This week, the Springfield-based humanitarian organization Convoy of Hope reached a milestone: it has served more than 50 Million people around the world through international children’s feeding initiatives, citywide outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Local high school students have the opportunity to travel to Africa with Shawn Askinosie, founder of Askinosie Chocolate. Students will travel as part of Chocolate University, a program within Askinosie Chocolate that inspires local students to learn business skills and get involved in the world beyond Springfield. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark talks to Askinosie, who shares how students can get involved in the program.
On Friday, the two-hour episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature the show’s efforts in Joplin after the May 22 tornado. The episode shows volunteers from all over the Ozarks, including more than 300 Drury members who designed and built a tribute to volunteers in Joplin’s Cunningham Park. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
As part of a long-term project to preserve its collection of Civil War battle flags, the Missouri State Museum is going to let Missourians see about 45 of the flags online. The flags can be viewed through Missouri Digital Heritage, which is an online database that holds historical state records. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
This week marks the ninth year in a row that Smart Chickenhas donated chicken to Ozarks Food Harvest, through the Feed the Hungry promotion. This promotion works like this: the company will donate one pound of chicken to the food bank for every ten pounds of products purchased at local grocers. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
Chocolatier Shawn Askinosie, founder of Askinosie Chocolate in Springfield, will be awarded the 14thhonorary doctorate from Missouri State University. The nomination was approved this week by the MSU Board of Governors, after receiving recommendations from the Faculty Senate and Interim President Clif Smart. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark spoke with Askinosie and has more.
This week, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s Women, Infants and Children Program, or WIC, announced that Schweitzer United Methodist Church will be the newest host site for the program. There are now four host sites around the community, besides the primary location in Springfield and the satellite location in Republic. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.
Statistics show that the amount of trash people generate skyrockets during the holiday season. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe sat down with a Springfield waste management expert, and reports on how you can limit your waste output.
Animal control services in parts of Greene County are expected to take a major budget cut. The Springfield/Greene-County Health Department tells KSMU’s Rebekah Clark what impact the cuts will have on services.
Residents of Greene and Christian counties wanting help in providing food and toys for their families can come to the Salvation Army in Springfield. Starting this week, those in need can sign up for Christmas holiday assistance, but must bring a couple required items with them when they apply. This year, the number of families expected to apply is higher than ever before. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more about what others can do to help.
The Ozark National Scenic Riverways has long been a popular recreation area for many Missourians. A coalition of Missouri environmental groups submitted a petition this week that aims to increase protection of the rivers, caves, and springs in that national park. KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us this report.
The Missouri Department of Transportation, or MoDOT, slashed its budget this year, downsizing from ten districts to seven. Willow Springs had one of the district offices that got shut down, and now some locals there are wondering, what happens to area roads when winter weather hits? KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
During the Civil War and in the years after, people in rural southwest Missouri were torn in alliances between the North and South. This tension, fueled through the use of media, religion and unresolved Civil War bias, made these hills the most violent area in the country until the turn of the century. These feelings led to the formation of the vigilante group, the Bald Knobbers. For our ongoing local history series, Sense of Place, KSMU’s Rebekah Clark looks at how the organization, known as the “law-and-order league,” shaped the history of the Ozarks.
In our ongoing local history series, Sense of Place, we delve into the human history of the Ozarks to discover why things are the way they are today. In this segment, KSMU’s Emma Wilson explores the geologic history of Greene County and how it has impacted human development in the area.
Longtime residents of the Ozarks are aware of the constant weather changes that happen here. For example, 100 years ago this month, Missouri had a strange weather phenomenon called “The Great Blue Norther,” during which temperatures fell wildly. As winter approaches, the National Weather Service wants Missourians to be prepared for anything. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports on the upcoming Winter Weather Awareness Day, which is Wednesday.
The Springfield Police Department released its crime report for the third quarter of 2011, and the report showed a decrease in almost every category of crime offenses, including robbery, assault and rape compared to this time last year. For some analysis, KSMU’s Rebekah Clark talked with the SPD and asked the question, “Why?”
Roughly One year and $1.8 million dollars later, the Park Central Square renovation is just about completed. People who visit the square will be able to look forward to a restored historical atmosphere, as well as, additions to accommodate the modern public. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
Halloween night means many people will be out trick-or-treating. The Springfield Police Department has made a list of tips kids, parents and drivers should remember before going out tonight. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
Residents of the small town of Hurley, just a few miles northeast of Crane, recently found out that their post office could be shutting down. One local resident says cutting the mail service could have negative repercussions for other businesses in the area. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has the story.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, or CFO, has selected a team of business leaders in Jasper, Barton and Newton Counties to take part in a new program that will let them lay out long term plans for their counties’ success. The 18-month program includes a plan to keep educated young people from leaving these counties after high school and college by encouraging them to take local jobs. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
An international team of researchers, several of them here in the Ozarks, are working together to breed new grapes. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has this story on how these new breeds are expected to affect the wine industry.
In Mountain Grove, on the north side of US Highway 60, the grapevines are just beginning to bear this season’s harvest. As Jennifer Moore reports, the scientists growing these grapes have just made two breakthroughs in their field.