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. Michele enjoys hiking, camping, taking an active role in her two girls’ activities and caring for her family’s two guinea pigs, two cats, two dogs and five fish.

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Michele Skalicky

A monument, installed nearly 100 years ago and marking explorer Henry Rowe Schoolcraft’s journey in the 19th Century to the area that’s now Springfield, is now accessible to the public.  

When explorer, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, arrived at what is now Springfield in early January, 1818, the land was yet unspoiled.  He described prairie grass so tall that a man could ride a horse through it without being seen.

Department of Labor

The Missouri Department of Labor reminds Greene, Christian, Wayne, Ste. Genevieve, Dent, Crawford, Iron and Wright County residents they have until Thursday (8/17) to apply for disaster unemployment assistance.The assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is available for up to 26 weeks to those whose unemployment was lost or interrupted due to storms and flooding from April 28 through May 11. Claims must be made by 5 p.m. Thursday.Criteria for eligibility:

Joey Powell

Dickerson Park Zoo will host Art Gone Wild tomorrow (8/12), an annual event with the Springfield Regional Arts Council.  It’s also Global Elephant day, a time set aside to learn more about the dangers elephants face and what’s being done to help them.   There will be special elephant-themed art activities for kids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 11 a.m., guests are invited to a Trunk Talk, where a zookeeper will share more about elephants.  An elephant watermelon stomp starts at 2.  Art Gone Wild is free with paid zoo admission.

City of Springfield

A heads up to motorists:  getting through downtown Springfield could be tricky for a few days.  The City of Springfield says drivers in the area should expect road closures and traffic delays starting Thursday due to the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.

According to city officials, barricades will be in place at several downtown intersections by Thursday afternoon.

A parade, which starts Friday at 4:30, will impact traffic from Kansas Expressway and College to downtown.

Michele Skalicky

Parker Atchley is your typical four-year-old in many ways.  He’s shy at first but usually opens up after he gets to know you, he loves anything with wheels, baseball and splashing in water, and he sticks pretty close to his mom, but a grandma will do if mom’s not available. 

He’s an adorable, blonde boy with dark-rimmed glasses and a stare that makes you feel like he’s thoroughly assessing you but that also melts your heart.

He also is suffering from a rare disease—or at least a disease that only a few have been diagnosed with so far. 

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