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Past articles by Jan:

Share Your Christmas: Cold weather reduces Dad's work schedule

Fewer work hours means less money for family, so they could use help providing gifts both practical and fun for their young boys. → Read More

Cider Days is back, offering food, art and a little extra elbow room this weekend.

“We found a way to do it in a way we feel is safe and responsible,” organizer Jeff Kessinger said. → Read More

Help count butterflies and visit a caterpillar petting zoo Saturday at the Butterfly Festival

The event runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. → Read More

Sequiota Park a longtime Ozarks favorite

H.E. Peterson opened Sequiota Park to the public in 1913, and his innovations and promotions made it a popular place to visit in the Ozarks. → Read More

Seven of the best public Christmas light displays in the Ozarks

Bundle up for a drive-thru or walk-thru of these Christmas light displays of holiday cheer around the Ozarks. → Read More

Share Your Christmas: Community’s generosity is helping, but gaps still need to be filled

Coordinator: “It’s been such a hard year for so many people — they couldn’t have had Christmas for their kids if it weren’t for the community.” → Read More

SLT pivots with 'It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play'

Jamie Bower has directed plenty of Christmas shows and other stage plays over his years with Springfield Little Theatre. In that time, the co-technical director has had ample opportunity to test his creativity. But coming up with an idea for a Christmas production in a pandemic? That demanded next-level creativity. “I’ve had a chance to stretch my directing arms,” Bower says, “but I’m stretching… → Read More

Couple goes all out for Christmas one last time

Faradeth Stever says her mother's love of decorating for Christmas 'rubbed off" on her. → Read More

Share Your Christmas: Pandemic affects family in multiple ways

A single mom is recovering after a contentious divorce and a major surgery. → Read More

Share Your Christmas: Young family 'just keeps getting knocked down'

Another family that needs help is a widow with two teenage girls → Read More

Springfield Christmas lights 2020: Find the best places to go in the area

Grab your phone, hop in the car and follow our map to some massive doses of holiday cheer around Springfield. → Read More

Share Your Christmas: Family working to adopt twins whose mom couldn't care for them

Busy mom of three could use help for her boys at Christmas after taking in twins that couldn't be cared for. → Read More

Share Your Christmas: Mom and dad out of work since April due to COVID-19

Another mom is fighting cancer and glaucoma and could use help from the community his holiday season. → Read More

Try the flea market route to make Christmas shopping fun

Area markets and antique malls are celebrating the holiday season’s arrival with special celebrations. → Read More

Self-portraits take the spotlight in 'Eye to I'

Springfield Art Museum show runs Oct. 24-Jan. 17. → Read More

Farmers markets make shopping fresh, fun

In Springfield and around the Ozarks, markets offer the freshest deals around. → Read More

Couple transforms 1907 Walnut Street home

The home was split into four apartments and was the worse for wear when they started the yearlong overhaul. → Read More

Ozark Empire Fair goes on, adapts for pandemic

The 84th annual Ozark Empire Fair took measures for social distancing and sanitizing amid the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Doling Park a historic gem in Springfield park system

Through the 1920s, folks could enjoy a roller coaster and other carnival rides, fishing and boating and tours of Giboney Cave. → Read More

Lost Hill Park just north of Springfield awaits exploration

Open for just a decade, Lost Hill Park enjoys a rich history and diverse geological formations. → Read More