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Past articles by Frances:

Is Springfield a dangerous city?

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A new study claims Springfield is the 5th most dangerous city in the United States. And a local crime watch group, “Queen City Watchdog,” shared some statistics at its first meeting. Attendees included Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott, representatives from Isabel’s House, and Galloway Village Neighborhood Association. Independent review site “Safewise” posted […] → Read More

Learning about black history: Children ages K-12 are participating in Summer Academy

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Black History Summer Academy is teaching classes of kids ages K-12 and a few adults in Springfield at Drury University. “We want to promote family, and unity, and love in our community,” said Gwen Marshall, the organizer. One student of the class, Elijah Jackson, talked about what he has learned so far. […] → Read More

Springfield City Council passed the mask ordinance

SPRINGFIELD, Mo- The Springfield City Council voted and passed a citywide masking ordinance on Monday, July 13, 2020. Council passes $2.1 million in funding for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to improve COVID-19 response. Before Monday 84 people signed up to speak, only 61 people showed to the meeting to speak. People have been talking […] → Read More

Monday’s City Council agenda: Mask ordinance and more

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Important decisions that could change Springfield residents’ daily lives are being made tomorrow. There are a couple of items on tomorrow’s City Council agenda, the big one is the mask ordinance, mandating everyone to wear a mask while in public. The effective date for the mask ordinance would be on July 16 […] → Read More

Missourians claiming unemployment now required to perform work searches

Mo. — Missourians claiming unemployment are once again required to perform work search activities to receive benefits. This includes the $600 federal supplement available through July 25. The work search requirement was temporarily lifted because of the pandemic but is back in place as of July 5. Individuals must complete three work search activities each […] → Read More

As vacation spots close, natural spots grow in popularity

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A local swimming hole is gaining popularity this summer since COVID-19 restrictions caused the closing of many vacation spots. Helen Vernor visited Crighton Access on June 24, but she says she isn’t the only one. “Everybody comes here now,” said Vernor. “with COVID, we didn’t really have a lot to do, so […] → Read More

Situations for local farms improving after COVID-19 pandemic impact

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Farmers in Southwest Missouri are working on getting back on their feet after the impact of COVID-19. Co-owner of the Terrell Creek Farm Lesley Million says they lost about 40% of their income when restaurants shut down. When people started staying home instead of traveling, the farm’s air BNB wasn’t bringing as […] → Read More

Cancer “was scary to begin with,” but COVID-19 made going to treatment difficult

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A cancer survivor and an oncologist explain how the pandemic affected cancer patients’ treatments and finances. The cancer survivor, Shelly Lamain, had breast cancer earlier this year and had a double mastectomy before the COVID-19 pandemic began. “It was scary to begin with, to have to go through this, during this time,” […] → Read More

Group visits local hospital to promote Medicaid expansion

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri voters will soon be able to decide whether or not to expand Medicaid in the state at an earlier date. This amendment will be on the August ballot instead of November as a “yes or no” question of whether or not to expand Medicaid. Over 30 states in the United States […] → Read More

Catholic churches plan to reopen after Phase 2 is in effect

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Some religious leaders around Springfield are missing their congregations. Catholic churches are planning to reopen this weekend. KOLR10’s Frances Lin visited two churches, and spoke to leaders at St. Joseph’s Parish and the Catholic Center. “I am a regular church goer, I wouldn’t be able to survive without it,” said Lynn Melendez She said watching […] → Read More

Buying to-go order of alcohol from a restaurant could be permanent

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — You’ve been allowed to buy alcohol from your favorite restaurant in to-go cups during the pandemic. Now some Missouri lawmakers want to make it so that you can do that forever. Senate Bill 600 allows businesses with a liquor license to sell alcohol in a container other than the original packaging in […] → Read More

FOLLOWUP: Bingo hall now hosting legal games after restrictions lifted

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. — A Bingo hall that opened last week against Greene County orders hosted more games tonight, this time legally. The Barnhouse hosted games last Wednesday before such venues were allowed to reopen. Barnhouse Owner Travis Zarechi said he needed to open to save his business. County leaders were harsh in their criticism […] → Read More

Arkansas governor announces event, wedding venues can book events starting May 18

Ark. — Announcements out of Arkansas are bringing hope to those planning their dream weddings and other big events. Gov. Hutchinson announced that party and wedding venues can begin having events again starting May 18, and some venues are already preparing to move back into business. Natalie Scott // Owner of The Grandeur House“We’re really […] → Read More

Some small local churches to begin in-person services

Mo. — Though many large churches around the area are still holding online services, some smaller ones decided to have in-person services this morning. This is after the restrictions put in place were lifted in Greene County. The Peace Chapel near Fair Grove is asking their members to still abide by social distancing. Lead pastor […] → Read More

Taskforce working to protect local homeless from COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — COVID-19 is creating an even greater need to care for those without homes in our community. The HUD-designated regional continuum of care and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Alliance to End Homelessness established a COVID-19 task force. The goal is to develop a shelter, containment, quarantine and isolation plan for those […] → Read More

Faith organizations and the city of Springfield working together in new initiative

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — In times of crisis, like the one we are in now, people often turn to their faith for hope. A new initiative is now connecting the city of Springfield with faith organizations around town. The initiative was put together by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, and […] → Read More

Local airport turned into ghost town during pandemic

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — With travel restrictions in full swing, airports around the country are seeing a massive decline in passengers and travelers. And the Springfield-Branson National Airport is no different. KOLR 10’s Frances Lin reports, the number of passengers is down 95%. Usually, there are about 1,500 people who come through the airport daily. And […] → Read More

Easter parade hosted for local nursing home

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — In the middle of everything that’s going on right now, a community, not forgotten. Dozens of people in Ozark showed their support for a local nursing home this afternoon. Friends and family aren’t allowed to visit right now. So instead, people drove up in their cars to say hello! The nursing home […] → Read More

Local wildlife refuge reacts to a tiger with COVID-19 at the Bronx Zoo

EUREKA SPRINGS, Mo. — Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs is also reacting to the news a tiger at the Bronx Zoo contracted COVID-19. The sanctuary, which houses tigers, posted an update on Facebook. It says Turpentine Creek has been closed to the public for the last three weeks. Only essential team members have […] → Read More

Missouri Budget cuts impact community colleges and universities

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Governor Mike Parson’s office is now freezing $180 million in spending The cuts are being made to not only make up for lost revenue but to also allow the state to purchase more personal protective equipment. The cuts will help make up for lost revenue and also allow the state to […] → Read More