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OZARK'S GEORGE REYNOLDS tags out a Glendale runner on a pick-off Wednesday.
Tigers manage just one extra-base hit among their 10 hits while doubled up by Glendale
Even on a day in which Ozark totaled 10 hits against one of the better pitchers in SWMO, the timing of the Tigers’ hits had plenty to do with their 6-3 loss to Glendale on Wednesday.
NIXA'S SHAELEE FRANCK controls the ball in the middle of a trio of Ozark players.
Super soph Franck establishing herself among SWMO's premier players
From the very start, Shaelee Franck took to soccer naturally and with unabashed enthusiasm, no matter the result.
NIXA'S JACKSON CANTWELL, left, chats with his father, Christian, during the Nixa Invitational last week.
'Big throw' by Cantwell in shot put breaks his own state mark and No. 1 nationally this year
Jackson Cantwell’s showing at the Pitt State Jock's Nitch Relays two weeks ago triggered momentum that led to his monstrous effort at the Jefferson City Licklider Relays over the weekend.
Local News
Danna Gopa files invoices during the Branson Job Olympics on March 27.

Ozark students learn valuable life skills at Job Olympics

It may not be a traditional Olympic event, but when Team Ozark swept the T-Shirt Folding Competition with first, second and third place at the Branson Job Olympics, Ozark students exploded with excitement and cheers.
Nixa Journalism students at the National High School Journalism Convention April 4-6, 2024.

Nixa Journalism wins at national convention

Nixa Journalism students recently attended the National High School Journalism Convention April 4-6 in Kansas City. “Wingspan,” the student-produced news magazine, won second place in the convention’s news magazine Best of Show competition. EagleAir ranked 10th place in the Broadcast category.
A helicopter arrives on the scene during the Nixa High School “Docu-Drama” assembly on April 15, 2024.

Crash Course

First responders descended upon Nixa High School on Monday afternoon to participate in a “Docu-Drama” assembly for all junior year students. The scene was played out by student actors and depicted a car accident and student death, which showcased the consequences of impaired driving.
The Ozark Board of Education, from left, Guy Callaway, James Griffin, Amber Bryant, Sarah Adams Orr, Christina Tonsing, Mark Jenkins and Dustin Kirkman.

Ozark Board of Education welcomes new members

Ozark School District welcomed two newly-elected members to the Board of Education following the April 2 election. Newcomers James Griffin and Dustin Kirkman were sworn onto the Board at the April 11 meeting. The Board voted to elect Mark Jenkins to serve as president and Amber Bryant as vice president for the 2024-25 school year.
Nixa Fire Protection District’s new fire station is located at 710 N. McCroskey St.

Nixa Fire Protection District opens new fire station

The Nixa Fire Protection District held a grand opening hose uncoupling ceremony for its new fire station on Sunday, April 14, 2024.
News
Douglas

Joplin hires Nixa’s Drew Douglas as city’s first Director of Communications & Marketing

The City of Joplin is announcing the hiring of Drew Douglas as its first-ever Director of Communications and Marketing. Douglas will begin his new role with Joplin on April 22.
The American Pickers are planning to film throughout Missouri in June 2024.

‘American Pickers’ to film in Missouri

The American Pickers are returning to Missouri. They plan to film episodes of The History Channel hit television series throughout our area in June 2024.

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland introduces Cookie Share match extension, season extension

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland announced the extension of the Girl Scout Cookie season through April 21. Traditionally held from January to March, this extension provides the troops with a valuable opportunity to amplify their earnings and surpass their 2024 cookie sales goals.
The Nixa pool is located at The X Center in McCauley Park. It was estimated to be losing between 50,000 and 75,000 gallons of water per day.

Construction on Nixa Aquatics Center pool began March 29

Nixa Parks and Recreation continues to work to get the pool repaired and ready for the upcoming pool season. Contractors began the onsite work on March 29, and have ordered the necessary materials needed for the project.

Billings Elementary quarter 3 honor roll

Billings Elementary has announced its quarter 3 honor roll. Congratulations to the following students:
Pendergrass
Chadwick welcomes aboard former Kickapoo state champion coach Pendergrass
Chadwick will be the next stop in Jim Pendergrass’ highly successful and highly unconventional coaching trail, as he will assume the Lady Cardinals' head coaching job.
SPOKANE'S SYDNEY BRYAN races to a first in the 300 hurdles.
Spokane's Bryan collects four first-place finishes at Chadwick Invitational
With Sydney Bryan leading the way, Spokane’s girls took three of the top five spots in the 300 hurdles and three of the top six spots in the 100 hurdles at the Chadwick Invitational on Friday.
NIXA'S JACKSON GAMBLE celebrates with a fist pump upon retiring Ozark's Truman Griessel for the final out of the sixth inning Tuesday.
Gamble 15 pounds lighter, but 'hotter' on the mound than ever in Nixa win at Ozark
Jackson Gamble wouldn’t want to again endure the stomach virus that overwhelmed him two weeks ago, but the Nixa right-handed junior pitcher is happy with the end result.
NIXA'S BROOKE TETER holds the Christian County Cup during the Lady Eagles' celebration Monday.
Teter-Franck a winning combo for Nixa in Christian County Cup victory versus Ozark
On the hardwood this past winter, Brooke Teter was the COC’s best defensive player, although the COC coaches didn’t name her to what amounted to their consolation prize All-Defensive Team.
CLEVER'S MALIYA CLARK lands in the sand.
Clark school record in long jump among 10 PRs for Clever at Girls Nite Out Meet
Clever’s Maliya Clark and the Lady Jays’ 4 x 200 relay turned in school-record performances at the Girls Nite Out Meet in Springfield on Thursday.
OZARK'S 4 X 200 RELAY is made up of (l-r) Jeneba Pyle, Ileana Naihe, Shelby Middleton and Bria Wright.
Fast foursome — Lady Tigers' 4 x 200 relay enjoying speedy start to season
Bria Wright was the lone underclassmen on Ozark’s 4 x 200 relay from a year ago. But it didn’t take her long this spring to feel good about the Lady Tigers’ chances to remain strong in the sprint relays.
Business
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.

County Collector’s office closed for holidays

The Christian County Collector’s office will be closed on the following dates:
Albers

Lucid TLC to feature the art of Dee Albers

Lucid TLC Studio & Art Gallery will host the art of area photographer Dee Albers as its featured artist for December. The exhibit will showcase many of Albers’ landscapes in prints and on canvas. The studio/gallery is located at 214 North Massey Boulevard. An opening night reception was held on Saturday, Dec. 2 for Albers’ exhibit.
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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