Michele Skalicky

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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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The Christian County Library will be able to expand and make other improvements after voters Tuesday approved a tax levy question.  Library branches will be added in Nixa, Sparta and Clever, and improvements will be made to the facility in Ozark, including additional meeting rooms and a drive-through.

Dickerson Park Zoo

Dickerson Park Zoo welcomed a new baby giraffe Monday.  The female calf is approximately 6 and a half feet tall and weighs around 150 pounds.  Zoo veterinarian, Dr. Rodney Schnellbacher says the calf is nursing well and has already had her first physical.  He says both the baby and mom are doing well. 

The yet-to-be-named giraffe joins mom, Emma, and three other females and one male giraffe at Dickerson Park Zoo.  The baby is on exhibit.

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A question on next week’s ballot in Republic would extend an existing quarter-cent capital improvements sales tax and allow it to be used for more projects. 

David Cameron, city administrator of Republic, said funding is needed for a variety of projects, not just stormwater improvements, which the tax currently allows for.


Movies at Founders Park will continue tonight and tomorrow night (8/4-8/5) at dusk at Founders Park, 330 E. Water, in downtown Springfield.  “Kubo and the Two Stings” will be shown tonight and the SATO48 film, “Test Drive,” and “The Princess Bride” will be shown tomorrow night. Take lawn chairs.

First Friday Art Walk is tonight (8/4) from 6 to 10 in downtown Springfield. 

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During his State of the Schools speech at Central High School Thursday, Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann said the district will roll out LAUNCH, what he calls “Missouri’s solution for course access issues for school districts and families.”

Jungmann said, "driven by a purpose motive, not a profit motive, LAUNCH will provide quality, online learning options designed, developed and delivered by Missouri's educators."