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It’s not yet known if the Springfield Public School District will follow new school guidelines on quarantine issued by the State of Missouri Thursday.

Governor Mike Parson and Missouri Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven said the new guidance will allow students exposed to COVID-19 in a student setting to remain in class as long as all parties were wearing face coverings—and wearing them correctly.

After a manual recount triggered by a razor thin margin, Democratic challenger Betsy Fogle has defeated the incumbent Republican, Steve Helms, flipping Missouri’s 135th district House seat to blue.

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller’s office oversaw the manual recount, which took place Thursday as a bipartisan team of election workers looked on.

In the end, Fogle maintained her lead and has won the election by a mere 76 votes – that’s out of more than 17,000 votes cast in that race.

Three more Greene County residents have died of COVID-19.  They were a man in his 50s and two men in their 80s.  So far this month, 22 county residents have died of the illness, and there’s been a total of 176 since the pandemic began.

As of Thursday morning, there was a total of 11,975 reported COVID-19 cases in Greene County, and 4,325 of them were active.  There were 180 COVID patients in Springfield hospitals, and 43 were in the ICU.  Sixty-four were from Greene County.

There had been a 26 percent increase in reported cases in the past seven days.

The State of Missouri is issuing new guidance for schools related to COVID-19.  Governor Mike Parson announced Thursday that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education now advises that close contacts of a person with COVID-19 in a school setting don’t have to quarantine if all individuals were wearing masks.

The guidance applies in school districts and charter schools that have mask mandates in place and when all parties were wearing their masks correctly at the time of exposure.

 UPDATE on Friday, Nov. 13, 5:00 a.m.:   After Thursday's recount, Fogle won the election by 76 votes, flipping Missouri's 135th House District seat to blue.

Original story below:

The sound of ballots sifting through a machine Thursday morning filled the room at the Greene County Election Center in Springfield as part of a manual recount in a Missouri House race. 

The recount is for the Missouri House District 135 race between the top two candidates, Democrat Betsy Fogle and incumbent Republican Steve Helms. 

CoxHealth is making changes to its oxygen supply system because of increased demand by COVID-19 patients.

CoxHealth president and CEO Steve Edwards said, before COVID-19 patients started being admitted to Cox South, they would have their large tank filled by Praxair every 25 days or so.  "And now we've been refilling them every four to five days," said Edwards, "so, about six to seven times more oxygen than routine."

A manual recount will be held Thursday, November 12, for the District 135 Missouri House of Representatives race.

In unofficial results, Democrat Betsy Fogle is leading Republican Steve Helms by 80 votes.  Greene County clerk, Shane Schoeller, said in a news release that, because the difference between the two is less than one-half of one percent, a recount is required under the Missouri Code of State Regulations.  A recount is required anytime the percentage margin of difference is equal to or less than one-half of one percent.


The Salvation Army in Springfield will soon distribute toys and food to families in December and encourages households to sign up now.


A donation by a Missouri State University alumnus will provide scholarships for MSU business students.

Dr. Raymond Lansford’s estate gifted $835,000 to the university.  Lansford, who died just before his 99th birthday, graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and General Business in 1947.

After a career in the Army, Lansford became a professor of business at the University of Missouri and taught until his retirement in 1984, according to MSU.

The Bass Pro Tournament of Champions is canceled for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Springfield Public Schools said in a statement that the tournament, which has been held for 36 years, will be replaced by a smaller-scale Springfield R-12 Winter Classic at JQH Arena.  It will be held January 14 through 16 and will feature what SPS is calling four "high-caliber basketball teams" from Missouri.  They are DeSmet, Greenwood, Hartville and Kickapoo High Schools.

SPS called the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, "the No. 1 attended basketball tournament in the country."

The City of Joplin is adding three new COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites, in partnership with Walmart and Quest Diagnostics.

Starting Friday, November 12, drive-thru testing will be available at three Joplin Neighborhood Markets:  1600 E. 7th Street, 2446 S. Maiden Lane and 25145 DeMott Drive.  Hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The former site at the West 7th Street Walmart is not open this week as companies work on the relocations, according to city officials.

Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care is now offering rapid COVID-19 testing at all its l

Dr. Howell W. Keeter, who worked for four decades at College of the Ozarks and who volunteered for several years afterwards, has died.  Keeter passed away Sunday after a brief illness.

He worked in various roles at the college, including work coordinator, associate dean of administration, chancellor, vice-president and acting president.

Ozarks Alive: Time Capsule On Old-Time, Ozarks Fiddling

Nov 11, 2020

In this premiere of our new radio feature, “Ozarks Alive: Time Capsule,” author and historian Kaitlyn McConnell brings us the past, present and future of old-time, Ozarks fiddling.  You can keep up with McConnell's travels and stories by going to www.OzarksAlive.com.  And listen to the radio feature below.

A woman in her 80s is the latest Greene County resident to die of COVID-19.  According to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, the latest death brings the total number of people who have died to 173, and nineteen of those have been in November.

There are a reported 11,588 cases of COVID-19 in Greene County, an increase of 196 from Monday.  According to the health department, 4,027 of the reported cases in the county are active.  There are 189 people hospitalized in Springfield with COVID-19, and 43 are in the ICU.  Sixty-four are from Greene County.

The Mercy Heart Hospital in Springfield is now fully complete.  The hospital allows patients to access all of Mercy’s cardiovascular care in one location, including doctors’ visits, tests, procedures and surgeries.  The health system also offers valet parking for patients.

The facility offers advanced procedures and diagnostics, according to Mercy.

In a news release, Mercy said those procedures include:

ECMO – Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

The search for a new superintendent for Springfield Public Schools is underway, and district officials want to know what you would like to see in a new leader. 

SPS is hosting a series of community input sessions this week, and there are in-person and virtual options.

Representatives from GR Recruiting, the search firm hired to lead the search, will facilitate the meetings.

Twelve schools in the Springfield Public School District were impacted by positive coronavirus cases on Monday, November 9. 

They are:  Carver and Cherokee Middle Schools; Glendale, Parkview, Kickapoo and Hillcrest High Schools; Hickory Hills and Pleasant View K-8 Schools; and Truman, Holland, Sequiota and Sherwood Elementary Schools.

According to the COVID-19 information page on the district’s website, each school had one positive case on Monday, and any direct contacts have been notified.

A civil emergency for Springfield is now in effect until December 12.  Springfield mayor, Ken McClure, issued the fourth renewal of the sixth proclamation of civil emergency for the city on Tuesday.  It goes into effect on November 13.

COVID-19 positive test results are up at CoxHealth.  On Monday, the healthcare system reported a nearly 43 percent increase in positive tests.  There had been a 33 percent increase in the past seven days and a nearly 18 percent increase since testing started.

CoxHealth president and CEO Steve Edwards said on Twitter, the healthcare system had 113 COVID-19 inpatients, and 21 were no longer in isolation and were recovering.  Ninety-five were at Cox Springfield, 12 were at Cox Branson, four were at Cox Monett and two were at Cox Barton County.

The Lawrence County Health Department announced nine deaths from COVID-19 on Monday.  One was in their 50s, three were in their 60s, two were in their 70s, two were in their 80s and one was in their 90s.  Seventy-eight new cases were added Monday in Lawrence County, and the health department is urging everyone to make “every effort to combat this deadly virus.”

The Joplin Health Department says two more residents have died of COVID-19.  They are a 75-year-old woman and an 87-year-old man.  That brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Joplin to 40.


The City of West Plains passed a 90-day mask ordinance on November 4. While some residents supported the mandate, most voiced disapproval, and some called for the removal of councilmembers who supported the ordinance.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri continues backing President Donald Trump as the president refuses to concede the election.  

President Trump took to Twitter Sunday saying, "since when does the lamestream media call who our next president will be?"

Blunt, speaking on ABC's This Week on Sunday said there’s a process that needs to be followed.  And he said both Joe Biden and Donald Trump will benefit from that.

The City of Springfield wants to know what its residents think about the future of Commercial Street and the Forward SGF Comprehensive Plan.

This week, host Linda Regan speaks with Dr. Tom Ringenberg, assistant professor of political science at the College of Business, Influence and Information Analysis  at Rockhurst University.

Today’s discussion was recorded the day before the General Election last week, and is not specifically commenting on those results.  Instead, the converstation unpacks the overall historic process of certifying elections, including the role of the Electoral College.

An endangered plant at Valley Water Mill Park has returned after not being seen for a few years. 

But it took hard work for the endangered Missouri bladderpod to come back, and it was because the Watershed Center of the Ozarks, which calls the park home, applied for and was granted Community Conservation Grant or CCG funds from the Missouri Department of Conservation. 

Leslie Forrester, Executive Director of Springfield Regional Arts Council, joined us on “Arts News” this morning to talk about a special streaming video the Arts Council will debut this Sunday evening on YouTube and Facebook, free and open to the public.   

Thanksgiving will look a little different this year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.  And the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is offering guidance for celebrating the holiday safely.

There’s advice on the department’s website about holiday travel, how to talk to friends and family members about ways to celebrate, and there’s a risk assessment quiz.