Aurora, MO

Missouri man sentenced to 18 years in prison for meth trafficking

A Missouri man has been sentenced in federal court for leading a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Springfield area, including an undercover drug transaction that occurred in a home with two young children. Devin J.H. Wrinkle, 32, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes on...
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City of Ozark, Mo. opens new inclusive playground

Ozark, Mo. (KY3) - Ozark held a grand opening for an all-inclusive playground in the Neal and Betty Grubaugh Park. The project was a collaborative effort between CC Links, Ozark Parks and Recreation, and other charities. CC Links started raising money for the playground nine years ago, and Executive Director...

A teenager's first date shows a slice of life in Springfield and Branson

In this well-told, funny story about the nerves of teenage first dates, Springfield resident Gabe Serratos recalls working at a Branson-area water park when he was a teenager, sharing the story with his friend, Ashlyn Deffenbaugg, who's never heard the tale before. At the water park, Serratos met the girl...
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Three Arrests Made Recently By Highway Patrol In The Lake Area

The Highway Patrol making a couple of arrests in the Lake Area. Officials report that 29-year-old Timothy Labrie of Springfield was picked up on possession of less than 10 grams of Marijuana and driving without insurance. He’s since been released. Also 48-year-old Jason Skillings of Gravois Mills was picked...

YMCA is trying to sell the downtown location

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Ozarks Regional YMCA (ORYMCA) is listing the building on Jefferson Ave. downtown for sale due to declining membership usage and increasing costs of the 100-plus-year-old building. In a release to members, it stated: “The ORYMCA Association will list the property for sale and will work with Zamora Real Estate through this […]

Our lives are measured by the love we give

Last week found us saying goodbye to an Aurora legend: Fred Dale Baum. Music was provided by family. The service was presided over by a longtime friend and preacher — who finally told us the truth about that bear hunting story Fred had shared with us through the years. (Fred always said to never let the truth get in the way of a good story!)

Grizzly Basketball signs guard from Alton

Jared Phay, head coach of the Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) Grizzly Basketball team, today announced the signing of Chanler Sisco from Alton. The 6-foot, 2-inch guard averaged 20 points and eight rebounds per game this past season while helping lead the Comets to a 24-6 overall record. The Comets reached the Missouri Class 2A state quarterfinals earlier this year before falling to Bernie High School 51-49 in overtime.

Pet Connection: Bella and Bernadette

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Bella and Bernadette made their first appearance on Daybreak Wednesday morning. Both kitties were found on the side of the road and Bernadette suffered a leg injuries from being thrown, according to Watching Over Whiskers (WOW). According to the organization the United States is at an all-time low for foster support, adoptions […]

Springfield jewelers report a rise in synthetic diamond sales

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Jewelry store owners say they see many young couples choosing synthetic gems over natural stones. Chemically they are exactly the same. Both are made from carbon. One took millions of years to develop in the Earth. The other took just a few months to develop in a lab. To the untrained eye, the only real difference is price. A synthetic diamond of the same cut and carat weight costs 40-60% less than a natural diamond.

On Your Side: What to buy in July

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - There are sizzling sales in July. Here’s what to buy. If you’ve been eyeing a new sectional or recliner, now’s the time to buy. New furniture models go on display in August. Retailers must clear out current inventory to make space on showroom floors. Expect deep discounts.

Aurora girls return plenty for their new coach

The Aurora Lady Houns have a new head coach in Jason Cole, who returned to coaching last season and guided the East Newton Lady Patriots to their first winning season since 2016. Cole stepped down as Exeter girls basketball head coach in 2013 after 10 seasons, including 10 straight winning...

Kenzie’s coaching journey leads home to Lady Bears

SPRINGFIELD, Mo–Former Missouri State Lady Bear players are coaching at all different levels in womens basketball. From the high school ranks, to division two, to major college programs. But being able to come home makes that dream even more special. And for one Lady Bear the coaching trail led home. Kenzie Kostas doesn’t have to […]

Community Focus Report shows collaboration extends reach of health resources

This broadcast season, KSMU’s program "Making a Difference" is switching gears. Through a series of panel conversations airing once every month since September 2021, we’ve examined each chapter of The 2021 Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County. The CFR is a biennial report which evaluates the community’s assets, gaps, opportunities and challenges in eleven key areas, including the final topic of this season’s series, Community Health.

Aurora Shootout becomes hot spot for summer hoops

For three Tuesdays every June, Aurora High School becomes a hot spot for summertime hoops — the high school and junior high boys variety. On Tuesday, June 21, the Houn’ Dawgs welcomed more than 20 teams from Marionville, Verona, Pierce City, Miller, Lebanon, Spokane, Purdy, Willard, and Ozark for 29 games on two half-courts.