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The West Plains City Council approved a new city ordinance on March 23 that will require all dog owners residing in the City of West Plains to have their pets properly tagged. The ordinance states, “No person shall own, keep, harbor or permit to be or remain on or about their premises any dog...
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Sam Anselm of Wildwood, MO, has been hired as the next City Administrator for the City of West Plains. He will begin duties on April 19. Anselm will replace Tom Stehn who has served as City Administrator/Engineer since September 2011. Stehn will retire April 30. Anselm was City Administrator...
On the evening of March 22, Texas County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the Elk Creek area for a report of a 9-year-old child with a gunshot wound. An investigation revealed that the victim was shot by a younger sibling. The children were playing outside the residence and...
Alexandro P. Silva, 19, of West Plains, remains in custody with no bond following accusations that he sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl. According to a probable cause statement filed by Officer John Murrell III of the West Plains Police Department, the girl’s father reported his daughter...
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It may have seemed like spring would never arrive this year, but morel season is upon us. To participate in Howell County News’s annual morel mushroom photo caption, submit a photo of your most impressive morel haul. The editor will evaluate entries for size and quantity of the mushrooms, as well...
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East Main St. was closed for over an hour on March 25 to create a firefighters’ work area. Willow Springs Fire Department was responding to a report of smoke coming from a building on the north side of the street near the four-way stop.  Because of the densely packed old buildings in the...
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On the evening of March 17, Texas County Deputies patrolling Shafer Road, in the Licking area attempted to make a traffic stop on a Ford truck. The driver of the truck did not stop, and deputies initiated a pursuit that traveled across Buffalo Road to State Routes AT, N and AF.  While traveling...
Ozarks Healthcare Laboratory Services will conduct low-cost lab health screenings at several of its locations through 2021. Ozarks Healthcare encourages community members to get to know their numbers for blood sugar, cholesterol, thyroid, calcium, and more. Getting these numbers checked...
  The monthly meeting of the Ozark Spring Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, April 10th at the American Legion Hall, 1401 Bill Virdon Blvd.   This month’s presentation, “Tombstone Care and Cleaning”, will be presented by Marcia Moore. Please bring...
On March 13, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office participated in the St. Patrick’s Day DWI Enforcement Campaign. Deputies made a total of 16 traffic stops with one resulting in an arrest.  Corporal Wallace arrested John Fink, 49, of Bruner, Mo. after a traffic stop that led into a foot pursuit. John...

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