Charlotte Hatch

News Intern

Charlotte has been writing for as long as she can remember and has won both poetry and creative story awards. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Communication, with emphasis in PR and Advertising, and plans to double major in Broadcast Media and Journalism. Charlotte loves to report on stories that touch the human condition.

Drury University
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Drury University is crediting new recruitment efforts with higher enrollment to start the 2017-2018 school year. President Tim Cloyd told the Springfield New-Leader earlier this month the number of traditional undergraduate students is expected to top 1,400. That would be nearly 50 students more than the previous year.

Julie Greene / KSMU

The president of Springfield’s Commercial Club is excited for how parking space development along Frisco Lane will impact north side merchants and their customers.

Mary Collette says attempts to acquire 67,000 square feet of open space and alleyway north of the buildings Commercial Street were a long time coming.   

“We call it overnight success after 25 years. Our first letter was written in 1992,” she says.    

Earlier this week, Springfield City Council approved a bill that allows for parking spaces on Frisco Lane and merchant access to the buildings.

flickr/Simon Hayhurst

The Missouri State University Libraries, in partnership with local history blog Ozarks Alive, has received a grant through the National Park Service to document historic trucking along Route 66.

The $5,100 grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program will focus on the history of trucking along the Missouri section of the Mother Road from 1926 to 1985 through oral history interviews.

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As communities across Missouri seek solutions to the opioid epidemic, a recent wave of events and change in policy is encouraging buy-in and analyzing the depth of the issue.

A summit in Springfield on July 20 served as the first of nine locations throughout the state that brought together state and local officials to discuss opioid abuse, and highlighted what local entities are doing to address the issue.    

Eric Greitens
Charlotte Hatch / KSMU

Calling the opioid epidemic a “modern plague,” Governor Eric Greitens asked Missourians Thursday to join the fight against the issue. Thursday’s comments at an opioid summit in Springfield came just days after he signed an executive order establishing a prescription drug monitoring program.

Greitens, who lost a cousin last year to a heroin overdose, implored community members and advocacy organizations to step up their efforts.