Thomas McFarland

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Among the notable weather trends locally for October were higher than average temperatures and a lack of precipitation. Meteorologist Andy Boxell with the National Weather Service in Springfield explains just how warm the month was.

“Well October of 2015 here in the Springfield area was a fair deal warmer than what we’ve had compared to long-term averages, we were almost two degrees above normal for the month and that made it the 36th warmest October on record,” says Boxell.

And that unusually warm and dry weather has had an impact.

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Beginning in the spring, Drury University will offer a new degree program at the graduate level, the Master of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership. Professor of Communications Dr. Charles Taylor says the new program hopes to better provide local professionals with the tools they need to perform within their field, which he says makes up a large amount of the region’s private sector.

“The nonprofit sector represents just over 50 percent of private sector employment in the Ozarks, which is dramatically higher than other cities of our size around the country,” says Taylor.

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Restoration of the gazebo at Maple Park Cemetery central Springfield is underway. Ted Smith with the ceremony’s Board of Directors offered a few clues about the landmark’s history during a ceremony today. 

“We do know that the gazebo had been constructed shortly after the cemetery opened. As there is a record of a symphonious or pony board, giving a Fourth of July 1876 centennial celebration oration from the gazebo,” Smith says.

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As deer in the Ozarks are becoming more active, the Missouri Department of Conservation is inviting Springfield citizens to a discussion on the latest strategies to counter the animal’s growing population.

“Oh, Deer! Managing Urban Deer Populations” will be presented at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center on Oct. 22. MDC Urban Wildlife Biologist Ashley Schnake says officials will discuss both local strategies, and those from outside the region.

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While many may dream of escaping the office and exploring the wilderness, not everyone gets that opportunity. One exception is Dr. Patrick Dobson, who during a visit to Missouri State University on Wednesday will discuss his book “Patrick Dobson: Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer.

“My book is about a canoe trip I took in 1995 from Helena, Montana to Kansas City, Missouri, and I had actually walked from Kansas City to Helena, Montana before I got in a canoe to come home.”  

And he faced many obstacles, among them was his lack of experience on the water.