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Did you attend Willow Springs High School? On Saturday, May 25, it is your day to celebrate attending Willow Springs Schools.   An open-air cookout is planned at the EAA Hangar, located at 810 Bryan Street. Doors will open by 3:00 p.m. Food is planned to be served at 5:30 p.m. The menu will...
A group of football parents made their case, and nearly twenty people showed up in support of recently removed head football coach Travis Payne at the school board of education meeting last Monday. The school board backed the administration’s decision, and Bear Nation will have a different head...
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
The Willow Springs Police Department really wants you to know their recently acquired Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle was free. Braced for the impact of harsh public opinion, Chief Wes Ellison, Assistant Chief Alan Lewis, and City Administrator Beverly Hicks invited Howell County...
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Alex Lindma, 27, of Mountain View, was arrested Saturday afternoon after a Facebook Live video showed him confessing attempting to meet with what he believed to be an eleven-year-old girl. There is no ambiguity in the video – Lindma admits to believing his “girlfriend” was eleven, to intending to...
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
There has been a change in management at Edgeller and Harper Farm Equipment in West Plains, Missouri. John W. Edgeller is the new manager and Charlene Smith is now the assistant manager. The change took place January 1, 2024.   Bruce Edgeller and his wife Linda have been running the store...
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State Representative Bennie Cook would like to extend an invitation to constituents from Texas County to come up to their Missouri State Capitol for an exclusive day dedicated to them. Scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, this event promises a unique opportunity for friends, neighbors, and...
State Budget Director Dan Haug announced today that net general revenue collections for January 2024 grew 6.3 percent compared to those for January 2023, from $1.37 billion last year to $1.45 billion this year.   Net general revenue collections for 2024 fiscal year-to-date decreased 0.2...
The Missouri Department of Transportation announced the selection of two consultants to lead an environmental study of the more than 250 miles of Interstate 44 from the Oklahoma state line to the Route 100 East interchange near Gray Summit in Franklin County.   The selected consultants, Hg...
Contractor crews continue work to improve U.S. Route 160 in Howell County. The project includes replacing culverts and adding a southbound turn lane at the Route BB intersection in West Plains, Missouri. Motorists should anticipate a lane reduction with a 10-foot width restriction.  ...
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Excitement is building as the April 8 total solar eclipse approaches, presenting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Ozarks. While the path of the eclipse stretches from Texas to Maine across the U.S., West Plains has the good fortune of being in the middle of it all and with totality...

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