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On Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, the Stanley & Elaine Ball Foundation, managed by Central Trust Company, awarded the 2023 local, non-profit grant recipients. A total of 48 applications were received this year, and grants were awarded to 25 recipients, totaling a community investment of $222,135. Requirements for grant applicants included the organization’s ability to enhance educational opportunities and/or provide support for disadvantaged children. more
The Christian County University of Missouri Extension in Christian County is partnering with a Missouri Department of Conservation educator to offer a deer processing workshop. more
The Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule, designed to help customers with heat-related utility bills, begins on Nov. 1, 2023. The rule will remain in effect through March 31, 2024. It has been a part of the Commission’s rules and regulations since 1977. more
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is now conducting written and driver examinations at the Christian County Library Nixa Community Branch every Monday and Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. People needing to take their examinations should go to the back door of the southeast corner (on the annex side) of the library. more
It’s no secret that the Ozark School District continues to grow. The Board of Education learned about the impact of that growth at the Oct. 19 meeting when Bob Templeton, vice president of the school district segment for Zonda Education, reviewed the most recent Demographic Report, calling Ozark a “destination district for younger families.” more
Increases in maintenance costs over the past 15 years have led to the need for the USDA Forest Service to adjust fees at Mark Twain National Forest’s developed recreation sites. New and increased fees will take effect on Jan. 1, 2024. Over time, this will also help in making improvements at multiple recreation sites in line with the Forest’s recreation strategic plan. A vast majority of the Forest is free for visitors to access and enjoy, but fees are needed to maintain the sites that offer amenities — things like fire rings, trash service, potable water, electricity, paved parking and more. more
Heidi Moore, daughter of Dewey (Margaret) Moore and Patricia Carroll Arthur (Mike), a resident of St. Louis (Nixa) has received a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from Saint Louis University (SLU). more
Pumpkin decorating, hayrides, s’mores — what better way to celebrate autumn than a fall fest? more
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has awarded the first-ever state-funded “Grow Your Own” grants to 125 local education agencies (LEAs). DESE’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget includes $2.5 million to support one-time grants of $10,000 to LEAs to create or strengthen their local “Grow Your Own” program, designed to increase recruitment of quality teachers in LEAs across the state. more
The Can the Tigers/Can the Eagles event was created more than 15 years ago to serve as a community service project benefiting Least Of These, Inc. through the long-standing friendly and competitive rivalry between Nixa and Ozark in Christian County. It has grown into a large community event in conjunction with one of the most anticipated football games every year, the Backyard Brawl, between Nixa and Ozark. more
On Oct. 10, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland announced the launch of three new mental wellness patches within the Movement’s Mental Health Initiative, which was launched in 2021 in response to the mental health crises today’s young women face. more
If you’ve walked or driven down North Public Avenue in Clever any time within the past 19 or 20 years, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been waved to by Herschel Walles. more
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