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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...
Ozark County Law Day was held March 3, when four civil cases and five criminal cases were brought before the court. Circuit Judge Craig Carter handled most of the cases, with the exception of  the case of James Klein (see below), who appeared before Associate Judge Lynette Veenstra.    Sentenced to...
Photos by Misty Souder   Summer LaBrueyre and Trevor Mansker were crowned queen and king at Lutie School’s 2021 homecoming ceremony Friday, March 5. Members of the homecoming court were, from left, (front) Jenna Hand and Danny Lane; (middle) Alyssa Wensel, BreAnna Guidry, Morgan Smith, Lutie...

More than 500 people received their initial covid-19 vaccination Tuesday, Feb. 23, during the drive-thru clinic hosted by the Ozark County Health Department and the Missouri National Guard in the parking lot of the Gainesville Church of Christ. One participant was Sherri Wilson, left, whose vaccination was given by her daughter, Mindi Lawson, RN, a clinical manager at Cox Health at Home who was one of 16-18 nurses who volunteered to help with the mass-vaccination event.
(Story edited with updated information)   Seven people who attended the Lady Bulldogs’ basketball game Feb. 23 at Gainesville High School got a little something extra besides the thrill of seeing the Gainesville and Bakersfield girls go head-to-head on the court. They also got an unplanned covid-19...
Editor’s note: The delayed timeline between a traffic stop and the official filing of charges related to the stop is often delayed several weeks to months, as in this case and the Davis case (see page 3), because the prosecutor often waits for official test results from the Missouri State Highway...
Court documents filed in Howell County give some insight into what suspect Jeremiah Partee was doing before he reportedly came into Ozark County Feb. 14 in a stolen truck, hooked onto a stolen trailer, attempted to cross Lick Creek and got stuck and then fled from officers on foot  before allegedly...
A warrant without bond has been issued for the arrest of William Hill in connection with a Sunday, Feb. 7, incident in which he is alleged to have discharged a 12-gauge shotgun while intoxicated and swung the firearm in a threatening manner, and with injuring his wife by punching her in the head...

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