Daily brief (12/24): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be sunny and milder, with a high of 47.

Though temperatures will dip below freezing tonight, Christmas day will be another nice one, with sunny skies and a high of 50. A chance of rain and snow moves into the forecast for Monday.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Family whose layaway was paid off vows to pay it forward. Donors are opening their wallets in the Ozarks and paying off gifts that are in layaway.
  • News-Leader: Greene County Commission slashes budget director’s salary. The Greene County Commission has slashed the salary of budget director Jeff Reinold after a downgrade of the county’s credit rating.
  • KY3: Christmas tree recycling helps nonprofit groups. Bass Pro Shops will accept Christmas trees for recycling in its parking lot at 1935 S. Campbell Ave. A donation of $2 or more will go to benefit the Boy Scouts’ local Order of the Arrow lodge.
  • KSPR: Summer drought hits farmers hard this winter. Ozarks farmers say the area’s drought this year left them without proper hay supplies for cattle.
  • News-Leader: Some restaurants will be open Christmas. For those not wanting to cook, several Ozarks restaurants including Mr. Yen’s and Old 65 Cafe will be open on Christmas Day.
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