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The second annual Springfield News-Leader “Best of 2016 Photo Show” to benefit Harmony House Family Violence Prevention Center takes place during the March First Friday Art Walk, Friday March 3rd from 5:30 to 8:00pm upstairs at Springfield Brewing Company, 301-305 S. Market.  “The News-Leader has a strong commitment, in our editorial agenda, to work with community partners to end domestic violence,” says Greg Holman of the News-Leader staff.  “We have a great trio of staff photographers who do awesome work.

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The domestic violence issue in Springfield will be front and center during an awareness event on Thursday.

Unite Springfield against Domestic Violence is a town hall style forum, now in its second year, presented by the Springfield News-Leader.

“We just want people to be aware of the problem, and maybe more importantly to see ways they can help,” said Stephen Herzog, the paper’s engagement editor.

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Homeless services in the Ozarks are seeing their funding cut.  According to Community Partnership of the Ozarks, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development—HUD—has confirmed the Springfield-Greene, Christian and Webster Counties Continuum of Care will lose federal funding for what they call “several key homeless service programs.”

Harmony House Nears Fundraising Goal

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Construction on a new shelter for victims of domestic violence can begin next month thanks to nearly $4 million in donations to Harmony House.

Last October, Springfield’s only domestic violence shelter announced that it had purchased an aging hotel with the intention of turning it into a new shelter and administration building. Within the past several months, fundraising efforts have reached $3.9 million, which will go toward the renovation of the property.

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Even in a time where virtually anyone with a smartphone can be a "photojournalist," the grand old tradition of newspaper photography is alive and well.  The three staff photographers at the Springfield News-Leader do sterling work throughout the year, from following major news stories to offering glimpses of Ozarks culture.