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OZARK'S TAYGEN SCOTT heads upfield after making a catch in 7-on-7 action.
Scott may be on his way to starting and starring for Tigers on both sides of ball
Taygen Scott didn’t take the route he envisioned himself following while making an impact on the varsity scene for the first time. An offensive-minded player throughout his formative years, …
OZARK'S LOGAN SMITH, right, blocks Tigers defensive lineman Jared Dalton.
Smith and his fellow offensive linemen happily welcome knee braces for Tigers
Ozark has joined the ever-growing group of schools offering knee braces for its offensive linemen, and the Tigers are glad for it. “Everyone is wearing them and liking them,” senior …
OZARK'S JAYDEN WASHINGTON listens to instructions from Tigers offensive line coach Jacob Gideon.
Tigers' Washington taking steps toward fulfilling potential as a 'demon on field'
As burgeoning Ozark offensive lineman Jayden Washington looks to make a name for himself, teammate Parker Elliott made a nickname for him. Washington’s moniker is Jay Breezy, as a …
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Teen injured, woman arrested after crash

The Ozark Police Department is investigating a crash that injured a bicyclist. The crash happened at approximately 4:14 p.m. on Sunday, July 7.

Finley River Community Foundation announces new board, leadership

Finley River Community Foundation (FRCF), an affiliate of Community Foundation of the Ozarks, has announced its 2024-2025 board and leadership.
The drop-off site is located east of the city limits on Highway 14, at the corner of Highway JJ and Hartley Road.

City of Ozark opens storm debris drop-off site

Following last week’s storm, the City of Ozark has established a temporary yard debris drop-off site. The site is located east of the city limits on Highway 14, at the corner of Highway JJ and Hartley Road.

Ozark’s GW Coffee House receives grant

Main Street America, in a partnership with American Express’s Backing Small Businesses grant program supporting economically vulnerable and under-resourced small businesses with community reach, granted GW Coffee House in Ozark a $10,000 grant.

OACAC CSBG Program increasing eligibility to 200 percent FPL

Effective July 1, 2024, the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program can now serve households with an income up to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The previous allowable FPL for CSBG was 125 percent.
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Ponsar named Ozark Parks & Recreation Director

The City of Ozark announced Hayden Ponsar as its new Parks and Recreation Director.

Cool off with these summer library events

Summer has begun, and there are plenty of fun and educational events for all ages happening at the library. These free and family-friendly events are a great way to beat the heat and count towards earning points for the Summer Reading Challenge.

2024 annual school bus inspections

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced last month the results of the Driver and Vehicle Safety Division’s 2024 annual school bus inspection program.
This year’s Ozark Boosters Club Rodeo is Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 p.m.

69th annual Ozark Boosters Club IPRA Pro-Rodeo July 19-20

Get ready for an exhilarating weekend of thrilling rodeo action as Cavender’s PFI, Ozark Chevrolet, Grubaugh Bird Tires and Truck Beds and Pella Windows and Doors present the highly anticipated 69th annual Ozark Boosters Club Pro-Rodeo. The event will take place at Finley River Park in Ozark on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, with performances beginning at 8:00 p.m. each night.
Circuit Judge Jessica Kruse presents the 2023 Permanency Award to Chief Juvenile Officer for the 38th Judicial Circuit Perry Barnes at a reception on June 27, 2024.

Christian County Circuit Court receives Missouri Supreme Court’s Permanency Award

The Supreme Court of Missouri recently awarded the Christian County Circuit Court (38th Judicial Circuit) the 2023 Permanency Award for the timely processing of cases impacting children. The 38th Circuit held a reception on Thursday, June 27 in the Division I Courtroom to honor the Juvenile Office and Juvenile Court in receiving this award.
NIXA'S JACKSON CANTWELL AND HAYDEN MAYS saltue each other on the State podium.
Cantwell among favorites in shot put and discus at Nike Nationals this week
The many-splendored journeys of Nixa’s Jackson Cantwell will take him this week to track and field’s epicenter for the NIKE Outdoor Nationals. Cantwell is part of a field of hundreds …
NIXA'S COLIN KELLEY was 6-1 with a 0.76 ERA as a junior this year.
Kelley ups Nixa pitchers' All-COC First-Team streak to five seasons
Colin Kelley has extended the Nixa pitching staff’s representation on the All-COC First Team to five straight seasons. Kelley is the seventh Eagles pitcher over the past five seasons to be …
NIXA'S NOAH NAUGLE eyes a drive sail toward a fairway.
Naugle tops Missouri Amateur Qualifier 110-man field and wins KC Classic
Nixa’s Noah Naugle collected a pair of first-place finishes last week to get his summer golf schedule off to an exceptional start. Naugle placed first in the Missouri Amateur qualifier …
NIXA'S SHAELEE FRANCK chases down a loose ball.
Lady Eagles land four players, Lady Tigers two on All-COC First Team
Nixa’s 22-win season that included a COC championship and a Class 4 District 5 title has been rewarded with four All-COC First Team selections and eight All-District First Team choices. …
CLEVER'S BRAYDEN VERCH connects at-bat during his senior season.
Jays have three players repeat as All-Mid Lakes Conference First-Team selections
Clever’s Lane Mendenhall, Brayden Verch and Landon Flood are each repeat selections to the All-Mid Lakes Conference First Team. They are joined on the First Team by the Jays’ Lucas Owen. …
NIXA'S SPENCER WARD AND JAREN DAVIS complete an exchange in the 4 x 200 relay at the Class 5 State Track Meet.
Beginning of Davis' career showcases his potential in long jump and sprint relays
Nixa’s Jaren Davis felt his fulfilling freshman season made quite a statement in regard to his potential. “It showed these other schools I’m coming,” he said. …
Business

Ozark’s Venue on Brick awarded $34,000 grant

The Venue on Brick on the historic square in Ozark is one of 13 properties in Missouri to receive a Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Subgrant from Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) and the National Park Service.
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.

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.
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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