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Nixa launches alternative sentencing court >> Community mariwinn
Nixa Municiapal Court Judge Joel Harris takes the podium to speak at a Community Alternative Sentencing Court kickoff.

A ceremony took place at Nixa City Hall on June 10, 2016, to launch the new Nixa Municipal Community Alternative Sentencing Court (CASC). The object of the court is to shift a focus from punishment to accountability and outcomes. Assigning a 6-month to a year program for offenders focuses in part on resolving mental health issues leading to the eventual waving of fines.

Judge Joel Harris, pictured above, explained how he had been introduced to Springfield's Homeless Court established in ...more

Slide the city >> Calendar of Events shunn

With the visit of Slide the City the heart of downtown Springfield on July 16, 2016, will be transformed into the biggest block party of the summer. A long slide will be in place from Park Central Square down Boonville hill.

“We are beyond excited to be coming to Springfield for the first time,” said Spencer Hunn, Slide the City co-owner. “We hope everyone will come out to have a blast and remember what it’s like to be a kid again!”

Because of its uniqueness, the massive event is bigger and better than the average block party. Staring at 9 a.m., families, friends and neighbors are invited to take a break from the heat, speeding ...more

Greene County voter info is available >> Community staff
Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller announced that absentee ballots are now available for those eligible voters who are unable to go to their regular polling place on August 2, 2016. Any registered ...more

Founders Park movie titles are announced >> Calendar of Events staff
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s annual Movies at Founders Park series begins at dusk Friday, July 8, 2016, bringing recent release and classic movies to a family-friendly outdoor setting ...more

Immerse yourself in nature and art >> Entertainment mariwinn
A garden party was hosted by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) board member April Davis-Brunner and her husband Larry at their property, Historical Cox Springs. They had purchased the 17-acre ...more

It's time for a Teddy Bear picnic >> Calendar of Events staff
Humans and their fuzzy companions are invited to a Teddy Bears' Picnic from noon until 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jul. 10, 2016. The free event will take place in the tree-shaded areas around the Great Lawn ...more

Ridding cukes and squash of pests >> Home and Garden stafff
Have you had issues with the striped cucumber beetle and squash vine borer? Here is a tip from the Springfield Organic Gardening Club. Try planting daikon radishes, pictured, at the base of ...more

Tree inventory guide is online >> Community staff
My TreeKeeper is available online for anyone wanting to identify any of the 2,467 trees in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO. Clicking on a particular tree shown ...more

Nixa residents can get free weather radios >> Community jfinney
Hundreds of people die each year in weather-related events. Being prepared for such disasters can save lives. That’s why the city of Nixa and the Nixa Fire Protection District have partnered together ...more

Hit and run driver sought >> Crime Stoppers lcox
The Springfield Police Department is continuing the investigation into a motor vehicle crash in which a bicyclist was struck by a vehicle in the 600 block of East Kearney Street at approximately ...more

Apply for Springfield Citizen's Police Academy >> Community lcox
Each year, the Springfield Police Department offers citizens the unique opportunity to get a taste of how their law enforcement agency and its many specialized units operate. A successful and ...more

New flashing yellow arrow is installed >> Community tdancey
A flashing yellow left-turn arrow is now in place in the eastbound to northbound left-turn lane of the newly improved intersection at Campbell Avenue and Westview Street/Primrose Street in ...more

Crime Stoppers needs help finding Michael Skibo >> Community bkeene
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? Update: Michael Skibo is believed to be back in the Springfield, MO area. If you see him, contact Crime Stoppers immediately. Crime Stoppers is asking help in ...more

Broadway shows come to Springfield >> Calendar of Events dgallion
"Now, I've had the time of my life" is what audiences will be saying about the Broadway shows coming to Springfield! The 2016-2017 Broadway Season at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts ...more

Senator Richard discusses passed bills >> Government richard
Legislative NewsSenator Ron Richard (R-MO 32)Majority Floor Leader The 2016 legislative session has officially concluded. From day one, my Senate colleagues and I set out to tackle some of the ...more

Stopping just one more "hit" >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy-- Warfare uses many weapons, and internal battles are the most difficult. That is the major lesson perhaps in The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit are REAL by longtime ...more

SLT brings back "Frozen Frenzy" this summer >> Kidz Korner staff
The education department of the Springfield Little Theatre is bringing back its summer program for kids. "Frozen Frenzy" will feature readings of wintery themed poetry, short stories and excerpts ...more

What's in your vehicle and A/C systems? >> Environment dbryan
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is cautioning homeowners, manufacturers of propane-based refrigerants, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of the ...more

Artist offers replacement for stolen Warhol prints >> Calendar of Events staff
Springfield Art Museum Director Nick Nelson has described the commercial burglary of seven iconic Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup Can screenprints as feeling like “the loss of a family member.” ...more

Bull Mills outing combines nature with history >> Environment mariwinn
Calling attention to a section of the trunk of a downed tree, retired Ferrell- Duncan gastroenterologist and dedicated Master Naturalist Dr. Bob Kipfer explained the process of determining the tree's ...more

When gene manipulation is warranted >> Health mariwinn
The human spirit or heart can trump bad genes. That's one of the conclusions reached by Paul Durham, Ph.D, pictured, Missouri State University Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology. He spoke at ...more

Greene County Commission announces "Team Greene" >> Community ehedlun
The Greene County Commission has announced a new volunteer program known as “Team Greene.” Its purpose is to develop a group of volunteers who will work in the information booths located in the ...more

Singer/songwriter contest is announced >> Miscellaneous grambo
The 69th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival, that will take place from October 13 – 15, 2016, in the Basin Park Band Shell in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is accepting submissions for the ...more

Galloway audits $8.8 billion in federal funding >> Government gena
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway on March 30, 2016, issued an audit of the state's management and spending of billions of federal dollars administered by state agencies. The ...more

Circuit clerk's office and court gets new website >> Government ehedlun
The Greene County circuit clerk announced today a completely redesigned web site for the circuit clerk’s Office and Missouri’s 31st Judicial Circuit. The new website features many enhancements, ...more

Know the truth about the Benghazi attack >> Education mariwinn
Fred Burton, a foremost auhority on security and terrorism, answers questions about the Benghazi attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. He had completed ...more

Both Sanders and Trump know squat about economics >> Op-Ed erick
by Sheldon Richman On Trade, Sanders and Trump Are Peas in a Rotten Pod. Neither Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist, nor Donald Trump, the self-described terrific ...more

Ozark Center launches Super Me! >> Health bruffett
The Ozark Center in Joplin launches Super Me!, an app for Apple devices. Super Me! helps children develop resilience and positive coping skills through a series of in-game and out-of-game ...more

Safety issues close footbridge >> Community staff
During a recent weekly inspection of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge, pictured, the Springfield Public Works Department noticed corrosion and steel loss in the north support column of the ...more

Selling items online? Consider SPD's suggestion >> Community staff
Have you hesitated selling an item locally on Craigslist or any other Internet website where you might have to meet a buyer in person? The Springfield Police Department may have a way to do that ...more

Experience the history and beauty of the Ozarks >> Travel & Leisure mariwinn
The entrance to Smallin Cave in Christian County, Missouri is seen from several hundred yards within. by Mari Winn Taylor Six miles south of Springfield near the town of Ozark is a cave that ...more

Reading the Sweet Oak >> Book Reviews mariwinn
FACINATION WITH A RIVER Recommending a particular book specifically for holiday gift-giving could be a limiting idea given that every day is a good excuse for buying a book. For any excuse and ...more

Missouri veterans' comments wanted >> Health staff
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is soliciting comments from veterans regarding their experiences at Missouri VA facilities. "I've always said the best way to ensure our veterans receive the care ...more

Springfield/Greene County meets Ozone standard >> Environment staff
Springfield/Greene County is in compliance with the Ozone standard established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act. According to a recent announcement the area is ...more

Program needs digital camera donations >> Kidz Korner staff
The Springfield Symphony is planning a project called Our Town, a project that puts cameras in the hands of area fourth grade students, allowing them to take photos of the Springfield community. The ...more

New way to discover risk for high blood pressure >> Health doshea
Analysis of blood samples from more than 5,000 people suggests that a more sensitive version of a blood test long used to verify heart muscle damage from heart attacks could also identify people on ...more

City of Ozark survey is open to all >> Community staff
The city of Ozark is asking residents to complete a brief survey that will help elected officials and city staff who are working on establishing a 5-year Strategic Plan. They are looking for opinions ...more

ISIS' evil gets thumbs up >> Op-Ed mpolka
“Slow down, I can’t understand you,” the Prince of Darkness uttered, as his nefarious cohort babbled on. ...more

Music fills SLT 2015-16 season >> 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 2015-16 season. For season ...more

Challenges of growing succulents >> Home and Garden mariwinn
Jan Bower (second from left) demonstrates how to propagate succulent plants to some members of the Succulent Society of the Ozarks. Members were able to take home cuttings to create their own ...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

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
22663Cellphone nos. will be added to No Call Liststaff
12256Oh no, a tick!ashley
11073Should vaccinations be mandatory or a choice? rvm2
11044Grab a life vest for a journey of a lifetimejkennedy
10711Passage of cancer treatment fairness law is urgedctree
10423Escape to a galaxy far, far awayjkennedy
10402lily--a true hero of the Joplin tornadomariwinn
9835EPA's new proposal generates partisanshipmariwinn
9791Independent study names Verizon top mobile carrierstaff
9596Beyond the Abysshastings
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Top 10 Comments
05-27Democrats have their say although outnumbereds-morse
Fighting discrimination, protecting voting rights, beating back harmful labor initiatives, and
05-24Labor reform takes a hit againpishmael
State lawmakers have completed their 2016 legislative session, and once again our representatives
04-1666 Stationhiboy
My first visit to “Branson” resulted in seeing only a Phillips 66 station on the road. That was
04-16Doresy Heerhiboy
Dorsey Heer and my mom were friends and would meet at a downtown coffee shop frequently. I
02-12Feel the Bernma-earth
I was amused when I heard some political pundits attribute the support by young people for Bernie
01-18Meeting of interestmbowe
For those interested in research at Smallin Cove be sure to attend the meeting of the Southwest
07-13Convention of Statestbrick
The COS is a great idea. It's the only way We The People" can truly fight the entrenched power
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
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Sound Bites
Judging art "There's always been a struggle between art and commerce, and now I'm telling you, art is getting its ass kicked, and it's making us mean, and it's making us bitchy. It's making us cheap punks -- that's not who we are! People are having contests to see how much they can be like Donald Trump?"

---Judd Hirsch mouthing the words of Aaron Sorkin in "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" premiere.

More Quotes.

05-03Download app for Missouri Conservationiststaff
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) now offers its award-winning magazine, Missouri
02-23New website for Joplin museuml-onstot
Joplin History & Mineral Museum is proud to announce the launch of its new expanded website. The
12-11Win a gift basket!staff
Christmas Gift Basket GIVEAWAY!That's right! You have a chance to WIN a Rockin H Ranch, home
10-06Help wanted: Concessionairestaff
The OC in Ozark has openings for concession customer service associates for our concession stand.
08-17Download GoSpringfieldMOstaff
In case you missed the announcement last spring the city of Springfield launched its first mobile
07-09Missouri road map is informativestaff
To find out what roads may be closed due to flooding go here for the Missouri Depart of
03-22Need windows washed, etc.?staff
Have ladder will clean gutters * install your holiday decorationsHonest and relieable * Call for a
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


Musings with Mari
I have this space to rant. Do I take advantage of it? Not often enough. First of all, I have to say, "I'm jealous." Long ago in considering how to be a successful entrepreneur I convinced myself that all it took was to psychologically control consumers. Apparently, I have preferred taking unpopular roads that didn't lead me astray from my beliefs..... Along comes Donald Trump. Trump recently said he loves the poorly educated. Of course, he does. Apparently, they are loving him back in...More

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