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Who owns Finley River Park in Ozark?
Controversy surrounding a lighted metal cross on a poll led Ozark residents to question the ownership of Finley River Park, and the origins of the holiday light displays that fill the park every December.
Christian County Food Pantry Asks For Community Help During Holiday Season
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Mo. - A food pantry in Christian County is asking for the community's help during the holiday season. Least of These says they have a $125,000 budget shortfall.
Ozark rancher pleads guilty in $2.4 million fraud scheme
An Ozark man pleaded guilty in federal court to a $2.4 million wire fraud scheme in which he falsely claimed that he had purchased thousands of head of cattle under a contract with a Texas company.
Step-Father of Hailey Owens Sentenced On Charges For Child Pornograpy
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The step-father of Hailey Owens will spend 7 years behind bars and serve another 10 years of probation. Jeffrey Barfield, 40, was sentenced Tuesday for federal child porn charges.
Go take a long walk: Ozark to expand pedestrian paths
Taking a long walk in Ozark will become easier and safer if the city is successful in receiving four state grants. Ozark City Administrator Steve Childers brought four bills before the Board of Aldermen Dec. 3 that promise to go a long way in connecting the city’s pedestrian pathways.
Food pantry fights budget shortfall, seeks final donations of 2018
Least Of These, Inc. is asking for the community’s help during this season of giving as Christian County’s largest food pantry faces a $125,000 budget shortfall. The food pantry volunteers are seeing a record number of new Christian County families seeking services. Least Of These Director of Develo
Missouri infant saved after father attempts to drown her in pond because of ‘bad thoughts,’ cops say
A Missouri infant was saved Monday after her father attempted to drown her in a pond because he was having “bad thoughts,” then left her in the frigid water as he walked to the police station to report the crime, cops said.
Rockbridge — Once a Mere Mill, Now a Booming Resort
Eighty miles southeast of Springfield, deep in the Ozark Mountains lies a secluded getaway spot that draws people from all over the world. It boasts a river stocked with Rainbow Trout and a restaurant that makes one heck of a cobbler—but the town of Rockbridge, Missouri also has a gem of a past.
Crosslines Hands Out Thousands of Toys and Food Items for the Holidays
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Thousands of toys and foodstuffs were handed out at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds Saturday, Dec. 15. Crosslines Community Resource Center hosted the annual Christmas distribution event.
Man charged in deadly drunken driving crash in Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield man has been charged in a deadly drunken driving crash on Interstate 44. Thirty-nine-year-old William Dorlac pleaded not guilty Tuesday to driving drunk in the crash that killed 65-year-old Deborah Coleman, of Lebanon, Missouri. His attorney, Dean Price, decline
Missouri town considering removal of Christian cross after complaint
OZARK, Mo. (AP) The southwest Missouri city of Ozark that had said it was removing a Christian cross from its holiday display is reconsidering. Ozark officials originally said Tuesday that the cross would come down after the city received a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which
Missouri man must watch ‘Bambi’ monthly as part of poaching punishment, judge rules
A Missouri poacher involved in the illegal killing of “several hundred deer” over three years, taking their heads and leaving their bodies to rot, must watch the Disney classic “Bambi” once a month while he remains behind bars, a judge reportedly ruled.
Where's the beef? Missouri man pleads guilty in $2.4 million cattle scam
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. • A southwest Missouri man turned out to be all hat and no cattle. Dwight Moody Cox, 57, of Ozark, pleaded guilty last week in federal court to a $2.4 million wire fraud scheme involving nonexistent cattle. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Our View: Right call on treatment center zoning
Developers announced they will move ahead with plans to build a drug and alcohol treatment center east of Ozark. Synergy Executive is set to open a treatment center for men with a tentative opening date of March 1, 2019. The developer made it through about a year of conflicts with neighboring proper
Atheist Group Throws Fit, Convinces City To Move Lighted Cross. Then Residents Speak Out.
A lighted cross has been a regular staple of the Finley River Park holiday display in the city of Ozark, Missouri for the last two decades. But all that came to an end when an angry atheist decided that such a display greatly offended her delicate sensibilities and complained to the city, eventually
Man gets jail time for secretly recording 17 people in Battlefield Mall changing rooms
A Springfield man will spend the weekend in jail after he admitted to covertly using his cellphone to take pictures and videos of 17 women and girls inside Battlefield Mall changing rooms.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Confirms Fatality on I-44
STRAFFORD, Mo. -- Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed one person has died in a two-vehicle crash on I-44. Westbound lanes are currently blocked. This is a developing story and will be updated.
Springfield Man Given Maximum Sentence for Sexually Assaulting a Minor
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison without parole for sexually assaulting a former student. John Sparapani, 30, worked as a private tutor. His sentence is the maximum statutory penalty for this offense. He was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release
Man shot in Springfield was burglary suspect, police say
Police say a man was shot Thursday afternoon in south Springfield after breaking into someone's apartment. The man was still in the hospital on Friday with serious injuries, according to Springfield Police Department spokeswoman Jasmine Bailey.