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Chris Replogle, KY3/KSPR and Twitter: @ky3hogsinsider or on Facebook: @KYTVHogsInsider | August 29, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark, - Arkansas vs. Texas A&M is moving back to Dallas. The now Southeastern Conference rivals have agreed to a long-term series through the 2024 season to play at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.  The two schools moved the rivalry to on-campus sites this season and next season. "We are excited to have reached a new agreement to return our series with Texas A&M to Cowboys Stadium,” said Jeff Long.  "The addition of Texas A&M into the SEC will only increase the excitement surrounding the Southwest Classic played in the world's most spectacular stadium.
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | March 9, 2012
BOLIVAR, Mo  -  The Bolivar Air Force R.O.T.C. program is taking aim at a national marksmanship title. The team finished second in the Air Force marksmanship competition in February and earned the right to compete in the All-Service Competition; and win or lose, they say they plan on putting Bolivar R.O.T.C. on the map. "They're kind of the elite of R.O.T.C.," says Lt. Col. Patrick Sanders of his five member team, "We take it very seriously. " And even though they come from different levels of experience; "I've pretty much been shooting my whole life; my dad started teaching  me as a kid," says sophomore Robert Heydenreich.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | February 1, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The snow caused more than 200 schools in our area to close Tuesday and Wednesday, but it also led to the shutdown many other places. The snow fell all day Tuesday, and many businesses and a lot of local governments followed the example of schools, shutting down for the day.  Some decided to brave the storm, however, and serve those who are brave enough to venture out. The roads are a challenge that many decided to avoid; others wish they had.  For those who had the skill or the four-wheel drive, there were some "open" signs turned on.  Urgent care clinics were still willing to take patients in need of care.
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by photojournalist Cliff Erwin, KY3 News and cerwin@ky3.com | February 10, 2011
Mother Nature slammed parts of northwest Arkansas with up to two feet of snow.  Here's a video essay about one family who's making the best of the winter weather. SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- The sound of kids happiness could be heard coming from the Shuls' house. "I'd say this is pretty new for Arkansas. I don't remember ever seeing anything like this," said James Shuls, the father of Tryston and Taryn, who were having fun in their freshly made backyard fort. "They're having a ton of fun; it'd be more if we had a big hill to sled down," Shuls said.
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May 18, 2010
Ozarks -- Winter weather is barreling through most of the Ozarks and snow is piling up. Check here for the latest school closings. The schools are listed in alphabetical order, no matter if they are Missouri public, Arkansas public, Headstarts, or private schools and colleges. The following schools have cancelled classes for Tuesday, January 5, 2010: Ava Head Start Deer/Mt. Judea School District Gainesville R-5 Hurley R-1 West Plains Head Start (Closed Through 1/8)
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | June 21, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Developer Paul Larino of Nixa signed a contract months ago to buy the old Hickory Hills School site.  He missed his first scheduled payment of more than $2 million to the Springfield School District this month and asked the district not to void his contract. Larino announced his plans for Hickory Hills Marketplace in December.  Now the plans may be in question, as Larino has not kept part of the contract with the district. The plan calls for the old Hickory Hills School to be torn down and an anchor store and restaurants to be built on the site, which is the northeast corner of Chestnut Expressway at U.S. 65. "We are going to cater to some nicer restaurants, probably will be a component of some relocation of fast food restaurants that are not currently in this area," Larino said in December.  Larino didn't make the deadline of June 15 for his first payment of $2.5 million.  The Springfield School District sent a statement on Tuesday: "On June 28, the school board will discuss during executive session its option concerning the Hickory Hills property.
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edited news release | February 16, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield Catholic School Board voted unanimously on Feb. 10 to restructure leadership roles within the Springfield Catholic School System.  With the goals of the mission of Springfield Catholic Schools as a guide, the SCS School Board asked Amy DeMelo, director of Springfield Catholic Schools, to serve in an additional capacity as the principal of Springfield Catholic High School.  The decision is based upon DeMelo’s current and previous administrative experience as well as the long range plan for Springfield Catholic Schools to move the Central Offices to Springfield Catholic High School this July.
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Chris Replogle, KY3 News | May 8, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -  Springfield's Central High School does it again. Central High has earned a spot on U.S. News Best High Schools list, ranking 327th best in the country.  The school ranks fourth best in the state of Missouri.  No other area school made the state's top ten list.   The magazine issues its list based on several factors including subject proficiency and college readiness.     
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Staff and creplogle@schurz.com | February 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield Public Schools leaders say they are taking extra precautions to protect students at Kickapoo High School following a bomb threat on Thursday. The district is working with law enforcement to determine whether the threat discovered at the school is not a hoax.  The following is a phone message that was sent to Kickapoo High School parents Thursday. Today a message was found in a restroom at Kickapoo High School threatening to blow up the building on Feb. 8. School staff and district administrators are taking every reasonable measure to determine whether this threat may be a hoax and that all appropriate local authorities have been notified.
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Maria Neider, KY3 News | August 16, 2011
15-year-old Ashley Burns is a self-proclaimed foodie.  The Granby, Missouri teen chef loves to make her own lunches for school.  Because she enjoys spending so much time in the kitchen, she started putting her own recipes on YouTube.  She calls the clips "Kids In The Kitchen" and dreams to be on the Food Network someday.  Ashley appeared on Ozarks Today to share her healthy recipe for a twist on the typical brown bag lunch and also...
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | August 13, 2013
NIXA, Mo -- The school bells rang marking the first day of school for many in the Ozarks. The new school year comes with uncertainty. Districts are preparing for what they call significant cuts. It's a tax-cut bill that's expected to hurt education funds. School districts could lose millions of dollars. Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the bill. Now republicans have the chance to override that move. It's the first day of school in Nixa. As teachers go over the rules, educators are going over the budget.
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by Brett Onstott, KY3 News Producer | August 13, 2013
MILLER, Mo. - Students in Miller will get a couple of extra days of summer vacation. Classes were scheduled to start Tuesday, but a mechanical failure which resulted in flooding in the elementary school has delayed the start of class until Thursday.  Some elementary students will attend class at the high school until repairs to their classrooms are made. News release from the school district: Due to a mechanical failure and subsequent flooding at Miller Elementary School, the first day of school for all students in kindergarten through twelfth grade will be delayed until Thursday, August 15, 2013.
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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and Email Dustin | August 13, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - It's the last day of summer vacation for students in Springfield. For students it can be a lot easier to get used to the new summer time schedule than it can getting used to going back to school. Angie Fletcher with the University of Missouri Extension in Douglas County recommends helping kids get back into the routine of going to school by establishing a back to school routine. That can consist of going to bed and waking up earlier, setting out your clothes the night before and waking up and eating breakfast each morning.
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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | August 12, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- On Wednesday, the Springfield School District open its doors for the year.  For parents with kids new to the area, registering is easier than ever. For the first time, the district offers online registration for students who are new to the district.  Just click the link here to go to the online enrollment page on the district's website. Officials say this option is something parents have been asking for for a while.  When you do register a new student, you'll need to fill in the child's name and birthday as well as what grade they will be in. Officials say it helps them get the best possible teacher-to-student ratio.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | August 11, 2013
OZARK, Mo.-- There's a back to school bash in Ozark Sunday evening.  Lake Hills Church in Ozark welcomes the community to get geared up for going back to class. The event is from 5:00 to 8:00 Sunday evening. The church is planning to serve some 1,000 kids. They'll distribute backpacks filled with supplies.  They will also offer free haircuts, manicures, face painting and plenty of activities for the kids. Lake Hills is located at 5101 Towne Centre, in Ozark. 
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Maria Neider, KY3, Follow Maria on Facebook and Twitter@KY3MariaNeider | August 10, 2013
Craft guru Jeremy Rabe shared an idea for a unique gift for teachers next week when children go back to school.  His "House Helpers" project featured on Ozarks Today Weekend Edition with Maria Neider featured a sunburst dry erase board.  Rabe says the supplies to make the project cost less than $10 and it's a fun project for the family to do together.  The board is also great for a kid's bedroom or homework area.
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edited news release | August 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The coming school year will be the last year for Superintendent Norm Ridder at the helm of the Springfield School District. The school board announced Ridder's decision at the end of its meeting on Tuesday night. Ridder previously asked the school board not to extend his contract beyond its present expiration of June 2015.  He and the board restructured his contract so there would be no penalty if he decided to leave before that.  This is his ninth year at the helm of the district.
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | August 6, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, --  Next week when the school bells ring, more than 800 Springfield students will start the school year in a brand new building. Instructor Brandy Campbell has moved from Study to her brand new music room at Westport. "The kids will not sit on top of each other. In the old room they would knock stands into each other because there were built in risers. I have a sound system. Before I would plug in a stereo and crank it up. In here I have speakers," said Campbell.
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by Paula Morehouse and Justin Haase, KY3 News | August 5, 2013
SPRINGFIELD --  In a week, most area kids will be back in the classroom.   While parents are scrambling to pick up school supplies, one agency lent a huge helping hand. The Salvation Army handed out about 3,500 items on Monday as part of its distribution day. About 850 children received clothes, backpacks, basic school supplies, and a Walmart voucher for shoes.  Organizers said they could still use donated clothes because the inventory was down.  "Particularly small boys.
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Ashley Reynolds and areynolds@ky3.com | August 4, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, -- The effort to get more kids ready for school is taking a big leap forward. Last spring we told you about a problem in our community. A growing number of children are not ready for kindergarten and then fall behind. We examined the need for improved early childhood education.   More than 20 percent of Springfield area children are not ready for kindergarten. It was that statistic that sparked discussion and now action. There's a new group called the Every Child Promise.
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