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.

Greene County Courthouse
Scott Harvey / KSMU

In the past, when jury duty called, you’d get a notice in the mail and follow the instructions for a paper trail.  But now, Greene County joins several other counties across the state in using a new, digital system for the jury summons process. 

The Show-Me Jury, or e-Juror, is expected to speed up the process once a juror receives a summons.

Instead of having to go back and forth through the postal service, jurors can fill out their information online.

Anthony Rodebush is the jury supervisor for Greene County.

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Ten years after the 2008 Housing and Financial Crisis, experts say the local housing market in the Ozarks is improving— but still recovering. 

Charlyce Ruth, the CEO of the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Springfield, says Springfield had a unique experience during the housing crisis.

“We didn’t slow down as quickly as parts of the rest of the United States, so we were a little bit slower to come out of it as well.”

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Governor Mike Parson signed legislation into law Friday in Springfield concerning emergency medical services and 911 emergency communication services.

Many representatives of emergency response services across the state as well as lawmakers who pushed for their passage in the Missouri Legislature were at the Greene County Public Safety Center to witness the signing of the bills.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

As people meander through Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, they can wander into what looks like a set for Little House on the Prairie.

This is the Gray/Campbell Farmstead, and on this property is preserved Liberty School, an old one room school house from the north of Springfield. While the school is no longer in operation, there are still those who remember going to class there.

“I attended as a five year old. In 1947 they didn’t have Kindergarten, but they let me go.”

Missouri Digital Heritage / Springfield Greene County Public Library

During World War One, one of southwest Missouri’s main contributions to the Allied forces was supplying mules and horses for work in the trenches. KSMU went back in time to gain a better understanding about these hardy animals for our Sense of Place series on local history.

Michael Price might be sitting behind a desk, but this man knows a lot more about mules than you might think.