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Brittany Gorman (photo courtesy of National Parks Service)
On May 21, 2020, US Park Rangers discovered Brittany Gorman’s unoccupied pickup truck within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways at Buck Hollow in southern Texas County.  Items found at the scene indicated that Gorman may have been injured.  Deputies from the Texas County Sheriff’s Office, along...
Lane Hood is safe in his mother's arms after a 5-hour search. (photo courtesy of the Hood family)
Hundreds of volunteers turned out to assist in the search for a 4-year-old boy who went missing from a family home on County Road 2030 near Mountain View on Memorial Day. According to Eleven Point Rural Fire Department Fire Chief Frank Vanhorn, his department received the call to begin the search...
With many stay-at-home orders expiring and the apparent effectiveness of our communities' response to COVID-19 in limiting the spread of coronavirus, Mercy is taking careful, deliberate steps in reactivating services previously postponed. Mercy has established three specific criteria that must...
The West Plains School District began a gradual reopening of outdoor athletic facilities on May 18, 2020. The district will reopen outdoor athletic facilities that have traditionally been open for the community during the summer when all education-based student activities are not in session or...
The Howell County Clerk released these results with 100% of precincts reporting. 
Willow Springs School Board Election Results from Howell County
100% of precincts are reporting in the three counties that span the Willow Springs School District.    In Howell, Texas, and Douglas Counties, unofficial election results have been released. For your convenience, the total number of votes each candidate received in the three counties has been...
Sarah Anne Harden of West Plains is the parent of a baby boy, Jett Kenneth, born May 13 at 8:35 p.m. at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC). He weighed 4 pounds 8 ounces and was 17 inches long. His grandparents are William and Judy Harden of West Plains. Ethan and Ericka Busbey of Peace Valley are the...
Candidate Adam Webb addresses the Chamber. He focused on trade schools and vocational education. In response to a question about STEM education, he said, “I’m all for it. I was always a parent not to walk up and solve a problem for him. Give him time to figure a way out.” (photo credit: Amanda Mendez)
Candidates for election to the school board of the Willow Springs School District spoke and answered public questions at the Chamber of Commerce meeting on March 3. There are three available seats on the Board at the April 7 election. Member Shane Lee is not seeking reelection, but members...
On May 22, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft certified initiative petition 2020-063 regarding Medicaid expansion to appear on the November ballot. Pursuant to Section 116.120, RSMo., the secretary of state performed the approval of petition signatures by congressional district. Per state law, “...
An employee of the West Plains, Missouri, R-7 School District was charged in federal court on May 20 with soliciting children to send him sexually explicit photos and videos through Snapchat and Instagram. Cody Ashton Ary, 29, of West Plains, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S...

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