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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Midtown Neighborhood Association

The 26th annual Midtown Victorian Homes Tour is tonight (12/1) from 5 to 9 and tomorrow (12/2) from noon to 5.  Tour five historic homes, Central High School and the Drury Diversity Center decked out for the holidays. 

The Clayworks Student Organization at Missouri State University is hosting a pottery sale today (12/1) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union. 

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A city-wide sidewalk assessment and inventory is underway in Springfield.  It’s being conducted by Tempe, Arizona-based IMS Infrastructure Management Services LLC.  They’re using a specialized sidewalk surface tester, which looks similar to an all-terrain vehicle—to collect a detailed inventory and condition rating of all sidewalks in Springfield.

According to the city, an IMS field technician will travel at low speeds along sidewalks, occasionally stopping to take photographs or record additional data, during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.

Branson has made a move toward becoming a greener city.  The town has added 18 new recycle bins to its downtown as part of the Historic Downtown Improvement Project.

Branson Mayor Karen Best says many visitors come to the town from cities where recycling is the norm.  She says they want to make recycling easy during their visit, too.

The bins are located next to trash bins at several downtown intersections and in Liberty Plaza, so visitors can choose either landfill or recycle. 

The city says additional bins will be added in Phase 4 of the renovations. 

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During a luncheon Tuesday, Springfield City Council heard from Springfield-Greene County Health Department director, Clay Goddard, about universal licensure where all dogs would be required to be licensed.

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City Utilities of Springfield said, in exchange for a free dinner, a group is selling a "power conditioner/surge protector" that allegedly saves residential customers money. CU officials say these "magic black boxes" do not provide any value to consumers and are very expensive. The salespeople usually require you to sign up for installation while at the dinner. Once the devices are installed, the businesses offer no contact information.