Daily brief (12/05): Top picks from the Springfield media

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Sunny, with a high near 60. Wind chill values as low as 34 early.

Temperatures are starting colder, but will end up either side of 60 degrees this afternoon and  expect 30s again tonight.

Around 60 again on Thursday as clouds begin to thicken up a bit.

Another cold front will move into the region on Friday and by that time we’ll have re-established our wind flow off the Gulf of Mexico bringing a few showers to develop here and there.  Temperatures will be in the upper 50s.

The cold front now looks like it will move just south of the Ozarks for the weekend, putting us in the colder air.  Highs over the weekend are now now expected around 50.

A few showers will be possible especially early Saturday, with a better chance of more widespread rain on Sunday.  Right now it looks like we’ll see rain on Sunday, with low pressure wrapping up and yanking in cold air for Monday.

The timing looks a bit faster, so a few snow showers are possible early in the day Monday but otherwise skies should clear.

It will be MUCH colder on Monday with highs only in the 30s.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Hospice’s annual dance will be fundraiser this yearThis Saturday, there is a dance to benefit the Oxford Healthcare Hospice Fund, which helps people like Harrison with various expenses.The Snow Ball features live music from 7-10 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Ballroom. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The foundation fund is used to meet exceptional expenses for patients with terminal illnesses and their families. Those expenses range from lift chairs, rent and utilities to even help for a family to buy Christmas gifts, said Julie Burnell, community outreach coordinator for Oxford.
    • News-leader: Drury Scholars program teaches kids to aim higher. The Scholars program began in 2008 as a summer enrichment program for African-American middle school males. It has since expanded to include young females, tripling in size and offering year-round activities. By the 2009-2010 school year, according to the Drury website, a report produced by Springfield Public Schools said African-American students made up 7.5 percent of high school students but 4 percent of the students in the district that took the ACT. White students made up 83 percent of the students who took the ACT, and 86 percent of public school students. Additionally, white students scored five points higher on the ACT than their African-American counterparts.

      ABOUT THIS PROJECT

      The News-Leader’s ongoing Every Child project aims to focus attention on critical challenges facing children in our community. This quarter, we’re examining less visible social issues, cultural challenges, customs and beliefs that impact children here.

      Today’s focus: Low expectations for children

      Solution: Drury Scholars Program

      Number of children served annually: 40 to 50

      Budget: Earlier this year, it received an $84,511 challenge grant from the Missouri Department of Education

      For more information

      For more information

      Contact: Francine Pratt, Drury Scholars program coordinator, mobile: 916-541-1675; e-mail: fpratt@drury.edu

  • OzarksFirst: Live nativity opens tonight at Springfield fairgrounds. An Ozarks tradition is back this year.  The live Nativity pageant opens this evening at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. This is the 35th year for the free drive-through show that lasts a little over 30 minutes. Different churches take part in the production that depicts the birth of Jesus. And live animals make up part of the cast.
    The pageant runs every evening through Saturday, December 8. The hours are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The entrance is at Gate 5 on Norton Road.
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