Michele Skalicky

Morning Edition Host

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference.  Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.

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A major cleanup will take place this weekend at Table Rock Lake. Michele Skalicky has more.

This weekend, 100s of volunteers from across the Ozakrs will converge on the shorelines of Table Rock Lake for the lake's annual cleanup.

The 2007 Shoreline Cleanup, coordinated by the Table Rock Lake Army Corps of Engineers and Table Rock Lake Water Quality, Inc., is still in need of volunteers.

Beekeepers are checking their hives after the winter and finding them empty. No one's sure just what's causing them to disappear. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

BEES

THIS IS A SOUND MANY BEEKEEPERS IN MISSOURI AREN'T HEARING THIS YEAR. NORMAL LOSS IN HIVES OVER THE WINTER IS BETWEEN 10 AND 20% OF THE BEE COLONY. BUT BEEKEEPERS ARE FINDING EMPTY HIVES THIS YEAR.

KENNY NORMAN, PRESIDENT OF THE MISSOURI STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION, SAYS THE BEE LOSS IS BEING REFERRED TO AS COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER

Area parks are on their way back after the January ice storm damaged and destroyed many of their trees. Michele Skalicky reports.

Most Springfield-Greene County parks have reopened after the January ice storm. Assistant parks director Bob Belote says they're now in the completion and beautification mode.

Three trails and one park remain closed: George Washington Carver Park, Fellows Lake Trail, Sac River Mountain Bike Trail and Wilson's Creek Volunteer Nature Trail.

Belote says cleanup will be ongoing.

Springfield-Greene County has won a national award for its efforts to help young people succeed. KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports.

Community Leaders, educators and others gathered Tuesday to celebrate a special honor the community's received...

"We're here today to announce that Springfield and Greene County has been named one of the 100 best communities for young people by America's Promise, the Alliance for Youth for the 2nd year in a row."

FLIP and Hunger

Mar 16, 2007

A new effort in Springfield is aimed at reducing the number of kids who go hungry on the weekend. Michele Skalicky has more.

Too many children in Springfield live in poverty and don't get the nutrition they need. That's why Female Leaders in Philanthropy or FLIP, a United Way of the Ozarks initiative, is working with Ozarks Food Harvest and Springfield Public Schools to help them expand their weekend backpack feeding program.

Several Missouri State University students are on Spring Break together. But they're not partying at the beach. KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports.

C-Street Jam

Mar 14, 2007

Live music is coming to Commercial Street. Michele Skalicky has the story.

Organizers of the C-Street Jam have announced the entertainment line-up for this year's event. Monte Lorts is a talent buyer for the Greater Ozarks Blues Festival and a promoter for the Blues Down Under Series, and he helped bring in entertainers for the C-Street Jam this year.

A local high school has won a competition that's aimed at saving young lives. KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports.

Ava High School students had better buckle up. Otherwise, they'll bear the embarrassment of having a whistle blown at them from someone perched atop a lifeguard stand at the exit of the high school parking lot.

It's part of an effort by faculty and students to keep kids safe.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says improvements it's made recently as well as others that are planned will help save motorists money on fuel costs. Michele Skalicky reports.

HIGHWAY SOUND

IT'S NO BIG NEWS—GAS IS EXPENSIVE THESE DAYS. AND THE MORE YOU DRIVE, THE MORE MONEY YOU HAVE TO FORK OVER FOR FUEL.

BUT OFFICIALS WITH THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAY WHEN THEIR BETTER ROADS, BRIGHTER FUTURE PROGRAM IS COMPLETE IN 5 YEARS, MOTORISTS SHOULD SAVE MONEY ON FUEL COSTS.

SALLY OXENHANDLER IS A SPOKESPERSON FOR MODOT

UCEFA

Feb 6, 2007

An organization with local ties is working to make life easier for people in Africa. Michele Skalicky reports.

An organization with local ties is working to make life easier for people in Africa. The United Charities Endowment Foundation of America/Africa or UCEFA was started several years ago by Father Douglas Edwards, a priest in the Episcopal church. His brother, Dennis Edwards, is UCEFA's Midwest representative. He says, originally, the organization provided grants for needs all over the world. But UCEFA's focus changed four years ago.

Missouri has a new website that anyone can go to for information about how often patients contract infections while in the state's hospitals. Michele Skalicky reports.

Missouri has a new website that anyone can go to for information about how often patients contract infections while in the state's hospitals.

Eddie Hedrick is emerging infections coordinator for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, which launched the website December 29th.

(He says the website is the result of legislation passed in 2004.)

September 10th through 16th is Suicide Prevention Week. Michele Skalicky reports on the warning signs for suicide and how to seek help.

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