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Last week, Governor Mike Parson and the Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Health and Senior Services (DHSS), and Social Services (DSS) announced the consolidation of several early childhood programs across state government into a single Office of Childhood.   The new...
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks opened applications on Feb. 1 for about $1.75 million in scholarships for students pursuing advanced educational opportunities.     The CFO holds 445 scholarship funds that will provide nearly 1,000 scholarships for students across central and southern...
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...

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