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.

Hazelwood Cemetery
Claire Kidwell / KSMU

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.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

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.

Facing Addiction
Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Springfield continues to expand its role in combatting addiction through local training, advocacy and messaging.

Earlier this year, the community joined more than a dozen other cities in a pilot project organized through Facing Addiction, which launched its second phase in Springfield last week.

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A total of  305 law enforcement officers were on duty during President Donald Trump’s visit to Springfield Wednesday – that includes officers from the Springfield Police Department, Greene County, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, according to SPD spokeswoman Lisa Cox.

Officers kept a close eye on the protesters and anti-protesters who came out of the woodwork to exercise their First Amendment rights to the freedom of speech and of assembly.

Submitted Photo / SAAF

Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation (SAAF) says its performed 35,000 spay or neuter surgeries that have significantly reduced the city’s stray pet population.

Clinic Director Stacey Williams spoke about the impact of SAAF services at the organization’s seven year anniversary on Aug. 21.

“We’ve roughly prevented 200,000 plus unwanted puppies and kittens that would have been born and you know overpopulated the community as well as the local shelters and rescues,” said Williams.