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Safe & Sound Saturday

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 5:40pm

Thousands and thousands of people turned out to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex for Safe & Sound Saturday.

Safe & Sound is an effort to give KY3 viewers a chance to learn about all aspects of keeping your family safe and healthy.

"We're sometimes so busy in our lives that we don't stop and think about how do we protect ourselves, how do we make ourselves safer, and it's nice to be a watchdog and to help out," says Tom Mast, KY3 Inc. events coordinator.

"We wanted to come and learn about safety, and meet the firemen right? Why else did you want to come? Get a helmet?" Lindsay Tetlow asked her small sons Grayson and Gage.

From CPR lessons to eye exams, Safe and Sound had hundreds of vendors to give away some free stuff, and share information that might save your life. "Well I think it's important to have the discussions ahead of time, so before the emergency happens, we're prepared and we have an escape plan, and we know what to do," says Tetlow to her children.

Aaron Sachs and associates gave out free bicycle helmets to kids during the event.

Another important booth helped register hundreds of children for the free MoCHIP child ID, in case they should go missing.

"These discs that we're doing today for these parents will be able to populate the amber alert system simply by putting this in the laptop or the desk top of the appropriate authorities," says David V Collignon, MoCHIP coordinator for the Masonic Lodge.

Of course all of us at KY3 were there to meet and greet viewers. Ashley Reynolds shared tips for steering clear of scams, while Brandon Beck taught storm spotting and weather safety.

Safe and Sound had a little of something for everyone in the effort to promote safety and wellness in the community.

Rainy pattern this week

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 5:36pm

Temperatures will remain mild

Man from Mount Vernon killed in deadly wreck

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 4:24pm

A man has been killed in a wreck in Ozark County. It happened Saturday just before 1:00 p.m. The Missouri Highway Patrol says  Paul Meents, 76, was driving a van that ran off Highway 5 about 11 miles north of Gainesville. The patrol says the van hit a bluff and overturned. Police say Meents was not wearing a seat belt. He was from Mount Vernon.

Reds erase early 4-run deficit, beat Cardinals 9-8

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 4:12pm

Brandon Phillips, Zack Cozart and Jay Bruce had two RBIs apiece for the Cincinnati Reds, who erased an early four-run deficit against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright in a 9-8 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.

Stephen Piscotty had four RBIs for St. Louis, and his three-run homer made it 4-0 in the second. J.J. Hoover allowed a two-run homer to Brandon Moss before finishing for his first save. Wainwright (0-2) retired his first eight before Reds starter Brandon Finnegan (1-0) singled with two outs in the third. The two-time 20-game winner was charged with seven runs in 5 1/3 innings and has struggled mightily with an 8.27 ERA after missing most of 2015 with a torn left Achilles.

Pictures: 'Safe and Sound Saturday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds No. 2

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 3:51pm

Thanks to everyone who stopped by 'Safe and Sound Saturday' at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  Take a look at the many fun things that make this event great.

PICTURES: 'Safe and Sound Saturday' at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds No. 1

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 3:28pm

Thanks to everyone who stopped by 'Safe and Sound Saturday' at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  Take a look at the many fun things that make this event great.

Local artist takes top prize at national pastel show

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 1:38pm

A local artist is getting recognized for her work on a national scale.

For Marla Rush Parnell, her favorite artwork is all about pastel and pups. She paints dogs for customers and also for fun.

"There's something about it, because they have a personality," she said. "I have three shelties myself and they're little people almost and I love to catch that personality for the owners, because they're here for such a short time and it's a keepsake that they can use for years and years and years."

The dogs are the perfect subjects and for Marla, pastels are the perfect tools to create deep color and detail.

She starts with a photograph to use as a foundation and then adds her own personal touches as she creates the artwork.

"I have found that pastel is very, very forgiving," Parnell said. "And that's the one thing that I was really afraid of at first, to jump in and try it. But if you want to make a correction, you can just knock it off with an old brush and just layer and layer and layer the colors and just totally change something."

Marla has submitted her work to many shows over the years, but she just took home her very first top prize for her painting called "Ghost". The painting is a portrait of her friend's Weimaraner named Max. Hundreds of submissions came in from across the country to the National Pastel Exhibition and about 75 were selected to be displayed. Out of those pieces, "Ghost" took first place.

For Marla, the recognition from the Pastel National Exhibition is an opportunity to spread love for art.

"What it is about art that appeals to most people is just that you're creating something," she said. "That you can take an idea that you've got and take the materials that you've learned to use and create something that's just really special for you, or for someone that you're painting it for."

"Ghost" and another of Marla's pieces, "Promise" will be on display at the Wichita Center for the Arts until May 8.

Marla and her husband, Hue, own Creava School for the Arts in Springfield. To find out more about the classes they offer, click here.

University of Missouri countersues professor in gun lawsuit

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 1:36pm

The University of Missouri is countersuing a law school professor who has asked a court to invalidate the university's ban on firearms.

Royce Barondes filed a lawsuit against the university in September, claiming the school's rules violate his constitutional rights as well as state law. Since then, the university's team of private attorneys moved the case to federal court and sought to forbid Barondes from bringing a gun onto campus. Barondes' attorney said the university is trying to slow down the process and make it more difficult for them to argue the merits of the case. Attorneys for the university said in court documents that administrators have made narrowly tailored rules intended to maintain a safe environment.

Koster keeps fundraising edge over GOP rivals for governor

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 12:34pm

Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster's fundraising continues to outpace the rest of the candidates running for Missouri governor.

Campaign finance reports released Friday show Koster raised $2.2 million between the beginning of the year and the end of March. Koster's $7.4 million in cash on hand is also larger than any of his GOP opponents' campaign accounts. Former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens topped the GOP field with about $1 million in donations. Former U.S. attorney and Missouri House speaker Catherine Hanaway reported raising about $558,000, but more than half came from in-kind contributions rather than cash. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder raised about $332,000 this period, and St. Louis businessman John Brunner raised about $163,000. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is barred from re-election because of term limits.

County officials approve Arkansas sheriff's resignation

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 10:51am

The Benton County Quorum Court has approved the resignation of Sheriff Kelley Cradduck, who is facing tampering charges. Cradduck offered to resign Tuesday if the Quorum Court met conditions, including paying about $80,000 in salary and benefits through the end of 2016. County officials approved paying Cradduck the $80,000 for his resignation on Tuesday, but didn't accept his resignation and declare a vacancy until Friday. Cradduck has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of tampering with a public record and a misdemeanor count of tampering. He's accused of falsifying an employee payroll request and instructing his assistant to lie about it to Arkansas State Police investigators. Cradduck was defeated for re-election in the March 1 Republican primary. His term was set to expire at the end of the year.

PICTURES: KY3 Storm Team teaches class at 'Safe and Sound Saturday'

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 10:08am

The KY3 Storm Team uses 'Safe and Sound Saturday' to teach you about stormy weather in the Ozarks.  The audience learns cloud formations and how to safe during a tornado. 

Part 1: Making a solar-powered lamp for the outdoors

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 7:55am

FYI Guy Jeremy Rabe shows us how to make a solar-powered lamp for the great outdoors! It is perfect for your outdoor furniture.

Part 2: How to make sconce light for your fence

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 7:54am

FYI Guy Jeremy Rabe shows us how to make a sconce light for your fence.  It's perfect for any area where you have vines growing outdoors.

Daughter of slain couple sues admitted murderer for damages

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 7:46am

The daughter of a murdered couple filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man who admitted he killed them. Jessica Tyrell-Murray of Oklahoma City seeks damages for pain, suffering and other injuries, plus punitive damages, from Mark Porter of Ozark.

Porter is serving two life prison sentences after pleading guilty last August for killing Gary and Jan Tyrell in their home in southeast Springfield on April 30, 2014. Investigators believe Porter beat Jan, then shot and beat Gary, after they refused to loan him money to pay his gambling debts. All three had worked together in the Mountain Grove School District when Porter was the superintendent, and remained friends after Porter left for another job.

In the lawsuit filed Friday in Greene County Circuit Court, Tyrell-Murray accused Porter of battery and negligence against her parents and seeks sums "that will fairly and justly compensate her for injuries and damages" . . . in an amount that is fair and reasonable." Tyrell-Murray says she was "deprived of their services, support, comfort, companionship, instruction, guidance, counsel and training." She said she also suffered pain and suffering and wants additional money for that.

Tyrell-Murray also wants punitive damages "in an amount that is fair and reasonable" to "serve to punish defendant and deter defendant and others from like conduct." No specific figures are named in the lawsuit. Those amounts are left to a judge or a jury after hearing testimony in a wrongful death case.

The lawsuit will have to be served on Porter at the prison in Licking.   A civil lawsuit often take months or years to reach a resolution.

Your Movie Friend on the "Jungle Book," & "Barber Shop"

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 7:43am

Your Movie Friend Aaron Dicer sizes up two new flicks at the weekend box office. "Jungle Book" and "Barber Shop: The Next Cut" are in theaters now-- one is getting very high marks. Check it out in the video above!

Pictures: Stronger Men's Conference at James River Church campuses

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:20pm

More than 5,000 men attended James River Church's 'Stronger Men's Conference.'  The even included an American Ninja Warrior course and a message from NFL star Chris Harris, Jr.

Good News; You get 3 extra days to file taxes

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 9:56pm

Tax preparers have a long weekend ahead of them, crunching last minute numbers with the tax deadline looming on Monday.  " I'll be working all weekend -  right now I'm looking at Saturday and Monday to finish up," says Karen Shamblin. Shablin is a tax accountant at ATMS Springfield. She has 23 more people she's filing income tax returns for than last year. A total of 747 customers. She's hoping no one else shows up between now and the deadlines. " Unless a lot of them come in Monday, we're in pretty good shape," says Shamblin. At Liberty Tax Service in Republic, more last minute filers, looking for help like Kyle Rosenbaum. He admits he doesn't have a good excuse for dragging his feet to get his taxes done. " I'm just lazy," says Rosenbaum. It's something that's not uncommon for tax preparers to hear. " There are some people that just don't want to deal with it," says Julie Gariepy at Liberty Tax Service. " They don't want to come in. They don't want to know if they owe or have a refund." No matter how unorganized your receipts are, experts say it's important to get the tax help now so you're not hit with interest and penalties after the deadline. If you're doing your taxes yourself, be sure to double check everything. Some of the most common mistakes: not claiming the right deductions or credits, simple math errors and forgetting to sign the form when you're finished.  as for kyle, His worries are over, now that someone else is in charge of filing.

Ban the Box: Movement encourages removal of 'felony' question from job applications

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 9:50pm

We've all seen the check-box and simple question on applications, asking, "Have you been convicted of a felony?" It's a little box creating a big debate.

Those checking 'yes' often find it hard, if not impossible, to find and employer willing to give them a chance and hire them. However, a special program at Missouri Career Center helps those with 'barriers' find a way to make a living."

"There is that stigma that can go along with someone the second you run a person's criminal history on that background check," stated Megan Short of Missouri Career Center. "It can be a little overwhelming whenever you see something on there.

But, should employers even ask that question on applications? Governor Jay Nixon thinks not, which is why this month he issued an executive order removing the inquiry from applications for state jobs. He said by holding the pasts over people, they are more likely to not get a job, become homeless, and commit more crimes.

In what's become known as the 'Ban the Box' movement, some legislators wonder if it should be applied across the board to all employers.

Even though the box wouldn't appear on the written applications, it doesn't mean the employer can't ask the job seeker about criminal pasts during the interview itself. Nor does it mean the employer cannot run a background check.

Job counselors say they know change for people is possible for many people.

Short explained, "The APPLY program is great for anyone with a legal barrier, whether it is a misdemeanor, felony, something they are struggling with overcoming." She added, "Any job takes effort, it takes effort to get that job, and it is understanding your individual circumstance and how you need to approach it."

Job seekers hired on the spot; many more positions available in healthcare field

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 4:49pm

Many people in Springfield got a new job in the healthcare industry Friday.  Cox Health held a job fair, where they were looking to hire about 100 people, and the job seekers showed up.  But for those that didn't make it Friday, there are still plenty of jobs available in the healthcare field.

About 165 people showed up Friday for a chance to get hired on the spot.  "It's awesome; we have had a great turnout," says Chastidy Park, Cox Health Administrative Director of Nursing. Everyone got an interview; They just had to wait their turn.   "It's a little nerve racking and I've been sitting there a while, so you know, but that's ok," says Lynette Powell. While they're jobs at a hospital, they don't all require medical training.  Park says, "We have several positions open from anybody wanting to come into the medical field for the first time; we've got unit assistants and patient safety assistants, and then if you have a little more training, we've got nurse assistants and psych tech positions open." "I came for the psych tech position," says Powell. "I'm going to school.  I'm a psychology major, biomedical science minor, so I kind of wanted to get my start in the medical field," says Mahala Overby. Some positions don't even require a high school diploma.  "We're growing, so we need more and more people.  And we've opened up some of these newer positions, like our unit assistants to include some young high school students that want to get their foot in the door and learn a little bit more about the hospital setting," says Park. But some applicants come with plenty of experience.  "I think my chances are pretty good.  I've got a good medical background," says Brad Conard. In just a few hours, 84 people got job offers, including Overby, who was offered a position as a patient safety assistant.  "I feel pretty good," Overby says.

Cox Health says they still have about 40 positions left for Nurse Assistants, and they always need registered nurses.  You can apply for positions online at

Mercy hospital says they have about 650 job openings in the Springfield area, the biggest needs being nurses, people in physical and occupational therapy, and many support services jobs.  You can apply online at

Exhibit showcases history of the square in downtown Springfield

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 4:45pm

The square in downtown Springfield looks a lot different today than it did back in the 1800s.  A new exhibit at the History Museum on the Square starts in those early years and spans the many evolutions the square has seen over the years up until present day. There are stories for  each decade as you travel through the exhibit inside the historic Fox Theater downtown.  The first display starts with the 1800s when John Polk Campbell donated 50 acres for the formation of the city with two of those acres being dedicated to the new town square. 

The city began to really grow with the arrival of the railroad, and the square was the center of it all. From horses to street cars to motorized vehicles, the square remained the heartbeat of Springfield for years.  The exhibit takes you through the highs and the lows, year after year, including the visit of a US president, Harry S Truman and a movie star who would become a US president, Ronald Reagan.  The two events happened on the square at the same time.

The history of the square has been so popular, it is being extended through at least June.  The temporary exhibit is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.