Amtrak Making Plans For A Springfield Stop!

Amtrak is in the early planning stages of possibly making a route through the Springfield area.

In the latest report the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has produced several possible daily long-distance passenger routes. One current option is the Amtrak route would start in Dallas, Fort Worth, then work its way through the Midwest, making stop in Springfield, then on to New York City.

If the plan is approved, it will be the first passenger train to come through the Springfield area since the 1960's.


Ways To Save On Your Utility Bill!

How can you save big bucks on your summer utility bill? City Utilities of Springfield has some great ways to save!

Summer energy-saving tips:

  1. Dial Up Your Thermostat. Increasing the temperature by 5 to 8 degrees while you are away can add up to big savings. The suggested temperature for summer months is 78 degrees. A smart thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature for you and can be controlled from anywhere. City Utilities offers a rebate for the purchase and install of an Energy Star labeled smart thermostat. Click here to learn more.
  2. Seal out the Cracks. Keeping warm air out is vital to staying cool on a hot summer day. Check the edges of your windows for any cracks and apply weather stripping or caulk to seal them up.
  3. Block the Sun. Close your curtains or shades during the day to prevent warming.
  4. Keep it Clean. Check your outdoor HVAC unit and make sure the area around the condenser is clean. Also, check to see if it is due for an in-depth cleaning. Contact a HVAC service professional to inspect and clean the unit.
  5. Check the Vents. Make sure your indoor vents are free from items like curtains and furniture which block airflow. Also, vacuum vents to remove dust and debris.
  6. Time Your Appliance Usage. If possible, avoid using major appliances during the hottest hours of the day. Your dryer and oven bring additional warm air into your home, making the air conditioner work harder.
  7. Are Your Filters Clean? One of the cheapest and easiest ways to help your air conditioner run efficiently is to replace the air filters every three months.

Need more ideas?   cityutilities.net/save or call  the CU Energy Services team at 417-874-8200.


Nixa Teen Hurt By Shark!

A trip to Daytona Beach Florida for vacation, has a Nixa youth taking a trip to the hospital!

The 14-year-old boy had been swimming in Volusia County at the beach when the shark bite occurred.

The teen was taken to the hospital with a bite to his foot and his injuries are not life threatening.

Information regarding the boys name or what kind of shark that bit him have not been released.


Family Weekend Fun!

Check out the list for family fun this weekend!

Weekend Update for  July 12-14

FRIDAY

Family fishing at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 6-9 pm 10 per person with fishing gear. Register 417-837-5949

Springfield Cardinals VS Wichita 7:05 Fireworks after the game

Watercolor USA opens at Springfield Art Museum at noon.

JAWS at the Gillioz theater 7:30

Shark Week continues at WONDERS OF WILDLIFE MUSEUM

SATURDAY

Country Star Brett Young at Black Oak Amp with MaKenzie Porter- shows at 7 with tickets still available

Springfield Cardinals VS Wichita 6:35 Marvel Hero Dress up pregame parade

C-Street Market 9 am (crafts, produce, baked items and more)

Ozark Lunkers 2024 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Game time is 7:05. Tickets are available

Bransons Great Bacon Race and Half Marathon  The Half Marathon will begin at 7:00 AM and the 5K will begin at 8:00 AM. Table Rock Lake - Dewey Short Visitor Center  4500 Missouri 165 Branson. Entry fees apply

Summer Nights at Silver Dollar City runs through August 4! Enjoy the city at night- until 10 pm!

 


Water Boil Order For Fair Grove Residents!

A boil water advisory has been issued for the residents of Fair Grove.

A positive sample for E. Coli and coliform has been found in the water.

Several samples will be taken until there is no bacteria in the water system. Residents are urged to boil their drinkable water for 3 minutes and let it cool before using it.

Authorities also suggest not using the ice in the household ice maker and to disinfect dishes and surfaces in clean water with bleach.

The boil advisory will be lifted once the test samples come back negative.

 


The Springfield-Greene-County Health Department Is Moving Back Home!

Since March 4, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department has been operating out of the Cox Medical Tower at 1443 N. Robberson Ave. The Bengsch Building has been closed for facility renovations since the end of February.

Services will remain at Cox Medical Tower through Friday, July 26, 2024 and then transition back to their newly revamp location at the Bengsch Building, 227 E. Chestnut Expressway on July 30, 2024.

As the department prepares to move back to its original location, the following services will not be offered on July 29: STI testing and treatment, vaccinations, vital records such as birth and death certificates and lab services like well water testing.  These services will be available once the "move-in" has been complete.

 


Register-To-Vote Deadline For August Election Is Today!

Today marks the deadline to register if you wish to vote for the August primary election.

This means, if you live in Greene County, you have until 5 pm today to make sure all your paper work is in, or if sending through the mail, your letter is postmarked July 10, 2024.

You may register at the Greene County Courthouse (940 N. Boonville, Room 113) in person or any branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library.
Please bring one of the following as forms of I.D to register:

  • Copy of a birth certificate
  • A Native American tribal document
  • Valid Missouri driver’s license
  • Other proof of United States citizenship

The Greene County Clerk’s Office asks anyone who has moved to contact them to avoid unnecessary delays, as updates must be completed in writing.

The August 6, 2024 primary will include races for several county, state and federal offices, as well as statewide ballot issues.


No Personal Checks Allowed At Target Very Soon!

Target shoppers, read this if you use personal checks!

Target just announced it will no longer accept personal checks as forms of payment beginning next Monday, July 15, 2024!

The change stems from a "low volume" of costumers who do use personal checks to pay for their items at the check-out.

Here is what Target WILL accept as payment. Cash, credit cards, debit cards, SNAP/EBT and digital wallet payments.


Little By Little Cape Fair Marina Starting To Open!

Great news, after a terrifying storm blew in to Cape Fair, Mo on July 3, the Marina, which was hit hard, is starting to get back to a "new" normal.

So far, crews have recovered at least 22 boats from Dock A. The fast moving storm flipped the docks over and damaged or submerged several boats.

Cape Fair Marina has indicated that at least two docks are now open and several docks should be accessible by weeks end.

The Marina restaurant, "Pizza World," opens today and bathrooms will also be open.


Family Activities For The Weekend!

Weekend Update for  June 28-30

FRIDAY

Springfield Cardinals VS Arkansas Travelers 7:05 Fireworks after the game

Movies in the Park in Nixa 701 Taylor Way. The movie “Elemental” rated PG will be shown at dark. Bring blankets and lawn chairs FREE

Themed public skat at Jordan Valley Ice Park 6 pm

Nate Bargatze Great Southern Bank Arena 7 pm

SATURDAY

Springfield Cardinals VS Arkansas Travelers 6:35 Bobble head night for Ozzie Smith. First 2000 get the give-away

Hartville Tractor Pull begins at 6pm 4715 Mo. 5 Hartville

C-Street Market 9 am (crafts, produce, baked items and more)

Common Soldiers during the Battle of Wilson Creek 11 am

Farmers Market of the Ozarks near the Nature Center 8 am

Freedom Fest Dog Show/ Costume contest 4 pm 222 W. Jackson