The Ozarks Independent is a locally-owned and locally-focused news site dedicated to providing in-depth coverage of local news from Springfield, Branson and the surrounding area. OI chooses not to cover national or state news outside of the region (unless local elected officials are involved) to allow for more coverage of stories that originate here in the Ozarks.

We have no political agenda, we have no social agenda. Our one and only goal is to provide you with information about what’s going on in your community so you can be better informed about what’s happening around you. Show you the good being done in the community. Celebrate the things that make the Ozarks such a wonderful place to live.

Publisher/Editor:  Jason Wert

Sports Editor:  Tom Ladd

Annoying Office Furball:  Neil T. Kitty

General Email: editor@ozarksindependent.com

News tips:  news@ozarksindependent.com

Sports reports:  sports@ozarksindependent.com

Obituaries:  obituary@ozarksindependent.com

Event news:  events@ozarksindependent.com

If you would like to send an “Email to the Editor” or comment on a story:  opinion@ozarksindependent.com

Phone:  417-459-4451

The Ozarks Independent is owned and operated by Daleli Media, LLC.

The staff of the Ozarks Independent follow the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics.

We believe in the standards and practices outlined by the Associated Press.