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Beets, Kronebusch assume starting roles in Ozark’s offensive backfield
Ozark’s running game lost to graduation four stalwarts — Tylr Bolin, Cannon Cox, Ethan Pricthard and Thomas Rushing — who combined for 2,850 yards and 28 touchdowns last season.
Emmerton in first season as Tigers' defensive coordinator
Justin Emmerton continues to evolve as the longest-tenured coach on Ozark’s staff. The former pass coordinator is now in his first go-around as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.
Green getting reps with D-I prospects
Striving for objectivity, Ramone Green has become a fan without a favorite college football team.
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Obituaries
A funeral service will be held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 17, at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Gene Gann officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, south of Clever. Visitation will be …
Cremation rites have been accorded and a Graveside Memorial will be held for Tommy on Tuesday, July 13, at McConnell-Bledsoe Cemetery in Nixa.Tommy J. Roach, 64, passed away on Monday, July 5, 2021 …
Visitation will be on Monday, July 12, at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Missouri. Funeral will follow in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Phill Thompson officiating. Burial will …
Funeral services for Bob with full military honors will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 28, at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 5201 South Southwood Road, Springfield, Missouri. Arrangements are under the care …
Viewing is in Yakima, Washington, June 23, from 3-7 p.m. at Valley Hills, 2600 Business Lane. Her celebration of life will take place Thursday, June 24, at 10 a.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, 607 …

National Night Out in Nixa starts with art contest

National Night Out pool party is coming up at the Nixa Aquatic Center on Aug. 2. As part of the community get-together, the Nixa Police Department is putting on a kids art contest. To enter, …

Vaccine incentive program, new director of state health agency announced

Gov. Mike Parson announced the launch of a statewide incentive program called MO VIP, incentives to encourage Missourians ages 12 and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Mercy announces COVID-19 vaccine requirement for staff

One of the two hospital systems that serves Christian County will require that all of its employees get vaccinated against COVID-19.Officials from Mercy Springfield announced their participation in a …
Local Sports
Eagles tab Drury assistant Hughes as new coach
Nixa announced on Monday the hiring of Logan Hughes as the Eagles’ new head baseball coach.Hughes has been a long-time assistant coach at the college level. He spent the last eight years at Drury …
Ford following Vigneaux’s lead by committing to MSU
An idle October Saturday for Abby Ford nearly two years ago turned into a busy and ultimately a vey telling one for the Ozark senior who can’t get enough softball.Ford made the trip in the morning …
Long values reps while preparing for move to Fort Scott
Evann Long is the second Nixa grad in as many years to transfer from Pitt State (Kansas), but remain open-minded about re-joining the Gorillas.“The door is definitely open,” Long said. “At this …
Adversity gives Shaver new appreciation for success
Carson Shaver is back doing his usual thing by pounding Show-Me Collegiate League pitching for the third straight summer.But the Ozark grad is quick to relate he is a changed player, having gone …
Jordan feels blessed to be an Ozark lifer
Sid Jordan put an end to his coaching career at Ozark this year after 40 years in which he coached track, basketball, football and baseball. Sports editor Pat Dailey engaged in a Q’s and A’s …
Ozark grad Holmes’ persistence finally being rewarded
Cade Holmes is enjoying the kind of success in the Show-Me Collegiate League this summer that proved elusive for him as a prep at Ozark.Holmes was primed to land a starting job in the Tigers' …
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Peacemaking is a form of conflict resolution focused on the establishment of a relationship capable of staving off future conflict. It generally involves a series of ethical decisions between …
Thank you so much to all of the people who put on powder blue T-shirts and volunteered to make the Sertoma Duck Race possible. Without volunteers, an event of that magnitude simply doesn’t …
Nixa residents are one vote away from being allowed to keep egg-laying hens in their backyards.The Nixa City Council heard the first reading of a bill that, if enacted, would create an ordinance …
It’s Father’s Day this Sunday, Dad. That got me thinking about you. I just wanted to talk to you a minute, even though you’ve been gone a very long time. I know you can’t talk back, but I …
Everyone likes something free when there’s no catch to it. This weekend you can have something free. It’s fun and could change your life. However, there is a catch to it. The catch is fish of …
Business
Christian County author pushes the pace in "Sons of a Citizen Soldier"

Mark Abernathy had never written a book, but he has lived an interesting life. His first authoring effort, "Sons of a Citizen Soldier," contains some of the real life experiences he had and the …

Non-profits get grants The Finley River Community Foundation (FRCF) awarded total grants of $10,000 to six nonprofit agencies for recovery needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.The long-running Coover Regional grant …
Nixa voters to consider recall proposal Nov. 2 On Nov. 2, voters in Nixa will consider whether or not they want to recall Mayor Brian Steele for actions taken under emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic.The recall petitioners say it's not …
Governor signs 'Wayfair' law, allowing online sales tax collection The cyber playing field has changed for Missouri businesses who sell products on the internet.On June 30, Gov. Mike Parson signed Senate Bill 153 and Senate Bill 97 into law, allowing the state of …
Terms of investment: Ozark renews public-private partnership with Finley Farms COVID-19 altered the plan, but the Ozark Board of Aldermen re-committed to a partnership to fund transportation projects around the Ozark Mill and the Bass Pro Shops' Finley Farms Development.The …
Education
The Sparta R-3 Board of Education has hired a new superintendent. Dr. Landon Gray will make the move from the Branson School District to Sparta on July 1. Gray serves as the principal of Ceder …
The Sparta R-3 Board of Education has hired a new superintendent. Dr. Landon Gray will make the move from the Branson School District to Sparta on July 1.Gray serves as the principal of Ceder Ridge …
If you live in Ozark and Nixa and want to be an electrical line worker, you no longer have to go too far to get the education you'll need to get started.After debuting a program in the fall of 2018 …
The Ozark High School JROTC Raider team made school history Feb. 27, when its mixed team of male and female cadets won first place at the U.S. Army National Raider Championship in Molena, …
The Ozark Board of Education voted to hire two new administrators for the 2021-22 school year at a meeting Feb. 18. Dr. Morgan Kelly was named North Elementary School principal and Tom Colvin was …
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