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Enforcement of the West Plains city ordinance that requires face coverings in the city limits remains in the education phase of enforcement, said Officer John Murrell of the West Plains Police Department.  “We haven’t issued any citations to my knowledge,” Officer Murrell said on December 11...
Simmons Bank in Willow Springs is sponsoring a contest among groups on the Willow Springs School campus. More than half a dozen entries are vying for both a prize and bragging rights based on who decorated best for the holidays.  In this unusual school year defined by COVID-19 restrictions,...
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on December 8, police officers and first responders in Willow Springs responded to a rollover crash at Center and Seventh Streets. According to Asst. Chief Wes Ellison of the WSPD, a red Chevrolet Impala crashed into a power pole and landed on its roof. One male subject...
In a letter to the citizens of West Plains dated December 10, Mayor Jack Pahlmann announced plans to join City Administrator Tom Stehn in retirement effective April 30, 2021.    The letter addressed the ongoing recall effort, stating the, “…petition had no bearing whatsoever on my decision to...
On December 11 at approximately 6:57 a.m., the West Plains Police Department received a report of a single vehicle motor vehicle crash on North US Highway 63. Upon arrival, officers observed a red Dodge passenger car that had sustained major damage resting in the driveway to James Gang Towing...
To expand its energy resources while lowering costs for West Plains utility customers, a massive project will soon be underway to ensure the City of West Plains’ ability to provide sufficient power for the foreseeable future.   That project – a solar farm – will be located on 40 acres of...
The new watercraft launch at North Fork Recreation Area will be open for users this summer.  This project will enhance user safety, as it will provide a waterplay area separate from where watercraft are launched.   On December 1, the North Fork Recreation Area closed for the season, with the...
West Plains City Administrator Tom Stehn has informed the City Council and City staff that he will retire from the City of West Plains effective April 30, 2021.   Stehn, who has held the position since September, 2011, announced his decision this week after deliberation with family and...
On December 1, West Plains Police Department officers responded to a residence on Jackson Street for a report of court order violation. Justin Stiner, 31, of West Plains, violated a restraining order, and entered a residence. The female resident shares children with Stiner. He assaulted her,...
The honorary sponsor of the Willow Springs Salvation Army for 2020 is H&M Ranch Store on Main Street.   According to WSSA President Larry Simon, collections in the red kettles around town are down this year. The kettles can be found at five stores around Willow Springs: H&M Ranch...

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