Arts/Education

SBU Trustees elect Dr. Richard J. Melson to be the 26th president of Southwest Baptist University.     
The West Plains Elementary faculty and staff got excited for school to start on Monday. They welcomed students back with popsicles riding on bus routes! It's going to be a great year! They could not wait to see their students.
The Bank of Birch Tree branch of Alton Bank booth gave away ice cold waters and 4 Chromebooks at the Mountain View - Birch Tree Back To School Kickoff.  All students were eligible to put their name in a drawing for the devices, and a student from each facility was drawn. From Liberty High School...
Area residents aged 62 and over who would like to take a class at Missouri State University-West Plains during the 2021 fall semester can do so under the Senior Citizen Fee Waiver Program. Registration opened on August 20 at the registration and records office in Cass Hall, 515 Cass Ave., in...
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Twenty-two recently hired teachers in the Mountain View-Birch Tree District were welcomed to the community at a breakfast meeting and orientation on Monday, August 16 at the Middle School gymnasium. They were each given a houseplant for their classroom by the Mountain View Garden Club. This is a...
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Parents, students, teachers, businesses and community members came together at the Liberty football field for the Back-To-School kick-off celebrating the beginning of the Mountain View-Birch Tree R-III 2021-2022 school year.  Tuesday’s event featured giveaways including backpacks full of...
The George D Hay Society of West Plains will hold their 15th Annual Hall of Honor and Induction of Stars and Awards on Saturday, August 21, at the Star Theatre in Willow Springs, MO beginning at 5 PM. Eric Lewis, the founder and CEO, will have his band New Kentucky Colonels perform a pre show...
School supplies and backpacks are still available free of charge for any Willow Springs school district student who may need them. To inquire about supplies, contact Westside Family Life Center 417-469-3360 at or the elementary school office at 417-469-2474. By collecting donations from individuals...
A public hearing to set the tax rate for the 2021-2022 school year took place immediately prior to the August School Board meeting. No public comment was recorded, but Superintendent Bill Hall shared that the total value of real and personal property valuation for the three counties that span the...
The Willow Springs School Board voted to pay COVID leave for staff members who have tested positive, but not for those in quarantine without a positive test result. Another hot button issue at the School Board meeting, the debate centered on whether or not to “incentivize” vaccination for school...

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