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  When thinking of astronomy, we often envision telescopes and pictures of objects in the sky.  To understand the systems fully, those items are certainly necessary...but not sufficient.  To gain a complete picture, we must compare our observations to the physical laws that govern the entire universe.  That process requires simulation, using comput

A local attraction is in the running for USA Today’s 2019 10Best Readers’ Choice Award.  The History Museum on the Square has been nominated by a panel of experts and 10Best editors in the Best New Attraction category.

The contest is underway, and voters are allowed to vote once per day until December 30 at 11 a.m. at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-attraction/

The Springfield Art Museum’s exhibit schedule next year includes a National Portrait Gallery traveling show.

City Music is set to provide the Ozarks with vinyl records and CDs. The new store is run by Jeff Moffatt, Ken Childers and Joe Livingston – KSMU’s host of the Roundabout. Livingston says the store fulfills a need in the community for new releases that he would like to see available in town and not just on the internet.  

“We are selling records, CDs, books, artifacts, furniture, tape decks, record players. Anything that we can sell that’s music related,” said Livingston.

Steve Ames will perform on KSMU's Studio Live Friday, December 13, 2019 at noon. He'll be at Tie & Timber Beer Co. that same evening from 6-8 pm for Studio Live Social Hour. 

What happens when you take a classically trained opera singer and introduce him to folk music? You get the music powerhouse Steve Ames. Our story starts in Decatur, Illinois, where a young Ames began his vocal journey.

The U.S. Forest Service has announced the public can no longer hunt feral hogs in the Mark Twain National Forest, with exceptions.  It’s allowing the opportunistic take of feral hogs in the forest during all deer and turkey hunting seasons.  According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, only those hunters with an unfilled permit in compliance with the permit conditions may take hogs. 

During the regularly-scheduled audit, State Auditor Nicole Galloway's office found receipts that aren’t accurately accounted for and bank accounts that aren’t adequately reconciled in the Barry County Sheriff’s office.  In a report, her office recommends better checks and balances in that office to insure proper oversight of financial transactions, according to the Missouri Auditor's Office.  The report states that the sheriff is working to address the recommendations.

This week on Making Democracy Work, the series exploring the Springfield-Greene County focus report continues.  Host Linda Regan speaks this morning with Dr. John Jungmann, superintendent with Springfield Public Schools (SPS).

Today’s discussion explores the Red Flags and Blue Ribbons related to education in the recent report, and how SPS is addressing these issues.

Springfield Chamber Chorus’s 2019-2020 season is subtitled “What’s In A Name.” For their Winter Concert the ensemble focuses on the name “Emmanuel”—“God is with us” in Hebrew, and the name used in the Old Testament to refer to the coming Messiah.  They will perform two “Emmanuel” concerts this weekend at two Springfield churches—one with free admission, the other ticketed.  SCC Music Director Chris Brammer and Business Manager Katie Kring joined us on “Arts News.”                              

Contemporary playwright Lucas Hnath’s comic “sequel” to the classic Ibsen drama “A Doll’s House”—Hnath calls it “A Doll’s House, Part 2”—picks up 15 years after the original, introducing a decidedly contemporary attitude to late 19th-century Norway.

The Springfield-based late night show The Mystery Hour is partnering with a nonprofit organization to forgive medical debts across Missouri. The fundraising campaign needs 27,000 dollars to eliminate 2.7 million dollars of debt in the Ozarks area. 

RIP Medical Debt is a nonprofit that uses donations to buy medical debt from collectors in bulk, allowing for every dollar raised to forgive 100 dollars of debt.  Now, The Mystery Hour has joined hands with the group to launch a local campaign.  

Emily Frankoski, Community Arts Director for Joplin's area art agency Connect2Culture, turns the Spotlight on Joplin for December 2019.  Among the many events listed at http://connect2culture.org/december2019/ for this month, Emily highlighted the following.                                                                                

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. Once again, as we come into the shadow of the Long Dark, the giant clock that marks our time on this planet is winding down with an almost audible ticking. We feel it in our bones, the tap, the beat, the sound of days ratcheting away.

Surely that’s one cause for our frenetic dashing about this month, grabbing the tree, the turkey, one more present for the pile, chestnuts for the fire, satsumas for the stockings.

A judge has ruled against Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott in a case he filed against Missouri auditor, Nicole Galloway, challenging her office’s duty to protect whistleblowers.

The two remaining power generation units at James River Power Station, next to Springfield Lake, will be retired in the near future after a vote Thursday by the City Utilities Board of Public Utilities. According to a news release from CU, Unit 4 was put into service in 1964, and Unit 5 was placed into service in 1970. Both units were last used in 2017 and 2018 and have provided electric power to CU customers with both natural gas and coal fired generation.

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will open its trails from 6 to 9 Friday night (12/6) for an Evening Stroll.  Trails will be patrolled by volunteer naturalists.  Inside the Nature Center, there will be a fire in the fireplace and hot chocolate, and the gift shop will be open.  

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a critical appeal for type O negative blood donors.

According to the CBCO, current Type O negative reserves are at critical levels.  Less than a one-day reserve is currently available, and the blood bank strives to maintain a three-day supply of blood to be ready for emergencies.

Type O negative is a universal blood type—meaning, anyone can receive it, but those with type O negative can only receive that kind.  About six percent of the population has O negative blood.

As many people know, Computer Science is a burgeoning field, with students flocking to it in their search for a suitable major.  But what really does the major entail and what will students do with their degrees

The U.S. Census Bureau continues to hire people for the 2020 Census, and a hiring event will be held Friday, December 6, in Springfield.  According to the Missouri Job Center, the Census Bureau is hiring census takers and office assistants for the 2020 Census.

The job fair will held at the job center, 2900 E. Sunshine, Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.  You’re asked to dress business appropriate and take a resume if you have one.

State Representative Sonya Anderson, whose district includes part of Springfield, is proposing a constitutional amendment to give disabled veterans tax exemptions. 

Anderson’s proposal would give veterans with combat-related disabilities a tax exemption from real and personal property tax. According to a release from Anderson's office, the exemption would be capped at $200,000, but would increase with the national inflation rate.

Greene County officials say they reached out to landowners and cemetery staff west of Springfield to alleviate concerns about a new jail going up in their neighborhood. 

County Commissioners filled in some more details Tuesday on plans to buy land and construct the eight story detention facility.

The holiday season is here. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend about $1,048 on average during the 2019 holiday season. This is a 4% increase from last year.

For many, with that spending comes stress and anxiety about how to pay for the gifts, travel and other expenses during the holidays.

The Greene County Commission has announced that it’s buying 23 acres of land just south of the Springfield-Branson National Airport to build a new jail. 

According to a press release from the county, the building site is located on Division Street and Haseltine Road, east of White Chapel Cemetery and south of the Springfield-Branson National Airport. The land purchase was valued at $679,545.

The new jail is expected to be eight stories tall and be completed by 2022. 

Missouri deer hunters harvested 178,936 deer during the November portion of the fall firearms hunting season, which ran November 16-26, according to preliminary data released from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

That number is down from last year’s season, when hunters checked 200,738 deer.

Top harvest counties were Franklin, Texas and Callaway.

Find detailed information about this year’s fall firearms deer season here.

Children on the autism spectrum will soon have a more comforting atmosphere at local libraries.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program has awarded the Springfield-Greene County Library more than $11,000.  The money will be used to provide devices and materials to help families affected by autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities prepare for a visit to the library. 

The holiday season is in full swing, and lots of people are busy shopping for their loved ones, hoping to find the perfect gift.  

But as just-purchased packages are left in vehicles, thieves might steal them—even if the car is locked.  There are, however, things you can do to try to protect yourself.

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Ryan Mooney, senior vice president for economic development with Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

Today’s discussion kicks off a special series that will air throughout December and January, exploring the economic picture of Springfield-Greene County.

For the next several weeks, we will be individually examining many of the Red Flags and Blue Ribbons found int the recently released Community Focus Report.  

If you live in Greene County and need help with food and gifts for the holidays, it’s available through Crosslines.  And applications for Christmas Food Baskets and the Crosslines Toystore will be accepted starting Monday, December 2. 

You can apply at the Crosslines Holiday Center, 615 N. Glenstone, Monday through Saturday (12/2-12/7) from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Applications will also be accepted Thursday (12/5) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Applicants will need social security cards for each member of a household and a current piece of mail verifying residency in Greene County.

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