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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced the West Plains School District is among 32 school districts from across the state selected to receive services through the Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) program to improve literacy efforts locally...
Every month at Willow Springs Middle School, teachers and administrators award “BearPaws” to students who show empathy and strong character. There is a drawing among those students, and the winner receives a gift card sponsored by Terry Newton of Shelter Insurance.   
Cassie M. Ford, Willow Springs, has been awarded the Adeline E. Moore Non-Traditional Book Scholarship from Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP). Ford, a graduate of Flour Bluff High School in Flour Bluff, Texas, is a freshman at MSU-WP. She is the wife of Jesse Ford, Willow Springs,...
Casey M. Van Horn, Pomona, has been awarded the Adeline E. Moore Non-Traditional Book Scholarship from Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP).  Van Horn, a 2013 graduate of Mtn. View-Birch Tree Liberty High School in Mtn. View, is a sophomore nursing major at MSU-WP. She is the daughter...
The evening of December 15 was the scene of a Christmas extravaganza on the public school campus. It was the night of the judging of the Christmas decoration competition sponsored by Simmons Bank.  “What started out as two buildings in competition with each other turned into 8 entries,” said...
At the regular School Board meeting on December 14 in Willow Springs, Superintendent of Schools Bill Hall and the board members revisited the idea of a schoolwide mask mandate for the first time since August. Responding to recent statewide recommendations that universal masking among students can...
In a world with so much negativity, it's touching when you see a student with such a drive to make the world a better place. Jasmine Hulvey is an eighth grade student at Liberty Middle School. She is enrolled in Ms. Shelly Renegar's Student Outreach class. Ms. Renegar said, "Jasmine has such a...
Create your Loop Yarn Chunky Scarf at this workshop January 12.  West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host the workshop, conducted by local artist Tara Hensley, on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Trillium Trust offices, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd. in West Plains. Cost for the...
Children's Ballet of the Ozarks proudly presents their Fifth Annual presentation of The Nutcracker, December 18-19, 2020 at the West Plains Civic Center.  Toys come to life, and mischievous Mice, twirling Sugar Sprinkles, and Sugar Plum Fairies dance to the treasured Tchaikovsky score.  Join...

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