Howell's It Going, June 6, 2024

Hello and welcome to Howell’s It Going. This is your weekly update on what’s happening in your community. I’m Amanda Mendez, and this is your news.

In the wake of the tornadoes of May 26, Brandy Lee of Brandy Lee Music has organized a benefit concert on Sunday, June 9 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Veteran’s Park in Mountain View.
As of the time of this release, Sacrifice the Truth, Charlie Nelson and County Nights Band, and Brandy Lee will be performing with more expected to sign up in the week ahead. A painting by Garrett Melby Art will also be done live at the event, as well.
Over two dozen businesses and individuals have donated to the event so far. There will be raffles and/or auctions for the items donated, grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, sides, and drinks. All proceeds collected, including any tips from the performers, are being donated to affected families in Mountain View. The First Baptist Church will handle the distribution of the donations, with the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce being a second donation location. West Plains Music at 18 Court Square in West Plains will collect donations. In Willow Springs, bring donations to Howell County News at 110 West Main.
For more information on how you can donate, attend, or participate in this event, contact Brandy Lee at 808-256-5925 or via Facebook messenger at Brandy Lee Music.


This portion of Howell’s it Going is brought to you by HOBA bluegrass. The 41st annual HOBA Spring Bluegrass festival will be taking place outside West Plains June 6 through 8. Featuring the music of Dalton Harper, Greg Blake & Hometown, The Baker Family, New Grass Attack, and Bluegrass express. Music, food and fellowship combine. A weekend pass is $25. Day passes are also available. Call 252-4373 or check out HOBA bluegrass on Facebook for directions or more information.


Willow Springs Fire Department responded to two reports of fire on the same road last week – both of which are deemed suspicious.
According to Interim Fire Chief Alan Lewis “It was not the same location, but the same group of people.”
On May 28, WSFD and mutual aid departments gave a massive response to a structure fire at a vacant house with no electricity connected on County Road 5310. Lewis said they used thousands of gallons of water to fight the fire. The fire consumed the basement, first floor, and roof of the structure. For a home that was supposedly vacant and unoccupied, this is a suspicious circumstance.
The following day, WSFD returned to County Road 5310 for another fire, also suspicious. Lewis said this fire started in the middle of the exterior wall with no apparent source. Heat had been applied directly to the exterior wall and there were no nearby electrical sources that could explained the blaze.
The property resident was able to contain the fire and the fire department used thermal imaging to ensure there was no additional danger.
The State Fire Marshal's office is also investigating this fire.

Howell County News will host and moderate a debate for candidates for Howell County Sheriff. Two Republican candidates are running -- incumbent Sheriff Brent Campbell and challenger Matt Roberts. The debate will be livestreamed on Tuesday, July 16 on the Howell County News Facebook page. An article covering the debate will appear in the July 24 edition of the newspaper.
Primary election day is August 6.
The in-person event is invitation-only. Listeners of Howell’s It Going may request an invitation. There is no purchase necessary. To request an invitation or submit a question for the candidates, email editor@howellcountynews.comor or call 417-252-2123. Listener invitations will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
Questions will also be taken live during the live stream during the debate.

On Monday morning, a semi-truck was hit by a train in West Plains after the trailer it was pulling became stuck on the tracks. West Plains Police on the scene said that no one was hurt in the crash. At 9:30 am, a semi pulling a flat trailer with a load became struck with the trailer bottomed out on the tracks at the Lincoln Avenue crossing. The train impacted the trailer and pushed a nearby propane truck into standing fuel tanks at West Plains Propane. The crossing was closed into the afternoon while emergency crews cleaned up the scene.

At long last, the Mountain View City Pool has reopened. The first day of the 2024 season was June 1. Pool hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is $2.00 for ages 5 and up, and children 4 years and under are free. Admission for ages 65 and older is $1.00 and all children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

The 2024 Old-Time Music, Ozarks Heritage Festival in downtown West Plains, will be held Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The annual two-day event in downtown West Plains celebrates Ozark's music and culture.
This year's Festival footprint will change, encompassing vendors and activities from the east lawn of the Civic Center, up East Main, and around Court Square.
The east lawn of the Civic Center will become a historic military encampment covering four eras leading up to the Civil War. Workshops and demonstrations on musical and traditional arts will continue to be presented at the civic center and a Quilt Walk is planned in the downtown area. Digital maps for the Quilt Walk and history docents' locations will be available at Festival information booths.
For more information, visit Old Time Music dot org or visit their Facebook page.


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The Mountain View Public Library has announced its Adult Summer Reading program. The theme of the program this year is “River Reading”. Along with the children's reading program, the library will be highlighting summer-themed adult books with a reading challenge with some great prizes from local businesses.
Choose books from the categories listed on the Library Challenge Bookmark, tell a librarian the title of the book and they will punch the corresponding box on the bookmark.
Prizes begin after reading 5 books and cap out at 10 books. Prizes include coupons to Taco Bell, local businesses, and prize baskets..
The River Reads Adult Library Challenge began May 28 and runs through July 31 at the Mountain View Public Library.

I’m Amanda, and this has been Howell’s It Going.


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