Local Government

News covering policy and issues related to city and county governments in the Ozarks.


A ribbon cutting for newly reconstructed parking lots at City Government Plaza in Springfield is set for this morning (5/22) at 10:30.  The grant-funded project is designed to demonstrate ways of managing stormwater to reduce the amount of runoff and pollution that reach area streams.  The lots now include pervious pavement, rain gardens and a bioswale that allow rainwater to soak into the ground rather than running off.

City of Springfield with permission

The City of Springfield will wrap up its Community Listen sessions this week which, when done, will cover nine northwest neighborhoods. The meetings are the city’s way of giving communities a voice in an effort to find solutions for many common concerns and problems.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann attended some of those sessions and has this report.

Christian County

The top law enforcement official in Christian County has resigned his post and pleaded guilty to stealing county dollars and money laundering.

53-year-old Joey Kyle, who had served as sheriff since 2009, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday. As part of a plea agreement, he’ll serve one year and one day in prison without parole. In addition, Kyle must pay $50,290 in restitution to Christian County and forfeit a money judgment of $71,640 to the government, which officials say represents the proceeds he received from his criminal conduct.  

Mike Schilling's campaign

In this segment of Making Democracy Work, Leslie Carrier talks with Springfield City Council member, Mike Schilling. 

City of Springfield

Home improvement store, Menards, has the go ahead to build a store northwest of the Sunshine and W. Bypass intersection.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

Springfield City Council voted 7-2 to allow rezoning of just over 39 acres of land at 3705 W. Sunshine from a County R-1 Suburban Residence District to a Highway Commercial District.