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Thomas Sullivan, 56, of West Plains, has been charged with two misdemeanors: fourth degree assault and one count of taking or attempting to take turkeys in a public roadway.  According to a probable cause statement filed by Missouri Department of Conservation Agent Matthew Franks, a hunter who...
Anthony David Barton, 25, of Willow Springs, has been charged with one count of rape in the first degree, four counts of first degree sexual abuse, one count of first degree burglary, and one count of resisting arrest for a felony following events that occurred from August 1 through 3 in Willow...
The West Plains City Council will host a public hearing on Monday, August 17, regarding a city-wide mask mandate. The public hearing will be held in two sessions at the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis Street, with the first session from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the second session from 5 p.m....
The 2020 Bear City Festival, tentatively slated for October 3, has been cancelled. The festival is helmed each year by the Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce.  Board members for the Chamber came to the unanimous but “difficult” decision to cancel the festival this fall, said Chamber of Commerce...
by Amanda Mendez, publisher editor@howellcountynews.com   Orval Austin Tranbarger, oldest son of Major McKinley Tranbarger and Minerva (Cowan) Tranbarger, was born April 2, 1921 at Mountain View, Missouri. Tranbarger joined the U.S. Navy the day after he turned 18, reads his obituary. After...
Eslinger Takes Nomination by 142 Votes After a three-way primary for the State Senate seat for District 33 that pitted Robert Ross, Van Kelly, and Karla Eslinger against each other in the primary election on August 4, Karla Eslinger emerged the winner by a margin of 142 votes, as counted by the...
The Willow Springs Tuesday Study Club ends each season with a Spring Party at Club 60 in Mountain Grove.  For a theme, the hostesses choose a country to learn about the people, culture, other facts about the chosen country, and to try a new cuisine.  This year, hostesses Jean Biehl, Pauline Cap,...
An annual event that never fails to attract elected officials, as well as hopeful candidates in election years, Wendell Bailey’s birthday party took place at the reservoir in Willow Springs on July 31. Despite the drizzling rain, the party was well attended. Bailey family members were on hand in...
A skate park in American Legion Park in Willow Springs is set to open in the next few weeks. This project has been two years in the making said Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities Coordinator, Freda Carr. The Willow Springs City Council approved plans to move forward in 2018, and since then, the...
The West Plains Police Department announced the launch their new model of policing; Geographical Policing. The Geographical Policing Model will go into effect on Monday August 3, 2020 at midnight. According to a press release from the department, it is the goal of the West Plains Police...

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