Missouri State Highway Patrol

Funeral services have been announced for a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who was killed in the line of duty.  Twenty-five-year-old James Bava was killed in a car crash Friday while trying to stop a motorcyclist he had said had committed a traffic violation in Audrain County.

The Highway Patrol says it appears that Bava lost control of his car as he tried to overtake a vehicle.

The talents of more than 300 artists, exhibitors and musicians will be on display at the 18th annual Ozarks Celebration Festival Sept. 11-13 at Missouri State University. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature music, dance and storytelling performances on four campus stages.

Springfield Tool Library

Keeping a yard or home looking nice can be challenging if you don’t have the right tools. Those looking to improve their outdoor space but in need of the right supplies can borrow them as part of a program offered by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

The Springfield Tool Library is the only one of its kind in the state, according to CPO.   Any Springfield resident or community group can check out up to five tools for a week. The project offers a cheaper way to take care of your property, according to CPO. 

Understanding the Probate Court

Aug 31, 2015
Greene County Sheriff

Lois Zerrer talks with Carol Akin, probate commissioner for the Greene County Probate Court, about the responsibilities of the probate court.

According to Akin, the probate court is a division of the circuit court.  The court handles things like the estates of deceased people and guardianships for both adults and children.

She says, historically, the court has served an important function when someone dies and hasn't done any estate planning.  Probate helps dispose of the property among the heirs, she says.


Small, nonfarm businesses in 112 Missouri counties are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans are designed to offset economic losses from heavy rainfall and flooding that began March 1, 2015.  On August 7, President Obama approved Gov. Nixon’s request for a major disaster declaration, which allowed local governments and eligible nonprofit agencies to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding.