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Crucial stretch ahead for Bears — Shortly after Missouri State's football team celebrated Saturday's 31-12 homecoming victory over South Dakota, a bit of eye-opening reality set in. By the time the Bears return to Plaster Stadium on Nov. 8, the course for the remainder of the season will have been charted.

Lessons learned from Bears' win over South Dakota — It sounds simple, but is absolutely true. As quarterback Kierra Harris goes, so does Missouri State's offense. Harris, in turn, benefits from a strong running game. It takes pressure off him to make play after play in the passing game. He's able to pick his spots while also mixing in scrambles with designed runs.

Celebrity visitors call on Fisk Limousines — People might be surprised how often celebrities travel through Springfield, either to perform or, like Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, because they have family in the area. And often they call J. Howard Fisk Limousines for service. For instance, when Jones' mother died, "30 jets were on the tarmac.
Oct 19, 2014

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Willard makes space, plans for future with proposed bond — There is something familiar about walking into Willard North Elementary. The school was built in the early 1950s, using a design common in that era, and hasn't been updated in, well, six decades. That aging entrance is one of the many things that would change if Willard voters approve a $15.2 million bond issue on Nov.

Bears' offense comes alive in homecoming victory — Missouri State's football season arrived at a critical crossroad on Saturday, and the Bears delivered an appropriate response. The smash mouth formula to the 31-12 homecoming victory over South Dakota in front of 15,537 fans, while lacking in dazzle, was effective.
Oct 19, 2014

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Valley Insider: Bears throw it down in historic McDonald as defense rests — If you came to McDonald Arena on Saturday morning expecting to get a legitimate preview of Missouri State's basketball season, you were disappointed. The Bears had their serious practice before the doors to the historic building were unlocked. The emphasis on the 30-minute public session was on fun.

SOGI opponents: Some signatures collected, but expect more this weekend — Some signatures have already been collected in an effort to repeal the recent expansion of Springfield's nondiscrimination ordinance, opponents say - but expect a lot more to come this weekend. "The process is off and running," said Dick Hardy, who is leading efforts to gather signatures at area churches, including James River Assembly.