A medical clinic that has treated uninsured people in Springfield for the last 30 years will close down, but those in need will soon have a new place to receive care.
The Kitchen Clinic has around 2,000 patient visits a year, taking care of those without Medicare, Medicaid or insurance.
"There's still that huge gap out there that people just don't have it," said Rorie Orgeron, chief executive officer of The Kitchen, Inc.
Sometime this fall, the clinic on North Jefferson Avenue will close.
"The Kitchen has been talking with Mercy for a long time -- years -- about Mercy being more involved in the community with helping these patients," Orgeron said.
Just in the last six months, Mercy has collaborated with MSU's College of Health and Human Services, which is putting up a new building on campus.
"We were planning on having a clinic there, and weren't sure how that was going to look," said Dr. Katie Hope, chair of the Missouri State University Nursing program.
The university has been involved in serving uninsured people, through The Kitchen's clinic.
"The most valuable experiences they've ever had in their curriculum is working with that population," said Hope.
Mercy has also been involved at The Kitchen Clinic.
Now MSU will join in the effort using Mercy's clinical expertise, allowing The Kitchen to focus on housing homeless people..
"We've been working with Mercy for a long time on a lot of various different things; same people. So I feel confident that they'll get as good of care as what we've been giving here. And there really is no need to worry," said Orgeron. The new clinic, MSU Care, will be on the first floor of the new O'Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center near Cherry Street at Holland Avenue.
"They're going to have a lot of things that we don't have; electronic medical records for one thing," said Orgeron.
"They've done a tremendous job at The Kitchen, but this is just new partnership, and I think we're going to work well together," said Hope.
Mercy will provide a physician, physician's assistant, clinical case manager, patient service representatives and lab, x-ray and pharmacy services at the new clinic.
Those involved hope the various other specialty providers who volunteer at The Kitchen Clinic will transition over to the new clinic, which plans to open October 19.
The Kitchen currently provides dental care to the uninsured as well. They say a grant could possibly pay for uninsured dental patients to go to Jordan Valley Dental Clinic once their clinic closes down.
KY3's Eric Hilt reports from Osceola, Missouri.
Showers over the Ozarks tonight are just the first of several rounds we will see this week. Flooding is still a major concern. Get all the details by watching the forecast.
A drive down S. Campbell Ave. reveals construction is hopping this season. On (or just off this busy street) you’ll find a lot going up, including a Walmart Neighborhood Market; a Planet Fitness gym; a Chick-fil-A; an Auto Zone; and Party City.
Around town, a lot of new homes are also going up.
"There are a lot of bids out there. A lot of buzz within our industry where a lot of people want to do things and start spending some of that money," stated Jill Vincel, Manager of Southern Supply.
Associated General Contractors of America says, overall nationwide, construction spending on business , retail, residential has reached the highest level since 2008- the year the recession hit. But, here in the Ozarks, things are still catching up.
"I had really hoped that this would have been the year that would happen," stated Charlyce Ruth, CEO of the Home Builder's Association. " I know that we hit bottom pretty soundly, and it has been a slow climb to come back.
"I would say this spring has begun an uptick. However, our weather has slowed us down a little bit," stated Vincel.
Heavy rains have set a lot of project back for what would the busiest time of year for construction.
The Home Builders Association says residential permit numbers, while better than during the recession, are flat this year. You could say the raindrops have a ripple effect.
Ruth explained, "If it doesn’t stop raining, we just can’t get the holes in the ground, if the holes are not in the ground, you are not pouring concrete. You are not framing. Just nothing else is taking off."
There are still high hopes for the rest of 2015.
"We do hope for a good rest of the year," Vincel stated. "With as many things as we have booked and quoted, we feel it is going to be a good year."
One of the Ozarks' best kept secrets - a hotrod hotbed in Laclede County - is now opening its doors to the public.
"The rare and the unusual are normal here," Steve Plaster explained. For the last three decades, Steve Plaster has been collecting and restoring hundreds of cars here in the Ozarks.
"We're a little over 500 cars now, I call it awe inspiring," Plaster said.
The 500 cars includes the rare, the antique and the famous. Plaster has cars as old as a 1900 Gasmobile and as new as a 2015 Dodge Challenger convertible. He lays claim to the original Batmobile, the car used in the Flinstones live-action film, the car used in the first Dumb and Dumber and several other famous autos.
"This car was Tina in 'Gone in 60 Seconds," Plaster said, pointing toward a Porsche that sits next to Nicolas Cages' former personal car.
The collection got its start in the late 70s. When companies started making cars smaller, Steve's dad decided to stock up.
"It was very much a father son thing," Plaster said. "He went out and bought two new Cadillacs and two new Lincolns and said that would last him the rest of his life and he'd never have to drive a small car."
Soon those four cars turned into a full fledged collection, complete with 200 different manufacturers and a wing filled with every body style of Corvette.
"I have two major weaknesses in this world, pretty cars and pretty girls, and my wife tells me I can have all the cars that I want," Plaster said with a laugh.
Plaster says all of his more than 500 cars have a unique story, some of those stories more interesting than others.
He has a pair of 1930s Linolns, one used as FDR's personal car when he was near Kansas City, the other the president's ride in his 1932 inauguration parade.
Now, the massive garage is opening up to visitors.
"It's a shame to hide it, to be real honest with you," Plaster said.
Giving car enthusiasts across the area a chance to see the legendary collection
Groups of ten or more can schedule tours of the facilities. You can learn more about pricing and how to schedule tours at the Evergreen Historic Automobiles website.
To see pictures from the collection, check out our photo gallery.
What do a 2003 Corvette, a 1920 Duesenberg and the original Batmobile have in common? They're all part of a massive car collection near Lebanon.
Another by-product of all the rain we're getting: more bugs; especially mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle and they like to lay their eggs in standing water, so with all this rain we've gotten lately places that collect water are exactly what mosquitoes are looking for to lay their eggs.
Horticulture Educator Kelly McGowan with the University of Missouri Extension Office in Greene County says female mosquitoes can lay their eggs in very small amounts of water and that it's the females who bite you because they need blood to make eggs.
A single female mosquito can lay between 100 and 400 eggs which can grow to adult size in ten to 14 days. She suggests checking for places where water can collect that you may not normally think of.
"Just be vigilant around your home saucers under flower pots, pet dishes, old tires, rain barrels, just many, many places that can hold water," says McGowan.
"I've been bitten twice on my arms and also I've been bitten all over my legs as you can see,” Says Andrew McGee, “On these bites on my arms I tried to put some Band-Aids on it and; it didn't work out."
For those who like to enjoy an evening on your porch, McGowan says dusk is the worst time of the day for mosquitoes to be out and the best way to beat the bugs is not with bug spray but with a fan. She says they don't have the strength to fly into the wind it creates and it can just blow them away.
Around 8 p.m., police were called to a submerged car was in Springfield Lake. Water rescue crews were able to look into the car and didn't see anyone inside, but couldn't see the back seat because of the murky waters.
No word yet on whether recently flash flooding was involved.
The fire department has called a tow truck to pull the car out of the water. More updates to come.
Stay ahead of the storms in the Ozarks by tracking the KY3 Interactive Radar.
KY3's Futurecast Radar shows where to expect stormy weather into Tuesday morning in the Ozarks.
The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect Monday evening through Wednesday evening for much of the Ozarks.
The watch includes Barry, Barton, Camden, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Morgan, Newton (MO), Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, St. Clair, Stone (MO), Texas, Vernon, Webster and Wright Counties.
Heavy rain will move into the area from the northwest beginning Monday evening. Rainfall amounts could exceed five inches through Wednesday.
Soggy and saturated ground is causing problems for trees in the Ozarks. Arborists say the wet weather has increased the amount of downed tree limbs and uprooted trees.
“There's definitely a lot of potential for tree damage onto houses and cars and wires and all kinds of things around here,” said Noel Boyer, master arborist for All About Trees.
Boyer says downed tree limbs are what he sees most as a result of recent storms.
“Last week, we were pulling trees off of houses and things where the weight of the water on the leaves and possibly an existing defect in the trees is causing it to fail and fall onto the house or on the ground,” he said.
It's a good idea to give the trees around your house a second look.
“If you have trees that overhang your structure of your house or power lines, it's a good idea to have your arborist check it out. If there is existing defects in the tree or hazard limbs in the tree, it's a great idea to get rid of that stuff,” said Boyer.
When it comes to trees uprooting completely in soggy soil, Boyer says you should watch for warnings.
“Some signs you would look for is: on the backside of where the tree is leaning away, you usually see the roots heaved up off the ground; you see the dirt and everything pushed up on the tension side of the root system,” he said.
With more rain in the forecast, homeowners hope their trees only bend but don't break.
“A lot of these things are unpredictable; you just don't know when it’s going to happen,” said Boyer.
For a newly planted tree, you should make sure it’s not planted too deep in the ground; if it sits in a puddle of water for too long, it could drown.
The flooding was like never before on Sunday night.
"This was more severe than usual."
West Chestnut Expressway, near I-44, was deep enough to dive in.
"I was afloat at one point," said driver Floyd Shirk.
There was 2.65 inches of rain that fell in 50 minutes in that area. "It came down very quick and like I said, I am not aware of any major drainage blockage, but there is always something on the drain-- there is always something that comes on and gets in there and that's what happened," said Bob Becker with the Missouri Department of Transportation. MoDOT crews say they've never seen it as bad as it was Sunday night. On the water gauge, you could only see about one inch at the top of the gauge sticking out of the water. That means there was about 4 feet of water there that was very hard to see. A couple drivers drove into the water because the barricades weren't up yet. Crews say the problem is the ground is totally saturated already because of all the other rainfall we've had. You can see water still permeating from the ground, and a lot of the drains had debris on them, mainly grass clippings, that crews have now cleared.
"If something gets across those, it restricts that drainage," Becker said.
Becker with MoDOT says drivers have to heed the warning from the permanent sign nearby that says "impassable during high water," because sometimes the rain falls so fast-- they don't even have time to get the barricades out. Driver Floyd Shirk learned that first hand.
"I had just come though here. I got to the other side of the bridge up here and that's flooded, too. So I turned around immediately to come back, I figured it's safe, but it wasn't," Shirk said. "They've (MoDOT crews) been out to all of those locations today all across the district looking at those… making sure the roadway is okay. We're making sure we didn't get any undermining of the roadway… making repairs necessary… and making sure drains are clear."
The next round of storms is taking aim on the Ozarks tonight. Find out how much rain may fall and when it will let up by watching the forecast.
Rocker Bryan Adams will bring his 30th Anniversary “Reckless” Tour to the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Monday, September 21.
Tickets start at $59 and go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, July 10 at www.drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the OFEC box office, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. You can enter "KYTV" for a pre-sale event Thursday.
The O'Reilly Family Center in Springfield is one of the smallest venues on the “Reckless” tour, giving local fans a chance to see Adams in a more intimate 3,000-seat setting as well as saving them the time and expense of traveling to a larger market. The show has hit cities such as New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and Dallas.
With more than 100 million albums sold, Adams is one of the most successful figures in rock, thanks to his powerful vocals and distinctive songwriting skills. Adams’ fourth album, “Reckless,” was released on his 25th birthday, November 5, 1984, and was preceded by the single “Run to You,” which reached the Top 10. It was followed by five more Top 20 singles from the album: “Somebody,” “Heaven” (which hit No. 1), “Summer of ’69” (Top 10), “One Night Love Affair,” and a duet with Tina Turner, “It’s Only Love.” Reckless reached No. 1 in the U.S., and has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide to date.
For more information, visit https://www.bryanadams.com.
Each summer, thousands of horseback riders converge on Eminence for trail rides at a camp called Cross Country Trail Ride. Its ground are on the banks of the Jacks Fork River and the trails and roads for horseback riding extend for miles beyond the camp. One woman took these rides for 77 years!
The owners describe it as the largest trail ride business in the country. In the summer of 1989, KY3's Ed Fillmer spent a rainy day with hundreds of horse back riding enthusiasts.
The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for part of the Ozarks Monday night.
The watch includes Benton (MO), Morgan, St. Clair and Vernon Counties in the northwest corner of the Ozarks. The watch lasts until 11:00 p.m.
Storms will likely fire up as a cold front moves through the Ozarks.
The woman who died after a fire in her apartment last Saturday night was Doris Austin, 71. Fair Grove Police Chief Adam Mallory released her name to reporters on Monday afternoon.
The fire at 1311 N. Old Mill Circle was reported about 10:15 p.m. Fair Grove firefighters tried but were not able to rescue Austin from the apartment.
Investigators from the Greene County Arson Task Force, the Fair Grove Fire Protection District, and the Greene County Medical Examiner's Office looked into the fire. They believe Austin had been carelessly smoking in her bed when activated oxygen tanks, cylinders and connected tubing caught fire, causing smoke and flames to spread around her apartment.
Mallory said he did not request an autopsy "due to evidence strongly suggesting this was an accident and not caused by foul play or any outside or unidentified source." He said the death will be classified as accidental, with smoke inhalation being the primary cause of death.
Fair Grove firefighters had help at the scene from Strafford, Logan-Rogersville, Ebenezer, and Springfield firefighters. The Springfield Police Department's chaplains also helped during the investigation.
Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway will release the results of her staff's audit of Kimberling City on Wednesday, July 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Kimberling City.
The audit was initiated by a petition of city residents. Under Missouri law, the State Auditor`s office may be called upon to audit a public entity, such as a city or a school district, through a petition process that includes a number of valid signatures based on a percentage of the number of voters. In Kimberling City, 214 valid signatures were required to begin the audit.
The meeting will be in the Kimberling City Hall Community Center, 34 Kimberling Blvd. City Hall closes at 4:30 and doors will reopen at 5 for the public delivery.
If there's an election scheduled where you live in Missouri on Aug. 4, the deadline to register to vote is Wednesday, July 8. You can register at your county clerk's office, or you can register by mail if you have it postmarked by July 8.
In Greene County, the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District has an election in August on a proposal to raise the property tax levy by as much as 25 cents for each $100 in assessed valuation. In Christian County, voters will elect a sheriff to serve until the end of 2016 to replace Joey Kyle, who resigned in May after pleading guilty to federal charges of embezzlement and money laundering. Other counties may also have isolated election issues.
When registering to vote, be sure to bring along an acceptable form of identification, such as a valid driver’s license, current utility bill or bank statement. These forms of acceptable identification can be found at: www.sos.mo.gov/elections/govotemissouri/docs/acceptable_ids.pdf
Under state and federal laws, registered voters are not disqualified for moving within a county, but anyone who has moved or changed his/her name should contact the county clerk's office as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary delays on the day of the election. These changes must be completed in writing.