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St Johns Children's Hospital

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.

Greene County held a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday afternoon on a new Public Safety Center. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore was there and has this report.

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.

A new commercial development is being planned on the site of the old Hickory Hills Middle School. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…

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.

Springfield native Leah Hamilton Jenkins gives back to the community as Executive Director of Springfield Regional Arts Council.

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The officers of Springfield’s 60th police academy are preparing for graduation this week. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes has more on what a few fresh faces to the force will mean to our community.

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.