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Route 181 in Douglas, Howell Counties will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews seal coat the roadway. This section of roadway is located from Route 76 in Douglas County to Route AD in Cabool, Missouri. Weather permitting, work will take place Tuesday, May 31...
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The Law Enforcement Torch Run was completed Wednesday May 11 from Willow Springs to West Plains. Lieutenant Jerry Elliott with the Missouri Dept. of Conservation and officers from several agencies conducted the local 13th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. The run began at 8:00 a.m. starting at...
The Second Regular Session of the 101st General Assembly has come to a close. The Senate ended legislative activity Thursday evening with the approval of a new congressional redistricting map. All told, we passed more than 60 separate pieces of legislation, including 19 appropriations bills. In...
The supply chain issues that started with toilet paper and computer chips in 2020 have morphed to disrupt nearly everything in our daily lives. As of late, news shows are highlighting weary parents who are scouring near and far for essential baby formula. At home in Appleton, I drove past two...
The 2022 regular session of the Missouri General Assembly was the most dysfunctional I can remember in more than 50 years covering the statehouse. Endless Senate filibusters stalled action for weeks on major issues for Missourians -- contributing to the second lowest percentage of bills passed...
On May 18, after receiving the legislation from the General Assembly, Governor Mike Parson signed HB 2909 into law, approving the proposed boundaries for Missouri's eight congressional districts.  "Today, we signed into law a congressional map that meets our constitutional requirements,"...
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On May 5, at 5:43 a.m. officers with the West Plains Police Department were dispatched for a hit and run traffic crash. The caller advised a bicyclist had been struck by a red car on U.S. Highway 63 near Elmore Drive, in West Plains, Missouri. The officers that arrived in the area found a...
A Mountain View man has pleaded guilty in federal court to murdering his estranged wife during an argument when they met in a national park. Dylan J. Hanger, 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool on May 10, to one count of murder in the second degree. Hanger...
Willow Springs City Hall, May 8, 7:30pm “This meeting is called to order,” announced Lester Belford, Temporary Library Board President, as he looked around the room. Only six of the thirteen committee members were present. (If any of the public showed up, it wasn’t recorded for posterity.) Might...
The Howell County Commission met on May 19 and 23. On May 19, the Commission approved Resolution 2022-R5, which defines minimum specifications for the acceptance of all existing private roads and new roads as county roads. They also reviewed the April general ledger report.  On May 23, the...

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