The Springfield Police Department will host an informational seminar for anyone who is interested in becoming a Springfield police officer.

The seminar will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, according to a release from the department. The address is 2620 W. Battlefield Road.

Applicants will learn about the entire testing process.

The next opportunity for police officer testing will be August 17, and the deadline to apply is August 10.

Applications should be submitted online at goSPD.com

Donations to the Missouri State University Foundation in Fiscal Year 2018 set a record.  According to MSU, $21,534,074 was given to the foundation in the fiscal year, which ended June 30.  The previous record was $20.3 million in FY 2012.

More than 20,000 donors contributed to various campaigns.  The money supports student scholarships and programs, faculty research and facilities enhancements.

An event Wednesday, July 11, in Springfield will offer a variety of services for military veterans all in one place.  More than 30 agencies will be available at the Post Independence Day Veterans Information Stand Down at the Missouri Job Center on E. Sunshine.

Sandra Bonnette, disabled veteran outreach program workforce specialist for the City of Springfield, says help will be available in several areas—from employment, to transitioning out of military service to help with legal issues.  Spouses of veterans are invited, too.

Ten years after the 2008 Housing and Financial Crisis, experts say the local housing market in the Ozarks is improving— but still recovering. 

Charlyce Ruth, the CEO of the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Springfield, says Springfield had a unique experience during the housing crisis.

“We didn’t slow down as quickly as parts of the rest of the United States, so we were a little bit slower to come out of it as well.”

Anyone who plans to vote in Missouri’s August 7th primary election must register to vote by Wednesday, July 11.

In Greene County, voter registration can be done in Room 113 of the Historic Courthouse, 940 N. Boonville in Springfield, at any branch library or any DMV license office.

Postcard mail-in registrations will also be accepted if they are postmarked by Wednesday.

 In describing the work of German choreographer Pina Bausch, you might hear many terms – like performance art, wild or unresolved. But Telory Arendell, associate professor in the department of theatre and dance at Missouri State University, just calls it inspiring.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has released a statement following  President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

“Thanks to President Trump, America is one step closer to a Supreme Court that reflects our values," he said.  "The Senate should move swiftly to confirm Judge Kavanaugh who is eminently qualified and a proven conservative. The Supreme Court should interpret the law, not make the law. This is an enormous opportunity to make lasting change for our next generation.”

Exploring the Human Interest Stories of the Ozarks

Jul 9, 2018

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier, speaks with founder of Ozarks Alive--Kaitlyn McConnell.

Today's discussion looks at this endeavor by McConnell to explore the rich history and traditions of the Ozarks, through her cultural preservation project.

Anyone who’s been to the Buffalo National River can attest to the beauty of the area, with its massive cliffs, cool, clear water, abundant wildlife and many diverse hiking trails.  But some may not realize the effort it took to create the park and the impact that had on landowners.

Governor Mike Parson signed legislation into law Friday in Springfield concerning emergency medical services and 911 emergency communication services.

Many representatives of emergency response services across the state as well as lawmakers who pushed for their passage in the Missouri Legislature were at the Greene County Public Safety Center to witness the signing of the bills.

The 2018 Christian County Fair is Friday and Saturday (7/6-7/7) at the Christian County Fairgrounds at Finley River Park in Ozark.  The event will feature live music, the Mutton Busting and Youth Rodeo, carnival rides, food and more. 

The First Friday Art Walk is Friday night (7/6) from 6 to 10 at 20 downtown Springfield venues. 

The Springfield Art Museum has broken another attendance record this year with over 60,000 visitors since last July.

Nick Nelson, director of the museum, said, since he took over in 2012, he has seen steadily rising attendance every year.  That's due to an increased emphasis on marketing, community partnerships and local involvement, according to Nelson. 

The State of Missouri has released the 2018 General Revenue Report.  State Budget Director Dan Haug says that 2018 fiscal year-to-date net general revenue collections increased five percent compared to 2017, from $9.02 billion last year to $9.47 billion this year. 

Net general revenue collections for June 2018 increased 40 percent compared to those for June 2017.

Sara Parker Pauley, who heads the department, will host a Facebook Live event it’s calling “Ask the Director” on Wednesday, July 18.

The director will answer conservation-related questions from noon to 12:30 p.m. that day, according to a release from the department.

Missourians who want to participate can go to http://www.facebook.com/moconservation/ at the time of the event.

To ask a question, post it in the comments section below the live video stream.

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office has started a regularly scheduled audit of Dallas County. The most recent audit of Dallas County was completed in 2014 and received a rating of fair.

Galloway said her audits examine how public resources are used, point out problems when there has been inappropriate use of those resources, and make recommendations on how taxpayers can be better served.

She encourages residents with information that could be helpful to the audit to reach out to her office through the Whistleblower Hotline.

A former Springfield school building will get new life as a place to help lift low-income or homeless individuals out of poverty.

Natural: So many foods, cosmetics, cleaners and drugs claim this status. But why does it matter?

Dr. Paul Durham, distinguished professor and director of the Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences at Missouri State, Hunter Sheckley, graduate conducting research in Durham’s lab, and Yan Li Fan, visiting scholar from China, discuss recent research.

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley, speaks with Missouri Senator Bob Dixon. He represented the 140th district in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2003-2010, and the Missouri Senate in the 30th district from 2010 to present. 

As Dixon’s term will be ending due to term limits, he shares highlights and disappointments during his time in service.

Springfield officials say they would like to create a path – or corridor – that would let pedestrians and cyclists go all the way from the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium to downtown Springfield, and eventually, to Commercial Street.

Springfield Public Works plans to apply for a BUILD Transportation grant that could help make that happen.

Cora Scott, a spokeswoman for the City of Springfield, said several departments are putting together a proposal for the federal grant.

The Springfield Police Department is offering another chance for the public to see how it operates and to learn about various aspects of law enforcement.  Applications are being taken for the next Citizens Police Academy, which starts September 6.  The ten-week long program, meets three hours every Thursday night. 

The course covers a lot of topics, according to Springfield Police Department spokesperson Lisa Cox.

"They really get the full scope of what our department does--each specific unit how it operates, why we do the things we do," Cox said.

Due to budget constraints, in 2012 Greene County changed the area to which it responded to nuisance animal calls.  But after citizens approved a ½ of one percent sales tax in November 2017, animal control services were restored Sunday to the unincorporated urban service areas of the county.

According to county officials, around $200,000 a year will be used to fund one full-time and one part-time animal control officer and equipment. 

City to Conduct Smoke Tests of Sewers Downtown, on MU Campus

Mar 22, 2018

If you see white smoke rising from drains or buildings next week, don't be alarmed. It's likely to be part of a series of tests the City of Columbia Sewer Utility is conducting to identify areas where stormwater is getting into the sanitary sewers.