Scott Harvey

News Director & Content Coordinator

Scott joined KSMU in November 2012. He had previously served five years as news director for KETR-FM, the public radio station in Commerce, Texas. A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Scott enjoys producing human-interest stories, among other pieces that educate and engage the community. When not at work, he’s often taking part in outdoor activities, exploring new areas and restaurants, or staying up-to-date with the latest news and information. Scott was born and raised in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Ways to Connect

Noel
Scott Harvey / KSMU

One after another, Faye Davis pulls a postmarked card from a large stack and adds to it some holiday cheer in the form of a decorative stamp.

“We have one with a Christmas tree. It says ‘Seasons Greetings Noel, Missouri – The Christmas City – Ozark vacationland. This one is a wreath that just says ‘Seasons Greetings Noel, Missouri – Christmas City USA.’”

Randy Scritchfield
Scott Harvey / KSMU

It’s an unseasonably warm 70 degrees in late November and I’m riding shotgun in a 1968 Plymouth GTX driven by Randy Scritchfield. We’re traveling eastbound on Kearney Street in Springfield, simulating a tradition that started in the 1950s and re-launched this spring after years of prohibition.

“Cruisers traditionally drive slow,” he tells me. “That way another cruiser might catch up to you.”

For the 64-year-old Scritchfield, cruising back in the early 1970s – when he started – meant driving from the Kearney Street McDonalds to Glenstone. 

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Colleges and universities across the country are closely watching efforts in Congress to pass a major tax overhaul. Both the House and Senate have reportedly reached an agreement in conference committee, and could vote on a final bill next week.

Pit Bull ban
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Springfield’s ordinance that establishes a future ban on pit bull dogs within the city limits could be overturned or sent to a public vote after the certification of a referendum petition.

MSU-West Plains
MSU-West Plains

Missouri State University-West Plains will welcome a new chancellor next spring, as Dr. Drew Bennett is stepping down at the conclusion of the academic year.

Linda and Dr. David Brown
Submitted Photo / Community Foundation of the Ozarks

The 2017 Humanitarian Award will be shared by Dr. David and Linda Brown for their work with The Gathering Tree and for developing the Eden Village housing concept.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks made the announcement Wednesday.

Located in downtown Springfield, The Gathering Tree is a drop-in center that five days each week offers snacks, restroom facilities, access to computers and the internet and faith-based fellowship among clients and volunteers.

Greg Burris
Submitted Photo / City of Springfield

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris is stepping down from the position effective June 30 to take a new role with the city.

Burris said in a statement Tuesday morning that “It feels like the right time to step aside and let someone else take our community to the next level.”

According to a news release, he’s likely to transition to executive director for the new Give 5 Program, which is designed to make Springfield-Greene County a top destination for retirees to engage in meaningful volunteerism.

Neal Lopinot
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Neal Lopinot is pointing to artifacts associated with Delaware Indian Village, often called Delaware Town, that date back to the 1820s. 

“These are British gun flints, pipe fragments, square nails, scissors.  This is probably part of a stove; from a stove. This is probably part of a utensil; spoon/knife,” he says.

Through a treaty, a group of Delaware moved from Indiana to southwest Missouri and for a short time occupied land along the James River Basin and part of what would later become Springfield.  

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Greene County and the cities of Springfield and Battlefield are seeking approval of proposals that would either add or continue tax revenue for various projects. Polls are open Tuesday from 6 am to 7 pm. You can view a sample ballot for Greene County here.

Improvements Sought for Public Safety

Hannah Wingo / KSMU

Join KSMU this holiday season for a special lineup of programs, from Chanukah to Christmas to Zwanzaa, as well as a satirical hour of entertainment as we prepare to ring in the New Year. Many of our programs are made possible in part by our friends at Public Radio International. Enjoy! And happy holidays!

Mon Dec. 11, 7 pm      A Christmas Celtic Soujourn    

Now in its 16th year, this Celtic celebration of the season features top-flight traditional singers and instrumentalists, and a story or two from the host Brian O’Donovan.

OTC Table Rock Campus
Kristina Bridges-Templeton

Three more technical degree programs are available next fall for students enrolled at Ozarks Technical Community College Table Rock Campus.

The school in Hollister announced Wednesday it has added Construction Technology, Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, and Computer Information Science to its offerings.

Lillian Stone
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Not only is Lillian Stone a big fan of KSMU, so is her dog Turtle.

“He has a really laid back little personality and I think that’s why he is so into the classical music programing,” says Stone.

The Boston Terrier’s snorts and grunts are signs of affection for KSMU’s music, according to Stone.

“He likes to ride in the car and let the air conditioner blow in his face and listen to classical music—it’s like his favorite thing,” Stone says with a laugh.

Mercy Springfield
Chloe O'Neil / KSMU

Mercy Springfield says the interim president of its regional hospital system will remain in the role for the foreseeable future.

According to a news release, the organization said it informed staff Wednesday that Jon Swope will continue as interim president of Mercy Springfield Communities and Dr. Alan Scarrow will return to practicing medicine full-time as a neurosurgeon. Scarrow had served as president for three years.

Enjoy the Journey

Oct 27, 2017
Daniel Dossey
Ryan Welch / KSMU

When he’s not on stage or rehearsing with Branson’s Million Dollar Quartet, drummer Daniel Dossey is often listening to KSMU. He says the experience can be an adventure.

“So when I hear something new, my brain just really perks up,” says Dossey. “And I do go down that rabbit hole and try to hunt down these - and so I’m constantly on these little NPR, KSMU quests, like what was I just listening to? That was incredible!”

PDMP
St. Louis County PDMP

Stone County is the latest government entity to join St. Louis County’s prescription drug monitoring program.

Officials made the decision on Oct. 17. It allows doctors and pharmacists access to the database to crack down on prescription drug shoppers.

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