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It’s Float Trip Time With James River Outfitters!

7 May

Established in 2003, James River Outfitters is the most respected outfitter on the James River. They offer a wide range of services including outfitting for canoeing, fishing, tent camping, floating, swimming, nature photography, bird watching or just relaxing and enjoying the scenery. Local family owned and operated, we offer a lifetime of experience and we’re eager to share our knowledge with you. Our customers return time after time in order to enjoy the Ozarks and James River Outfitter’s personal and professional services.Wanting to float from Hootentown to Galena? JRO has everything you need to make your trip memorable and exciting. There’s nothing like a good old fashioned float trip with James River Outfitters. While floating on the river you will see breathtaking rock bluffs and wildlife such as: bald eagles, deer, mink, fox… the list is endless. Come see for yourself!

The James River offers a broad selection of fish. “Catch & Release” or “Feed The Family” – everyone will have a great time! So come and enjoy nature as Ozark sportsmen have for over a century.

For more information contact:
James River Outfitters, LLC.
110 Y-Bridge Road
Galena, MO 65656

417-357-6443
Home: 417-357-6447 • Cell: 417-830-1344

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Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell

11 Feb


Sheriff Jimmie Russell is a familiar face in Taney County, and has been for almost 50 years. He was raised on his family’s farm near Taneyville, MO — very close to where he and his wife Della, raised their family of three. All their children plus four grandchildren still live in Taney County and enjoy camping, fishing and all the joys of family life in beautiful southwest Missouri.Sheriff Russell’s career in public service and safety began in 1982 as a paramedic for Taney County Ambulance. From there he joined the Branson Police Department in 1985 where he rose to the rank of Patrol Sergeant before leaving in 1992 to become a Deputy Sheriff for Taney County. In 2000, the voters selected Russell as their Sheriff, a position he has proudly held ever since.Sheriff Russell has served the public continuously in a variety of roles with a wide range of responsibilities through the years.

Visit Sheriff Jimmie Russell’s site.

This Weekend

1 Oct

Crews work to stop erosion near bridge in Galena

13 Jul

GALENA, Mo.–About $250,000 is being spent to stop Mother Nature from causing any further damage in Galena.

Large rock will be put in place to stop erosion and try to correct the flow of the James River.  About fifty feet of the bank has disappeared in the last few years.  Flooding in 2008 and again this Spring have accelerated the problem, and if it keeps up, it could compromise the Highway 413/248 bridge. (more)

Cattle Thieves Put On Notice

31 May

Posted: May 30, 2011 6:50 PM by Associated Press

Investigators have begun alerting Missouri sale barns about stolen livestock that may turn up at their auctions in an attempt to stifle a lucrative rustling trade.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said it began sending the alerts to the sale barns in the spring, providing the businesses with descriptions of the stolen animals.

“We approached them from a networking, partnership point of view,” said Maria Furey, a criminal intelligent analyst for the Patrol’s rural crimes investigative unit. “Most of them, pretty much all of them, are accommodating because they don’t like the idea of potentially selling stolen livestock either.”

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that livestock, especially cattle, are an easy target for thieves and can be sold at reputable sale barns without the owner’s knowledge unless proper precautions are in place.

“The thing I hear about the auctions is they’re so incredibly fast-paced and they can be almost chaotic, in a rhapsody kind of way. A complete controlled chaos,” Furey said.

The alerts allow sale barn owners to identify stolen livestock before they’re put on the auction block. Jeff Windett, executive vice president of the Missouri Cattleman’s Association, said the effort has been successful so far.

Most stolen livestock are sold within 100 miles of the theft location, so emphasis in the alerts is placed on livestock stolen within their particular region. The Patrol’s rural crimes division has six regions in the state.

Not all stolen livestock are sold through sale barns, Furey said, and not all sale barns are negligent in making illegal sales.

Mark Servaes, manager of the St. Joseph Stockyards, said his business takes many measures to make sure its selling legitimate, healthy livestock. He said the company checks the identification of sellers and allows only those it is familiar with or who come with a reputable reference to sell livestock there.

“We’re pretty tough security at our place,” Servaes said. “If someone has a reputation that could be a little bit off the record, we just don’t invite them to sell at our place. So that keeps most of those doors unopened for us to get some of those stolen cattle, because they know we’re going to look for something. Other places will invite them to make a dollar off them, but we don’t do that.”

Farmers are asked to diligently keep track of their livestock so they can provide accurate descriptions for the alerts. That includes keeping regular inventory of their herds and being able to describe the color, size and tags of the animals.

“We need to have concrete, identifiable attributes,” Furey said. “That’s the best way to put out an alert, so that people who are trying to help know what to look for.”

Information from: St. Joseph News-Press, http://www.stjoenews-press.com

Beard & Mustache Competition benefits Isabel’s House

30 May

Beard & Mustache competition, benefiting Isabel’s House: The Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks. Saturday, June 04, 2011 from 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM. at Patton Alley Pub, local men will be judged on their facial hair in a number of categories, including “Mustache, Natural”, “Mustache, Styled”, “Partial Beard-Natural” and so on. There’s even a “Fake Beard” category. Among the judges will be Devin Cara, who currently holds 3rd place in the world  in the Garibaldi category, and his wife Kelly, who ha been to two world competitions. Christian Hutson of Just For Him will also judge. Drinks and other fun will be there throughout the night.

Registration is from 6:45-7:45 p.m.. The contest will probably last until 10 p.m., with Deep Fried Squirrel playing afterwards. Registration is $10 at the door, or you can register online at queencitybeards.com. Also visit the website to learn more.

(See 417 Mag for more outlandish things to do in 417 Land!)

Daredevils Rock Katy Trail This Weekend!

26 May

Hometown boys “The Ozark Mountain Daredevils” will headline Pedalers Jamboree this weekend May 28-29, 2011!

The Pedaler’s Jamboree is Missouri’s first bike- powered music and camping festival! Welcome in the summer with a slow paced, family friendly, two wheeled celebration on the Katy Trail! With six stages of staggered live music, a main stage party in Boonville and 75 miles of great riding, this is a two day event not to be missed!

Saturday May 28th in Columbia

Check in/registration and departure from Shilo Bar & Grill, 8-10 am.

Bicyclist’s Breakfast Shiloh Bar & Grill and Broadway Diner
Broadway Diner: Breakfast Buffet – $6.99 all you can eat
Shiloh Bar & Grill: Grandma Millie’s famous egg and cheese casserole Hash Browns – Fruit Plate
Massages available from Cherry Hill Massage

MTK Trail to Katy Trail.
Mile 3 = Habitat for Humanity fueling station with free Pop Chips/water/bananas!
6 more miles on MKT to Katy Trail. Stop at your leisure. Take a right turn at Katy Trail.

Huntsdale

Katfish Katy’s – Food and Drinks available
The BluesSlingers – Music from 10 am – 1:30 pm

Rocheport

Trail Side Cafe – Plenty of food options
Shea and Silverstreak – Music from 11 am – 1 pm

General Store – Food, beer and wine

“Big Muddy Oasis” – Rocheport City Park – Food specials & beer garden
The Bait Shop Boys – Music from 11 am – 1 pm

Les Bourgeois Winery – Food, beer and wine
Man in the Ring – Music from 3 pm – Dusk

Franklin

“Tallgrass Oasis” at Katy Roundhouse – Food – Beer – Yummies
Man In the Ring – Music from 1pm – 3pm
Decadent Nation Acoustic – Music from 3pm – 5pm

Boonville

Live music on Main Street all day long

Festival at Kemper Park
3pm – Acoustic Jams
Featuring: “Yes Dear”, “Mario Pascal”
6pm – Artie’s Univibe
7:15pm – Ha Ha Tonka (More Homies)
9pm – The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Sunday May 29th in Boonville

Breakfast available at Kemper Park Sunday morning from WJ’s Bar
Depart Boonville at your leisure and return east on the Katy Trail.
Travel back to the Katy & MKT trailhead and back to Columbia.

Franklin

“Tallgrass Oasis” – Katy Roundhouse
Sugar Tree Road – Music from 8am – 10am – Breakfast food options

Rocheport

TrailSide Cafe – Plenty of food options – Open at 8 am
Shea and Silverstreak – Music from 10 am – 12 pm

“Big Muddy Oasis” – Food specials & beer garden
The Mere Mortals – Music from 10 am – 1 pm

Les Bourgeois Winery – Food and wine
Raven Wolf Jennings – Music from 12 pm – 5 pm

Huntsdale

Katfish Katy’s – Food and drinks – down at the River Stage
The Honky Tonk and Blues Jam – Music from 1 pm – 5 pm

Columbia

Bag pick up available from noon – 5 pm

Shiloh Bar & Grill – Pizza, burgers & drink specials
Band TBA – Music from 12 pm – 3 pm

Broadway Diner – Buffet all day

Cherry Hill Massage – Massages all day

Broadway Brewery – Great food and handcrafted beer

Tickets are still available for the weekend bicycle tour

and for the Kemper festival (non-cyclists) in Boonville