Read the entire May 2013 issue of Springfield Lifestyle Magazine.
Young Branson Native Reflects On Recent Film Role | A Career In Entertainment Most Likely DestinatIon For Rockett
ArtIcle James Hanson | Photography Courtesy of Bart Rockett For 8 seasons, Bart Rockett head lined his own 1,000 seat theater in Branson, MO. It seems that his son, Kadan (age 7) is quickly following in his Dad’s footsteps. “I took Kadan out on stage with me the day after he was born,” Bart …View full post
ArtIcle Melissa Ebert | Photography Discovery Center The Springfield Discovery Center is gearing up for summer, with some new programs and old favorites. Marketing and Special Events Director Charlotte McCoy says the Discovery Center has a long history with providing Springfield’s children an educational summer. “Discovery Center as a venue has been opened for …View full post
Homegrown Food’s New Owner Shares Plans for the Future | Store Serves As A Market For Others To Share Their Products
ArtIcle Melissa Ebert | Photography James Hanson Brad Nelson sees the value in taking the time to make sure a product has quality and character, a trait that is reflected in his work at his small business, Homegrown Food, located at 607 S. Pickwick Ave. Nelson bought the small grocery store from his friend Amanda …View full post
An Evening With Sheryl Crow Makes a Positive Impact | Drew Lewis Foundation Created to Help Raise Awareness
Article James Hanson | Photography Delores Albers Photography Drew Lewis, his wife, Amy Blansit, and their family continue to fight the good fight after Lewis was diagnosed with colon cancer last year. And people from across the globe have offered encouragement and donations of time and money to help out. Another big boost came …View full post
ArtIcle James Hanson Photography Misty Ezzo Each day in the Ozarks, many business old and new alike, mass produce products enjoyed by consumers locally, regionally, nationally and in some cases, even globally. And some of those products may surprise some when they discover they are made right here in our own backyard. Shawn Askinosie, chocolate …View full post
Article James Hanson | Photography 1300 Photography Many people in southwest Missouri have probably had an opportunity to catch a pearl show in the area at some point and time. But what many might not know but are finding out is the band’s lead singers Canton “Cane” Rogers and Kris Palmer are catching their …View full post
Anytime is a Good Time to Give at Community Blood Centers of the Ozarks | CBCO Looks to Create Donors For Life
Article Sara Karnes | Photography CommunIty Blood Centers of the Ozarks An increase of blood donations could lead to no shortages. Community Blood Centers of the Ozarks offers the chance for people to give back. Marketing Manager Chris Pilgrim has worked at the center for about 10 years and says being a blood donor …View full post
Martial Arts Studio Offers Unique Brand of Self-Defense | Owner Norm Lane hopes to teach his students ‘How to Be Better People’
Article Matthew Kent | Photograaphy Susan Lane Imagine walking to your car when you hear footsteps coming up behind you. You quicken your pace, but suddenly someone grabs you from behind. What would you do? If you were a student at Jeff Speakman’s Kenpo 5.0 in Springfield, you could defend yourself, inflict pain on your …View full post
Our mission for the magazine is simple – we hope to play a small role in helping the community flourish by producing a magazine filled with local news and interesting people, as well as special events that take place each and every month. We hope that you will ‘run into someone you know’ in each issue. Not only is Springfield Lifestyle exclusively for and about the residents, it is the pulse of what is happening and what is important to you.
Every month we hope to introduce you to local families, businesses, restaurants and charitable organizations. We’ll spotlight outstanding students and teachers as well as civic leaders and volunteers.
My wife of 42 years and I raised our seven children here in southern Missouri, and we have wonderful memories of what these three great communities—Springfield, Nixa and Ozark—have to offer. We are thrilled that our publication is arriving in your mail boxes each month. This publication is created exclusively for and about residents in Springfield, Nixa and Ozark. Our goal is simple; we hope to play a key role in helping these three communities flourish by producing a resource filled with local news and information about special events.
On many levels, we operate a little differently than your typical magazine. In fact, one of the most exciting facets of our publication is that it truly belongs to the community. This is your magazine. If you know of someone our neighbors should meet, I hope you’ll let our editor know. We’re always on the lookout for star students and hometown heroes to spotlight.
We would like to sincerely thank our advertisers for their enthusiastic support of the Springfield Lifestyle publication. We also would like to thank the community leaders in Springfield, Nixa and Ozark for their warm welcome as we meet with them and share the Lifestyle vision.
We look forward to seeing you around town!
Evangel University senior Christine Temple has been named the 2013 Arthur H. Barlow Student Journalist of the Year by the Society for Collegiate Journalists. The award committee cited “major competition” from finalists across the nation. Temple, from Ozark, Mo., is editor-in-chief of the Lance, Evangel’s student newspaper. She will receive a plaque and a $500 stipend in recognition of her achievements. Temple submitted clips of her work and an essay. Temple has served as The Lance editor for five semesters and is currently president of Evangel’s SCJ chapter.
Summer reading comes with big rewards for kids, teens and adults who participate in the annual Summer Reading Program May 18-Aug. 3, sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Library District. This program offers incentives for children and teens to keep reading over the summer. The Library also schedules a summer full of programs, from comedians and magicians to celebrity readers to live concerts, as well as offsite programs at the Mediacom Ice Park, Springfield Conservation Nature Center, Missouri Institute of Natural Science, and more. Kids from age 4 to fifth grade can sign up for the program beginning May 18 at any Library branch or the Mobile Library, the bookmobile. They pick up a free game board and begin logging their reading time. Teens in grades 6-12 sign up online at www.thelibrary.org/beneath and log their hours there. Participants who read four hours return to the Library for a Food ‘n’ Fun Flipcard packed with free and discounted treats and admissions from about 30 area businesses and attractions. Keep reading, and earn a Fresh Start Fine Waiver Card and more. Teens who keep reading are entered into weekly drawings for prizes, with a grand prize drawing on Aug. 5 for a Kindle Fire. Teens are encouraged to share how they liked each book they read. Adults can register at any Library branch or Mobile Library after they have read and recorded five books. They receive a thank-you gift and are entered into an Aug. 5 drawing for prizes. All the performances are free to everyone, thanks to funding by the Friends of the Library with additional funding from the Missouri State Library. For a complete schedule of events, pick up a Bookends catalog at any Library branch and Mobile Library, or go to www.thelibrary.org/programs.
The Republic High School Tigers boys’ varsity basketball team won the Class 4 State Championship on March 16, defeating Normandy High School 54-51. On March 17, a victory celebration was held at 1:30 p.m. to welcome the team back home, followed with a short assembly. This marks the first state championship for the school’s boy’s basketball team in exactly 50 years. The last team to bring home this title did so in 1963. The team is lead by head coach, Trevyor Fisher who is a newcomer to the district this school year.
Mr. Chance Wistrom, Superintendent of the Republic R-III School District was among eight Missouri superintendents recognized by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) for outstanding performance as a new superintendent. Wistrom was nominated for the honor by his colleagues in the Southwest MASA District in recognition of his outstanding performances in the demonstration of those skills that reflect the best in educational leadership. He was honored amongst his peers during the awards banquet at the MASA Spring Conference on March 20. The award is presented annually to superintendents who are in their second or third year of employment as superintendent and have made a measurable contribution to the school district in which they serve.