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How water savvy are you? >> Environment mariwinn
Tiffany Frey and Mike Kromrey are both executive directors of non-profit agencies that monitor and help correct water issues in the Springfield, Missouri area. An avid fly fisherman, Kromrey has a B.A. and M.A. in biology while Frey has an associate's degree from Cottey College and a B.S. from Missouri State University. (Photo by Vince Rosati)

A meeting of the Democratic Alliance recently featured Mike Kromrey, executive director of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and Tiffany Frey, executive director of the James River Watershed Basin. Their main focus was to inform everyone regarding their organizations' roles in ...more

Why Missouri governor needs to be a Democrat >> Government mariwinn
by Mari Winn Taylor

Democrats gather at a local labor union hall in Springfield for good bar-b-cue, comraderie and to become acquainted with Democratic candidates on the August 2, 2016 ballot.

Organized chaos is the way one might perceive events promoted by area Democrats. While the media receives notice of an event, we have no expectation of being greeted. Not alone this time we stood exchanging smiles with another local reporter who recognized the same aloofness.

Attorney General Chris Koster was the featured speaker at the Democratic fundraiser that took place at the I.B.E.W. Hall in Springfield on ...more

Power of fantasy >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Close your eyes. Fantasize. Try fantasy for fall. No one stretches and adorns that literary genre better than Jim Webster, pictured, who in two new paperback novel ...more

Learn to weave >> Calendar of Events staff
A series of classes teaching the basics in tapestry techniques will take place in a studio at 1325 S. National at Green Street (just northeast of the Springfield Art Museum). A series of four classes ...more

MoDot posts interactive online map of airports >> Miscellaneous staff
Pilots in Missouri may now access information on Missouri's 123 public-use airports on a new interactive map from the Missouri Department of Transportation. The interactive map displays the locations ...more

Life's history or God's vision? >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy People, not preaching, promises or pessimism, form the rapidly beating, reassuring heart of Gospel Memories -- The Future Can Rewrite Our Past, a book deceptively larger than ...more

Help law enforcement get body armor >> Miscellaneous jmerritt
The raffle of a unique quilt featuring patches from sheriffs' offices in Missouri's 114 counties is being sponsored by the MSA Wives' Auxiliary with assistance from Southern Uniform. The proceeds ...more

Next trip to Tlaquepaque is planned >> Calendar of Events staff
The Friends of the Garden and Springfield Sister Cities announce that their next fund-raising trip to Tlaquepaque, Mexico will take place from February 3-10, 2017. The trip includes a visit to ...more

NOW demands resignation of Larry Kay >> Letters to the Editor jtomek
To the editor: Missouri National Organization for Women (NOW) has learned that the executive director of the Missouri Veterans Commission has just resumed his job after a court found that he had ...more

Foodie/critic writes first culinary thriller >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Mark Spivak, author of Friend of the Devil (Black Opal Books) instantly proves to hungry skeptics that it Is possible for a journalist to cook, eat, drink fine wine and write ...more

Springfield Public Works tries to lesson crashes >> Community kmilam
Springfield Public Works is testing out the safety benefits of a new right-turn lane design with a pilot study at the intersection of Battlefield Road and Campbell Avenue. The design with a tighter ...more

Who will speak for the voiceless? >> Op-Ed hastings
by Rivera Sun The forest sways in ripples of green. Wind sends the dappled sunlight sparkling through the branches. These are the things we forget in the heat of the political season. There are ...more

Free college classes offered to senior citizens >> Education staff
Missouri State University's Adult Student Services will offer their "MSU62: Senior Citizens Fee Waiver Program" beginning at 9 a.m. on August 19, 2016, in the hospitality room at the Meyer Alumni ...more

SLT announces its 2016-17 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 2016-17 season. The eight ...more

Stones's Throw announces 2016-17 season >> Calendar of Events staff
This is a scene from the opening night hilarious performance of The Near-Sighted Knight and the Far-Sighted Dragon performed at the Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre in Carthage on June 23-26, ...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

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 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 ...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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
09-28Power of fantasyjkennedy
09-13Learn to weavestaff
09-06Lack of oversight in podunkgena
09-04Inconvenience of detiorationstaff
09-04MoDot posts interactive online map of airportsstaff
09-04Life's history or God's vision?jkennedy
08-26Help law enforcement get body armorjmerritt
08-26Freeman Health adds palliative med doctorbruffett
08-19September 2016 events for Springfield areastaff
08-19Easy solution for ridding gridlockhastings
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Top 10 Comments
08-12Thank you!spivak
Mr. Kennedy: Thanks so much for your positive and insightful review of Friend of the Devil. I'm
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
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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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