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Posted on: November 27, 2014

21st Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk draws estimated 7,700


An estimated 7,700 runners and walkers registered for this morning’s 21st Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, exceeding last year’s registered participation by about 100.

The annual event is one of the largest timed 5K race in Springfield and the largest...Read more »

Posted on: November 26, 2015

Springfield police investigate officer-involved shooting

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A suspect was shot and killed on Nov. 25 after attempting to take a Springfield police officer's gun. The suspect has been identified as Magnum E. Phillips, 23, of Springfield. His next of kin have been notified.

At approximate...

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

People in the News



At the Nov. 23 City Council meeting, Mayor Bob Stephens recommended the following:
• Appointments to the Mayor’s Commission for Children: Gerry Lee; Dr. Elizabeth Andrews; Brigitte Marrs; and Linda Ramey Griewe with terms to expi...
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Posted on: November 24, 2015

Springfield police continue homicide investigation, victim identified

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At approximately 12:25 p.m. on Nov. 23, Springfield police officers responded to 342 E. Downing Street after a 911 caller requested that officers check the well-being of the residents. After responding to the home, officers were a...

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Posted on: November 16, 2015

Springfield police investigate connected robberies



The Springfield Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in the investigation of two related robberies that occurred on Nov. 13 and 15.

Case 15-45645: On Nov. 13 at approximately 3:18 p.m., Springfield police were d...

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Springfield Fire Department concludes Fire Prevention Month with record-breaking numbers

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Fire Prevention Month has come to a close and nearly 10,000 Springfield children are now a little safer thanks to the dedication of a team of Springfield Firefighters. During 16 days in October, thirty-one firefighters volunteere...Read on...

Fire Safety for Students
Posted on: November 9, 2015

SGF named 2015 Digital Cities Survey winner by Center for Digital Government



e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and its Digital Communities program earlier this month announced the top-ranked cities in the 2015 Digital Cities Survey. Springfield, Mo. held its place as sixth among cities with popula...Read on...

Posted on: November 9, 2015

Take a selfie with Santa, costumed characters at Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 28



Mayor Bob Stephens, with help from first- and second-grade students, will signal the start of the holiday season by lighting a 33-foot Norway spruce, located in Jordan Valley Park, east of the Mediacom Ice Park at the annual Mayor...Read on...

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Posted on: November 6, 2015

Don’t waste those leaves – recycle them!



For many of us, an Ozarks autumn wouldn’t be complete without long drives along country roads to gaze at the beautiful gold, crimson and orange leaves. However, once the leaves fall from the trees, we’re tasked with disposing of them properly.

In 1992, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources banned yardwaste (leaves, grass clippings, brush) from Missouri landfills – for good reason. When placed in landfills, yardwaste takes up valuable space. Besides, it has great value when composted or ground up for landscaping mulch.

In response to the landfill yardwaste ban, the city of Springfield implemented several programs to help Springfield and Greene County residents reuse and recycle yardwaste.

The best recycling process for grass and leaves is to mulch the yardwaste while mowing your yard. When grass and leaves are left on the yard after mowing, important nutrients are put back into the soil. By adding these free nutrients back into the soil, we can improve the appearance of our lawns. This is also more convenient because it eliminates needless bagging of grass and leaves, along with transporting and hauling costs.

A second option is to compost grass and leaves in a small compost bin on your property. This also provides residents with a convenient and economical option for reusing grass and leaves without having to haul these materials to an approved processing facility. The composted materials can then be used to enhance the soil in flower and vegetable gardens.

As a third option, the city offers the Yardwaste Recycling Center, located near the Southwest Treatment Plant. This recycling center accepts materials from residents of Springfield and Greene County and processes the grass clippings and leaves into compost for reuse as a soil amendment and grinds woody materials for landscaping mulch. These products are available for sale at the center.

As a last option, the City accepts small quantities of yardwaste at the Franklin Recycling Center, 731 N. Franklin, and at the Lone Pine Recycling Center, 3020 S. Lone Pine. Loads above the limits will be referred to the Yardwaste Recycling Center.

As a reminder, city ordinance prohibits placing yardwaste in streets, storm drains, ditches, waterways or other drainage areas. Placing yardwaste in streets or drainage areas can cause flooding and water pollution. When storm drains and ditches are clogged with yardwaste, there is the potential for flooding, which can result in unsafe driving conditions and property damage.

Placing yardwaste in the street can also cause a hazard to motorists by reducing traction between vehicles and the roadway. Storm drains and ditches flow directly into streams, rivers and lakes, which provide drinking water and recreation. The nutrients in yardwaste promote undesirable algae growth in our streams and lakes, affecting the quality of our water resources.

Visit for information regarding hours of operation, locations and materials accepted or call the Recycling Hotline at 864-1904.


For more information, please contact Sustainability Officer Barbara Lucks at 864-2005 or

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Posted on: November 5, 2015

November sales tax revenue down 2% compared to budget; up 3% YTD



The City of Springfield's November1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 2% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in October from transactions made prima...Read on...

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Posted on: November 2, 2015

Five City Councilmembers issue statement



Mayor Pro Tem Ken McClure; Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson; Councilman Craig Fishel; Councilwoman Jan Fisk; Councilman Mike Schilling

As elected officials representing the city, th...Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2015

Impacting Poverty Commission releases 2015 Report and Call to Action


At the Junior League of Springfield's Community Summit: Focus on Poverty, Springfield's Impacting Poverty Commission, led by Community Partnership of the Ozarks, released its 2015 Report and Call to Action.

In addition to the Poverty Commission's Repo...Read more »

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Posted on: September 23, 2015

'Zone blitz' plan to address concerns shared in May’s listening meetings



At a series of nine “listening” meetings in Springfield’s northwest neighborhoods in May, City and community leaders heard neighbors’ concerns.

Now, it’s time for action.

About 175 individuals representing nearly 100 organi...Read on...

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Posted on: October 14, 2015

Ozarks workforce leaders to conduct second annual regional survey



The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the Missouri Job Center and various chambers of commerce, is releasing the second annual State of the Workforce Survey to identify the issues, challenges and trends...Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2015

Mayor Stephens announces formation of task force on crisis sheltering



Mayor Bob Stephens announced Wednesday, Sept. 16, the formation of a task force on crisis sheltering. Describing the numbers of people in need of immediate shelter, as “mind boggling,” Stephens said the lack of crisis shelter faci...Read on...

List of Area Crisis Shelters
Posted on: March 19, 2015

Diversity in SGF


Springfield leaders share the sentiment that diversity and inclusion are extremely important aspects of community culture.

Posted on: October 28, 2011

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