Sex Offender

Audio: Some sex offenders could be banned from going near Missouri nature and education centers

State Representative Hannah Kelly of Mountain Grove wants to ban some registered sex offenders from going within 500 feet of any Missouri Conservation Department nature or education center. Under Kelly’s bill, violators could be charged with a felony.     The bill would apply to sex offenders who have committed certain sex crimes against children. […]

Foster Care

Audio: Missouri legislator wants more accelerated training sessions for prospective foster parents

State Representative Hannah Kelly wants Missouri to recruit additional foster parents by holding more accelerated training sessions. During a hearing Monday at the state Capitol, Kelly, a Republican of south-central Missouri’s Mountain Grove, says she knows of many other adults aspiring to foster but the length of training is a barrier.     Kelly chairs […]

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 […]

Hype Academy 2018

Missouri’s top 30 FFA members attend HYPE Academy

Missouri’s top 30 FFA high school seniors completed the fourth annual Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy June 26-28, in Columbia The three-day intensive program is designed to inform and empower students to effectively engage in pressing agriculture topics. Since 2015, the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council has sponsored and facilitated the academy in […]

Young Dove Hunter

Missouri Department of Conservation offering mentored dove hunts for first-time hunters

The Missouri Department of Conservation, in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Forever, the Missouri Prairie Foundation, The Conservation Federation of Missouri, and private landowners,  will provide mentored dove hunts for first-time hunters on 10 fields primarily located on private land across the state. Hunt locations will be in or near Chillicothe, Joplin, […]