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Almost a year after the historic 2017 flood, some Ozark County water crossings still show signs of the damage it caused. Large stone blocks line the crossing known locally as the “cheese plant bridge” on County Road 503 south of the Gainesville post office.The blocks temporarily replace the washed-away guardrail, part of which dangles off the downstream side of the bridge over Lick Creek. Ozark County Western Commissioner Greg Donley told the Times Monday that FEMA had recently approved funding to replace the guardrail, rebuild the “rock blankets” under the north and south ends of the bridge and do other work to restore the bridge.
Ozark County Commissioners said Monday during their regular weekly meeting that as much as 3 to 4 inches of water still covered some low-water crossings around the county following several recent days of rain. Among the crossings mentioned was Warren Bridge on County Road 328 and Smokey Road (...
Ozark Countians have begun the annual search for morel mushrooms. Four species of morel mushrooms growing in the Ozarks vary in color from yellow to tan to gray. Be careful! A similar-looking but sometimes toxic species of mushroom, known as “false morels” or red morels, is also found in the Ozarks...

Tyler Ellison of Gainesville, who was 11 at the time, killed this turkey last year while hunting with his dad, Mike Ellison. The turkey had an 11-inch beard.
Missouri’s young turkey hunters will be taking to the woods this weekend for the annual Missouri youth weekend spring turkey hunt. The youth-only weekend runs from a half-hour before sunrise Saturday, April 7, through sunset Sunday, April 8. Hunters ages 6 to 15 are eligible to purchase a hunting...
From the beginning of last week to the end we saw a steady improvement in the weather and the fishing. The best bite early in the week was the Fout’s area, but everybody started fishing the area and the bite slowed down.With the warm weather the last couple of days, the stripers started biting all...
Bass fishing last weekend was better than it has been for a long time. Numerous baits worked in both the creeks and on the main lake. I caught bass on a shaky-head worm, square-bill crankbait and the Bama rig. Fish were as shallow as 3 feet, and others were as deep as 25 feet. Fish your style, and...

photo source: Larry Black Real Estate
The seasonal opening of Oakland Park on Bull Shoals Lake in Arrkansas is being delayed by the Army Corps of Engineers’ Mountain Home Project Office from the planned May 1 to May 18 instead, weather permitting.The delay is due to the park’s electrical system being replaced and the roads being...

Participants included, from left, David Connell, Georgia Thorne, Marshall Simpson, Jenna Uchtman, Gentry and Gracyn Blackburn, Lucas Luna, Tyler Tabor, Peyton and Tate Eslinger
The Ozark County Commissioners last week declared April as “Clean Up Trash” month in Ozark County, but the youth of Frontier Baptist Church in Pontiac didn’t wait for the first day of April to put the proclamation into action. Young participants from the church worked Saturday picking up trash...
Michael Beda of Theodosia caught this 20-pound striped bass March 19 while fishing on the Theodosia arm of Bull Shoals Lake.
As it said it would do, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed this road barricade and sign Wednesday, March 14, at the Tecumseh access on Highway 160. The gate blocks motorized traffic from entering the access during a $1 million renovation to repair the roadway, parking lot and boat ramp...
The Missouri Department of Conservation recently announced that it is now offering used MDC vehicles, boats, motors, tractors, trailers, farm equipment, office equipment and other items for sale through the online auction website Govdeals.com instead of the annual live auctions it has previously...

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