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 email@example.com by Sunday each week.
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
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The Clever Board of Alderman will meet this Tuesday, 6:30pm at City Hall. Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
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.
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!
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.
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.