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Main Street from the Harris to Walnut Street will be closed starting at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, March 5. This area will be closed for several hours for crews to complete demolition of the collapsed building.
The former Curtis Department store building collapsed without warning this morning.
A historic building in downtown Willow Springs collapsed at approximately 7:45 Monday morning. A neighboring business owner, Michael Smith, of Coulter Heating and Cooling, was the first person to notice the collapse and called it in to emergency services. Formerly the Curtis Department Store...
Electrical grid reliability has improved significantly from the past few days which is the result of the conservation efforts by local utility customers and other pool utilities.  Grid operations at  Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) have scaled back...
As temperatures have remained critically low, electric and natural gas supplies are limited.  There is a continued chance through the weekend that regional transmission operators (ours is Sho-Me Power) could involuntarily curtail usage so that demand doesn’t outpace the electric supply.  As a City...
courtesy photo/West Plains Police
Despite a brief pause in his working career, K9 Loki is back in full service and has wasted no time in assisting his fellow officers as well as the Howell County Sheriff’s Office. Both instances occurred within hours of each other last Monday night February 1 and just after midnight on Tuesday...
photo submitted by Holly LaCaze
Please enjoy these photos of the late winter snow and ice that continues to blanket Howell County submitted by Howell County News readers.  
Submitted Photo
During a recent promotion ceremony in South Korea, Willow Springs High School graduate, Crystal B. Blagg, has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant (O-3) in the United States Navy. Following her 2010 graduation from WSHS as class valedictorian, LT Blagg completed a Bachelor of Science degree...
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
Just days after the folklore holiday said to predict the remaining length of winter, severe weather showed up in a big way in Howell County. Precipitation combined with the as-yet-ongoing deep freeze coated the roadways in ice, and the persistently frigid conditions kept most county and state...
courtesy photo/Missouri State Highway Patrol
Captain Bruce D. Fiske, commanding officer of Troop G, Willow Springs, announced last week effective February 1, 2021, Lieutenant Jeffory A. Bair transfered from Troop I, Rolla, to Troop G as the District 2 operations lieutenant. Lieutenant Bair is a 26-year veteran of state law enforcement in...
On February 11, Governor Mike Parson signed HB 16 into law, which provides more than $324 million in funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).    "HB 16 will provide much needed assistance to tenants and landlords across the state. COVID-19's economic impacts have created...

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