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Drury University names new president

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 4:30pm

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. James Timothy Cloyd was elected today as Drury University’s 18th president. Cloyd previously served as president of Hendrix College, in Conway, Arkansas – a liberal arts school that has been nationally recognized for a strong commitment to teaching excellence and financial soundness. Cloyd, 54, and his wife, Wendy, will begin serving Drury on July 1, 2016. The 11-member presidential search committee unanimously recommended Cloyd after an extensive national search that included nearly 200 nominations and applicants, more than 30 present and former college presidents, and several qualified candidates from the Springfield region. Cloyd’s strategic vision and leadership, presidential experience and accomplishments, and proven fundraising prowess made him the clear choice to become Drury’s next leader. “We are more than confident that Dr. Cloyd is the right person to lead Drury into a future that will attract more of the students we have always sought, and make our alumni proud of what we have become,” said Board chairman Lyle Reed, who also chaired the search committee. “Tim is committed to working with the faculty and Board in refining our liberal arts education for the next 50 years.” “Drury University offers students a wealth of opportunities in a prestigious, supportive, and yet demanding academic environment. I am honored that I have been selected as its 18th president,” said Cloyd. “With Drury’s distinguished history, strength, and bright future, Wendy and I look forward to being part of the campus community. The depth of devotion of the faculty, staff, alumni, supporters, students, and Board of Trustees inspires us. I look forward to our collaborative leadership for the future of this wonderful, globally positioned university for the 21st century. I think it is also important to say that Wendy and I are already in love with the Springfield community.” During Cloyd’s tenure as president from 2001 to 2014, Hendrix gained national academic prominence; experienced significant enrollment growth of more than 50 percent; achieved financial soundness; built 13 campus buildings and constructed several athletic facilities; and expanded its endowment by 50 percent. Hendrix added a dozen new majors, doubled international enrollment, grew out-of-state enrollment by 60 percent, and added four new sports including Division III football. The school was named one of the nation’s top “Up and Coming Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report for six years in a row during Cloyd’s presidency, and it was named one of the “100 Most Financially Fit Colleges” in America by Forbes magazine in 2014. Prior to his presidency, Cloyd was Vice President for Advancement at Hendrix from 1997 to 2001, after having been the Executive Director of Advancement at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Prior to that, he taught political science at Vanderbilt University. Cloyd earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and has authored numerous articles on politics, fundraising, leadership and higher education. He returned to the classroom to teach politics and international relations in 2015 following a sabbatical. After 20 years of service at Hendrix, the College has accepted his retirement effective at the end of this academic year. Tim and Wendy have three sons. Two are in college and one is in high school. “I believe deeply in liberal arts and science education combined with pragmatic programs and professional education,” Cloyd said. “And I believe that there are creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial ways to position institutions in a manner that remains true to their organic roots and values.” Drury faculty, staff and students are invited to meet Dr. Cloyd during a meet and greet event from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, at the Plaster Gallery in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Cloyd will be available to take questions from the media following the event. The presidential search committee included six members of the Board of Trustees (Lyle Reed, Bill Hart, Rita Baron, Rosalie Wooten, Bill Ricketts and Tom McAlear); three faculty members (Don Deeds, Jo Van Arkel and Penny Clayton); Human Resources Director Scotti Siebert; and Alumni Council President Michael Wehrenberg.  

Legendary rockers KISS to perform at JQH in July

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 4:26pm

The Ozarks will get a big KISS this summer.

Missouri State University announced Friday that Rock and Roll Hall of Famers KISS will appear at the JQH Arena on July 23. It’s part of the legendary band’s Freedom To Rock” Tour which will visit more than 35 cities nationwide this summer.

The band’s line-up features founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with longtime members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. The band formed in 1972.

KISS has released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

Also joining KISS onstage will be The Dead Daisies and Caleb Johnson.

Tickets range from $39.50 to $125, and go on sale April 15.  

Two people questioned in Texas Co. shooting

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 2:34pm

Authorities in Texas County are investigating a shooting north of Houston.

It happened about 8:30 Friday morning on Tiffany Drive off Highway E.

A man who was shot was taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. There is official word on his condition.

Two people were taken from the scene and are being questioned at the Texas County Sheriff's Office.

The incident is being investigated by the Sheriff's Department with assistance of a crime scene investigator with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

VIDEO: Planting lettuce in the Garden Spot

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 1:43pm

Gardener Dan Bigbee says its a good time to plant lettuce.

Police investigate burglary at Springfield Art Museum

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 1:21pm

Springfield Police are investigating an overnight burglary that occurred at the Springfield Art Museum. Property of the museum was taken, along with some artwork.

According to Lisa Cox with Springfield Police Dept., when the museum closed Wednesday evening, all the artwork was in place, but when it opened the next day, some items were missing.

Police have not said exactly what was taken but that some artwork appears to have been stolen.

In a news release sent out Friday afternoon, museum director Nick Nelson said the the facility will remain open to the public, but is taking additional security measures.   However, the traveling exhibition “The Electric Garden of Our Minds: British/American Pop” has been closed as a security precaution.

Tummy Tightening Workout for Summer

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 9:40am

A core workout you can do at home with no equipment. Dawn Schaffer of Extreme Fitness showed KY3's Paul Adler a plank style combo workout. You start this workout in a plank position up on your toes. Then, do a regular pushup and return to the plank position. Briefly hold the plank position. Then, transition to a side plank with a bend or a dip. Return to the plank position and repeat the combination starting with the pushup. Start with 5 complete circuits through that plank combination. As you get stronger, work up to ten or more depending on your ability.

Jefferson City man charged with raping woman he met online

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 9:20am

Camden County authorities arrested a man from Jefferson City on a kidnapping charge.

Camden County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Michael Eric Dickson, 35, for allegedly kidnapping a 19 year old Camdenton woman he met through an online dating site. The victim told investigators she and Dickson met on an internet dating website. They agreed to meet in person and Dickson came to her home just north of Camdenton. The victim got into a car with Dickson and they began to talk. Dickson then started driving away with the victim still in the car. She asked where they were going and said Dickson told her, “You belong to me now.” He then drove the car to his home in Jefferson City where the woman told investigators Dickson sexually assaulted her. She told investigators Dickson later returned her to her home, after which she called the sheriff’s office. Dickson is charged with the Class B Felony of Kidnapping and is being held in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility without bond. He will appear before the court in Camden County on May 10th. The investigation into the sexual assault will be conducted in cooperation with authorities in Cole County. “Kidnapping is a serious crime,” said Sheriff Dwight Franklin. “What happened to this young lady is a tragedy. I encourage all citizens to do their research on dating prospects they meet online before meeting them in person.” -

The Sheriff’s offered some internet dating tips: • Choose a public place to meet up and drive yourself, or plan your own transportation. • Don't get stuck in a situation where you're relying on a virtual stranger to get you home. • Tell friends where you're going and when you expect to be home. • Consider bringing someone along. A friend could wait at the bar while you start your date and wait for your signal before leaving. “The internet can be a great way to meet people from outside your immediate area, but it can also be used to find out more about those people. Do a background check at any number of background websites, check their Facebook and Twitter accounts for any red flags. Take your time and do some research and if you get a bad feeling, don’t meet that person,” Sergeant Scott Hines added.  

Missouri Senate passes $27 billion spending plan

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 7:52am

The Missouri Senate has passed a budget plan that would boost spending for public education. Senators voted Thursday to approve a $27 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. Missouri's colleges and universities would get a $56 million increase. Gov. Jay Nixon has said would be enough to freeze tuition next year. The Senate's plan would also prevent universities from raising mandatory fees that don't pass a student vote. The spending plan includes a $70 million boost to core K-12 education funding. That is roughly $15 million less than the governor proposed, and about $440 million less than what it would take to fully fund public schools under the state's legal formula. The budget also increases spending for Medicaid, public defenders and state employee salaries.

Court agrees to oral arguments in Arkansas execution lawsuit

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 7:25am

The Arkansas Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit by death row inmates that challenges the state's execution law.

The court issued a brief statement Thursday granting the request for oral argument by the inmates' attorneys. The statement says a date will be set later. Nine inmates have asked justices to uphold a circuit judge's decision to strike down the portion of the law that blocks state officials from revealing where Arkansas gets its execution drugs. The state appealed the ruling and the high court temporarily halted eight scheduled executions until the challenge is heard. The inmates argue that they have a right to know the source of the drugs being used during lethal injections. The state argues that it's immune from the lawsuit.

Video Forecast: A bit cooler today with more wind

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 6:39am

Another cold front will drop through the region this evening. Freezing temperatures are possible in some areas tonight.

Warm weather means bears on the move

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:53pm

There's nothing quite like trekking through the great outdoors but conservation agents are warning people they might not be the only ones wandering the woods. Francis Skalicky, with the Missouri Department of Conservation says, " If you're out and about, there's more chance that you may see bears." Black bears, making their presence known in the Ozarks. Conservation agents estimate there are around 350 bears in Southern Missouri.  As we get more into the spring season, the bears become more active. " If you see a bear, chances are that bear doesn't want to be around you no more than you want to be around it," says Skalicky. " So steer clear of each other. You can take your pictures, video, but don't try to get close." A couple things to remember if you come into contact with a bear, don't feed them. " Usually a bear that's roaming, is looking for food," says Skalicky. " It comes across a food source that's maybe a trashcan that has it's lid that's not secure, a pet dish thats been left out over night, those types of situations. If you see a bear around your house, scare it away. Try to discourage it and you can call a conservation agent. And if you see a mamma bear with cubs...slowly walk away. " If it's a female with cubs you want to respect your distance because that mamma will defend its cubs." While there's a chance bears could wander into urban areas too, conservation agents are urging everyone this spring to be bear aware.

Cold Canadian air to visit the Ozarks

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:39pm

A Freeze Watch is in effect this weekend for parts of the Ozarks. Find out who may see frost by watching the forecast.

"There were tire tracks across her shirt": 3-year-old, mother recovering after hit by drunk driver in Walmart parking lot

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:39pm

Bumps and bruises across 3-year-old Savannah's back have her in tears. Her injuries make it difficult for her to sit up or move around, even with the help of mom, Adrienne Roe.

"As long as she's laying down, she's fine," says Roe. " But its whenever you go to move her around or change her diaper.  She's got road rash along her lower back and bottom." Savannah was hit by a truck then the truck dragged her for a couple feet in the parking lot at the Walmart neighborhood market on Mount Vernon in Springfield. Savannah's mom says it still traumatizes her. " When she first wakes up shes just screaming 'no big truck, owie, no hit me.' She knows what happened. If you ask her she knows that a truck hit her." Adrienne says even before it happened, the behavior of the driver and passenger in that truck were alarming. " I looked over and there was a woman being thrown out of the vehicle," says Roe.  " This truck just started taking off towards us. He started cussing and screaming 'move out of the way', so i dropped the grocery cart and pulled all 3 kids back towards the store.  He actually hit the cones by the front of the store, that's how close he was to the front. All I remember is the vehicle hitting me here and i was just trying to hold the vehicle away from the kids. When I was going down, she ( Savannah) was right next to me, so she fell as well. I jumped up and Savannah was already underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was pinned on her left side pushing her across the ground." Police say the driver of the truck and the passenger were both drunk...and arrested. " They took her clothes for the investigation because there are tire tracks across the whole shirt," Adrienne said. " They could have killed her. She's lucky she's here. If it were a couple inches higher, it would have been her heart. Doctors say it will be a long recovery for the three year old, because she has internal bruising and muscle damage.  But she and her family are alive...and Savannah is still smiling.

Friends of the family have set up a go fund me account for Savannah:

Lebanon lifts boil water advisory for part of town

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:38pm

Thursday afternoon the city of Lebanon lifted a boil water advisory for customers south of Interstate 44.  The voluntary boil advisory remains in place for customers north of the interstate, while city leaders await more test results, which are expected on Friday. 

The advisory was issued Wednesday afternoon when tests on water from one well showed the presence of coliform and E. coli bacteria.

The following information was posted on the city of Lebanon's web site Thursday afternoon: 

The Boil Water Advisory issued on April 6, 2016 will remain in effect pending water sample results for all customers on the NORTH side of Interstate 44. Additional test samples have been submitted to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Department of Health for testing and we expect the results within the next 24 hours. Once results are reported, this advisory will be reevaluated.

For all customers on the SOUTH side of Interstate 44, this advisory is lifted. Customers can use City supplied water services for immediate use or consumption.

Sheriff's Deputies and troopers beef-up patrol in Dixon amidst civil unrest

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:38pm

Civil unrest in Dixon Wednesday night led to a beefed up law enforcement presence Thursday. Supporters of newly elected City Marshal Mike Plummer protested Wednesday's city council meeting.

Dixon resident Steve Beal says voters knew a grand jury had indicted a candidate for City Marshal; and they voted for him anyway. "The citizens of Dixon, the newspaper here, the media and everybody has made it well known, Mike Plummer is under 15 indictments; it's  not a secret, the citizens of Dixon knew that when they went to the polls," says Beal. So when Plummer supporters heard of a city council meeting Wednesday in which they feared the council would try to keep Plummer from taking office, they protested the meeting. It's not right, it's  not right, that is definitely wrong; if we're not going to swear Plummer in we need to have a new election," says Beal. But when some protesters began threatening violence, Pulaski County Sheriff's Deputies and state troopers beefed up patrol in Dixon.   "There was basically a mini-riot in downtown Dixon," says Pulaski Country Sheriff Ron Long. "A lot of threats being made, some city council people being followed, they felt actually threatened too." "They closed city hall down they said because of safety issues; I know of no safety issues this town went on just like this never even happened today," says Beal. Beal calls the extra law enforcement was a waste of taxpayer money. "We have wasted tens of thousands of dollars," says Beal. "We didn't need it, this was not Ferguson, we did not need all that." But Sheriff Long says it will continue until the threats have stopped. "When we have individuals threatening to burn houses, injure individuals or possibly threaten public officials then it's our time and our duty to step in and help make sure this does not happen," says Long.

A new city Marshal is expected to be sworn in at Monday's city council meeting. Plummer supporters say they may protest if the council swears in anyone except Plummer.

Unconscious, armed man found in Taco Bell dive thru

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:49pm

Police in Hollister arrested a man they say was found passed out in a car in a Taco Bell parking lot, with a shotgun by his side.  According to a news release from the Hollister Police Department: 

On April 7, 2016 at approximately 4:16 p.m. officers responded to Taco Bell, located at 103 Gage Dr. in response to a report of a male individual unconscious in the business’ drive-thru.

The caller went on to explain that there was a gun in the passenger seat beside the driver. Upon arrival officers contacted and took the male into custody for the possession of an illegal firearm (a shotgun with a barrel measuring less than 18 inches).

The vehicle, a gray in color 2005 Chevy Impala, was secured as evidence and is in the possession of the Hollister Police Department.

No shots were fired and no one was hurt in this incident. The individual is suspected of multiple law violations which will be disclosed as charges are filed. Our investigation continues.

Arkansas photographer's work to become postage stamp

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:26pm

A Fayetteville photographer's picture will be one of the 16 featured postage stamps honoring the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service later this year.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that U.S. Postal Service officials announced Wednesday that stamps featuring Tim Fitzharris' image of wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore will go on sale for 47 cents apiece on June 2 at the World Stamp Show in New York City.

The Postal Service plans to sell the stamps in all 32,000 post offices nationwide. Spokesman Mark Saunders says tens of millions of the stamps will be printed.

All 16 images are "Forever" stamps, so they'll be able to be used on all future letters despite rate increase. A sheet with the entire series will cost $7.52.

Watch: 29th annual Ozark Mountain UFO conference

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 6:43pm

The 29th annual Ozark Mountain UFO Conference will be held this weekend in Eureka Springs at the Best Western Conference and Event Center.  People from around the world come to share sightings, experiences, evidence, and to hear world renowned guest speakers.   

SBU names new chief academic officer

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 6:38pm

Southwest Baptist University selected Lee Skinkle as its next provost, effective June 1. As provost, Skinkle will be the university’s chief academic officer, providing visionary leadership and direction for all academic areas.

Skinkle has more than a decade of administrative and teaching experience in higher education at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss., where he serves as associate provost, and at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in Fort Worth, Texas.  He held other positions at Belhaven, including assistant vice president for academics, dean of academic enhancement, assistant professor of business and director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research.

Skinkle has taught courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels, conducted published research, secured grant funding for academic programs and led growth in online programs.

Skinkle has a bachelor of business administration from the University of Georgia, Athens, a master of divinity from SWBTS and a doctor of philosophy in education administration with a minor in higher education from SWBTS.  He and his wife, Amanda, have two children, Johnathan, 12, and Tori, 10.

“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve at Southwest Baptist,” Skinkle said. “My family and I have been seeking God's direction and have been in earnest prayer for some time now and are thrilled to see how He has led us to this point.  When my wife and I visited the campus we were overwhelmed by the warmth and kindness that permeated campus and each person that we interacted with.  I look forward to partnering alongside the SBU community in furthering the mission of Southwest Baptist and the great impact that it will continue to have for God's kingdom.”

Skinkle replaces Bill Brown, who retired last June 2015.  Allison Langford has served as interim provost since July 1.  She will continue to serve as associate provost for teaching and learning.

Consumer Reports: Is lead in your water?

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 6:33pm

How safe is the tap water in your home? It’s a question you may not have thought about until the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey. Consumer Reports explains how to check your tap water for lead and the best ways to remove it. Lead can enter drinking-water supplies when older pipes, solder or fittings corrode. It’s harmful, especially for children and pregnant women. You can’t see, taste, or smell lead. The only way to know if your water contains unsafe lead levels is by testing. If you get your water from a public municipal water system, it’s supposed to have drinking-water quality standards for lead and other contaminants, and you’re supposed to be notified if there are any problems. Typically you will also get a water-quality report in your July bill. And water companies post their reports Many public water authorities also have websites with data on drinking-water quality, including results of lead testing. Your water can also be contaminated by lead from the pipes in your home. You should have your water tested by a lab if your house was built before lead-free pipes were mandated in 1986, or if you use well water. You can find a state-certified laboratory by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791. You may also want to check your state or local health departments. Many offer free water-test kits. If the lab tests find lead levels above 150 parts per billion, contact your local health department. For levels below that, a water filter can make the water safer to drink. Consumer Reports has tested water filters to see how well they remove lead and other contaminants. Some good choices are the Clear-2- O carafe for $30 and the faucet- mounted Culligan filter FM-15A for $20. Be aware that boiling water will not get rid of lead contamination. Hot water from your tap is likely to contain higher levels of lead, so only use water from the cold-water tap for drinking, cooking, and especially for making baby formula.

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