GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- This week, our Melanie Chapman featured some of our area's most inspiring Hometown Heroes of 2013 in her Hometown Hero report.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It's a special time of year. Many children get excited about what might be under the tree come Christmas day. But for some parents, like Casey Doubledee, it's a struggle making ends meet.
LEBANON, Mo. – A local businessman spotted a homeless man under a bridge and sparked a journey.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- You see and hear them as you enter shopping centers; The Salvation Army bell ringers.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A local woman is on a mission is to help the homeless. As the winter storm approaches, she is trying to reach out to as many people on the streets as possible.
LEBANON, Mo. – A Lebanon woman works in the background, but is in the forefront of raising awareness for children with special needs.
Springfield, Mo. -- 2.7 million American men and women served in the Vietnam War. Today, there are fewer than 900,000 still alive. One local man is working on a creating the ultimate thank you for those ultimate sacrifices. A 5-by-8 foot granite thank you card for Vietnam veterans is in the works to be presented at the memorial wall in D.C. on Memorial Day 2015.
ROLLA, Mo. -- A bus driver from the Rolla Public School District is being credited with saving the lives of about 40 students.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A local woman is helping many families by donating her own home to Habitat for Humanity.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Christy Eggers was killed in a car accident four decades ago. She was only 19.
MISSOURI – The biggest fear for many who guide locomotives along the tracks is hitting someone. J.D. “Buzz” Stone spent 36 years working the railroad and he knows that devastating feeling.
Valerie Crocker and Tina MacManus share a laugh; they also share a story, a battle against breast cancer.
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – A man who grew up in the Ozarks is in outer space right now, proving dreams can come true.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A program aims to give all children a chance at a successful education through books.
HOUSTON, Mo. -- Kerry York is n nurse who combines her passion for riding motorcycles with caring for in-home patients. York works for Home Health of the Ozarks.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- For thousands of kids in the Ozarks, school isn't just a place for learning -- it's a shelter. This week's hometown heroes aren't just one person, but an organization set up to help children.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greg Roeder is a military veteran, a shriner, a Springfield police officer and most importantly, a dad. This hometown hero is doing everything he can to get children the same help his own daughter received.
MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- Shannon Jester of Marshfield isn't your average 14-year-old. She didn't ask for clothes, a new phone, or anything elaborate for her recent birthday. Instead, she asked for food -- but not for herself.
MARIES COUNTY, Mo. -- There are a lot of heroic acts that came from last week's tragic flooding. Darrell Davis, 48, of Rolla didn't think twice.
MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- Dale Henderson was by all means a simple man -- with a huge heart.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An Ozarks company that makes t-shirts is also giving back to the community. Bigfish Screenprinting is working to help an infant and his family through a heart transplant.
BRANSON, Mo. - Eight year old Dalton Burner of couldn't be more excited as he enters his room at the Stillwaters Resort In Branson.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A group of more than 40 teenagers is spending a week in the summer heat to help senior citizens and those with disabilities in Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A new law will allow Missouri to release more information about dozens of unclaimed military medals, in an attempt to reunite them with their owners or their families.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- More than a thousand volunteers with the James River Assembly came together to spruce up three elementary schools. For the past 14 years, the church as partnered with area schools to do some maintenance work.
AURORA, Mo. -- A fire at a food pantry in Aurora destroyed more than 5,000 pounds of food. It also destroyed all the freezers and refrigerators used to store the food.
WALNUT GROVE, Mo. -- Billye Killingsworth of Walnut Grove is one of those people you meet and instantly want to be around. She's a strong woman who always makes people have something to smile about.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A paramedic, seriously injured in a crash, was forced to regroup after learning he could no longer be an EMT.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- It's an issue that was once referred to as shell shock. Post-Traumatic Stress and thoughts leading to suicide once had a stigma that left many soldiers returning from war with no one to turn to.
Joe Harris, 82, served in the U.S. Army and was a prisoner of war for 2.5 years during the Korean War. He was given military honors at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Memorial Day was Monday and it only seems fitting that this week we honor those veterans who sacrificed for this country.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The bugle's hollowed notes of Taps are sure to stir up deep emotions during military funerals. Honors are given to the fallen and respects are paid to their families.
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- High School senior Molly Collins always dreamed of being prom queen. She even had her own tiara. Little did she know her dream would come true last weekend.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- D.M. and Dee Dee Xander have been married more than 40 years. They have a love for each other and a love of their country.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man born in Joplin who wears a badge in Noel and a cape across the Ozarks is on a mission to battle bullying.
OZARK, Mo. -- Sheri Ducker and her husband Jerry are more than just parents, grandparents and great grandparents -- they're "trikers" whose mission is to help others.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Imagine being a 7-year-old child in a car crash. Your mouth bleeding, your little brother screaming and hurt, and the driver is so badly injured you think he may be dead. That's exactly what happened to 2nd grader Kaille Mangan, but she still found the strength to call 911.
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Kelly Manz is trying to pass a law to help detect heart defects in babies throughout Missouri.
FAIR GROVE, Mo. -- Charity Hollan is the principal at Fair Grove Middle School. Her co-workers describe her as being an outstanding and professional leader who always maintains a positive attitude.
DIXON, Mo. -- Connie Herndon, a volunteer with the Pulaski County Humane Society, took on more than caring for animals recently.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A teacher who volunteers her time at Central High School is tonight's Hometown Hero.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Danny Gutierrez, known as "Mr. G" at Reed Academy, teaches tone and musicality, but it's his life lessons that has his students taking note.
MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- A young Marshfield man is raising money once a again for a cause that's close to him.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A lot goes into fighting fires, but to keep the trucks rolling to the scene of every blaze, there's one man to thank.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Some teachers just can't seem to get teaching out of their systems, even years after they've retired.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Their mission is through music -- all with an interesting instrument -- and they're far from rusty.
CAMDENTON, Mo. -- What started as a simple birthday wish for a 10-year-old girl has grown to worldwide cause.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The education reform group StudentsFirst recently gave Missouri a grade of D- when it comes to education policies.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Leslie Nivens proves it's never too late to achieve a goal even if it takes decades to complete.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- After losing his job, an Ozarks man turned his hopelessness into a way to help others in the same position.