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A Big Bears Celebration

Missouri State University Bears everywhere are welcomed home for #BearsHomecoming 2017 . Alumni and visitors will get to celebrate tradition and enjoy a host of events on campus Oct 26-28. Lori Fan , MSU executive director of alumni relations , shares highlights of the celebration. Read the full transcript Highlights include: Glass Hall ribbon cutting ceremony and open house , 10 a.m. Oct. 26 and Oct. 28, respectively Welcome Home Party , 5 p.m. Oct. 27, Davis-Harrington Welcome Center RENT 20th

For Rural, Uninsured Missourians, Medicaid Debate Brought Few Solutions

A few years ago, when the political debate was raging over whether to expand Missouri's Medicaid program as part of Obamacare, we brought you the story of Anita Sutherland of south-central Missouri. She was one of the estimated 300,000 Missourians who would have suddenly been covered if Missouri lawmakers had accepted those federal dollars to expand the government program. We first met Anita and her husband, Keith, at the Good Samaritan Care Clinic in Mountain View, a 45-minute drive from their

For Rural, Uninsured Missourians, Medicaid Debate Brought Few Solutions

SW Missouri Art and Craft Guild's 2017 "Art in the Park"

Many years ago the Springfield Park Board granted permission to the Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild to put on a small art and crafts festival in Sequiota Park in southeast Springfield. 23 years later, Art in the Park, the Guild's annual fine art and contemporary craft show and sale the second weekend of October, now hosts artists from all over the country—this year Alabama, Oklahoma and Kansas are represented in addition to Missouri and Arkansas artists and crafters. It's now a juried

The 'Time Warp' Returns to SCT with Their Revival of "The Rocky Horror Show"

Let's do the Time Warp again! Richard O'Brien's cult favorite, "The Rocky Horror Show," Springfield Contemporary Theatre's top-selling show, is back--as if for the first time—in a production directed by Nathan Shelton at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza. Actually, it does the show a disservice by calling it a "cult" anything—"Rocky Horror" may not be mainstream, but it's close. And as Nathan Shelton says, "what better way to open a lovely Halloween show" than on Friday the 13 th ? "It's the

The 'Time Warp' Returns to SCT with Their Revival of "The Rocky Horror Show"

Books and More Available at Friends of the Library Sale

It's almost time for the Friends of the Library Book Sale in Springfield. The Friends Preview Night is October 17 from 5 to 8 p.m., and the sale opens to the general public October 18. Springfield-Greene County Libraries spokesperson Kathleen O'Dell said seven and a half tractor trailer loads of items will be for sale, which makes the event one of the biggest ever. According to O'Dell, you'll be able to choose from a wide variety of books, CD's and DVD's as well as "80 bankers' boxes full of

Reading Series Feature a Mix of Authors

This fall and upcoming spring, Moon City Press at Missouri State University will bring several authors to campus for its 2017-2018 Moon City Reading Series . The lineup is diverse, featuring novelists, short fiction authors, poets and student writers. Michael Czyzniejewski , associate professor of English at MSU and reading series coordinator, shares more details. Read the full transcript Find out more about Moon City Press and the reading series by contacting Czyzniejewski at 417-836-5418.

MDC to Host Open House in Springfield; Wants Public's Input

The director of the Missouri Department of Conservation will be in Springfield this week to talk to anyone who would like to ask questions or share input about the organization. An open house with Sarah Parker Pauley will be held Tuesday night, October 10, at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way. Parker Pauley said they're especially looking for input in certain areas, one being the overall priorities for MDC. "We're in the midst of some pretty intense strategic

The State Of Law Enforcement In Springfield: A Conversation With Chielf Paul Williams

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley speaks with Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams. Listen in as they discuss how officers are chosen in Springfield, what kind of background checks and training each officer is subjected to, and how Springfield police interact with the community.

The State Of Law Enforcement In Springfield: A Conversation With Chielf Paul Williams

With Allure of Wild Horses and Backcountry, Echo Bluff Beckons

There is a place in the Ozarks where wild horses still roam and where the most adventurous of hikers can wander the wilderness for days. For those listeners looking for a fall adventure, I took a day trip with my daughter to Missouri's newest developed state park, Echo Bluff State Park , and brought along a recorder so we could create an audio postcard. We begin by loading up the bikes since Echo Bluff has plenty of trails. We make one last check of our directions since GPS is spotty in some of

MSU Multicultural Ensemble's Founder Returns to Conduct the Group Sunday Night at Hammons Hall

Robert T. Gibson completed his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Missouri State University last spring. He now lives and works in Hershey, Pennsylvania, but is back in Springfield this week to conduct a concert by a nearly 30-voice chorus he founded two years ago, the Missouri State University Multicultural Ensemble, on Sunday October 8 at 7:30 pm in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. It's free and open to the public, with seating right on the Hammons Hall stage. MSU

MSU Multicultural Ensemble's Founder Returns to Conduct the Group Sunday Night at Hammons Hall

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