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Bass fishing is an early morning or late evening activity. Top-water lures like the spook or popper work well early and late. Throw a frog near the brush, and you may get your arm broken! Once the top-water bite slows, look for flooded fields as bass will be looking for worms and small fish. In...
The striper fishing on Norfork Lake is still very good for the first two hours each morning. The stripers have moved off the banks and are roaming the deep channels in water depths ranging from 50 to 150 feet. Each day we are seeing that the stripers are now feeding on crawdads early and moving off...

Exploding tree This red oak tree exploded when it was struck by lightning Thursday night near the home of Les and Patrice Wells in the Spring Creek area between Gainesville and Isabella. Les Wells said pieces of the tree landed 100 feet away from the trunk, and another nearby tree was split by the powerful bolt.
Les and Patrice Wells were sitting in their hilltop home off County Road 829 during Thursday night’s thunderstorm when a bright flash and something that sounded like an explosion shook their house and made them jump. Friday morning, they discovered a large red oak tree that had been shattered by a...

Ozark County Emergency Management Director Brett Meints said that this wall cloud, photographed Friday evening by Chris Mattson at Theodosia Marina, was accompanied by wind gusts as high as 40 to 60 miles per hour as it moved into Ozark County from the west.
Holiday weekend began with heavy rain, high water The Memorial Day holiday weekend got off to a rough start late Friday afternoon in Ozark County as thunderstorms dumped 2 to 4 inches of rain in about 90 minutes in some areas, sending creeks over low-water crossings and washing ruts in county...
The fishing on Norfork Lake is on fire for the first two hours each morning. The stripers have moved off the banks and are roaming the deep channels in water depths ranging from 50 to 150 feet. Each day we are seeing the stripers feeding on crawdads early and then moving off the bottom and chasing...
Top-water fishing for bass has been exceptional this year. Throw a spook, popper or floating jerkbait, and hold on! This bite is best early mornings and again just before dark. Spinnerbaits, Dixee jet spoons and rattle traps have all been effective. Throw the Dixee Jet spoon off main lake bluff...
Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains will sponsor its second annual OMC Dice Run of the Mills, with several Ozark County stops, on Saturday, June 9. Proceeds from the event will go toward purchasing new infant cribs and bassinettes for the OMC newborn nursery.While the fund-raiser event is geared...
Winners of the Pontiac 5K run held Saturday morning at Pontiac Cove Marina were, from left (front), Chaney Werner, Jarett Hogan, Brent Clauser (first place overall male, from Charleston, South Carolina), Kelley Nicholas; (back) Melissa Hayes (first place overall female, from Gainesville), Dalton...

Ozark County Emergency Management Director Brett Meints said that this wall cloud, photographed Friday evening by Chris Mattson at Theodosia Marina, was accompanied by wind gusts as high as 40 to 60 miles per hour as it moved into Ozark County from the west.
Holiday weekend began with heavy rain, high water The Memorial Day holiday weekend got off to a rough start late Friday afternoon in Ozark County as thunderstorms dumped 2 to 4 inches of rain in about 90 minutes in some areas, sending creeks over low-water crossings and washing ruts in county roads...
The fishing on Norfork Lake continues to improve. The shad are still spawning, and the stripers are on a very early morning bite. We are catching stripers as soon as we get a bait in the water somewhere around 5 a.m. The bite does not last long and is usually over by 7 a.m. I’m seeing a shift in...

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