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The West Plains School District Board of Education has appointed Ryan Smith as the West Plains High School Principal for the 2023 - 2024 school year. The decision follows the resignation of Mr. Lucas Brown. Mr. Brown is the incoming Glenwood Superintendent for the 2023 - 2024 school year. Smith...
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Classical Conversations, a local homeschool community, held their annual Science Fair Monday, Feb. 13.   The science fair, led by director Esther Ramsey, had six students ranging from 12-and-13 years old who spent ten weeks walking through the scientific method with each of their experiments....
A high school senior’s project raised more than two thousand dollars to benefit the Historic Star Theatre in downtown Willow Springs. Holly Wehmer, WSHS Class of 2023, wrote, directed, and produced Clara’s Star, an original stage play, as her senior project. Opening night was Dec. 16, and the...
The Mountain View-Birch Tree School District will switch to a Tuesday through Friday school week next academic year, the district announced last week.  “After a long process of researching the impact of a four-day calendar and seeking input from the community, parents, students, and staff, the...
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West Plains Arts Alliance members, the West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and the Harlin Museum of West Plains (Harlin), will host a watercolor workshop by area artist Lee Copen. The workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, in the Hathcock Gallery at the...
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On Saturday, Feb. 18, two students at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) will be crowned the 2023 Homecoming King and Queen. The crowning will take place during halftime ceremonies of the annual homecoming basketball game between the Grizzlies and the Mineral Area College Cardinals...
By the time you read this, there will be a new member sitting on the school board of the R-IV Willow Springs School Board. Just hours after press time, the board will meet in a special session to interview and vote on the six contenders for the seat recently vacated by Jeff Cunningham.  In...
Debbie Bryan will serve on the Willow Springs School Board until 2024.
Willow Springs native Debbie Bryan was sworn in Monday evening as the newest member of the Willow Springs board of education. She will finish the term left vacant after the resignation of Jeff Cunningham in December. Bryan told the board Monday night that she looks forward to serving and is...
Area residents interested in applying to the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) regular track program at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) have until March 1 to submit their application. The March 1 deadline is for students who wish to apply for a seat in the cohort that will...
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Twenty-seven area high school seniors participated in the second annual welding contest hosted Friday, Jan. 20, by Missouri State University-West Plains' workforce development office. The students represented the Koshkonong, Licking, Thayer, Alton, Willow Springs and West Plains school...

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