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On March 18, Sheriff Chris Degase, Deputy James Nelson, and Wright County Deputy Chad Johnson of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for service on US Highway U for a report of tampering with a motor vehicle. Julio Gonzalez, 32, of Springfield, Mo.; Christopher Penkert, 32, of...
The City of West Plains has extended the deadline for the Community Grant Program application to April 15 at 5:00 p.m. The grant is offered to citizens to apply for each year. The grant program utilizes funds from the hotel/motel tax to promote tourism and economic development in West Plains. The...
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
Volunteers from the Willow Springs Senior Center stuffed more than 5,000 eggs with more than 15,000 pieces of candy to prepare for the Easter Egg Hunt which will take place April 3. The egg hunt will take place this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Booster Field in Willow Springs. Everyone is welcome to...
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The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA Chapter 1218) of Willow Springs held its first Young Eagle’s Workshop on Saturday. Thirty-two local students, from ages 8-17, enjoyed classes in aircraft nomenclature and types, aerodynamics, compass usage, flight instruments, weather basics, aviation...
The West Plains City Council approved a new city ordinance on March 23 that will require all dog owners residing in the City of West Plains to have their pets properly tagged. The ordinance states, “No person shall own, keep, harbor or permit to be or remain on or about their premises any dog...
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Sam Anselm of Wildwood, MO, has been hired as the next City Administrator for the City of West Plains. He will begin duties on April 19. Anselm will replace Tom Stehn who has served as City Administrator/Engineer since September 2011. Stehn will retire April 30. Anselm was City Administrator...
On the evening of March 22, Texas County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the Elk Creek area for a report of a 9-year-old child with a gunshot wound. An investigation revealed that the victim was shot by a younger sibling. The children were playing outside the residence and...
Alexandro P. Silva, 19, of West Plains, remains in custody with no bond following accusations that he sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl. According to a probable cause statement filed by Officer John Murrell III of the West Plains Police Department, the girl’s father reported his daughter...
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It may have seemed like spring would never arrive this year, but morel season is upon us. To participate in Howell County News’s annual morel mushroom photo caption, submit a photo of your most impressive morel haul. The editor will evaluate entries for size and quantity of the mushrooms, as well...
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
East Main St. was closed for over an hour on March 25 to create a firefighters’ work area. Willow Springs Fire Department was responding to a report of smoke coming from a building on the north side of the street near the four-way stop.  Because of the densely packed old buildings in the...

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