Michele Skalicky

Jason Gage was chosen to take over the position of Springfield city manager from Greg Burris who retired.

Wednesday morning, a crowd gathered in the lobby of the Busch Municipal Building for his swearing in ceremony.

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure said Gage rose to the top of a very strong pool of applicants.

"We were so impressed as we went through the discussion process and the interview process with his grasp of the issues, the focus that he would have on the priorities set by city council," McClure said.

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There will be no more fines for overdue materials at the Joplin Public Library.  And, if you owe money to the library for overdue books, you’ll be cleared of your debt as of August 1.  The library district has moved to a “fine free” format, and any overdue fines patrons currently owe will be erased.

Michele Skalicky

Greene County voters who need to request an absentee ballot for the August 7 election by mail will need to do so by 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 1. 

Those eligible to vote absentee are those who will be out of town on election day and those who are homebound.

Requests may be handwritten or printed—a fillable form is available here—and signed by the voter.

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A 12-year study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that bug-borne diseases more than tripled across the U.S. from 2004 to 2016.  During that time, nine new bug-borne diseases were introduced.

Reading and writing serve as the foundation for so much of elementary school education and always has. While that remains unchanged, expectations of children and teachers evolve with the times.

Dr. Chloe Bolyard, assistant professor of elementary education at Missouri State University, shares recent changes in elementary education.

One of the biggest challenges for all teachers, noted Bolyard, is to meet the diverse and unique needs of all the children in a classroom.