More families in the Ozarks will receive assistance this holiday season thanks to the efforts of St. John’s Clinic. Employees of the clinic raised more than $75,000 for charities that work in Greene, Webster, and Christian Counties, as well as organizations in Springfield, Joplin, Rolla, and Berryville, Arkansas. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.
The annual Humanitarian Award was established 21 years ago by Community Foundation of the Ozarks supporter Jewell Thompson Schweitzer. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce honors the individuals in our region who put service to others as the main motivating force in their lives. This year’s winner is Doug Pitt, and he received the award at a luncheon Thursday. KSMU’s Ryan Welch went out to hear from Pitt firsthand.
In an effort to meet the needs of abused, neglected, and abandoned children in the southwest Missouri region, 22 new Court Appointed Special Advocates will be initiated Friday afternoon at the Greene County Courthouse. KSMU’s Justin Lux has a preview of the event.
The G.O.A.T. Tour (Greater Ozarks Arts Tour), administered by the Springfield Regional Arts Council, brings the visual and performing arts to communities throughout the 27-county area served by the Arts Council. Bucky Bowman was the first "shepherd" of the project, and Stephanie Cramer of the Arts Council now oversees it.
The Springfield Police Department will increase its efforts in getting drunk-drivers off the streets this holiday season. This is part of a state-wide effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers. KSMU’s Adam Hammons has more.