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Get your kicks at the Route 66 Festival >> Calendar of Events staff


The 5th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival will take place in Springfield on August 14-16, 2015. A highlight of the event will include a gathering of Route 66 aficionados at the Old Glass Place, 501 E. St. Louis St., Springfield. They will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 15 and 16th. While tickets for the August 14 performance of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Gillioz have sold out, the city is considering showing the concert on a large screen in Park Central Square Park.

“After the Friday night concert featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Pure Prairie League sold out so quickly, we realized ...more

Vietnam revisited via memorial wall >> Features mariwinn

American Legion Vietnam Memorial Post 639 in Springfield was host to The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. An introduction to the wall told us the exhibit was "in memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service" and is to "honor and remember their sacrifice."

Anthony Gutterrez, at right, saw action in the Mekong Delta in late 1965-66. Visibly moved, he is standing in front of the memorial wall where he had found the name of a friend he had lost track of. Unfortunately, ...more

Capt. Millsap readies for challenges ahead >> People lcox

The commander of the Springfield Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Captain David Millsap, pictured, is now a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).

With classes held at Boston University, the program is conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum and provides senior police executives with intensive training in the latest management concepts and practices to prepare for the most challenging issues facing law enforcement executives today.

During the demanding three-week course, SMIP brings together a faculty from top universities, successful law enforcement chief executives and subject matter ...more

Democrat seeks return of professionalism >> Community mariwinn

At left, Democratic candidate for Christian County sheriff, Ken Lovell speaks to one of his supporters at a fund-raising picnic held in McCauley Park in Nixa on July 2, 2015.

Ken Lovell isn't afraid to buck the Republican establishment in Christian County, Lovell, who believes that there "isn't anything wrong with making history," was chosen by the Christian County Democratic Central Committee to fill the position as sheriff vacated by Joey Kyle after Klyle pleaded guilty to embezzlement and aiding a fraud scheme. Kyle's term would have ended on December 31, 2016.

The Christian County Commission ordered a ...more

Republicans stuff funding bill with riders >> Op-Ed jruch
Riders on the Storm I am not referring to the classic Doors song (“Into this world we're thrown…”) but to the welter of anti-environmental provisions (aka “riders”) Republicans have inserted into ...more

Flooding closes Busiek shooting range >> Sports skalicky
Flood damage caused by recent rains has forced the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to temporarily close the unstaffed shooting range at the Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area in ...more

Blunt asked to support safe rental car act >> Government jbray
ST. LOUIS, Mo – The Consumers Council of Missouri announced yesterday that it is calling upon Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, to co-sponsor legislation to bar rental car companies from renting or selling ...more

Senate Bill 5 is signed by Gov. Nixon >> Government f-fite
Missouri Bar President Reuben Shelton of St. Louis commended Gov. Jay Nixon’s signing today (July 9, 2015) of legislation aimed at improving citizens’ experiences within Missouri’s municipal courts. ...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

Construction begins on Campbell at Primrose >> Community staff
Construction is beginning for the intersection improvement project at Campbell Avenue and Primrose Street in Springfield. The $2.3 million project funded by the 1/4-cent Capital Improvements ...more

Ghost author probes the unconscious mind >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Life can be a dream, or a nightmare, a varied and vivid cast tells readers in Lucid—Othernaturals Book Two self published by author Christina Harlin, pictured at left. ...more

Senator attempts to gather data on dog treat >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: Dogs are more than just pets--they're family members. That's why when I first learned about a product reportedly harming our four-legged friends, i didn't need to be convinced this ...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

Catholic bishop: Supreme Court decision illogical >> Religion leidson
It is said that Abraham Lincoln once asked rhetorically, "If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a horse have? Four, calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg." Today, the Supreme Court, in ...more

Churches asked to support Pope's message >> Environment swelch
San Francisco – Prominent faith leaders representing the world’s major religions on June 18, 2015, defended Pope Francis upon the Vatican’s release of “Laudato Sii (Be Praised): On the Care of Our ...more

The MARC calls for artists for September event >> Calendar of Events staff
A call has gone out to artists to enter The Not So Square Arts Festival sponsored by The MARC, 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd., Mt. Vernon. Painters, potters, authors, fabric artists, photographers, jewelry ...more

Patriotism overflowed in new memorial garden >> Features mariwinn
Avis Holloway (center) assists Helen Boutwell (at right) in positioning a wreath in front of the Blue Star Veteran's Memorial marker during a dedication ceremony at the Springfield Botanical Gardens ...more

Nationally distributed cat food is recalled >> Health staff
Eleven reports of illness have been associated with a brand of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. The manufacturer and nationwide distributor of Rachel Ray Nutrish wet cat food has voluntarily recalled ...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

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

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

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

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
14425Cellphone nos. will be added to No Call Liststaff
6781Oh no, a tick!ashley
6342Grab a life vest for a journey of a lifetimejkennedy
6216Should vaccinations be mandatory or a choice? rvm2
6184Passage of cancer treatment fairness law is urgedctree
5583lily--a true hero of the Joplin tornadomariwinn
5296Escape to a galaxy far, far awayjkennedy
5192EPA's new proposal generates partisanshipmariwinn
4925Independent study names Verizon top mobile carrierstaff
4918Think twice before signing petitionstfuller
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Top 10 Comments
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
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
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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.

07-09Missouri road map is informativestaff
To find out what roads may be closed due to flooding go here for the Missouri Depart of
04-29City of Joplin land salestaff
The city of Joplin is accepting bids for the purchase of a parcel of property located at 32nd &
04-13Seasonal 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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