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On Saturday, January 1, 2022, at approximately 11:15 a.m., officers of the West Plains Police Department were contacted by a female victim who resides in the 1900 Block of Lynn Drive regarding a domestic violence incident. According to a press release from the WPPD, the victim reported that her...
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded contracts for Southeast District projects during its regular meeting on January 5. Awarded contracts include resurfacing, adding turn lanes, culvert and bridge replacements, and sidewalk improvements. Contracts include the following an...
Ozarks Healthcare welcomed its first baby to be born in its Women’s Center in 2022. Trace Jared Hale made his arrival at 6:46 p.m. on January 3, weighing 8 pounds and 2 ounces. Trace is the son of Alex Lambe and Tyler Hale of West Plains.  “Even though we were three days into the New Year, we...
The Willow Springs Salvation Army Board wish to publish this acknowledgment of our generous community for the donations of this 2021-2022 Red Kettle Season. Even though we did not encourage bell ringing again this year, we managed to come within $300.00 of last year's donations with a whopping...
There are two West Plains City Council seats on the April ballot: a full four-year term now held by Jessica Nease, and a three-year term held by John Niesen which fills the unexpired term of Mayor Mike Topliff, who left the seat vacant when he was appointed Mayor in April 2021. Filing began at...
courtesy of Texas County Jail
Michael Nugent, 24, of Houston, has been sentenced to life without the possibility of probation after he was found guilty of the 2019 murder of Crue Ridenoure of Willow Springs.  A court trial on October 29 in Texas County found Nugent guilty on the charge of murder and one count each of armed...
courtesy of City of Mountain View
As of the close of candidate filing for municipal elections, there are only two candidates in this April’s race for mayor. John Krasuski and Randy Reese are the two contenders for the seat. Despite filing on opening day December 7, incumbent Mayor Donnie Pruett’s name will not appear on the...
courtesy of Willow Springs Police Department
Officer David Hocking of the Willow Springs Police Department stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on January 4 at approximately 6:50 p.m. According to a press release, Officer Hocking soon discovered that the subject, a male from Springfield, had an active warrant for his arrest issued by...
Due to accumulated snowfall, the City of West Plains Street Department has released its snow clearing routes and urges safety and caution for its citizens.To view an aerial map with the designated snow routes highlighted, people can visit: gis.westplains.net and click on the “snow routes” tab....
Sanitation crews from the City of West Plains will pick up Christmas trees free of charge on January 7, for customers within the city limits. To be added to the list, City of West Plains' residents can give their addresses by calling City Hall at 256-7176, or the Sanitation Department at 255-2330...

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