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Charges  Luke T. Riley, 33, of Willow Springs has been charged with seven felonies in connection with the crash at the intersection of Main and Harris in Willow Springs last Sunday. As he fled from Sheriff’s deputies, Riley crashed into a vehicle driven by Tracy Trude, totalling the truck he...
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On July 1, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.2 million grant to the city of West Plains to make critical railroad infrastructure improvements to support job creation and economic resiliency...
On Friday, July 16, at approximately 5:17 p.m., West Plains Police Officer Paul Bradshaw was on patrol when he conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Freedom Drive near Independence in West Plains. During the traffic stop, Officer Bradshaw observed indicators of criminal activity taking place...
The West Plains Economic Development Corporation will host a Hiring Event at the West Plains Civic Center on July 22, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This event is designed to connect job seekers with local employers. Currently, there are 29 local employers with more than 350 open positions who...
A series of both usual and unusual causes disrupted electricity service for hundreds of residents in Howell County throughout the latter part of last week. On Wednesday, July 7 in Willow Springs, a circuit went out on the northwest side of the city that affected about 100 people, including...
Lonnie Whitaker, author and popular columnist for this publication, has won two awards from the Missouri Writers Guild. In the category of Best Newspaper Column, Whitaker took third place for his story titled, “An Ozark Girl’s Golf Odyssey.” A reprint of his award-winning submission will appear...
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Willow Springs earned its “Bear City” moniker on the early morning of July 8 when a lone black bear appeared in the yard of a home on Highway Z. The Simandl residence is outside of city limits, but is only three miles down Highway Z. Andrea Simandl took several photos of the bear in her yard and...
Investigation remains ongoing after a child died in an accidental shooting in West Plains on July 1. Howell County Sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded simultaneously to the scene on County Road 3010 at approximately 3:45 in the afternoon.  Prior to their arrival, deputies and first...
Project Aware wants both those who can help and those who may need help to know the organization is still in operation. The nonprofit, started in 2016, exists to help residents in the Willow Springs School District with unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, said board member JT Tooley.  “We...
The pursuit ended at the intersection of Harris and Main Sts. in Willow Springs. Three vehicles were damaged, and the occupants of the two moving vehicles were injured.
UPDATED at 12:17 with information regarding the driver's route prior to the crash and expected charges from HCSO.    A high speed pursuit that began in Howell County bled into Willow Springs Sunday night as Sheriff’s deputies chased Luke T. Riley into town. Riley, 33, of Willow Springs, had...

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Two Lady Scramble on July 10 We had 15 teams. The weather was good. Dave cooked lunch to order, and he and the guys had the course in great shape. A big “thank you” to all of our hole...
 
 

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