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Rainbow Network receives donation from the Buerges >> Business staff

(L-R) Keith Jaspers, president and founder of the Rainbow Network, accepts a check from Aaron Buerge, market president of First National Bank, Springfield. With him is his wife, Angye McIntosh Buerge.

The Buerge Family and First National Bank donated $10,000 to The Rainbow Network, an organization headquartered in Springfield that offers assistance to 112 specific semi-rural communities in Nicaragua. The group serves over 42,000 people with feeding centers, healthcare, education, housing and economic development programs.

The check was presented at the Springfield branch by Aaron and Angye Buerge on behalf of ...more

Susi Ettinger: Ciphers & glyphs >> Features mariwinn

Excitement filled the Weisel and Kelly Galleries of the Springfield Art Museum on May 15, 2015, as folks gathered to meet diminutive Susi Ettinger, pictured with her companion. In her 92nd year (born 1922), the mixed media artist had returned to Springfield where from 1964-84 she had been an instructor at what was then Southwest Missouri State. She often also contributed her knowledge to the Springfield Art Museum, making many acquaintances along the way.

Born in Berlin, thanks to the sponsorship of a relative Ettinger as a teenager came with her Jewish family to the United States escaping the Nazis in 1939. She attended high school in New ...more

Host families are needed for May 30-31 dates >> Calendar of Events staff

The Springfield Sister Cities Association and the 2015 English Language Institute at Missouri State University are looking for families of one or more to host two or more students visiting from Springfield's Japanese sister city. Hosts will pick up students at the MSU campus and will spend Saturday, May 30, 2015, and/or Sunday, May 31, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. together with them.

Families may be married or single, any age, with or without kids, of any cultural background. Activities may include preparing lunch, playing in the yard, going to church or watching a movie, activities of a regular nature. Other suggestions include going to ...more

Bio-containment facility opens in Kansas >> Health staff
Ground breaking ceremonies are scheduled to take place soon in Manhattan, Kansas for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). The Kansas State University location was selected after an ...more

Addressing gun violence with GVROs >> Miscellaneous asamuels
Gun violence restraining orders (GVROs) are a promising strategy for reducing firearm homicide and suicide in the United States, and should be considered by states seeking to address gun violence, ...more

Was this TSA worker nailed? >> Crime Stoppers staff

Have you seen Dustin Reynolds? >> Community staff
Nixa Police are seeking the public's help in finding a missing teen. Dustin Reynolds, 16, pictured, was last seen at Nixa High School on May 14, 2015. The police believe that Reynolds left on his ...more

Battling cynicism with faith >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Good real estate is often difficult to find today. The most elusive, debatable plot, perhaps, is “common ground,” Rachel Held Evans says, forcefully, faithfully and from ...more

Kids' fishing day at Kellogg Lake is June 6 >> Kidz Korner staff
The 14th annual Kids' Fishing Day will take place at Kellogg Lake in Carthage on June 6, 2015. The event allowing kids ages 15 and under to learn about fishing and catch fish, will be from 8 a.m. ...more

Job fair is scheduled >> Calendar of Events staff
The Missouri Career Center is planning a manufacturing hiring event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The event will take place at 2900 E. Sunshine, Springfield. Employers from a ...more

Master Gardeners teaching series runs monthly >> Calendar of Events staff
The Learn to Grow in the Garden Series sponsored by the Greene County Master Gardeners will take place each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic, ...more

Date is changed for Ozark garage sale >> Calendar of Events staff
The new date for the city of Ozark outdoor garage sale is from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015. It was supposed to take place today, May 9. The location remains the same. It's at The OC ...more

Farris and Rauh will be featured artists in June >> Calendar of Events staff
Alicia Farris and Carl Rauh will be the featured artists in June at the Fresh Gallery, according to an announcement by spokesperson Angel Brame. Meet them from 6-10 p.m. on First Friday (June 5, ...more

Easy steps for making a wreath out of succulents >> Home and Garden mariwinn
Angela Keith, pictured, a Greene County Master Gardener, is known for the centerpieces she creates out of succulents. She was the speaker at the May meeting of the Succulent Society of the Ozarks ...more

To know Orbit is to know love >> Entertainment mariwinn
Guests at a concert with Bettine Clemen gather around Peter Longley as he signs copies of Orbit, Life with My People. The event recently was held at the Library Center in Springfield. It's not ...more

Help wanted: Reporters >> Classifieds staff
The Joplin Independent and the Voice of the Ozarks need people interested in attending musical events in exchange for submission of reviews and photos. Concerts of differing genres may be located in ...more

Romantic novelist Inglath Cooper woos fans >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Working together builds individual strengths, but life is not always harmonious, even for rising music groups. If you like country music, romance and “soap operas,” you ...more

Neosho Arts Council announces contests >> Miscellaneous staff
The Neosho Arts Council has issued a call to two-dimensional artists (no photography, digital works or 3D works) to enter The Hermann Jaeger Juried Fine Art Competition. The regional contest is open ...more

Everyone needs a good fish story >> Sports staff
A Richwood's angler Andy Belobraydic is holding the record paddlefish he caught recently on Missouri's Table Rock Lake. Andy Belobraydic, 33, a Richwoods angler, snared Missouri's state record ...more

Carthage announces art walk dates and themes >> Calendar of Events staff
The Carthage Historic Downtown Art Walk Committee has announced the dates for its fifth anniversary season presenting artists, musicians, entertainers and galleries on the Carthage Square. The dates ...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

More safety for bikers/pedestrians >> Community staff
The City of Springfield Public Works is in the process of installing a high-intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK) signal on Sunset Street between Kimbrough Avenue and Dollison Avenue as part of ...more

Group aims to de-popularize Bradford pear trees >> Home and Garden staff
This is a section of the branch of an Eastern Redbud tree (Cercis canadensis). Distributed widely in Missouri and attractive when planted against the backdrop of evergreens, it is a suggested ...more

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 ...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

Marijuana proponents to circulate petition >> Government sfleming
MOST SOUGHT AFTER PLANT Jefferson City — Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today (Feb. 9, 2015) announced that an initiative petition relating to legalizing marijuana met state standards ...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
12320Cellphone nos. will be added to No Call Liststaff
5662Stone's Throw announces 2014-15 seasonstaff
5492New Springfield Little Theatre Season is announcedstaff
5268Oh no, a tick!ashley
4863Grab a life vest for a journey of a lifetimejkennedy
4849Should vaccinations be mandatory or a choice? rvm2
4813Passage of cancer treatment fairness law is urgedctree
4032lily--a true hero of the Joplin tornadomariwinn
3943Licking nursery order form is now onlinevbryan
3892Got a clunker you want removed?staff
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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
Eliminating the estate tax “The death tax disproportionately hurts states like Missouri, which relies heavily on agriculture revenue. This tax is often a crushing blow to family business owners and farmers who are trying to plan for the future, which is why I support permanently eliminating it altogether.”

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

More Quotes.

04-29City of Joplin land salestaff
The city of Joplin is accepting bids for the purchase of a parcel of property located at 32nd &
04-15Help wanted: Reportersstaff
The Joplin Independent and the Voice of the Ozarks need people interested in attending musical
04-13Seasonal workers are neededstaff
The City of Ozark’s Public Works Department is seeking hard working and self-motivated candidates
03-22Need windows washed, etc.?staff
Have ladder will clean gutters * install your holiday decorationsHonest and relieable * Call for a
03-21Help wanted: Store managersstaff
Orscheln Farm & Home with over 160 stores in nine Midwest states is offering a $1,000 sign-on bonus
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


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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