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Operation Christmas Child looking for donors to help children in need

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Operation Christmas Child works to provide God’s love to children around the world. Samaritan’s Purse, the non-profit which organizes Operation Christmas Child, kicks off their national week-long event beginning today and will run it through November 23. During this time, the community is being asked to donate a shoebox filled with toys for […] → Read More

Celebrating Thanksgiving during a pandemic with help from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Thanksgiving is usually a time for families to gather and celebrate together. However, local health officials are urging people to find creative ways to safely connect. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has created a risk assessment quiz. The quiz will help people determine the level of risk their holiday plans fall under. Kathryn […] → Read More

Drury campus hosting “Race in America” art exhibit, aiming to help connect the Springfield community

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– One Drury University student hopes to connect the Springfield community through the arts. Her name is Nikki Pastor, and she’s responsible for bringing a national art exhibition called “Race In America” to her campus. “Over the summer during the George Floyd protests that I came up with this idea,” Pastor said. Pastor says […] → Read More

Flashing beacons installed around Springfield to encourage pedestrian safety

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The city of Springfield now has four flashing beacon crosswalks. One of these is located at the intersection of Grant and Calhoun where I met traffic specialist Mandy Buetgen-Quinn. The beacons are activated when a pedestrian pushes the button, or at some locations are automatically activated. Buetgen-Quinn says the flashing lights let drivers […] → Read More

History Museum on the Square hosts “Field Trip Fridays” to help families restless with virtual learning

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The History Museum on the Square has a new in-person program to help families struggling with virtual learning. The program, named “Field Trip Fridays”, gives students an opportunity to disconnect from their tablets for a safe, in-person, learning session. Every Friday at 2 p.m. homeschool and pod learning elementary students can participate in […] → Read More

MSU Student Government Association adapts to help students through the pandemic

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Missouri State’s student government is working on ways to best serve its students in an unusual school year. The students I met with say it’s important they continue to show their peers they’re here for them and that their voices are being heard. Even if that looks a bit different right now. Missouri […] → Read More

U.S. Army Center of Military History prepares to reopen for service member education

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex is preparing to open for service member education next month. Right now, the complex is conducting inventory checks on tens of thousands of artifacts across its three museums: Chemical Corps, Engineer and Military Police. Museum staff say they normally check five percent of their total inventory every […] → Read More

Ozarks see heavy rains and highwaters

OZARKS, Mo. — In Springfield, the roads are slick which could make morning travel difficult on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Low-water crossings closed east of Springfield due to flooding. Here are some other places that are seeing some high-waters: Wright County Route Z North/Southbound Route E North/Southbound Ozark County Route T East/Westbound Check MoDot traveler’s […] → Read More

Boys & Girls Club of Springfield set to reopen today for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The Boys & Girls Club of Springfield has been closed for nearly two months. It is set to reopen later today. The Boys & Girls Club has been closed for nearly two months, but during that time the non-profit says it has worked to stay connected to the kids it serves. The non-profit […] → Read More

Springfield Public Schools’ summer programs to be held digitally this year

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Springfield Public Schools’ summer learning program offers students experiences they might not receive otherwise. Dana Hubbard works for SPS as the director of summer learning, and he says this year’s program is a fully-virtual experience called “Explore To-Go”. “The goal of Explore each year is to sort of mitigate that gap that can […] → Read More

Victory Mission and Discovery Center partner to provide food to local children

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– A group of men at Victory Mission are using their passion for cooking to offer a helping hand. Each day they provide hot meals to children at the Discovery Center. “I think it’s super important that we feed the children of the people that are out there taking care of us as a […] → Read More

Meal service for families in need around the Ozarks expands its reach

GREENE COUNTY, Mo.– According to Feeding America, more than 42,000 people in Greene County are considered food insecure. CEO of the Drew Lewis Foundation, Amy Blansit, says while food insecurity has always been an issue, she’s seen the need double in just the last few weeks. “We’re seeing more and more people struggle to get food on […] → Read More

Students face internship challenges due to COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Finding an internship is never easy and can be especially challenging right now considering everything we’re dealing with. However, Margie Stewart with Missouri State University says now is not the time for students to sit and wait for things to get better. “What they do right now says a lot about them to […] → Read More

Good Dads shares safe, practical ways to engage with your children

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Good Dads says it’s using this time to help families do what it knows how to do best – build healthy relationships. “The whole reason we exist is to help children by helping their dads,” said Clinical Psychologist and founder of Good Dads Dr. Jennifer L. Baker. Baker says the non-profit offers practical ways […] → Read More

Missouri State University provides for international students stuck abroad due to Coronavirus

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Missouri State University has more than one-thousand International students. “Many of them were able to travel home, but not the majority,” said Associate Vice President of International Education & Training for Missouri State University Brad Bodenhausen. Bodenhausen says he works closely with the students. “We have several hundred students still in the United […] → Read More

Bond set for woman who shot two people in Phillipsburg

PHILLIPSBURG, Mo. — A Springfield woman accused of allegedly shooting two people in Phillipsburg could soon be out on bond. Beckie Stalder was originally denied bond but after a court review, a bond of $500,000 was set. If she is able to post it, conditions say she will be on house arrest and must wear […] → Read More

Firefighter injured on their way to house fire in Cape Fair

STONE COUNTY, Mo. — A Stone County firefighter was injured on the way to a house fire in Cape Fair and is now in the hospital. According to the Stone County fire Facebook page, the fire most likely involved explosions in the garage and all the occupants got out safely. The firefighter is on the way to the hospital but the extent of their injuries is unknown. → Read More

Program prepares students for a future medical field career

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– One program is preparing more than 500 area students for the medical field before they graduate. The program called “build my future: Healthcare” gives students an opportunity to experience a day-in-the-life of a medical professional. It helps them get an early head-start to their career. Caitlyn Bernhard, a senior at Kickapoo High School, […] → Read More

Community Focus Report shows new strengths and weaknesses

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – City and community leaders are discussing strengths and challenges within Springfield and Greene County. This year marks the ninth community focus report. As with previous reports, the 2019 review found some consistent strengths and challenges. Improvements include Prop S which voters approved earlier this year, major redevelopment, especially on Commercial street and […] → Read More

Local school is teaching students how to manage their financial aid

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- The growing student loan debt burden has prompted the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission to encourage colleges to be more clear with students about costs and repayment obligations. → Read More