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At their weekly meeting Monday, the Ozark County Commissioners discussed the recent rain that caused flooded conditions. They also talked about grant funding for the recycling center, their attendance at a recent County Commissioners Association of Missouri meeting and, finally,  the bid opening...
The 2021 Real Ozarks Magazine, a glossy-covered, full-color guide to exploring Ozark County and the surrounding area, is now available at the Times office and wherever newspapers are sold. The popular magazine, published annually by the Times, is also distributed at visitor centers across the state...

David and Jenny Middleton, owners of Ozark Soul Native Plants, grow around 250 species of regional native plants at their home in western Ozark County. 
David and Jenny Middleton moved to western Ozark County five years ago. They met while working at Shaw Nature Reserve, a 2,441-acre natural area outside of St. Louis. Although they both came from more traditional horticulture backgrounds, they fell in love with native plants and knew they wanted to...
The History Channel’s “American Pickers,” a documentary television show that explores the world of antique “picking” or searching, is scheduled to film in Missouri again during the month of May, and the hosts are looking for people in Ozark County and the surrounding area with unique antique...
  Contractors have been working for about two weeks on the Tecumseh curves section of Highway 160, and the results have been dramatic. Much of the dense forest that once spanned the north hillside alongside Highway 160 on the curvy area has been cleared. The $3.8 million project to realign the...
Storms that brought 4 to 5 inches of rain to the area last week caused flooding that sent water rushing over low-water crossings and roadways where drivers weren't expecting it. This pickup was washed off a bridge on Highway 142 near Moody late Friday night. J.B. Duke, of Duke's Towing east of...

Missouri Bat Census founder Kirsten Alvey-Mudd snapped this photo before entering a particularly icy cave on the Cloud 9 Ranch property in late February. Kirsten and a group of “eco-minded cavers, educators, biologists, students and others” travel around the state to explore private and publicly owned caves to conduct and maintain a database inventory on the state’s bat population.
Imagine lying on your stomach in a dark, cramped space, your body submerged in a 34-degree stream with only your shoulders and head above water, where there’s just a foot of airspace. Using only the strength in your arms, you pull body along a dark, 1,200-foot abyss with only a headlamp to provide...
Limiting out on crappie   Bobby (left) and Roger Anderson of Gainesville caught their limits of crappie Saturday while fishing in the Pigeon Creek (Arkansas) area of Norfork Lake.     See more fishing photos, Page 13 in the print edition of the Ozark County Times.

Photos courtesy J. B. Duke, Tecumseh VFD By late afternoon Monday, Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department had responded to five brush fires that day alone, “and we’re fixing to go again,” TVFD assistant chief J. B. Duke told the Times. Above: Tecumseh firefighters Josh and Adrianna Sherman refill one of the department’s brush trucks with foam, which firefighters use to “smother” brush and chemical fires, Duke said.
Ozark County’s volunteer fire departments have stayed busy the last few days responding to “controlled burns that got out of control,” as one firefighter described it. Sunday afternoon, Gainesville VFD chief Ed Doiron asked the Times to post a Facebook plea asking residents not to burn. “Nearly all...
The Ozark County Health department will conduct a first-dose drive-thru covid-19 vaccination March 26 in the Gainesville Church of Christ parking lot for those who are eligible under the state’s phased system.  Currently, Missouri is in Phase 1B-Tier 2, which includes only residents age 65 or older...

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