If you’re interested in volunteering but not sure what to hang your hat on, you might consider serving as a council member for the MU Extension. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, counties in southwest Missouri are accepting nominations.
Through a new partnership with Far East University in South Korea, Missouri State University students will be able to exhibit their art and design projects overseas. Currently, the University is displaying works from Korean students in an exhibit entitled, “Exchange”. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has this report.
In this segment of Around the World, Here at Home, we hear from Heinz and Vroni Buff of Douglas County, Missouri. These two dairy farmers came to the US in search of opportunity for themselves and their children after regulations for dairy farmers became too burdensome for them in Switzerland.
Churches in Springfield, Hollister and West Plains are hosting a special guest from across the pond: a reverend from Northern Irelandwhose mission is about community building and healing. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann shares his story.
This is the story of a rural community that refused to go down. The Haunting in the Hills festival is one that hundreds of families in southern Missouri look forward to each October...but this year, with federal cutbacks and the government shutdown, the event itself almost became a ghost story. KSMU's Theresa Bettmann shares one example of Ozarks’ perseverance.
The City of Springfield has launched a fundraising effort to build a roadside park celebrating the city’s history as the birthplace of Route 66. Also known as the “Mother Road”, it was part of the original highway system in the 1960’s, running from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has this story.
As the federal government's partial shutdown continues, we’re looking at how local agencies are affected. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways are closed, and their federal employees have been told to stay home with no pay. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson asked two local Head Start programs how they’re faring—Head Start receives federal funding to teach and feed children of low-income households across the country.
In this final segment of our Sense of Community series on Debt in the Ozarks, we’re turning back a few pages in our history books to examine what shaped our area’s perception on debt—and whether that perception is at all unique because of this history. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson brings us more.
The Community Focus Steering Committee has released its annual report card for Greene County—that’s a study of the community’s achievements and areas of need over a two-year period. KSMU’s Anna Thomas looks into the community’s blue ribbons and red flags.
Marideth Sisco is known in these parts for many things: she's the singer for The Blackberry Winter Band, which rose to fame after its work with the Oscar-winning film "Winter's Bone." She's a folklorist and Ozarks storyteller. But she's also near and dear to the KSMU family: she writes our popular series These Ozarks Hills. Right now, Marideth Sisco is in the midst of cancer treatments. And artists around the region are gathering tomorrow (Sat, 9/28) at the Yellow House Community Arts Center in West Plains for her sake. Jennifer Davidson sat down with one of the event’s organizers, and has this interview to share.
In the Ozarks, average home prices fluctuated little during the peak and subsequent pop of the Housing Bubble, but what does that mean for a home buyer getting a 5% loan for -1% rate of return 30 years later?
Springfield’s Jewish community played a crucial part in shaping our region…but the community’s role is largely unknown to the public. A new book aims to change that, and give that religious community the recognition it deserves. As part of our ongoing Sense of Place series on local history, KSMU’s Julie Greene has more.
Marideth Sisco, the host of KSMU's These Ozarks Hills, is in the midst of radiation treatment for cancer. In this segment, she wanted to share her journey, and what it's teaching her about the friends and loved ones she holds dear.
While Missouri lawmakers in Washington may agree that the President should consult Congress before taking military action against the Assad regime, they’re not saying yet whether they will vote to authorize a U.S. military campaign in Syria. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.
In many states, convicted rapists are given custody rights to the children born as a result of that rape—despite their conviction in court, and despite the mother’s objections. But that’s no longer the case in Missouri, and due to a new law in Arkansas, it won’t be the case there anymore, either. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details.
There’s a network of people in the Ozarks dedicated to saving animals from being put to sleep, and their hard work is paying off. KSMU’s Shane Franklin recently visited the Springfield Animal Shelter and has this story.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks encourages us to leave 5% of our estate values to charitable causes in our communities. In the Ozarks alone over the next 10 years, that could amount to 2.3 billion dollars. On this edition of Making a Difference Where You Live, we learn about the Transfer of Wealth and the 5% Solution.
Calling it an economic spark for downtown, Springfield developers and officials expressed excitement during groundbreaking festivities for Hotel Vandivort. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more on the plans for this historic structure, which is scheduled to open in mid-2014.