Since 1957, Grandel is the first teacher in the Springfield area to receive the Missouri Teacher of the Year award, and one of four from southwest Missouri. School of the Osage’s Laurie L. Sybert won it in 1999, Neosho’s Robin Montz won the award in 1988 and Donald Heaton from Jasper won it in 1977.
Springfield's Brad Pitt Sunday won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." KY3 followed a day in the life of Brad Pitt in the mid-1980s, before he became a Hollywood favorite. Ed Fillmer reports in this Ozark Life story.
It was a long time fixture in West Plains, Mo. just north of the square. Famous for it's pies, but there was lots more to enjoy in this tiny cafe. KY3's Ed Fillmer sat in on lunch hour in the late 1990's. It's gone now, but fond memories remain.