Hello Clever 6/18/18

Hello, Clever!  Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s and Men who take care of those around you!  I hope you felt loved and appreciated!

This week, there is information about Spiritual Grounds Café, a new place in town located where Danny’s Pizza was located.  I hope you get a chance to try it; I hope to get there soon!  Let’s be sure and support our small businesses!

As always, please send me your news to hellocleverblog@gmail.com by Sunday each week.

Blessings,

~Rachel Simons

School News

June 21st- End of Summer School

June 25-27-  Grades 3-6 football camp

August 1st– Office Reopen (offices closed the month of July)

August 14th– Open House 5-7pm

August 16– First Day of Classes

 

School Calendar 2018-2019

Who:  3rd-6th grade (grade student will be entering in the fall)

What:  Non Contact football camp focused on basic fundamentals

When:  Monday June 25th- Wednesday June 27th 6:00pm-7:30pm

Where: Clever Elemiddle School

*Camp is Free

*No equipment necessary except athletic wear, tennis shoes will be acceptable as well

*ANY QUESTIONS CONTACT COACH STONE AT 417-496-7899 OR

EMAIL: stonej@cleverbluejays.org

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City Hall

The Clever Board of Alderman will meet this Tuesday, 6:30pm at City Hall.  Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Community

Spiritual Grounds Cafe

Amos and Larrissa Medlin and Hope King would like to Welome you to the new Spiritual Grounds Café/Coffee Shop in Clever.

Spiritual Grounds started as a dream of Larrissa’s.

Her vision was:

  • To have a family based business
  • to open a coffee shop that would provide a place with a positive environment for people young and old to gather
  • to show the love of Christ through great service
  • to provide a venue that Christian Bands could play as a witness to the community

After many months of prayer, God opened up an opportunity for us to purchase an existing building and business in a great community.  After lots of hard work and prayers we are open.  There are still little things that we are working on.  We are learning as we go.

We will continue to serve pizza, pasta and burgers, as well as specialty coffees, teas and lemonade.

Our prayer is that we can bless as many lives as possible.  Our hope is that we can show the community the love of God as we serve you.  Please come see us and give us feedback.  We would love to visit with you.

Clever Community Betterment Association (CCBA)

The Clever Community Betterment Association invites you to come and celebrate the Grand Opening of Spiritual Grounds Café!  The celebration will begin with a ribbon cutting and picture ceremony on Thursday, June 21st, at noon.  Welcome Spiritual Grounds to Clever!  Spiritual Grounds is located at 212 S Clark Ave, Clever. (formerly Danny’s Pizza) Hours are M 7am-9pm, T  7am-9pm, W 7am-2pm, Th 7am-9pm, F 7am-10pm, Sat. 7am-10pm, closed Sundays.

Clever Bands

I saw this opportunity to be a sponsor for the band trailer, so thought I would share.  Sounds like a great and affordable way to have a traveling advertisement!

In Case You Missed It:

Clever hiring two school resource officers http://ccheadliner.com/community_links/clever/clever-hiring-two-school-resource-officers/article_1fd11c98-68e9-11e8-8cc0-1739a6c0246f.html

The Clever Police Department will double its presence on school campuses.  The Clever Board of Aldermen and the Clever R-V Board of Education reached an agreement to have two police officers patrol school campuses in the 2018-2019 academic year. Hiring is underway for Clever to have two police officers dedicated to working at the schools full time. Clever Police Chief Darren Whisnant said officers will be on the campuses working just as hard to educate students as they work to enforce laws.

“We’re there to help (students), and having those officers able to be there at the school interacting with the kids, helping them with situations we’re there for, we’re hoping to improve the situation with our youth,” Whisnant said. “Those officers aren’t there just to be watching the parking lot, just to make sure nobody comes on campus that shouldn’t, but they’re also there to interact with the kids and take part in their educational process.”

Clever has two school campuses, one on North Public Avenue which houses Clever Elementary and Clever Middle School, and the Clever High School campus on Highway 14. Superintendent Steve Carvajal explained that geography sometimes made it tough for one school resource officer to operate. A second officer, Carvajal said, will increase campus safety and ease security worries.

“We have two separate campuses, so we’ll have one (officer) on each campus, so each campus is covered,” Carvajal said. “That should give the community, staff and kids peace of mind.”

Whisnant crunched the numbers.  “After I got the position of chief of police, I started doing some studies and looking at manpower usage and where that manpower was being used. With the school resource officer, my study revealed that he was spending 78 percent of his time at the elementary and middle school and very little time at the high school,” Whisnant said. “I wanted a second officer to be able to cover both campuses.”

As the Clever Board of Aldermen and school board negotiated to add a position to the police department, Clever’s former school resource officer gave notice to resign in order to pursue a career outside of police work.

Whisnant explained that the police department had already collected applications. Instead of hiring one new police officer, Clever will hire two police officers from the pool of applicants. The application period closed at 5 p.m. May 31.Interviews were conducted with a panel June 5. The panel consists of school board members, city council members and Chief Whisnant, with officer selections to follow later in June following appropriate background checks.  “It’s extremely important that we work together,” Whisnant said. “It’s only when we work together that we accomplish the great things that Clever has been missing out on in the past.”

According to terms of the contract, the school district will reimburse the city of Clever’ for 10 months of the officers’ salary expenses. Carvajal called the financial part of the discussion a “no-brainer.” “It’s an easy discussion, I think every school should have (an on-campus police officer) if they’ve got the means to do it. It’s not a large expense to provide the safety,” Carvajal said. “We just want to make sure the community understands that we always have their kids best interest at heart.”

BURGER: Run in with principal highlights campus safety issues http://ccheadliner.com/opinion/burger-run-in-with-principal-highlights-campus-safety-issues/article_498c3416-68f6-11e8-852c-f7384bbfb90c.html

“He’s waving at me. That man with the walkie talkie is definitely waving at me.”

That’s what went through my mind as I didn’t quite make it out of the driveway at Clever High School on a sunny Friday afternoon. Skies were clear, the baseball team was practicing and I was in trouble with the principal. I pulled into the school’s parking lot to take pictures, and I wanted to take the photos fairly quickly. I spent Friday afternoon touring western Christian County to collect the photographs we needed to make the newspaper you are reading more colorful. Studies have proven that you, the reader, are far more likely to read a story when an eye-catching photograph accompanies it. Whether you are reading your news with a paper copy off a newsstand or digitally on an iPad, you’re more likely to pay attention if we include photographs.

We didn’t have any photos for a piece on the Clever R-V Board of Education reaching a deal with the Clever Board of Aldermen to assign two police officers to work on school campuses this fall. In a pinch, I decided to snap a quick photo of the outer facade of Clever High School on my way to Billings.

I was out of the car for a couple of minutes at most, walking around the parking lot to photograph the building from a couple of different angles. I got back in the car and started for the exit when I saw two men walk from the building at a brisk pace toward my vehicle.

Mr. Joe Casey, principal at Clever High School, made eye contact and waved. I stopped the car and rolled down the window. We hadn’t met in person yet.

“Someone said you were out here taking pictures,” Casey said.

Mr. Casey then introduced himself as the principal.

“Wow,” I thought, “I’ve been on the job for only two weeks, and I’m already in trouble with the principal.”

“Wait. I’ve only been on this campus for two minutes, and I’m already in trouble with the principal.”

I shared more of an explanation of what I was doing. It was all very pleasant, but I told Mr. Casey I would call ahead next time before I pull into a parking lot and start taking photos.

Campus safety is no joking matter. I completely understand. We as a society entrust men and women like Mr. Casey to educate our children and also keep them safe throughout the learning process. He didn’t come out to the parking lot looking for trouble, but to check on the strange, new guy in the shirt and tie with a camera.

Even if suspicious activity turns out not to be suspicious at all, it’s worth checking out, especially if a child’s safety is in question.

In a way, our encounter illustrated the whole point of my visit. Clever is adding more police presence on its school campuses, which can help students feel safer and deter criminal activity.

We need educators who notice when something seems out of place or when a strange guy is checking out the front doors. The front doors at Clever High School have new window decals, by the way.

Next time I’ll call ahead, so that I cause less ruckus and stay out of trouble with the principal.

Clever’s Hampton, Nixa’s Elmer, Ozark’s Nelson to play in Lions Club All-Star Classic http://ccheadliner.com/sports/clever-s-hampton-nixa-s-elmer-ozark-s-nelson-to/article_b96895d2-69ae-11e8-b9b2-5b95040dfaa5.html

Nixa’s Nathan Elmer and Ozark’s Quinn Nelson have been on-court rivals in high school ball and teammates in summer travel ball. They’ll get to be teammates one last time before college in the 41st annual Lions Club All-Star Basketball Classic June 9.

Clever’s Devan Hampton will also play in that event, which will be held at W.E. Dowell Field House on the campus of Baptist Bible College in Springfield. Tickets, available at the door, are $6 each. Children ages 5 and under are free. The night starts with a girls all-star game at 6 p.m., with a 3-point shootout at halftime. The boys game follows and includes a halftime slam dunk contest.

Elmer, Hampton and Quinn will play on the Area Boys team, coached by Forsyth’s Josh Hart. Their teammates will include Weston Boswell (Strafford), Cade Coffman (Mountain Grove), Kobe Holloman (Willard), Carter Otwell (Mountain Grove), Micaiah Rocha (Forsyth) Logan Thomazin (Walnut Grove) and Wyatt Ward (Hartville). The Area Boys lead the all-time series 24-16.

The City Boys team, coached by Central’s Armando Johnson, includes Joe Brock (Greenwood), Aki Coller (Greenwood), Jaxon Dais (Glendale), Daru Elliott (Parkview), Cole Pryor (Hillcrest), Sam Wallin (Kickapoo) and Tim Washington (Hillcrest). 

Clever High School led all Christian County schools, with nine players selected to the 2018 all-Southwest Central League baseball teams. Five Blue Jays earned first team honors, including senior infielder Colby Elrod and senior outfielder Calin Springer. Juniors Trace Comer (outfielder), Hunter Eutsler (pitcher) and Logan Peebles (catcher) were also named to the first team. Senior pitcher Tyler Deepe and junior infielder Nathan King were named Second Team all-SWCL, while senior pitcher Cameron Garcia and freshman infielder Quinn Gundelfinger earned an all-conference honorable mention. Clever finished the season second in the SWCL standings.

SWCL Baseball Standings 
 All  SWCL  GB
 1. Crane 20-6   7-0  —
 2. Clever 17-7   6-1  1.0
 3. Forsyth 10-13   5-2  2.0
 4. Galena 10-15   3-4  4.0
 5. Sparta 5-13   2-4  4.5
 6. Billings 6-17   2-5  5.0
 7. Blue Eye 4-13   2-5  5.0
 8. Spokane 1-23   0-6  6.5
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Teachers Eat Free @Red Robin June 5th

Wow!

https://www.redrobin.com/teachers.html

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Hello Clever 6/4/18

Greetings!  I have kind of been on hiatus and just posting as necessary; my apologies!  We have been enjoying the first weeks of summer.  For the last few events they have hosted, we have been doing the Roaring River Kid’s Fishing Day.  They have a spring and fall event with vendors, fishing, clinics, and prizes!  Our boys have enjoyed it every time!  Check out the Missouri Department of Conservation website for more info!

Don’t forget to send me your news by Sunday each week!

Blessings,

~Rachel Simons

 

School News

June 12th- School Board Meeting, 7pm in the high school library

June 21st- Last Day of Summer School

June 25-27  Grades 3-6 football camp


Who:  3rd-6th grade (grade student will be entering in the fall)

What:  Non Contact football camp focused on basic fundamentals

When:  Monday June 25th- Wednesday June 27th 6:00pm-7:30pm

Where: Clever Elemiddle School

*Camp is Free

*No equipment necessary except athletic wear, tennis shoes will be acceptable as well

*ANY QUESTIONS CONTACT COACH STONE AT 417-496-7899 OR

EMAIL: stonej@cleverbluejays.org

Sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10bJ_SxP25jZgzyaJp-iHofgA7_Bl2SDblyGiDWPwzyk/mobilebasic


Meet Southwest Missouri’s Academic All-Stars: Team 2

Find the full article here:  https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/education/2018/05/29/southwest-missouri-academic-all-stars-team-2/619803002/

Lindsay Peebles

Clever High School

GPA: 4.0 unweighted

ACT: 33

Achievements

• Math team

• Academic All-State four years

• Special Olympics volunteer

• Varsity Volleyball

• Worked for Nixa Parks and Recreation

Essay: Leadership is the willingness to put others before yourself while pursuing a common goal, and realizing that even though the outcome may not be what you expected, it is still an opportunity for growth and development.  Leadership has become an integral part of my life ever since I joined Future Business Leaders of America seven years ago.  I learned how important it is to listen, cooperate, empower others, hold myself and my team accountable, and maintain my integrity.  In both my life and career, I will be presented with opportunities to take charge or to step back and be a small part of a bigger operation.

RELATED: Meet Southwest Missouri’s Academic All-Stars: Team 1

A leader can be found in many places.  The person who strikes up a conversation with someone who appears down on their luck is just as important of a leader as the person in charge of a Fortune 500 company.  In my own life, I will hold myself to a high standard of ethics while working as a certified accountant.  With my continued education and work experience, I hope to learn more about what it takes to be a great leader.


This was pretty cool!  From CCHeadliner

Yadier Molina signing baseballs for the Clever Blue jays.


Community

D.A.R.E. Golf Tournament

 


CCBA

Join us Thursday (June 7) for our regular meeting with local updates and a focus on Clever’s Freedom Celebration  – coming on soon on Saturday, June 30th!  Meeting will be held at the Clever Fire Station.  $5 Subway lunch available — please RSVP.   RSVP via the Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/179260822776274/

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Clever Youth Football Camp

Who:  3rd-6th grade (grade student will be entering in the fall)

What:  Non Contact football camp focused on basic fundamentals

When:  Monday June 25th- Wednesday June 27th 6:00pm-7:30pm

Where: Clever Elemiddle School

*Camp is Free

*No equipment necessary except athletic wear, tennis shoes will be acceptable as well

*ANY QUESTIONS CONTACT COACH STONE AT 417-496-7899 OR

EMAIL: stonej@cleverbluejays.org

Sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10bJ_SxP25jZgzyaJp-iHofgA7_Bl2SDblyGiDWPwzyk/mobilebasic

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HS Track closed

The HS track will be closed to the public on the morning of May 22nd until 1 p.m. for the elementary field

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Hello Clever 5/15/2018

Clever PD is hiring!

Clever Police Department is accepting applications for a certified police officer to serve in the capacity of

a full-time School Resource Officer. This position is responsible for conducting traditional uniform police

duties within the Clever School District including but not limited to police patrol, investigations, traffic

regulation and other related law enforcement activities. Additionally, the School Resource Officer works

with School Administration, teaching and counseling students in an effort to prevent juvenile

delinquency, while coordinating activities with school supervisory personnel; counseling students and

parents about the dangers of drug use and enforcing traffic and criminal laws. This position is governed

by state and federal laws, and department policy. Applicants must have a high school diploma, GED, or

equivalent and possess a valid Missouri Driver’s License. Applicant must be Missouri P.O.S.T. certified,

at the time of appointment, and must be able to complete School Resource Officer Training. Salary

$12.00-$14.00 per hour with full employee benefits. Applications are available at the Clever Police

Department 210 S Clarke Ave, Clever, Mo 65631 during normal business hours M-F 8:00am- 5:00pm.

Applications/Cover Letter/Resume should be returned to the Clever Police Department or emailed to

policechief@clevermo.com by June 1, 2018.

The City of Clever is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

School News

Last day of school is May 23rd with 12:15 dismissal. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Community Service Day

The high schoolers are planning a community service day May 23rd.  If you have work around the house to do, contact the school by May 11th!

Middle School Play this Thursday

D.A.R.E. Golf Tournament

  Christian County Sheriff’s Office  

3rd Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, June 8, 2018

Island Green Country Club, Republic MO

               

The D.A.R.E. Mission

“Teaching students good decision-making skills to help those lead safe and healthy lives”

The D.A.R.E. Vision

“A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others, and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.”

Facing unparalleled drug abuse among our youth in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, visionary Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates and the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1983 launched an unprecedented and innovative substance abuse prevention education program – Drug Abuse Resistance Education.

With each passing year, D.A.R.E.’s success was seen in classrooms and homes leading to rapid growth and expansion.  As each decade passed and success increased, the challenges facing children and families also grew.  Today, through the leadership of D.A.R.E.’s dedicated Board of Directors, and the tireless commitment and hard work of tens of thousands of officers and educators throughout America, and around the globe, D.A.R.E strives each day to achieve its vital mission… to fulfill a vision.

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office has been responsible for bringing the D.A.R.E. program back to the school districts in the county, headed by Deputy Bill Whitaker for the past 8 years.  D.A.R.E. is an amazing tool that positively creates a mindset for good choices and Deputy Whitaker has done a fantastic job with each school and class for which he is involved.

D.A.R.E. program supplies cost approximately $6,000.00 per year total for all county schools.  Providing for the full cost for the D.A.R.E. calendar year could be accomplished utilizing the Christian County Sheriff’s Office Golf Tournament.

INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

LEVEL 1:  $400

• Hole Sponsorship – Company/Corporate Logo on Hole of Choice

• 4 Person Team Entry

LEVEL 2:  $300

• Hole Sponsorship – Company/Corporate Logo on Hole of Choice

LEVEL 3:  $200

• 4 Person Team Entry

LEVEL 4:  Prize Donation

Hole Sponsorship – You will be provided with signage at the tee box and green of the hole(s) you choose.  You have the option to provide extra signs/banners for added exposure, or canopy to be manned for sampling, literature handouts, etc.

Specialty Holes – If sponsoring a Contest Hole, the reservation cost is the same, but you or your organization would need to provide a prize for the 4-person team that won the particular contest.  Contest Holes are as follows:  #2 – Closest to the Pin, #14 – Long Drive.  There will be no prize on #9 – Ladies Advantage, but for $10 per person, team members will be advanced to the ladies tee box to begin the hole, regardless of gender.

Silent AuctionDonations of an item(s) can be made that we can set alone or group with others which will be offered up for bid at the end of the tournament.  All tournament attendees will get the opportunity to bid on the items with the winner being the highest bidder.

Christian County Sheriff’s Office

               

Golf Tournament

Friday, June 8, 2018

Island Green Country Club

Entry Fee:  $50.00 per Player / $200.00 per Team

Every player gets 18 Holes of Tournament Golf in the format of 4-Man Scramble, Range Balls, Catered Lunch, Cart (2 per 4 man team), as well as automatic entry into Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive Contests, with options to enter other contests during the tournament.

Shotgun Start @ 08:00, followed by lunch, awards and silent auction.

Send Sponsorship, Entry Fee and Team List to:

Christian County Sheriff’s Office / D.A.R.E.

C/o Captain Jeff Lofton

110 West Elm, Room 70

Ozark, Missouri  65721

o Hole Sponsor

Contest Hole Item:

o Silent Auction Item

o Donation

o Team Entry

Player #1:

Player #2:

Player #3:

Player #4:

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Hello Clever 5/6/18

Congrats to the class of 2018! Graduation was held last Friday night with 68 Seniors celebrating this chapter and preparing for their next journey. Congrats to each of them!

Check out last week’s blog for some important upcoming dates. Don’t forget, NEXT Saturday is the Clever Band Car & Truck show. If you’ve never been, it’s kinda a big deal. Food trucks, silent auction, classic cars and more! Be sure to stop in!

Best wishes for a beautiful week!

~Rachel Simons

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Hello Clever 4/29/18

Short edition this week!  There is A LOT of stuff going on with the schools as they are winding down the year but still getting MAP testing in.  Last day for seniors is this week, so the ultimate excitement of graduation is in the air!  Congrats to all the seniors.  Tonight, I attended Baccalaureate where seniors were honored.  It was a lovely service.

Last day of school is May 23rd with an early dismissal.

Wishing you a fantastic week!

Blessings,

~Rachel Simons

 

School News

May 2nd-Seniors Last day

May 3rd-Graduation Practice

May 4th-Graduation

May 7-11th- National Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8th- School Board Meeting, 7pm in the high school library

May 12th-Clever Bands Car & Truck Show


Community Service Day

The high schoolers are planning a community service day May 23rd.  If you have work around the house to do, contact the school by May 11th!


Academic Team

The Clever Elemiddle Academic Team has wrapped up the 2017-2018 season!  Thank you parents, teachers, administrators, volunteers, and the Clever community for helping these students learn and grow.  You are the reason Clever academic teams are consistently successful!  I am very proud of this group, and I enjoyed watching them become more experienced and competitive as the season progressed.  –Bruce Bloxom

Clever Elemiddle

Academic Team 2017-2018

2nd Place Hollister Quiz Bowl

3rd Place Marionville Academic Team Challenge

3rd Place Clever Elemiddle Academic Bowl

5th Place Shell Knob Academic Bowl

 

Nate Bowles – Houston Top 10 Individual Scorer

Ryan McFail – Houston Top 10 Individual Scorer

Canon Page – Houston Top 10 Individual Scorer

Cole Waisner – Shell Knob MVP

Ryan McFail – Shell Knob MVP

Grant Pellham – Clever MVP

Nate Bowles – Clever MVP

Gabrielle Gee – Clever MVP

Canon Page – Clever MVP

Ryan McFail – Clever MVP

Sophia Keith – Branson Top 5 Individual Scorer

Ryan McFail – Branson Top 5 Individual Scorer

 

Season Record 28-26

The Clever Elemiddle Academic Team 2017-2018:

Nate Bowles, Hayden Camp, Sierra Crabb, Gabrielle Gee, Sophia Keith,

Kyland Lake, Ryan McFail, Canon Page, Grant Pellham, Sydnee Thrasher,

Cole Waisner, Jacob Walles, and Mr. Bruce Bloxom – Coach

 


Cox Care Mobile

The Cox Care Mobile is scheduled to be at Clever schools on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.  This will be the last visit for the school year.  If your child is needing immunizations, sports physicals, or preschool physicals, call your school nurse today to schedule an appointment.  Thank you!


Clever Bands Car & Truck Show May 12th

Mark your calendars!  The 13th Annual Clever Bands Car and Truck Show is coming up Saturday, May 12, at Clever High School! The theme this year is Battle of the Decades. We will also have a food truck competition, silent auction, performances from our Clever Band students, and more! Invite your friends and family to this fantastic event. All proceeds benefit our Clever Band program. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you on May 12!

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Garage Sales!

50 + Garage Sales across Clever – some starting today! Enjoy! Addresses and online map listed in the “about” if you click on the event image. Final list posted tonight.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1635636436475359/?ti=icl

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Hello Clever 4/23/18**Late Edition**

Hello everyone! Yes, I am late on the blog…my apologies!  We have had family in and a whirlwind weekend, so just catching up!  Sure hope you kicked off your week with a great Monday!  Lots of stuff going on next Saturday, so make plans to be in town and participate!

Wishing you a beautiful week!

Blessings,

~Rachel Simons

UPDATE ON Wx ALERT RADIO OUTAGE

As you know, most of the Wx Alert Radios have Same Codes programmed into them…so you only receive specific county alerts.

It has come to my attention, that the Branson Tower is the only one that supports our County Code. So, if you reprogram your WAR to the Joplin frequency, you will NOT receive Christian County Alerts.

So, under settings, program the Branson frequency in.

Branson WAR Freq: 162.55

MOST radios, you will select the menu button, scroll thru with the arrow keys until you get to “Weather Channel”. Then hit select again, then using the arrow keys scroll thru the different channels. As you scroll thru, it should pick up the channel and you’ll be able to hear it become active.

Again, have MULTIPLE ways to get warnings!!!

Phil Amtower, Director

Christian County Emergency Management

100 W. Church   Room 100

Ozark, MO  65721

Office: 417-582-5400

Fax: 417-581-2368

Mobile: 417-209-5535

School News

April 25th-Senior Scholarship and Awards Night

April 28th-FFA Plant Sale

April 29th-Baccalaureate

May 2nd-Seniors Last day

May 3rd-Graduation Practice

May 4th-Graduation

May 7-11th- National Teacher Appreciation Week

May 12th-Clever Bands Car & Truck Show


Plant Sale This Saturday!


Clever Bands Car & Truck Show May 12th

Mark your calendars!  The 13th Annual Clever Bands Car and Truck Show is coming up Saturday, May 12, at Clever High School! The theme this year is Battle of the Decades. We will also have a food truck competition, silent auction, performances from our Clever Band students, and more! Invite your friends and family to this fantastic event. All proceeds benefit our Clever Band program. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you on May 12!


Library

Starting Tuesday, the Clever Library will now be open 20 additional hours each week. Here are our new operating hours:

Monday 10am-7pm
Tuesday 10am-7pm
Wednesday 10am-7pm
Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday 2pm-6pm
Saturday 9am-2pm

Thanks to everyone who took our survey in March to help find the hours that best serve the community!


City

On Tuesday April 17th, the Clever City Clerk swore in the Mayor Jaredd King, Aldermen Jim McWilliams and Charlene Fraser and new, reserve police officers Ben Nelson, Jeff Moeller, Keith Clavin and Tom Royal.


Community

Clever Garage Sale Day

Join in Saturday, April 28thwith the annual Clever City-Wide Garage Sale Day.  No permits are necessary for garage sales at your home.  Spaces are also available at Clever High School through the Clever Bands.  If you’d like your address listed with participating sales, simply comment with your address on the CCBA garage sale facebook event page.  You can find it here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1635636436475359/


Pancake Breakfast hosted by Clever Fire Protection District


State-ranked Clever tops improving Spokane

From the Christian Country Headliner:  http://ccheadliner.com/sports/state-ranked-clever-tops-improving-spokane/article_2c8a7aa2-432c-11e8-8eb3-4f8fed28cc25.html

Clever High School baseball coach Justin Snider knows how long it can take for a program to rise, so he was in no mood to celebrate his Blue Jays’ double-digit win over Southwest Central League rival Spokane April 12.  Yes, Clever is 8-2 and ranked No. 7 in Class 3 after its 24-2, five-inning win, but the program is just three years removed from a 12-14 campaign. Spokane, four years removed from a district title, is in search of its first spring win under new coach Dalton Kelley. The Owls were 2-15 in the fall season.  “I’ve been in that situation before and it’s not fun. (Kelley) does a really good job with what he has over there,” Snider said. “I think two years from now you’ll see a huge improvement from them. Hopefully they’ll stick with it. I know it’s frustrating, but hopefully they can see the big picture and stick with it, because they do hit the ball well.”

Youth and inexperience are big issues for Spokane. Junior Stephen Nelson and sophomore Nic Stone are the only players with varsity experience. They’re joined on the roster by nine freshmen. Though the scoreboard hasn’t been favorable to the Owls, Kelley sees the results of their hard work. “These guys have come a long way since the fall,” Kelley said. “Defensively, the guys in the fall that were struggling with ground balls have come a long way. The outfielders are playing better at times. We’re still struggling with small things sometimes, but they’ve come miles since the fall and it’s impressive to see.”

Spokane struck first against Clever, with Stone drawing a lead-off walk and later scoring on an RBI single by Caleb Casto. The Owls got their second run in the top of the fourth inning, once again putting the lead-off batter on base. This time it was Zayne Gale with a base hit to left and an RBI double off the bat of Ty Stewart. But Clever’s bats were too strong. The Blue Jays rapped out 19 hits on their way to 24 runs, exploding for eight runs in the second inning and 11 more in the third to put the game out of reach. “We’re finally getting healthy and we have guys swinging the bat well,” Snider said. “We just need our hitting to come around and be as good as our pitching and fielding.” And the pitching and fielding have been incredible. Clever is fielding in the .940 range as a team and the staff’s ERA is under 2.00. “Anything above .900 for fielding percentage in high school baseball is pretty good, so the .940s is exceptional, especially with our infield being so young,” Snider said. He added that, outside of losses to Reeds Spring and Aurora, the top-ranked team in Class 4, Clever hasn’t given up more than two runs in a game. “That Reeds Spring game was 1-1 through six innings,” Snider said. “We threw a bad pitch and they hit out. That’s what happens.”

Logan Peebles was 3-for-3 with a run scored and five driven in to power the Clever offense. Colby Elrod (2-for-3) Hunter Eutsler (2-for-2) and Nathan King (2-for-2) also had multi-hit games for the Blue Jays. Eutsler drove in four runs. On the mound, Zach Garcia got his first varsity wins, throwing four innings, allowing two runs — one earned — and striking out six. After playing in the Central Bulldog Invitational April 16-19, Spokane will still have about 10 chances to earn that first spring victory before the district tournament starts. To help the Owls get there, Kelley is filling a role somewhere between coach and counselor. “Sometimes you’re therapist more than you’re a coach, but that’s the fun part of it. Some days you have to do more coaching, some days you have to do more uplifting and get the guys to bring energy every day,” Kelley said. “That’s what we tell them. No matter what happens, bring energy pitch to pitch. At this point, we’ve got to create our own magic. You’ve got to fake it ’til you make it and eventually we’ll start feeling good about ourselves and good things will happen.”


On The Spot: Beth Elkins Christensen

From the Christian County Headliner:http://ccheadliner.com/multimedia/on-the-spot-beth-elkins-christensen/article_02ad33cc-3e96-11e8-baaa-239d69968255.html

Meet Clever High School Special Needs Teacher Beth Elkins Christensen. Her favorite movie is “The Wizard of Oz.”


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