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Gainesville resident Carole Fife Long was reunited with her high school ring, worn on her pinky finger in this photo, last fall after it’d been missing for 33 years.
It’s the time of year when students around the county are taking their last steps as high school seniors, walking across a stage or stadium platform to claim their diplomas and begin adulthood. With dozens of friends and family snapping photo of smiling teens donning graduation caps, gowns and...

Times photos / Jessi Dreckman Rob Collins, owner of Chaney Monument in Gainesville, uses the same type of stencil knife to cut images on a headstone stencil that’s been used since the company’s beginning in 1936. But nearly every other part of the process involves computers, lasers or modern equipment that would have amazed company founder Leonard Chaney. Following the same steps of the process Chaney would have used, but with modern equipment, Collins can complete a headstone in two hours when the same monument might have taken Chaney two days.
The months leading up to Memorial Day have traditionally been the busiest time of year for Chaney Monument, one of Ozark County’s oldest businesses. But lately that’s changed a bit.  “It usually started in January-February,” said owner Rob Collins. “People started coming in at that time so they had...

After Randy Fish joined SHOCK as keyboard player and lead singer, the band sometimes rehearsed in the chapel of Clinkingbeard Funeral home, which was managed at the time by his parents Wilma and the late Charles Fish.
Editor’s note: This is the second part in a three-part series to be included in the personal memoir now being assembled by Ozark County native Sid Pierce, a Navy veteran, retired teacher and Branson sound technician who for many years traveled the world with country music recording artist Roy Clark...
Navy Lt. Joshua R. Lamb, shown here with his parents, Larry and Tammy Lamb of Gainesville, and grandmother Donnie Neely of Zanoni, took command of the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering (CSFE) Detachment on May 11 at Fort Leonard Wood. Lamb accepted the command from Navy Lt. Nicholas...

Jan and Gary Garcia have created a Wall of Honor that displays the men and women in their family who have served in the military, beginning with Gary and his four brothers, displayed on the top row of the frame.
Isabella-area resident Gary Garcia feels honored to be part of a red-white-and-blue family that includes at least 26 members – children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and in-laws – who have served in the military. In the home he and wife Jan built last year on County Road 829, pictures of the...

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...

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