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Plan now to attend Springfield's First Night >> Calendar of Events s-hough

Tickets for First Night Springfield 2015 are now available for purchase. First Night, held predominately on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, from 6 p.m. to midnight, is an all-ages, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve event that takes place at multiple venues in downtown Springfield. With more than a dozen performances at 10 different venues, activities for children, and a fireworks finale, First Night will ring in 2015 with a focus on the visual and performing arts.

Highlights of this year’s event include performances from Nick, Ruell and Ned the Band, Springfield Improv, Lyal Strickland, activities for kids including ...more

Exploring St. Louis and the Ozarks in pictures >> Book Reviews mariwinn
Gift-giving can be a frustrating experience: What to get that person who has everything. Two books have crossed our desk that solve gift-giving for someone who also enjoys art books.

"Days of Gold and Glory" is a water color rendition by Marilynne Bradley of the St. Louis riverfront and the Golden Showboat, now a century-old craft current preservationists have been hard at work raising money to save and move back home.

A person with a fond connection to St. Louis will enjoy the work of water colorist Marilynne Bradley, who, together with writer David Baugher, has recreated ...more

Author pens new poem for Christmas >> Book Reviews mariwinn
Molly McAme with her pet mouse, Nibbles, confronts Santa on Christmas Eve.

Is there a child, preferably a little girl, whom you would like to become excited over the reading of books? Well, 'tis the Christmas gift-giving season, and William Thomas Thach has written a tale that rivals the time worn The Night Before Christmas . It definitely is just as captivating. The Girl Who Saved Christmas written in rhyme in the style of the classic credited to Clement Clark Moore in the mid nineteenth century, not only introduces Santa and one of his elves to the reader, but also a young girl named Molly McAme and her pet ...more

Katelyn Butler will be featured at Fresh Gallery >> People staff
This two-fingered ring is the work of Katelyn Butler. An art student at Missouri State University. The featured artist at Fresh Gallery for the month of January is jewelry designer Katelyn Butler. ...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

DWI crackdown in Billings >> Community staff
Billings, Missouri – From mid-December through New Year’s Day, local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Holiday DWI Campaign” crackdown on substance-impaired driving. The ...more

GBE agent makes presumptuous comments >> Letters to the Editor reichert
To the editor: We will begin surveying in the spring,” a neighbor was told by a Grain Belt Express (GBE) land agent. GBE land agents continue to give the impression they will receive a Certificate ...more

Dr. Huff vies for state commissioner position >> Education mariwinn
Update: Following interviews with five finalists, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to select Dr. Margaret Vandeven as the next Commissioner of Education, effective January 1, 2015. ...more

Free speech gone too far: Anthony Elonis' rants >> Op-Ed hastings
by Laura Finley Like many in the U.S, I normally consider myself a staunch advocate of free speech and against most forms of censorship. I agree with a previous U.S court of appeals decision that ...more

Legislation is passed securing ties with Israel >> Government royblunt
WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) praised the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage last night of the “United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of ...more

Letter to God >> Humor staff
This bit of holiday cheer appears to be circulating or recirculating around the Internet: There was a man who worked for the Post Office whose job was to process all the mail that had ...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

Senators request delay in USPS consolidation >> Government staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (MO) and Claire McCaskill (MO) joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues on December 1, 2014, to demand a delay in the planned consolidation of up to 82 ...more

December 2014 events for Springfield, MO area >> Calendar of Events staff
Events for December 2014 appear below focusing on the cities of Springfield in Missouri and surrounding areas. Events are posted as we get them. Come back often for updates. To include your event of ...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

Senate majority caucus selects leaders >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY — The majority caucus today endorsed once again Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, to serve a second session as President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate for the 98th General Assembly. ...more

Cellphone voyeurs get court approval >> Op-Ed hastings
By Laura Finley As if enduring the routine cat calls and doing whatever we must to “protect ourselves” against the possibility of being sexually assaulted isn’t enough, now women must also take ...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
10098Cellphone nos. will be added to No Call Liststaff
4550Oh no, a tick!ashley
4282Passage of cancer treatment fairness law is urgedctree
4264Should vaccinations be mandatory or a choice? rvm2
4074Grab a life vest for a journey of a lifetimejkennedy
3523Got a clunker you want removed?staff
3270Stone's Throw announces 2014-15 seasonstaff
3179lily--a true hero of the Joplin tornadomariwinn
3130New Springfield Little Theatre Season is announcedstaff
3072Licking nursery order form is now onlinevbryan
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Top 10 Comments
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
06-17Update is appreciated; CDC often lags behindashley
Jeff, thanks for the update on Lyme disease. I hope I got across the point that anyone who is the
06-02Cobb is not wanted heretrevor
Not wanted here in MO or anywhere else. He is a violent man. Fugitive from justice in Canada. He
05-06Shame on the legislatorsa-blouin
The service cuts that will be required as a result of SB 509 will devastate Missourians’ quality of
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Sound Bites
On President Obama's Cuba announcement "I oppose this move, and I believe it is a mistake. It's hard--if not impossible--to normalize relations with a Castro-led Cuba. And I don't see anything in the president's announcement to persuade me otherwise....."

---Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)

More Quotes.

08-22Bids for trees wanted by city of Joplinl-onstot
The city of Joplin is accepting sealed proposals for trees for trail planting. The deadline for
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
06-29Kid Summer Campsagerla
06-29Part time work removing invasive plant speciesherbdoc
An intelligent worker sought to remove invasive species, and make a small income processing usable
06-21Help wanted: Public works directorstaff
The city of Neosho is seeking a public works director reporting to the city manager. For a list of
06-18Help wanted: Executive directorstaff
The Greene County Democratic Central Committee is seeking a full-time executive director. Must
06-17Help wanted: Desing-build contractorstaff
The city of Joplin is accepting applications for a design-build contractor to work with CGA
06-17Help wanted: Civil engineerstaff
The city of Joplin is seeking a civil engineer to join the team working to improve Joe Becker


Musings with Mari
UPDATE: Amendment results: Amendment 1: Passes, 498,751 or 50,127% of vote 5: Passes, 602,076 or 50,970% of vote 7: Fails, 590,963 or 59,185% of vote 8: Fails, 538,575 or 55.016% of vote 9: Passes, 728,549 or 74,756% of vote In retrospect, I'm wondering how many people erroneously thought they were helping family farmers? What a sham perpetrated on the voters. I feel sad for the environment. Based on the results passage of the farm amendment...More

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