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These millionaires were "maid" in the Ozarks

The strange little play that was “Maid in the Ozarks” actually became a really big deal money-wise. Despite the fact that it was advertised by its producers as “the worst play in the world,” and review after review was filled with repugnance, it thrived and brought people to the theater who had never been before.

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Monday 04/04/2016
Who Knew? with Sandy Higgins

Job: CEO of the best little apparel company in the Ozarks!  The Crackerjack Shack

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Wednesday 03/30/2016
Roberson arrested for DWI and second degree assault after fleeing the police

A car chase early Saturday morning has 18-year-old Keith Roberson of Willard behind bars in the Greene County Jail.

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Tuesday 03/29/2016
The curious story of the "Maid in the Ozarks"

The comedic play, “Maid in the Ozarks” was apparently a farce that employed the hillbilly stereotype as a stock character. It never received a good review and for a while was even billed as “the worst play in the world.” But it had a remarkable run that stretched across two decades and across the width of this nation and even made it to Broadway.

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Monday 03/28/2016
Who Knew? with Lynn Morgan

Job:     Captain Republic Fire

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Wednesday 03/23/2016
Featured in Forbes

Honoring employees coupled with going above and beyond for customers have created a winning formula for Sandy Higgins, owner of The Crackerjack Shack, which recently opened up shop in Republic.

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Tuesday 03/22/2016
Light it up

The Republic Fire Department hosted a liquefied propane gas emergency class March 19 to provide firefighters with an understanding of liquefied propane’s properties and characteristics. Other topics included common storage containers in residential and commercial use and components of different types of liquefied propane transport vehicles.

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Sanders, Cruz dominate Greene County Primary Election

On Tuesday, March 15, voters across the state cast their ballots in the Presidential Primary Election. Republican Donald Trump won Missouri with 40.9 percent while Republican Ted Cruz finished second with 40.7 percent of the vote. Trump won 25 delegates while Cruz won 15. On the Democratic side, the race was very close. Hillary Clinton won Missouri with a 49.6 percent vote, just edging out Bernie Sanders who received 49.4 percent of the votes. Both received 34 delegates. While Trump and Clinton emerged victorious, in voters in Greene County clearly felt differently with their votes. In Greene County, 80,486 of the 182,772 registered voters cast a vote. Republican voters showed they preferred Cruz over Trump. Cruz received 26,784 votes while Trump finished second with 16,649 votes. Republican candidate John Kasich finished a distant third with 4,618 votes and fellow Republican candidate Marco Rubio received 2,684 votes.

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This Missourian was a giant in his chosen professions

His name was Cal Hubbard. He was renown in two sports, one as a player and one as an official. He was born Robert Calvin Hubbard on Halloween of 1900, one of six children (although two died in childbirth) of Robert and Sarah Hubbard near Keytesville, Missouri.

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Monday 03/21/2016
Who Knew? with Brent Kendall
Posted: March 21, 2016

Job: Republic Police Department, Patrol Corporal

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Friday 03/18/2016
Feed the mind, feed the body on Kiwanis One Day
Posted: March 18, 2016

As part of an international effort to promote volunteering, the Republic Kiwanis is collecting books and canned goods for two local organizations.

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Thursday 03/17/2016
Republic High School math team qualifies for state
Posted: March 17, 2016

On Saturday, March 12 seven members of the Republic High School Math Team competed at Forsyth High School.  RHS took home 1st Place in Sweepstakes, and all seven students qualified for state!  Below are the individual and team results:​​

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Wednesday 03/16/2016
New city hall in the works for Republic
Posted: March 16, 2016

After four months of study, HDesign Group and Olsson Associates brought a proposed location for a new city hall to the council on March 14.

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Tuesday 03/15/2016
Local cyclists ready to protest HB 2046 with organized ride
Posted: March 15, 2016

David Rice, a Republic native, is an avid cyclist who loves every opportunity to ride.

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Monday 03/14/2016
STEM education extends outside the classroom
Posted: March 14, 2016

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, containers of Legos come out and students in the STRIPES 360 program get to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics in hands-on ways.

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Friday 03/11/2016
Republic conducts Municipal Warrant Sweep
Posted: March 11, 2016

To address the growing number of outstanding municipal warrants accumulating in the Republic Municipal Court; the Republic Police Department will be conducting a Municipal Warrant Sweep the end of March 2016. Citizens with outstanding Republic municipal warrants at that time will be arrested and brought to the Republic Police Department to either post bond or go before a judge to resolve the outstanding warrant.

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Republic students win big at area math competition
Posted: March 11, 2016

Dozens of students from Republic took home awards from the qualifying round of the MCTM Elementary Math Contest.

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Tuesday 03/08/2016
New book sales donated to Republic Historical Society
Posted: March 08, 2016

Republic Historical Society proudly presents their new book “Looking Back – A Memoir of Republic Sports 1913 – 1969” by author and retired coach Leland Brown. The book is filled with an abundance of pictures, statistics, newspaper articles, and memories from several sources. All proceeds from the sales of this book have been donated to the society.

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Monday 03/07/2016
Changes are brewing for city liquor licensing codes
Updated: March 07, 2016 - 9:16 am

An increase in microbreweries and specialty liquor manufacturers in Missouri is one reason the city is considering amending its licensing structure.

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Friday 03/04/2016
Who Knew? with Holly Graaf
Posted: March 04, 2016

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? My daughter, Kenley.

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Thursday 03/03/2016
Not like Flint
Updated: March 03, 2016 - 3:58 pm

Situations like the one in Flint, Michigan could happen anywhere, but it's not an issue for residents of Republic.

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Tuesday 03/01/2016
Who Knew? with Adam Grube
Posted: March 01, 2016

Job: Exercise Specialist at Cox Fitness Center – Republic

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Thursday 02/25/2016
BOE says ‘no’ to Joplin
Posted: February 25, 2016

Joplin’s application to join the Central Ozark Conference Large Division has passed through the principals of the conference, but Republic doesn’t support adding the school to the COC.

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Wednesday 02/24/2016
Still investigating
Posted: February 24, 2016

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating a shooting involving a Republic Police officer that killed a man from Crane.

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Monday 02/22/2016
Who Knew? with Alicia Adams
Posted: February 22, 2016

Something interesting about you most people don’t know? I love to cook and sew.

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Friday 02/19/2016
Republic store hosts free FEMA rebuilding advice
Posted: February 19, 2016

From now until Tuesday, Feb. 23, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be on hand at Lowe's to provide tips and tricks to help you minimize damage in disaster situations.

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Nearing completion
Posted: February 19, 2016

Late in 2015, city council approved the sale of about 4 acres of land in Brookline Park to City Utilities of Springfield. Now a final piece of the puzzle has fallen into place so that sale can be completed.

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Thursday 02/18/2016
Republic JROTC archery brings home hardware
Posted: February 18, 2016

The Republic High School JROTC Archery Team competed at the Spokane Archery State Qualifying Competition Jan. 30 against 16 other schools.

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Wednesday 02/17/2016
Who Knew? with Jeanene Kennett
Posted: February 17, 2016

Job: Nurse Practitioner at Family Medical Walk-In Clinics

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Save the Paw Pantry
Posted: February 17, 2016

The Republic Paw Pantry is making plans for its fifth annual Pancakes for Paws fundraiser, but this year, the organization needs money for more than just dog food.

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Tuesday 02/16/2016
Memories were made at Springfield's Doling Park
Posted: February 16, 2016

This wonderful piece of property with its cave and spring-fed lake was originally owned by brothers John Thomas and James Giboney. They purchased the site in 1845 for the sum of fifty dollars. They built a cabin there and may have used the spring to power a small grist-mill. The cave, which included its own six-foot-tall waterfall, is still known as Giboney Cave.

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Monday 02/15/2016
Effland to travel to Washington, D.C. for journalism conference
Posted: February 15, 2016

FAIRFAX, Virginia -- Brooke Effland, a student at Kickapoo High School, has been selected to represent Battlefield as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2016 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.

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Friday 02/12/2016
RHS announces four Scholastic Writing Award winners
Updated: February 12, 2016 - 9:22 am

The Republic High School ELA Department would like to announce four Scholastic Writing Award Winners for 2016. These student writers (along with the support of their teachers) competed against hundreds of writers across the state of Missouri. Senior Eli Davidson (teacher Tyler Nelson) won a Silver Key for his poem "A Colorless March"; sophomore Trinity Mayer (teacher, Kathy Scales) received Honorable Mention for her narrative "Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones but Words Can Really Hurt Me"; sophomore Grace Cox (teacher, Kathy Scales) received Honorable Mention for her collection of poetry; and sophomore Karleigh Summers (teacher, Lisa Deckard) received Honorable Mention for her personal narrative "The Pressure is On."

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Thursday 02/11/2016
Republic Fire Department could receive FEMA grant funds
Posted: February 11, 2016

A significant chunk of money could be coming to the Republic Fire Department from FEMA for the purchase of training equipment.

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Wednesday 02/10/2016
Who Knew? with Jeremy Lux
Posted: February 10, 2016

Job: Sales and Marketing at The Crackerjack Shack. We help with screen printing, embroidery and promotional product needs.

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Students learn science and technology at robotics competition
Posted: February 10, 2016

Sixth graders at Republic Middle School are getting hands-on with science by building robots, and they’re winning awards for their work.

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Monday 02/08/2016
Science Night brings community members, students and science together in one place
Posted: February 08, 2016

A science fair project has been a standby for middle school students for many years, but teachers and staff at Republic are taking a different approach to teaching science.

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Friday 02/05/2016
On hold
Posted: February 05, 2016

A second reading of a bill that would place a sales tax issue on the ballot this year has been put on hold.

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
Going to the park in Springfield
Posted: February 03, 2016

Today, there are ten 'historic' parks in Springfield. Those ten historic parks are: Fassnight, Grant Beach, Lafayette, Washington, Silver Springs, Smith, Doling, Phelps Grove, Sequiota and Dickerson Park Zoo. I believe that designation simply means they have been there for a long time. There are many other parks in Springfield today, but most of them are comparatively new in contrast with those ten parks.

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Tuesday 02/02/2016
Who Knew? with Greg Lafferty
Posted: February 02, 2016

SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOU MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW: I played baseball for Southwest Baptist University.

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Friday 01/29/2016
Registration open for the 2016 Citizens’ Police Academy
Posted: January 29, 2016

The Republic Police Department is excited to announce the 7th annual Citizens’ Police Academy.  This 12-week program, concluding with a graduation ceremony, is open to residents or workers of Republic who are at least 18 years of age.  The program is free of charge and offers a new and sometimes hands-on learning experience each week.  The sessions are taught by experienced police officers, who share their unique perspective on law enforcement.

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Thursday 01/28/2016
School board recognition and district communication highlights at board meeting
Posted: January 28, 2016

Faculty, staff and students put together gifts, notes and banners that were on display at the Jan. 21 school board meeting.

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Wednesday 01/27/2016
Home invasion robbery connected to Parakeet Motel fire
Posted: January 27, 2016

The fire that destroyed the Parakeet Motel on Dec. 10 has been connected to the home invasion robbery that happened the same day.

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The Yellow Brick Road Led to Fame for this Missourian
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 10:39 am

Michael Finocchiaro and his twin sister were born July 8, 1919 in St. Louis. His parents were Italian immigrants. Michael and his sister had four other siblings. One of Michael's grandfathers was a stone carver who owned and operated a cemetery monument business in St. Louis since 1911.

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Tuesday 01/26/2016
Erosion and drainage issues to be addressed at Miller Park and Shuyler Creek Trail
Posted: January 26, 2016

Problems start when water doesn’t flow where it’s supposed to, so the Republic Parks and Recreation department is addressing problems at two of its parks in order to prevent further erosion damage.

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Monday 01/25/2016
Who Knew? with Debbie Watson
Posted: January 25, 2016

Job: Customer Service Representative at Bank of Missouri

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Friday 01/22/2016
Living history
Posted: January 22, 2016

Students in Republic’s gifted education program are getting the chance to study history the way historians do with the help of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

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Thursday 01/21/2016
Walmart Express in Clever closing its doors
Posted: January 21, 2016

Only a year after opening, the Walmart Express in Clever will be shutting its doors Jan. 28.

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Wednesday 01/20/2016
Republic Schools recognizes Board of Education Jan. 21
Posted: January 20, 2016

The Missouri School Boards’ Association is celebrating the men and women who make up the state’s boards of education Jan. 24-30.

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Monday 01/18/2016
Who Knew? with Matt McNitt
Posted: January 18, 2016

Job: Pharmacist/Pharmacy Manager at The Family Pharmacy – Republic

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Thursday 01/14/2016
Sales tax issue could be on the ballot in 2016
Posted: January 14, 2016

A 2012 Missouri Supreme Court decision means Republic residents will have a decision to make regarding sales taxes for titling vehicles bought out of state.

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Wednesday 01/13/2016
Who Knew? with Carol Lafferty
Posted: January 13, 2016

Job: Peoples Community Bank in Republic

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Keeling named interim city administrator
Posted: January 13, 2016

Jim Krischke’s time as city administrator ends this week, and parks and recreation director Jared Keeling will step in as the interim administrator until the city takes further action.

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Tuesday 01/12/2016
'It’s not the guns'
Posted: January 12, 2016

Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott held a press conference Jan. 5 to address the new executive order President Barack Obama released earlier that day.

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Republic students named to dean's lists
Posted: January 12, 2016

Republic students at various colleges in Missouri and abroad received recognition for academic excellence. The following students made the dean's list at their respective colleges and universities:

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Monday 01/11/2016
McPhail and Gaines named to Top 40 under 40 list
Posted: January 11, 2016

Five judges have spoken, and 40 of the Ozarks’ up-and-coming professionals have made their way on to Springfield Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list.

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Friday 01/08/2016
Greene County flood damage estimates
Posted: January 08, 2016

From the Greene County Office of Emergency Management

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Thursday 01/07/2016
Lacrosse program starting at Republic Parks and Recreation
Posted: January 07, 2016

There aren’t many lacrosse teams in southwest Missouri, but Republic students will have an opportunity to play this spring.

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Wednesday 01/06/2016
UPDATE: Two injured as single-engine airplane crashes next to Republic High School
Updated: January 08, 2016 - 3:02 pm

It was a long night for a Springfield husband and wife who crash landed a single-engine airplane into the Republic High School practice football field.

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