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Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

Free Tax Help

Do you need help preparing your taxes? Four programs offer free assistance to individuals in Greene County.
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Community Matters 

April 8 General Municipal Election Day

On Tuesday, April 8, many residents of Greene County will have the opportunity to vote on community issues and elected positions. -- Results are in!
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Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

November 5 Election

Greene County residents will vote on a use tax initiative for the county on November 5.
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Community Matters 

Community Focus 2013

The Community Focus 2013, a report for Springfield and Greene County, was released on September 26. Find out what "blue ribbons" and "red flags" were indicated for our community's health and vitality.  More...
Community Matters Health & Wellness 

The Health Insurance Marketplace

Starting in October, individuals will be able to shop for health insurance plans through the new Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. This article will give an overview and helpful sources to find information about the Marketplace.  More...
Community Matters 

Affordable Housing Assistance

Learn about Springfield's new resource for housing assistance, and find out what other resources are available in our community.  More...
Community Matters Press Info 

Library and Summer Reading Program Help Children of All Abilities with Reading Skills

The libraries are especially busy this summer because some 11,000 children and teens are steaming through books as they rack up hours and incentives in the Summer Reading Program.  More...
Community Matters Government 

Geographic Data Viewer

This new, interactive map from the City of Springfield is chock-full of useful data.    More...
Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

April 2 General Municipal Election Day

On Tuesday, April 2, residents of Greene County will have the opportunity to vote on several community issues and elected positions. -- Results are in!  More...
Community Matters Brentwood 

Homework Help from the Library

The Library offers several resources that are helpful to students with homework assignments. These resources can be accessed at your local library and remotely from home, especially convenient for late night inquiries.  More...
Community Matters 

Voting Matters: Election Day is Tuesday, November 6

The General Election will take place on November 6. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voting matters!  More...
Community Matters Education 

Back to School

Some tips to help you get the most out of your remaining summer days while also getting ready to go back to school.  More...
Community Matters Government 

Voting Matters: Missouri Primary Election August 7

On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, voters in Greene County and across Missouri wil be voting on candidates from four political parties and on several issue questions.  More...
Community Matters 

Storytelling Project Invites You to Share Stories

Want to learn about the Ozarks from a different point of view? A storytelling project called Stry.us has moved into Springfield for the summer, and Ozarks citizens are invited to join in by reading the stories and adding to the discussion.  More...
Community Matters 

Voting Matters: The Springfield Smokefree Air Act

The City of Springfield’s ban on smoking has been the subject of passionate debate for more than a year. Get the facts before deciding its fate at the polls on June 5.  More...
Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

Voting Matters: Petitioning Process

Have you ever wanted to change a law? Voters in Missouri have the power to do just that through the petition process. Find out more about how voters can propose new laws or repeal existing ones.  More...
Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

Voting Matters: Redistricting Issues in the Show-Me-State

The Missouri General Assembly is redrawing district boundaries for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate based on population data gathered from the 2010 U.S. census.  More...
Community Matters Government 

Voting Matters: Primary Elections

Find out the basic facts about how our primary system works on both the federal and the state level.
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Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

Voting Matters: E-Verify (Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification System)

 Learn more about this controversial ordinance that Springfield residents will vote on in February.
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Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks 

Post-Holiday Clean-up

Put those no-longer-needed Christmas trees, greeting cards, and office party presents to good use.
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Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks 

Ozarks Holiday Celebrations

Looking for ways to celebrate the holiday season with your family?  There's a lot going on out there, and much of it's free!  More...
Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks 

November 15 is National Recycling Day

Help the Library observe it by going greener. Also find community resources for recycling and reusing materials.  More...
Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

Community Focus 2011

The "Community Focus 2011," a report for Springfield and Greene County, was released on October 4. Find out what "blue ribbons" and "red flags" were indicated for our community's health and vitality.  More...
Community Matters 

The First Amendment and the "Freedom to Read"

Banned Books Week, which runs September 24-October 1, draws attention to the history and continued existence of challenges to reader's rights.  More...
Community Matters 

Library Computers and the Internet: IMPACT Survey

How have Library computers and the Internet made a difference in your life? Learn more about the online survey available Sept. 9 - Oct. 3.  More...
Community Matters History & Biography Law 

The History of Labor Day

Labor Day signals the end of summer and offers a long weekend to spend with family and friends; but how many of us know the origins of this day, or even pause to consider what it signifies?  More...
Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks 

Back to School

Most schools in Greene County begin in the next two weeks. Are you ready? Need a few final activities to get the summer wiggles worked out? Start the school year right after a look at these resources.
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Community Matters Health & Wellness Missouri & Ozarks 

Joplin Tornado Relief Efforts

On May 22 a tornado hit Joplin, Mo., causing immeasurable damage to homes and businesses. Residents had a mere 20-minute warning to find shelter before the storms hit. At time of publication, the death toll sits at 122 as citizens of Joplin sort through the wreckage.    More...
Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks 

The Springfield-Greene County Civility Project

The Good Community Committee's project to restore civic engagement to the democratic process, and foster an atmosphere in which people can freely speak their minds.  More...
Community Matters 

Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week is an entire week dedicated to personal finance, with nearly 30 free classes and programs for all ages going on at multiple Library locations from April 2 - 9.  More...
Community Matters Government 

Social Security 101: What's In It For Me?

Think Social Security is just for your grandparents? Think again. Watch a free webinar from the Social Security Administration on March 10 to learn more.  More...
Community Matters Government 

Tax Time

Have you heard? The IRS will no longer send income tax packages in the mail. But you can still pick up forms at your local Library.  More...
Community Matters Health & Wellness 

Patient-Centered Care Task Force Forming

The Ozarks' ethnic makeup is growing more diverse, and health care providers need to understand cultural differences to best serve patients and coworkers. Volunteers are sought through December 31 to serve on a task force to help health care organizations prepare for the future.  More...
Community Matters Funding & Nonprofits Missouri & Ozarks 

Homeless Awareness Month

The Homeless Task Force has been working for a year to unravel the tangled web of homeless services and needs in the area.  Read and review reports and findings from the Homeless Task Force, the Homeless Youth Subcommittee and the Continuum of Care.  More...
Community Matters Government 

Urban Chickens Come to Springfield

Why did the chicken cross the road? Probably because it heard about Springfield's approval of an urban chicken ordinance, which allows chickens to be raised within the city limits.
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