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 new tier of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opens up in Missouri Monday, March 29. 

Phase 2 includes workers in financial services, construction, entertainment and public assembly establishments, higher education, the lodging industry, libraries, manufacturing, personal care services, restaurants and bars, retail, government and more.

This phase also includes those experiencing homelessness and disproportionately affected populations.

The Missouri State University Lady Bears ended their season Sunday with a loss to Stanford in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division 1 Tournament.  The final score was 89 to 62.

According to MSU, the team tied a school record for fewest losses in a season, posted the second-best winning percentage in school history, and, as a number five seed in the NCAA Tournament, tied the best seed ever in MSU’s 16 appearances on the road to the Lady Bears’ fifth Sweet 16 appearance.

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The City of West Plains is under a city-wide Boil Water Order due to a loss of disinfection of more than four hours.

Any water used for washing dishes, washing fruits and vegetables, making ice cubes or brushing teeth should be boiled for at least five minutes.

According to the city, there must be two consecutive days of safe water samples before the order will be lifted. Citizens will be notified on the City of West Plains’ Facebook page and through local media once the order is lifted.

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State Auditor Nicole Galloway says her office has begun audits of the county collector’s offices in Greene and Stone Counties.

New collectors have been appointed in both counties, and state law requires an audit be performed when there’s a vacancy in a county collector’s office.

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Those looking for employment who need help with clothes for job interviews or for the workplace once again have a place to go. 

The Career Closet, at the Missouri Job Center on E. Sunshine, is reopening to the public.  It’s been closed since the beginning of the pandemic.  The Career Closet provides interview appropriate clothing for job seekers at no cost to them.

Anyone who has job interviews scheduled or who is starting a new job and needs clothes can choose up to two complete outfits.

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For the first time in 35 weeks, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department said Wednesday there had been no COVID-19 deaths in the past week.  According to the department, the last stretch of time they went without reporting any new fatalities was July 9-22, 2020.

Acting director of the health department, Katie Towns, said in a news release, “this is long-awaited news that our community should be encouraged by.”  But she said people still need to take steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Two college women’s basketball teams in Springfield are seeing success in post season play.

The Drury Lady Panthers are headed to the NCAA Division II championship game after a win over Lander Wednesday.

Drury will play number one-ranked Lubbock Christian Friday night, March 26, at 7 central time on CBS Sports Network.

The Missouri State University Lady Bears are advancing to the NCAA Division I Tournament Sweet Sixteen.  The fifth-seeded team beat 13th-seeded Wright State Wednesday 64-39.

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In two months, face coverings will no longer be required in public spaces in Branson.  The Branson Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday in favor of an ordinance to repeal city code that required face masks. It will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on May 24.

Branson Mayor Ed Akers said he sponsored the ordinance because the CDC is forecasting a continued decline in COVID-19 cases and because of the increasing number of people who are getting the COVID-19 vaccine.


Developers are planning a multi-use development at the former Heritage Cafeteria site at Battlefield and Fremont.

Coryell Collaborative Group acquired the building and a business strip directly to the south on March 17.

The development will feature a five-story building with 95 pet friendly and smoke-free luxury apartment homes and ground floor retail space for shops, restaurants and other merchants, according to a news release.  Apartment amenities will include a pool, rooftop fitness center and lounge.


Missouri's attorney general, Eric Schmitt, announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Fox News Wednesday morning. He joins former Missouri governor, Eric Greitens, in the race for the seat currently held by Republican Roy Blunt.

Democrats who have announced they are running for the seat include Lucas Kunce, Scott Sifton and Tim Shepard.

Schmitt said on Fox News Wednesday he's running to ensure the seat will go to a Republican.

Jeannette Erter

Jeannette Erter, who lives in Ozark, has lost count of the number of acrylic paintings she’s done, but it’s well over 100 and likely closer to 200.

Early last year, the 75-year-old was busy volunteering at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center and attending meetings of a writing group she’s involved in and a retired teachers’ group.  But then the pandemic hit, stay at home orders were issued, and the retired biology teacher suddenly found herself stuck at home with lots of time on her hands.

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The framework for safely backing away from the City of Springfield's COVID-19 restrictions was developed by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and the city's hospitals.

Acting director of the health department, Katie Towns, said it’s based on three key indicators:  The rolling seven-day average of case counts in Greene County, the number of COVID-19 patients in Springfield hospitals and the percent of county residents who are fully vaccinated.

Towns said those indicators are being evaluated for 28-day periods and are coded red, yellow and green.

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It’s been one year since the first Greene County resident died of COVID-19.  Since March 23, 2020, a total of 422 Greene County residents has died of the illness.

At a press briefing Tuesday, family members of three of those people remembered their loved ones.

Tom Gammon talked about his wife, Joyce, who died June 16.

"She loved her family," he said.  "She was a gregarious person who rarely met a stranger."

The 67-year-old had recently retired from The Kitchen, Inc., and her husband said she had a huge heart for the homeless.

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The City of Springfield could begin loosening COVID-19 restrictions soon.  The acting head of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Katie Towns, updated Springfield City Council Monday night on the virus.

She said, Wednesday, the county will likely meet the thresholds for two of three indicators that will allow the city to consider safely backing away from COVID-19 restrictions.

"For this to happen, hospitalization numbers need to remain below 50 patients," Towns said, "and our seven-day case count must stay below 40 cases."

Jason McCollom

Jason McCollom is a history professor at Missouri State University in West Plains.  In the middle of the Spring 2020 semester, the pandemic hit.

"Everything's closed, there's nothing to do," he said.  "One great thing, though, you know, I live in West Plains in the Ozarks.  Tons of outdoor stuff to do.  There's no excuse to sit here bored, you know, even if there is a pandemic."