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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The City of Springfield’s February sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is 19 percent higher than the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $3,717,693.  That’s $592,566 more than what was expected. 

The check reflects sales processed by the state in January from transactions made primarily in December. On a year to date basis, with February being the eighth month in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, revenues are up 1 percent compared to budget. 

Finance Director David Holtmann said this is a positive sign for the economy and the City.   

Mercy Springfield has named a new CEO for its Rehabilitation Hospital.  Jay Guffey will take over the job after more than 40 years in health care.

Guffey served as the joint venture board chair for the facility for four years and worked through its design, construction and opening.

He replaces Bruce Eady, who recently took a position as vice president of Patient Logistics at Mercy Hospital Springfield.

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will hire nearly 400 people for the summer season, which typically runs from April to September.  It’s partnering with the Missouri Career Center for a job fair next week.  Applicants will be able to meet with supervisors, learn about various jobs and apply on site or online.

Summer jobs range from entry-level cashiers to skilled drivers and maintenance workers.  The park board hires workers as young as 14, and hours range from a few hours to 40 a week. 

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A Code Red emergency appeal for blood has been issued by the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.  CBCO spokesman Chris Pilgrim says local blood needs are at their highest level since 2015.

The appeal came as many schools were closed Monday due to the ice that coated the Ozarks over the weekend.  Blood drives that had been scheduled Monday at Kickapoo and Republic High Schools were supposed to help rebuild the already critically low blood supply, according to Pilgrim.

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The Joker’s Masquerade Ball will be held tonight (2/9) at 6 at the Eureka Springs Convention Center.  It’s part of Eureka Springs Mardi Gras. 

The Missouri State University Lady Bears basketball team will host Bradley tonight (2/9) at 7:05 and Illinois State Sunday (2/11) at 2 at JQH Arena.  For ticket information, (417) 836-7678 or missouristatetix.com.