Ken McClure

Hazelwood Cemetery
Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Springfield officials hope to upgrade one of the state’s largest municipally-operated cemeteries.  Hazelwood Cemetery turned 150 years old this month. It serves as the final resting place of many notable citizens; including Springfield founder John Polk Campbell and Route 66 visionary John T. Woodruff.

Officials gathered Saturday at the site to commemorate its sesquicentennial.

Pete Williams, the head of the Visioning Committee, said that people will be seeing some “good changes” in the future.

Bob Stephens
KSMU archives

Two complaints alleging former Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens improperly used public funds and violated conflict of interest laws have been dismissed.

The Missouri Ethics Commission published separate notices on its website Monday saying it found “no reasonable grounds exist” to support the violations in question.

Richard Ollis
Ollis/Akers/Arney website

The Springfield City Council Tuesday chose Richard Ollis, an insurance company CEO, to fill the General Seat D post.

The seat became vacant after the April election of councilmen Ken McClure as mayor.

Ollis, 56, is the CEO of Ollis/Akers/Arney, where he serves a risk and insurance advisor. The company, according to its website, is Springfield’s largest independent insurance agency.

Ollis was chosen among five other candidates that council had interviewed for the post. 

City of Springfiefld

Ken McClure is officially Springfield mayor, having been sworn in shortly after noon Tuesday. It came a week after defeating fellow councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky.

The two shared a hug after McClure took the oath of office, and before he took his seat at the dais. Then, making his first statement as mayor, McClure said council is poised to move the city in the right direction and in the right way.

Ken McClure
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Ken McClure says he’s looking forward to working with his fellow council members and their collective constituents after winning the race for Springfield mayor Tuesday.

With 97 percent of precincts reporting as of early Wednesday, McClure held a 35 point lead over his opponent, Kristi Fulnecky. The two general seat incumbents both came to City Council in 2015. McClure says the first thing he’ll be focusing on as mayor is filling the vacancy created by his victory.

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