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Theater construction continues in Nixa
Seniors Kade Gaunt and Jana Collins led a production of "Singin' in the Rain" to close out 20 years of productions on the auditorium stage at Nixa High School. Their five day run of shows ended Nov. 20, and the musical was the last production to take place on the high school's current stage.
Ozark vocalists make All-State
Three Ozark High School choir students were recently named to the All-State Choir — Ilya Kozlov, Hanna McConnell and Kaitlyn Wilson.
Leigh leads Spokane back to Marionville Tournament championship game
MARIONVILLE — With Spokane featuring a new starting backcourt that doesn’t include a senior, sophomore guard Ricky Riott has a good idea what a scouting report on the Owls is going to include.
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Operation Giving Day

Operation Giving Day is a day when the police deliver traditional Thanksgiving meals to senior citizens in Ozark and in other parts of eastern Christian County.

Top 10 Under 40: Nixa Chamber names 2022 honorees

The Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners for the 2021 Christian County Top 10 Under 40.

Aurora man, "Live PD" suspect, sentenced to 15 Years

An Aurora man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing firearms, after he led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase from Bolivar to Springfield.
Local Sports
Shoulder surgery doesn’t deter Gibbons’ dreams of a senior season and college offer
The timing of Rhi Gibbons suffering a torn labrum last summer was good in that, even with surgery, it would not interfere with her senior season at Nixa.
Owls like their chances with Leigh at the free-throw line
It said everything about Spokane coach Terry Writer’s faith in Jace Leigh as a free-throw shooter that he would sub in the sophomore for seniors late in games last season.
Hepler ‘refreshed and ready’ to start his Ozark career
After a four-year absence courtside, new Ozark coach Doug Hepler has been relieved to feel he’s back in his element leading the Lady Tigers.
Veteran group of Lady Eagles feel they’re on right track toward further success
With four returning starters and a senior trio serving as leaders, Nixa coach Jennifer Perryman compares her current Lady Eagles squad to the program’s 2013-14 contingent.
Lady Cardinals like their mix of veterans and newcomers
After reaching 20 wins the past two seasons with a limited rotation, Chadwick will have the benefit of depth as the Lady Cardinals seek to repeat as Mark Twain Conference and District champions.
Q’s and A’s with Nixa senior guard Colin Ruffin
Sports editor Pat Dailey engaged in a Q’s A’s session with Nixa basketball player Colin Ruffin:
Opinion
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson made national news for the wrong reasons on Oct. 14. He condemned a journalist from one of the state’s largest newspapers for finding a flaw in a state database. Parson effectively shot the Good Samaritan.
A special ceremony will be held at Nixa Community Center at 9 a.m. on Nov. 13 to recognize the 100-year remembrance of the Unkown Soldier, and honor all veterans who served in the U.S. military.
Slippery slope arguments occur when one person, group of persons or, in legal terms, a party, views decisions as having the potential to begin a trend. In general, a slippery slope argument says that if a relatively harmless action is taken today, it could start a trend that will lead to something unconscionable being accepted in the future.
NIE allows teachers to sign up to receive newspapers in their classrooms at no cost. It’s part of a statewide public service partnership that community newspapers like this one have with the public school districts we serve.
In the year that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a total of 181,510 Americans signed up to join an active-duty branch of the United States military.
Business
Nixa home to Christian County's first park designed exclusively for dogs

The Nixa Department of Parks and Recreation hosted guests and dogs from the Nixa Chamber of Commerce for a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Nov. 17, to mark the official grand opening of the Nixa Dog Park.

Top 10 Under 40: Nixa Chamber names 2022 honorees The 10 will be recognized at an event hosted by the Nixa Young Professionals (NXYP), a subgroup of the chamber. The recipients will be honored at the Nixa Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Dec. 14.
Price of houses rising in Christian County Christian County's rate of real estate transactions may be declining, but increasing sales prices and shorter marketing times reflect a seller's market is roaring in one of the fastest growing counties in Missouri.
Arvest hires three heavy hitters from Christian County Arvest  announced the hiring of Devin Bobbett, Jeff Jochems and Andrea Sitzes to its first commercial team dedicated to serving Christian County.
Ozark’s favorite yellow house finds new home Ozark residents who regularly travel along Third Street, or Business Highway 14, wondered what happened to the yellow house that once stood near the stoplight at West Jackson Street. The house seemingly disappeared overnight.
Education
THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES AERIE donated $500 to Ozark School District's Operation Half Pint. Operation Half Pint allows students to have an extra milk or snack milk even when they don't have the money on their school account to pay for it.
The Ozark High School JROTC Raider team won its second consecutive national championship at the 2021 U.S. Army National Raider Championship in Molena, Georgia, Nov. 5-6.
The Clever School District will make a change in leadership, naming Dr. Brian Breeden superintendent of schools effective July 1, 2022. The school district announced Breeden's promotion on Nov. 11.
Almost 300 Nixa High School band students took part in the Grand Nationals competition in Indianapolis over the weekend.
The Ozark High School National Honor Society welcomed 90 students as its newest members with an induction ceremony.
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