Michele Skalicky

Morning Edition Host

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference.  Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.

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Michele Skalicky

Mary Kromrey has been on the job as head of Ozark Greenways for a few months now.  She took over the job of executive director from long-time leader, Terry Whaley, who retired. And she’s excited to see the organization continue to expand its approximately 73 ½ miles of trails, 35 of which are the Frisco-Highline Trail from Springfield to Bolivar.  

Friends of the Library

A much anticipated event starts this week.  The Friends of the Library in Springfield and Greene County will hold the Spring 2018 Book Sale at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex. 

Kathleen O’Dell, spokeswoman for the Library District, says they’ll have six tractor-trailer loads of books, DVD’s, CD’s and more for sale.  And, as usual, there will be some interesting and unusual items.

Springfield-Greene County Park Board

Springfield businessman, Harry Cooper, has died.  He was the third generation owner of Harry Cooper Supply Company on Sherman Parkway near Chestnut Expressway.

According to the City of Springfield, Cooper was the primary donor and namesake for Cooper Park, including the Lake Country Soccer Fields, Killian Sports Complex and Cooper Tennis Complex.  He also purchased the Springfield Lasers pro tennis team for the Park Board in 1996. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The State of Missouri has been awarded a $10 million opioid crisis grant.  It’s the second year in a row the state has received the grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, who has spearheaded efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in the state praised the move.

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The Run for Hope 5K Glow Fun Run will start tonight (4/20) at 7 in Harrison, Arkansas to benefit Hope Cottages.  The project provides transitional housing for homeless mothers and their children in Harrison. 

The Missouri State University African Student Association will host the third annual Gala today (4/20) at 5:30 in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom and Theatre.