Askinosie Chocolate

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

The ringing bell as you walk into Askinosie Chocolate shop and factory in north Springfield is a familiar and welcome sound to the workers there.

On Thursday, Askinosie Chocolate is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a birthday bash open to the public. While a nationally ranked chocolate business, they also give back to the Springfield community through its Chocolate University.

Missy Gelner is its executive director.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin says while college may not be for everyone, some education beyond high school has its rewards.   

Loftin was visiting Springfield this week as part of MU’s Show-Me-Value Tour, in which he spoke with local high school students, business leaders and education experts on the value of higher education.

Michele Skalicky

Springfield Public Schools will induct three new members into its Hall of Fame tomorrow.  One of them is Shawn Askinosie, a graduate of Glendale High School, a former lawyer and owner of Askinosie Chocolate.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

Sitting among bags of cocoa beans from various parts of the globe and wearing a North Face jacket that just happens to be Glendale colors--light blue and red--Askinosie talks about his time in Springfield Public Schools.