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At approximately 10:52 p.m. on December 10, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation near Republic Road on the south side of Springfield, Missouri. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield and a brief pursuit ensued. The driver of the vehicle...
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The West Plains Police Department celebrated the promotion of three of their personnel and identified the second Canine Officer for the department. The three promotions were celebrated in a Pinning Ceremony on December 8, at 3:00 PM at the Police Department with family members, friends, members...
A Mountain View, Missouri, woman who used a stolen identity to enroll in college pleaded guilty in federal court today to Social Security fraud. Laura A. Oglesby, 48, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of intentionally furnishing false information to...
Earlier this year, Missouri Press Foundation, in partnership with the Missouri School of Journalism and Reynolds Journalism Institute, announced the all-new Rural Missouri Newspaper Scholarship. A need-based award, the Rural Missouri Newspaper Scholarship will provide up to $40,000 for...
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
The Planning and Zoning Committee for the City of Willow Springs met on Friday, December 10 for the first time since January 2020. The City Council approved an eight-person committee during the regular November meeting. Danny Bradley, Josh Henry, Matt Knapp, Jackie Williamson, Stefanie Collins,...
Amber Taylor, 38, of West Plains, was seriously injured after being struck by a Dodge Ram on U.S. Highway 160 one mile east of West Plains on December 10. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the truck, driven by Cameron Ward, 23, of Birch Tree, made contact with Taylor in the roadway...
courtesy of Howell County Jail
A registered sex offender has been charged with a misdemeanor charge of loitering within five hundred feet of a school building, grounds, or transport vehicle. Kevin Skiver was arrested on December 7 by the West Plains Police Department. According to a probable cause statement filed by Officer...
courtesy of Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce
Voting in the Let it Glow Christmas light contest ended at noon on Friday afternoon. The Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce announced the winners in two categories: business and residential.  The business category winner was American Family Insurance with 78 votes.  The residential category...
As of December 7, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has implemented the first phase of the new 911 system. When an individual calls 911 from a mobile device within Douglas County, their location will appear on the map with their number and any other information made available by the caller...
A former employee of the West Plains, Missouri, R-7 School District was sentenced in federal court with soliciting children to send him sexually explicit photos and videos through Snapchat and Instagram. Cody Ashton Ary, 31, of West Plains, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth...

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