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MDC photo This bull elk was photographed at Missouri’s Peck Ranch Conservation Area. MDC is proposing the framework for a limited elk hunting season and is asking for public comments.
Limited season for Missouri residents could start as soon as 2020 if plan criteria are met.   The Missouri Department of Conservation shared its initial plan for a limited elk-hunting season with the Missouri Conservation Commission at the commission’s public meeting June 28 in Jefferson City. The...

After being delayed a night due to stormy weather, the annual Pontiac fireworks display lit up the night sky Saturday over Bull Shoals Lake, casting shadows behind boaters gathered below. Photo courtesy Karen Eubank
Ozark County’s celebration of the Fourth of July holiday continued last week as crowds gathered in Rockbridge and Pontiac for elaborate fireworks displays and water-fun enthusiasts headed for lakes and streams.  Following a day of patriotic activities, a fundraiser pig roast and then a sky-blazing...

James Bridge on Highway PP in 2017, after it was rebuilt following the 2017 flood. Photo courtesy of Aerial Ozarks.
An unidentified river-goer, thought to be a 45-year-old Florida woman, was injured Saturday when she jumped feet-first off the James Bridge into the North Fork of the White River, which is estimated to be 4 1/2 to 5 feet deep at that point.  At 4:33 p.m. Saturday, the Ozark County Sheriff’s...

James Bridge on Highway PP in 2017, after it was rebuilt following the 2017 flood. Photo courtesy of Aerial Ozarks.
An unidentified river-goer, thought to be a 45-year-old Florida woman, was injured Saturday when she jumped feet-first off the James Bridge into the North Fork of the White River, which is estimated to be 4 1/2 to 5 feet deep at that point.  At 4:33 p.m. Saturday, the Ozark County Sheriff’s...
As Independence Day nears, authorities urge caution as Americans celebrate and travel.  Across the nation, July 4th is not only the busiest day of the year for fireworks, it’s the busiest day of the year for fires, says Missouri State Fire Marshal Tim Bean, adding, “It’s no coincidence.”  Fireworks...
As Independence Day nears, authorities urge caution as Americans celebrate and travel.  Across the nation, July 4th is not only the busiest day of the year for fireworks, it’s the busiest day of the year for fires, says Missouri State Fire Marshal Tim Bean, adding, “It’s no coincidence.”  Fireworks...

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High-moisture grass baled above 24 percent moisture can cause spontaneous combustion. Over-heated bales can burn down a hay barn. Craig Roberts, University of Missouri forage specialist, said frequent rains this year have helped grass growth, but it’s been bad for making hay. He’s part of the team...

About 50 people attended a June 11 meeting in Ava to hear an update on the status of Bryant Creek State Park, which is on land north of Rockbridge that was acquired by the state in late 2016 but has been closed to the public since then. Times photos / Amelia LaMair
Approximately 50 people attended an informational meeting about Bryant Creek State Park June 11 at the Senior Center in Ava. The crowd included several Ozark Countians who came to learn about the recently acquired but still-closed park’s status and to give feedback on how they hope it will be...
In response to the pleas of local fisherman who’ve had no easy Norfork Lake access in Missouri during the recent high water, the US Army Corps of Engineers opened the gates at Tecumseh Park Friday for the first time since the historic 2017 flood caused massive damage there, destroying the...
In response to the pleas of local fisherman who’ve had no easy Norfork Lake access in Missouri during the recent high water, the US Army Corps of Engineers opened the gates at Tecumseh Park Friday for the first time since the historic 2017 flood caused massive damage there, destroying the...

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