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Times photo/Norene Prososki
A patriotic surprise awaited those who drove down County Road 609 in Pontiac last Sunday morning to attend church at Frontier Baptist or decorate graves at Pontiac Cemetery. A small group of men, led by Beryl Burkhead, had lined the road all the way up and into the cemetery with United States Flags...

Ozark County War Memorial
Today we take time to note, with gratitude and sorrow, those with Ozark County ties whose lives ended while they were serving in the military during wartime. They are the men whose names are engraved on the Ozark County War Memorial on the courthouse lawn – as well as others whose names have...

Dale Garrison, brother of the late Garry Garrison, who lived for many years at Noland’s Point, near Udall, with his wife, Bonnie, was killed during the Korean War, but his remains were never found.
On Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who died in military service to America, the heroes who died in uniform, not caring what careers the rest of us chose, what color our skin was, what party we voted. They simply stepped up and swore an oath to stand between us, whoever we are, and those...

Many cemeteries this weekend will be hosting Memorial Day gatherings and dinners similar to this one at Baptist Hill Cemetery, near Bakersfield, in 1971. The photo, from the collection of Jim C. Swain, shows Lena Swain Perkins and Iola Swain in the foreground. When Micheal Mahan posted the photo on the Bakersfield Missouri Historical Society Facebook page, several people posted reminiscences of the annual gathering. Janet Taber, whose Civil War veteran ancestor is buried there, described the cemetery as “a particularly serene, beautiful place. You can go there when no one else is around and almost hear distant echoes from events such as this one.” This year’s annual gathering at Baptist Hill Cemetery is set for Sunday, May 30.
Bakersfield Cemetery sets annual meeting for Sunday, May 30 The annual Bakersfield Cemetery meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 30. The gathering will include a business meeting, brief memorial and the selection of new board members. Anyone who has an interest in the cemetery is asked to...

Times photo/Jenny Yarger
Saintz BBQ Co., located on Highway 160 in Theodosia, will have its grand opening Friday, May 28, beginning with lunch service at 11 a.m.  Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew Howard and wife Lanessa say they are looking forward to operating the new restaurant in Ozark County after they moved to...

Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Bouquet Palace, a floral market “and more,” will host a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at its new location in the Old Ford Market building on the west side of the Gainesville square. Heather Duggins will manage the new store, which is a secondary location to her...

Valedictorian Hailee Collins. Photos by Amy Ingalsbe.
Bakersfield’s 2021 commencement exercises were held Friday, May 21, at the school.    Commencement address by Heather Smith Bakersfield first grade teacher Heather Smith gave this year’s commencement address.  Smith congratulated the class and said she knew that this particular class has chosen to...

Trevor Mansker was named 2021 Lutie salutatorian. Mansker finished his education in March and left soon after for recruit training in the United States Navy. His foster mother and Lutie teacher Kathalee Cole, pictured below, gave his speech to the graduation audience.
Seven Lutie High School seniors graduated during the 2021 commencement exercises held May 22 in the Lutie School gym.     Commencement address by Gary Arthaud Retired Lutie High School superintendent Gary Arthaud gave this year’s commencement speech, which focused on the theme of hard work. ...

The Gainesville High School Bulldogs beat the Seymour Tigers on Friday, May 21, to bring home the school’s first district championship in 30 years. The Bulldogs went on to play Richland for the sectional title on Monday, May 24, and rolled over the Bears 11-1. Gainesville is hosting the regional game at 5:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 26, and will take on the Marionville Comets. Members of the Bulldogs team are, from left, (front row) Wyatt Alms, Danny Sherry, Camden Evans, Jarett Hogan, Jake Leeker, Wyatt Walker, Dymon Van Eperen, Brady Myers; (back row) Nathan Kiger, coach Blake Hobbs, Briar Walrath, Andrew Hambelton, Landry Jenkins, Bryce Hambelton, Aden Yarger, Daden House, Kannon Morrison, Cooper Friend, Bryant Neel, assistant coach Austin Thompson and Bryson Martin. Photo courtesy of Karla Smith.
The Gainesville Bulldogs are among the top eight teams in Missouri Class 2 baseball and now hold a 20-8 record after beating Seymour in districts and Richland in sectionals. It’s a historic time for Bulldog baseball fans, and for the first time in decades, Gainesville will host a state playoff game...

The single-story ranch-style home in Theodosia where Karla Brown lived with six of her family members was destroyed Thursday in a fire of undetermined cause. Brown’s son, Dustin Brown, suffered smoke inhalation and superficial burns and was flown by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital’s burn unit. The family’s two dogs died in the blaze.
Dustin Brown had breakfast Thursday morning at the Theodosia Bullseye station where his mother, Karla Brown, works. Then he returned to his mother’s home on County Road 635 in Theodosia to find sparks and smoke rising from the front of the single-story house where seven family members lived...

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