Greg Gaines is the Region D Mass Care Coordinator for the Homeland Security Oversight Committee and a Red Cross Disaster Relief Volunteer. But he went above and beyond the call of duty recently when he witnessed an accident on I-44 west of Springfield. Lisa Slattery is a tireless advocate for disabled children in Springfield. She formed the group ANJEL for parents of disabled children and was instrumental in forming the Special Education Parent Teacher Association in Springfield.
Debi Lee, Managing Director of Children's Choirs of Southwest Missouri, has spent more than 3 decades teaching singing to, and instilling a love of choral music in, Springfield-area children.
Joan Collins is another local "unsung hero" who has devoted her life to serving children in the community, first as a longtime English teacher at Hillcrest High School, and later as one of the founders of Peace Network of the Ozarks, and as a member of Writers Hall of Fame.
Springfield/Greene County is one of the nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People, according to America's Promise Alliance. This is the third year in a row that Springfield/Greene County has received this honor. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has released its 2007 Annual Report detailing a record breaking year of service to Ozarks communities. The Foundation exceeded one-hundred-thirty-five-million dollars in assets. KSMU's Joe Morgan has more.
A new study has been published by the University of Missouri veterinary school. The purpose of the study is to see if there is a connection between a cat's diet and diabetes. KSMU's Sheena Johnson has more....
KSMU's monthly series "These Ozarks Hills" features stories about people and places in the Ozarks collected and presented by long-time journalist Marideth Sisco. In this installment, Marideth introduces us to Polly Langston.
The president of the Tournament of Roses Parade is in Springfield this week to meet with MO State Pride Band members and administration in advance of their participation in the parade. Michele Skalicky reports.
The Greene County Historical Sites Board will formally dedicate the grave of John Looney on September 1st at eleven am. Looney and his family played a key role in the developments of Greene County back in the mid 1800's. KSMU's Joe Morgan has more.
Results of the 2007 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine are in. And Branson's Skaggs Community Health Center is in the top 25 "Most Wireless Hospitals" and the top 25 "Most Wired Small and Rural Hospitals." KSMU's Joe Morgan reports.
The average temperatures during this part of the year are in the mid to upper 90's and that means lots of sun. Experts say that you need to put on sunscreen anytime you are outside to avoid possible short term and long term injuries. KSMU's Joe Morgan has more.
Children's Miracle Network at CoxHealth helps area children who are ill or injured in a variety of ways. In this segment of Sense of Community, Michele Skalicky introduces you to a family that has benefited from this organization and talks to CMN Director Susan Scanlon.
President Bush arrived in Springfield tonight. At the airport, the president gave a volunteer award to a Springfield man. KSMU's Missy Shelton was at the airport last night. She reports on the president's arrival, the man who received the award and plans by Peace Network of the Ozarks to protest the president's rally Friday.
One week from today, voters in Missouri will go to the polls to choose who will represent them in the U.S. Senate...There's the incumbent, Republican Senator Jim Talent and his Democratic opponent, State Auditor Claire McCaskill. KSMU's Missy Shelton recently spoke about the election with George Connor, associate professor of political science at Missouri State University.
Mike Collins' botany students at Reeds Spring High School are learning a variety of skills, including leadership, by taking their education outside the classroom. Gatewood Gardens has been a project of theirs for five years. Michele Skalicky reports.
On October 3rd, former U-S Secretary of Defense William Cohen will be in Springfield to talk about countering terrorism. He'll be the keynote speaker for the Public Affairs Convocation at Missouri State University. He'll speak October 3rd at 7P-M at Plaster Student Union. KSMU's Missy Shelton recently spoke with Cohen by phone and files this report.