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Two more people have died in Greene County of COVID-19. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reports the latest deaths were a man in his 70s and a man in his 80s.

That brings the number of deaths in Greene County in September to 16.  There have been 46 deaths since the pandemic began.

The number of cases topped 5000 Tuesday.  As of Tuesday morning, there were 5034 cases in Greene County, and 2067 of them were active.

There were 110 people in the hospital with COVID-19, and 30 of them were in the ICU.

This week, we bring you our Sense of Community series, Conversations on Race and Racism.  These conversations feature first-person perspectives, memories, and opinions of people in our community whose lives have been impacted by race and rac

The History Museum on the Square is exhibiting Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suff

This week, we bring you our Sense of Community series, Conversations on Race and Racism.  These conversations feature first-person perspectives, memories, and opinions of people in our community whose lives have been impacted by race and rac

The American Red Cross of Southern Missouri is looking for disaster relief volunteers.

The organization’s executive director, Stacy Burks, said they need volunteers willing to travel to areas of the U.S. that are being impacted by storms.

"We're looking for volunteers who are willing to step up and help folks who are still fighting to recover from Hurricane Laura as well as looking to the Gulf and Hurricane Sally," said Burks.

Hurricane Sally is expected to make landfall in Louisiana late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

CoxHealth will host its first virtual career fair Tuesday, September 15.  CoxHealth senior recruiters will connect with interested applicants during the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to the health system. 

There are more than 600 openings right now in several departments, including Environmental Services, Patient Safety and School Care.  Jobs include both clinical and non-clinical roles.

Click here for more information.

A bird that was extirpated from Missouri is once again living among short-leaf pines in the Mark Twain National Forest.

The brown-headed nuthatch is a resident or a non-migratory bird, according to state ornithologist, Sarah Kendrick, with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

They excavate cavities in dead pine trees to nest in each year.  Kendrick said they’re a pine woodland obligate, which means they need pine trees with open spacing between them to survive.  And they have a distinct call.

This week, we bring you our Sense of Community series, Conversations on Race and Racism.  These conversations feature first-person perspectives, memories, and opinions of people in our community whose lives have been impacted by race and rac

There’s been another death from COVID-19 in Greene County.  According to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, the latest death was a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions.

Fourteen COVID-19 deaths have been reported by the Health Department in September. A total of 44 Greene County residents has died from COVID-19.  As of Sunday, Greene County had a total of 4,833 cases, and 2,296 of those were active.  View the Greene County COVID-19 Dashboard here.

It’s become the same old story: everyone has had to make changes to their routines, their plans, to deal with the realities of living during a pandemic.  Dr. Mick Sokol from the Drury University Theatre Department joined us on “Arts News” to talk about the department’s children’s show, “Charlotte’s Web,” to be performed Wednesday Sept.16 through Saturday Sept.19 all at 7:30pm, and with an additional Saturday matinee at 2:00pm, in Drury’s Wilhoit Theatre.            

The next production at Springfield Little Theatre is "Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits," written by Gerard Alessandrini, directed by Joshua David Smith with music direction by Kris Langston. The cast includes Dayna McConville, Zoe Zelonky, Jerrod Cate, and Chip Holderman. It's scheduled for Sept.10-20 at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut. Broadway’s greatest musical legends meet Broadway’s greatest satirists in this hilarious, loving, and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theatre’s greatest stars and songwriters. This show is rated PG-13.

The Missouri State University Theatre and Dance Department will offer a season of “streamed command performances” this year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The fall season opens with the musical “The Secret Garden”, based on the Victorian-era children’s novel by Frances Burnett, with music by Lucy Simon, book & lyrics by Marsha Norman. Robert Westenberg directs this production. Following the death of her parents in colonial India, eleven-year-old Mary is sent to live with her reclusive Uncle Archibald in the English countryside.

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure has renewed the Sixth Proclamation of Civil Emergency for an additional 30 days.  It will be in effect September 13 through October 13.

According to city officials, the extension is a housekeeping item to allow flexibility in the coming weeks.

McClure said in a statement Thursday that because city council passed an ordinance designed to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 “I do not believe it necessary to exercise the additional power granted to me under City Code at the present time.”

Investigators are trying to determine who is responsible for damaging a cave at the Buffalo National River.

Vandals broke into a locked gate at Fitton Cave in August.  The vandalism left many cave formations, including stalagmites and draperies, damaged and missing in one of the largest cave systems in Arkansas.

Cassie Branstetter, spokesperson for Buffalo National River, says Fitton Cave System is home to rare cave formations and is known for being biologically diverse.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is expanding its emergency appeal to all blood types.

According to the blood bank in a news release, reserves are “alarmingly low, due to very high usage levels in area hospitals and a continued negative impact on donation rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

During the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, blood usage by hospitals significantly dropped, according to the CBCO.  But, in the past three months, blood usage has been the highest in three years over back-to-back months.

COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Greene County.  The Springfield-Greene County Health Department said the latest deaths were a woman in her 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility; a woman in her 70s and two men—one in his 60s and the other in his 50s.  All had underlying health conditions.

Thirteen COVID-19 deaths have been reported by the health department this month.  A total of 43 Greene County residents have died of COVID-19.

The City of Springfield is planning to redo a stretch of the Galloway Creek Greenway, and you have until Monday, September 14, to comment on the plans.

The section that will be reconstructed is along Lone Pine, between Barton St. and Republic Rd.

Joe Hamp is the project manager for the city.

"The trail in that area is in the top three of the highest used trail here in the city," he said.  "The asphalt on that trail was placed about 15 years ago, so it's in need of some repairs."

Forty-year-old Marie Brumbaugh, a medical assistant at a CoxHealth clinic in the Branson area, has died of COVID-19. 

According to a news release from Cox, the source of the infection isn’t known with certainty.  But officials say there’s a possibility she may have contracted the virus while caring for a patient undergoing routine clinic care unrelated to COVID-19.  The patient needed to be unmasked for a short time during treatment and tested positive for the virus after the clinic visit.  But it’s possible, they say, that she acquired it in the community.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has announced he is adding 20 names to the list of Supreme Court candidates that he’s pledged to choose from if he has future vacancies to fill. The list includes Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Josh Hawley of Missouri.

The superintendent of Springfield Public Schools, Dr. John Jungmann, announced Wednesday that he plans to retire from public education at the end of this school year.  

The Board of Education has accepted Jungmann’s letter of retirement, and a nationwide search for his replacement will begin immediately, according to a statement from SPS.

Jungmann explained why he decided to retire.

The Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks has awarded grants to area organizations.  The grants support organizations helping to provide dignity at the end of life for all persons, according to the foundation.

Jacob’s Ladder is receiving $75,000 for an end-of-life care home, which opened September 1 in north Springfield.  It’s also been awarded a grant of just over $4500 for the Blanche Wong Memorial Garden at the home.

And the Springfield-Greene County Library is getting $640 for a virtual community education program to increase public awareness of end of life issues.

Two more Greene County residents have died of COVID-19.  The latest deaths were two men in their 90s.  One was a resident of a long-term care facility.

Nine people have died in Greene County from COVID-19 so far this month.  There have been a total of 39 deaths in the county from the illness.

As of Tuesday morning, Greene County had a total of 4,255 cases of COVID-19, and 2,046 of those were active.

Face coverings will be required for a few weeks longer in Branson.  The city’s board of aldermen voted at a meeting Tuesday to extend the mask mandate to October 14 at 11:59 p.m.

A few people spoke against the extension at Tuesday’s meeting, including Branson resident, Bill Large.

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The Friends of the Library’s Fall Book Sale is coming up.  And Andrea Still, president of the organization, said they’ll have about five and a half truckloads of items for sale.

Of course, there will be many different genres of books, but you’ll be able to purchase other items, too.

"Records and CDs and albums, games, toys," said Still,  "We also have sheet music, DVDs, videotapes, even some audio, you know, little cassette tapes left.  There's some magazines."

Bass Pro Shops will host an outdoor hiring event September 9 from 9:00 until 1:00.

The Springfield-based sporting and outdoor goods store wants to hire over 100 employees to work at the company’s Distribution Center. The hiring event takes place at the Bass Pro Base Camp, and applicants are asked to stay in their vehicles until being called for an interview. The company says it will conduct on-site health screenings, and masks are required. 

Work to rehabilitate the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge is expected to get underway next year.

Springfield City Council this week voted to delay the bidding process by three to four months. 

A type of animal that used to be at Dickerson Park Zoo years ago has returned to Springfield.

Joey Powell, spokesperson for the zoo, says the zoo now has two capybaras, which are the largest rodents in the world.  The mammals are native to Central and South America. 

The former hippo exhibit is being remodeled to house two of them—Capy and Tennille.  According to a news release, “the two are getting acquainted and love will keep them together.”

Zookeepers hope to have them on exhibit by this weekend.

The Greene County Commission has approved CARES Act Relief Fund grants for 53 more organizations.  Allocations that were approved Thursday total $2,663,377.20.

They include:

Education

  • The Steeler Seaburn Memorial Scholarship Fund - $8,000 for scholarships for underserved.
  • Summit Prep School - $7,000 for swivel cameras for classroom.
  • St. Joseph Catholic Academy - $35,264 for building operations.
  • Infinity Academy - $18,000 for payroll, rent, utilities, insurance and supplies.

Education total: $68,264.00

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