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Keegan and Hannah Harper of West Plains, MO, are the parents of a baby girl, Nora Faye Harper. She was born Dec. 19, 2023, at 8:09 p.m. at Ozarks Healthcare. She weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her sibling is Kambri, 7. Her grandparents are Donna French of Mammoth Spring, AR,...
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Two men have announced their intention to run for the Missouri Senate seat soon to be vacated by Karla Eslinger. In December 2023, Eslinger announced her appointment to Missouri’s Education Commission, meaning the position of representing the 33rd district will be open in August’s primary...
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Police seized over 260 suspected fentanyl pills and over 39 grams of methamphetamine from a residence on Allen St. in West Plains as they served a search warrant. West Plains Police Department searched the home of Carrie McFarland, 62, last Tuesday, confirm court documents. The search warrant was...
Howell County News/Jacob Colangelo
Once a quiet, unassuming building on a residential street, the Lincoln School was a bustling center of activity Saturday morning. The renovation project of the historic was officially completed a dedication ceremony at 1400 E Pony Thomas St in West Plains. Project leader Crockett Oaks III,...
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On January 23, senior Terrell Gaines, broke Liberty High School's all-time scoring record. The 36-year-old record was previously held by Kevin Irving with 2,119 points. Irving played for the Eagles from 1985-1989, going to the state championship in 1988. As of the time of this writing, Gaines...
A special meeting of the Board of Aldermen in Mountain View proceeded with only a quorum on Wednesday. One member was missing from the meeting, and that was Alderwoman Judi Colter. “Judi voluntarily sat out because she wasn’t properly installed,” began Mayor John Krasuski. “We can install her,...
State Representative Travis Smith, a dedicated Constitutional Conservative and public servant, announced his candidacy for the State Senate, bringing a wealth of experience and a commitment to preserving the values cherished by the people of Southern Missouri. A true son of the Ozarks, Travis...
The FBI is warning parents, educators, caregivers, and children about the dangers of online activity that may lead to the solicitation and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual acts. Sextortion involves an offender coercing a minor to create and send sexually explicit images or video. An...
The annual election of council members for University of Missouri Extension in Howell County is underway. Ballots were mailed to voters on the Howell County Extension mail list. If an eligible voter did not receive a ballot, please contact the extension office at 417-256-2391 and a ballot will be...
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The Rotary Club of Willow Springs received a Rotary District Grant and donated almost $1,300.00 worth of new items to The Chaos Closet in West Plains. The Chaos Closet was established in 2018 as a resource for foster parents to help the children they are welcoming into their homes. “Many times...

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