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Missouri’s big cats

Bobcats and mountain lions, the only wild felines native to North America, are both also native to Missouri

Considered one of the state’s “big game species,” Missouri’s largest bobcat population is right here in the Ozarks, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

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Fishing Tip: Holiday shoppers - Don’t forget the fishermen in your family

Skip Surbaugh Benefit Fishing Tournament registration available

With the kick-off to the holiday season officially starting Nov. 27, Black Friday, Osage Beach Bait & Tackle Owner Carol Drysdale reminds shoppers to not forget gifts for the fishermen in their lives.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Donate venison to those in need

You open the freezer door and stare at shelves filled with venison. You feel good that you have been successful in the field, but even though you don’t need any more meat for the year, you’d really like to spend more time deer hunting. There is an answer. It’s called Share the Harvest.

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Firearms deer opening weekend harvest numbers

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 97,171 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of fall firearms deer season.

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Share your deer with The Lake Today

Camdenton youth bags first deer

If you’re proud of the deer you bagged, The Lake Today staff would love to show it to fellow readers. Email a digital photo, in as high resolution as possible, to

US Postal Service announces 2015 holiday shipping deadlines

Now is the time to start thinking about holiday mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic and military services as residents begin to prepare for the busy shopping and shipping season. Customers are encouraged to ship early, whenever possible.

5 Weeks of Hometown Holidays: Join Small Business Saturday at the Lake

Joint effort lends its support to Small Business Saturday and drives commerce to Lake Area small businesses.

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5 Weeks of Hometown Holidays: Find unique gifts at the Lake on Small Business Saturday

Extra business hours to be hosted during holiday shopping kick-off weekend

After the turkey settles Thanksgiving Day, many Lake Area residents will hit stores to tackle their holiday shopping lists and take in Black Friday and additional “store-buster” sales.

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Lake Area holiday events kick off Thanksgiving weekend

Lighted Christmas parades, downtown celebrations and productions get guests into holiday spirit

Lake residents can truly get into the holiday spirit with many activities held on and through the weekend following Thanksgiving.

Sedalia author available at book signing Saturday at Stonecrest Book and Toy

Sedalia resident Shannon Cooper-Gwaltney answers these questions in her book, “A Family for Biskuit,” and others from fans and guests to her book signing event, which is held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 at Stonecrest Book & Toy in Osage Beach.

Missouri Film Office opens competition for Missouri stories

The Missouri Film Office is looking for writers who have penned screenplays or TV pilot scripts set in the Show-Me State.

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School of the Osage holds annual Senior Citizen Banquet

School of the Osage held its annual Senior Citizen Banquet Nov. 19, bringing hundreds of senior citizens from the community together for a no-cost Thanksgiving dinner.

Relishing in holiday movies

Yes, we watch the same movies every year, which brings me to the subject of this week’s column – our favorite holiday flicks.

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ShareWear provided free clothing to more than 140 people

ShareWear, held Nov. 14 at Camdenton United Methodist Church in Camdenton, gave totally free clothing to more than 140 people

Volunteers sought to assist in dig of Goodwin Sinkhole Pit and Cave Restoration Dec. 5

The Missouri Cave and Karst Conservancy is planning volunteer workdays to continue the Goodwin Sinkhole Pit and Cave dig and restoration project Saturday, Dec. 5.