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Cantwell beats field by more than five feet while winning shot put national title
Nixa’s Jackson Cantwell joined his father, Christian, as a national champion by winning the shot put at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in Eugene, Oregon, this week. Cantwell outclassed the …
OZARK COACH JAYME DONNELLY gives instructions to players during the Tigers' summer camp last week.
Fresh from summer camps, Donnelly feels he and Tigers 'a perfect marriage'
As new Ozark basketball coach Jayme Donnelly hosted his first Tigers summer camp last week, sports editor Pat Dailey engaged in an introductory Q’s and A’s session with the former …
NIXA'S JACKSON CANTWELL AND HAYDEN MAYS saltue each other on the State podium.
Cantwell among favorites in shot put and discus at Nike Nationals this week
The many-splendored journeys of Nixa’s Jackson Cantwell will take him this week to track and field’s epicenter for the NIKE Outdoor Nationals. Cantwell is part of a field of hundreds …
Local News
YIPOA is located at 5714 Selmore Road in Ozark.

YIPOA - Youth in Pursuit of Awakening

YiPoA — Youth in Pursuit of Awakening — is a ministry a decade in the making. Having secured the land a few years ago, the building located at 5714 Selmore Road in Ozark is now, finally, open to the public for Onewheel riding.
Last month, Finley River Community Foundation awarded $29,550 in scholarships. Pictured are the winners and donors who were in attendance for the presentation.

Finley River Community Foundation awards 2024 scholarships

Finley River Community Foundation (FRCF) was founded in May 2001 with two endowed funds, valued at just under $20,000. Today, FRCF holds 76 endowed funds valued at over $4,600,000 and has awarded over $5,500,000 in grants and scholarships in eastern Christian County.
A year after discovering an extensive leak in the pool at the Nixa Aquatics Center, the City of Nixa has reopened the pool to the public for the summer.

Nixa Aquatics Center pool opened June 10

The Nixa Aquatics Center officially reopened on Monday, June 10. After completing extensive repairs to fix the pool’s leak, the Center is ready to welcome the community back for a fantastic summer.

Ozark woman pleads guilty to selling counterfeit Louis Vuitton bracelets online

An Ozark woman pleaded guilty in federal court on May 31, 2024, to selling counterfeit Louis Vuitton bracelets and other items online.

Open position on Christian County Library’s Board of Trustees

Applications are being accepted for one vacancy on the Christian County Library’s Board of Trustees to represent the west county area (including Billings, Clever, Lincoln, West and East Polk townships).
News
Christian County Elks #2777 hosted a Kite Day last month for the Elks Youth Appreciation event.

Elks give back to youth and community

Every year throughout the country, the Elks host an incredibly special day at their Lodges for children and their communities. Elks Youth Appreciation takes place in May, and whether it is a grand BBQ or a day of fishing, an arts and crafts day or inviting kids to a local zoo, Elks Youth Appreciation demonstrates the compassion of all Elks for families and communities.
Witt

Witt to take the reins at Ozark High School

The Ozark Board of Education, at its May 28 work session, voted for Dr. Phillip Witt to lead Ozark High School (OHS) as principal for the 2024-25 school year. Witt is replacing Dr. Jeremy Brownfield, who is transitioning to the Lebanon School District.
The new Little Free Library at Ozark Junior High.

OJH students create Little Free Library

Collaboration is key to learning and creating. Ozark Junior High (OJH) students Adriana Berbrick and Zoey Brown worked with Technology and Engineering Teacher Eric Snyder over several Advisory periods building the school's first Little Free Library. Adrian Johnson's art A+ tutor, Ozark High School student Finley Nims, added the finishing touches with the letter design, and next year's Lit Squad members will rotate books throughout the year.
The Christian County Library offers a variety of learning and recreational experiences, including personal encounters with wildlife and special guest speakers.

Adventure begins at the library this summer

Make this summer one full of adventures and discovery at the library. The Summer Reading Challenge is a zero-cost, family-friendly way to play, exercise and win prizes, all while participating in enrichment activities. Those who stay engaged with active learning are better prepared for the next school year. There is something for everyone as the adventures kick off Saturday, June 1 and go through Wednesday, July 31.
A ribbon cutting for the new storm shelter and cafeteria at Ozark's Tiger Paw Early Childhood Center was held on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.

Ozark’s Tiger Paw students officially cut ribbon on storm shelter

Spring of 2024 has already proven the need for Ozark School District to have a storm shelter at every building. And, as of May 21, Ozark is one step closer with the official ribbon cutting for the storm shelter at Tiger Paw Early Childhood Center.
CLEVER'S BRAYDEN VERCH connects at-bat during his senior season.
Jays have three players repeat as All-Mid Lakes Conference First-Team selections
Clever’s Lane Mendenhall, Brayden Verch and Landon Flood are each repeat selections to the All-Mid Lakes Conference First Team. They are joined on the First Team by the Jays’ Lucas Owen. …
NIXA'S SPENCER WARD AND JAREN DAVIS complete an exchange in the 4 x 200 relay at the Class 5 State Track Meet.
Beginning of Davis' career showcases his potential in long jump and sprint relays
Nixa’s Jaren Davis felt his fulfilling freshman season made quite a statement in regard to his potential. “It showed these other schools I’m coming,” he said. …
NIXA'S SPENCER WARD was part of the Eagles' 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays that made it to State.
'Always an Eagle at heart,' Ward proud as prep career comes to a close
Spencer Ward concluded last month one of the more glorious careers a Nixa multi-sport athlete has put together in recent years. Ward etched his name on the Eagles’ records board in both …
NIXA'S EVA WILLIAMS competes in the pole vault at State.
Nixa's Williams and Hopkins both medal in pole vault; Ashley earns two medals
JEFFERSON CITY — Nixa’s Eva Williams adjusted well enough to a 13-pound pole to finish fourth in the pole vault by clearing 11-10 3/4 at State over the weekend. Williams made the …
OZARK'S KANNON WILLIAMS set a school record in the 200 at State.
Tigers sophomore Williams turns in history-making 200 time while medaling at State
JEFFERSON CITY — Ozark’s Kannon Williams responded to running out of lane eight in the 200 prelims at State with a school record time of 21.79 over the weekend. Williams went on to …
NIXA'S SAM MCCLAIN and the Lady Eagles play at Blue Springs at noon today in Class 5 Quarterfinal action.
With McClain in the middle of Lady Eagles' attack, Palmer calls her 'our motor'
On her way to 17 assists entering Nixa’s Class 5 Quarterfinal match at Blue Springs today, Sam McClain points out her teammates deserve an assist by setting her up for success. The …
Business
Torgerson Design Partners’ new proposed building design.

Ozark Board of Aldermen decide on new downtown building design

The Ozark Board of Aldermen voted on a new building proposal for a vacant lot on the downtown Ozark square this past Monday, May 6. With three aye votes (Bruce Galloway, James Metcalf, David Snider) and three nay votes (Eddie Campbell, Jean Ann Hutchinson, RJ Flores), Mayor Don Currence broke the tie with an aye vote, carrying the motion to move forward with Torgerson Design Partners’ (TDP) new building proposal.

Impact 100 Ozark accepting grant applications through June 16

Impact 100 Ozark is seeking to offer transformational grants to organizations that can use the money to accomplish something big. Impact 100 Ozark will be issuing two grants in September, one for $14,000 and one for $35,000. These grants will be awarded to local non-profits or public entities by a vote of Impact 100 Ozark’s membership. Grant applications should not include funds for day-to-day operations, scholarships or to start a new non-profit organization. The organization encourages applicants to reach big, think big, think impactful.
Clear Creek Golf Car and Utility Vehicles is located at 5801 N. 21st St. in Ozark.

Clear Creek Golf Car acquires Ozark Golf Cars

In January, Clear Creek Golf Car and Utility Vehicles, a 45-year distributor for Club Car based out of Ozark, acquired Ozark Golf Cars and Utility Vehicles, marking its fourth acquisition in three years. With the addition of Ozark Golf Car’s Ozark and Clinton locations, Clear Creek Golf Car has expanded from two stores to 11 within the last five years, acquiring the Club Car distributor in Little Rock in early 2021, then the Club Car distributor of Oklahoma and an E-Z-GO dealer in Russellville, Arkansas, in 2023.

Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes new officers and board members

The Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Chamber President/CEO Whitney Guison, are pleased to welcome new officers and board members to the board of directors, effective January 2024.
Nixa Hardware & Seed Company, located at 510 W. Mt. Vernon St., is celebrating 125 years of business in 2024.

Nixa Hardware & Seed Company celebrates 125 years

In 2024, Nixa Hardware & Seed Company (NH&SC) will be celebrating the remarkable milestone of 125 years in business. The store is currently located at 510 W. Mt. Vernon St. in Nixa.
Education
The Ozark Board of Education voted to hire Robert Hedgecorth as the Executive Director of Finance & Business Operations at a special meeting March 4. The finance position became available following the hiring of Dr. Lori Wilson as the District’s superintendent in December. Wilson had been serving in dual roles as interim superintendent and chief financial officer.
Spokane R-VII announced Mr. Glen Johnson as the Spokane Middle School principal and Spokane R-VII Athletic Director for the 2024-2025 school year. Current principal, Dr. Joel Carey, is retiring at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.
Ozark Middle School (OMS) was filled with laughter, joy and singing on March 8, 2024, as the Ozark community, state and local representatives, school and District staff and OMS choir students gathered to cut the official ribbon for the OMS storm shelter, classrooms, offices and new entrance.
The Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) Board of Trustees approved an additional $312,948 to expand the planned Agriculture and Electrical Distribution Systems Building at the Richwood Valley campus in Nixa. The building project will grow by nearly 3,000 square feet, bringing the facility’s total footprint to 19,600 square feet.
The State Board of Education (State Board) announced last week that Senator Karla Eslinger will assume the role as the state’s next commissioner for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) effective June 1, 2024, after concluding her work in the Missouri Senate during the 2024 legislative session.
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