Friday, November 17, 2017

Agenda posted for Springfield-Greene County Library Board of Trustees meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Springfield-Greene County Library Board of Trustees will meet or vote November 21, 2017, 4 p.m. at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield.

Tentative Agenda

1. Roll Call

2. Approval of minutes from October 17, 2017 meeting

3. Standing Committees:
a. Finance/Personnel Committee
i. Finance Report
b. Buildings & Grounds Committee
c. Programs, Services and Technology Committee

4. Report of the Director

5. Library Foundation update

6. Old Business

7. New Business Fiscal Year 2017 financial audit report

8. Miscellaneous Items Closed session, § 610.021(1), RSMo

9. Adjournment

Springfield Fire Department to test smoke alarms in Heart of the Westside neighborhood

(From the Springfield Fire Department)

Springfield firefighters are continuing their efforts to ensure every Springfield family has adequate warning in case of a fire. Since April, firefighters have visited nearly every home (6073) in West Central, Grant Beach and Robberson neighborhoods, testing 2,121 smoke alarms, installing 1,077 new alarms and changing 315 batteries. It’s part of an effort called Project RED Zone. The ultimate goal is to reduce fires and prevent fire deaths. Fire crews will move on to a new phase this weekend in another Springfield neighborhood with a high fire risk. On Saturday, crews will begin visiting homes in Heart of the Westside neighborhood, testing smoke alarms and installing new ones where needed at no charge.

Project RED Zone – a reference to the red areas on the Springfield Fire Department’s map of fire incidents – stands for Reduce, Educate, Deliver. It is part of SFD’s Community Risk Reduction (CRR) program. The multifaceted campaign, which is part of the Zone Blitz, aims to ensure every home in Zone 1 - the area of the City with the highest fire risk - has working smoke alarms.

Every Saturday for as long as it takes to complete the project, fire crews will canvass Zone 1 knocking on doors, offering to test smoke alarms and installing new alarms or provide batteries if needed at no charge. The department is continuing its campaign in Heart of the Westside, another area which has an extremely high fire risk. In 2016, there were 18 fires in Heart of the Westside - among the highest of Springfield’s neighborhoods.

Springfield’s fire death rate is among the highest in the United States. In fact, it’s nearly triple the national average. In 2016, Springfield experienced five fire deaths. This is the equivalent of nearly 30 fire deaths per one million people. The national average is just over 10. Working smoke alarms doubles your chances of surviving a fire, yet data shows most Springfield homes are not adequately protected by smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, in each bedroom and outside each sleeping area.

Project RED Zone is funded with the help of donations from the American Red Cross of Southern Missouri and Safe Kids Springfield and general revenue SFD funds designated for public education. If successful and if funding is available for additional alarms and batteries, the department hopes to continue to expand the program to other parts of the city. As always, the Fire Department offers free smoke alarms and batteries to anyone in need. To obtain a free alarm, call 874-2300.

Man in critical condition with gunshot wound, suspect sought after armed robbery at Springfield convenience store

(From the Springfield Police Department)

Springfield police were dispatched to the parking lot of 1472 E. Kearney, the Gastrip convenience store, at 4:31 p.m. on Nov. 16, regarding a subject who had been shot. 

When officers arrived at the scene, a male subject was found seriously injured with apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital and is currently in stable, but critical, condition.

While conducting the follow-up investigation and witness interviews, officers learned that the suspect of the shooting had arrived in a dark colored Toyota 4-door and appeared to be the passenger of the vehicle. Shortly after the suspect arrived, the victim arrived driving a motorcycle. 

The victim parked his motorcycle at a gas pump and walked inside the Gastrip. While the victim was inside the Gastrip, the suspect attempted to steal the victim’s motorcycle by pushing it from the parking lot. The victim observed the suspect stealing his motorcycle and ran toward the suspect. The suspect dropped the motorcycle, produced a handgun and shot the victim. The suspect then reentered the passenger side of the dark colored 4-door Toyota, and the vehicle fled the scene.

A suspect has not yet been identified. Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-8477.

Portion of Walnut Street to close Sunday through Tuesday

(From the City of Springfield)

Walnut Street will close between South Avenue and Jefferson Avenue beginning 7 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 19 through 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 for the repair of the roadway where underground utility lines required maintenance.

U. S. Bankruptcy Court Filings- Springfield

Christian County

Andrew Thomas Routh and Tamara Renita Routh
Lagenda Kay Schwark
Kelli Colleen Williams
Katherine Gail Carter

Greene County

Matthew John Hancock
Joseph Henry Dirigo
Ralph Ellis Longston, Jr., and Jackey Lyn Longston
Stephanie Ann Souders
Christian Danielle Johnson
Lisa Diane Collins and Cheryle Gail Collins
Tisha L. Morgan
Marilyn Gingras
Linda K. Bolin
Ryan L. Montgomery and Heather D. Montgomery
Joseph Martin Jordan and Amanda Jo Jordan
Anita Paige Kessler

Oregon County

Clifford Alvin Sisco, Jr., and Rose Inez Sisco

Pulaski County

Paul Richter

Webster County

Shelley Deann Mason

Rogersville teen dies in fiery crash

A Rogersville teen was killed in a one-vehicle accident 8:45 p.m. Wednesday on Farm Road 186, five miles west of Rogersville.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2011 Cheverolet Camaro driven by Savannah B. Williams, 16, Rogersville, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree, overturned and caught on fire.

The fatality was the seventh this month for Highway Patrol Troop D and the 95th for the year.

Branson woman injured in one-vehicle accident on 160

A Branson woman was injured in a one-vehicle accident 3:36 p.m. Thursday on U. S. 160, one mile east of Merriam Woods.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 1998 Cadillac Deville driven by Margaret A. Stoops, 65, Branson, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Stoops was treated for moderate injuries at Cox Hospital, Branson.

Branson teen airlifted to Cox South after slamming into trees

A Branson teen was injured in a one-vehicle accident 3:59 p.m. Thursday on Route T near Cross Creek in Taney County.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2004 Toyota 4 Runner driven by Manuel Z. Marquez, 16, Branson, was traveling too fast, skidded off the right side of the roadway on a curve, impacted the ground, rolled over and struck two large cedar trees.

A passenger, Marvin Marquez, 15, Branson, was taken to Cox Branson Hospital, then airlifted to Cox South, Springfield, to be treated for serious injuries.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Agenda posted for Springfield City Council lunch meeting

Springfield City Council Lunch 
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 
12:00 pm or immediately the Special City Council Meeting 
Busch Building - 4th Floor Conference Room 840 Boonville Avenue 


1. Review of upcoming November 27th, 2017 City Council Meeting Agenda

2. Pedestrian, Street and Intersection Safety Study

3. Any and all matters to come before City Council

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

U. S. Capitol Christmas Tree to make a stop in Springfield

(From the City of Springfield)

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium have been selected to be a “whistle stop” for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it makes its way from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana to Washington, D.C. Every year, a different national forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the Christmas season.

The tree, cut earlier this month and prepared for the more than 2,000-mile expedition, includes a series of community celebrations such as the one scheduled at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. The public is invited to participate in the celebration which includes a series of festive family-friendly activities.

The Republic High School marching band and Christmas carols presented by the “City/County Singers” will entertain the crowd. Other special features include live reindeer, S’mores, hot cocoa and outdoor cooking demonstrations. In addition, elves from Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland will be helping kids make Christmas crafts. A large banner on the side of the truck carrying the tree on its journey will allow event attendees the chance to sign and wish the tree a safe journey.

Other festivities during the tree’s visit to Springfield and Bass Pro Shops include a short ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m. with special remarks from Springfield City Mayor Ken McClure, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World General Manager Lee Beasley and a representative from the U.S. Forest Service. The tree and event will be in the main parking lot in front of the grand entrance at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 1935 S. Campbell.

Special guests include Missouri-artist Jennifer Dodson whose hand-painted ornaments were chosen to represent Missouri at the lighting of the “People’s Tree,” Springfield Mayor Pro Tem Jan Fisk, numerous City officials, Smokey Bear and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Scouts from the Ozarks Trail Council Boy Scouts Wa-Sha-She Lodge Order of the Arrow will be on-hand to talk with area residents about the Christmas tree recycling program. The troop will be collecting discarded trees after the holiday. Bass Pro Shops has partnered with the Missouri Department of Conservation for 31 years to recycle Christmas trees to provide wildlife habitat for Missouri wildlife.

After the tree event, families are invited to come inside Bass Pro Shops and experience the return of Santa’s Wonderland– a massive Christmas village transformation inside Bass Pro Shops locations nationwide through Dec. 24 featuring free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities including crafts, games and holiday magic for the whole family. All activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy.

“We are honored to be a whistle stop on the tour of the U.S. Capitol tree and encourage people to come out to see it and to enjoy the fun festivities planned. Holidays in Springfield are always such an exciting time and we are thrilled that Bass Pro and others are doing so many things to help celebrate the season,” said Springfield Mayor Ken McClure. Mayor McClure will also make a proclamation declaring Nov. 21, 2017 as “U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Day” in Springfield, Missouri.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is made possible thanks to companies large and small as well as volunteers locally and across America, who provide vital support of time and resources.

For more information on the Springfield tour stop, visit For related news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit, along with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.