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An article published in the last edition of Howell County News incorrectly reported that the Mountain View Public Library will be closed on Fridays.  The article should have read that the City Council voted to close the library at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. Monday through Thursday hours are 8:30 a.m...
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Officer Jim Hedlesten of the Willow Springs Police Department has been awarded “Officer of the Year” by LETSAC (Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Advisory Council). Hedlesten was presented with the award on July 15 in Lake Ozark, Mo. He was initially nominated and won the award for 2020, but the...
A Memphis, Tenn. man lost his life when he drowned in the Current River on July 12. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Edgar Racanec Sacach, 38, attempted to swim across the river at Shote Hole, went under the water, and did not resurface. He was located a short time later downstream...
The Mountain View City Council met in regular session July 12. Among old business, the council discussed moving cash deposits, owned by the city, from Simmons Bank to West Plains Bank. Alderwoman Judi Colter supported moving the funds, saying that West Plains Bank may be easier to work with,...
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The 2021 Mountain View Alumni annual meeting was themed “Double the Fun in ‘21” and was held on Saturday, July 3, at the Mountain View Christian Church. Honor photos were taken of Lillian Fehr Pruett (1949), Lorene Lee Woolsey (1950), Moe Simpson (1945) and the classes of 1960, 1961, 1970 and...
The West Plains Police Department is proud to announce the start of the first annual Community Police Academy. The academy is open to all community members who live or work in the City of West Plains. Currently, there are eight additional slots available for those interested. This class is very...
The Focus on Babies Diaper Resource Center - West Plains (DRC) is seeking the community's help to replenish the supply of diapers it provides to local distributing agencies that in turn serve families who need diapers. The need continues to rise, and a spokesperson for DRC said its diaper...
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Charges  Luke T. Riley, 33, of Willow Springs has been charged with seven felonies in connection with the crash at the intersection of Main and Harris in Willow Springs last Sunday. As he fled from Sheriff’s deputies, Riley crashed into a vehicle driven by Tracy Trude, totalling the truck he...
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Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 4-12 led the Fourth of July parade in Willow Springs this year. Pictured, members present a donation to Salutes in West Plains, a nonprofit organization and thrift store that provides emergency food and housing for veterans.
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Last week, Governor Mike Parson signed the 13 remaining pieces of legislation into law, concluding bill signings for the 2021 legislative session.  Several of those bills address critical child and family safety issues. As announced by House Judiciary Chair David Evans, “We were able to focus...

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