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After being closed since early May due to high water over the roadway at Bridges Creek near where it enters Norfork Lake, County Road 551, known locally as Smokey Road, reopened Aug. 16 when the water finally receded below the slab over the creek. Times photos/ Amelia LaMair
At their regular Monday meeting last week, Ozark County Commissioners said two of three lake crossings in the county that have been closed since early May due to high water have now reopened. On the east side, County Road 551, also known as Smokey Road, reopened on Aug. 16 as the waters of...

After being closed since early May due to high water over the roadway at Bridges Creek near where it enters Norfork Lake, County Road 551, known locally as Smokey Road, reopened Aug. 16 when the water finally receded below the slab over the creek. Times photos/ Amelia LaMair
At their regular Monday meeting, Ozark County Commissioners said two of three lake crossings in the county that have been closed since early May due to high water have now reopened. On the east side, County Road 551, also known as Smokey Road, reopened on Aug. 16 as the waters of Bridges Creek...
As hot as it has been lately, it’s hard to think about hunting. But fall is right around the corner, and with it comes several hunting seasons. The fall hunting seasons kick off Sept. 1 with the opening of three different bird seasons: dove, Sora and Virginia rails, and snipe (yes, these are...

Missouri Department of Conservation photo
As hot as it has been lately, it’s hard to think about hunting. But fall is right around the corner, and with it comes several hunting seasons. The fall hunting seasons kick off Sept. 1 with the opening of three different bird seasons: dove, Sora and Virginia rails, and snipe (yes, these are real...

Times photo/Sue Ann Jones Dale Roberts has baptized new Christians in horse troughs, swimming pools, bathtubs, and in lakes, rivers and creeks, including this often-used spot in Lick Creek south of Gainesville on County Road 503. “I’ll do it any way I can to help someone be baptized,” he said.
Dale Roberts retired as pastor of Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church at the end of May, but he’s quick to say that his 36-year career in ministry continues. That means he’s no longer “over a church,” but he’s still marrying, burying and baptizing, continuing the work he has recorded in his well-...

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...

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...

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