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Beginning April 14, Ozarks Healthcare modified visitor restrictions to make visiting patients easier. Patients admitted to its hospital are now allowed to have one visitor at a time from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., allowing for multiple loved ones to visit with patients and their care teams. Visitors were...
On April 11, West Plains Police Department officers responded to Little Caesars for a burglary alarm. When officers arrived, they observed a glass door had been broken. Officers entered the building looking for subjects inside but located none.  During on scene investigation, the safe in the...
City Clerk Heather Duddridge swears in newly re-elected officers for the City of Willow Springs at the City Council meeting on April 15.
At the April City Council meeting in West Plains, Mike Topliff was confirmed as re-elected to the council, but was also re-appointed Mayor Pro Tem. When Mayor Jack Pahlmann retires on April 30, Topliff will move into the mayor’s seat, and leave a vacancy on the City Council.  The West Plains...
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On Saturday, April 10, at approximately 6:54 p.m., West Plains Police Department officers responded to a residence on Minnesota Avenue for a report of a woman at the residence who had been assaulted by her boyfriend while at their residence located on Pennsylvania Avenue. Officers were told the...
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
The Missouri state legislature was well-represented at the Southern Ozark Alliance for Rural Development (SOAR) meeting in Willow Springs on Friday, April 16.  The non-profit involving eleven school districts heard state-level education updates from Missouri Board of Education member, Mary...
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
Congressman Jason Smith was in West Plains on Saturday afternoon to announce a $2.5 million grant in Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that will support the construction of a railroad overpass on U.S. Highway 160 and...
Governor Mike Parson made a special supplemental budget request to the Missouri legislature on April 9 that could have a measurable local impact. The budget request was for $50 million intended to create an emergency 0% loan fund to relieve the burden that energy providers are still scrambling to...
Howell County News/ Ron Mendez
The city pool in Willow Springs is scheduled to reopen Memorial Day weekend. City Administrator Beverly Hicks updated the City Council on the status of the pool’s repairs at the regular April meeting.  The water park and pool were closed for the 2020 season due in large part to concerns...
Howell County News/ Ron Mendez
The future Family Dollar in Willow Springs has cleared what is hoped to be its final administrative hurdle. At the City Council meeting on April 15, the Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to approve the ordinance that establishes a Community Improvement District (CID) that is strictly limited to...

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