Assumption Abbey / Used with permission

  Seven years ago, a Vietnamese Abbott and his translator—a refugee from Vietnam—travelled to the Ozarks to learn how the monks in Assumption Abbey near Ava lived. And they discovered that the Ozarks monks had a problem:   their numbers were dwindling, and the future of the monastery looked bleak.


(Logo design courtesy Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild)

The Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild celebrates the 25th anniversary of their “Art in the Park” fine art and contemporary craft show this weekend.  It’s Saturday and Sunday October 12 and 13 from 10:00am to 4:30pm at Sequiota Park, 3500 S. Lone Pine.  Marian Stahl Chamberlain from the Guild visited “Arts News” to tell us about this year’s show, which features 30 of the region’s best artists and crafters.                                                                                   

Springfield Sister Cities Association

Springfield Sister Cities presents “Taste of Tlaquepaque:  Viva Jalisco” Friday night (10/11) at 7 at Historic Firehouse No. 2 on Commercial Street.  The event will feature talent from Springfield’s sister city, including singer, Paco Padilla, and raises funds for cultural programs.  

Jennifer Moore / KSMU

Turkish forces have begun a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria with airstrikes, artillery shelling, and an invasion of ground troops.  Some of the forces under Turkish attack right now are the very fighters that stood beside the US in its fight against ISIS.

The Turkish assault was launched three days after U.S. President Donald Trump removed American troops from their positions near the Turkish-Syrian border, where the Americans had been serving alongside their Kurdish allies.

Joshua Conaway / KSMU

Every other year, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks releases a Community Focus Report identifying things Springfield and Greene County are doing well or that they need to work on.    The report uses blue ribbons to note positive developments and red flags to point out challenges.  This year's Community Focus Report was shared with the public Thursday morning at a press conference at the Springfield Art Museum.