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

What better way can you get to know someone than to listen as they describe who they are and what they’re about in their own words. That’s the opportunity we at the Springfield Daily Citizen afforded to everyone running for citywide office on April 4. We gave Mayor Ken McClure and challenger Melanie Bach a word limit, but other than that, we gave them the floor to tell us about themselves in these side-by-side opinion pieces.

In their own words: Mayoral candidate Ken McClure

In their own words: Mayoral candidate Melanie Bach

What’s in school board member Kelly Byrne’s ear? Statistics show readers wanted to know. While Byrne himself was miffed that reporters seemed so enthralled by the silicone in his ears, it was columnist Steve Pokin’s exchange and explanation from Byrne that drew our readers’ interest the most this week.

Sure, there’s a touch of merit to Byrne being a bit prickly with his response, but he should not be stunned. When someone asks, “Is there something in your ear?” and your response is, “Is there something in your ear?” it’s “a little bit sus,” as the kids say. 

Maybe Byrne simply misheard his colleague Shurita Thomas-Tate. After all, he did have silicone in his ears.

And it shouldn’t surprise Byrne that the Springfield Board of Education is under increased scrutiny in general. Listen, coverage of Springfield Public Schools and the school board also clocked in as our No. 2 and No. 3 most-viewed items of the week. Our readers have serious concerns and curiosity about education, and reporter Cory Matteson has coverage from a lawsuit over diversity and equity training, to school bus scheduling and start times, to requests from the LGBTQ community for political support


School start times frustrate many Springfield parents. How we got here — and is there a way out?

Solving school start times is deeply intertwined with solving the Springfield busing situation


Federal judge sides with Springfield school district in lawsuit linked to equity training

A lawsuit claiming Springfield Public Schools violated the First Amendment rights of two employees during 2020 diversity training sessions will be thrown out if a […]

Springfield’s LGBTQ+ advocates ask public school leaders for support amid Missouri bill debate

Standing among 80 supporters of LGBTQ+ students outside the Springfield Public Schools administrative building on Feb. 28, Brittany Dyer said she hoped school board members […]


Pokin Around: What exactly was in Kelly Byrne’s ear at the school board meeting?

On Wednesday, I asked school board member Kelly Byrne what exactly was in his ear […]

Pokin Around: Eleven men gather for the Last Breakfast

The keys on the piano in the elegant lobby move on their own, and their […]


Are you ready for some football? Springfield selected as charter member of The Arena League

Indoor football is returning to Springfield. The city has been selected as a charter member of The Arena League, which kicks off in 2024.

Drury continues national championship pursuit with help of defensive standout Terrion Moore

Terrion Moore is known for her defensive prowess, but Drury University coach Amy Eagan has trouble finding any weaknesses in Moore’s game.


Anne Spence: ‘People knew that she cared deeply about the details of their lives’

The name Spence is intricately associated with Evangel University, but outside the campus, that is […]


In their own words: Mayoral candidate Melanie Bach

I decided to run for mayor after experiencing first-hand the marginalization of our neighborhoods and the deep disconnect that currently exists between our city government […]

In their own words: Mayoral candidate Ken McClure

I’m passionate about Springfield — that’s what drives my desire to serve. My approach to governing is collaborative, balanced by a desire to make the […]

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