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Invasive stink bug from Asia is found locally >> Environment d-burton

University of Missouri Extension Horticulturists Kelly McGowan and Patrick Byers say the first reported Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, pictured, in southwest Missouri has been confirmed and area farmers and homeowners should be aware.

On January 28, 2015, Karen McDonald, a member of the Master Gardeners of Greene County, found the insect in her home. MU Extension specialists sent the specimen to the Missouri Department of Agriculture where staff confirmed identification.

An invasive species from Asia, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug probably made its way to the United States in shipping containers. The insect was first recognized in ...more

Marijuana proponents to circulate petition >> Government sfleming

Jefferson City — Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today (Feb. 9, 2015) announced that an initiative petition relating to legalizing marijuana met state standards for circulation.

The official ballot title for the initiative petition, 2016-013, reads:

"Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

legalize marijuana for personal, medical, and commercial purposes; release all persons who have non-violent, marijuana-related offenses from incarceration, probation, and parole, and expunge the records of their offense; and prohibit state funds and law enforcement from being used to ...more

Event features gardens of American history >> Calendar of Events staff

The gardens around Monticello, the home of the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, will be part of a continuing pictorial presentation from January 23 to March 6, 2015, by Springfield's Peter Longley.

Peter Longley, horticultural interpreter for the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, will share the photos he took in September 2014, while part of Collette Vacations' Royal Horticultural Society tour of gardens and historical sites in the eastern United States. The seven week presentation on Fridays beginning at 6 p.m. will take place at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 ...more

The light is on for you >> Calendar of Events staff
“The Light is On For You," an initiative of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, is an invitation for anyone in need of quiet prayer and/or confessions to visit any of the ...more

Model train show and swap meet is scheduled >> Calendar of Events s-wade
The Ozarks Model Railroad Association's 37th Annual Model Train Show and Swap Meet, will be going for a new attendance record when the doors open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Mar. 14, 2015, at ...more

Voters urged to support healthcare expansion >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: According to a study done by the University of Missouri in 2012 (The Economic Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Missouri): In it's first year Medicaid Expansion would create 1769 ...more

Research reveals carcinogen in soda >> Health natalie
Public health researchers have analyzed soda consumption data in order to characterize people’s exposure to a potentially carcinogenic byproduct of some types of caramel color. Caramel color is a ...more

Catch-and-keep trout season opens March 1 >> Sports staff
With the opening of catch-and-keep season on March 1, 2015, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is reminding trout anglers that hard sole shoes, boots or wadlers are required apparel. ...more

Love depression glass? >> Calendar of Events glasssho
The Arkansas Glasshoppers, Inc. will host their 29th Annual Depression Era Glass Show and Sale at the Hall of Industry, State Fairgrounds, Roosevelt & Howard Streets, Little Rock, Arkansas. Show ...more

Court orders Empire to pay solar rebates >> Environment staff
COLUMBIA, MO – In a 5-2 decision released February 10, 2015, by the Missouri Supreme Court, citizens and solar customers won their appeal against Empire District Electric and the Public Service ...more

'Yes' vote means better schools, no new taxes >> Education mariwinn
"No we don't need to raise taxes," is the message Ozark Superintendent of Schools Kevin D. Patterson, Ed.D., pictured, wants to get across to voters in his R-6 school district. A yes vote is ...more

Massey, MSU alum, joins Nashville cast >> People staff
Missouri State University's alumnus, Kyle Dean Massey, pictured, has joined the cast of ABC's popular country music drama Nashville in a recurring role as Kevin Bicks, one of Nashville's most ...more

Nixa mayor inks agreement for fiber network >> Community jfinney
After two years of discussion, fiber to the premise is one step closer to a reality in Nixa. At its January 20, 2015, meeting, Nixa City Council authorized Mayor Brian Steele to sign a terms ...more

What happened to Jody Bucklin? >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy History blends with mystery, nostalgia with charm in Craig Ewald’s historical novel, Only Jody Knows”. (Author House) Anyone with a broad appetite for good writing, ...more

Potting Shed U. provides gardening tips >> Home and Garden staff
A series of 12 topics on how to hone one's garden skills will be presented from February 9 to April 27, 2015. Potting Shed University sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Greene County will take ...more

50 Shades of Grey: Blockbuster or dud? >> Op-Ed lynn-c
By Carla J. Hanna-- It’s fitting that a mommy porn fan fiction spawned from the "Twilight" books and movies will hit theaters in February 2015. As a 40-year-old mother who enjoyed the Twilight ...more

Will you be a cop or a robber? >> Calendar of Events staff
Captured are Wei Wei in pursuit of Ashley Taylor in the 2014 5K Foot Pursuit Race. Both are pharmacists at Cox Health in Springfield, MO. The "Foot Pursuit," a 5K fun run featuring a cops and ...more

Plays with bullying theme are wanted by SLT >> Kidz Korner lorianne
The Springfield Little Theatre, in cooperation with Jarrett Middle School, has announced that it is accepting original works centered on the theme of bullying for its first annual playwriting ...more

Monastery Road is blocked at Republic Road >> Community staff
Monastery Street has been closed south of Republic Road and east of Kimbrough Avenue, since December 4, 2014. No access to and from Republic Road from Monastery Street will be possible for ...more

Stuff a stocking with theatre tickets >> Education staff
The Missouri State University Tent Theatre 20115 Season Ticket Stocking Stuffers are on sale now. Help to celebrate the 53rd Season of Tent Theatre by purchasing a limited premium seat package at a ...more

Mastering the Diverging Diamond Interchange >> Community staff
The drawing represents the latest Diverging Diamond Interchange to be constructed in Springfield at Battlefield Road and US 65. Work contracted with Hartman and Company of Springfield at a cost of ...more

Where on the Niche list is your school? >> Education staff
The Niche Best K-12 Schools 2015 rankings have been announced with Joplin High School receiving a ranking of 362nd in Missouri with an overall Niche grade of C-. However, the score was based on ...more

Springfield combats cardiac arrest >> Health staff
What do Bass Pro Shops,The Bodysmith, City Utilities of Springfield, DermaHealth, Paul Mueller Company, Rick’s Automotive, and Title Boxing Club have in common? These are places where if you were ...more

New insight on tweeting >> Op-Ed hastings
Rare earth paradise by Sandy Lyon-- Will we dig up paradise to be able to try to tweet a picture of paradise? To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question of our time. So all those little ...more

New Springfield Little Theatre Season is announced >> Calendar of Events staff
LANDERS THEATRE The Springfield Little Theatre, the oldest civic theatre operation of its size in Missouri, and one of the largest in mid-America, has announced its 2014-15 season. The nine ...more

Stone's Throw announces 2014-15 season >> Calendar of Events staff
Volunteers gather in the kitchen during meal preparation and service at the Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre in Carthage. Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre announces its upcoming schedule of shows for the ...more

Where to find a recycling center in Springfield >> Community mhaase
City-operated Recycling Centers and Yardwaste Recycling Center announce extended spring/summer schedule The city of Springfield's recycling centers and yard waste recycling center will begin their ...more

Have you considered an alternative to your garden? >> Health staff
Do you not have enough room to grow your own garden, or do you know someone in that situation who would still like to have fresh vegetables throughout the spring, summer, and fall......and even into ...more

Got a clunker you want removed? >> Community staff
The Greene County Extension Council in Springfield, Missouri is hoping to generate money for educational programs and office operations thanks to a partnership with AutoWranglers, a national vehicle ...more

Cellphone nos. will be added to No Call List >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY – Legislation was signed into law this week by Gov. Jay Nixon that will allow cell phone users to block unwanted telemarketing calls and text messages. Co-sponsored by 154 ...more

Top 10 Articles
02-26Tany County gets funding for special needs housingamysusan
02-26The light is on for youstaff
02-26'You're killing your constituents, say activistsrgorley
02-23Republican version of welfare reform goes to Housestaff
02-23Model train show and swap meet is scheduleds-wade
02-23Springfield area events for March 2015staff
02-21Invasive stink bug from Asia is found locallyd-burton
02-19Voters urged to support healthcare expansionstaff
02-18Research reveals carcinogen in sodanatalie
02-18Clever R-V receives EPA funding for new school busstaff
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Top 10 Comments
02-17Forida detox center warns against legalizing potkjhelms
When Congress passed a massive spending bill on December 13, 2014, it effectively voted to end the
02-09Vote 'yes'ma-earth
This is a no-brainer, people. Go out and vote "yes." They can't authorize the bond issue without
As a twihard I just wanted to point out that Edward was a virgin. So yes he was 100+ trapped in a
11-17Kellogg and Biologic Livingkal777
If you want to learn more about Dr. Kellogg, check out the new book by Brian C. Wilson, "Dr. John
10-29multistate opposition5399454
Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas and Kansas also have many citizens who are also opposing transmission
10-29Local Solar Powerlean-doc
We love farmers and all they do for us. Private property rights are the basis of our way of life.
08-04Don't be swayed by phony commercialsstaff
Check this YouTube out: 2014-08-04
07-27Moms rally to support Clean Power Planafrank
More than 200 moms and their kids held a demonstration on Capitol Hill on July 9, 2014, to be a
07-27Whose right to farm is it?hnavarro
The "Right to Farm" amendment, Amendment 1, does not protect the rights of Missouri's long-standing
07-26Joplin offers measles vaccinationsl-onstot
Measles vaccinations are being offered by the Joplin City Health Department to all Missouri
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Sound Bites
Fair and possibly unbalanced "Journalism that stimulates debates isn't enough because the powerful do not respond to debates. They respond to an informed people who are able to show them where power truly lies. While I do not suggest that journalists become activists, I believe journalists must enable the process of change. Thus I fear I am not a journalist content to just report the facts and walk away. Maybe that makes me a bad journalist. I don't think so....."

---Ameto Akpe, 2014 Nieman Fellow and director of online news for Business Day

More Quotes.

02-17Benefit upland habitatjwallace
Missouri Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is hosting their annual State Habitat Convention on
01-29Gift of love and musicstaff
The Springfield Symphony is now selling their Valentine Package. For $100 one may purchase two
08-21Midway/Hobby air service continues from Bransonjbourk
Non-stop air service will continue to run to Chicago (Midway) and Houston (Hobby) from Branson
08-20Set up a personalized Social Security accountstaff
As part of its 79th anniversary the Social Security Administration is encouraging everyone planning
07-11Non-profits establish thrift store in Nixastaff
The Common Interest Thrift Store, 741 Center Cir., Nixa (off of Hwy. 14 in the old Gordon's
04-22Unique garden center opens in Ozarkstaff
Willow Green Gardens of Rogersville now has a retail outlet in Ozark. It is located off of the CC
04-04Autism is on the rise; seek an assessmentlross
New statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control reports one in 68 children in the United
02-28Nixa: Remember this numberjfinney
Nixa property owners should phone (417) 725-3229 if they experience power outages. After normal
01-02Home inspection service staff
For all your home inspection needs phone (800)
11-24Free Advent & Christmas mobile appdkindy
Family Rosary of Easton, Massachusetts has created a free Advent & Christmas mobile app to help


Musings with Mari
I just heard a message on TV this morning imploring people to raise objections to President Obama's proposal called "Net Neutrality" and how it would impose fees for the use of the Internet that weren't already imposed. I said to myself, "Hey, wait a minute. Is that like being subjected to rate hikes by utility companies because the government's Federal Utilities Commission generally doesn't object to higher rates, especially if taxes are computed proportionally? The message obviously was...More

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