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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Hickory County Sheriff's Department

UPDATE:  The endangered silver advisory has been canceled.  Gregory Ritter has been located and is safe.  

The Hickory County Sheriff's Office has issued an Endangered SILVER Advisory for a missing adult incident.  Sixty-nine-year-old Gregory Ritter, left his home at 22242 County Road 271A in Wheatland just before 3 yesterday afternoon to go to the store but never made it there.

Ritter is diagnosed with dementia and diabetes and left home without his medications.

SELF Magazine

Anyone can now schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine at Mercy without first having to register to determine eligibility.

Mercy’s executive director for pharmacy for Mercy Springfield Communities, David Wolfrath, said in a news release, as the vaccine becomes more plentiful, it’s ready for people to choose their appointment times.  Eligibility opens up to all Missouri residents on Friday, April 9.

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Starting Wednesday (4/7), Brookside Drive, between Kings and Green Avenues in Springfield, will close for about seven months.  The city is working on the Fassnight Creek Stormwater Improvement Project at that location, and the closure will allow for roadway and sanitary sewer construction.

CDC

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department said Friday they've confirmed a case of COVID-19 associated with a variant of the coronavirus. The health department was notified by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services that the resident tested positive for the U.K. variant B.1.1.7 of Sars-coV-2.

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is recommending to Springfield City Council that the city move to the Yellow Phase on its Road to Recovery on April 16.

Mercy Hospital Cassville is caring for inpatients again after a fire in late February that forced parts of the facility to be closed.

The hospital’s operating room and one inpatient room remain closed for more repairs, but eight inpatient rooms were able to be reopened.

The fire February 22 began in a rooftop HVAC unit.  No one was hurt, but the hospital shut down temporarily for repairs.  Mercy resumed its emergency room services in Cassville later that week and reopened an adjacent clinic the following week. 

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There’s a new resource for area residents who need help getting a COVID-19 shot.  The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is launching a regional call center with other public health agencies in the area.  Southwest Missouri residents can call (417) 874-1211 to ask questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and get scheduled for an appointment near them.

County health departments that worked with Greene County to create the call center are Christian, Dade, Hickory, Jasper, Lawrence, Polk, Stone and Webster.

CDC

While cases of COVID-19 are way down in Greene County from where they were just a few weeks ago, people are still dying from the illness.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says two deaths were reported to them between March 24 and March 30.  They are a man in his 70s and a woman in her 80s.

A total of 424 Greene County residents has died of COVID-19.

View the Greene County COVID-19 Dashboard here.

Springfield Police Department

The Springfield Police Department is asking for the public's help to locate a missing, endangered person.

According to the department, 22-year-old Zachariah Moore was reported missing at 5:19 a.m. March 25. He was last seen at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 in the 800 block of N. Farmer.

Moore is a white male, 6 feet tall, 145 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a tan jacket and jeans.  He may be barefoot or wearing white tennis shoes.

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A major cleanup effort will get underway soon in Springfield.  Clean Green Springfield will be held during April and May.  The event will include cleanup and beautification opportunities, including neighborhood cleanups, roadside trash pickups, plantings, stream cleanups and more.

In May, the city will offer chances for residents to dispose of things like tires, mattresses, appliances and electronics at no charge.

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The Taney County Health Department plans to vaccinate nearly 2400 people with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a two-day clinic Thursday and Friday, April 1 and 2.  The Missouri National Guard will be helping with the event.

City of Branson

There’s a lot less trash along Branson streets after three trash pickups coordinated by Branson’s newest member of the Board of Aldermen. 

Julia King came up with the idea to hold the cleanup events after she noticed citizens complaining on social media about trash along the city’s roadways, and constituents began emailing the mayor and aldermen about the issue.  King had also noticed that there was a problem with litter.

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Last year, a community art project was created in Springfield in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Lawn Art With Neighbors (L.A.W.N.) was established last April.  And it’s being brought back this year.

The program seeks to empower public art made by the people as a contribution to Springfield’s sense of place and the built environment we all share, according to the Springfield Art Museum.

Last year, there were 65 projects, including sculptures, paintings, installations, video projections, podcasts and more.

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The Springfield Police Department will be watching for drivers who fail to yield for pedestrians at a crosswalk at Grant and Sunset this week.  The crosswalk is part of the South Creek Greenway. 

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Windy conditions and low humidity will lead to a high fire danger in parts of southwest Missouri today, March 29, including the Joplin area.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from noon to 9 p.m. for Barton, Cedar, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, Newton, St. Clair and Vernon Counties.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly.

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