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Past articles by Madison:

Meet the Candidates: Missouri House District 131

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Two people are in the running for Missouri House District 131. This seat covers North Greene County and a small portion of North Springfield. Republican Sonya Anderson currently represents the district. Republican Candidate Bill Owen and Democratic Candidate Allison Schoolcraft are both working to replace Anderson at the end of her term. […] → Read More

Some stores seeing high sales Labor Day weekend despite pandemic

BRANSON, Mo.– The pandemic isn’t stopping people from getting in on Labor Day sales this weekend. According to the general manager of the Tanger Outlets, this weekend was actually very comparable to last year’s Labor Day weekend sales. “We are an outdoor shopping center,” Jamie Whiteis said. “People feel safer doing is outdoors.” Whiteis is […] → 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

Special liner system installed at the new portion of Springfield’s landfill

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Construction on a new portion of the City of Springfield’s landfill has started and the new portion contains a special liner system KOLR 10’s Madison Hever went out to see the liner itself. This thick piece of plastic will be at the bottom of the landfill between the trash brought into the […] → Read More

Motorcycle ride held to support Springfield Police Officer Mark Priebe

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — On Sunday, June 14, bikers gathered in support of Officer Mark Priebe, the Springfield officer who was hit and pinned by a man driving an SUV the previous week. Organizers of the ride gathered donations to help Priebe’s family. Michael Ngo is one of the organizers of the ride and owner of […] → Read More

Vaping is on the decline among youths in Greene County

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Students in Greene County are saying they are vaping less than before. According to a survey, 6th through 12th grade Missouri students are asked anonymously about their drug and alcohol use, and the results show improvements for Greene County between 2018 and 2020. “It was really encouraging to us because it actually […] → Read More

Bike sales increase due to the pandemic

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A local bike shop says sales have skyrocketed since the beginning of the spread of COVID-19. Bryant Johnson, assistant manager at A&B Cycle, says they have been so busy with people purchasing new and used bikes that they are having trouble filling the empty space in the store. “It’s been pretty crazy,” […] → Read More

Governor Parson gives the keynote address at Sparta High School

SPARTA, Mo. — Governor Mike Parson gave the keynote address at a local high school graduation to 44 seniors. The graduates of Sparta High School had to follow guinelines in order to celebrate the end of their senior year. each student sat six feet apart from each other during the ceremony and family members in […] → Read More

Phase 2 of Springfield’s Road to Recovery loosens wedding restrictions

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — In Phase two of Springfield’s ‘Road to Recovery’ plan, a few restrictions are now loosened from the first phase. This phase has helped businesses, such as a local wedding planner, who says she’s excited to get back on track. “I think that brings a little bit of hope for us wedding professionals […] → Read More

Why there are places people aren’t required to wear masks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The health department says there is a reason why there are places you don’t have to wear masks. The current order says only personal care services need to require a face mask, that’s things like getting your hair cut or getting your nails done. It’s not required by city or county order […] → Read More

Citizens of Lebanon work to clean up after storm damage

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Storm damage impacted the Ozarks on May 4, but Lebanon had the most to clean up. Semis were knocked over, trees were uprooted, and many buildings were left without roofs after the storm tore through. On May 5, people were outside all day cleaning up their yards, and crews were out working […] → Read More

Local colleges and universities prepping for fall and summer classes

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Three colleges and universities across the Ozarks are making plans for in-person classes in the fall and summer. Missouri State, Drury and OTC are all planning on having in-person classes come August but not without some restrictions. “Students will see more online,” said Dr. Hal Higdon, OTC chancellor. “They’ll still be seated […] → Read More

Special Olympics Missouri moves to online videos after most events canceled through May

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) has moved to online this year to keep everyone safe from COVID-19. According to the organization, SOMO is continuing to keep in touch with their athletes by creating videos to keep their spirits up and keep active. “Our team really went to work to try to find an alternative […] → Read More

Patients now only need to show one symptom of COVID-19 to be tested

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Springfield Greene County Health Department relaxed requirements, making it easier to get tested for COVID-19. If an individual is showing only one symptom of the virus, they can be tested. In the health department’s press conference, director Clay Goddard says people who didn’t qualify to be tested have previosuly been turned […] → Read More

Two local brothers fight on front lines of COVID-19 in NYC

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Two men who grew up in Springfield are now working in the epicenter of COVID-19 in the United States. Dr. Dylan Wyatt is an ER senior resident at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in New York City, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US. Both his fiance, Jenna, and his […] → Read More

Hospital sets up grocery store for its employees

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A healthcare provider has created a grocery store inside the hospital for its employees. The nurses and doctors working at Mercy will better avoid going out in public during the stay-at-home order. “So we provided this grocery store out of convenience for our coworkers and service to our coworkers but also to […] → Read More

Renters look to Parson for help during COVID-19 pandemic

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Many people may have concerns when it comes to paying rent in the time of coronavirus. Renters, landlords and lawmakers are now looking to Governor Mike Parson to step in to help out. Springfield Representative Crystal Quade made it known that she fully supports protecting renters during this uncertain time. “This is […] → Read More

CDC considers recommendation for public to wear face masks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The CDC may soon recommend healthy people to wear face masks when going out in public. The White House is projecting 100,000 to 240,000 people in the US will die from COVID-19 if social distancing measures continue to be followed. Doctor Anthony Fauci, the White House’s top doctor on COVID-19, said the […] → Read More

Ozarks Tonight: How delegates work

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — One-third of the delegates in the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination was up for grabs last night. That’s a pretty big chunk of the total delegates needed to win Ozarks First’s Madison Hever is here to explain what the delegate count actually means. → Read More

Branson attraction performers stuck in China due to the coronavirus

BRANSON, Mo. — Though no cases are confirmed in Missouri, one attraction in Branson was impacted by the spread of the coronavirus. The Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai are saying “the show must go on” after its original troupe was restricted from traveling back to the United States after visiting China. “Because of the virus in China, […] → Read More