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Fire Chief Wilbanks announces retirement

West Plains Fire Department Chief Kurt Wilbanks has announced his retirement from active duty with the City of West Plains.
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Traffic stop in Willow Springs leads to felony drug charges

Darrel L. Mohesky Jr., 42, Mtn. View, has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia used to ingest amphetamine or methamphetamine. The charges were filed following a traffic stop by a Howell County Sheriff's deputy.

Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, Inc., 85th Annual Meeting of Membership 

The 85th annual meeting of Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative was held May 3 at the West Plains Civic Center with 1,100 people in attendance, co-op officials announced. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Ava Greenan, Mtn. View-Birch Tree FFA President.

Glenwood School set to begin construction projects the first week of June

Construction on improvements to the Glenwood School are close to being financed, and are scheduled to begin the first week of June, school officials have announced. The funding and improvements are the result of a ballot initiative passed by district patrons in April.

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FILE - Signage hangs at CNN center, April 21, 2022, in Atlanta. Alice Stewart, a CNN political commentator and veteran political adviser who worked on a number of GOP presidential campaigns, has died at age 58, the news network reported Saturday, May 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

Alice Stewart, CNN political commentator and veteran political adviser, dies at 58

Alice Stewart, a CNN political commentator and veteran political adviser who worked on a number of GOP presidential campaigns, has died at age 58. That's according to the news network. Police said …
Jesse Fernandez, center, stands with his former foster parents Jason and Joyce White Friday, May 17, 2024, in Independence, Mo. Fernandez was paid thousands of dollars of Social Security survivor's benefits because of the death of his mother, but by the time he turned 18, the money had all been used by the state of Missouri and Fernandez's relatives to pay for his foster care. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

For decades, states have taken foster children's federal benefits. That's starting to change

States have for decades been using foster children's federal Social Security benefits to help cover the costs of state services. The practice has saved states millions of dollars. But that's …
Bryan Steil, R-Wis., chairman of the Committee on House Administration, displays a large photo of an unlocked election ballot drop box in Washington, during a hearing about noncitizen voting in U.S. elections. on Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 16, 2024 in Washington. In recent months, the specter of noncitizens voting in the U.S. has erupted into a leading rallying cry for Republicans. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Noncitizen voting, already illegal in federal elections, becomes a centerpiece of 2024 GOP messaging

In recent months, the specter of noncitizens voting in the U.S. has erupted into a leading rallying cry for Republicans. They say new legislation is necessary to protect the sanctity of the vote as …

Missouri candidate with ties to the KKK can stay on the Republican ballot, judge rules

A Missouri judge has ruled that a longshot gubernatorial candidate with ties to the Ku Klux Klan can stay on the Republican ticket. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Cotton Walker on Friday ruled …
Missouri House Speaker Dean Plocher holds a press conference encouraging the Senate to take action on a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder for voters to approve future amendments, Friday, May 17, 2024, at the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. The Senate, shortly afterward, adjourned without voting on the measure. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb)

GOP fighting, 50-hour Democratic filibuster kill push to make amending Missouri Constitution harder

Missouri Republican lawmakers have failed to pass a proposal to make it harder to amend the state constitution. The GOP-led Senate adjourned Friday without passing the legislation. Some Republicans …

Mtn. View City Council swears in West Ward alderman, filling all vacancies

Ed Martin, at left, was sworn in Tuesday as a City of Mtn. View West Ward alderman, filling the last remaining vacant seat. Interim City Clerk Jessica Smith administered the oath of office to Martin, and was sworn in herself after being offered and accepting the permanent clerk position. Mtn. View City Attorney Deedra Nicholson swore Smith in.

MOUNTAIN VIEW - At the regular monthly meeting of the Mtn. View City Council held Tuesday, Ed Martin was appointed West Ward alderman and sworn in by interim City Clerk Jessica Smith, who was offered the job permanently during a closed session held at the beginning of the meeting, and accepted.

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College sports fandom shows how a shared goal can bring people together
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)Amy Parsons, Colorado State University(THE CONVERSATION) After Colorado State …
North Carolina interim chancellor Lee Roberts publicly backed athletics director Bubba Cunningham on Thursday. That came three days after the school’s board of trustees approved an audit of the …
Caitlin Clark has helped increase the popularity of women's basketball, and the amount of money bet on it. The former Iowa star, who began her professional career Tuesday with the WNBA's Indiana …
In baseball history, certain dates stand out as defining moments. One such date is May 15, 1973, a day that would forever be etched into the memories of baseball fans and historians alike. On this day, Nolan Ryan, the legendary fireballer, pitched the first no-hitter of his illustrious career, a career that would eventually see him set the record with seven no-hitters. This game marked the beginning of an unparalleled journey for Ryan, solidifying his place among the pantheon of baseball greats.
BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 2024--The CW Network today announced it will be the broadcast home for 11 Pac-12 football games featuring Oregon State and Washington State during the …

Caitlin Clark's ready for her WNBA regular-season debut

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Caitlin Clark's much anticipated WNBA debut with the Indiana fever is set for Tuesday night in Connecticut. The No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft is coming off a record-setting college career at Iowa. Even before playing a WNBA game, Clark has left her mark in the pros. The league's draft had record viewership and her No. 22 jerseys have been flying off the shelves. Three WNBA teams have already moved their games to bigger arenas to keep up with the demand for tickets to watch her play. Her debut in Connecticut is sold out — the first sellout for the Sun in an opener since they played their inaugural game at Mohegan Sun Arena in 2003 after moving from Orlando.

Zizzers baseball tryouts and field upgrades

As the school year comes to a close, the West Plains High School (WPHS) Zizzers are gearing up for an exciting summer of baseball. This year brings two major announcements: the upcoming tryouts for the Zizzers baseball team and a significant upgrade to the WPHS baseball field. Both of these developments promise to enhance the experience for our student-athletes and the community alike.
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The West Plains Regional Animal Shelter is currently home to three huskies between a year and 2 years old. Two are males and the one shown at left is a female, a little younger than the males, said shelter volunteer Trish Hammen. All three will be neutered or spayed and given current vaccinations before adoption.The fee to adopt a dog is $50 and includes the cost of required spaying/neutering and shots. Visit the shelter at 1486 BB Highway between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays to meet the dogs and check out the new shelter building.

Pets of the Week

The West Plains Regional Animal Shelter is currently home to three huskies between a year and 2 years old. Two are males and the one shown at left is a female, a little younger than the males, said shelter volunteer Trish Hammen. All three will be neutered or spayed and given current vaccinations before adoption. At right, Pandora and Pablo are just two of eight puppies born at the shelter born May 1, held by two of the shelter’s youngest volunteers, Natalie, left, and Keigan, Hammen’s grandchildren. The puppies’ mother is a black shepherd mix, Hammen noted. The fee to adopt a dog is $50 and includes the cost of required spaying/neutering and shots. Visit the shelter at 1486 BB Highway between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays to meet the dogs and check out the new shelter building. Donations continue to be accepted for the building fund for finishing touches on the interior and to replace old animal equipment, said Happen, adding a thanks to those who have donated so far. For more information, call 417-256-8438.
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Three Zizzers awarded 2024 Shelter Insurance Scholarships

The Shelter Insurance Foundation and the Dave Thomas Shelter Insurance Agency awarded $1,500 scholarships each to Ruby Hinds, Paige Sheridan and Grant Mahan who are part of the 2024 West Plains High School graduating class. 

LOCAL EVENTS IN BRIEF

Politics in the Park candidate meet-and-greet is Saturday
Ozarks Healthcare Chief Nursing Officer Lacey Carter, right, West Plains, received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award the evening of May 2, during the annual Alumni and Friends Picnic hosted by the Missouri State University-West Plains office of university advancement. Carter received her award from MSU-WP Chancellor Dennis Lancaster.

Lacey Carter receives Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Lacey Hall Carter, West Plains, received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award the evening of May 2, during the annual Alumni and Friends Picnic hosted by the Missouri State University-West Plains office of university advancement.
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Mo. 4-H Foundation celebrates 75 years of empowering youth

The Missouri 4-H Foundation marks its 75th anniversary this year with plans to highlight impacts from decades of dedication to nurturing young leaders and fostering community development across the state.

‘Newlywed Widow’ WPHS grad returns as successful author

The Lincoln School in West Plains recently hosted a special guest: Beverly Short. Short, born Bunyard, a proud West Plains High School graduate from the class of 1976, brought her solo performance of “Newlywed Widow” to the delight of her old friends and new fans. “I am delighted to be invited to bring my Solo Performance of “Newlywed Widow” to West Plains and I can’t wait to see all my old friends. Thank you to Crockett Oaks for his enthusiasm in bringing this production to fruition. It has been many years since I’ve been back to West Plains and I look forward to reconnecting with my old friends while making new friends, too!” Beverly shared with a smile.
1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS.

Metal to Rust Have all the cool cars already been made?

There’s something about cars that captures the imagination. Whether it’s the growl of an engine, the sleek curves of the body, or the thrill of speed, cars have a way of making our hearts race. But as we roll deeper into the 21st century, a nagging question arises: Have all the cool cars already been made? Let’s take a ride through history and see what makes a car truly cool and if the glory days of automotive coolness are really behind us.
E.C. Nelson (right) helped Carl display a 20 pound gobbler bagged in April, 1967.

In Memory of J. Carl Ferguson 1896-1981

From the number thirteen, July - August, 1981 issue

Farmers market program for seniors to be offered in June

A nutrition program aimed at helping low-income senior citizens have access to fresh fruits and vegetables will be offered in June.

Cedarhurst to host Goat Gala & Fashion Show

Cedarhurst of West Plains invites the public to its inaugural Goat Gala & Fashion Show to be held May 29 at the senior living facility, 1528 U.S. 63.

Night during the day: Why everyone is hyped for the eclipse

By now, the only folks who have not heard the buzz about the total eclipse happening in 2024 must be living under rocks. Yeah, that's right, another celestial blockbuster is on its way, and folks are getting seriously hyped up about it. It's not just your regular stargazers and astronomy buffs either; we're talking about people from all walks of life planning, plotting, and ready to hit the road for the best viewing spots. But why all the fuss about the moon photobombing the sun for a bit? Let's dive in and find out why everyone's marking their calendars and why you might just want to join the eclipse-chasing bandwagon.

Thayer, Mammoth Spring team up to host eclipse events

The City of Thayer is hosting eclipse camping through Tuesday, complete with a nightly bonfire, live music, shuttles and food vendors.

Call for submissions: Eclipse Keepsake book

The Quill will offer a keepsake book to commemorate the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse event taking place Monday.
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