Michele Skalicky

George Washington Carver, famous for his many contributions to agriculture as a chemist at the Tuskegee Institute, was born into slavery sometime in the 1860s (no one knows for sure) on the farm of Moses Carver in Diamond, Missouri.

From what historians can tell, Moses and his wife, Susan, were fond of little George who loved to help with domestic chores.

He desperately wanted an education, but when he tried to attend a nearby school he was turned away because of the color of his skin.


CoxHealth is planning to build a new hospital in Monett.  The $42 million hospital will replace the current facility that was built in 1953.

The 70,000-square-foot hospital will be located along Highway 60 on the eastern edge of Monett.  According to the health system, it will offer an enhanced emergency department, multiple operating rooms and an attached office building that will house physician clinics, 40 exam rooms and a cardiac rehab facility.

Ground will be broken in the coming months, according to CoxHealth, and the project will take around two years to complete. 

Courtesy of David Burton-Engagement Specialist with the Greene County Extension

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier speaks with David Burton, county engagement specialist with the Greene County Extension Office.

This week’s discussion explores how this required services throughout the state cultivates local programs of interest, and how these seek to benefit the community.


Missouri has 922 bridges listed in poor condition—that’s according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.            

The U.S. Department of Transportation classifies bridges on a scale from 1 to 9: a score of 7, 8, or 9 means that a bridge is in “Good” condition and a score of 5 or 6 means that a bridge is rated as “Fair.”  When a bridge reaches a score of 4 or lower, it’s considered in “Poor” condition and in need of repairs.


In this month's These Ozarks Hills, we revisit a December essay from years gone by, in which Marideth Sisco reflects on those who may need to lean on others during the holiday season.