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The Executive Committee of the Missouri Republican State Committee voted unanimously on May 13 to hold its state convention by mail-in ballot, rather than in-person as originally planned.  It is a step many state Republican Parties are taking with venues unable to accommodate large gatherings. ...
Howell County Health Department is now scheduling back to school immunizations for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents are encouraged to get students scheduled now for the summer months. Waiting until the end of summer when appointment slots are already full may mean missed class time for an...
Ryan and Vernieca Luerssen of Willow Springs are the parents of a baby boy, Eric Henley, born May 6 at 5:57 p.m. at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC). He weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce and was 20 inches long. His grandparents are Robert and Mary Kellum of West Plains and Mike and Sandy Luerssen of Cabool....
Governor Parson is requesting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to review damage reports and documentation from 19 Missouri counties in response to severe storms and tornadoes that swept across the state on May 3 and 4. "Last week, two rounds of severe storms blasted southern...
The year 2020 will see a slew of holidays celebrated in a post-pandemic world. With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, it would be very easy to stay focused on all that we cannot or should not have because of a bruised economy and social distancing recommendations. Time-honored...
Jessica Geise, 30, of West Plains, has been charged with first degree harassment and tampering with a witness in a felony prosecution. A probable cause statement filed by Deputy Shannon Caldwell of the Howell County Sheriff’s office describes the circumstances that prompted a child order of...
Carlton “Luke” Wake, 41, of Willow Springs, has been issued six citations after an interaction with the Willow Springs Police Department on May 3.  Officer Ben Bishop responded to the area of East Fourth and Grand Streets after the police department received multiple calls complaining of a male...
Mark Twain National Forest has developed a five-year program of work to transition to a sustainable recreation program, called the Recreation Facility Strategy (RFS).  The RFS is now available for the public to review on the Forest’s website (www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf); and the Forest is currently...
Jerry Croney, 40, of Pomona, has been charged with first degree domestic assault, two counts of armed criminal action, one count of endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of resisting arrest, all felonies, in connection with an incident that took place near Olden on May 3.  Deputy...
Brent Pitcock and Roy Trone, part of the Weatherization Team from Ozark Action, Inc. (OAI) provided transport so that the Focus on Babies Diaper Resource Center (DRC) could receive a donation of over 20,000 diapers from Diaper Bank of the Ozarks (DBO) in Springfield last week. "We're very...

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