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Nixa unveils new flag, seal after contest

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After launching a flag- and seal-design contest in August, the city of Nixa picked a winner and unveiled the new designs last night.

An out-of-state graphic designer, Tracy Southard, owner of OceanWild Designs of Ocean View, Delaware, submitted the winning designs to claim the $1,000 prize, according to a news release.

Applicants were required to incorporate some element of the city’s logo created by Identity Image Consulting and adopted by council in July 2011. The city received 29 submissions, which were narrowed down to six finalists. The winner was chosen during a special council meeting on Nov. 1.

Both the winning flag and seal show Nixa’s logo, featuring a large, swooping X, a soaring eagle, trees and buildings. The red flag has no text, while the seal includes the words “city of Nixa,” “est. 1902” and “Christian County, MO.” The former flag was red with the city’s yellow and blue seal featuring multiple lines of text, an eagle and a bear.

Southard is scheduled to be recognized when council adopts the flag and seal during its Nov. 27 meeting. The Nixa Police Department will change their shoulder patches to show the new seal, according to the release.

Nixa spokesman Drew Douglas said the bulk of the costs related to the new flag and seal would be for the department’s 35 officers. Total costs haven’t been nailed down.

“Now that the design has been selected, the Police Department will consult with the embroidery business which produces our patches to determine any adjustments to the design which may need to be made to accommodate the limits of the embroidery machines,” he said via email. “They will also then learn the cost of ordering new patches — probably in 2018 — so that all our uniforms will change over to the new patch at the same time.”

Nixa City Council decided to refresh the seal and flag, which were designed in 1987 by two unidentified high school art students.

The other finalists in the contest were Kevin Brooks, Kim Grimm, Michael Peacock, Anne Marie Schudy and Dee Thomas.

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