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Eye on the Community
5:10 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Forum to Focus on Drugs and Youth Violence

Drugs
Credit discovermagazine.com

The Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Task Force on Gangs and Youth Violence will host a community forum this week examining youth drug use and youth violence issues and how they are interconnected. “Drugs, Youth Violence, and what YOU Can Do,” will be held Thursday night (4/30) from 6 to 8.

According to CPO, the Springfield Police Department will present information about the “dramatic increase in heroin use in our area, overdoses, and the violent and sometimes deadly consequences of this drug.” 

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Eye on the Community
10:41 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Record Set at Friends of the Library Book Sale

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Credit ozarksfirst.com

The recent Friends of the Springfield-Greene County Library Spring Book Sale hit record-high sales.  A total of $129,940.14 was raised during the seven-day event Springfield.

That beat the old record set in the fall of 2012 by more than $4000.

The Friends started the sale with nearly five full tractor-trailer loads of books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, vinyl records, games and puzzles – all donated over the past year by individuals and weeded out by the library system.

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Helping Others
6:59 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Interview: Convoy of Hope Sends Aid to Nepal

Nepal Earthquake Damage
Credit theguardian.com

KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with Convoy of Hope's Jeff Nene about what the organization is doing to help the people in Nepal after the earthquake there and what the public can do to help.

A disaster services team from Springfield-based Convoy of Hope along with equipment and supplies  is on its way to Nepal.  The country was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake early Saturday, which killed more than 3000 people.

According to Convoy of Hope, "as one of the poorest countries in the world, Nepal may not be well-equipped to respond to a disaster of this degree."

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Eye on the Community
6:28 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Want a Share of Springfield's Hotel-Motel Tax? This Meeting's For You

Money
Credit forbes.com

Any organization interested in receiving a share of Springfield's hotel-motel tax revenues originally dedicated to Wonders of Wildlife is invited to a meeting in May.

WOW terminated its grant agreement in 2011 and agreed to forego receipt of all hotel-motel tax proceeds after the termination date.

City Council then authorized 60% of those funds to go to qualifying organizations.

The Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee will hold a Q & A Session Thursday May 6th at 4:30 pm at the Creamery Arts Center.

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Helping Others
4:25 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Area Employees to Wear Denim This Week to Raise Awareness of Sexual Violence

Jeans
Credit huffingtonpost.com

Wednesday (4/29) is Denim Day—a day set aside to raise awareness of sexual assault.  Amber Allen, with Community Partnership of the Ozarks, says sexual violence is a prevalent problem in the U.S.

"In the United States, one in five women will be a victim of attempted or completed rape, and three of four victims of sexual assault know their offender.  And between 20 and 25% of women will experience the attempted or completed rape during college," she said.

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