Today (Wednesday morning), a fire broke out at the Chardonnay Apartment Complex in Springfield. According to the Springfield Fire Department, careless smoking caused the fire that caused extensive damage to the 48-unit building. The American Red Cross is responding to the incident by giving assistance to residents who lost their homes. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
In our ongoing local history series, Sense of Place, we explore the past to discover why things are the way they are in our community today. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’ll air several stories that highlight women’s history in the Ozarks, starting with this one. For this first installment, KSMU’s Emma Wilson looks into the history of the month itself.
As part of the observance of Women’s History month at Missouri State University, author Heidi Durrow will speak Monday evening about her book and what she calls “the mixed experience.” KSMU’s Missy Shelton recently spoke with Durrow and files this report.
When spectators go out to the theatre, they drink in the sights and sounds on the stage. But behind every successful production is a smart budgeter. As the second part in a two-part series on what it takes to put on a theatre production in Springfield, KSMU’s Matthew Barnes has this report on the costs that go into local theatre.
On the 4th floor of the Vandivort Center on Walnut Street lies the Springfield Contemporary Theatre where the historic space is preparing to open the legendary musical Evita. As the first part in a two-part series on what it takes to put on a theatre production in Springfield, KSMU’s Matthew Barnes has this report.
The “tabla” is the Egyptian generic word for a “drum.” Also known as the “darabuka,” this goblet shaped instrument has become a pillar of Egyptian culture. For one man visiting the Ozarks, the tabla is even more than that—it’s tied to the rhythm he remembers from his boyhood in Egypt, and it’s become a symbol of the Egyptian people. George Sadak brought his handmade tabla, encrusted with mother-of-pearly inlay, to our studios Friday morning.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado crossed between Stone and Taney Counties early Wednesday morning. Officials are still investigating the path of the storms in Dallas County to determine if there was, in fact, a tornado there. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
The American Red Cross of southern Missouri is providing assistance to areas affected by Monday’s overnight and early morning storms. The organization is set up in three different areas. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
Here in “The Cave State,” natural caverns have served as shelter, meeting space, and places of wonder for humans for thousands of years. In more recent history, many of the most spectacular and accessible caves have been turned into tourist destinations. For our local history series, Sense of Place, KSMU’s Emma Wilson reports on one such cave.
Three women from Springfield’s Harmony House, a shelter that provides education and safety for domestic violence victims, are working in Drury’s Panther Pride Store. The jobs, created in part by Drury’s Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE team, provides the women with hands-on retail work and personal communication experience. The SIFE team hopes that they can help provide employment like this for other domestic violence survivors. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark talks to one of these women, who tells how this opportunity has reshaped her lifestyle.
As Easter is quickly approaching, families around the country are preparing by stocking up on the holiday’s necessity: Easter eggs. One small business in Springfield is offering families the opportunity to give back while equipping for the holiday. KSMU’s Brittany Donnellan reports.
The Civility Project, which is an ongoing project that reminds citizens of the importance of respect in matters of public discourse, is celebrating its one year anniversary this week. To honor the occasion, leaders of the project, including members from the Library Center and Community Foundation of the Ozarks, will be hosting the free program series called “Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion.” The program series includes poetry readings, photo exhibits and a soup dinner. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
This time of year, many Catholics are observing the season leading up to Ash Wednesday, which begins the season of Lent. Many take part in events leading up to it, which include a time of celebration, with Mardi Gras being the crowning day of indulgence. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has some insight on the celebration here in the Ozarks and how it’s grown beyond its Catholic roots.
As of this week, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s Animal Control program has gone 16 weeks, or four full months, sending all potentially adoptable dogs to one of the area’s “no-kill” rescue partners for public adoption. The shelter says this milestone marks the longest “streak” that anyone from the program can recall of not putting down potentially adoptable animals. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has this report.
Certified Scuba divers will have a chance to play underwater poker Saturday at DiVentures Scuba and Swim Center in Springfield. All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of CoxHealth. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with an instructor at DiVentures and has this report.
This Valentine’s Day, instead of getting your special someone the typical box of chocolates, how about trying something that’s both different and healthy? Give your loved one the gift of heart health by providing alternative foods that might lower cholesterol and the chance of sickness. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark files this report.
A group has submitted a petition to the City Clerk’s office that aims to repeal the 2011 smoking ban and allow smoking in certain types of businesses again. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser talked to people on both sides of the issue and has this report.
This is a story about a woman whose perspective is enriched by having lived in two very different worlds, and having lived for over eight decades. A single mom of two boys at 30 years old—a young widow, no less—Shirley Johnson became a teacher and taught at Baptist Bible College in Springfield for years. However, instead of retirement, Johnson packed her bags and moved to Kenya as a missionary, where she began changing the lives of impoverished kids. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark shares her story.
Springfield voters have passed the controversial E-Verify proposal, which requires all Springfield employers to use the E-Verify program to make sure all new employees are legally authorized to work. KSMU’s Nolan Epstein has the details.