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CHRISTIAN COUNTY 2012 Community Guide

A special supplement to Neighbor News publications Š2012 Neighbor News

HEADLINER NEWS Christian County


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table of contents Family fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Billings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Chadwick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Clever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Nixa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Ozark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Sparta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Spokane/Highlandville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

How to subscribe... The Christian County Headliner News is the county’s only hometown newspaper. Established in 1888 as the Christian County Republican, it is the second oldest business in the county. The Headliner News publishes weekly each Wednesday with fresh content and breaking news added daily to our website: www.ccheadliner.com. Subscription rates: Subscription Rates: $30.23 per year for local subscriptions mailed in Christian, Greene, Stone, Webster, Taney and Douglas counties. (includes $28 subscription, $2.23 sales tax). Elsewhere in Missouri: $45.35 (includes $42 subscription, $3.35 sales tax). Rate out-of-state: $51.83 per year. No refunds on subscriptions. E-editions available at www.ccheadliner.com.

To subscribe, call 581-3541.

Christian County Headliner News & Nixa Xpress 116 N. Second Ave., P.O. Box 490, Ozark, MO 65721 Phone: 581-3541; Fax: 581-3577 Newsroom Headliner News Editor: Donna Osborn . . . . . . .donnao@ccheadliner.com Associate editor: Amelia Wigton . . . . .ameliaw@ccheadliner.com Sports editor: Brett Christie . . . . . .sports@ccheadliner.com Staff reporters: Emily Letterman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .emilyl@ccheadliner.com Brady Brite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bradyb@ccheadliner.com Nixa Xpress Editor: Ryan Bowling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . editor@nixaxpress.com Sales Sales manager: Tricia Chapman. . . . . .triciac@ccheadliner.com Support staff Office manager: Kimberly Bruce.......................................kimb@ccheadliner.com Lindsey Heavin-Jones................lindseyh@ccheadliner.com Copyright 2012, Neighbors News; all rights reserved.

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Advertisers Barnett-Davis Family Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Boomland Square . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Christian County Collision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 City of Ozark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Compere & Robinette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Cox Health Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . inside front cover Dennis Hanks Chevrolet . . . . . . . . . . . . inside back cover Doc Holliday’s Gun & Pawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 David Stokely, Christian County Assessor . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Empire Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Family Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back cover Fremont Hills Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Guaranty Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Heartland Realty Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Hewitt-Messenger Well Drilling & Pump Service. . . . . 29 2

McMullen Landscape. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Mercy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 MFA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Naught Naught Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Nixa Cleaners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Nixa Hardware & Seed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Ozark Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Ozark Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Ozark Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Ozark Mule Days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Ozark Riverview Manor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Ron Cleek, Attorney at Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Steve’s Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 S & S Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Tope Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 White River Valley Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 community guide 2012


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Christian County communities play host to many annual events and festivals, offering family-friendly fun starting in the spring and lasting through winter for residents and visitors alike. EASTER EGG HUNTS Hundreds of children scavenge Christian County each spring during numerous community egg hunts. CITYWIDE GARAGE SALES Spring is here which means one thing—garage sale season. Most Christian County communities host a citywide garage sale. But don’t wait for a citywide invitation, garage sales can be found on any weekend. NIXA SUCKER DAY For more than 50 years the elder men of Nixa have braved the elements, donned their rubber boots and shirked their day jobs to go “grabbing,” all so that local residents can reap the benefits of their troubles at Nixa’s annual Sucker Day celebration, held in mid-May each year. Thousands come out to enjoy Nixa’s main event, the Sucker Day fish fry—nearly 850 pounds of fish are sold each year. BOOSTER CLUB BULL RIDE Ozark’s semi-annual Booster Club Bull Ride is held in the spring and late summer each year at the Booster Club Arena at Finley River Park, Ozark. The two-night event provides hours of entertainment, and because it’s a Booster Club event, the more people who attend, the more money that goes back to the community. Every penny raised goes back to the Christian County community, including local schools, FFA groups, charities and the Finley River Park. The next bull ride is slated Aug. 24 and 25 at the Booster Club Arena.

BRIANNA WALKER MEMORIAL RODEO The Brianna Walker Memorial Rodeo is an annual event held the second weekend in June at the Keith Ball Arena in Bruner. The event started in 2005 in memory of Brianna, daughter of Elkhead residents Vinecia and Bradley Walker, who was killed in a riding accident in 2005 at 4 years old. The rodeo is a fundraising event which provides scholarships to area high school students who are involved in the Missouri Family Rodeo Association. Aside from the rodeo, there are carnival games, food, mutton busting and entertainment. CHADWICK RAILROAD DAY Chadwick Railroad Day began in 1983 when Chadwick celebrated its centennial. Residents had such a good time, the celebration has become an annual tradition for the once-railroad town located in eastern Christian County. The event, typically the first Saturday in June, kicks off with a parade through town. From there, visitors stay busy with tours of the Chadwick Museum and entertainment. Children participate in country games including old-fashioned rubber snake hunts, turtle races and bubble gum contests. The dozens of games, concerts and other performances are offered at no charge. MOUNTAIN MAN RENDEZVOUS The Mountain Man Rendezvous is a regular event at Ozark’s Finley River Park during early summer in Christian County as the Delaware Trace Free Trappers set up campfires, tents and tepees to replicate how life was lived in the early 1800s. In addition to selling crafts such as handmade knives and beaded jewelry, the mountain men take part in contests like tomahawk- and knifethrowing competitions and the ladies’ skillet toss. The event is generally held the second week in June and attracts many visitors from around the region. SERTOMA DUCK RACE Held early summer, the annual Sertoma Rubber Duck and Kinetic Kontraption Race in the Finley River Park is sponsored by the Heart of the Ozarks Sertoma Club. The annual event includes a car show, children’s activities, performances, the favorite all-American pie-eating contest along with other crowd-pleasing activities. Ducks set sail Saturday with the winning ducks garnering great prizes for their owners. The 2012 event was capped off with a fireworks display. The proceeds from the two-day event go to a noble charity— Care to Learn in Ozark and Nixa. Organizers want the community to look beyond the duck race as an event that is just a vehicle for fun—because it is that—but also as a vehicle for hope and happiness for Care to Learn. Visit www.ozarkduckrace.com for information on the 2013 event.

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FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS Every Independence Day families gather together for some barbecue, fun and, of course, fireworks. And there are various community organizations that helps families have the perfect Fourth. Billings, Clever, Sparta and Republic all host annual Independence Day celebrations, typically before the actual holiday. CHRISTIAN COUNTY FAIR The Christian County Fair is always a crowd pleaser during the warm month of July and 2012 will be no exception, especially considering it’s the 76th annual event. The three-day event is geared for the area’s youth who labor all year long with projects to display at the fair. From livestock to cakes and pies to carnival rides, it is a chance for countians of all ages to come out and enjoy the flavor of Christian County. The list of contests, games and shows is usually rich, and highlights include the Great Cakes & Perfect Pies Bake Off, 4-H Club building events, livestock judging, live entertainment and wristband night. As soon as one year’s fair is over, planning for the next year’s fair begins. Volunteers are always welcome to help plan and coordinate the event. For more information visit www.ccmofair.com. BILLINGS COMMUNITY FAIR Near the end of every summer, residents of the greater Billings area flock to the town for its three-day Community Fair. The event formally kicks off with a citywide parade. Three days of sights and sounds follow, culminating with the coveted truck and tractor pull on the dirt racing track. Each year the festivity adds an event and expands existing ones. Activities are available for participants of all ages, including: Live music, a livestock show, craft shows, vendor booths,

produce competitions and sales, rides, games and the crowning of the Billings Fair Queen. NIXA DOGGIE DIVE-IN The last day of swimming at the Nixa Community Aquatics Center gives dog owners a unique opportunity. The day before closing the pool—Labor Day—the Nixa Parks and Recreation Department opens it to dogs. The days give dogs and dog-owners an opportunity to interact, share stories and admire each others’ dogs. More than 100 dogs of all sizes and breeds visit the park, accompanied by their owners, each year.

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PERSIMMON DAYS For more than 20 years, Sparta has played host to the annual Persimmon Days, which includes crafts, vendors, food, games and a Halloween costume contest for children. And, of course, the event offers many persimmon-related baked goods.

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ANNUAL OZARK BOOSTER CLUB RODEO The annual Ozark Booster Club Rodeo provides family fun every year, typically in late summer, at the Ozark Booster Club Arena in the Finley River Park, Ozark. Events include barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, tie-down roping, team roping, mutton busting and much more. The 2012 event is slated July 19 through 21.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS OF OZARK A family-favorite tradition in Ozark is the Christmas Lights of Ozark, which is open late November through early January. And although the light display is set up differently each year, and different displays are often added, the Finley River Park is a constant, lit up year after year. The Ozark Parks and Recreation Department sets up the annual light display. Visitors can frequent the lit-up park at no charge, donations, however, are accepted and help the parks department maintain the display and purchase more lights.

ARTS AND CRAFTS Each fall hundreds of vendors fill the Finley River Park in Ozark with thousands of wares for the Ozark Arts and Crafts Show, which is the first weekend in October. Hosted by the Utopia Club of Ozark, the 2012 event, slated Oct. 5 through 7, will mark the 39th annual show. The show began as a small craft fair in the Ozark community building to raise money for the Utopia Club. Through the years the event grew to include booths around the square and eventually relocated to the Finley River Park in order to accommodate the large number of vendors and visitors. Among the arts and crafts are jewelry, toys, quilts, wrought-iron art, handmade soaps, candles and more. The Utopia Club of Ozark uses the money raised from the event for youth scholarships, library books and other community or school programs. HAPPY HALLOWEEN It’s trick-or-treat time—or in this case trunk-or-treat. Many area organizations and churches host trunk-or-treat events and other Halloween carnivals to provide children a safe place to enjoy the holiday.

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OZARK MULE DAYS Labor Day weekend brings an interesting thing to Ozark: Mules. It’s hard to describe Ozark Mule Days. It is part mule show, part test of skills and part mule madness. During the three-day event there will be daily shows consisting of halter classes, western pleasure, gated mules, running mules, barrels and poles, cowboy mounted shooting and just about anything a mule can do. People travel from all over the nation for this annual event. For more information visit www.ozarkmuledays.com or call 343-9412.

AREA CHRISTMAS PARADES Jingle bells will be rocking, sleigh bells ringing and good cheer abounds as Christian County communities kick off an array of holiday parades and festivities from November through December. While Nixa’s and Ozark’s garner the largest crowds, other communities including Sparta, Clever and Billings will host Christmas parades this holiday season. Many organizations also host home tours around the holidays, giving visitors a chance to see some beautiful, and often unique, Christmas displays and decorations.

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Outdoor adventures Outdoor adventures can be found throughout Christian County. Busiek State Forest offers a variety of outdoor fun including picnicking, camping, trail hiking and nature walks, located in southern Christian County. Another favorite outdoor spot in Christian County is the Bar-K Wrangler Camp, east of Chadwick in the Mark Twain National Forest. Horses are allowed within certain areas of both Busiek and the Bar-K. Mark Twain National Forest offers a wide variety of riding experiences for allterrain vehicles and motorcycle riders. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, located at 6424 W. Farm Road 182, in

western Christian County, looks the same as when Christian County was born. The same as when the Delaware Native American tribes settled along the creek bank. The same as when two armies battled during the Civil War 150 years ago. For history buffs, the park allows visitors to see the sites of Wilson’s Creek along a 4.9-mile paved tour road; stops along the road include things such as the Ray House, the Gibson Mill site and the infamous Bloody Hill.

Parks & rec Ozark and Nixa offer many classes and programs through the parks and recreation departments. There is plenty to get involved in including Little League and various summer camps. And the local community centers offer classes for adults and children of all ages. For more information call Ozark Parks and Recreation at 581-7002 or Nixa Parks and Recreation at 725-5483.

Big cats The Ozarks has its occasional mountain lion sighting, but now Christian County is home to even larger and more rare wild cats. Eight tigers have taken up residence

When you’re ready to hit the tee box or practice your short game, look no further than the rolling hills and trimmed greens of Christian County’s golf courses. • Millwood Golf and Racquet Club—Located at 3700 E. Millwood Dr. in Ozark, Millwood offers a variety of features including private 18hole golf course, pool, tennis facilities, two dining areas and fitness center. It has many membership packages available for any type of golfer, and also has golf course real estate available for potential home owners. For more information, call 889-4200, email

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marc@millwoodgolf.com or visit the website at www.millwoodgolf.com. • Fremont Hills Country Club—Found at 1953 Fremont Hills Dr. in Nixa, FHCC hosts a private 18-hole, par 71 course, large pool, tennis courts and dining facilities. For more information, call 725-1506 or visit www.fremonthillsgolf. com. • Hidden Valley Golf Links— Hidden Valley, 4455 Hidden Valley Road in Clever, is a public 18-hole course. It offers club, cart and pullcart rentals, as well as dining and bar facilities. For more information, call 743-2860. • Eagle Crest Country Club— Located at 1545 Beal Road in Republic, Eagle Crest is a public 18-hole course. It offers a putting green, driving range, chipping area, pull carts and

near Saddlebrooke at the National Tiger Sanctuary, a non-for-profit organization where the great cats serve as living ambassadors for a global cause. The National Tiger Sanctuary opened in 2011, on state Route BB just off U.S. 65. Owners Keith Kinkade and Judy McGee live on-site with the endangered felines, and the couple say the tigers can teach us about how we affect their—and our— environment. For more information, call 587-3633 or visit www.nationaltigersanctuary.org

food and beverage availability. For more information call 7328500. • Island Green Golf Club— Found at 169 Country Club Dr. in Republic, Island Green is a public, 18-hole course featuring a pool, clubhouse, banquet hall, practice areas and bar and grill. For more information, call 732-7622 or visit www.islandgreengolfclub.com.

From batting cages to putt-putt, Christian County offers hours of entertainment for all ages looking for active fun. • 160 Grand Prix—Located at 521 W. Guin Road in Nixa, 160 Grand Prix has two 18-hole

miniature golf courses, batting cages and go-karts. It offers group discounts and party planning. For more information call 724-8300. • Ball-n-Strikes—Found at 1275 N. Kinder St. in Nixa, Balls-n-Strike offers indoor batting cages, summer lessons and instructors to assist in hitting, pitching, fielding and catching. For more information call 725-8000 or visit the website at www.bnssports.us/ nixa.php. • Century Lanes Bowling— Located at 855 W. Tracker Road in Nixa, Century Lanes Bowling has 20 lanes with automatic scoring. Open bowling is generally from 1 to 9 p.m. daily; snacks and drinks are available. Bowling leagues are held in the summer. For more information call 7252868.

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NIXA TOPS Weight-loss support group 459-8299 CHRISTIAN COUNTY OPTIMIST CLUB Tammy Gonzales 725-2611 OZARK BOOSTERS CLUB Keith Robinette 581-4100 CHRISTIAN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Linda Myers 581-4860 NIXA AZALEA FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION Ron Shawgo 725-9653 CHRISTIAN COUNTY AREA ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED TEACHERS AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL Karen Miller 581-7990 CHRISTIAN COUNTY LIONS CLUB Debbie Phillips 766-9870

4C SERTOMA CLUB Eric Gaisford 880-9304 KIWANIS CLUB Chad Perkins 597-4758 CHRISTIAN COUNTY DEMOCRATS CLUB Norma 725-5127 CHRISTIAN COUNTY ELKS LODGE Jesse Stalker 581-4190 VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS • VFW Post 7628 in Ozark: 581-5553. • VFW Post 6758 in Nixa: Harold Singer, 725-0169. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Narcotics Anonymous has a local, 24-hour help line at 8667392. Weekly groups are in Nixa, Ozark, Highlandville and Sparta. Visit www.swmoana.org.

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On the third Saturday of each month, preshows are held at 5:45 p.m. At the end of each show, guests are invited to come on the stage and perform a song. The Opry, which also has concessions available, is free, however, donations are accepted and go toward the upkeep of the building.

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NIXA ARTS COUNCIL Al Roman 881-1114 CHRISTIAN COUNTY EAGLES Marvin Hayes 581-3306 OZARK ROTARY CLUB Chris Schafer 299-4778. CHRISTIAN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE Betty Maples 725-3001 NIXA ROTARY CLUB Heather Jenkins 725-3924 UTOPIA CLUB Linda Inman 581-4545 CHRISTIAN COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS Christian County MU Extension, 581-3558. CHRISTIAN COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE American Cancer Society 881-4668

FRIEND MASONIC LODGE 501-5343 visit the local Masons website, www.mofreemason.com/ friend352. NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION Rick Pickren 294-0624; 581-2525 NIXA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Sharon Whitehill Gray 725-1545 COSMOPOLITAN CLUB Louise Williams 582-2133 CHRISTIAN COUNTY FEDERATED REPUBLICAN WOMEN Chris Kahl 724-8651 FINLEY RIVER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Janis Creek 224-0346 FINLEY RIVER FINE ARTISTS Larry Waggoner 581-2735

The Opry, located on state Route 125 in Oldfield, is abuzz with people each Saturday night with entertainment from 7 to 9:30 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. The regular entertainers at the Opry include Steve Beyers, Ed Goins, Kerre Thompson, Jess Grimes, Hank Thompson, Dwight Armour, Tonya Gardner, Denise St. Clair and Randy Rose.

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CHRISTIAN COUNTY Higher education: OTC-Richwood Valley is a shining example of what you can achieve when you set your mind to it.

Landscape: Christian County offers up breathtaking hills, scenic rivers and grassy plains all wrapped up in one.

People: Christian County is still one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S.

History: 153 years in the county history books and counting.

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would like to thank each of you for continuing to support Christian County during the past two economically-challenging years. You have endured the tough times by supporting each other, pinching pennies and spending what dollars we have available here in Christian County. Because you spend your money in Christian County, we have been able to continue to serve you, and for that we are grateful. It is because of this enduring spirit Christian County has not only survived, but is on the road to becoming greater. This year the County Commission passed a resolution supporting the national motto of “In God We Trust.� We are proud to display this motto in our Commission chambers and it helps remind us to evaluate every decision and carefully administer the business of the county. It is a privilege to serve you every day. Seldom do you see such a peaceful quality of life we enjoy here. Our children have schools that are some of the best in the state. We also have pristine medical facilities with vital and effective dentistry, doctors and nurses. Many small business owners provide contributions to their community through mutual support, humanitarian causes and the ability to recognize your worth. Christian County recognizes the need to support our citizens, professionals and small business owners. As we look forward we will convert from second class status to first class in just more than two years. Missouri state statutes will mandate certain changes in Christian County government once first class status is achieved. This change occurs automatically after we have maintained an assessed valuation of at least $600 million

for five successive years. Christian County has gone beyond this valuation and now is more than $900 million. See RSMo 48.020 and 48.030. There are certain advantages to becoming LAPAGLIA first class, such as fulltime commissioners, a county highway administrator and establishing speed limits on county roads, just to name a few. The County Commission as the governing body must begin the process of planning for 2015. The population is expected to be approximately 131,000 by the year 2030 and long-range planning is essential. The County Commission is studying our transportation, infrastructure and financial needs. Another important focus will be the additional county personnel that will be required to accommodate the increase in population from approximately 77,000 to 131,000. We must collect information and prepare for increased road traffic, hire additional deputies for security, add personnel in the prosecutor’s office and more judges to process court cases. This is an important time to do the planning for our county to ensure a smooth transition into first class. If we plan ahead and utilize all of our strengths, our current financial position will take us into the near future. Another crucial area is the need to expand our Justice Center. All of the departments are bursting at the seams. We also must become compliant with Missouri state statute 432.070, which requires intergovernmental agreements when disbursing tax dollars to other agencies within our county, such as special road districts and cities.

There have been many positive accomplishments this year. At no cost to the county a new roof was installed on the historical courthouse. A new HVAC system was required and this was installed with a 100-percent paid energy grant. A modern telephone system was installed and we hope sometime in 2012 to bid on a tuck-pointing project around the building of the historical courthouse. This will prevent the rain from penetrating into the walls as it has been doing for many years. The process will be accomplished by historic building professionals. The county is poised for the future. Dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s now, prepares us well. Lou Lapaglia Christian County presiding commissioner

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TREASURER Karen Matthews 100 W. Church 582-4348

COUNTY COMMISSION 100 W. Church 582-4300 Presiding: Lou Lapaglia Eastern: Tom Huff Western: Bill Barnett

The County Commissioners meet from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Monday and Thursday. Contact the office for information on addressing the commission.

COUNTY CLERK Kay Brown Room 206 100 W. Church P.O. Box 278 582-4340

SHERIFF Joey Kyle 110 W. Elm 581-2332 Non-emergency: 582-1030 Jail: 582-1976

ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT DIV. 2 Criminal, probate and traffic Hon. John Waters presiding 110 W. Elm 581-4523

COUNTY COLLECTOR Ted Nichols Room 101 100 W. Church 582-4330

COURT SECURITY Rick Chastain 110 W. Elm 581-1587

PLANNING AND ZONING Todd Wiesehan 202 W. Elm 581-7242

ASSESSOR David Stokely Room 301 100 W. Church Real estate, mapping: 582-4310 Personal property: 582-4310 Fax: 581-3029 assessor@christiancountymo.gov www.christiancountyassessor.com

BUILDING INSPECTIONS 202 W. Elm Bob Barnhart 581-6064

JUVENILE OFFICE Terri Goodall 100 W. Church St., Rm. 304 581-7274 Fax: 581-2995

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR Ken Davis Room 207 100 W. Church 582-4370

ROAD DEPARTMENT Western Road District: 725-1994 Eastern Road District: 634-2272

AUDITOR Sam Yarnell Room 209 100 W. Church 582-4368

RECORDER OF DEEDS Kelly Hall Room 104 100 W. Church 582-4360

OACAC NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER 204 E. Elm P.O. Box 416 581-7631

CORONER Michael Ensign P.O. Box 515 Ozark, 65721 581-0044

SURVEYOR Loyd Todd 302 N. Second St. P.O. Box 365 Ozark, 65721 581-2187

CHRISTIAN COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER 1300 West Hall 840-3012 Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Phil Amtower 110 W. Elm 581-2126 PROSECUTING ATTORNEY Amy Fite Room 109 110 W. Elm 581-7915 38TH CIRCUIT CLERK Barb Stillings 110 W. Elm Phone: 581-6372 Fax: 581-0391 38TH CIRCUIT COURT Hon. Mark Orr presiding 110 W. Elm 581-2727 ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT DIV. 1 Family and small claims Hon. Larry Luna presiding 110 W. Elm 581-2425

CHRISTIAN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Cindy Bilyeu 301 E. Brick 581-7285 CHRISTIAN COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES 4715 Town Centre Drive 581-7511

University of Missouri Extension Located on the Ozark square, people drive by the University of Missouri Extension office every day. Passersby may recognize the orange and black logo, but few know the full extent of how the extension office staff help the community. The extension is divided into five categories: Agriculture, human environmental sciences, 4-H youth, community development and business and industry. Each of these categories offers residents

a wealth of information to help improve their lives. MASTER GARDENERS The Christian County Master Gardeners meet the third Thursday of each month at Union Hill Church of Christ in Nixa. The Master Gardener hotline—581-4853—is open 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday from March through October.

105 N. Second St., Ozark, 65721 • Office hours: 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday Phone: 581-3558 • Fax: 485-4802 • http://extension.missouri.edu/christian/

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Higher education Home to some of the state’s highestranked public school districts, students can further their education with the county’s educational crown jewel—the Ozarks Technical Community CollegeRichwood Valley Campus. Located between Ozark and Nixa on state Route 14, students can earn associate and technical degrees at Richwood Valley. The college also provides an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in partnership with Drury University and Missouri State University, Springfield, without leaving the home campus. Census numbers for the fall 2010 semester show a 4.5 percent increase in student population, with 1,145 students enrolled. “I hope to continue to grow programs here at Richwood,” said President Dr. Jeff Jochems. “We have a lot of land here and I know we can make good use of it ... I know there are lots of exciting opportunities just over the horizon for Richwood.”

No matter where you drive in Christian County, you are sure to see something beautiful. Streams and rivers flow through and the sights are spectacular in the fall as the leaves turn brilliant shades of autumn. But that’s not all, right here in the middle of Christian County is a hidden treasure. People have heard of it, many have seen the mouth of it and others have been fortunate enough to explore it. Smallin Cave’s entrance is one of the largest in Missouri, being 55 feet tall from the dripline and 100 feet wide. The cave is home to the rare bristly cave crayfish, Ozark blind grotto salamanders and a variety of other cave creatures. Fossils are also found throughout the entire cave, including rare starfish and brittle star fossils. Rural routes with panoramic scenery, sandwiched between the popular tourist spot of Branson and the state’s third largest city, Springfield, Christian County has something for everyone.

History Established in 1859, Christian County celebrates 153 years of Ozarks tradition. Carving boundaries from neighboring

counties, resulting in its panhandle shape, residents celebrate rich traditions and rich characters. The Bald Knobbers have been a historic part of Christian County for more than a century. Organized in 1883, the Bald Knobbers were a vigilante group with a purpose to “curb lawlessness and protect the rights of citizens,” according to Chadwick’s Marie Day’s book “Visions of the Past and Present.” “Unbridled force led eventually to the murder of two men and injury to the wife of one of them when on the night of March 11, 1887, the masked night riders attacked the home of James Eden, between Chadwick and Sparta,” Day writes. Eventually three of the Bald Knobbers were found guilty of murder and sentenced to hang. Mention Christian County history and be prepared to hear the name Buff Lamb. A former Christian County sheriff, Louard “Buff” Lamb is part of local lore with stories that equate him with Tennessee Walking Tall legend Buford Pusser and nicknamed “the toughest sheriff in Southwest Missouri.” No county history would be complete without the history of its towns: From the daily run of the Chadwick Flyer, to the comings and goings at the Ozark Mill and the continued story of Riverside Bridge, Christian County celebrates history like no other.

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People Labeled the fastest growing county in the nation during most of the last decade, Christian County whole-heartedly celebrates its people. The county boasts 77,422 people in the 2010 census, increasing from 54,285 in 2000. The U.S. Census Bureau reports more than 28,000 families of all shapes and sizes calling Christian County home, along with 6,444 brave veterans and a 91.7 percent high school graduation rate. From school teachers, mechanics, students and janitors, to moms, dads and grandparents—young or old, big or small, Christian County is home to one and all.

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CHRISTIAN COUNTY SALVATION ARMY P.O. Box 2042, Ozark 582-5040 Michael Collins Micky Schrickel LEAST OF THESE, INC. 511 W. Kathryn St. P.O. Box 808, Nixa 724-2500 Fax: 724-9788 RECYCLING CENTER 1300 W. Hall St., Ozark Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday OACAC CHRISTIAN COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER 204 E. Elm P.O. Box 416, Ozark 581-7631 christian@oacac.caa.org OACAC-SPRINGFIELD Administrative offices: 862-4314 Hearing impaired: 864-3495 Foster grandparents: 873-3350 Housing assistance: 864-3444 Energy assistance: 864-3460 Weatherization: 865-7797 ELECTRIC SERVICE • Empire District Electric Company 800-206-2300 www.empiredistrict.com • Webster Electric Cooperative 859-2216 www.websterec.com • White River Valley Electric 335-9335 www.whiteriver.org/ highband.html • Ozark Electric 725-5160 www.ozarkelectric.com GAS SERVICE • Missouri Gas Energy 800-582-1234 www.missourigasenergy.com • MFA Propane 581-2366 www.mfaoil.com

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OACAC HEAD START, NIXA 406 S. Patricia Ave., Nixa 724-2920 OACAC HEAD START, OZARK 2060 Air Park Road, Ozark 581-2393 CHRISTIAN COUNTY WIC 301 E. Brick St., Ozark 581-2385 CHRISTIAN COUNTY FAMILY VIOLENCE SHELTER 582-0344 ANIMAL SERVICES • C.A.R.E. Adoption Center 2012 W. Garton Road, Ozark 581-5008 • Alliance for the Welfare of Animals P.O. Box 4661, Springfield 862-0738 • Animal Abuse Counsel 865-4284 • Critter Control 4319 S. National, No. 141, Springfield 581-5899 • Southwest Humane Society 3161 W. Norton Road, Springfield 833-2526

PHONE SERVICE • CenturyLink 485-9999 www.centurytel.com • Davis Cellular Ozark (North): 582-2355 Ozark (South): 595-4933 Nixa: 724-9559 www.daviscellular.com • Suddenlink 581-7875 www.suddenlink.com • AT&T 724-9379 www.att.com INTERNET SERVICE • CenturyLink 485-9999 www.centurylink.com • Suddenlink 581-7875 www.suddenlink.com

OATS transportation is available to anyone, regardless of age, income or disability. Christian County routes include the following: • Christian County to Springfield—second Monday each month • West Christian County to Nixa—Wednesdays • Ozark in town—Thursdays • East Christian County to Ozark—Fridays To schedule a ride on any of these routes, contact the number in your town: • Sparta, Chadwick—Marie Applegate, 278-3064 • Nixa, Ozark, Spokane, Highlandville—Janie Holmes, 724-8206 CHILDREN’S SMILE CENTER 601 N. 21st St., Ozark 582-KIDZ The Smile Center is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to provide preventative and primary dental health services to low-income children residing in Christian, Stone, Lawrence and Barry counties. The Children’s Smile Center in Ozark accepts children who are currently enrolled in Medicaid or MC+.

TV SERVICE • CenturyLink 485-9999 www.centurylink.com • Suddenlink 581-7875 www.suddenlink.com • DirecTV 888-777-2454 www.directv.com • Ed’s Satellite (Dish Network) 581-8294 www.edssat.com • Mediacom 800-874-2924 www.mediacomcable.com TRASH SERVICE • Allied Waste Services 865-1717 • Waste Corporation 851-1925

BLOOD DONATIONS • American Red Cross 313 E. Battlefield Suite B, Springfield 823-4000 • American Red Cross Disaster Services 1545 N West Bypass, Springfield 832-9500 • Community Blood Center of the Ozarks 2230 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield 227-5000

LICENSE BUREAU • Ozark DMV 581-2955 103B W. Church St., Ozark • Nixa DMV 725-9697 214A Village Center Road, Nixa NEWSPAPERS • Christian County Headliner News 581-3541 www.ccheadliner.com Facebook: www.facebook.com /CCHeadlinerNews Twitter: @HeadlinerNews; @HeadlinerSports • Nixa Xpress 725-3745 www.nixaxpress.com Twitter: @NixaXpress

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There’s something for everybody at the Christian County Library, located at 1005 N. Fourth Ave. From books to DVDs to CDs to magazines, it’s a great place to expand your mind. Books aside, the library offers children’s program, Dream Big Read!, on Wednesdays. Program times vary and are on a variety of topics including puppets, art, music and camping. Online

registration is required. For more information, visit http://cclsummer.blogspot.com. For children ages 12 and up, the Christian County Library offers Wii Play Free Play sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays. For more information on the teen programs visit http://cclteens.blogspot.com.

CHRISTIAN COUNTY LIBRARY 1005 North Fourth Ave., Ozark 581-2432 christiancounty.lib.mo.us Director: Mabel Phillips

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES • President: Ken Barthelette, Clever, 583-2071 • Vice president: Loretta A. Hermann, Nixa, 724-1327 • Treasurer: Charles Heldenbrand, Nixa, 581-7897 • Shirley Gott-Stoecker, Sparta, 634-0144 • Tiffany Orthman, Spokane, 894-5093

There are bookdrops located at Nixa in the front of The Center on North Street, at Sparta J&M, and Clever Public Library for picking up or returning your Christian County Library materials.

LIBRARY CARD • Apply at desk for library card. • Minimum age 6 years. • First card is free; replacement cards are $1 • Limit two items on first use of card. • Check info and renew card annually.

MATERIALS TO CHECK OUT • Books, magazines, puzzles • Audio books, VHS, DVD • Art prints, photographs, slides • Bi-folkal kits, projectors, screens

AVAILABLE FOR IN-LIBRARY USE • Photocopier, computers, Internet access • Meeting room with bulletin board • Microfilm, readers and reader/printer

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• Typewriter, television, VCR • Viewing enlarger: Anderson History Room • Wi-Fi, computer lab CLEVER PUBLIC LIBRARY State Route 14, across from Clever Dollar General Phone: 743-2277 Hours: 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays Clever@christiancounty.lib.mo.us http://cleverfol.wordpress.com

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Tradition: Lights, laughs and late-night engine roars keep the Billings Community Fair a staple of annual fun.

Youth: State champs and billings

Clover Marketsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;young Wildcats today are making their mark.

Horizons: City and business leaders are building a brighter future.

Local pride: The iconic Bank of Billings building is a standing testament to residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; resolve.

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CITY HALL 251 N.E. Elm St. 744-2581 Mayor: W. Joe Walker City clerk: Ruth Haskins

BOARD OF ALDERMEN Ward 1: Roger Rufer Jack Van Zandt Ward 2: Donna Thomas Ward 3: Bud Pierce Missy Monroe

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Billings Board of Aldermen meets 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Community Hall. BILLINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT 253 N.E. Elm St. 744-2582 Chief: David Taylor BILLINGS FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT 318 E. Washington Ave. 744-4228 Chief: Henry Bos MUNICIPAL COURT Community Hall, 119 N.W. Ave. Judge: Andrew Hager Jr. Meets 1:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Community Hall; lawyer and trial day 1:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Community Hall. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Meets 6:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at Community Hall to create, discuss and carry out city improvement projects.

illings is a small, quiet community with friendly people that gives us that hometown feel. Teachers and administration care about the well-being, grades and academic programs of the youth of this community. Other organizations such as 4-H gives them strength, guidance and leadership skills and Paw Pacs helps feed children on the weekends. Billings has a rich historic background. The proud citizens who have moved here and those born here stay here because of the peacefulness, but yet also because of the activities such as attending small churches and senior citizens meeting once a week to have lunch and visit. Citizens take the time and interest in the city around them. The economic development commit-

tee is in various stages of planning to make changes and improvements to our city park and main street of Billings. We as a community invite you to our city to enjoy, to get to know—and maybe you will get that hometown feel. We know you will encounter many friendly faces and smiles as you visit us. Being a farming community it would be very likely you would see a tractor being driven in our city. To a community of caring people I would like to say “thank you” to fellow city leaders, administrators, school officials, police, local businesses and some of the finest citizens for their help in striving to make this community one to be proud of and a community to call home. Donna Thomas mayor pro tem city of Billings

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DISTRICT OFFICE 118 W. Mt Vernon 744-2623 Fax: 744-4545 www.billings.k12.mo.us Superintendent: Cynthia Brant brantc@mail.billings.k12.mo. us HIGH SCHOOL 118 W. Mt. Vernon 744-2551 Fax: 744-2720 Principal: Roger Cavener cavenerr@mail.billings.k12. mo.us ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 118 W. Mt. Vernon 744-2552 Fax: 744-4357 Principal: Teresa Abramovitz abramovitzt@ mail.billings.k12.mo.us

BOARD OF EDUCATION Sam Schauman, president Karley Reeves Rob Verch, vice president Kurt Harter Randel Whitman, treasurer Lyndell Plowman David Mooneyham

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CELEBRATES ... hardware, winning the program’s firstever state title. Starters Austin Essick, Brady Chastain, Connor Jenisch, Chad Yeokum and Kaleb Harter, along with sixth-man Dawson Meyer and a reliable supporting cast, blazed through the competition with an offensive flurry no team could match. Outside the court, a budding 4-H club is training tomorrow’s leaders by helping today’s neighbors. The Billings Countyliners 4-H Club is growing steadily and keeping its members busy with beautification projects, running a new farmers market and helping bring back traditions like the citywide Easter egg hunt.

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Horizons Tradition For three days in late summer, loud noise a stone’s throw from houses never seems to stop—and residents welcome it every year. The Billings Community Fair, a nearly 50-year-old tradition, turns the panhandle into the area’s epicenter with a carnival, acclaimed truck and tractor pull and a citywide parade with a mile-long roster. “Billings was a farming community, so the fair is a celebration of Labor Day, farming, family, community,” Fair Board Treasurer Janine Staiger said. “It’s pride.” Rides, carnival game booths, live music, a Fair Queen competition, hundreds of exhibits inside the school and the truck and tractor pulls keep getting bigger as the Billings Fair Board ups the ante every year to honor its neighbors.

Local pride A collective gasp echoed through Billings in 2010 when the historic Bank of Billings building was slated to be demolished. Two years later, the bank’s new facility is up and running—two blocks down from the iconic building the community saved. Residents’ determination to keep the century-old landmark paid off when bank and city leaders hatched a plan for the building to be donated to the city, possibly for a new City Hall. “We wanted to transfer it to somebody who would be able to maintain it and we

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wanted to show good will to the city of Billings,” bank President Matt Spillman said, “and what better way to do that than to donate it to the city of Billings itself?” Residents even provided the new bank’s land. Randy Lane, owner of R&K Meats, bumped up plans to relocate his business when he heard of the bank’s dilemma. Lane and Spillman struck a deal, and today, one of the oldest buildings in Christian County is staying put for years to come. “I’m not a hero in any way,” Lane said. “I’ll just do anything I can to help the community.”

Youth From sports championships to club entrepreneurship, youth in Billings are already leaving their mark on the town’s history. The 2011 boys basketball team took an unstoppable starting five to Columbia’s Final Four and came back with first-place

Drive through Billings most days of any month and the tranquil town hardly seems a hotspot. But take that drive each month’s second Saturday and a new, bustling image of the town appears. “Second Saturday” farmers markets and business promotions are the latest innovations of the Billings Economic Development Committee, a group of city and local-business officials pooling experience and resources to promote local commerce. The committee, formed, in late 2011, is breathing new life into Billings with plans of city park upgrades, downtown revitalization projects and bigger plans for the future. In time, City Treasurer Chris Hopkins says, plans could spiral into infrastructure projects and even new businesses. “If they see us doing something and noticing something different in town, maybe they’ll want to get involved or share an idea,” she said.

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Country living: In Chadwick you can hear the cicadas and see the stars.

Traditions: Snake hunts, turtle races and Railroad Day are favorites.

Great outdoors: Just past Chadwick sits a paradise for avid off-roaders.

Education: Students in the Blue Ribbon School are a close-knit group.

History: This once-booming railroad town has a rich past.

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s an active member of the Chadwick community I would like to welcome friends to our quiet part of Christian County. We have many things to be proud of, most of them come from the folks with good, down-to-earth values and concern for the community and its people. We have an active volunteer fire department, city water board, a museum, post office, Kay’s Country Store, four very friendly churches— DAY with a tent revival in September—a wonderful school system, Chadwick Friendship Club and quilting ladies, motorcycle trails in the Mark Twain National Forest, Bar-K Wrangler’s Camp, saw mills, good roads and Railroad Day the first Saturday in June. The community has been active in helping with seven local history books to record and save the past for future generations. Chadwick has a history of having the most colorful past in the county since it was the end of the railroad line from 1883 to 1934. Take time to read our books. Much of the four-star movie “Winter’s Bone” was filmed in the Chadwick area. Marie Day Chadwick community volunteer

CHADWICK FIRE AND RESCUE 6419 state Highway 125 South Chief: David Finney The Chadwick Fire Department is an all-volunteer department and is always recruiting.The crew responds to all medical, fire and missing person calls as well as motor vehicle accidents within the coverage area. Volunteers must be 18 years old, live in district and will be required to undergo training, including basic firefighting and medical first responder. To volunteer, call 634-4931 or 988-1775. BOARDS AND ORGANIZATIONS • Chadwick Museum Board • Chadwick Friendship Board • Cemetery Board • Water Board • Saddle Club • Mark Twain Coon Club For more information, call Marie Day at 634-3734.

CHADWICK POST OFFICE 6409 state Highway 125 South 634-3287 Postmaster: Huba Rozell Hours: 7 a.m. to noon, 1:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 to 9:30 a.m. Saturdays CHADWICK SADDLE CLUB The Chadwick Saddle Club holds a trail ride annually in the fall with all proceeds to benefit the FFA. The 2008 trail ride marked the 50th ride. About 100 people went on the first ride to Forsyth where they camped and returned to Chadwick the following day. When they arrived at the camping destination, the cooking began, often followed by dancing. Morning, however, came early with breakfast and the long ride home. Through the years, the trail ride attracted more and more people. In the late 1960s, more than 700 people were attracted to Chadwick for the ride.

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long way as a school district, and n behalf of the faculty and that must be respected. We have staff, welcome to the improved our facilities and the Chadwick R-1 School safety of our students and comDistrict. It is the mission of munity. We have an outstanding Chadwick Schools, in partnership teaching staff, support staff and with parents and community, to we have great kids. We have establish high standards of learnachieved academic excellence. ing, high expectations for achievement and guidance for success. COMSTOCK These are all critical components for success, and they have To meet and exceed our mission, everyone has a vital role to play. I appreci- advanced us to where we are today. At the same time, we recognize that we ate the dedication and hard work of everyone involved: Our teachers, staff and stu- must continue to improve, continue to dents. Coupled with wonderful parents work hard and continue to stretch our tax and community involvement, we have a dollars in these difficult economic times. I am confident we have what it takes to great support system in place to help our be among the best small schools in the students succeed. As we move forward to the new school area, and in doing so, provide the absolute year, we look back with pride and respect, best possible education for your children. and look ahead toward continuing to We will continue to grow and continue to improve and succeed. We have come a strive for the top. I hope you share our pride in where we have been and our excitement in where we are going. If we all work together, anything is possible. Dana Comstock Superintendent Chadwick School District

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DISTRICT OFFICE 7090 state Route 125 South Mailing: PO BOX 274 Chadwick 65629 634-3588 Fax: 634-2668 www.chadwick.k12.mo.us Superintendent: Dana Comstock comstockd@mail.chadwick.k12.mo.us ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL 7090 state Route 125 S 634-3588 Fax: 634-2668 Principal: Darin Meinders Meinders@mail.chadwick.k12.mo.us

BOARD OF EDUCATION Raymond Stevens, president Jeff Hampton, vice president Russ Jones, secretary Chris Bettis Dan Gardner Roger Rekate Kyle Purdome

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CELEBRATES ... The community comes together the first Saturday each June for Railroad Day, which celebrates the town’s years as a railroad hub. The event has been going on since the town’s centennial celebration in 1983. The event includes a parade, live entertainment, a veteran’s recognition and old-fashioned games for children, the favorites being the turtle races and snake hunts. For years, Chadwick was known as the “Copperhead Capital of the World.” And beginning in 1965, the town would gather annually for snake hunts. In 1967, about 200 snakes were caught during the snake hunt. Today, the children gather each Railroad Day for a rubber snake hunt to celebrate the tradition.

The great outdoors For avid off-roaders, the Chadwick ATV and Motorcycle Area in Mark Twain National Forest is a paradise. It spans 12 square miles over four Ozarks counties, with more than 50,000 acres in Christian County alone. The trails range from leisurely paths for scenery-seeking beginners to winding, rocky, oak- and pinelined threads for the daring. The scale, scenery and variety of terrain make Chadwick one of America’s most popular off-road locales, and provides an economy for businesses like the nearby Kay’s Country Store. As the last stop before the trails, the cozy store tucked along hilly state Route 125 sells permits for the national forest trails.

Education The Chadwick R-1 School District may be small, but it is mighty. In 2010 the Chadwick High School was one of only two schools in the state named a Blue Ribbon School. “One of the criteria of eligibility is that students must dramatically improve their performance in assessments in accordance with state standards,” according to the school’s website. “This is the highest award that can be achieved for schools in the nation.” But being a Blue Ribbon School isn’t the

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only thing the school district can boast. The small, close-knit classes share a camaraderie that can last a lifetime. The senior class hosts a haunted house each year—a family fun event for the entire community.

History Chadwick resident Marie Day recently completed her seventh book on Chadwick area history, “Sharing the Memories.” All the books on C h a d w i c k’s unique history— ranging from the Bald Knobbers to the building of the Frisco Train Depot—can be found in the Christian County Library as well as the Chadwick Museum. The Chadwick M u s e u m opened in 1985 and the community has been preserving its history ever since. Some of the highlights include a vintage hat display donated by ladies in the community, an Indian display, a Braille Bible, a sheet of marble from the Chadwick bank building, a ladies side saddle and a child’s coffin that arrived in Chadwick on the train.

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Country living Driving through the winding roads to and from Chadwick, visitors are taken back to a simpler way of life. Cows, horses, hay bales and friendly faces greet passersby. Those friendly faces still participate in country living that for many has fallen by the wayside. The town offers annual bull rides, rodeos and a tent revival. The Chadwick Saddle Club also holds a trail ride annually in the fall with all proceeds benefiting the FFA. The most riders ever counted in one ride was 813. The 2011 event marked the 53rd ride.

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The Performing Arts Center: A new theater stages dramatic improvement.

Economic growth: New businesses are opening in a flurry.

Forward thinking: A community betterment association is turning small business into big ideas.

Education: From Power of I to A+, Clever schools are making the grade.

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Welcome to Clever BOARD OF ALDERMEN East: Josie McFall Saundra “Sunny” Stephens West: Wade Pearce Kara Kaufman Meets 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at City Hall. CLEVER POLICE DEPARTMENT 304 S. Clarke Ave. 743-2544 Chief: Randall Bruce FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT 743-2000 Chief: Kenny Lambeth POST OFFICE 209 S. Clarke Ave. 743-2131

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MUNICIPAL COURT 304 S. Clarke Ave. 743-2544 Judge: Mark Rundel Meets 1:30 p.m. the first Friday of every month at City Hall. CLEVER PUBLIC LIBRARY 743-2277 PLANNING AND ZONING Meets 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at City Hall. ORGANIZATIONS & RESOURCES • Mickey J. Pearce VFW Post 12078, 205 Clarke Ave., meets 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month • First Baptist Church of Clever Food Pantry, 849-4072 • Clever United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 744-2330 • Nu4U Children’s Clothing at Clever United Methodist, 8444979

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elcome to Clever, restaurants including some where it just new food carts. The city is in cooperation does get better with the school and everyMoDOT to advance day. The small rural the “Safe Routes to community has School” program been the fastest by building more growing city in sidewalks. The Christian County school district itself over the last decade. is one of the best in Our population has the region, with a risen from 1,010 to KING newer performing more than 2,139 in the last census. Along with arts center and, soon, a growing houses, we have FEMA storm shelter. The continued to have good school has been consistently business growth as well, awarded the Accredited with including the recent annex- Distinction honor, and the ation of the KMQ Industrial athletics program has made five recent Final Four trips in Park West. Some of our businesses three sports. Clever, a growing small include Dollar General, Subway, Casey’s, Kum & Go, town in the panhandle of Family Pharmacy, two tire Christian County, where it shops and an independent just gets better everyday. Jaredd King auto parts store coming mayor soon. city of Clever We have numerous

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for fewer transitions and even elcome to the Clever greater successes as we send stuR-5 School District dents on to Clever High School to and community. We become college and career ready. joke that our motto is We are rapidly becoming a “Here we grow again!” and how year-round nest of activity as it true it is. seems like we go from season to Our voters supported a new season without a break. Performing Arts Center which is The Clever Lady Jays volleyball now in use by thespians and perHENSON team took third in their first-ever formers from both the school and community. We have also completed the appearance in the Final Four, the baseball FEMA shelter and band room and we Blue Jays took third in their state tournaanxiously await final certification so it ment for the second year in a row, the can be activated as a community safe Band Booster Car Show was the largest room. Plus, a whole new network of side- ever with almost 300 displays, our stuwalks is going in this summer thanks to a dents qualified for state and/or nationals cooperative effort from MoDOT, the City in speech, FBLA, FFA—the list goes on of Clever and the Clever School District. and on. On top of that we have added a trackFinally, plans are already under way for a future FEMA Safe room on the EleMiddle and-field program and celebrated as our tennis team sent two of its own to college Campus. For the 2012-13 school year Clever level play. We at the Clever R-5 School District are schools are taking on a whole new look! The two elementary schools and the mid- very proud of our school system and condle school have all been combined under tinuously thank the community for the one roof and one administrative system tremendous support that has been shown to the school every day, every year. We as the new Clever EleMiddle School. We believe having one system from would encourage potential students and P.A.T. all the way to eighth grade will allow their parents to visit our campuses and

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DISTRICT OFFICE 103 S. Public Ave. 743-4800 Fax: 743-4802 www.clever.k12.mo.us Superintendent: Dr. Richard Henson hensonr@clever.k12.mo.us HIGH SCHOOL 6800 W. state Hwy 14 743-4830 Fax: 743-4832 Principal: Robert Parker parkerr@clever.k12.mo.us ELEMIDDLE 103 S. Public Ave. 743-4815 Fax: 743-4802 Principal: Benjy Fenske fenskeb@clever.k12.mo.us

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LOWER ELEMIDDLE 743-4810 Vice principal: Shelly Wallin wallins@clever.k12.mo.us UPPER ELEMIDDLE 743-4820 Vice principal: Jeremy Thompson thompsonj@clever.k12.mo.us

BOARD OF EDUCATION Justin Peebles, president Avery Crow, vice president Angie Patrick Kevin Johnson Marla Shuler Chris Garrett

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said Michael Tippie, co-owner of Tippie’s Pizza. Completing local shoppers’ needs are a grocery store, Dollar General and pharmacy with a walk-in clinic, collectively putting big-city options within neighborhood reach.

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Forward thinking Demographics go a long way toward luring new stores. But equally important is a business-friendly outlook by city activists. A handful of Clever business leaders realized this a few years ago, and today, the Clever Community Betterment Association is practically a Chamber of Commerce. “I felt like we needed something to involve businesses and communities,” said Paula Carter, CCBA co-founder. “There isn’t a Chamber of Commerce or something like that to promote economic development. We need to have a vision on where we’re at today and where we need to be tomorrow.” Tomorrow keeps looking brighter for

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CCBA, as an ever-increasing membership hosts grand-opening celebrations for new businesses, takes on leadership roles for city events and now distributes a directory of local destinations.

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The curtain rose in November 2011 on one of the biggest small-town stages in the Ozarks. Clever High School’s 14,000square-foot performing arts center, funded by a $2-million bond passed in April 2010, houses the instrumental and vocal departments, speech and theater department and is available for community use. Officials say the center is on par with schools 10 times bigger. “The effects we can do are going to be similar to Nixa and all the other major schools in the area,” said Norman Carr, CHS theater director. The center seats more than 500 in three sections and can expand to accommodate 70 more people for special occasions. It’s a facility that belies the town’s size, but Superintendent Dr. Richard Henson said that’s just why the town backed it. “We don’t approach it from, ‘What do we want to build?’ We think, ‘How do we want to be known?’ And then we go from there. We’re a fine-arts school, and the community’s always been behind that.”

For today’s Clever consumers, the toughest search is finding something unavailable in the town. Travel is no longer needed for basic essentials or lunchtime luxuries, thanks to an economy-defying business boom in recent years. Three fully-stocked retail strips line main roads, with storefronts including local startups and national chains. “Starting out small and growing with the community—that’s what’s worked for us, and that’s exactly what we want to do,” School officials don’t need to say their district is “A+”—Gov. Jay Nixon said it for them. “I’m here because Clever has decided to be excellent,” Nixon said to a class of students in January 2011 to honor the school’s A+ scholarship status. After a three-year application and review process, Clever, in May 2010, became one of just 37 schools to earn the distinction in 2010. Students who earn an A+ scholarship receive two years of tuition and fees at community colleges and technical schools. The innovations continue at the middle school level, where the “Power of I” education system has overhauled traditional grading scales and turned homework scores into assessment reviews. “Practice doesn’t make perfect; practice just makes repetition,” Henson said. “Look at a golf swing—if you do it poorly, even if you do it a lot you’re still not improving.”

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nixa Family: Nixa is not too big, not too smallâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just right. Education: More than 5,800 students attend 11 awardwinning campuses.

Compassion: Neighbors help neighbors every day in Nixa. Health: Health, fitness and wellness are a priority. Commerce: The Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce is thriving.

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Nixa contacts CITY HALL 725-3785 www.nixa.com

NIXA POLICE DEPARTMENT 715 W. Center Circle 725-2510 Chief: James Bacon

MAYOR Sam Clifton 702 W. Jackson 725-3785 nixamayor@gmail.com

NIXA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT 301 S. Nicholas Road 725-4025 Chief: Jon Trent Board members: Larry LaForge, president William Rapp, vice-president Bob Rubino David Jordan Barbara Hughes

NIXA CITY COUNCIL District 1: Andy Ellis, 343-4290 Tom Maher, 725-3499 District 2: Aron Peterson, 724-2897 Chris Russell, 773-7678 District 3: Brian Steele, 714-0020 Darlene Graham, 725-2841

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NIXA CITY HALL 715 W. Mt. Vernon PO Box 395 Nixa, 65714 725-3785 www.nixa.com City administrator: Brian Bingle City clerk: Judy Long Communication director: Jill Finney Finance director: Donna Swatzell Human resources director: Sharon Hankison Senior planner: Travis Cossey

The Nixa Fire Board meets at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the district headquarters, 301 S. Nicholas Road. NIXA PARKS AND RECREATION 701 N. Taylor Way 725-5486 Acting director: Scott Parson THE COMMUNITY CENTER AND AQUATICS CENTER 701 N. Taylor Way 725-5486 Aquatics director: Matt Crouse Daily admission: Resident $4; Non-resident $5; Evening swim, after 6 p.m., $2 Open swim: Monday through Friday: 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday: Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.

NIXA PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT Located at Nixa City Hall 725-5850 Commissioners: Chris Cauble Steve Faseler Joe Gallant Chris Souliere Kyle Vogel Robert Wilson Loren Winter, chair David Young, vice-chair

NIXA POST OFFICE 404 W. South St. 725-5112 Postmaster: Renee Curro Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

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CENTURY ELEMENTARY 732 North St. 724-3800 Fax: 725-7475 Principal: Jennifer Chastain jenniferchastain@nixa schools.net

DISTRICT OFFICE 301 S. Main St. 875-5400 Fax: 449-3190 www.nixa.k12.mo.us Superintendent: Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith stephenkleinsmith@ nixaschools.net NIXA HIGH SCHOOL 514 S. Nicholas Road 724-3500 Fax: 724-3515 Principal: Mark McGehee markmcgehee@nixaschools. net

ESPY ELEMENTARY 220 S. Gregg Road 875-5650 Fax: 725-7448 Principal: Michelle Wilkerson michellewilkerson@nixa schools.net

SCORE LEARNING CENTER 1398 W. Mt. Vernon 724-4080 Fax: 724-4088 Principal: Cheryl Huson cherylhuson@nixaschools.net

HIGH POINTE ELEMENTARY 900 N. Cheyenne Road 225-1600 Fax: 225-1608 Principal: Marilyn Hanna marilynhanna@nixaschools. net

NIXA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 205 North St. 875-5430 Fax: 875-5426 Principal: Lori Wilson loriwilson@nixaschools.net

MATHEWS ELEMENTARY 605 S. Gregg Road 449-3110 Fax: 725-7474 Principal: Pat Sutherland patsutherland@nixaschools. net

INMAN INTERMEDIATE 1300 N. Nicolas Road 449-3210 Fax: 449-3268 Principal: Dr. April Hawkins aprilhawkins@nixaschools.net

EARLY LEARNING CENTER 301 S. Main St. 724-4050 Fax: 724-4068 Principal: Jennifer Tilley jennifertilley@nixaschools.net

SUMMIT INTERMEDIATE 890 N. Cheyenne Road 724-4000 Fax: 724-4008 Principal: Alysia Ackerman alysiaackerman@nixa schools.net

BOARD OF EDUCATION Scott McDonald, president Linda Daugherty, vice president Glenn Scott, secretary Brenda Rantz, treasurer Dan Bracker Mike Copeland Brent Dunn Peggy Taylor

JOHN THOMAS SCHOOL OF DISCOVERY 312 N. Market St. 875-5600 Fax: 725-7424 Principal: Josh Chastain joshchastain@nixaschools.net

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CELEBRATES ... Gold Star schools (Espy and Century elementary), more than a decade straight of Accredited with Distinction in Performance reviews and an average ACT score of 23.7 for high school students, well above the state average. And innovation is standard for Nixa—the district will celebrate the opening of its first magnet school, the John Thomas School of Discovery, with the start of the 2012-13 school year.

Health Whatever your fitness goals, Nixa has the accommodations to help you see them through. From state-of-the-art private workout gyms with personal trainers to the user-friendly Mercy Health Fitness Center, there’s something for everyone right in town. Runners delight in predawn pavement pounding thanks to an active Nixa Running Group, while students learn early on the importance of healthy eating habits from a consulting chef, encouraging food vendors and active School Health Advisory Committee which coordinates eating programs and annual fun runs.

Education The list of accolades bestowed upon the Nixa School District is long and fitting. In recent years the district boasts a Blue Ribbon School (Espy Elementary), two

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Least Of These now averages and the mission to serve becomes clear. Nixa Care to Learn sees to the health, hunger and hygiene needs of local students, while the Nixa Education Foundation and Nixa Community Foundation help teachers and local civic organizations do what they do best— help.

Commerce “B Vocal 4 Shop Local!” That’s the mantra of the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce and it’s working. In 2011, the city recorded its best sales tax revenue in history, collecting more than $2.04 million from its 1-cent sales tax. Businesses big and small make Nixa a unique place to work and shop, from Aire-Master’s multimillion-dollar sanitizing franchise to the Curiosity Shoppe’s unique wares and everything in between.

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In Nixa, neighbors help neighbors. That’s apparent at Least Of These, the county’s busiest food and clothing shelter. In 2011 Least Of These helped more than 22,000 people make ends meet thanks in large part to community donations and several grants. Since its inception in 1998, Least Of These has grown by leaps and bounds. That first year, the pantry served 100 families—compare that to the 700 families per month that

Family The 2010 census highlighted just how quickly Nixa grew in the first decade of this century. Nixa saw a staggering 56 percent jump in population during that time and now more than 19,000 people call Nixa home. The data also showed that Nixa’s median age is 34 and an average of 2.59 people live in Nixa’s 7,250 households. With a low cost of living, proximity to the Springfield metropolitan area and strong public school system, it’s no wonder why so many families are eager to plant their roots in Nixa.

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Celebrate OZARK

ozark The Finley River: Meandering through the heart of the city, the Finley River is a place to play and relax.

Community service: The community is always willing to help a good cause.

Healthy living: With walking trails and community gardens the people are fit and happy about it.

Downtown: Ozark has a DREAM to make downtown great.

Local business: Ribbons are being cut left and right thanks to a renewed focus from the Chamber of Commerce.

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y family and I are very fortunate to live in a fine community like Ozark. Our city boasts a great school system, the beautiful Finley River, historic downtown square, a plethora of antique shops along with being conveniently situated along U.S. 65. Ozark is a great place to spend time shopping, dining or just exploring what the city has to offer. I am honored to serve this fine city as mayor and would like to extend my personal invitation to you to CITY HALL 206 N. First St. 581-2407 www.ozarkmissouri.com City clerk: Lana Wilson City administrator: Steve Childers City attorney: David Collignon MAYOR Shane Nelson 581-2407; 861-4556 The Ozark Board of Aldermen meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of every month at City Hall. OZARK BOARD OF ALDERMEN Ward 1: Jim Stewart, 234-8198 jstewart@assist2sell.com Brad Jackson, 827-4680 Ozarkjackson@yahoo.com Ward 2: Randy Wright, 766-5977 randywright4ozark@gmail.com Rick Gardner, 581-2395 Rick@HomeGardners.com Ward 3: Jared Clinton, 860-5557 jared@jclintonlaw.com James Haik, 849-7171

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enjoy our city. If you visit, shop, work, live or have a child who attends our schools you matter to me. If I can be of assistance to you at any time please do not hesitate to call me at City Hall at 581-2407 or send me an email at shane.nelson@ozarkmissouri.org. Enjoy Ozark and all it has to offer. Shane Nelson mayor city of Ozark

OZARK PARKS AND RECREATION THE OZARK COMMUNITY CENTER Director: Samantha Wagner 1530 W. Jackson 581-7002 www.ozarkmissouri.com Hours of operation: • Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. The pool closes at 8:30 p.m. weekdays • Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The pool closes at 7:30 p.m. • Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pool closes at 5:30 p.m.

BETTY AND NEAL GRUBAUGH CITY POOL 907 E. Parkview 581-7946 Admission: Call for admission rates; children under 3 no charge. OZARK POST OFFICE 1450 W. Jackson St. 581-2754 Postmaster: Toni Charles Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday

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OZARK FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT 604 N. Third St. Station 1: 581-4436 Station 2: 581-0614 Chief: Darren White OZARK POLICE DEPARTMENT 201 E. Brick St. 581-7914 Chief: Lyle Hodges OZARK PUBLIC WORKS 206 N. First St. 581-2407 Director: Larry Martin OZARK SENIOR CENTER 727 N. Ninth St. 581-2538 Administrator: Annie Johnson

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with new courses such hen the people of as construction trades, Southwest Missouri auto tech, and vocationare asked what they al agriculture, as well as know about the collegiate credits availOzark School District, they able through Advanced would likely respond with Placement and comments about the supportIn t e r n a t i o n a l ive community, the excellent Baccalaureate courses facilities and the outstanding PACE at the high school, and academic and activity procollege-level courses at Ozarks grams in Ozark. If you ask the Ozark School Technical Community College District community members, they Richwood Valley. The district is also proud of the might talk about the excellent and caring staff members, the opportu- advances in instructional technolonities provided for their children or gy that have occurred in each classgrandchildren in the schools, and room preparing students for the the pride they have in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 21st century. The board, administration and academic Accreditation with staff are proud of our students and Distinction honor. They would also mention the suc- their excellent accomplishments as cessful athletic programs and the we maintain good stewardship of talented fine arts programs. It is the taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; money. We look forlikely that the patrons would also ward to a great year for the Ozark recognize the growth in the Ozark students in 2012-13. Dr. Gordon Pace district and the quality of the facilisuperintendent ties that have been added over the Ozark School District past few years. We continue to expand vocational opportunities

BOARD OF EDUCATION Chuck Fugate, president Patty Hamilton, vice president Jana Long, secretary Brent Hanks Laura Johnson Aaron Johns Tom Bass Bob Burgess

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DISTRICT OFFICE 302 N. Fourth Ave. P.O. Box 166 582-5900 Fax: 582-5960 www.ozark.k12.mo.us Superintendent: Dr. Gordon Pace gordonpace@mail.ozark.k12.mo.us HIGH SCHOOL 1350 W. Bluff Drive 582-5901 Fax: 582-5944 Principal: Dr. Sam Taylor samtaylor@mail.ozark.k12.mo.us FINLEY RIVER SCHOOL 1109 W. Jackson 582-4715 Fax: 582-4717 Principal: Frances Gooden francesgooden@mail.ozark.k12.mo.us

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 1109 W. Jackson 582-5902 Fax: 582-4714 Principal: Jeff Simpson jeffsimpson@mail.ozark.k12.mo.us

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UPPER ELEMENTARY 3600 N. state Route NN 582-5903 Fax: 582-4802 Principal: Chris Bauman ChrisBauman@mail.ozark.k12.mo.us SOUTH ELEMENTARY 1250 W. South St. 582-5905 Fax: 582-4886 Principal: Dr. Kim Fitzpatrick KimFitzpatrick@mail.ozark.k12.mo.us

NORTH ELEMENTARY 3608 N. state Route NN 582-5904 Fax: 582-4786 Principal: Karen Hood karenhood@mail.ozark.k12.mo.us EAST ELEMENTARY 2449 E. Hartley 582-5906 Fax: 582-5785 Principal: Kent Sappington kentsappington@mail.ozark.k12.mo.us WEST ELEMENTARY 3105 W. state Route CC 582-5907 Fax: 582-5761 Principal: Sharon Underwood sharonunderwood@mail.ozark.k12.mo.us TIGER PAW PRESCHOOL 202 N. Fourth Ave. 582-5992 Fax: 582-5995 Principal: Dr. Karen Scott karenscott@mail.ozark.k12.mo.us

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elcome to Ozark! Whether you are looking for a place to live and work or just to visit, Ozark is an extraordinary city with smalltown charm, yet has all the conveniences of a larger city. Ozark is conveniently located along U.S. 65 between Springfield and Branson, with a bustling business district on our historic square. Ozark is the county seat of Christian County, which was the fastest-growing county in Missouri in the past decade. Ozark is home to the scenic Finley River, the new state-ofthe-art Ozark Community Center and the Christian

dollars in Ozark is the County fairgrounds. key to building our The mission of the economy and supOzark Area Chamber porting our commuof Commerce is to nity. You can convegrow and support niently search for local businesses. We local businesses and are committed to services by utilizing bringing business to the business directoOzark through partGRINDER ry on our website. nerships with the city of Ozark, Ozark R-6 School Just go to OzarkChamber. District, local businesses and com and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Find a Businessâ&#x20AC;? to get started. community organizations. The Ozark Area Chamber of Through these partnerships we create opportunities Commerce is also the driving to connect entrepreneurs force behind many of the with the talented local work- events that make Ozark an exciting place to be all year force. We encourage the residents long. We invite you to enjoy of Ozark to shop local when- our Annual Ozark Christmas ever possible. Keeping your Paradeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;held the Saturday

before Thanksgivingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;under a crisp, winter sky or take in the county fair in early July. Ozark hosts many other events like the Booster Club Rodeo and Bull Rides, Christmas Lights of Ozark, Ozark Mule Days on Labor Day weekend, fall Arts and Crafts Show and the Sertoma Duck Race, our annual Fourth of July celebration. To find a business or event in the Ozark area, visit our website at www.Ozark Chamber.com or call us at 581-6139. We look forward to seeing you in Ozark! Dori Grinder executive director Chamber of Commerce

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GOOD AFTERNOON OZARK Monthly membership luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at The O.C. Visitors donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate to comment on the enthusiasm and energy in the monthly meetings.

WORKING OZARK WOMEN LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at The O.C. OZARK MENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GROUP Time and location vary FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE First Friday each month at various businesses. RIBBON CUTTINGS Usually second and third Thursdays at noon at memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location or Chamber of Commerce. CHAMBER AFTER HOURS Time and location vary

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CELEBRATES ... Ozark’s children, the Care to Learn foundation helps fulfill hunger, health and hygiene needs, ensuring no student goes home hungry or stands shivering on the playground without a coat. “It means so much to these students to know they won’t be hungry over the weekend,” said Michelle Lindsey, program coordinator. “It breaks my heart and makes me happy all at the same time to be able to help them.” Organizations like Freedom’s Rest help women and children who are victims of domestic violence and the thrift store Neat Repeats, whose proceeds benefit the shelter, is always loaded with volunteers. Add in the many hours served by the Ozark Rotary Club, the Christian County Elks Club, Kiwanis Club, the Ozark Community Alliance, participants of Relay For Life, local churches and countless others, and Ozark’s community service vision is clear.

Downtown Ozark celebrates nearly 18,000 people confirmed by the 2010 census who live here because of its small-town feel, but uptown amenities and Ozark’s vibrant downtown atmosphere are large parts of that. From resale clothing to coffee, cupcakes and antique shops, new retail residents on the Ozark square join established lawyers and government offices to keep the historic square hopping all day long. Add in the ever-popular farmers market Thursday evenings in the summer and throw in a splash of color during art walks, the social atmosphere downtown is sure to make anybody smile. The downtown area continues to improve with help from DREAM: Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri Initiative. Now in its second year, the DREAM Initiative allows communities to engage more efficiently and effectively in downtown redevelopment and revitalization and to attract new private investment into the heart of their communities.

Community service If a child, family or organization is in need, the community of Ozark is ready to help. Continually raising funds to help

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Healthy living Christian County is the healthiest county in Missouri, ranking No. 1 according to the annual study of health across the United States. In Ozark, it began with sidewalks, but won’t end with them. The city was awarded a grant from the Missouri Foundation of Health sending the healthy agenda in more directions. From getting more exercise using The O.C.’s exercise options inside and out to utilizing the city’s park trails to annual races like Peddle, Paddle, Pound, Ozark is committed to providing information and opportunities to be and stay healthy. With a city community garden in the works at The O.C. and vegetables in the ground at the Christian County Health Department community garden, Ozark is not just committed to living healthy, but eating healthy.

The Finley River

While it’s been known to breach its banks at times, the Finley River is an essential part of the Ozark community. More than just lazy summer days spent along its banks under the Riverside Bridge, the river brings life to the community helping spearhead other values Ozark holds dear, like community service and healthy living. Enjoy a walk along the river on The O.C. trail, play with your children in the Finley River Park or load up the whole family for the annual two-day event known as the Sertoma Rubber Duck Race. Benefiting Care to Learn, hundreds of little yellow ducklings float the river each year for a good cause.

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Local business The Ozark Chamber of Commerce is more active than ever thanks to a renewed focus from Chamber Executive Director Dori Grinder and staff. With ribbon cuttings slated almost every week, new Ozark businesses are flocking to join the chamber. Professional networking has never been as fun as at the chamber’s monthly Good Afternoon Ozark lunches. More than a 100 local business owners and employees turn out each month for good food, good programs and good networking. The chamber also offers First Friday Coffees and Ozark After Hours, hosted by local businesses. To top that off, new and renewed chamber groups like WOW—the Working Women of Ozark—and OMG— the Ozark Men’s Group—provide even more opportunities to network.

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Family fun: Roller Park offers monthly movie nights and a great family atmosphere.

Trojan High School: The $7.9-million high school is a catalyst for creativity.

Persimmon Days: A Sparta tradition, this year will mark the 24th annual event.

Small-town atmosphere: Knowing your neighbors has its benefits.

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BOARD OF ALDERMEN Ward 1: Jim Campbell 840-5363 Adam Struble 844-7063 Ward 2: Virginia Thompson 848-0597 Steve Otten (573) 465-2112

The Board of Aldermen meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. ROLLER PARK Located on east Division Street The Park Board meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month. MUNICIPAL COURT Judge: Jared Clinton Court clerk: Cathy Newman Court is at 1:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.

SPARTA POLICE DEPARTMENT 634-0395 Chief: Rick Crawshaw SPARTA FIRE DEPARTMENT 105 South Ave. Chief: Brian Loula 634-3200 sparta650@yahoo.com Volunteers are always needed. The Sparta Fire Department responds to all medical, fire and missing person calls as well as motor vehicle accidents. Volunteers must be 18 years old, live in district and will be required to undergo training, including basic firefighting and medical first responder. SPARTA POST OFFICE 7060 state Route 14 E. 634-3898 Postmaster: Stacy Hylton Hours: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday

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extensive experience in municipal government accounting and is handling all the duties of our city clerk position impressively. Both Jeff Riefkhof with Clearwater Environmental and Richard Rowland, who provide all of us with clean drinking water and manage our waste water, have worked hard to improve the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standards and functions with a friendly smile and always a willingness to help. Having such a wonderful staff, we are clearly on the road to a brighter future. I invite every resident and business owner to join in and get involved with Spartaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future. Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success. Joya Cave mayor city of Sparta

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Sparta School District 2011. The building he commuwill house up to 350 nity of students and the Sparta is gymnasium will seat located 18 more than 1,400 miles southwest of spectators. The faciliSpringfield and eight ty includes a permiles east of Ozark. forming arts stage The town has a popand 2,500-squareulation of more than HYATT foot library media 2,000. Our town has a small hometown feel with center. The new campus also includes a new 4,000-squarecity amenities close by. The school district has foot vocational agriculture approximately 775 students building. The school district celebratenrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade. Our pre- ed its sixth year of receiving Accredited with school meets the needs of 45 the Distinction honor from the students yearly. The district mission is to Department of Elementary commit our financial and Secondary Education. resources to equip all stu- Our students at Sparta R-3 dents with the skills and have every opportunity and knowledge necessary to leave our school district with achieve their fullest potential a quality education that will as self-motivated lifetime prepare them for all future endeavors. learners. Dr. Jeff Hyatt The district welcomed a Superintendent new 59,000-square-foot high Sparta R-3 Schools school facility December

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MIDDLE SCHOOL 217 Division St. 634-5518 Fax: 634-0091 Principal: Shawn Poyser spoyser@sparta.k12.mo.us ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 522 state Route 125 N. 634-3223 Fax: 634-5256 Principal: Joy Finney jfinney@sparta.k12.mo.us

BOARD OF EDUCATION Clay Loveland, president Keith Gimlin, vice president Betty Braden, secretary Terry Bumgarner Keith Roller Danny Jo Rains Gary Wiggins

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Trojan High School It was a long time coming, but according to the students who walked through the doors last school year, it was worth the wait. The new Sparta High School officially opened in January 2012. Approximately 200 students walk through the doors of the 59,000-square-foot, $7.9million building five days a week for reading, writing and arithmetic. And students agree that it’s more than a building—it’s a catalyst for creativity. The facility boasts state-of-the-art technology, a 1,400-seat gymnasium and an additional 4,000square-foot vo-ag building.

Persimmon Day

persimmons, which can be found throughout Sparta and Christian County, have a sweet taste and make tasty breads, cookies and jams—all of which can be found at Sparta Persimmon Day. The event, held in late October, kicks off with a 5K run and continues with a parade and crowning of the persimmon king and queen. Main Street comes alive with food and craft vendors, entertainment and children’s games. Sparta Park Board member Peggy Otten said the event is a good time for the entire family. “It’s a good family-friendly event,” she said. “It’s just a fun way to come spend the day and visit with your neighbors in Sparta.”

Small-town atmosphere

It’s a tradition that will mark its 24th year in 2012. The cooler temperatures and frost typically come just in time to ensure the persimmons will turn sweet, making the baked goods delicious and Sparta’s annual Persimmon Day festival a success. As legend goes, a persimmon cannot be eaten before the first frost because the fruits are too bitter. But once fully ripe,

Sparta is a small town where everyone knows each other. And if you don’t know your neighbors, you’ll know someone who does. In the spring and early summer, you’ll find people gathered at the ball fields catching up with old friends and making new ones while watching the kids play little league. Another benefit of a small town is community support. When someone is in need, the community is always there hosting a fundraiser and giving a helping hand.

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Throughout the spring, summer and fall, families are invited to monthly movie nights, complete with a campfire, hot dogs and marshmallows. “I love my town and I enjoy all the people,” said Park Board member Angie Smith. “I’ve lived here my whole life and this is something I’ve always wanted to see. This is such a positive thing for Sparta. For years we grew in houses but not with the community. This is for the community.”

When families are looking for a good time close to home, they pack up the kids and a picnic and head to Sparta’s Roller Park. Located on a 10-acre tract of land on Division Street near the new high school, the park really started to take shape in 2011 with the installation of a parking lot, swing sets, playground equipment and pavilions. Today, park amenities include a basketball court with plans for a disc golf course. The park is funded through a sales tax that went into effect January 2008. But the family fun doesn’t end with playground equipment. The five-man park board hosts an annual Easter egg hunt, a Fourth of July celebration and Persimmon Day in the fall.

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Celebrate HIGHLANDVILLE SPOKANE

Growth: Spokane and Highlandville are preparing for an economic boom.

Unique businesses: The area is home to one-of-a-kind businesses.

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Rural life: The winding roads, barns and silos make for a beautiful backdrop to a rural, quiet way of life.

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Welcome to Highlandville ighlandville is a conveniently- minor league baseball team. If you’re passing through to go to the located bedroom community to both Springfield and Branson. lake, we have an excellent new business that fills propane cylinders. Affordable housing Affordable Propane is located can be found for almost any along U.S. 160. income. Comprised of 4.98 Speaking of going to the square miles, our population lake, are you in a hurry to get density is only 175 per square out of town and beat the trafmile, one of the lowest in the fic but, need a few things? nation. So if it’s a spacious We’ve now got you covered. relaxed country life you Our new Dollar General Store desire, we’ve got it. just opened last month at the Many families enjoy the ELLINGSWORTH corner of U.S. 160 and convenience of raising their children in the Spokane R-7 School Kentling Avenue. And, of course, if you District, a top-notch school system hon- need gas for your boat the Shell Station at ored with state Accreditation with U.S. 160 and state Route EE has long been a favorite of lake goers for supplies. Distinction five years in a row. If it’s family entertainment you’re interRecreation and entertainment are a desirable quality for most any family. ested in, we encourage you to visit one of With Highlandville being situated the many events The Highlandville halfway between Springfield and Saddle Club hosts during the summer. Branson, one is only minutes away from Check out their website—www.highworld-class amusement parks, stage landvillesaddleclub.com—for dates and shows, fishing, hunting, golf, tennis and a times. Maybe you’ll enjoy it enough to

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BOARD OF ALDERMEN Ward 1: Jim Webster, 300-5252 Sharon Gutlovics, 443-3000 Ward 2: Joe Gault, 224-2982 Meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at City Hall. HIGHLANDVILLE CITY UTILITIES 216 Kentling Ave. 443-2326 Utility clerk: Cindy Hogshooter Public works director: Loyd Rawlings HIGHLANDVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT 216 Kentling Ave. 443-2326 Chief: Richard Robertson

MUNICIPAL COURT Judge: Eric Eighmy Prosecutor: Jim Bowles Meets at 1:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of every odd numbered month HIGHLANDVILLE POST OFFICE 299 Kentling Ave. 443-4422 Postmaster: Cindy Lucas Hours: 8:30 to 11 a.m., 12:15 to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Saturday

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HIGHLANDVILLE CITY HALL 216 Kentling Ave. P.O. Box 157 443-2326 City clerk: Cindy Hogshooter Mayor: Clint Ellingsworth 839-1789

buy your own horse, donkey or maybe goat at a CRS Sales Auction, also located along U.S. 160, and join in the fun. Another new business in our fine city is Wacky Jacks Grill and Saloon. Wacky Jacks is a restaurant and bar with both smoking and non-smoking sections. They also have karaoke on certain nights so practice up and become a star. We have commercial building opportunities, business and housing opportunities, not to mention volunteering opportunities in our fine churches, schools and community organizations. We would love to partner with your desire as you embrace our community. Clint Ellingsworth mayor city of Highlandville

SPOKANE POST OFFICE 745 Spokane Road 587-3035 Postmaster: Eileen Roberts Hours: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday

HIGHLANDVILLE RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT 11542 U.S. 160 South Chief: Kevin Stephens, 844-5584 Fire house: 443-0911

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Spokane School District he Spokane R-7 School ensure the building project is comDistrict is proud to pleted as promised. With many announce that as a result of hours of hard work, the district will the hard work from the stu- begin initial construction to the dents and staff we have again earned addition to the middle school and high school this year. We the Distinction in are on track for construcPerformance Award. tion to begin in late June This recognition highand completion date is lights the academic anticipated to be July of achievements and 2013. progress made during I am looking forward to the 2011-12 school year. the upcoming year workOur district has received ing with all of the staff, the Distinction in students, parents and Performance Award six out of the last eight BERNSKOETTER community members. Please visit our new years. This distinguished recognition from the Missouri school website for information and Department of Elementary and updates. We are continuously strivSecondary Education is indicative of ing to improve the site to make it a the commitment to educational valuable communication tool for our excellence within the Spokane school community. As a team, we are School District and the community looking forward to continuing our in which we serve. From the school successes as we have in the past and district, we want to thank our stu- achieving even greater accomplishdents, staff, parents and community ments together in the future. Daryl Bernskoetter for their continued support in our superintendent children’s education. Spokane School District The district is working hard to

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DISTRICT OFFICE 167 Kentling Ave., Highlandville 443-2200; fax: 443-2205 www.spokane.k12.mo.us Superintendent: Daryl Bernskoetter BernskoetterDaryl@spokane.k12.mo.us HIGH SCHOOL 1123 Spokane Road 443-3502; fax: 443-7714 Principal: Jim Millsap MillsapJim@spokane.k12.mo.us MIDDLE SCHOOL 1130 Spokane Road 443-3506; fax: 443-2069 Principal: Pamila Rowe RowePamila@spokane.k12.mo.us HIGHLANDVILLE ELEMENTARY 223 Kentling Ave. 443-3361; fax: 443-2013 Principal: Jennifer Wheeler WheelerJennifer@spokane.k12.mo.us

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Highlandville & Spokane A community who has relied heavily on agriculture in the past, Highlandville is now home to two restaurants—the relocated Double E and the newly-opened Wacky Jack’s—and recently opened a Dollar General on the crossroads of Kentling Avenue and U.S. 160. “We are growing and growing by the day,” said Highlandville Mayor Clint Ellingsworth. Spokane has several thriving businesses as well, including the ever-popular Gateway Café and newer Glossip’s Feed and Grocery. Bridging the gap between the two communities, the Spokane/Highlandville Chamber of Commerce is home to more than 40 businesses and President Keith Rollings said the recent growth has created an excitement in the area. “I think everybody is just really looking forward to what is going to happen next and what’s on the horizon for our towns,” he said.

Woody’s Country Store & Fireworks— which carries Amish edible goods and offers a free petting zoo year round. It is also home to Nartec, a small, homebased business and manufacturer of the world’s fastest and easiest field test for methamphetamine. Highlandville is now “on the map” nationally because of construction of Pensmore—a 72,000-square-foot mansion that drew attention for its size and innovative concrete technology.

Rural life Nestled on winding roads in breathtaking landscape between Springfield and Branson, the Highlandville and Spokane areas are close enough to enjoy the big cities, but far enough out to enjoy country living. While driving through, passersby are sure to see signs of that country life

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from the livestock, barns and silos that lines the roads. The Highlandville Saddle Club— www.highlandvillesaddleclub.com— brings regular rodeos and events to the area and the Finley River Cowboy Church hosts services twice a week, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Sundays at the Highlandville Sale Barn, U.S. 160 and state Route EE. Jim “JR” Rantz is one of many “circuitriding preachers” in the growing movement of cowboy churches, a low-key, come-as-you-are type of worship service often hosted in agricultural facilities. The services feature old-time hymns and a pointedly rural atmosphere.

Schools Although Spokane and Highlandville are two separate communities, there is one thing that bridges the two together: The school system. Highlandville is home to the elementary school while Spokane houses the middle and high schools. The Spokane Owls are excelling in athletics and academics.

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Christian County churches ASSEMBLY OF GOD • First Assembly of God 706 Glossip Ave., Highlandville (417) 443-6217 Pastor: Ken Hunt Sun. Sch 9:30 a Svce. 10:45 a & 6 p, Wed. 7 p • James River Assembly of God 6100 N. 19th St., Ozark (417) 581-5433 • Nixa Assembly of God 113 Mt. Vernon St., Nixa (417) 725-3075 Sun: 10a & 6p, Wed. 7p • Ozark Assembly of God 1602 W. South St., Ozark (417) 581-6445 • Sparta Assembly of God 6778 W. Hwy. 14, Sparta (417) 881-6369 Pastor: Darrell Mead Sun. 9:45a & 6p, Wed. 7p BAPTIST • Calvary Baptist Church of Nixa 206 E. Smalley St., Nixa (417) 725-3023

• Crossroads Baptist Church 423 South St., Nixa (417) 725-9383 Sun. 10:30a • Fairview Baptist Church 2 mi south of Sparta on PP Hwy. Rev. Ron Long, pastor (417) 576-5198 • First Baptist Church of Clever 105 S. Kennedy, Clever (417) 743-2541 Pastor: George Wisley • First Baptist Church of Nixa 601 Wasson, Nixa (417) 725-3867 • First Baptist Church of Ozark 1400 W. Jackson St., Ozark (417) 581-2484 • First Baptist Church of Sparta 330 Millbrooke, Sparta www.spartafirstbaptist.org (417) 350-2602 Pastor: Bob Stout • Immanuel Baptist Church P.O. Box 14, Nixa (417) 848-2992

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• Hopedale Baptist Church 5370 N. Hwy NN, Ozark (417) 581-3836 Heritage service 8:30a; Sun. Sch. 9: 45a; neos service at 11a; evening service at 6p • Fremont Hills Baptist Church 4375 N. Fremont, Ozark (417) 581-7424 Sun. Sch 10 a. Svce. 10:45a & 6p, Wed. 6:30p • Living Waters Community Church 825 N. Main St., Nixa (417) 724-8336 Sun. 10:30a • Mentor Baptist Church 5735 State FR RD 193, Rogersville Pastor: L. Joe Coppridge • New Hope Baptist Church 960 St. Hwy. JJ, Sparta (417) 581-3800, Wed. 6:30p Sun. Sch. 9:45a, Svce. 10:45a & 6p • Highlandville First Baptist Corner of 160 & EE, Highlandville (417) 443-3334 (417) 224-3523 Pastor: Leslie Day • Nixa General Baptist 1011 N. Main St., Nixa (417) 725-0656 Sun. 10a • North Nixa Baptist Church 1730 N Hwy CC, Nixa (417) 725-5355 Sun. 8:30a & 10:30a • Victory Baptist Church 252 N. Nicholas Road, Nixa (417) 725-7737 Pastor: Ray Brinson Sun. Schl 9:30a, Svc. 10:30a Sun. 6p, Wed. 7p

• One Accord Free Will Baptist Church 209 Village Center, Nixa (417) 872-6532 Pastor: Bill Gilkerson • Ozark Baptist Temple 1530 N. 18th St., Ozark (417) 581-2730 Pastor: John England • Ozark Freewill Baptist Church 201 E. Church, Ozark (417) 581-5246 Sun 9a & 11a Sun sch 10a • Ozark General Baptist Church 1201 West South St., Ozark (417) 581-3383 Pastor: Allen Maples • Smyrna Baptist Church 3401 Smyrna Road, Ozark (417) 294-4348 • Sonrise Baptist Church 1701 S. 6th Ave., Ozark (417) 864-4194 Pastor: Kevin Carson • Spokane First Baptist Church 1 blk N of Post Office, Spokane (417) 587-3384 • The Bridge Church 308 W. Mt. Vernon, Nixa (417) 724-1443 www.thebridgenixa.org • Union Chapel Baptist Church Union Chapel Rd. (417) 581-3535 Pastor: Fred Overly, Sun. 11a • Victory Baptist Church 5058 state Route W, Ozark (417) 581-2257 Pastor: Bob Long Sun. 11a, 6p

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BIBLE • First Evangelical Free Church 5500 S. Southwood Road www.firstefc.com (417) 889-9445 Senior Pastor: Jerry Carlin • Calvary Bible Church West of 160, 1.25 miles Jct. of Hwy 14 & Nicholas Rd., Nixa (417) 725-4437 • Faith Bible Fellowship of Nixa Meets at Nixa Senior Center (417) 725-8814 CATHOLIC • St. Francis of Assisi Church 844 S. Gregg Road, Nixa Masses: Sat. 5:30p, Sun. 9:30a Followed by Whole Community Catechesis • St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church 1796 State Hwy. NN, Ozark (417) 581-6328 CHRISTIAN • Church at Finley Crossings 380 E. Hwy CC, Suite A101, Nixa (417) 724-2232 Worship Sun. 10a • Clever Christian Church Carpenter and Mitchell, Clever (417) 743-2587

• Nixa Christian Church 400 Northview Road, Nixa (417) 725-2850, www.nixacc.org Senior Pastor: Chad Mattingly • Ozark Christian Church 1200 E. McCracken, Ozark (417) 581-6796 • Selmore Christian Church 4 mi. S of Ozark on Hwy 65 (417) 485-2608 • Sparta Christian Church S. Oak & Cherry St., Sparta (417) 634-5487 CHURCH OF CHRIST • Church of Christ 1300 S. 3rd St., Ozark (417) 581-1059 • Church of Christ Riverside Rd., Ozark (417) 581-0406; (417) 581-5522 • Highlandville Church of Christ 388 Highlandville Road, Highlandville (417) 443-0050; (417) 443-3990 • Nixa Church of Christ 313 N. Main, Nixa (417) 725-5784, Sun. 10a • Southside Church of Christ 801 W. South St., Ozark (417) 581-1047 • Sparta Church of Christ 165 Scott, Sparta, (417) 278-3977 • Union Hill Church of Christ 865 N. Nicholas, Nixa; (417) 725-6036

EPISCOPAL • St. Matthew’s Episcopal 203A E. Brick St., Ozark (417) 581-1350 Sun. 9:45a – Ad/Chd Classes Sun. 8:30a – Svce. & Communion FOURSQUARE • Crossroads Christian Fellowship 1316 W. Snyder Blvd., Nixa (417) 724-8900 Sun. 10a FULL GOSPEL • Hilltop Full Gospel Church 3 mi. N. of Reeds Spring Junction (417) 272-1314; Pastors: Harold & Georgia Tennison (417) 634-4207 • Grace Community Worship Center 825 N. Kenneth St., Nixa (417) 581-8010 Pastor: Paul Winchester Sun. 10:30a • Ozark Full Gospel Church 3081 Selmore Road, Ozark (417) 581-4039 Pastor: James Eakins • Clever Full Gospel Church Hwy K and Kennedy (417) 619-4890 Pastor: Dan McCabe Sun. 10a, 1:45a & 6p; Wed. 7p

• Nixa Full Gospel 1110 S. Shamrock, Nixa (417) 744-2951 Sun. 10a & 6p • First Oldfield Full Gospel 2656 Hwy 125 South, Oldfield INTERDENOMINATIONAL • People of the Holy God Church 345 Highlandville Rd. (417)576-7381 Worship/Eucharist - 1st & 3rd Friday 7:30p LUTHERAN • Family of Christ Lutheran Church Stained Glass TheatreBoomland Square Hwy 14 & 65, Ozark. Sun. 10:00a (417) 224-7605; (417) 890-5526 Rev. Dale A. Bond, Sr. Pastor • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 815 E. Plainview Rd., Spfld. (417) 881-0833 • Redeemer Lutheran Church 911 W. Mt. Vernon, Nixa (417)725-4288 Services: Sunday 8:15 & 10:45a • River of Life Lutheran Church 4900 S. Farm Road 189, Rogersville (417-888-2335, www.theriver.ws Sun. 10:45a, Sun. sch. 9:30a

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METHODIST â&#x20AC;˘ Aldersgate United Methodist Church 460 Aldersgate Dr., Nixa (417) 725-4949 Sun. 8:30a, 9:45a, 11a â&#x20AC;˘ Cassidy United Methodist Church 5151 N. Fremont, Nixa (417) 582-3632 www.cassidyumc.net Sun. Sch. 9:30a, Wshp. 10:45a â&#x20AC;˘ Ozark United Methodist Church 2850 State Hwy 14 E., Ozark (417) 581-6853 www.ozarkumc.org â&#x20AC;˘ Clever United Methodist Kennedy and Carpenter streets, Clever Pastor: Kirby Holbrook (417) 942-7098 Worship 9 & 11a, Sun sch. 10a www.cleverumc.org NAZARENE â&#x20AC;˘ Nixa Church of the Nazarene 306 W. Northview Rd., Nixa (417) 725-4224 Sun. 10:40a â&#x20AC;˘ Ozark Church of the Nazarene 500 E. Highview, Ozark (417) 582-0459

NONDENOMINATIONAL â&#x20AC;˘ Countryside Christian Church 1.5 Mi. W of Ozark on Hwy. 14 (417) 581-6290 â&#x20AC;˘ Overcoming Faith Church 3 Mi. N of Ozark on NN (417) 581-8159 â&#x20AC;˘ Sanctuary of Hope 7237 state Route 14, Sparta (417) 551-2597 Sun. 10a & 6p Pastors: Michael, Kayte Hamilton â&#x20AC;˘ Spiritual Enrichment Center of the Ozarks Roark Health Center 405 N. Bus. 65 (417) 334-0563 â&#x20AC;˘ Finley River Cowboy Church Circuit rider Jim â&#x20AC;&#x153;JRâ&#x20AC;? Rantz Highway 160 & EE Sundays at 10a Tuesdays at 7p (417) 840-4773 PENTECOSTAL â&#x20AC;˘ Apostolic Lighthouse of Nixa 309 S. Water, Nixa (417) 725-9053 â&#x20AC;˘ Maranatha Chapel 3049 N. 20th St., Ozark Pastor: Shane Pharris

â&#x20AC;˘ Ozark Mountain United Pentecostal Church 4619 Selmore Rd., Ozark (417) 581-4329 PRESBYTERIAN â&#x20AC;˘ 1st Korean Presbyterian Church 205 South St., Nixa (417) 725-2300 â&#x20AC;˘ Ozark Presbyterian Church 2 Mi. E of Hwy. 65, off Exit F (417) 581-6988 SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST â&#x20AC;˘ Nixa Seventh-Day Adventist 957 Canyon Lane, Nixa (417) 725-7774 Sat. 9:30a SOUTHERN BAPTIST â&#x20AC;˘ Oakwood Southern Baptist Church 5415 State Hwy. H, Forsyth Pastor Jon Mitchell (417) 634-3329 â&#x20AC;˘ Generation Christian Center 1839 N. Commerce Dr., Nixa (417) 724-0146 Sun. 10:30a â&#x20AC;˘ Life Point Church 140 N. 20th St., Ozark Sun. Serv. 9a & 10:40a www.lifepointozark.com (417) 581-6572 Pastor: Lane Harrison

â&#x20AC;˘ Fairview Baptist Hwy PP. Sparta, Pastor: Ron Long Sun. sch. 9a, Serv. 11a, 6p, Wed. 7p â&#x20AC;˘ Mt. Zion Baptist Church Hwy. JJ, Ozark (417) 485-6129 www.mtzionozarkmo.com â&#x20AC;˘ Prospect Baptist Church 2932 Old Prospect Rd., Ozark (417) 581-7088 â&#x20AC;˘ Selmore Baptist Church US 65, 3 Mi. S of Ozark (417) 582-6483 Pastor: Joshua Hall â&#x20AC;˘ Fremont Hills Baptist Church 4375 N. Fremont Rd., Ozark 1/2mi S. of Hwy CC (417) 581-7424 Pastor: Art Hicklin â&#x20AC;˘ Ozark Highlands Church 1606 S. 12th Ave., Ozark Just East of Murfins on Hwy. 14 (417) 689-2524 â&#x20AC;˘ Mount Sinai Baptist Church state Route N and Sinai Road Pastor: Darrell Devenny

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