Over the years, the LGBTQ movement has made great strides in fighting for equality and acceptance. However, misconceptions about and injustices toward the LGBTQ community are still prevalent.

In light of LGBTQ History Month this October, members of Missouri State University’s LGBTQ community will come together to showcase LGBTQ pride. There will be several events on campus to create visibility around queer and transgender identity. They are free and open to the public. 

Not being able to communicate effectively or understand people can be so discouraging and frustrating. It leaves you out – in the dark. Lauren Jones, director of the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic at Missouri State University, says parents usually become concerned around age 2 that their toddler isn’t talking as much as other children they know. Jones says that signs can be evident before that as well. The clarity or intelligibility of speech for a young child is another common concern, she noted. 

City of Nixa

The City of Nixa has a new city administrator.  Jimmy Liles stepped out of his role as Nixa’s police chief at Monday night's city council meeting and into his new role as city administrator.

"I'll tell you, I'm very excited about the opportunity.  You know, I'm pretty honored and humbled that the mayor and city council elected to hire me to fill that position, said Liles.

Nixa City Council performed two national searches and received applications from more than 100 “highly qualified” people from across the country, according to a news release from the city.

Michele Skalicky

Absentee ballots are available starting Tuesday, September 25, for eligible voters who won’t be able to vote at their regular polling place November 6.

According to Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller, you can vote absentee at his office, 1126 N. Boonville, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 22 when hours will be extended to 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through November 2.

The County Clerk’s Office will be open for absentee voting on two Saturdays:  October 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and November 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Michele Skalicky

There are more students than ever before this fall semester at Missouri State University.  According to a news release from MSU, the university has set a new fall enrollment record for the seventh year in a row.

Enrollment on the Springfield campus increased by 40 students to 24,390.

The Springfield campus also set a new record for graduate student enrolloment, whihc increased by 5.8 percent to 3,709.

There are 26,182 students enrolled in the MSU system.  Fall 2018 is the second highest fall enrollment, down 34 students from last year's record enrollment.