Howell's It Going, Episode 2, January 17, 2024

Hello and welcome to Howell’s It Going. I’m Amanda Mendez, and this is your news.
Bear nation will be interested to know that Willow has decided to replace its head football coach starting this fall. Current coach Travis Payne currently remains under contract with the district, but has stated he will not return if he can’t coach football. School administration was reluctant to comment on the reason for the decision, but according to Payne, it was likely because of last season’s zero to ten win/loss record. He said, “I think my hard work has been transparent… and I know there’s a ton of rumors, but there’s nothing crazy going on. We didn’t win games, and that’s why.”
Here's Superintendent Dr Marty Spence on the future of Bear Nation. 
In local crimes, . West Plains police conducted a drug bust on Maple Street last Wednesday. Christopher Wright was arrested and charged with drug trafficking, unlawful use of a weapon, and keeping or maintaining a public nuisance. After his arrest, Wright told police, “I have bought and sold meth to thousands of people during the time I’ve been involved.” At his residence, police found a variety of substances, including—methamphetamine, opioids, anxiety medications, Adderall, suspected hallucinogens, and four firearms. Wright posted bail at one hundred thousand dollars and is not currently in custody. A bond appearance hearing is scheduled for January 29, at nine o’clock a.m.
The Douglas County Herald has started locking its front doors after reportedly being the subject of harassment. The paper reported on Jimmy C. Haag, an Alton man who had been conducting what sre known as “first amendment” audits with law enforcement in Douglas County. After publishing their story, the paper allegedly began receiving numerous phone calls from Haag and his supporters. The paper described the messages as “vile” and “curse-filled.” Haag himself was charged with harassment on December 26, and he has an arrest record going back to 1998 that includes multiple orders of protection, assault, and harassment. There is currently a n0-bond warrant out fir his arrest. 
And finally, some local events. BrewFest is happening at the Civic Center in West Plains on Saturday, February twenty-fourth. Doors open at five-thirty p.m. and the event runs until eight. They’ll have craft beers, kombucha, coffees, and other specialty food and drinks. Admission is thirty dollars per person in advance and forty dollars at the door. All proceeds will go towards the West Plains Council on the Arts and the Gatewood Family Fine Arts Scholarship. More info can be found at or on the event’s Facebook page.
The Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual awards banquet on Saturday, February third, at Pine Meadows Venue. Doors open at five-thirty p.m. and dinner will be served at six. The theme this year is “Boots and Bling.” Tickets will go for thirty-five dollars each or two hundred and forty dollars for a table of eight. 
I’m Amanda, and this has been Howell’s It Going.
Written by Jacob Colangelo, Narrated by Amanda Mendez

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