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Nixa High School graduate, assistant principal named the next principal  Springfield News-Leader

The two largest school districts in Christian County - Nixa and Ozark - have filled leadership positions recently.

Nixa Public Schools launch search for new high school principal  Springfield News-Leader

NIXA — After seven years as principal of Nixa High School, Mark McGehee is moving to the district's central office. McGehee, employed by Nixa Public Schools ...

Nixa High School student allegedly caught passing out fake $100 bills  Springfield News-Leader

Officials say a student was allegedly caught passing out fake $100 bills Tuesday at Nixa High School.

Voters to consider ballot questions for Nixa Public Schools  Christian County Headliner News

Nixa High School would undergo a multitude of improvement projects under a pair of ballot questions Nixa Public Schools will pose to voters April 2, 2019.

Nixa high school has "Say Something" week to promote positive mental health  KY3

NIXA, Mo. This week students arriving at Nixa High School are greeted by their peers waving signs of affirmation and encouragement. It's part of the "Say ...

Nixa school district seeks funds for performing arts center, higher teacher pay  Springfield News-Leader

Nixa High School Principal Mark McGehee shows administrators and school board members the proposed location for a new performing arts center at the ...

Nixa Names New High School Principal and Additional Administrators

NIXA, Mo. - Nixa has announced changes in their administration including a new principal for the high school.

Nixa school district asks lawmakers to pay millions more on controversial lease  Springfield News-Leader

A local school district is looking to postpone a pledge to end a pricey lease on an early childhood special education center.

Nixa High teen suffers traumatic face injury at marching band contest  Springfield News-Leader

Editor's note: An update to this story can be read here. At the last minute, Bryce Long's mom finessed a way to accompany him to a marching band contest in ...

‘Clay It Up’ Competition Held at Nixa High School

NIXA, Mo. -- Saturday was the first ever "Clay It Up" and it was held at Nixa High School.

Former Nixa elementary school principal John Thomas dies  Christian County Headliner News

John C. Thomas, 85, died April 21. He was a native of Pennsylvania who first came to southwest Missouri on a football scholarship, but grew into one of Nixa's ...

Nixa High School courtyard gets makeover from students  KY3

A group of Nixa High School teachers and students, their families, and community members all pitched in to update the school's courtyard for the 2018-2019 ...

Nixa High marching band teen with traumatic face injury has new smile  Springfield News-Leader

Nearly four months after a Nixa High School student suffered a traumatic face injury during a marching band contest, he has a new reason to smile. Bryce Long ...

Nixa Public Schools starts on-site health clinic for employees — and it's free  Springfield News-Leader

Nixa Superintendent Gearl Loden said the district is providing the *service* to employees as a new benefit. It started in early February.

Nixa School District proposes tax increase on April ballot  KY3

NIXA, Mo. -- The Nixa Board of Education has approved two bond issues for the ballot in April. Question 1 has no tax increases, but would pay for various ...

Surgery set for Nixa marching band student with traumatic face injury  Springfield News-Leader

A Nixa High School student who suffered a traumatic face injury during a marching band contest will take a critical step toward healing this week. Bryce Long, a ...

Voters approve both Nixa school funding issues  Springfield News-Leader

Nixa voters handily passed two school funding issues Tuesday to raise teacher pay and expand the high school by adding classrooms, expanding the stadium ...

Nixa Students Speak Up for Mental Health with “Say Something Week”

NIXA, Mo. - Nixa High School students are taking a stand against violence and suicide with "Say Something Week."

Sucker Days weekend in Nixa | Free  Christian County Headliner News

Barber Finis Gold started Sucker Day in 1957 as an excuse to skip out on work for a snagging venture and a fish fry. In 1963, Gold incorporated Sucker Day.

Start with Hello: Nixa High School students place focus on kindness, inclusivity  Christian County Headliner News

A group of Nixa High School students say the best way to make everyone feel included is to start with, “hello.” The school's Students Against Destructive ...

Police in Nixa, Mo. will soon enforce center-turn lane laws  KY3

NIXA, Mo. (Edited News Release) -- Police in Nixa, Mo. report seeing a lot of drivers using center turn lanes incorrectly. Not only is it a violation of the law, but it is ...

Nixa pulls together to revive Sucker Days festival  Springfield News-Leader

There have been significant changes to the event, including the name. It is now the Sucker Days Music, Arts & Craft Festival.

Nixa Chamber of Commerce celebrates business with annual NIXPO  KY3

NIXA, Mo. -- More than 5,000 packed Nixa High School Saturday, celebrating everything business and community at the 24th annual NIXPO. The massive expo ...

Nixa city leaders and millennials brainstorm ideas to move city forward  KY3

NIXA, Mo. - City leaders in Nixa met with millennials who call Nixa their home Saturday afternoon during 'Nixa Next.' The meeting was targeted towards 17 to ...

Nixa school district takes campaign to City Hall  Christian County Headliner News

Nixa School Board President Scott McDonald and Nixa Public Schools Superintendent Gearl Loden, along with supporting staff, apprised the Nixa City Council ...

Rock Bridge girls soccer drops home opener to Nixa  Columbia Missourian

A late equalizer from Nixa forced the game to double overtime, and the Eagles ultimately gave Rock Bridge its first loss of the season.

Community leaders observe National Day of Prayer | Free  Christian County Headliner News

Community leaders of all types convened in Nixa early Thursday morning in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

Four Eagles named National Merit Finalists | Community Links  Christian County Headliner News

Four Nixa High School seniors who earned National Merit Semifinalist status last September now are National Merit Finalists.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge girls' soccer narrowly loses to Nixa after double overtime  Columbia Missourian

Rock Bridge varsity girls' soccer plays against Nixa on Friday at Rock Bridge High School. The game began at 6:45 p.m. and remained a tied game before Rock ...

ELECTION 101: What you need to know about Tuesday's ballot in Missouri  KY3

Polls open at 6 a.m. across the state. Voting ends at 7 p.m..

Springfield's Teacher of the Year accepts job in Nixa  Springfield News-Leader

Daniel Gutierrez, Springfield Public Schools' reigning Teacher of the Year, has accepted a job in Nixa. The Nixa school board voted Thursday to hire the ...

Nixa goes "old school" to teach life lessons while having fun  KY3

NIXA, Mo. It was an interesting and enlightening Thursday in Nixa as teachers and students in all the public schools celebrated "Old School Day" by living life ...

Schurig likes depth of Washburn signing class  WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Washburn welcomed 28 new Ichabods on National Signing Day. Every coach usually sees a key trait or something they really like about ...

Nixa location of Big Whiskey's American Restaurant & Bar expected to open by Thanksgiving  Springfield News-Leader

Big Whiskey's American Restaurant & Bar expects to open the doors of a new Nixa location by Thanksgiving and throw a grand opening party in December, the ...

Springfield, Nixa lead area high schools in National Merit scholarships  Springfield News-Leader

Eight area high school students from the Class of 2018 are among the National Merit Scholarship winners in this round.

Our five hot takes from an epic Week 4 of the Ozarks' high school football season  Springfield News-Leader

A night of rivalries and high-profile matchups under the lights made for some epic games across the Ozarks during the fourth week of the high school football ...

Nixa students accused of breaking in, vandalizing high school  Springfield News-Leader

Four young people are facing burglary charges after police say they broke into the school in the middle of the night.

Drury wrestler, Nixa grad shot in hunting accident. 'Really good prognosis' after surgery.  Springfield News-Leader

Benetti was a three-time state qualifier and placed sixth in 2017 and fourth in 2018 while a wrestler at Nixa High School.

Nixa High journalism students receive awards | News  Christian County Headliner News

Nixa High School journalism students, front row from left, Alyssa Stewart, Carli Snyder, Jada Ullrich, Chance Brown, Cole Aton and Noah McQuerter; back row ...

Severe weather/Tornado safety and sheltering information | Free  Christian County Headliner News

The National Weather *Service* describes a tornado as, “a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground.

Crimson Corps plays at Pearl Harbor | Community Links  Christian County Headliner News

The Nixa High School marching band visited Hawaii the week of May 26-31. On May 29, the band performed at the USS Missouri and USS Arizona Memorial at ...

Nixa students, teacher making a name for themselves with history  Christian County Headliner News

It started roughly six years ago, when two high school students arrived in Nixa High School history teacher Kelly “Simon” Matney's classroom, eager to learn ...

Nixa students advance to international competition | News  Christian County Headliner News

Nixa High School participants in Distributive Education Clubs of America participants were among 1900 students who recently competed at the DECA State ...

Lebanon wins inaugural district girls wrestling team title  Ozarks Sports Zone

Nixa hosted one of four district girls wrestling tournaments that were the first in state history this weekend. While it may have been the first MSHSAA sanctioned ...

Leigh's Lost and Found: Couple looking for their lost dogs find this lost pup, do you recognize her?  KSPR

In our Leigh's Lost and Found today, a happy homecoming for two dogs but the owners still have a problem. Missy and Mia went missing in Nixa back in early ...

Nixa High School students win 25 awards at Journalism Day  Springfield News-Leader

The Nixa High School journalism students won 25 awards at the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association's Journalism Day at the University of Missouri ...

Rogersville scrapes by Carl Junction in defensive battle  Ozarks Sports Zone

By John Miller (For Nixa, Mo. – Few teams can go scoreless over a nine-and-a-half minute stretch and still win, but thanks to its solid ...

Nixa Police Investigate Student’s Death

NIXA, Mo. – Police are investigating the death of a boy in Nixa today, according to a city spokesman.

Nixa Students Place 8th in Nation in FBLA Nationals  Christian County Headliner News

Mark Meads and Carson Young are among the best in the nation at using computers to organize all of the information a business needs.

Parents lodge complaint against Nixa High basketball coach  Springfield News-Leader

The parents of a Nixa High School basketball player plan to take their concerns to the school board in mid-March.

RUNNING TO RIO: Nixa parents share in daughter's Olympic dream  KY3

Courtney Frerichs will compete in the women's 3000 meter steeplechase.

Nixa High's Gay-Straight Alliance honored in NYC  Springfield News-Leader

Club started to establish place where LGBT youth, and their straight allies, can find support and acceptance.

NEST brings hundreds together in Nixa  Springfield News-Leader

NEST brought smiles to special education students and volunteers who participated in activities and worked together.

Nixa students receive chromebooks to use at school, home  KY3

The district is in the second year of its Connected initiative. Students grades two through 12 will receive a device that they can use at school and at home.

Nixa schools $9.5 million bond proposal passes  Springfield News-Leader

NIXA – For the second time in two years, voters in the Nixa Public Schools district said “yes” to a building bond issue. Voters approved a proposal to allow Nixa ...

Nixa FBLA participants bring home awards at Springfield conference  Christian County Headliner News

Seventeen members of the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda Chapter from Nixa High School recently traveled to Springfield for ...

Teen woman charged in murder plot played soccer at Nixa High  KY3

Former coach remembers woman accused of murder differently than neighbors who suspected drug activity.

FEMA Shelters Open in Nixa

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- It's usually not the norm that a high school weight room can double as a FEMA Shelter for the public, but in Nixa that's exactly what's ...

Remember where you were on 9/11? A whole new generation does not  KY3

If you're high school-aged or younger, you don't remember 9/11 because you were either a newborn or not born yet. It's hard to believe that a whole generation ...

Hal Rodney Johnson | Obituaries  Christian County Headliner News

Funeral: 3 p.m. Aug. 24, at James River Church South Chapel. Visitation to be held one hour prior to *service*, also at the church. A burial will follow the next.

Newsmakers: April 22-28, 2019  Springfield Business Journal

Banking and Finance Chris Vinton joined Central Bank of Branson's eight-member board of directors. He is the president and owner of Vinton Commercial ...

'Duck Dynasty' star, pro angler thank Nixa firefighters  Christian County Headliner News

Station 1 firefighters of the Nixa Fire Protection District received all the tools for a successful tailgate May 23. While on a road trip to recognize first responders, ...

Young Achievers: Nixa students perform at Disney World  Springfield News-Leader

The Springfield Public Schools' Class of 2016 qualified for $26.2 million in college scholarships.

Backyard Brawl food drive for Least Of These tied to Hunger Action Month  Christian County Headliner News

September is a month full of giving. It's Hunger Action Month, and the people at Christian County food pantry Least Of These are happy to be a part of it,

Historic signing class sends 14 Nixa athletes to college  Ozarks Sports Zone

NIXA, Mo. — Last year there was a huge statement on Nicholas Road in Nixa. The high school showed it's muscle, sending two football players to FBS schools.

Drury wrestler shot in hunting accident

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Freshman Drury University wrestler Donovan Benetti has been shot in the abdomen in a hunting accident. University athletics ...

Nixa High School JROTC finishes third at Multi Service Drill Meet Dec. 3  Christian County Headliner News

Nixa High School JROTC drill and color guard teams finished third place at the recent Ozark's Annual Regional Multi-*Service* drill and color guard Competition ...

5 Nixa students selected for Missouri All-State Choir  Christian County Headliner News

Nixa's Jordan Hedgpeth, Kyle Hulsebus, Amanda Obeso, Elizabeth Widiger and Sophi Wilson were selected to the Missouri All-State Choir through an intense ...

Credentials of Nixa Public Schools' budget director questioned by audit organizer  Springfield News-Leader

Brenda Rantz, executive director of finance, has worked for Nixa Public Schools since the mid-1980s.

Ex-JROTC instructor pleaded guilty to assault of former student  Springfield News-Leader

A former JROTC instructor from Mountain Grove High School pleaded guilty this week to repeatedly grazing a high school student's body with a knife and giving ...

Webb City softball program named to Missouri Sports Hall of Fame  Joplin Globe

Webb City High School's softball program, Missouri Southern assistant softball coach Jakki Prater Schneider and former Miller softball standout Hailee ...

Nixa's Payton Hannah doesn't have to travel far to play college baseball  Christian County Headliner News

Nixa's Payton Hannah is joined by his family and high school coaches as he signs his letter of intent to play baseball for Drury University.

Citing health concerns, Nixa Superintendent Stephen Kleinsmith plans retirement  Springfield News-Leader

Nixa Superintendent Stephen Kleinsmith would love to work another 10 years, but his body, ravaged by a neurological disorder, is not cooperating.

After Nixa teen's overdose, parents ponder penalties, their community and themselves  Springfield News-Leader

As Nixa police see rise in prescription drug abuse, mother says "It's the worst thing in the world to lose a child."

How Nixa turned into a college football factory  Springfield News-Leader

It's rare for a high school football team to send a player to a NCAA Division I team.

Students Fight to Wear Confederate Flag Shirts; Nixa Schools Keep Ban, Cite Past Racism  Riverfront Times

One year ago, Colby Snider, a seventeen-year-old Nixa resident, died from carbon monoxide poisoning. His younger brother and friends wanted to wear t-shirts ...

Nixa Raider team places in regional competition | News  Christian County Headliner News

The Nixa High School JROTC Raider team finished fourth out of 14 teams in the Clinton Regional Raider Competition recently. Team members are, from left, ...

Newsmakers: May 6-12, 2019  Springfield Business Journal

Banking and Finance Ozark Bank hired Tim Austin as senior vice president and commercial lender at its Nixa branch. With a background in agricultural lending ...

Drury University wrestler identified as hunter accidentally shot in Phelps County  KY3

NEAR ROLLA, Mo. -- The Doolittle Rural Fire Protection District identifies a hunter hospitalized after he was accidentally shot in Phelps County Saturday ...

Big Cats: Ozark moves into Missouri football's largest class  Christian County Headliner News

Ozark defenders, from left to right, Wyatt Baird, Hunter Tennison and Hunter Porteous apply pressure on Kickapoo's Brooks Dingman during a jamboree football ...

SPECIAL REPORT: Breaking the silence of suicide  KY3

KY3's Maria Neider reports on the dangerous side effects from medications used to treat severe depression and the shortage of psychiatrists.

UPDATE: Missing Nixa teen found safe  Springfield News-Leader

Officials say the 14-year-old has run away before with an older man she met online.

Traumatic Brain Injury: The Signature Wound Of Iraq And Afghanistan  KSMU Radio

PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury, that's basically the wound of Iraq and Afghanistan. The signature wound, if you will, is the TBI," said Anthony Norris, a.

Webb City defense rock solid; Nixa no longer undefeated  Springfield News-Leader

Webb City put on the sort of performance that left Nixa fans wondering how on earth the Cardinals have two losses.

Man sentenced to 15 years for murdering Nixa teen  Springfield News-Leader

Jesus Padilla, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree.

Perez excels in the family business, earns scholarship to NMSU  Christian County Headliner News

Following in the family footsteps is how Lisette Perez came to find her own starring role.

Missouri Rep. Kevin Elmer Calls Nixa Schools 'Failure' for Gay-Straight Alliance T-Shirt  Riverfront Times

Missouri Rep. Kevin Elmer, R-Nixa, snapped a photo of a teen girl's chest and tweeted it last week because he was offended by her Nixa...

Nixa teen cyclist dies after crash  Springfield News-Leader

The 14-year-old was a freshman at Nixa High School.

Passenger describes crash that killed Nixa teen, 'Dad' reacts  Springfield News-Leader

Rachel Cooley was sure she was going to die Sunday afternoon, trapped in an upside down Dodge van as it sank into a Dallas County creek.

Nixa comes together with vigil for teens killed in crash last week  Springfield News-Leader

Vigil was held Sunday in Nixa for the four teens killed in a crash last week.

Prater thrilled to lead JHS softball into COC  Joplin Globe

Jakki Prater knows all about the Central Ozark Conference.

Nixa picks Delaware woman's designs for new flag, seal and police patches  Springfield News-Leader

The winning designs for Nixa's new city symbols were designed by a Delaware woman who has never set foot in the Christian County crossroads.

Nixa senior hopes to become a professional pool player  Springfield News-Leader

Devan Stagner racks up nine balls in the shape of a diamond, his fingers bent at the knuckles as he places the solid-yellow, number-one ball on the apex spot ...

Missouri mother, 21, sentenced to 40 years for role in meth-trafficking murder  Kansas City Star

Brooke Beckley, of Nixa, Missouri, was once an honor student. She was sentenced for her role in a plot to kill a man to avoid paying a meth-trafficking debt.

School Safety a Priority for Districts in the Ozarks, Especially Following Mass School Shootings  KSMU Radio

Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado was the site of a mass shooting in 1999. Fourteen students and one teacher were killed by Columbine students.

Things to do calendar: Easter events, Rock'n Ribs and more in April  Springfield News-Leader

There's a lot going on as the Ozarks settles into spring.

After a long wait, Kickapoo star Jared Ridder is set to return home at Missouri State  Springfield News-Leader

The last time Jared Ridder played in a game at JQH Arena was on Jan. 14, 2017, when he was signed on to play at Xavier as he led the Kickapoo Chiefs.

No more 'SHHHHH': School libraries are no longer silent and strict  KY3

School libraries are no longer the silent place with strict rules. With more classrooms embracing collaborative, hands-on group work, libraries too are becoming ...

Drury feels like home, of course, for Nixa swimmer Daniel Brinck  Christian County Headliner News

Daniel Brinck could try and deny it all he wanted, but there was no getting around one fact: the Drury University campus is home for him.

Trials lead to triumphs for Nixa grad Sydney Hammit  Ozarks Sports Zone

NIXA, Mo. — Sydney Hammit can't play kickball, she can't skate and you'll never see her on a trampoline. If it involves excessive movement on water or snow ...

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