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Ashley Eddy


Springfield, MO, United States

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Past articles by Ashley:

People react to three Springfield weekend shootings

This past weekend was a busy one for the Springfield Police Department as officers investigate three different shootings. Chief Paul Williams said shots fired calls broke records last year and, now, in 2023 the calls continue to increase. → Read More

Branson Police Department officers allowed to wear cowboy hats, have facial hair

Those who visit or live in Branson might start to notice Branson Police Department officers looking a little different. It could be considered a slight change, but the adjustment hopes to make a big difference. Officers can now wear cowboy hats and have facial hair year-round. “I don’t think it’s a secret that the cowboy […] → Read More

Witness describes Springfield hit-and-run

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Springfield Police are still searching for a vehicle involved in a Monday night hit-and-run incident that left one woman in critical condition. Police said the driver of a truck hit a pedestrian and then took off. Officers described the vehicle as a dark-colored truck. This all happened down from the Kansas Expressway and Livingston […] → Read More

Rogersville man charged with accidentally shooting, killing friend

WEBSTER COUNTY, Mo. — A Rogersville man is accused of accidentally shooting and killing his friend. Tyler Gene Tennis, 23, of Rogersville is formally charged with three felonies: According to court documents, Webster County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a “shots fired” call from Timber Meadows Drive in Rogersville on March 3. When law enforcement arrived […] → Read More

Testing out careers through virtual reality

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Missouri Job Center in Springfield is working on a new way to get people connected to the right career. It involves the new and upcoming technology of virtual reality. People interested can put on a headset that takes them to a virtual job site to see if it’s something they might […] → Read More

Downtown Springfield YMCA to close at end of month

A more than a century old building in downtown Springfield will soon be closing operations on March 31, 2023. Leaders said the Ward Downtown YMCA continues to operate at a loss, with declining membership and high expenses. → Read More

Branson PD discusses monitoring motorcycle club gathering

BRANSON, Mo. – New information is being released about the extra law enforcement presence over the weekend in Branson due to a motorcycle club gathering. Police Chief Eric Schmitt said about a month and a half ago, his office was notified of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club planning an event in town. The cause for concern, […] → Read More

Locals reflect on one year of war in Ukraine

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Friday marks one year since the war in Ukraine began. One year later, many people here locally with ties to Ukraine are taking time to reflect. “I came to U.S. about 22 years ago,” said Ruslan Slobodyanik, who now lives in Springfield. “I grew up in Ukraine.” He keeps up with his […] → Read More

Motorcycle club prompts extra police presence in Branson

In Branson, the police department is putting extra plans in place as motorcycle club members are expected to head to the area this weekend. Ozarksfirst is told area law enforcement agencies are being called in to assist. → Read More

Ash Grove School District asks voters to help fund upgrades

ASH GROVE, Mo. – School leaders in Ash Grove said something must change to keep up with the growing number of students. This April, the school district is asking voters to approve a bond issue to help fund various building improvements. “We’re going to add six new classrooms, storage facilities and things that would go […] → Read More

Taney Co. first responders able to purchase new AEDs

TANEY COUNTY, Mo. – First responders in Taney County hope new equipment can help cut down response times. The grant money will go towards purchasing more automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, for the Central Taney County Fire Protection District. Rebecca Murphy, a volunteer, applied for the grant. She said, currently, the district only has three […] → Read More

“We got a hit”: New cameras help Branson PD

The Branson Police Department is hoping new technology can help solve and reduce more crimes. License plate reading cameras are being installed at various spots around town. Branson Police Chief Eric Schmitt said the new technology is already getting to work, with a camera spotting something Wednesday morning. → Read More

Floral shops prepare for Valentine’s Day rush

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Orders keep coming in at floral shops across the Ozarks. Store owners are working hard to prepare for one of the busiest days of the year, Valentine’s Day. “I have been in a position where I’ve pulled a 36-hour shift before,” said Theresa Carter-Hess, who owns RosAmungThorns Flowers and Gifts in Springfield. […] → Read More

MSU students in Arizona to volunteer at Super Bowl

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A group of local college students is embarking on the journey of a lifetime as they get the chance to go to Arizona and experience the Super Bowl. However, it isn’t just for fun. The 16 entertainment management students from Missouri State University are volunteering at the big game for a hands-on […] → Read More

Lawrence Co. working to prepare before new jail opens

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. — A groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday marked the start of expanding operations for the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. → Read More

Agencies ask people to prepare for flooding risks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – With the risk of flooding throughout the Ozarks, local agencies are warning people to be prepared. “Everybody says it, I’m going to say it,” said OEM Deputy Director Darren White. “Turn around, don’t drown.” The famous catchphrase, White said, can’t be shared enough. “Any kind of water across the road, if it’s […] → Read More

Lebanon voters to decide fate of recreational marijuana sales

LEBANON, MO. – Recreational marijuana sales are in full swing across Missouri, but these sales could be coming to a halt in some cities. In Lebanon, city council members just approved a bill to allow voters to ban recreational marijuana sales in the city. This ballot question will be posed to voters in Nov. 2024: […] → Read More

SPD chief discusses response to mental health situations

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – OzarksFirst sat down with Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams on Friday to discuss how officers respond to people in a mental health crisis. On Wednesday, officers shot and killed a man who they said pointed a gun at them after making suicidal statements. Chief Williams said there is thorough de-escalation training his […] → Read More

Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board seeks bids for renovations

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Wednesday marks the first day of Black History Month. Volunteers in Springfield are currently figuring out the best way to improve a historic African American cemetery in town. City council members just recently approved 100 thousand dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funds to make renovations to the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Now, […] → Read More

The OC hosts snow day program to help working families

OZARK, Mo. – For the second day in a row, many students across the Ozarks are getting a snow day. However, a day off of school can leave many working parents scrambling to find care for their kids. The Ozark Community Center once again hosted a snow day program Tuesday to try to help out. […] → Read More