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edited news release | March 12, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In recognition of Missouri State University's conservation and forestation efforts, the Arbor Day Foundation recognized MSU as a Tree Campus USA.   That's a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. “Becoming a Tree Campus USA member doesn't only show our commitment to campus but also our community,” said John Clark, MSU assistant director of facilities management.  “It creates a healthier community, reflects our pride, makes the campus more inviting to the public and increases its usage.” MSU achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA's five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.
presented by Elle Feldman of Elle's Patisserie, Springfield, (417) 576-6049 and | December 17, 2012
Ingredients         * 2 1/2 cups of finely shredded unsweetened coconut         * 3/4 cup of granulated sugar         * 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten         * 5 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract         * Pinch of salt         * Confectioners' sugar, for dusting Directions         1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly combine coconut,  granulated sugar, egg whites, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl using  your hands or a wooden spoon.  Form 2 tablespoons of the mixture at a  time into 2-inch-tall trees with your hands, using your fingertips to  make pointed tops.  Transfer each tree to a parchment-lined baking sheet,  spacing them 1 inch apart.
by KY3 News, Media Release & The City of Springfield and | December 25, 2010
SPRINGFIELD-- There are several options for recycling your Christmas Tree, beginning on Sunday, December 26th. Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World at Campbell & Sunshine: For the 24th consecutive year, Bass Pro Shops will be utilizing their 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 starting Sunday, December 26th and continuing through Saturday, January 1st from noon until 6:00 p.m. each day. The Ozarks Trail Council Boy Scouts Wa-Sha-She Lodge Order of the Arrow will man the collection area helping unload trees and loading trailers with trees to be hauled to habitat area sites.
by Mike Landis, KY3 News and | March 27, 2011
SPRINGFIELD,  Mo. - The winter and snow are finally gone.  Now there's a different show of white signaling spring is in the air. It's hard to miss the Bradford Pear trees in yards and lining streets, their white flowers lighting up the landscape.   Experts say the trees are popular because they grow fast- up to two feet a year.  In recent decades they've become one of the most popular landscaping trees in the Ozarks. But their beauty may lie in the eye of the beholder.
by Mike Landis, KY3 News and | August 21, 2012
LACLEDE COUNTY, Mo. - Its feeding time on the Atkinson farm.  Instead of a bale of hay, or a bucket of grain, Danny carries a chainsaw as he trudges through his drought stricken pasture. Because of the lack of rain, drain and grass is harder to come by.  However, Danny Atkinson has come up with a way to keep his livestock fed. “We have resorted to cutting trees,” explained Atkinson. Since there's nothing green on the ground to eat, he's turning to the green growing on trees.
by Mike Landis, KY3 News and | June 3, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -  Whether on four legs, or just two, there's nothing like a stroll in the park.  Walkers and (and their pets) are taking to the trails at the Botanical Gardens at Nathaniel Greene-Close Memorial Park. "You would be really impressed that most of the gardens are maintained completely by volunteers," stated Katie Steinoff, director of the Springfield Botanical Center. Unfortunately, making a garden grow isn't so easy when people keep stealing plants.  Over the last couple of years, thieves have stolen plants, while vandals have uprooted others.
by Chris Replogle and | August 4, 2012
FORSYTH, Mo. - Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell has received several reports of damage after Saturday night's strong storms. The worst of the damage is along Highway 176 north of Walnut Shade.  Deputies found numerous trees down and damage to one home.  The homeowner suffered minor injuries, but refused medical treatment. A barn collapsed in the strong winds near Bradleyville in eastern Taney County.
interview by Steve Grant, KY3 News and | October 5, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- If you're looking for a way to make a little extra money this fall, now is the time to start picking black walnuts.  Brian Hammons, president of Hammons Products Company of Stockton, says many of the walnuts are still on trees.  He expects the harvest to pick up in another week or two. Growers say a windy, rainy spell with some hard freezes will help bring the walnuts off the trees.  Hammons says last year's price to pick walnuts was $9 per 100 pounds.
by Paula Dowler, KY3 News and | April 4, 2011
SPRINGFIELD -- A student from Field Elementary is the citywide winner of the Springfield 2011 Arbor Day Poster Contest. The contest asked 5th grade students to create a poster reflecting the theme: Trees Are Terrific and Energy Wise. Noah Henkle won the contest for best overall poster out of nearly 300 entries from Springfield area 5th graders. Noah receive a gift from the Missouri Department of Conservation, a framed certificate from Springfield City Council and the Tree City USA Citizens’ Advisory Committee, a one-year pass to Dickerson Park Zoo for his family and a tree coupon from City Utilities.
by meteorologist Abby Dyer, KY3 News and | September 14, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Autumn weather normally brings vibrant foliage to the Ozarks, but this year's colors may end up being a big disappointment.  After the third hottest summer on record and below average precipitation since spring, trees across the Ozarks are stressed. Peak foliage season normally occurs in the first few weeks of October, but many leaves are already changing and even falling off. “Prior stressors are causing a lot of trees to change early.  It's really fairly early for any trees to be changing, and so all of the changing trees you see now and all of the leaf litter you see all over the ground is probably in indicator of the heat stress from this summer,” said arborist Noel Boyer, owner of All About Trees . Even if we get a significant amount of rainfall before the peak season, it is likely that the damage to the trees is already done and this fall won't show its vibrant colors.
by Mike Landis, KY3 News and | September 24, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The trees of the Ozarks look like a luscious sea of green.  It was a different story this time last year when fall foliage was brown and dry. "A lot of it last year was the heat, and a lot of the trees shut down last year just because of the heat," stated Rod Tucker, forestry specialist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. The beautiful colors of fall eventually came through, though not as brilliantly as it  had some years. This season could shape up to be one of those more colorful years, thanks to a summer of moisture and milder temperatures.
Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | September 24, 2013
WEBSTER COUNTY, Mo. - An 82-year-old man was airlifted to a Springfield hospital and his 19-year-old passenger was also hurt after a Monday afternoon crash in Webster County. A 1999 Ford Expedition driven by Levi H. Breland of Seymour was southbound on Highway Z seven miles north of Fordland when the vehicle failed to take a curve, went off the right side of the roadway and hit a tree. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the car then hit an embankment then became airborne, hitting two more trees and coming to rest vertically on its front end against the second tree.
by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and Email Dustin | September 24, 2013
VALLEY SPRINGS, Ark. - A student at a small northern Arkansas high school made quite the discovery that will put his name in the state record books. Tyler Campbell was taking the introduction to horticulture class as a junior at Valley Springs High School when teacher Tim Moore was approached by the National Park Service at the Buffalo River about helping them restore the Chinquapin population. Students went out and collected acorns from the tree and germinated them in the school's greenhouse before planting them back in the wild.
by Lindsey Henry, KY3 News and | September 13, 2013
BIRCH TREE, Mo. -- A parking lot fight between two teenagers at Liberty High School in Mountain View ended up with the grandfather of one of the boys being involved.  The grandfather is Birch Tree Mayor Gordan Williamson.  Kyle Roberts says Williamson threw a punch at him.  Now the Shannon County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Roberts, 17, is suspended from school after the fight.  On Thursday afternoon, he and his mother talked about what happened. "It happened Tuesday and I heard some rumors this boy was talking about me, so I went out to the parking lot and he parked right beside me, so I waited for him to come out to ask him questions, and he came out there and I asked him, and his grandpa, the mayor, showed up," Roberts said.
Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | September 3, 2013
RICHLAND, Mo. - A woman from Richland died in a wreck near her hometown Monday evening. Highway Patrol troopers say Melissa Crossland, 45, was a passenger in a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero that ran off Highway A when the car ran off the road, hit a tree and flipped. The driver, 25-year-old Joshua Shelton of Crocker, was flown to a Springfield hospital with serious injuries. Neither Crossland nor Shelton were wearing seat belts, according to a crash report.
by Brett Onstott, KY3 News Producer | September 3, 2013
RICHLAND, Mo. - A Richland woman is dead after a crash north of her hometown. Highway Patrol troopers say Melissa Crossland, 45, was a passenger in a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero that ran off Highway A when the car ran off the road, hit a tree and flipped. The driver, 25-year-old Joshua Shelton of Crocker, was flown to a Springfield hospital with serious injuries. Neither Crossland nor Shelton were wearing seat belts, according to a crash report.
Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | August 16, 2013
NIXA, Mo. - A 73-year-old woman from Aurora died when her car struck a tree west of Nixa, state troopers said. According to a crash report, Barbara L. Kronschanabel was driving a 2005 Buick LeSabre east on Missouri Route 14 when the car ran off the right side of the road and hit a tree at roughly 11:15 a.m. Kronschanabel wasn't wearing a seatbelt, the report indicated. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and | July 16, 2013
SHELL KNOB, Mo. - Eight people received minor injuries as the result of an equipment failure that caused a bus to crash near Shell Knob on Monday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says equipment failed on a 1995 International bus as the 49-year-old driver was navigating it along Stallion Bluff Road three miles north of Shell Knob. The bus struck a tree, causing injuries to the driver and seven others. Two of the injured are minors; the ages of the others involved are unknown, according to a Highway Patrol crash report.
by Chris Replogle and | June 28, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A strong line of thunderstorms gave the Ozarks an early wake-up call Friday morning. Gale force winds in strong thunderstorms damaged trees and knocked out power in several communities in Greene and Christian counties.  The thunderstorms packed a punch around 2 a.m. in Greene County, moving southeast.  Heavy rain also fell on the area. Preliminary storm reports from the National Weather Service indicated wind gusts of 60 mph blew through Republic, Battlefield and areas southwest of Springfield.
By Chris Brewer, web editor and | June 7, 2013
MILLER COUNTY, Mo. - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a man from Dixon died in a crash in Miller County Tuesday evening. Ryan J. Lekey, 24, died after a 2004 Ford Explorer he was driving failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the left side of Missouri Route 17, subsequently hitting a tree and overturning -- causing it to strike another tree. Lekey, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, died at the scene. The crash took place just over a half-mile south of Route K in Miller County, troopers said.
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