Sense of Community

March, June, September, December

From poverty concerns to major policy decisions, this series dives beyond the headlines to provide in-depth coverage of issues facing people and organizations in the Ozarks. KSMU's team of reporters combine for 10 stories each quarter, to air the final weeks of March, June, September and December.

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Sense of Community
4:45 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

The Many Responsibilities of a Local Scientist

Hawkins has pulled out two vials of blood from a centrifuge. There is a clear separation of a liquid on top, which Hawkins pipettes out.
Credit Anna Thomas / KSMU

“And of course the week before was like the busiest week probably of the entire year. I had like five projects running,” Hawkins said.

Jordan Hawkins, junior research scientist at Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC) in Springfield, enters a code on a keypad that grants here access to the lab.

She normally arrives around 7 in the morning, and sometimes doesn’t leave until 6 p.m.

“It’s kind of what just needs to be done, and it’s very easy to do that when you have a passion for your work,” Hawkins said.

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Sense of Community
7:45 am
Fri December 26, 2014

On the Streets and At the Pound With a Springfield Animal Control Officer

Officer Rob Rem with Springfield Animal Control
Theresa Bettmann KSMU

Officer Rob Rem with Springfield Animal Control is loading up to begin his rounds for the day.  He breaks the mold of the old fashioned “dog catcher” stereotype with his warm smile and outgoing personality.  But Rem says it is difficult to shake the negative perception the public often still holds.

“We don’t just drive around catching dogs—we’re trying to make a difference.”

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Sense of Community
4:45 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

Nancy Dornan, A Fixture at Maschino's Since 1952

Nancy Dornan is President of Maschino's
Credit Mike Smith / KSMU-Fm

Merry Christmas Everyone! I’m Mike Smith for the KSMU Sense of Community Series.  Today, as we continue this A Day in the Life theme of our series, a profile of Nancy Dornan, President of Maschino’s. 

“My grandfather in 1903 had the first Maschino Hardware, Schaffer Maschino Hardware, on Commercial Street.  Later it was moved to Campbell just a little south of Walnut.  The hardware store was where my father grew up.  My grandfather died when my father was 19.”

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Sense of Community
7:45 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Steve Ames Sells Beer By Day, Sings At Night

Steve Ames Leads the Beer Wine and Cheese Dept. at Mama Jeans Natural Market
Credit Mike Smith / KSMU

“There’s a program called the Cicerone program, and a Cicerone is essentially equivalent to a Sommelier in the wine world.  It’s someone who’s trained and certified as a Beer expert.  I’ve achieved the first level of that which is a certified beer server, and I’m studying for my Cicerone certification.  Hopefully I’ll finish that in the spring.” 

Today, our Sense of Community Series shadows Steve Ames, who’s aiming toward earning that Cicerone certification to put to use in his work at Springfield’s three Mama Jeans Natural Markets. 

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Sense of Community
4:46 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

What It’s Like to be an Eighth-Grader These Days

13-year-old David Holgerson digs for his drum sticks from his packed locker before band class.
Scott Harvey KSMU

13-year-old David Holgerson is reciting lines for what’s known as a duet interpretation scene. He and his classmate Greta Adams will play Hansel and Gretel in a series of performing styles, shifting from drama to murder mystery to even Shakespearean.

The class has split up into pairs throughout the room to rehearse as they prepare for a dessert theatre performance in February. 

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