Sense of Community

Our ongoing, 10-part Community Journalism series airs quarterly

From poverty concerns to major policy decisions, this series dives beyond the headlines to provide in-depth coverage of issues facing people and organizations in the Ozarks. KSMU's team of reporters come together to produce 10 stories, four times a year;  see past espisodes of our Sense of Community series here.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

Officer Rob Rem with Springfield Animal Control is loading up to begin his rounds for the day.  He breaks the mold of the old fashioned “dog catcher” stereotype with his warm smile and outgoing personality.  But Rem says it is difficult to shake the negative perception the public often still holds.

“We don’t just drive around catching dogs—we’re trying to make a difference.”

Mike Smith / KSMU-Fm

Merry Christmas Everyone! I’m Mike Smith for the KSMU Sense of Community Series.  Today, as we continue this A Day in the Life theme of our series, a profile of Nancy Dornan, President of Maschino’s. 

“My grandfather in 1903 had the first Maschino Hardware, Schaffer Maschino Hardware, on Commercial Street.  Later it was moved to Campbell just a little south of Walnut.  The hardware store was where my father grew up.  My grandfather died when my father was 19.”

Mike Smith / KSMU

“There’s a program called the Cicerone program, and a Cicerone is essentially equivalent to a Sommelier in the wine world.  It’s someone who’s trained and certified as a Beer expert.  I’ve achieved the first level of that which is a certified beer server, and I’m studying for my Cicerone certification.  Hopefully I’ll finish that in the spring.” 

Today, our Sense of Community Series shadows Steve Ames, who’s aiming toward earning that Cicerone certification to put to use in his work at Springfield’s three Mama Jeans Natural Markets. 

Scott Harvey / KSMU

13-year-old David Holgerson is reciting lines for what’s known as a duet interpretation scene. He and his classmate Greta Adams will play Hansel and Gretel in a series of performing styles, shifting from drama to murder mystery to even Shakespearean.

The class has split up into pairs throughout the room to rehearse as they prepare for a dessert theatre performance in February. 

Scott Harvey / KSMU

It's 1 o'clock on a Tuesday. Dr. John Jungmann is treating himself to a large Diet Coke from the Kum & Go at National & Chestnut. It’s a frequent indulgence for the new superintendent of Springfield Public Schools, and one of the few consistent things he finds time to fit into his busy daily schedule.

We had just come from a luncheon of the Rotary Club of Springfield, which Jungmann tries to attend a couple of times a month.