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Here in the Ozarks, it seems there’s no shortage of small mom-and-pop museums. For our ongoing series, Sense of Place, KSMU’s Emma Wilson profiles one of these unique attractions on Springfield’s north side.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against two Stone County developers for allegedly polluting Table Rock Lake.A release from Koster’s office says he has asked the court to issue an order requiring James Shirato of Indian Ridge Resort, Inc., and Donald Snider of North Shore investments, LLC, to comply with Missouri’s clean water law. KSMU’s Ryan Welch has this report.

The Nixa High School Choral Program's Holiday Madrigal Concert is scheduled for Monday, December 13, at 7 p.m. in the Nixa High School auditorium. It's an evening of holiday music and medieval humor, with all four Nixa High School choirs involved, and all in costume. The Chamber Choir is "royalty" for the evening and they have invited the "peasants" to the palace for a evening of holiday festivities. The Concert Choir, Mixed Chorus and Women's Choir all join in for a night of singing and merry making. The Madrigal is the premier fundraiser for the Nixa High choral program with general admission seating at $5. Proceeds from the concert are used by the Boosters to enhance the choral program by purchasing things like robe cabinets, robe bags, Madrigal costumes and technology equipment and software. For more information call 724-3548.

National Avenue Christian Church will present a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the church sanctuary at 1515 S. National. In addition to the church's Chancel Choir and lay readers, guest musicians will include soprano Jane Berg, baritone Larry Julian, pianist Dr. Janice Fulbright, and cellist Jacque Trtan with Stanton Strings. The service will feature music by John Rutter, David Willcocks, and Gustav Holst. The "lessons and carols" service has its roots in Britain more than 100 years ago. It's free and open to the public. For more information call National Avenue Christian Church at 869-9176.

Thanks for joining us in our Sense of Community series. All this week, we’re looking at people who are making our community a better place. Today, we’ve come downtown to meet Yolanda Lorge, president of Grupo LatinoAmericano.

Welcome back to our Sense of Community series. I’m Jennifer Moore. This week, we’re featuring people who are making our community better. This afternoon, we’re taking you for a peek inside the crisis nursery Isabel’s House to meet its executive director, Francine Pratt.



The state treasurer’s office oversees the MOST College savings plan--that’s a tuition savings program for Missourians. Treasurer Clint Zweifel stopped by KSMU to talk about the program with Jennifer Moore. He started by explaining what MOST is, exactly, and why he thinks people should be thinking about it this time of year.

It's time to deck the halls again, and whether your home is traditional or modern, or anywhere in between, you may find it difficult to maintain that aesthetic during the holiday season. Marciann Patton, senior instructor of interior design at Missouri State University, shares holiday decorating tips.

For nearly 40 years, Gordon McCann has travelled across the region recording traditional Ozarks music. His audio and written account of these sessions, recorded in a variety of venues, was recently digitized and presented to Missouri State University for public access at Meyer Library. The collection includes nearly 4000 hours of traditional tunes. Mike Smith has this profile of Gordon McCann for the KSMU Sense of Community series.