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On May 6, at approximately 10:38 PM, officers of the West Plains Police Department were dispatched to a report of stealing in progress at Walmart SuperCenter located on Preacher Roe Blvd.  Officers attempted to apprehend the male subject, identified to be Bart Peterson, upon exiting the...
Ozarks Healthcare has temporarily closed its main hospital (surgery) entrance at 1100 Kentucky Ave., West Plains, as of May 8. The temporary entrance closure is expected to last for approximately three weeks. All patients and visitors will be required to enter the hospital through the North...
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded contracts for Southeast District projects during an electronic ballot process held on May 5. Awarded contracts include asphalt pavement repairs, guardrail and guard cable repairs, and pavement resurfacing.  The contracts include a $3,217...
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New West Plains Mayor Mike Topliff signed his first proclamation as mayor on Thursday, May 6 at Ozark Action, Inc. in West Plains declaring May 2021 Community Action Month. Ozark Action, Inc., is a non-profit Community Action Agency serving Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Texas, and Wright counties...
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A routine traffic stop led to a commendation for Howell County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Weaver. On the surface, it seems like a good cop was simply doing his job, but the story has resonated with so many people and continues to be shared online.  On April 30, Dep. Weaver initiated a traffic stop...
Police have arrested a suspect in the theft of two catalytic converters from church vans in Willow Springs. According to information from the Willow Springs Police Department, a single subject stole the first converter from a church van parked outside First General Baptist Church on April 24 at...
A fatal motorcycle crash claimed the life of Thelmer Ray “TR” Davis in Willow Springs on May 5. According to the accident report from the Willow Springs Police Department, Davis was traveling west on State Route 76 at Willow Rd. when he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a vehicle...
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The West Plains City Council has chosen John Niesen as its newest member. Niesen was chosen from a pool of five candidates to fill a seat on the council that was vacated after the April retirement of Mayor Jack Pahlman. Niesen, 36, has lived most of his life in West Plains, and was raised in...
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Willow Springs Fire and Eleven Point Rural Fire Departments responded to a reported brush fire in the 500 block of Frisco St. in Willow Springs on May 5. The alert came from 911 at 3:34 p.m. Though the dispatcher described the fire as a “controlled burn” that was “out of control,” firefighters...
The ladies of the Tuesday Study Club met April 6, 2021 at the beautiful home of Peggy Miller. After taking care of club business, Claudia Marvin gave her program. Jim Shore was raised on rural property in South Carolina by his artistic parents. His mother was a sculptor and painter, while his...

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