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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | January 2, 2011
CROCKER, Mo. -- It's a new year, and new hope, for a family with relatives in Pulaski County.  A trip home for Christmas changed this family's life.  They hope it will change others when it comes to animals. "It's beyond my comprehension," Jeremy King said about what happened to his dog, Lily, on Christmas morning. She's a DockDog .  The 3-year-old Labrador retriever is athletic, kind and loving -- or was before Christmas. "Out of nowhere I heard something," King said.
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by Jay Scherder and jscherder@ky3.com | November 30, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo-- One local habitat for humanity is "Hammering for the Holidays" and they need your help. The Springfield chapter is hoping to move four families into four new homes by christmas. For the past 23 years, Habitat Springfield has built more than 150 homes--providing shelter for more than 600 men, women and children in the Greene County area.  As always they need volunteers to continue their mission. Lately when you hear about volunteer house building projects, the focus turns to Joplin.
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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | December 20, 2011
LEAD HILL, Ark. -- The Ozark Mountain School District board voted 5-2 in favor of consolidation with the Lead Hill School District.  Lead Hill Board Member Troy Burleson says, "it's a good step forward" in the move to save the school and a popular Christmas program. Low attendance has threatened to close the doors on the northwest Arkansas school and mark the end of its popular Christmas program.  The Santa Shop at the Lead Hill School lets kids pick out presents for everyone in their immediate family.  Organizers of the program say, without the shop, many of these children would never get to experience the feeling of giving their loved ones gifts for Christmas.
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | December 14, 2011
BOLIVAR, Mo  -  For the past 26 years, Polk County Christian Social Ministries has helped families with food and toys for the holidays.  But as with most non-profits, they are caught between a rise in the people needing help and the rising cost of food. So in Pollk County, they're making helping the needy a county-wide effort. "I live here in Bolivar; I've lived here about 5 months. I just came here to get my 3 year old son out of foster care," says Polk County Resident William Powell.
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by meteorologist Sarah Jones, KY3 News | December 23, 2012
      TONIGHT Upper 20s Partly cloudy, turning much colder. TOMORROW Near 40° A few clouds and cooler. CHRISTMAS Near 30° Winter Storm Watch . Accumulating snow likely near and south of I-44. 12-hour forecast 24-hour forecast Satellite & Radar Feels Like Allergy Index Almanac   Good Sunday evening.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | December 17, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - They've prolonged the inevitable for weeks. Now, many shoppers have finally forced themselves to brave the chaotic side of Christmas. “I'm always running late anyways, so it doesn't matter, I work better under pressure,” joked Mike Lenahan, who was shopping Friday night at Best Buy in Springfield. Retailers say when it comes to seeing these procrastinating shoppers, it's better late than never. “As you get closer to Christmas obviously it will pick up, so this will be the second busiest weekend of the year for us,” explained Richard James, a manager at Best Buy. In fact, experts say more than one-third of all holidays sales roll-in during the final 10 days before Christmas.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | October 21, 2012
BRANSON, Mo. -- Entertainer Andy Williams was remembered for his smooth voice, gleaming smile and warm heart during a memorial tribute at his Moon River Theatre.  More than 1,000 people attended the memorial tribute on Sunday for Williams, who died last month at age 84 after a battle with bladder cancer.  The crowd included celebrity entertainers such as Bob Newhart and the Lennon Sisters, who performed with Williams for years.  Others, such...
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by Linda Russell and KY3 Reporter | December 21, 2011
SPARTA, Mo.-- It's an early Christmas present for students and staff of Sparta High School.  Wednesday was their first day in a brand new $8 million building. Students are finding their way around a new set of hallways, and learning how things work.  The bells sound different.  "They sound like doorbells and a phone ringing," says junior Taylor Johnson. "The kids are having to get used to having a lock on a locker," says Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hyatt.  "Everyone's trying to figure out their combination and having a hard time getting it," says student council president, Jonna Hyatt.
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by Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | December 13, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Employees of Wing Shack are outraged after its owners skipped town, leaving them without paychecks.   Some of the 10 employees shared their stories at the ransacked store on Wednesday. "I'm out of a job," said former Wing Shack manager Tracy Graves.  "I've got a kid; it's almost Christmas.  What am I going to do?" "I'm going to wake up every day and be pretty upset about it," said former Wing Shack employee William Miller. There is disbelief and anger coming from former employees of Wing Shack.
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by Robin Yancey, News Photographer and ryancey@ky3.com | February 6, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  It's like Christmas for sports lovers.  The Super Bowl for many is the biggest game of the season.  Sportsbars across the county prepare for huge numbers of people to come watch the big game.  After three years in buisness, Marty's is hoping for its biggest turn out yet.
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by Paula Morehouse and Justin Haase, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | December 24, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- As Santa checked his list to prepare for his big trip, a lot of people in the Ozarks headed to Battlefield Mall in Springfield to finish shopping for everyone on their list.  Last-minute gift buyers were not alone.   According to the National Retail Federation, 10 percent of shoppers waited until Christmas Eve to buy their presents. "It's nice. I mean you can't complain when you work retail and it's busy. " said Joey Kinder, a manager at Tradehome Shoes.
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Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | December 24, 2012
Springfield, Mo. --  Dozens in the Ozarks are spending Christmas gathered around the hospital beds of some of the tiniest patients.  They are praying and hoping their newest family members survive.  The premature babies in the intensive care unit at Cox South could be considered tiny Christmas presents, but arriving early can create many complications. "He was due January 24.  He came nine weeks early," said Amanda Houtz, the mother of a baby named Logan.  Houtz spends about twelve hours a day with her son.  Logan weighs just four pounds.
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December 24, 2012
                  TONIGHT Low 20s Becoming Cloudy TUESDAY Low 30s Cloudy with snow developing, heavy at times during the evening.  Strong winds gusting to 30.  Winter Storm Warning South WEDNESDAY Upper 20s Snow ends early then mostly cloudy windy and cold 12-hour forecast 24-hour forecast...
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by Paula Dowler, KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | December 24, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--If you need a little physical activity after the presents are opened and Christmas dinner is but a memory, take advantage of free ice skating at Jordan Valley Ice Rink on Tuesday, December 25th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. The free ice skating is part of Springfield's Festival of Lights Celebration. Skate rental will cost $2.50. Mediacom Ice Park is the sponsor of the event. The ice rink is located near the corner of Kimbrough and Trafficway in Springfield.
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by meteorologist Sarah Jones, KY3 News | December 23, 2012
      TONIGHT Upper 20s Partly cloudy, turning much colder. TOMORROW Near 40° A few clouds and cooler. CHRISTMAS Near 30° Winter Storm Watch . Accumulating snow likely near and south of I-44. 12-hour forecast 24-hour forecast Satellite & Radar Feels Like Allergy Index Almanac   Good Sunday evening.
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by Chief Meteorologist Ron Hearst, KY3 News and stormteam@ky3.com | December 23, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A storm system currently pushing through the southern Rockies will eject into north Texas on Tuesday and bring snow to the Ozarks on Christmas afternoon and evening.  A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for southern Missouri, generally south of a line from Cassville to Branson to Salem.  This includes all of north Arkansas.  Counties that border Interstate 44 are under a winter weather advisory.  The warning and advisory...
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by meteorologist Sarah Jones, KY3 News | December 22, 2012
      TONIGHT Upper 30s Increasing clouds. TOMORROW Mid 50s Partly cloudy and not as warm. MONDAY Upper 30s Much cooler, partly cloudy. 12-hour forecast 24-hour forecast Satellite & Radar Feels Like Allergy Index Almanac   WARM TODAY BUT COOLING OFF IN FORECAST Good evening.
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KY3 News | December 22, 2012
Jeremy Rabe shows us how to make Christmas card ornaments and a tree branch candy centerpiece. Visit the KY3 House Helpers Facebook page here for a chance to win one of these holiday items.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | December 21, 2012
After Christmas, many people want to recycle their Christmas trees.  Here's information on where you can take them in Springfield, Monett and Branson, from news releases and websites. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- For the 26th consecutive year, Bass Pro Shops will be use its employees, property and resources to collect Christmas trees for use by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers as fish habitat. Christmas trees, with stands and decorations removed, can be taken to the area at the northwest end of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store parking lot facing Sunshine Street starting Wednesday, Dec. 26, and continuing through Monday, Jan. 1, from noon until 6 p.m. each day. Trees cannot be dropped off at any other times or at any other Bass Pro Shops properties.
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by Maria Neider, KY3 News and mneider@ky3.com | December 21, 2012
KY3's Ozarks Today got a private cooking lesson at Silver Dollar City's Culinary and Craft School. Here's a special holiday breakfast recipe that won't keep you in the kitchen long. Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Souffle' 1 large loaf of cinnamon raisin bread 3/4 cup of maple syrup, divided 12 ounces of cream cheese, softened 6 ounces of butter, softened 10 eggs, beaten 3 cups of half and half Place chopped/broken bread in a well -buttered 9 x 13 inch glass pan.  Mix cream cheese, butter and 1/4 cup maple syrup until smooth.  Spread on top of the bread, leaving space to pour the egg mixture through.
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