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CLEVER'S MALIYA CLARK became the Lady Jays first four-time State medalist from one season.
State champion Clark proud pressure of final jump brought out the best in her
Maliya Clark wouldn’t have been looking forward to her self-evaluation from the Class 3 State Track Meet if she hadn’t responded like the state champion she turned out to be. Clark …
CLEVER'S STATE MEDALISTS from the Class 3 Girls State Track Meet last weekend are (l-r) Brylie Hicks, Maliya Clark, Valerie Cowles, Riley Britton, Jayleign Flood and Sydney Bollenbach.
History-making Lady Jays made 'more of an impact than we thought we would'
With 11 State medals, Jayleign Flood ends her career as the most decorated runner in the Clever girls track program’s history and  has been at the forefront of the Lady Jays’ surge …
CLEVER STATE MEDALISTS include (l-r) Matthew Edge, Gage Evans and Lucas Peebles. Not pictured: Xavier Robinson.
Jays will welcome back next year all four members of fourth-place 4 x 400 relay
Lucas Peebles’ sophomore season ended at State and nearly in the 400 finals, after he overcame a debut in which he looked like anything but a contender for State.   At Clever’s …
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Ozark teenager sentenced after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter

Jacob Sayre was sentenced in court today, May 29, 2024, to serve 120 days in the Department of Corrections and then to be released on probation for five years. He is also to take part in the Christian County Drug Treatment Court program.
The annual hot-air balloon GLOW benefits Children’s Smile Center, while giving attendees the opportunity to admire the light display.

Annual Balloon GLOW June 21

The 18th Annual GLOW, presented by Ozark Chevrolet to benefit Children’s Smile Center, is slated for Friday, June 21, 2024, beginning at approximately 8:45 p.m. at the Finley River Park in downtown Ozark. The GLOW is held inside the grounds of the Sertoma Duck Race Festival and is free to the public.
Front row l-r: Adia Norman, Parker Ingle, Lucy Fleetwood, Emily Pryer, Kyara Ricketson, Hannah Cook, Elise Giddens, Julia Krek, Zach Dunning, Brandon LeClercq, Carter Fisher, Miles Pitts, Kendall Gloe. Back row l-r: Sophia Templeton, Sophia Rosas de Castro, Heaven Graham, Hendrix Cloud, Maci Smith, Michael Wood, Colten Bell, Bode McElhinney, Braden Wallace, Liam Somers, Caleb Legris, Declan O'Bryant, Gabriel Gray Cortes.

Nixa Junior High students make All State Choir

Each year, choir students across the state of Missouri are invited to audition for the 7th and 8th grade All State Choir. This choir performs at the Missouri Choral Directors Association Summer Conference each July.
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.

FRCF invites community to participate in current grant round

Finley River Community Foundation (FRCF) invites the community to join in the organization’s grant round providing assistance to not for profits in eastern Christian County.
News

Local health departments, health care organizations ask for community health feedback

The Ozarks Health Commission (OHC), a coalition of public health entities, hospital partners and community leaders across the Ozarks region, has come together again to better understand the health status, behaviors and needs of the residents in our region.

Christian County Health Department announces continued WIC contract

The Christian County Health Department announces a contract continuance to provide Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services for federal fiscal year 2024 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Ozark School District’s 2024 retirees were honored during an all-staff meeting on April 22, 2024.

Congratulations to Ozark School District’s 2024 retirees

Ozark School District has a number of Tigers who are retiring this year. The retirees were recognized during an all-staff meeting April 22.
Nixa’s Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital has played an instrumental role in the medical needs of 4 The Love of K9s.

4 The Love of K9s dog rescue helps Nixa Animal Control with 1,000 dogs

Since its founding in 2003, 4 The Love of K9s dog rescue has made it their mission to save unwanted dogs from a horrible fate and find them loving homes. Because of the dedication of organization owner, Sherry Lee, and her team, 1,000 dogs have been rescued out of the Nixa Animal Control pound.
Students walk the gold carpet to the cheers of students and staff.

Ozark’s Spring Fling helps students build confidence, overcome barriers

One by one students in their fancy dresses and bow ties entered the Ozark Innovation Center (OIC) on April 19, greeted with cheers, high fives and fist bumps as they walked the gold carpet. Organized by the Ozark High School (OHS) special education department, it is a night students look forward to each year. It is the Spring Fling.
Ashley
Nixa's Ashley makes State in four events and sets school record in 800 at Sectionals
WAYNESVILLE — Nixa’s Aaron Ashley enjoyed a record-setting day while qualifying for the Class 5 State Track Meet in four events during Sectionals Saturday. Ashley was runner-up …
After Vincent homer, Eagles shut out over final six innings in District final loss
SPRINGFIELD — A matchup between a pair of Missouri State commits had much to do with Nixa’s 4-2 loss to Glendale in the Class 6 District 6 championship game Saturday. Eagles center …
Edwards
Nixa catcher Edwards proves his worth in batter's box and behind plate
SPRINGFIELD — Jack Edwards has most often gone about his business anonymously in his three varsity seasons. But the Nixa catcher attracts the spotlight in the post-season. Edwards was …
NIXA'S JACKSON GAMBLE celebrates beating Neosho 3-2 in a Class 6 District 6 semifinal Friday.
At-bat in 'a spot I want to be in,' Michel delivers in Eagles' 3-2 semifinal victory
SPRINGFIELD — Foul balls proved about as eventful for Nixa’s Rylan Michel on Friday as the Seattle Mariners fan who caught foul balls on two consecutive pitches earlier this week. A …
NIXA'S JADE JOHNSON beats a Republic player to the ball in the teams' match Wednesday.
Lady Eagles respond to adversity by netting four unanswered goals
REPUBLIC — Any fans at Wednesday’s Class 4 District 5 Republic-Nixa semifinal who needed an explanation of an offside call received such a tutorial. Surely, anyyone on hand who …
NIXA'S COLIN KELLEY follows through on a delivery home Wednesday.
Kelley adds to his post-season resume, as Eagles deny Carthage upset bid
SPRINGFIELD — With Colin Kelley finishing what he started Wednesday, Nixa didn’t endure the same kind of ending to its season as Republic. The No. 3 seed Eagles staved off an upset …
Business

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.

County Collector’s office closed for holidays

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