Issue 81| November 2023

City News

Onward Ozark

Onward Ozark: Planning our Corridors will help the city determine the future of three important corridors:

  • North State Highway NN
  • South 3rd Street/Highway 14
  • South Street

And we need YOUR help!

Take the survey to share your thoughts.

About Onward Ozark

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MoDOT: Route 65 Widening Project In Ozark To Begin Week of Nov. 13

A project to widen Route 65 to six lanes – three lanes in each direction – between Christian County Route CC/J and Christian County Route F in Ozark is scheduled to start the week of November 13, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Crews will begin installing work zone signs and other items in preparation for the widening work the week of November 6.

More information...

Meeting with the Mayor

Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9-11 am

at the OC (1530 W. Jackson St.)

Meet Mayor Don Currence and discuss what means the most to you as an Ozark Citizen.

Event details ...

Ozark Christmas Parade

We hope to see you at the Ozark Christmas Parade on Nov. 18 from 5:30 - 7 pm!

The parade will begin behind the Ozark Innovation Center, flow down Jackson Street, and turn onto the Historic Downtown Square.

Follow the Ozark Chamber for updates...

How to prepare your home for colder weather

Cold temperatures have arrived in the Ozarks. Make sure your home is prepared to handle these lower temperatures and that you are equipped with the information you need.

Tips on how to prep your home...

McCracken Road Project completed, bridge open

W McCracken Road is open! As a reminder, this is a one-way street coming from Highway NN, heading EAST toward Finley River Park. Enjoy the beautifully renovated Mill Pond Bridge, which you can also walk across on the pedestrian pathway.

More about this project...

State of the Community Town Hall

A huge thank you to all who attended the State of the Community Town Hall on Oct. 26 hosted by the Ozark Chamber of Commerce. We hope you learned valuable information about your community and had your questions answered. Thank you to the Ozark Chamber for organizing this event, bringing community partners together, and giving community members an opportunity for such an important discussion.

What's on the Calendar this month?

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Nov. 6 | 7 - 9 pm

Board of Aldermen

Nov. 10| Veterans Day Observed

City Hall CLOSED

Nov. 11 | 9 -11 am

Meeting with the Mayor

Nov. 20 | 7 - 9 pm

Board of Aldermen

Nov. 23 | Thanksgiving Day

City Hall CLOSED

Nov. 24 | Thanksgiving

City Hall CLOSED

Nov. 27 | 7 - 9 pm

Planning & Zoning

Calendar & Agendas


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Pardon Our Progress

Public Works Department

Asphalt pouring underway in Oak St. & West Downtown Area

Crews are pouring asphalt on several streets in the neighborhood, including W Robertson, South 8th, 7th, 6th, and 4th streets, and Oak and 5th streets. Thank you for your cooperation as we we approach the finish line of this project

Stay Updated on this project

Downtown Paving and Striping

Crews finished paving and striping streets south and east of The Square. These finishing touches aim to make Downtown Ozark more pedestrian-friendly and provide much-needed and clearly marked parking spaces for local businesses and events.

Ozark Police Department

Congratulations to the 2023 Citizens Academy graduates!

These dedicated individuals have spent hours learning about local law enforcement, and we are so proud of their hard work and commitment to their community.

We extend our sincerest gratitude to each graduate for their time and interest in this program. It is because of their participation that the Citizens Academy continues to be a success year after year.

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Thanks to everyone who showed up to Trunk-or-Treat Downtown Ozark on Halloween. Our officers and staff had a blast giving out candy and celebrating with the community.

Ozark Police Department

Ozark Fire Protection District

November is Thanksgiving Safety Month

Here are a few things to cover for the upcoming holiday season:

  • Cooking a turkey: Always ensure you have the appropriate oil level before introducing the turkey.
  • Always have the prior fire extinguisher readily available.
  • Keep fryers away from flammable structures.
  • Furnaces will be ignited with colder weather on the way:
  • Have your HVAC cleaned and serviced annually to remove dust and cobwebs before being ignited.
  • Have your fuel cleaned and inspected annually to ensure proper operation before igniting.
  • Keep space heaters away from flammable materials and remove power when not attended. 

Contact your local fire district for fire extinguisher classes.

Station #3 making progress

Station #3 has received a new paint coating, and the interior work is finishing up. Crews are slated to be back in the station by the end of the year. 

District members certified as instructors

Four district members were certified as instructors for the “Managing a Fire Company” program. They will now host many upcoming trainings for up-and-coming or current Company Officers (Lieutenant or Captain), from managing the daily activities in the firehouse, to disciplinary issues, physical fitness, and mental health concerns. 

District receives breathing apparatus

The district recently received 45 new MSA SCBAs (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus), replacing current ones that are almost ten years old. This project culminates many months of dedication by Battalion Chief Caleb Thompson. These breathing apparatus allow Firefighters to perform work in hazardous conditions.

Parks & Recreation

Indoor Aquatic Facility back open

The Indoor Aquatic Facility at The OC is open after closing temporarily for maintenance. Thank you for your support as we continue to improve our facility. We can't wait to see you back.

HOLIDAY HOURS: The OC will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 23

The OC will be open regular hours on Friday, Nov. 24.

No Fitness, No Aquatics Classes, No Kids Zone, No Rock Wall Nov 22 - 27. Swim Lessons continue as scheduled.

Visit The OC website ...

Group Swim Classes are back!

Take your swimming skills to the next level! Registration is now open for November and December! We offer various levels to accommodate everyone.

Questions? Email [email protected]

Register HERE

We're adding a new Pilates Class

Pilates will now replace the current Yoga class offered on Mondays at 9 a.m. starting on November 13. We recently also added a Pilates Class on Thursdays at 10 a.m. It proved to be so popular we decided to add another one. We hope to see you there!

Festival of Frights a huge succes!

The OC's biggest event of the year was another success, thanks to you, our community members. Festival of Frights at The OC presented by Knight Heating & Air once again brought in a huge crowd for trick-treating and fun activities for the kids. A huge thanks to the sponsors and the vendors who made this event possible.

On The Road Again

A 55+ club that is on the go! Every month, the group engages in trips around the Ozarks. These can include local shows and musicals, tourist destinations, museums, fine dining, and more!

More information...


Now registering!

Check out the programs registering now, and choose the one your kids will love the most and secure their spot today!

Boys Winter Basketball

Swim Team -Tiger Sharks


Kids Day Off and Snow Days

These programs are provided when local school districts are not in session. The program runs from 7 AM-6PM and is available for children who are in grades K-6.

More information...

Kids Night In: Nov 3 and Dec 8

Children from Kindergarten through 6th grade can join us for a fun night - bounce houses, group games, pizza, and more await as we have a great time at The OC from 5:30 - 9:30 pm.

More information...

Holiday Camps at The OC

December 21-22, 26-29, & January 2-3 from 7 am - 6 pm

Field Trips include: Art Zone, Jump Mania, Springfield Warrior Gym, Springfield Gymnastics.

More information and registration

All of the lights!

Festival of Lights at Finley River Park

Nov. 9 - Dec. 25

Join us starting at 5 pm at no cost! But donations are accepted.

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Night in the Lights

Dec. 3, 10, 17

Watch the magic unfold as you take a horse-drawn stage coach to view over 1 mile of twinkling lights at the Festival of Lights at Finley River Park. 

Event Information...

Mayor's Tree Lighting at The OC

Dec. 9 from 6 - 9 pm

Join us as we unveil our New 22-foot Christmas Tree!

Event Details

Connect with The OC

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Historic River District

Design Committee Meeting

Join the Historic River District for its Monthly Design Committee Meeting to discuss ways to execute its current and future design projects.

Event Information ...

An eventful October

The Historic River District had an eventful October, with two major events proving to be a success year after year, Octoberfest on the Square and the Haunted Walking Tours, each bringing in a big crowd to Downtown Ozark.

Follow the Historic River District on Facebook

Community Information

Give Something that means something

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at The Ozark Community Center on Nov. 9 from 8:30am - 12:30 pm.

Call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit and enter: OZARKCC to schedule an appointment.

Sign up to give...


Show Me Christian County works every day to advance economic health through an intentional and balanced approach to growth.

To learn more about us and our mission, visit today!

Help Keep Ozark Beautiful

Get your church group, school club, or community organization together and pick up litter. Trash bags and Volunteer Guides are available for pick-up at The OC front desk.


Clean Green Ozark on Facebook | Email [email protected]

To be alerted of emergency information in Christian County, download the Smart911 app or visit safety agencies in Christian County will keep you informed. It could save your life.

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