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Bags containing toys, books, stuffed animals, and dozens of items of brand name clothing were left in the park near the city pool last week. Many of the items were left in festive gift bags, and the Christmas cards with the items clearly indicated the gifts were there for anyone who may be in...
The Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission voted on December 15 to require that Missouri law enforcement academies begin educating all law enforcement recruits in the history of policing in minority communities in the U.S. The two-hour block of instruction would cover policing...
Last week, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft returned an original copy of the state’s 1865 Ordinance Abolishing Slavery to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) after it underwent treatment in the Missouri State Archives’ conservation lab. The event, held on the front porch of the...
The following statement was made from Tom Keller, Ozarks Healthcare President and CEO, on December 16, 2020:      Hello,  Today I want to share a few updates on behalf of our organization as we head into the final days of 2020.  For all of us, the holiday season is usually a time to...
The Garden Club held its November meeting on the 18th at the St. John Vianney Catholic Church. The program titled "You Gotta Love Hummeers" was presented by Connie and Chuck Clark. We were surprised to learn that there are 338 species of hummingbirds in the world, though we only enjoy the visits...
A “Stop the Spread” campaign encouraging residents to take the necessary masking, social distancing, and hand washing precautions is now underway by the Howell County COVID-19 Task Force to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the area. As part of the campaign, yard signs and promotional...
A semi truck driver attempted a U-turn on Main Street near Sunshine Dr. and lodged his vehicle in the turf, blocking traffic on Main St. on December 17 for about 90 minutes. Officer Ben Bishop responded to the scene and directed traffic around the obstacle.  According to Officer Bishop, the...
 On December 18, 2020m at approximately 11:32 p.m., the West Plains Police Department received a call to a residence on Seventh Street for a report of shots fired and someone with a possible gunshot wound. Upon arrival, officers secured and entered the residence. Once inside, officers located a...
The City of West Plains has extended a state of civil emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic through March 31, 2021.  The Order was originally issued by Mayor Jack Pahlmann Saturday, June 20, with the intent of slowing the spread of the virus within the City of West Plains. Businesses and...
The annual Christmas parade in Mountain View wound through town on the evening of December 19. This year’s theme was “Have a Merry Star-Spangled Christmas,” and many of the participating floats featured stirring patriotic designs.  In years past, the floats have been judged at the beginning of...

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