Sara Karnes, News-Leader

Sara Karnes


Springfield, MO, United States

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Recent articles by Sara:

Pleasant Hope man makes modern elk hunting history

There are certain archery methods allowed and not allowed when hunting elk. → Read More

At least 4 bears harvested in Missouri's first-ever bear hunt as of Tuesday morning

Four hunters successfully harvested at least four bears as of Tuesday morning, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. → Read More

Gettin' Basted barbecue team wins big at Jack Daniel's World Championship in Tennessee

Pitmaster Brad Leighninger along with Jason Roberts and Derrick Melugin won Grand Champion. → Read More

Woman finds 4.38-carat yellow diamond less than an hour after arriving at Crater of Diamonds State Park

The diamond is the largest found at the park since October 2020, when a visitor from Fayetteville, Ark., found a 4.49-carat yellow diamond. → Read More

Outdoors reporter catches up with two-headed western rat snake, Tiger-Lily, at MDC conservation center

The feedings were simpler when Tiger-Lily was smaller. Using tweezers, staff members could easily keep the heads separated while they ate. → Read More

Springfield cycling club to visit Nixa for weekend race at Two Rivers Mountain Bike Park

National Interscholastic Cycling Association, or NICA, has a training program for coaches to pass on core skills and principles to student athletes. → Read More

Teen slips from rock, dies during hike with church group at Lost Valley Trail

A teen is dead following a fall at an Arkansas national park over the weekend. → Read More

Emma the giraffe gives birth to calf following 'high-risk' pregnancy at Dickerson Park Zoo

Although on birth control, Emma surprised everyone in late summer when her keepers and zoo veterinarian realized she was, in fact, pregnant. → Read More

Leaves changing means fall colors are nearly here. Here's how to track the best spots in Missouri

The heat of summer will soon be fading to cooler temperatures, and the vibrant green leaves will, hopefully, give way to an array of colors this fall. → Read More

Fishing Day for people living with dementia, their caregivers and families is this weekend. Here's what to know.

Missouri Department of Conservation along with the Greater Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association are hosting the event. → Read More

White-tailed deer can catch COVID, USDA reports. What does that mean for Missouri hunters?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture analyzed serum samples from free-range white-tailed deer for COVID-19 antibodies. → Read More

Want to donate a Christmas tree for the governor's mansion in Jeff City? Here's how.

Conservation officials have put the call out for a large evergreen to be used on the governor's mansion lawn in Jefferson City. → Read More

Changes for paddlefish snagging and more in Missouri are likely on the way after 260 comments submitted

By increasing the length limit, MDC states the change will allow female paddlefish to reach sexual maturity before they can be harvested. → Read More

'This is me fulfilling my dream,' volunteer says about flying in WWII bomber currently in Springfield

The plane, which you can tour in Springfield from Sept. 3-6, flew more than a dozen combat missions over Italy and Yugoslavia in 1944. → Read More

Major road construction projects, including on Sunshine, continue as school year set to begin

Crews have been upgrading a two-inch water main to an eight-inch pipe on Sunshine Street between Jefferson Street to National Avenue. → Read More

Springfield isn't the worst place to be should zombies descend. One company's research explains why.

The Queen City ranks No. 56 out of 200 of the biggest cities in the United States for 2021’s Best Cities for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse. → Read More

'Noxious' spotted knapweed has made its way to southwest Missouri, experts say

Nearly two decades ago, the extension's agriculture specialists began informing the public about spotted knapweed. → Read More

'I guess I’ve got bragging rights,' Doniphan man says after reeling in rare eel catch

The American eel is listed as a Species of Conservation Concern, or recognized as threatened, in Missouri. → Read More

Perseid meteor showers to peak in coming week. Here's what you need to know.

Want to watch the Perseid meteor shower? NASA recommends finding somewhere comfortable and avoiding bright lights as much as possible. → Read More

Renewed sailing program at Fellows Lake receives donation of $15,000 and sailboat

Eric Peterson and Matt Taylor are gifting money and a sailboat to Watershed Committee of the Ozarks to jumpstart the venture. → Read More