Local Government

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Greene County is asking the City of Springfield to contribute funds to construct and lease a new, temporary building to house inmates.

The facility would be built on a current parking lot just east of the jail at 933 N. Robberson.  Greene County Commissioner Bob Cirtin said the temporary jail, which would be considered maximum security, would have up to 130 beds with 20 of those designated for violators arrested on municipal charges.  The city is being asked to provide $1 million for three years.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

A Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition is making its way to Springfield, premiering next week at the Library Center.

“Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?” will be held May 9-June 2. Jessie East is the center’s branch manager.

“The American Library Association partnered with the Smithsonian to provide grant opportunities for libraries to host this display. We were awarded the grant. We were one of only 19 cities across the country that were awarded this grant,” said East. 

Courtesy of Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Dozens of agency partners with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks will participate in the second annual Give Ozarks Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event.

The event is scheduled from midnight Tuesday until 11:59 pm. Last year, the event raised more than $1 million. Louise Knauer is the senior vice president of communications and marketing at CFO. Knauer byte 1 Time: 7 seconds

“We’re just trying to encourage philanthropy and an awareness of the fact that anyone can participate in this.”

City of Springfield

There’s a new volunteer opportunity in Greene County.   The Greene County Commission says “Team Greene” will be a group of volunteers who will work in the information booths located in the Historic Courthouse and the Judicial Courts Building. 

The commission is currently seeking volunteers for “Team Greene”.  A minimum of four volunteer hours per week (all on the same day) is requested, but additional volunteer hours may be contributed up to 40 hours per week.  Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to participate, and they must attend a training session.

Kathryn Eutsler / KSMU

Despite a half-percentage point jump in Springfield unemployment from December to January, the rate has been less than four percent since last fall, and officials are encouraged moving forward.

The Missouri Career Center- Ozark Region held a career fair in January, is conducting events this week and has another one planned next month. Communications Coordinator Megan Short says that when businesses get involved, it’s a good indication that the city’s unemployment rate could drop.