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Governor Mike Parson announced on Friday, April 19 that the Missouri Conservation Commission has selected Jason Sumners as the next director of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), effective June 1, 2024. Sumners currently serves as the deputy director of resource management for MDC and...
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On April 6, Jan Tappana, Chapter Regent, Ozark Spring NSDAR presented Dr. Rick Mansfield with the distinguished Daughters of the American Revolution’s (DAR) Conservation Medal and Conservation Certificate Award.    The NSDAR Conservation Award is a one-time per recipient award – honor that...
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The West Plains City Council passed multiple bills into city ordinances during its regular meeting on Monday, April 15. Among these bills were enacting the new entertainment district, changes to grass nuisance laws, and a change to the current budget. Two resolutions were also passed that...
The Howell County Commission met with engineers and others to make plans for mitigation funding for the 65775 zip code area. Following the historic 2017 flood, FEMA funds were earmarked for five zip codes in southern Missouri, including 65775 in Howell County, to prevent future damage. The...
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
The Angel Garden has re-opened in its new Oak Street location. After twenty-five years on Elm Street, the iconic Mountain View business has relocated to the heart of downtown. Now operating at 119 N. Oak St. in the former location of Dr. Ream’s Optometry, the florist, boutique, and coffee shop...
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
Alderman Tyler Morris was duly elected as Ward II Alderman on April 2, but he moved into Ward I between filing for office and the election date. In the absence of a challenger or the appointment of a replacement, Morris was sworn into office during Thursday’s meeting.    City Administrator...
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Willow Springs FFA member Jarett Lindsey has the best mullet among the Future Farmers of Missouri. So said the nine thousand people who selected Lindsey live on stage at the FFA State Convention last week.    “Willow Springs has officially been named the mullet capital!” announced the club on...
An hour-long closed session kicked off the newly reorganized board of aldermen’s first special meeting on April 16. The city cited legal and hiring/firing/promoting/disciplining exceptions to justify the closed session. No action or vote was discussed regarding the closed session after returning...
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
The Lincoln School Project continues its mission with programming like last week’s visit from authors/artists Charly Palmer and Dr. Karida Brown. The husband and wife are nationally renowned for their work, and their visit to West Plains was promoting their NAACP Image Award-nominated book, “The...

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