Daily brief (12/1): Top picks from the Springfield media

A chance of drizzle. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.fg

Tonight will be partly sunny, with a high near 70 and a low around 56.

A weak cool front will approach the Ozarks early next week.

Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 70 and a low around 48. Showers are likely on Sunday night.

Showers and a few thunderstorms are possible however rainfall does not look all that impressive for how dry it is currently.  The air will be cooler behind this system but not cold so readings should stay above normal.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Ozark group adopts family in hopes of a Christmas miracle. Doctors first diagnosed Thomas with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was five-years-old. Duchenne is one of the most common fatal genetic disorders that targets children. Although there are treatments, there is no cure. The family needs an updated power chair, a handicap accessible bathroom, and other modifications to help Thomas’ life expectancy. The immediate need for the family is a handicap accessible van with a lift to help Thomas go from one place to another. They need about $10,000 to get that van. Moms Club of Ozark knew about the Canters and wanted to help give them a Christmas miracle. If the family does not raise the money needed for the life, they could lose future grant money. To help, Moms Club will hold a Bunco Fundraiser for Thomas on December 13 at Ozark United Methodist Church. Advance tickets are $15. All proceeds will benefit the Canter family. Donations can be made to the Canter family at http://www.giveforward.com/independenceforthomas
  • OzarksFirst: First-Ever ‘Shop Downtown’ lifts local sales and spirits.  Downtown retailers have launched what they hope to be a new post-Thanksgiving tradition. The Downtown Springfield Association held its “Shop Downtown!” initiative Friday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for locals to see holiday lights, music, and get free carriage rides. The Downtown Springfield Association says shoppers entered to win a 42″ LCD flat-screen TV from Sensory Integration paired with a $300 Downtown Shopping Spree. Shopping passes were handed out at Hoover Music, 5 Pound Apparel, Downtown Clothing Exchange, Nomad, and Sensory Integration at the Veridian. Shopping passes could be punched at every stop, with or without purchases. After getting at least seven punches, shoppers turned in their passes to Sensory Integration at 309 South Avenue. Winners of the TV and shopping spree will be announced Monday, December 3.
  • News-Leader:  Need help finding spectacular holiday light displays? A list of some of the best in the region that were submitted to the News-Leader, but don’t be surprised if you find more while out scouting for lights. News-Leader is still accepting submissions for our lights list until Wednesday, Dec. 5.  View Holiday lights in Greene County in a larger map
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