Greg Burris

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.

Mike Smith / KSMU

City of Springfield Zone 1 Council Person Phyllis Ferguson has a long history of community involvement. Even before her appointment to City Council in April 2015, Ferguson had a reputation as a tireless advocate for the 40,000 residents of Springfield’s northwest quadrant.

“I think people have to understand, there are very deep roots in northwest Springfield.  We have really wonderful homes there, we have great parks and strong neighborhoods.  We don’t have a lot of traffic, and I think those are assets people forget,” she said.

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