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Small Business Saturday Campaign

The recent Small Business Saturday campaign was a success for the Tri-County area. Local business reported higher sales than normal on. Heading into the busiest shopping season of the year, the local Chambers of commerce are emphasizing the importance of shopping local. Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy, than if it was spent at a chain store. And almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer. A benefit we all can bank on says Jennifer Creed with the Mansfield Chamber…

And a local business is giving the Griswalds a run for their money. The Laura Ingalls Wilder RV Park has their lights up on display for anyone interested in a scenic Christmas drive. Creed says it’s what people have been asking for…

Fighting Fires in the Country

Rural fire members were sent out last week. Lieutenant James Tooley, with the Mountain Grove ¬†Fire Department explains what the mailings were for…

Tooley¬†states the Rural Member council dictates those types of rules. The downside of not paying for the rural permit include…

Lieutenant Tooley says if you don’t pay the fee. Then if they end up having to come out, the cost can be far greater….

High School Basketball Action

The Panther Girls Varsity team is having a big turn around season, and off to a three and one start. Head coach Vallie Horning says the team has been aggressive in seeking the wins and it’s a true team effort. Horning also highlights a few key players…

Coach Horning says a few other players are instrumental in playing a few different spots depending on foul trouble, fatigue levels or even match-ups…

And another player falls into the same category…

Tonight, the Norwood tournament continues at 7:30 as the girls take the court against Springfield Central…

Perfect Start for Grove Basketball

Both Boy and Girls Varsity basketball teams are off to 3 and O starts to the season! The Panther Boys Varsity team defeated Springfield Catholic in the season opener. Two nights ago they took down Dora 94 to 34. Head Coach Duane Hiler says defensive performance stood out to him the most….

Another key factor in the win occurred noticeably in the first half….

Coach Hiler also stated that tempo is a weapon of choice for the Panther boys….

Tonight the boys head to Conway the first big test of the season. Hiler says there are a couple reasons why they’ll have to play their best tonight to come out with a win….

New Technology at Mountain Grove Schools

Director of Support Services Tom Johns says an online payment system for school meals has been implemented following parents requests…

John says the new system has a feature that give parents feedback not available in the past…

John says the meal payment system is only the first phase. The next step involves the high school, middle school, and elementary schools having a link to their own online stores…

To get signed up for the new payment system you can go to the schools’ Facebook page or the site myschoolbucks.com

Reducing drive time throughout pregnancy.

Texas County Memorial Hospital, Dr. Corey Offut, is now seeing patients out of the Mountain Grove Clinic. Dr. Offut is full scale family practice, but specializes in OB out of the TCMH clinic. Offut says the idea came to mind, and TCMH management was more than supportive..

Born and raised in Missouri, Offut says even his education was completed within the Show Me State lines…

Offut then addressed those who wait with doctor visits because of how Medicaid rules are perceived…

A common question Offut receives is “will you be the one delivering my baby?”

Dr. Offut is available Mondays at the TCMH Clinic in Mountain Grove and is currently accepting new patients.

Santa Clause came to town!

92.5 The Grove was on the scene, downtown Mountain Grove for the Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus parade. Over 45 entrants rolled down main street and through the square in front of thousands lining the streets. The Grove’s own, Arin Hoekstra and Allen Sivell called the action…

Marching bands, tractors, and incredible floats impressed the crowds… one of the loudest entrants work for the city…

The parade was a success… children got to visit with Santa Claus… and local business offered warm refreshments. Later, the Mountain Grove Chamber of Commerce will determine the top three float finishers winning cash prizes.

Santa’s Workshop

The annual Santa’s workshop is at the Community Center in Mansfield all day today Friday from 8am to 8pm.. Mansfield Area Chamber Representative Jennifer Creed has more…

One of the most inviting reasons to visit Mansfield, especially for kids… is because of what they’ll find on the square if they search the trees…

Tomorrow, Saturday is also the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade in conjunction with a number of other activities planned, including breakfast with Santa at the community center, an all day dodgeball competition, the Mansfield Fire Dept is putting on a fundraising fish fry, and the Santa Clause parade kicks off at 5pm…

Choosing a career in farming

OMTC Agricultural Education Teacher and FFA Advisor, Keeland Nix, was asked about the strength of today’s ag industry and how students are introduced to it as a career…

Nix says this semester has been anything but boring…

Fundraising for trips is necessary, and this year’s support was as strong as ever…

Many graduates of the program go on to have successful careers in farming, and that normally occurs after higher education…

Chamber Christmas Parade This Weekend

Something fun is happening in town this weekend. Mountain Grove Schools Director of Support Services Tom Johns has more…

Johns says it was an easy decision just over a decade ago, when the school staff were asked to help lead the way…