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NIXPO exposition set for April 10

More than 60 Nixa area businesses are eager to showcase their products and services at the annual NIXPO business exposition April 10.

The event will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Nixa Junior High School, 301 South Main St.

All types of chamber member businesses will be featured at the event.

Larry Perney, executive director of the sponsoring Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce, said this year's NIXPO will be bigger than in past years, because of the change in venue.

Besides the business booths, there will be refreshments, music and door prizes. Admission is free.

Nixa Recycling Center expands service

Rural Nixa residents whose phone numbers begin with 724 or 725 are now allowed to use the Nixa Recycling Center, located in the Nixa Industrial Park at 1093 Eaglecrest.

For a yearly fee of $36, people may bring in recyclable materials such as newspaper, magazines, cardboard, tin cans, No. 1 and No. 2 plastic bottles, glass, milk jugs, bleach bottles, aluminum cans and transparent plastic containers.

Right now, nonresidents may not bring tree limbs, hazardous materials or yard waste, nor can they buy compost at the Recycling Center, according to Craig Trantham, recycling center coordinator.

The center does not accept plastic shopping bags or molded plastic items. Utility bills for city of Nixa residents already include a $1.50 per month surcharge to help fund the recycling center, which is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

"We knew there was a need because a lot of neighborhoods are not within the city limits," Trantham said. "A lot of trash haulers don't offer recycling to the rural residents."

Annual use permits are available at the Nixa Utility Building, 707 Center Circle. For a list of acceptable materials, call the center at 725-7122 or City Hall at 725-3785.

Local MetLife insurance agent honored

Dan Haworth was honored in January by MetLife Auto and Home Insurance for achieving top sales in the state. He was measured against agents from 23 other offices in Missouri.

Haworth has been with the company for one year and worked for another insurance company for six years prior to that. He was previously employed in the manufacturing industry.

Main Street to undergo improvements

Nixa's Main Street will become three lanes for a one-quarter-mile stretch from Aldersgate Drive to North Road. Aldersgate is a new street that was added to connect U.S. 160 to Main Street when the Wal-Mart Supercenter opened in January.

The existing high school is at the corner of North Street and Main Street, but in the summer of 2000, a new high school will open on Highway M(Nicholas Road) and the old high school will become a junior high.

Sidewalks will also be added on the west side of Main Street to facilitate children walking to school.

An engineering cost study of up to $20,000 was recently approved by the Board of Aldermen. It will be done by Shaffer & Associates Consulting Engineers.

Work on the project will likely begin "around June 15 and be completed by Sept. 15, depending on the weather. The paving should be done by the time school starts in August," said John Patrick, street superintendent for the city of Nixa.

Since Wal-Mart opened, traffic counts in the area have increased about 1,500 per day, Patrick said. Now, almost 12,000 trips per day are made in the vicinity.

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