Christian County

Julie Greene / KSMU

The school districts of Billings, Fordland and Ozark all have questions regarding facility upgrades on the April 7 ballot.

The Billings School District is seeking permission to issue $1.8 million in general obligation bonds, which will go towards upgrading facilities and building a FEMA storm shelter, which requires a percentage of matching funds. Cynthia Brandt is superintendent of the district.

Ballot initiatives go before Nixa citizens next month concerning proposed improvements for the city and school district. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more on the items, and other proposals facing Christian County voters.  

The City of Nixa is requesting passage of a ½ cent capital improvement sales tax on April 8, which would generate more than $7.7 million over the next 10 years.

Jill Finney is the communications director for the city.

Justice for All: The Case of Jared Blacksher

Dec 20, 2010

Today, we begin our five-part series, “Justice for All: The Missouri Public Defender System in Crisis.” In this segment, KSMU’s Jennifer Moore looks at why the system has been shutting its doors, and how one rural Ozarks man is caught in the middle of it all.

[Sound: Intercom voice saying “Christian County Jail” Reporter: “Hi, I’m Jennifer Moore, here for an interview with an inmate.”Sound of security door unlocking, opening.]