Daily brief (1/10): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today has a 50 percent chance of rain after noon today, with rain likely tonight. The high will be 51.

The skies should clear by tomorrow, with another high in the 50s. A chance of snow moves into the forecast tomorrow night, as a cold front moves through and the low dips to 20. It will be blustery, with gusts of almost 30 mph.

Wednesday will be clear but colder, with a high of 31.

Today’s picks

  • KY3: Three people apply for vacant council seat. As of Monday, three people had applied for the Zone 1 seat vacated by Nick Ibarra: business owner Jeff Paul; Richard Bucklil, an adjunct instructor at Ozarks Technical Community College; and Jeff Seifried, manager of regional development for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • OzarksFirst: Public hearing today for earlier school start. The Springfield School Board will have a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. today at the Kraft Administrative Center. (Other coverage: KSPR)
  • News-Leader: Equestrian center generates interest in Republic. A proposed $350 million received some positive responses at a Monday public hearing. But not everyone supports the massive proposal that would include a 15,000-seat arena. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • News-Leader: Downtown cameras designed to improve security. More than 80 cameras now monitor activity in downtown Springfield.
  • OzarksFirst: Bolivar city administrator resigns after salary flap. Bolivar City Administrator Ron Mersch submitted his resignation Monday after a closed session of the city’s board of aldermen. A proposed budget had included a $12,000 raise for the city administrator.
  • KSMU: Nonprofit group offers septic cleanout program. The James River Basin Partnership, a local group dedicated to improving water quality in the area, has a septic-tank cleanout program to help residents with the cost of pumping out tanks. Septic tanks should be cleaned out every two to three years.
  • KY3: Hillcrest to get $7 million in improvements. A $7 million improvement project has begun at Hillcrest High School that will add nine classrooms and a new cafeteria.
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