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On March 25, the membership and board of the Christian County Friends of the Library (FOL) approved a $20,000 donation to the Christian County Library. more
Could a ten-year-old invent the next Uber? Find out at the Ozark Children’s Business Fair, showcasing children’s entrepreneurial genius. more
Earlier this year, Christian County participated in a one and a half day workshop for the development of integrated strategies to effectively identify and respond to the needs of justice-involved adults with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. more
On May 1, 2023, Governor Mike Parson announced 169 school districts and charter schools have received grants from the newly created School Safety Grant Program. Sparta R-III School District is one of the schools receiving a School Safety Grant in the amount of $150,000. more
Chadwick Motorcycle and ATV Use Area is one of two motorized trail systems in Mark Twain National Forest (Forest). Located about 35 miles to the southeast of Springfield, this network of trails provides Forest visitors a place to ride their ATVs, UTVs and off-road motorcycles. A Chadwick Recreation Area project is being proposed to make multiple improvements to this trail system. Public feedback is encouraged and an open house to learn more will be held May 13 in Sparta. Specifically, the project proposes the following actions: more
Leaders across Christian County visited Jefferson City April 20 to meet with district and regional legislators for a “Christian County Day” of legislative advocacy. The group, consisting of officials from Show Me Christian County (SMCC), as well as leaders from Nixa, Clever and the Christian County Library District, met with representatives Bob Titus, Stephanie Hein and Melanie Stinnett to express support and concern for a number of bills proposed this session. more
Safety and growth took center stage Friday, April 21 as Ozark School District officially broke ground on projects at Ozark High School (OHS) and Tiger Paw Early Childhood Center. These projects include storm shelters at both locations, as well as an indoor practice facility at OHS, all part of the $19 million no-tax-increase bond issue voters approved on the April 5, 2022, ballot. more
On Saturday, April 29, the City of Sparta held its second Drag City Cruise-In in the Sparta Middle School parking lot. The event, which went from 3-5 p.m., allowed people to enjoy the nice weather, admire classic cars and treat themselves to something from the food trucks and craft vendors available on site. To close out the car show, the cars cruised down Main Street, allowing passers-by one last look. more
According to Christian County Sheriff Brad Cole, on April 28, 2023, at approximately 4:10 p.m., Christian County deputies assigned to campus security at the Christian County Justice Center (110 West Elm Street) observed a physical altercation across the street on the Ozark Square. more
What if an entire community read the same book during the same month? What if the book everyone read together has a unifying message about kindness, neighborliness and friendship? What if everyone celebrated these lessons with family-friendly events where readers can come together to discuss? more
During the Rural Philanthropy Summit on April 25, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) presented Cynthia Glenn with a Board Member of Excellence Award. She serves as a board member for the Finley River Community Foundation (FRCF). more
Over spring break, members of Ozark High School’s (OHS) Educators Rising traveled to Westminster College in Fulton for the state competition. All 14 students who competed placed in the top five of their respective events, with six placing first overall in their events. They will all move on to compete at the national competition in Florida over the summer. more
The Nixa Reader’s Theatre competed in the Missouri State High School Activities Association State Theatre Competition at the end of April. They competed in semi-finals on Thursday, April 20, and advanced to finals on Friday, April 21. Only four schools in the state of Missouri advanced to finals. Nixa’s Reader’s Theatre received third place overall. They performed “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by T.J. Klune. more
Nixa High School’s Meghana Nakkanti was recently named a semifinalist for the 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. more
On April 23, 150 Nixa High School choir students traveled to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City to compete in the Festival of Choirs. more
Nixa choir and band students participated at the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) State Solo and Small Ensemble Music Festival on the campus of the University of Missouri on April 27. more
Nixa High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) members earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s annual International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orland, Florida, on April 22-25, 2023. A competition is also held during the conference. more
Jarad Giddens became the new mayor of Nixa when he won the April 4 general municipal election in Christian County. He took over the role from Mayor Brian Steele. more
Ozark School District is welcoming two new assistant principals for the 2023-24 school year. The Board of Education, at the April 13 meeting, approved Ashley Penrod as assistant principal for Tiger Paw Early Childhood Center and Brandon Scott for Ozark Middle School. Current Tiger Paw Assistant Principal Brianna Kelly is transitioning to East Elementary. more
Nixa Parks & Recreation announced a grand opening ceremony for the new inclusive playground at McCauley Park will be held Tuesday, May 2, 2023, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Local media and members of the Nixa community are invited to attend this ceremony. In conjunction with the ribbon cutting for the new nearly $1 million playground, the City will celebrate that PlayCore, a leading company in play and recreation research, programming and products, recently awarded its National Demonstration Site™ Award to Nixa Parks & Recreation. more
Bryan Properties plans to open the first 60 of 240 planned units at the upcoming River Ranch apartment complex in Ozark. The project marks the first development of this scale in Christian County, as well as one of the first big pushes by a developer to increase the county’s population, and ultimately, the workforce. more
After serving as Ozark superintendent for the past five years, Dr. Chris Bauman is retiring at the end of the 2022-23 school year. The Board of Education accepted his retirement during the April 13 board meeting, effective June 30, 2023. more
Don Currence became the new mayor of Ozark when he won the April 4 general municipal election in Christian County. He took over the role from Interim Mayor RJ Flores, who stepped in after Bradley Jackson resigned to become Christian County’s Eastern Commissioner. more
The City of Ozark has been selected to receive $1.179 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for local tourism projects from The Missouri Department of Economic Development as part of Missouri’s Local Tourism Asset Development program. more
Karson Robb competed at the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championship in Branson. This archery tournament had 3,571 students compete in the event. more
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