July 2018 Member News


  • FFO Home is planning savings and free hot dogs and drinks June 30 – July 4 at all of our locations. You can see more details here.
  • Are you looking for office space? The Heart of Missouri CASA has space just for you. If you’re interested, contact Kelly Hill, Executive Director, at 573-442-4670 or directly reach landlord, Elizabeth Crawford, at 573-875-1250.
  • Boone County Government announced Kelly Wallis, Director of Boone County Community Services Department, and Scott Clardy, Assistant Director of Columbia/Boone County Department of Health and Human Services, participated in the National Association of County’s first-ever Health Equity Peer Exchange in Jefferson County, KY. By participating in this, they were able to share information gleaned through the work of “Live Well Boone County,” and bring information back to further the efforts in Boone County to reduce health disparities in our community.
  • The University of Missouri School of Health Professions is hosting a Career & Opportunities Fair. It will be held Thursday, October 11th from noon – 3 p.m. at the Reynold’s Alumni Center. Registration is open and includes a large booth, 1-2 parking passes, and lunch for up to 4 recruiters. If you represent a volunteer organization please email shpcareer@missouri.edu to apply for a fee waiver.
  • The 2018 Show-Me STATE GAMES are scheduled for July 20-22 and 27-29. These weekends include more than 40 different events that are open to all ages and skill levels. Registration is still open for all July events and information can be found at www.smsg.org/sports. Volunteers are also needed for July events, details at https://www.smsg.org/volunteer/.
  • Come spend your Independence Day at Old Kinderhook. You can enjoy tons of family-friendly entertainment and amazing fireworks at its Fun Fest. This event is open to the public. You can see more details here.
  • The Missouri Department of Corrections Reentry Unit is responsible for eliminating barriers that individuals face after release. One major barrier is securing viable employment. Many of these offenders have completed DOL sanctioned career and technical training while incarcerated. For more information on how to access this skilled workforce contact Reentry Coordinator Shelle Jacobs at 573-526-0412. 


  • The Kansas City Press Club honored KOMU 8 News with awards in multiple categories at its annual Heart of America Awards Ceremony. KOMU 8 News earned Gold Awards in the following categories:
    • Feature, awarded to KOMU 8 News anchor Jim Riek for his coverage of mid-Missouri’s last huge crowd attraction, 1974’s Ozark Music Festival
    • Magazine Story, awarded to Lauren Barnas and Shanna Grove and former Target 8 Investigator Jamie Grey for their interactive, online story covering bullying in Columbia schools
    • Sports Reporting, awarded to Mark Kim, Mitchel Summers and Former Target 8 Investigator Jamie Grey for their coverage on MU Gymnastics’ high departure numbers

    KOMU 8 News won Silver Awards in the following categories:

    • Feature, awarded to KOMU 8 Chief Meteorologist Kenton Gewecke for his August 2017 solar eclipse coverage
    • Investigative Reporting, awarded to former Target 8 Investigative Reporter Jamie Grey for her coverage of taser use by local law enforcement

    Entries for the Kansas City Press Club’s award ceremony were accepted from news organizations in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.

  • For the second consecutive year, KOMU 8 won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Website. Given out by the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Murrow Awards recognize outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.
  • Mitch Greenwell recently joined The Callaway Bank as a Commercial Lender. Greenwell has been in banking for five years in Columbia.
  • Don Seitz joined The Callaway Bank as a commercial and agriculture lender. His primary responsibilities include helping owners build and strengthen their companies.
  • Jacob Land recently joined Simon Oswald Architecture as a summer intern. Jacob will be entering his third year of a five-year Master of Architecture program at Drury University in Springfield, MO. Jacob’s passion for architecture stems from his desire to improve the lives of others and the community.
  • KOMU 8 was honored with four awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association on Saturday at MBA’s annual awards ceremony at the Lake of the Ozarks.KOMU 8 received first-place honors in the following categories:
    • Best Weathercast for Chief Meteorologist Kenton Gewecke
    • Best News Anchor for Landon Burke
    • Best Local Website for www.KOMU.com

    KOMU 8’s former Target 8 Chief Investigator Jamie Grey was recognized with a certificate of merit for Investigative Reporting for her story “A Punch and a Police Report.” The story looked into taser use by local law enforcement.


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