Text from our SGF Sunday email newsletter, written by Reporter Rance Burger

In a change of pace, I would like to start this Sunday’s newsletter with our Lives Remembered feature. This week’s edition is very special and very meaningful to many of us in the Springfield journalism community, as we remember the life, the work and the activism of Don Underwood. His colleague Mike O’Brien shares the story of a man who was quiet and kind, but fiercely intelligent and deeply driven to make the world a better place.

This week’s most-read story is about planning and zoning — and it IS NOT from University Heights. It’s from the Woodland Heights neighborhood. A developer aims to subdivide property in north Springfield that belongs to the Baptist Temple, and also wants to turn a dilapidated gymnasium into an apartment building.

Speaking of homes, some of us still work from them, at least partially. Business reporter Jack McGee took an in-depth look at teleworking in Springfield in 2023. We know a bit about how hybrid offices are the “new normal,” but there’s also a lot that we don’t know without more analysis.

Analysis is exactly what fans of the Missouri State Bears are after as they try to figure out what they’re seeing on the college basketball court. Lyndal Scranton analyzes “a scrappy group that doesn’t give in” at the halfway point of a gritty Missouri Valley schedule.

Enjoy what remains of the weekend. Jeff Kessinger is back in your inboxes Monday morning.


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