Flags retired in dignified, patriotic service


Girl Scouts lined up Saturday to deliver old, worn and faded American flags to Theodosia Area Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Craig Mierkowski to be retired by burning at a Theodosia ceremony. Pictured, from left, Alyssa Jones, Autumn Miller, Alana Kimmen and Mierkowski.

It’s been five years since Army veteran Len Modlinski organized Ozark County’s first American Flag Retirement Ceremony.

Fiery crash takes life of ‘fun-loving, outgoing’ 24-year-old Lutie grad, Caleb Christeson


Caleb Christeson loved to be outside, golfing, disc golfing, hunting and fishing. Family members say he caught this carp at Lightning Springs near the family’s home at Protem. Caleb, 24, died Saturday in an early morning car crash.

Lutie High School teacher Lois Honeycutt remembers former student Caleb Christeson as someone who was “very athletic and had lots of friends.

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