Claire Kidwell

News Producer, Announcer

Claire Kidwell is a junior at Missouri State University, and is majoring in Global Studies with minors in Music and Math. She is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and is involved in Model United Nations, the MSU Chorale, and the Kindness Commission.

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James River Church says its Thanksgiving Basket Outreach program is growing, sending more than 1,000 packages of food to families in need.

Volunteers gathered Saturday at the church’s three locations to pack the baskets. This is the 14th year of the program, says Pastor David Lindell

“This outreach has grown exponentially through the years, last year we did a little over 900 Thanksgiving baskets, this year – 1200.”

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At select testing sites around the state, officials collected samples from deer over the weekend to map out the scope of Chronic Wasting Disease in Missouri.

Missouri Department of Conservation Wildlife Management Biologist Kyle Hedges, along with other MDC officials and volunteers, worked from the parking lot of Bolivar Fire Station #2 on Saturday morning. It’s here, on the opening weekend of the firearms hunting season, where hunters brought in their deer to be sampled.

Hedges says the goal was to obtain high volume of samples in order to map the spread of this disease.

chronic nuisance property
Building Development Services

Springfield City Council got a preview this week of plans to address dangerous structures and chronic nuisance properties.

During its Tuesday lunch meeting, Building Development Services (BDS) Director Chris Straw told council that the volume of service requests for these properties have recently increased. The complaints come following the city’s Community Listening tours in 2015 and subsequent Zone Blitz effort on the north side.  

Hazelwood Cemetery
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Springfield officials hope to upgrade one of the state’s largest municipally-operated cemeteries.  Hazelwood Cemetery turned 150 years old this month. It serves as the final resting place of many notable citizens; including Springfield founder John Polk Campbell and Route 66 visionary John T. Woodruff.

Officials gathered Saturday at the site to commemorate its sesquicentennial.

Pete Williams, the head of the Visioning Committee, said that people will be seeing some “good changes” in the future.

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Big Brother Big Sisters of the Ozarks is trying to reach more children in the region, but need more male volunteers to accomplish its goal.

Chuck Dow and his assigned Little Brother, sixth grader Quincy Johnson or Q, typically start their weekly meetup with a game of basketball at the Springfield YMCA. These two have been paired together for almost four years.

“You know, from our experience, I think it just really allows kids to have a good role model, I mean that in its essence is really what it’s about.” Dow said.