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The West Plains Civic Center reopened its doors to the community on Monday, July 27, 2020.  The Center’s lobby is now open and available for anyone who would like to book events, purchase tickets at the Box Office, and attend events held within the Civic Center.  Room rentals and events held in...
The City Council in Willow Springs passed an amended 2020 budget during the regular meeting on July 16. In a letter to the Council dated July 1, 2020, City Administrator Beverly Hicks summarized the amendments to the budget, which she said largely resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. Another...
The Board of Directors of the Howell County 911 department is slated to install a new member this week. The Howell County 911 is an independent, sovereign entity funded by its own tax revenues and governed by a board of directors as established by the laws of the State of Missouri.  According...
Howell County Health Department reported on July 24 that the year-to-date total of COVID-19 cases in Howell County is ninety.  Forty-one cases are on active status or on isolation as of press time; five cases are currently hospitalized with COVID related complications. Contact tracing has been...
A Birch Tree man has been charged with two felonies related to the sexual abuse of a child. Cody Austin Green, 23, stands accused of the molestation of a seven-year-old girl. According to a probable cause statement filed by Detective Joe Neuschwander of the West Plains Police Department, a Child...
A primary election is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, August 4. In Howell County, the races for Sheriff, Northern County Commissioner, and State Representative all feature multiple Republican candidates who will face no opponent in November. That means this Tuesday is the day to GET OUT AND...
Governor Mike Parson has called us back (the Missouri House and Senate) into summer session beginning the week of July 27.  He has limited the issues of this session to battling the rise of violent crime in Missouri.  This is an issue that I’ve been working on for several years in a special task...
There are four Republican candidates for the position of Howell County’s Northern Commissioner, a position soon to be vacated by the retiring incumbent, Bill Lovelace. There are no candidates from any other political party, so the August 4 primary election will determine the winner who will run...
On July 16, the Howell County Commission unanimously passed the funding for the COPS Hiring Program Award for the 2020 fiscal year. Mike Coldiron, on behalf of the Howell County Sheriff’s Office, was there to present the grant to the Commission. He explained the grant will fund 75 percent of the...
James Carr, currently a resident of Summersville, requested to appear before the Willow Springs City Council at their regular meeting on July 16. According to his request to be heard, his concerns were “city employee conduct” and “public safety.” He gave a short self-introduction, stating that he...

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