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SPARTA'S JAKE LAFFERTY soars above a Strafford defender on his way to a dunk Saturday.
Lafferty nets double-double and tourney title in response to Indians' taunting
STRAFFORD — Jake Lafferty might be wise not to take in the long-awaited Buc-ee’s I-44 opening a week from Monday, given the world’s largest gas station’s close proximity to Strafford.
NIXA'S KEIVON FLINT drives to the bucket against Bentonville at the Willard Tournament final Saturday.
Loss in Willard Tournament final ends Eagles' regular-season win streak at 35 games
WILLARD — Brock Blansit joked earlier this week he received 400 congratulatory texts upon getting the first coaching victory of his career a year ago, but after his first win this season no one sent him a message.
SPARTA'S ALIVIA LOVELAND beats a Blue Eye player to a loose ball Friday.
Sparta lets late lead slip away, as Lady Trojans' struggles against Blue Eye continue
BLUE EYE — Sparta suffering a couple of losses at the Blue Eye Tournament this week didn’t dampen Avery Leyland’s enthusiasm regarding her return to the Lady Trojans. 

Tigers dealt first loss by Springdale in semifinal at Republic Tournament

REPUBLIC — Ryan Engel hopes his senior season plays out as well as his workouts in the weight room went over the spring, summer and fall and his visit to a tattoo parlor turned out.

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OZARK'S HUDSON ROBERTS beats a Park Hills players to the ball Wednesday.
Roberts produces at all three levels, as Ozark debuts with win at Republic Tournament
REPUBLIC — With Park Hill South all but spotting Ozark and Hudson Roberts eight points, the Tigers went on to win by eight, 66-58, at the Republic Tournament on Wednesday.
CLEVER'S XAVIER ROBINSON hauls in a reception.
Jays have a handful of players honored as Mid-Lakes Conference selections
Lane Mendenhall is no stranger to Mid-Lakes Conference honors, having received honorable mention recognition as a sophomore at tight end. But few could have predicted the Clever senior’s selection as a quarterback this year.
NIXA'S SPENCER WARD and the Eagles won outright or shared the COC championship each of the past two seasons.
Nixa by the numbers: Ward leaves legacy that includes more than 300 career tackles
Nixa safety Spencer Ward finished his senior season this year with 157 tackles, which ranks as the highest single-season tackles total in coach John Perry’s four seasons with the Eagles. 
CHADWICK'S CLAYTON GARRISON reaches for a rebound against Aurora on Monday.
Garrison's 30 points power Chadwick to 48-42 triumph against Aurora
Fearing he might make an early exit, Clayton Garrison instead played almost all of the fourth quarter with four fouls and led Chadwick to a 48-42 win Monday against Aurora at the Clever Invite.
CLEVER'S BRAYDEN VERCH dribbles against pressure from a Rush defender Monday.
Jays follow through on Price's game plan en route to pulling off upset of RUSH
In less than a year, Clever’s Lane Mendenhall has completely changed his perspective on coach Sean Price’s deliberate, disciplined, ball-control offense.
SPARTA'S AMRI YOUNGMON and the Lady Trojans are in the Blue Eye Tournament this week.
With entirely new starting five, Lady Trojans changing their style of play
Sparta coach Josh Loveland isn’t content with the Lady Trojans chasing after another winning season that ends with a District defeat.
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FRCF seeking nominations for Ozark Citizen of the Year

Finley River Community Foundation (FRCF) is seeking nominations for the 2023 Ozark Citizen of the Year. The recipient of the 2023 Ozark Citizen of the Year award will be announced at the Ozark Community Awards Banquet on Feb. 17, 2024. This annual event is hosted by the Ozark Chamber of Commerce to honor outstanding achievement and service in Ozark.

Sugar Stop Candy Shop now open inside Ozark Signal

Sugar Stop Candy Shop is now open inside Signal Food Store. Not only can customers stop by Signal for high quality gas and diesel, but they can now get their sugar fix at the brand new Sugar Stop Candy Shop.

Christian County hosts Crime Scene to Trial training

The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the Nixa Police Department, Missouri Children’s Division and the Springfield Child Advocacy Center conducted the second annual Crime Scene to Trial training in Ozark from Nov. 14-16.
Dear Friends and Neighbors of Nixa,
It has been just over a month since I became the editor for Christian County Headliner. My …
Like anything that goes by several aliases and has different spins, the reality is probably somewhere in between. "The Great Reevaluation" might be the proper name to call this time for the U.S. economy.
A million minutes is a huge amount of time. How big? Another way of putting it is a thousand THOUSAND minutes of reading. But how, you ask, could anyone ever read that much? Together, we can — as a community. This January 3 - 31, we challenge everyone (and ourselves) to reach that reading goal.

State Highway Patrol announces Troop D promotions

Captain D. Scott Sater, commanding officer of Troop D, Springfield, announced the following promotions effective Nov. 1, 2023.

Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce invites community to ribbon cutting

The Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and chamber president/CEO Whitney Guison have announced that the official open house and ribbon cutting of the new Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce office and Welcome Center will be held on Nov. 16.

Ozark’s Orscheln begins transition into Tractor Supply store

Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, announced at the end of last month the Ozark location of Orscheln Farm & Home has begun its transition to Tractor Supply.

City of Nixa and Nixa Utilities upgrading payment systems

The City of Nixa is investing in upgrades to its billing systems and payment processes. While these upgrades are taking place, the City of Nixa, including Nixa Utilities, will not be able to accept any payments beginning 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21 and continuing through Sunday, June 25.

Ozark contractor charged with deceptive business practice

An Ozark contractor, who was the focus of an October 2021 Better Business Bureau (BBB) consumer warning, has been charged with two dozen counts of felony deceptive business practices in Greene County.
It’s no secret that the Ozark School District continues to grow. The Board of Education learned about the impact of that growth at the Oct. 19 meeting when Bob Templeton, vice president of the school district segment for Zonda Education, reviewed the most recent Demographic Report, calling Ozark a “destination district for younger families.”
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has awarded the first-ever state-funded “Grow Your Own” grants to 125 local education agencies (LEAs). DESE’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget includes $2.5 million to support one-time grants of $10,000 to LEAs to create or strengthen their local “Grow Your Own” program, designed to increase recruitment of quality teachers in LEAs across the state.
Pumpkin decorating, hayrides, s’mores — what better way to celebrate autumn than a fall fest?
Heidi Moore, daughter of Dewey (Margaret) Moore and Patricia Carroll Arthur (Mike), a resident of St. Louis (Nixa) has received a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from Saint Louis University (SLU).
Work trucks from City of Nixa Utilities, Nixa Police, Nixa Fire Department, Christian County Ambulance District and more converged on the Early Childhood Center parking lot for an evening of discovery, experience and community for children through age five and their families last Tuesday, Sept. 19.
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