the district.”
During a visit to the Times office Friday morning, Wasola resident and current Missouri 155th House District Rep. Karla Eslinger announced her intent to run for the Missouri 33rd Senate  District seat in the August 2020 primary election. The position is currently held by Mike Cunningham. Cunningham...

Zack L. Burris
Zack L. Burris, 21, pleaded guilty to second-degree domestic assault before Circuit Judge Craig Carter Nov. 6. The charge was amended by Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant to second-degree domestic assault from the originally filed first-degree domestic assault.  The plea was...

Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Stephen Ator shows some of the reflective signage his department uses to direct traffic around accident areas. The signs’ reflectivity is especially important as winter brings longer hours of darkness.
Ozark County’s emergency personnel remind area residents and drivers that, with longer hours of darkness as the seasons change, it’s more important than ever to be careful when driving through accident and incident zones. “Especially here in Ozark County, where it seems like every road’s one...

Jerry Ann Lash offers handmade crafts, collectibles, handmade jewelry, antiques and other seasonal items at the Rainbow’s End Christmas house she and her husband, Jerry, have operated seasonally near Tecumseh for 20 years. The shop will close after its last day, Sunday, Dec. 1, before the Lashes’ Dec. 7 auction, when they will sell their property ahead of a move to Arizona. 2017 photo courtesy Zach Smith, Rural Missouri
Rainbow’s End, the seasonal Christmas-house craft shop tucked back in a holler east of Tecumseh, is coming to the end of the road after 20 years in annual business.  Owners Jerry Ann and Jerry Lash say the shop on County Road 555, now open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, will close after its last...
VFW Post #5366 in Isabella, with help from the local AmVets chapter, is asking for donations and help in preparing its annual free community dinner, to be served at noon on Thanks-giving Day at the VFW hall on HH Highway in Isabella. Another community meal will be served on Christmas Day. Facility...

Halbert Smith
Halbert Smith, pastor of Gainesville Church of Christ and president of the Ozark County Ministerial Alliance, will deliver the message at the Ozark County Community Thanksgiving Service to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church off Highway 160 east of...

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