Greene County

Coverage of Greene County, MO government.

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In one week, more than 1500 people have reached out to area organizations seeking help paying their rent.  Six agencies are working with Greene County to administer Emergency Rental Assistance funds. They include Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, Consumer Credit Counseling Services, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, Council of Churches of the Ozarks and The Salvation Army.

First Time Election Judge Shares Experience

Feb 1, 2021
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This week, host Linda Regan speaks Karen Cameron, IRS retiree and a new election judge in the recent General Election.

Today’s discussion explores her experiences with the process, particularly during the pandemic, and what it’s like being an election judge.

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Federal money recently granted to Greene County will be used to help those who are having trouble paying rent and utilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The county has received $8,765,982.70 as part of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, according to a news release. The money is part of the second federal $900 billion COVID-19 relief package approved by Congress in December.

Courtesy of Family Justice Center

This week, host Erika Brame speaks with Jamie Willis, project coordinator with the Greene County Family Justice Center.

Today’s discussion explores local and national increase in domestic violence this year during the pandemic.  Willis talks about what has changed with COVID this year regarding operations.

City of Springfield

The 2020 real estate tax statements are now available online for Greene County residents.  And the Greene County collector, Leah Betts, says paper statements will be mailed this month.

You can find the 2020 real estate tax statements at  Payments are due by December 31.  You can make payment online, by mail or in person at the Greene County Courthouse, 940 N. Boonville.

Greene County Public Officials Celebrate Flag Day

Jun 15, 2020
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Greene County public officials and members of the Sons of the American Revolution held a Flag Day ceremony on the lawn of the historic Greene County courthouse Monday morning. Commissioner Harold Bengsch was awarded a lifetime achievement award for his public service, which includes serving as Commissioner of the 1st District in Greene County and work with the Ozark Mountain chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.  This year was the 104th National Flag Day, originally conceived by former President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, meant to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the orig

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The Greene County Clerk, Shane Schoeller, is reminding residents that although the date for the general municipal elections changed to June 2, the deadline for voters to register for the August Statewide Primary election remains the same.

The deadline to register to vote in the August primary election is July 8.  Registering and updating your information can be done on the Greene County Clerk’s website. You can also print the form off and mail it in to the clerk’s office.

Springfield-Greene County Health Department
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To fight the spread of COVID-19, Greene County is implementing visitor restrictions to hospitals and health care facilities.

Children 12 and under, as well as anyone who is sick, will not be allowed in Greene County hospitals and health care facilities unless they are seeking care. That policy is now in effect, according to county officials.

Clay Goddard, Director of the Greene County Health Department, compares these restrictions to those taken during a tough flu season.

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The COVID-19 coronavirus has spread to nearly every continent, prompting Missouri State University to perform health screenings and reviews of people returning from affected areas.

In a campus-wide email sent Wednesday, Smart said university staff are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stay updated, and that the university is developing contingency plans.

He said the university is also working closely with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department—and if needed, the health department would take leadership of local preparations.

Courtesy of Amy Russell-Public Information Officer with Springfield-Greene County

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lynn Howerton speaks with Amy Russell, public information officer with Springfield--Greene County.

Today’s discussion explores the ongoing task of improving and building upon Greene County’s hazard mitigation plan.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, Leslie Carrier speaks with Commissioner Kevin Austin, who oversees the Greene County Veteran’s treatment court program.

Today’s discussion explores characteristics, goals and outcomes of the Greene County veterans program which has been in operation for two years.   

Michele Skalicky

If you’re not yet registered to vote and you want to cast a ballot in the April 2nd General Municipal Election, you have until tomorrow to register.

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A building at Campbell and Central in Springfield will be razed next week to create a bigger campus for Greene County.

The 2/10-acre property, at 311 W. Central, has been used over the years for a sheet metal business, dry cleaners, several gas stations and an auto glass business.  It most recently housed The Book Rack bookstore, which was damaged in a fatal crash in April, 2018.  The county purchased it for $120,000.

Greene County Courthouse
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Greene County Assessor Rick Kessinger is reminding residents that March 1st is the deadline to return 2019 Individual and Business Personal Property Assessment lists.  If the forms are filed late, you’ll have to pay a penalty ranging from $15 to $105, depending on the assessed value.

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Update at 9:45 AM, Nov. 7, 2018:    Voter turnout in Greene County for Tuesday's midterm election was a very high 71 percent, according to county election results.

Greene County clerk Shane Schoeller had estimated voters would turnout between 55 and 60 percent.  As ballot boxes began to arrive at the Greene County Election Headquarters after the polls closed, staff described the boxes as "heavy" and "full."