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On May 22, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft certified initiative petition 2020-063 regarding Medicaid expansion to appear on the November ballot. Pursuant to Section 116.120, RSMo., the secretary of state performed the approval of petition signatures by congressional district. Per state law, “...
An employee of the West Plains, Missouri, R-7 School District was charged in federal court on May 20 with soliciting children to send him sexually explicit photos and videos through Snapchat and Instagram. Cody Ashton Ary, 29, of West Plains, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S...
Both outdoor pools in the West Plains Aquatic Center Complex will remain closed this Summer to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, due in part to recent information provided to the City of West Plains from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Following an informal poll at Monday...
A section of Holiday Lane by City of West Plains Recycling will be closed for approximately two weeks beginning on Wednesday, May 27. City of West Plains Street Department crews will be working on a new bridge for that section of the roadway. Motorists are advised to find alternative routes during...
The Sass Star Opera House in 1905 (submitted)
A complete renovation is under way in the Star Opera House building at the corner of Main and Harris St. in Willow Springs. The building, formerly owned by Jay and Theresa Waggoner, is getting a new lease on life at the hands of new owner, Blake Browne.  Browne’s vision for the building is an...
All aldermen as well as Mayor Brooke Fair were present at the City Council meeting on Thursday, May 21.  City Administrator Beverly Hicks supplemented the financial reports presented to the council with an explanation of the impact on tax revenues the City has seen because of the coronavirus...
At the City Council meeting on May 21, the Board of Aldermen unanimously passed a motion authorizing Mayor Fair to sign a lease with Children’s Behavioral Services, LLC for the use of the Missouri Department of Transportation District 9 Headquarters facility.  Children’s Behavioral Services is...
The last year has seen an explosion of construction, new buildings, and new businesses at the south junction of U.S. Highway 60 in Willow Springs. The building boom continues with two new projects helmed by the Montgomery family: the new Bear Crossing Truck Wash and Tire Center and an expansion...
(photos courtesy of Mountain View Police Department)
A semi-truck burst into flames while two people were sleeping inside it on May 19 in Mountain View. According to Deputy Fire Chief Michael Pauly, the truck was hauling goods on behalf of a trucking company based in Arkansas. The call came in at 11:58 p.m., and it only took the Mountain View Fire...
On Saturday, May 23 at approximately 3:00 p.m., officers of the West Plains Police Department responded to a residence on Lanton Road for a report of an altercation between two men. According to a press release from the WPPD, one male produced a firearm and shot the second male multiple times...

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