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Feature Story Melody Parks Development Springfield

New Melody Parks housing development pays homage to historic Melody Cruise-In Theatre

One of Springfield’s largest development projects is currently underway. Named after the Melody Cruise-In Theatre, Melody Parks will bring more than 1,200 different housing options for renters, first-time buyers, and current homeowners. The mixed-use development will include single-family and multi-family homes, patio-style apartments, commercial restaurant and retail spaces, and more.

Feature Story Global Impact FFA chapter STEM academy

Global Impact FFA members help out at Second Harvest Food Bank as part of FFA Week

Just as their name suggests, students who are part of the local Global Impact FFA chapter are finding out what it means to make an impact on their community.

Feature Story The Torch Relaunches

The Wittenberg Torch: Student newspaper returns to campus, publishes monthly

After a pandemic-induced hiatus, Wittenberg's student newspaper has relaunched. Between 5 and 10 students currently write for The Torch. Many of them are English majors, but one of the most active writers studies biology. The goal is for writers to come from a variety of majors.

Feature Story Healing Homes and Hearts

Healing Homes and Hearts seeks like-minded healers to work together in new Springfield location

Healing Homes and Hearts has moved to Springfield in the hopes of bringing together holistic healers in the area to establish a center for spiritual, physical, and emotional healing. 

Feature Story WELDING CLASS McGregor Metal Clark State Collab

Clark State, McGregor Metal work together on class that puts people to work, improves their skills

Since McGregor Metal’s first custom Weld Tech class in April of last year, the company has had 23 associates either complete or are currently enrolled in the 32-hour course. 

Feature Story Uptown Dreams City Art Studio

Uptown Dreams City Art Studio: Where more than 20 artists show what they can create

Uptown Dreams City Art Studio describes what it offers as one-of-a-kind items by one-of-a-kind artists. Located in the Hatch Artist Studios, it got its start eight years ago as part of TAC (The Abilities Connection). It is now an individual location where between 20 to 25 artists display their work. 

Feature Story Schneider’s Florist

In Bloom: Schneider's Florist celebrates grand reopening with new owner

It’s rare that a nearly 100-year old business gets to celebrate a grand opening again, but that’s just what Schneider’s Florist is doing. On Feb. 1, the small, family owned and operated business had a ribbon cutting ceremony, celebrating its new owner Ashley Nienaber.

Feature Story Tree-Plenish event at Shawnee High School.

Students ready for second year of planting saplings to offset school's energy consumption

Clark-Shawnee students are partnering with the nonprofit Tree-Plenish to help make their community more sustainable by planting 700 saplings. 

Longform Springfield Museum of Art Grand Opening North Wing renovation

Community turns out to see newly renovated North Wing of the Springfield Museum of Art

When planning updates to the museum the board decided to rethink the space and create places better suited for education, public events, and potential rentals. The North Wing renovations were the final phase in a three-part, $7 million campaign. 

Feature Story Valentine’s Wedding Spectacular Bushnell

Valentine’s Wedding Spectacular: A chance for brides to meet more than 40 vendors at the Bushnell

For the bride who wants to meet vendors face to face, try some of their food, and examine what else they have to offer for that special day, the Valentine’s Wedding Spectacular offers that opportunity.

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