Daily brief (11/24): Top picks from the Springfield media

Sunny, with a high near 47. This morning is the coldest morning of the season thus far with a wind chill value of 31.

Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 32.

Sunday will start off cold with a wind chill value of 27 and then warming up to a high near 60.

Sunday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 37.

Monday will bring a 40 percent chance of cold rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49 and a low around 29.

Tuesday will be mostly sunny with a high near 43 and a low around 28.

The rest of the week will be dry as temperatures recover from chilly conditions on Tuesday. Highs will be slightly above our mid 50 averages late in the week.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Small businesses in Ozarks serve up their own bargains. In addition to those offering their own Black Friday deals, dozens of Springfield businesses will be participating in Small Business Saturday this year, in an effort to get shoppers thinking outside the box — big-box retailers, that is. Small Business Saturday was started in 2010 by American Express in an effort to help small businesses struggling during the recession, according to its website. Cardholders who have registered in advance online can get a $25 rebate — paid for by the credit card company — if they buy something at a participating small business. The company’s website shows dozens of qualifying businesses within Springfield, from traditional retail establishments to pet hospitals and restaurants. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KSPR: Deadline for “Santa” postmarked mail approaches. If you want a letter postmarked from the North Pole your window of opportunity is still open, but not for long. This is something the U-S Postal Service offers every year. It allows holiday letters and cards to be stamped with “Santa” as the sender. The deadline is Monday, December 10th. To take advantage, you need to place the card or letter from Santa in its envelope with first class mail stamps. You should also have the return address as “SANTA, NORTH POLE”.
    Place the card in a larger envelope with the correct postage and address that to  North Pole Postmark Postmaster, 41-41 Postmark Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99530. There are also 48 post offices with holiday related names. To see the full list, go to the U-S postal office website USPS.com.
  • KY3: Republic family has light display encouraging animal rescue donations. It took weeks to setup and it’s all for a good cause. A Republic home has more than 20 thousand light bulbs on display. The over average display is a labor of love. The Republic Paw Pantry helps families dealing with a financial crisis. Organizers find temporary homes for pets. Donations help feed the pets along with other basic care. This way, families are not forced to send animals to shelters. As folks drive by Liberty Subdivision to experience the magic of Christmas, they can make sure pets like Brandy have care. The lights on 3099 E. Bradford Street in Republic will be on display every night from 6 P.M. to 10 P.M. until New Year’s Day.

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