Simone Cook


Simone Cook is a senior at Missouri State University, where she is majoring in digital film.  She started with KSMU in August 2014 as a news intern and is now an announcer during various KSMU programs.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, photography, listening to music and watching films.  She hopes one day to travel the world and learn about the different cultures around her.

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Voters in the Willard School District will decide a $15.2 million bond issue on next Tuesday’s ballot. 

District superintendent Dr. Kent Medlin says one of the goals of the bond is to add classroom space and general renovations to both North Elementary and the intermediate school.

“Just, honestly, a face lift for both of those older buildings.  One building we are spending over $3 million on; the other we are looking at over $4 million on, so the lion’s share of the bond issue is a reinvestment into these two buildings," he said.

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Students going on to college  now have another career option in Springfield.

The UMKC School of Pharmacy held its grand opening Wednesday for a branch of the school at Missouri State University.

Governor Jay Nixon spoke at the event.

“UMKC’s PharmD at MSU is a prime example of a goal that we have had for higher education from day one.  Giving more Missouri students access to quality, affordable college education that prepares them to step directly into good jobs and lasting careers,” he said. 

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Thursday marks the final partial solar eclipse of 2014.  As KSMU’s Simone Cook reports, solar eclipses of any kind in this area are considered to be rare and can be quite a treat for any space enthusiast. 

Dr. Michael Reed is professor of astronomy at Missouri State University.

Springfield Public Schools - Sunshine Elementary

One of Springfield’s oldest schools celebrates a major milestone this week. KSMU’s Simone Cook has details.

Sunshine Elementary School was founded in 1864 as a country school on the corners of a then dirt Sunshine Lane and gravel Campbell Road.

David Martin, current principal of the school in Springfield, explains that the facility wasn’t even a part of the city in the mid-1860s.

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In Greene County alone, more than 16 percent of residents do not know where their next meal will come from. KSMU’s Simone Cook tells us about one local organization working to minimize that insecurity and the help it’s receiving. 

The Salvation Army’s Harbor House in downtown Springfield serves as a rehabilitation program for men,but also hosts anyone in need of a meal from noon to 1 p.m. daily, including holidays.

Emily Journagan is the public relations and event coordinator.