Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson fills five county office vacancies

Governor Mike Parson filled five-county office vacancies.  Densil Allen Jr., of Knob Noster, was appointed as the Johnson County Presiding Commissioner. Dr. Allen is a former veterinarian and owned and operated Warrensburg Animal Hospital until his retirement. He has also owned and operated Allen’s Auction Service and taught animal science courses at the University of Central […]

Spickard School

Spickard Board of Education accepts resignation of Kristi Weldon

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education offered a contract for the superintendent/principal position after a closed session this week. Board Secretary Kelli Girdner reports the person’s name has not yet been released. The board accepted the resignation in February of current superintendent/principal Kristi Weldon. The board also hired teachers for the next school year. They […]

2020 Elections vote

Missouri Amendment Three debate centers around a nonpartisan demographer

Both sides in the debate on Missouri’s Amendment Three November ballot measure presented their case to voters Wednesday evening, in a virtual forum hosted by Springfield’s Drury University. Missourians approved “Clean Missouri” in 2018, which required a nonpartisan demographer to draw state legislative districts. Amendment Three transfers that responsibility to governor-appointed bipartisan commissions. State Sen. […]

Melissa Grandel Missouri Teacher of the Year 2019

Fordland R-III educator named 2020 Missouri Teacher of the Year

The home page of the City of Fordland’s website provides a succinct description of what visitors will find in this quaint community, located in southern Webster County less than 30 miles east of Springfield. However, what the depiction fails to note, the education community in the region already knows: Melissa Grandel symbolizes what a top-flight […]

Carey Portell

‘Stronger Than Yesterday’ blogger to speak at Pearls of Production event for women

Beef producer Carey Portell will tell women at Pearls of Production how she survived and thrived after a car accident nearly took her life almost nine years ago. The seventh annual event for women in production agriculture runs Nov. 1-2 in Columbia. Pearls of Production provides hands-on training and leadership opportunities for women in livestock […]