Greg Burris

David Pennington
City of Springfield

Following a national search, Springfield has promoted from within in naming David Pennington the city’s new fire chief.

Pennington, currently assistant fire chief, will assume the new role on May 28. He replaces David Hall, who took an emergency preparedness role with Missouri State University earlier this year.

Tommy Pike
Danisha Hogue

Built in 1902, The Jefferson Avenue Footbridge crosses 13 tracks of the Burlington Northern rail yard. The structure, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has become a tourism staple for Springfield.

It’s why many came to the bridge’s defense during a recent City Council session that explored plans for its rehabilitation.

“It’s a big part of Commercial Street and for the people who had to come across the tracks,” Pike said. 

David Pennington
Submitted Photo / City of Springfield

David Pennington has be tapped as Springfield’s interim fire chief. He temporarily replaces David Hall, who retired from the Fire Department last month to take a position with Missouri State University.

A McLin / Flickr

The Impacting Poverty Commission (IPC) has issued its one-year report, and the news is positive.

Grant Beach
Lindsey Argo / KSMU

To Springfield city officials, involving the faith community in its Zone Blitz initiative seemed like a natural fit. Helping those in need is nothing new for these houses of worship and their members.

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