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.
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.
Earlier this month, an unlicensed day care provider in Troy, Missouri was charged in the death of an infant who died while in her care. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark spoke with an expert to find out what questions parents should ask before putting their children in someone else's care.
The U.S. Department of Education is giving each state the opportunity to get out of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. To do so, states must submit an alternative proposal that would show they are able to still maintain high standards of achievement. In Missouri, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Missouri, or DESE, has received the go-ahead to create a document that could be used as its proposal. If approved by the U.S. Dept. of Education in February, Missouri’s plan would change the way schools have been measuring success. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
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 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.
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.
Staff of the Nixa School District have sifted through the feedback, and have come up with a final proposal for the John C. Thomas School of Discovery. The magnet school will give students more options in learning science, math and the arts incorporated with technology. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
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-Greene County Health Department is recognizing a local animal rescue center for ten years of service to our community. C.A.R.E. is a nonprofit organization that rescues animals and sets up adoptions from the city’s animal control shelter. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
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.
The historic Kendrick House in Carthage is one of the last standing antebellum homes from the pre-Civil War era. Today, the house stands as a museum commemorating its involvement in the war, and is the site of many legends of paranormal activity. For our ongoing series Sense of Place, KSMU’s Rebekah Clark shares how the grounds were used during the Civil War, and tells of some local controversy about the haunting of the house.
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.
It’s the quintessential part of the American dream to own your own business…but what if you have no idea where to start? The Ozarks Small Business Incubator, or OzSBI, will be hosting its grand opening in West Plains next month. OzSBI is a nonprofit organization where start-up entrepreneurs can get some help in the initial stages of creating their businesses. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
The Nixa School Board is inviting all district residents to another “Community Conversations” meeting to discuss the ongoing plans for a proposed magnet school. This magnet school would focus heavily on science, math and technology. Tonight’s meeting will outline more information about the proposal, and update residents on plans so far. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
The City of Springfield is considering building a 30,000 square foot greenhouse. The facility would be powered by renewable energy, and could be used to grow fresh vegetables. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.
As students settle back into their school routines, the Missouri Collectors Association is reminding parents that it’s important for kids of all ages to learn about financial literacy. The association gives helpful tips about financial management that grown-ups can use to make the process easier for their kids. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
On Saturday, the role of food in the 19th century Ozarks will be celebrated at the Nathaniel Boone State Historic Site. The event will feature demonstrations of historic methods of storing and preparing food. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark talked to the organizer of the event, and tells us what visitors can expect to see—and taste—Saturday.
In an effort to cut down on prescription drug abuse in our area, the Community Partnership of the Ozarks will be permanently installing two drop-off boxes where people can dispose of their unused medicines. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Springfield’s Department of Public Works is getting ready to conduct an inventory of all the city-owned trees, or trees in the right-of-way. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark headed to downtown Springfield to examine some of those trees.