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Winners have been announced in the Second Annual Ozark Artery Art Show Competition at the Yellow House. August Earls was chosen by a panel of three judges as the Grand Prize winner with her best of show pen and ink entry "Summer Lights." She also won second place with her acrylic painting, "...
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West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host a "Starting with Watercolor" workshop led by artist Lee Copen. The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, in the Walnut Room at the West Plains Civic Center, located at 110 St. Louis Street in West Plains, MO...
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The West Plains R-VII School District announced last week that Virginia Uphaus as the new West Plains Elementary School principal for the 2024-2025 school year. Uphaus is currently an assistant principal at West Plains Elementary and has served since 2021. Before becoming an assistant principal,...
Members of the Missouri State University Board of Governors approved the purchase of the building that houses the Grizzly Lofts residence hall for $4.5 million during a special closed session meeting on Nov. 15 in Springfield. The university will take ownership of the building immediately...
Officials with the Ozarks Heritage Research Center (OHRC) at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) will host a presentation on the poetry of Christmas hymns at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 at the Garnett Library, 304 W. Trish Knight St., in West Plains. The presentation, "The First Noel:...
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For the third year in a row, students at Willow Springs School District have celebrated MO Beef Day. For the first time, this year’s event featured the Missouri Beef Industry Council’s mascot – Hazel the Heifer. Hazel visited the middle school and high school throughout the day on Tuesday to...
Dr. Marty Spence, Superintendent of the Willow Springs School Districts made an announcement regarding an incident that occured at the middle school on Friday, Dec. 1. "This message is to make you aware of an incident that occurred today at the middle school. While I cannot provide specific...
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Judging in the 2023 High School Invitational Art Show took place Friday. The annual competition is sponsored by the Willow Springs Arts Council. This year, students from Willow Springs, West Plains, Liberty, Cabool, and Thayer High Schools entered. The judge was Dawn King, a retired art teacher/...
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Braiden DeWitt and Macy Pearson were third place finalists in Duo Interpretation this past weekend at the Marion C. Early Speech and Debate Tournament. Caleb Martin also advanced to the semifinals in competition against both novice and varsity level participants. Pictured above, left to right:...
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A total of $8,216 from community member support and Jay Hale's famous smoked ribs was raised for West Plains FFA member Andrew Bradley, in his fight against cancer. Every dollar goes to help lighten the load for Andrew and his family. A huge shoutout to the BBQ heroes who helped make it happen:...

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