College of the Ozarks

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Hundreds of veterans and their families watched as officials unveiled the Gold Star Families Memorial, a tribute to those whose sons, daughters and relatives died in combat.

The structure, revealed Wednesday, was the newest addition to Patriots Park on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout.

Ryan Manion, whose brother was killed 10 years ago to sniper fire in Iraq, said she hopes her fellow Gold Star families come to know the joy, peace and resilience that comes with heeling.

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Officials at College of the Ozarks broke ground Thursday on a memorial dedicated to Missouri’s Gold Star Families. The memorial on the college campus is the first in the state of Missouri, according to C of O.

The school said in a news release that more than 500 guests attended the ceremony, including Gold Star Families, veterans and state representatives. C of O also welcomed World War II Veterans who served in Iwo Jima; Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, chancellor of the University of Richmond, and Hershel Woody Williams, Medal of Honor recipient.

Relgious Liberty Symposium
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With the presidential election just around the corner, getting people out to vote is a top priority for many.  It was among the talking points last week at the Religious Liberty Symposium at College of the Ozarks.

Speakers included, among others, neurosurgeon and former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who spoke on issues surrounding religious liberty and advocated voting as a method for change.

College of the Ozarks
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An annual ranking of the best colleges may show some of the same schools year in and year out. For College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, the ranking has become part of its identity.

C of O was recently awarded number one Best Value School for the Midwest region in the 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, it earned the number four ranking for Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest and second Best Undergrad Teaching in the Midwest.

Lest We Forget
College of the Ozarks

U.S. and Missouri flags at all government buildings statewide will be flown at half-staff on Sunday (9/11) to honor those who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Governor Jay Nixon says, we continue to remember and mourn, 15 years later, those whose lives were lost on 9/11.

Some area observances of the anniversary are planned.