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A burn ban is in effect in Howell County until further notice. The Howell County Commission implemented Burn Ban Order #2022-014 Monday morning.  “A burn ban is ordered due to Howell County being in a D2 Severe Drought Situation according to the National Integrated Drought Information System,...
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Amanda J. Jones remains at large after escaping a West Plains residence shortly before law enforcement served a search warrant.  On June 28, Deputy Matt Foster and Corporal Logan Wake, assisted by Deputy First Class Nicholas Bruno, Deputy Jared Hummel, and Deputy Paden Turnbull, conducted a...
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Ozark National Scenic Riverways will celebrate Independence Day with a summertime concert on Saturday, July 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Alley Spring and Mill. The renowned Baker Family from Birch Tree will perform on the banks of Alley Spring in front of the historic Alley Mill. Alley Mill...
Maj. Gen. Levon Cumpton, Adjutant General, Missouri National Guard, was injured in a motorcycle accident at approximately 6:00 p.m. June 23. Cumpton was slowing to make a left turn when he was struck from behind by an SUV and thrown from his motorcycle, according to the Missouri State Highway...
The Board of Aldermen met for only fourteen minutes in their regular meeting on June 20. Though a quorum of elected officials were present, City Administrator Beverly Hicks was unexpectedly absent, records the draft minutes of the meeting. After brief discussion, the board unanimously agreed...
The city of West Plains revised an agreement with Ticketmaster for ticket sales at the West Plains Civic Center and agreed to move forward in pursuit of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds at its meeting June 21. Council met for closed session at 5 p.m., with the regular meeting at 5:30....
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After a brief closure, the water slide, lazy river, and children's play structure at the Willow Springs pool complex reopened on June 23. That section of the Willow Springs city pool closed for safety issues on June 15 while city workers addressed a "too-slick entry" to the water park. It has since...
Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is launching an annual effort to return Unclaimed Property to Missourians. The names of more than 129,400 individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations with Unclaimed Property will be listed in over 100 publications across the state....
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Beginning Tuesday, June 28, East Main Street in downtown West Plains will be closed from Court Square to behind the West Plains Bank & Trust Building for the demolition of the former Powell-Crews Title and Escrow building, confirms a statement from the City of West Plains. The street closure...
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
After a longtime struggle to retain personnel, the Willow Springs Police Department currently has a full department of eight full-time officers. Wes Ellison took over as Chief of Police in Willow Springs officially on May 28 following the retirement of Bryan Hogan. "My biggest priority is...

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