State and Regional News

State Tech tops 2,000 students, announces record enrollment for fifth year in a row

    On the heels of being ranked the number one college in the country for the third year in a row by Wallethub, State Technical College of Missouri has set another enrollment record.  On Tuesday, August 24, State Tech welcomed a record breaking number of students to campus, eclipsing 2,000 students for the first time. This is our fourth consecutive overall enrollment record and fifth year of record first year enrollment.

Changes made to Missouri’s Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline hours of operation

    To better serve those needing to report concerns of abuse, neglect and exploitation of elderly and disabled Missourians, the Department of Health and Senior Services’ Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline revised its hours of operations to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. effective Sept. 1, 2021.

New $300,000 grant program supports childcare across region

    Recognizing that pre-K childcare is critical to helping parents maintain employment, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is opening the Ozarks Early Childhood Support Grant Program to reduce barriers for quality childcare.

Humanitarian award nominations accepted

    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Humanitarian Award to honor a southwest Missouri resident for service that contributes to the betterment of his or her community. The deadline for nominations is noon on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. Nominations can be submitted online at