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At the last City Council meeting, the Willow Springs Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to spend approximately $9,000 on an upgrade to the City’s storm siren system.    In early December, the City had an issue with sirens going off without prompting from the City.    “It was causing a...
Landry Randolph, 20, of West Plains, sustained moderate injuries in a crash in the early morning hours of January 24. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop G, Randolph was travelling southbound on Highway 63 at 4:35 a.m. when he lost control of his Chevy Silverado. The truck...
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Ozarks Healthcare, the Missouri National Guard, Howell County Health Department, and City of West Plains partnered to present the first mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the West Plains Civic Center on Friday, January 29. Over 2,800 initial doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were administered...
The Howell County Commission approved the annual county budget on January 28. The total budgeted operating funds are just over $16 million for 2021.    Presiding Commissioner Mark Collins said, “The county remains in very strong financial condition with solid revenues to support the growing...
The Mountain View Public Library is kicking off a Friends of the Library membership drive beginning in March 2021.    The Friends group raises money for the library by hosting a used book sale every month. This money is used to purchase books for the children’s and teen collections.   ...
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Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase and deputies served a search warrant on a residence on Highway C on the evening of January 22. The warrant was for the arrest of Ralph Kemp, 36, and Samantha Hudson, 33, from Pennsylvania.  Both were wanted by law enforcement in Pennsylvania.  Upon arrival,...
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State Rep. Bennie Cook has filed his first bill in the Missouri Legislature. The subject is close to the heart of the Texas County Deputy Sheriff– adding crimes against first responders to the “hate crime” designation. House Bill 898 would add a victim’s employment as a law enforcement officer or...
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Kyle Champion, of Lodi, New York, has joined Willow Springs Fire Department as the department’s newest firefighter. Eighteen-year-old Champion has recently moved to the Willow Springs area. In New York, he served as a firefighter/first responder.  Assistant Fire Chief Vance Farmer said, “We are...
  The City Council in Willow Springs reviewed an overview of 2020 revenues at the regular meeting on January 21. Despite expectations that a COVID-crushed economy would have depressed consumer spending, in 2020 the City reported the highest revenues from sales tax since 2016. Sales tax in 2020...
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A recent string of thefts at the senior housing complex launched a search for Dustin Chaney, 38, of Willow Springs. While the Willow Springs Police Department investigated the theft of several items from the recreation center and homes at the senior housing development, Chaney was identified as a...

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