Thomas McFarland

Thomas McFarland

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.

Noppadol Paothong / Missouri Department of Conservation

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.

Katie Steiger-Meister/USFWS / (Flickr)

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.

Branson Public Schools

Branson Public Schools’ Superintendent Doug Hayter is stepping down after leading the district for 13 years.

With the start of the New Year, Dr. Hayter will become executive director of the Missouri Association of School Administrators, located in Jefferson City. Hayter says the position continues to allow him the opportunity to promote public education in the state.

Springfield City Utilities

Solar power, a clean energy alternative that converts sunlight into electricity using photoelectric cells, is gaining popularity here in the Ozarks. KSMU’s Tom McFarland spoke with some consumers and providers of the service to learn more about its costs and benefits.

While many individuals that are going solar may hire a company to install the panels for them, Jim Evans did it himself.

“I did not hire these put in, I went ahead and purchased the collectors and I did all the installation myself, which made it very inexpensive for me,” says Evans.