Republic, MO Government


Springfield City Council could approve pay increases, retention payments for city workers at Monday’s meeting

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Springfield City Council could approve several bills Monday to authorize pay increases and retention payments for several city workers. The city council will review ordinances that call for mid-year, 4% pay increases for workers in several department. According to city documents, ordinances up for approval include ones for workers represented by the following bargaining units:

Letters for January 23: On defense of rural environment, history in schools and the Jan. 6 insurrection

Bill threatens ecosystems, an integral part of life, especially in rural areas. Rural scenic landscapes soothe the mind and soul. They’re important for attracting visitors and for keeping the quality of life high for our rural businesses and neighbors. The scenic vistas say we have a healthy ecosystem. The ecosystems can be as small as your backyard or as large as the ocean. It’s the land, water and air.

Missouri Masonic Children’s Foundation hosts MOCHIP event at OTC

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Solomon Masonic Lodge is hosting a Missouri Child Identification and Protection Program (MoCHIP) event Saturday morning at Ozarks Technical Community College. MoCHIP is a comprehensive child identification program designed to give Missouri families a measure of protection against the problem of missing and abducted children. The...

Springfield City Council to vote on raises for city workers

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – This Monday, January 24, city workers will find out if their paycheck is getting any bigger. Springfield city council will vote on pay raises at its next meeting. It would be a four percent pay raise. Jeff Cumley, the superintendent of the Jordan Valley Park, says no matter what happens with the […]

When will Springfield be good enough? Rapid Roberts COO makes case against Buc-ee's tax break

Springfield City Council and mayor are again on the verge of directing public funds to private developers. If the Buc-ee’s proposal passes, city leaders will be signaling to taxpayers the city we have built is not good enough, we must sacrifice more, and they will have to "give the farm away." This time, the farm is worth $4.1 million and is being given to Buc-ee’s convenience stores out of Lake Jackson, Texas.

Citizens Memorial Hospital celebrates opening of new Willard walk-in clinic

WILLARD, Mo. (KY3) - A new medical clinic is making life easier and healthier for people who live in and around Willard. Citizens Memorial Hospital hosted a ribbon cutting today to celebrate the opening of its new walk-in clinic in Willard. The facility opened its doors late last year and offers primary care 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

Federal Medical Team headed to St. Louis to assist hospital staff

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced Friday a specialized medical team of U.S. military personnel, which includes doctors and nurses, is being deployed to the St. Louis region to support hospital staff strained by COVID-19. The team is expected to be in place at BJC Christian Hospital next week.

Springfield Public Schools to consider temporary mask mandate

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri’s Attorney General Eric Schmitt has now filed 36 lawsuits against school districts over mask mandates. This comes as Springfield Public Schools (SPS) considers having a special board meeting next Friday, January 28, to talk about temporarily bringing masks back to the classroom. The conversation began at a meeting earlier this week. OzarksFirst […]

Nixa Mayor Running For State Representative

Nixa Mayor Brian Steele is running for state representative in District 139. Steele, who’s a Republican, has been mayor since 2014. He survived a recall election for imposing a mask mandate during the pandemic. The current representative, Jered Taylor, is term limited. Press Release. Mayor Brian Steele of Nixa...

Branson city attorney to join Greene County prosecutor’s office

BRANSON, Mo. (KY3/Branson news release) - After more than three years with the City of Branson, City Attorney Chris Lebeck has announced his resignation in order to pursue an exciting opportunity to return to prosecution at the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s office in Springfield. Lebeck started with the City...