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Stranger accused of entering elderly woman's home, rubbing her foot without consent

Ronald D. Masterson, 59, West Plains, has been charged with felony first-degree burglary after allegedly entering an elderly woman's home without her permission, rubbing her foot and eating her food.

Howell Co. Health Department hosts rabies vaccination clinics

In an initiative to combat the threat of rabies, the Howell County Health Department is set to host its annual rabies vaccination clinics on May 4, offering vital services to the community at reduced costs. This year's clinics aim to broaden the initiative's reach by providing two convenient locations for pet owners in Howell County to access these essential vaccinations.

Chris’ Corner

Last weekend unfolded like the pages of a vibrant, deeply inspiring storybook in West Plains, one penned by the visits of Charly Palmer and Dr. Karida Brown. The anticipation in the air was palpable …
West Plains City Councilman Johnny Murrell was sworn in by City Clerk Kellie Mayers at Monday night's regular monthly meeting, after being reelected April 2. Murrell ran unopposed and was also appointed to the West Plains Public Library committee as part of the evening's agenda to reorganize. Other council member committee appointments made were Jessica Nease as Mayor Pro-Tem and ex officio member of the civic center committee; Mayor Mike Topliff and Greg Collins to Planning and Zoning; and John Niesen to Tourism.

Improvements to parks, entertainment district given green light by WP council

Business taken care of during Monday’s meeting of the West Plains City Council included the approval of bids for plans to build an upgraded restroom facility at Galloway Creek Park, improvements at the Hilburn Sports Complex and the purchase of a skid steer for the transportation department, all part of the evening's consent agenda.

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The Eminence High School gymnasium packed a good crowd on March 30 for the annual Country and Gospel Music Show hosted as a fundraiser for Better Eminence Schools for Tomorrow.

B.E.S.T. Country and Gospel Music Show 2024 a success, say organizers

“A wonderful time was had on Saturday night the 30th of March when three bands played bluegrass, country and gospel music,” said Joan Dix, president of the Better Eminence Schools for Tomorrow, which held its annual music concert that day in the Eminence High School gym.
FILE - The Missouri Capitol is seen, Sept. 16, 2022, in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri lawmakers on Thursday, April 18, 2024, passed a bill to expand private school scholarships statewide, an effort made possible by extensive compromises including a commitment to spend hundreds of millions of dollars more on public schools. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Missouri lawmakers expand private school scholarships backed by tax credits

Missouri lawmakers have passed a bill to expand K-12 private school scholarships statewide and pump hundreds of millions of dollars more into public schools. The scholarship accounts are funded by …
FILE - Missouri Treasurer Vivek Malek stands near a poster promoting drought conditions and state aid programs, Jan. 4, 2024, at his Capitol office in Jefferson City, Mo. Agricultural entities are among several categories of businesses that can receive low-interest loans backed by deposits of state funds made by the treasurer's office. Missouri lawmakers gave final approval Thursday, April 18, to significantly expand a low-interest loan program for farmers and small businesses. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb, File)

Missouri lawmakers back big expansion of low-interest loans amid growing demand for state aid

Persistently high interest rates have led Missouri lawmakers to significantly expand a state loan program for farmers and small businesses. Lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a bill that …

Arkansas Supreme Court says new DNA testing can be sought in 'West Memphis 3' case

The Arkansas Supreme Court is clearing the way for new DNA testing to be sought in the killing of three boys nearly 30 years ago. Justices on Thursday reversed a lower court's denial of the request …
Emergency 911 number is dialed on a mobile phone, Thursday, April 18, 2024, in St. Louis. Law enforcement agencies in Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota and Texas reported temporary outages to 911 services on Wednesday before saying hours later that services had been restored. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Light pole installation blamed for many of the 911 outages that hit 4 states

A company that operates fiber lines says the loss of 911 service in many places was due to installation of a light pole. Outages were reported Wednesday night in Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota and …

Suspects arrested in Arkansas block party shooting that left 1 dead, 9 hurt

Four people have been arrested for a shooting that left one man dead and at least nine others injured at a block party in Arkansas. Arkansas State Police said agents Tuesday arrested the suspects, …

Zizzers tennis team shines at the West Plains Invitational Tournament
The tennis courts at West Plains were buzzing with competitive spirit and athleticism as the West Plains Invitational Tennis Tournament unfolded, showcasing the prowess of eight formidable high school teams. The local favorites, the West Plains Zizzers, delivered an impressive performance, securing a hard-fought second place, narrowly missing the top spot in a nail-biting conclusion to the tournament.
In an exciting development for local sports, West Plains High School senior Paige Sheridan, a standout member of the Zizzer Swim Team, has officially signed on to join the swim and dive team at Rockhurst University. This achievement marks a significant milestone in Sheridan’s athletic career, which has been distinguished by her hard work and dedication to the sport of swimming.
The Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) Grizzly Softball team is entering the home stretch of the 2024 regular season with a 30-12 overall record.
- CaptainU to serve as a partner for the NAHL Combines and NAHL Prospects Challenge - DALLAS, Texas, April 18, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to …
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)Mark Robert Rank, Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis(THE …

NCAA allows transfers to be immediately eligible, no matter how many times they've switched schools

FILE - South Carolina players work out during a practice at the Women's Final Four NCAA college college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 2, 2022, in Minneapolis. NCAA athletes will be immediately eligible to play no matter how many times they transfer — as long as they meet academic requirements — after the association fast-tracked legislation Wednesday, April 17, 2024, to fall in line with a recent court order. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
NCAA athletes will be immediately eligible to play no matter how many times they transfer — as long as they meet academic requirements. The NCAA Division I Council’s move fast tracks legislation …

AP Sports Digest

The highlights of the AP Sports report. An up-to-the minute listing of all stories planned, including games and events, is available in Coverage Plan on AP Newsroom, …
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Community Calendar: April 17 update

Know of an event not listed here? Email submissions by noon Fridays to news@wpdailyquill.net with “CALENDAR” in the subject line. Three sentence maximum must include event description, date, time, location, cost and source for more information. Weekly events will be printed for no more than a month at a time unless renewed by the host. Call the Quill, 417-256-9191 with questions. Unless otherwise noted, events are in West Plains.

Registration open for summer, fall classes at Ozarka College

Registration is open for current and new students at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Ark. Students are encouraged to speak to their advisers and register for summer and fall 2024 classes.

OHRC to host poetry open mic night Tuesday

Area poets are invited to share their works during a poetry open mic night Tuesday hosted by the Ozarks Heritage Research Center (OHRC) at Missouri State University-West Plains.

Howell County Democrats to hold mass meeting today

Democrats in Howell County are invited to participate in the Howell County Democratic Party’s mass meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Yellow House Community Arts Center, 209 W. Trish Knight St. in West Plains. RSVP by contacting local party Co-Chair Terry Moore, 417-247-0033.
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Words to Live By: Help

This week I have had a medical issue. I am grateful for all the help I have received from healthcare professionals and effective medicines. The loving concern of family members and friends, plus the support from church family, have helped in so many ways. God has been present in them all. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” It is a statement of faith and certainty followed by these words in v. 2, “Therefore we will not fear.” Sickness or troubles stir up fear in us, which is why we need to turn to God in prayer and ask his help. All our prayers may not be answered immediately, yet God’s help will come in many ways and through many people. Let us remember Hebrews 4:16 says, “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (NLT) May God bless your week! Diane Cooke, Pastor, Presbyterian Churches of Willow Springs and Mtn. View.

Mobile Mammography Unit continues regional tour thru April

Continuing its commitment to prioritize community wellness, say officials, Ozarks Healthcare’s Mobile Mammography Unit has extended its services through April. 

NARFE meets Tuesday

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 695 of West Plains will meet at noon Tuesday at Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant, 1449 Preacher Roe Blvd. in West Plains. 

R-7 now enrolling for summer school classes

As the 2023-2024 academic year draws to a close, note West Plains R-7 School District officials, it's time for parents to “start planning your summer adventures,” and among them is the option for students to participate in summer school programs at West Plains Elementary, Middle and High schools.

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.
Zizzer Pride Academy (ZPA) students in the Missouri Option Program told their stories at the March 19 West Plains R-7 School Board meeting, and focused on their accomplishments and the support they are getting from ZPA faculty and staff. The Missouri Option Program is offered to students at least 17 years old who are identified as being at risk of dropping out without earning a diploma. They were introduced by district At-Risk Coordinator Brandon Somoza, who gave the students credit for their work in transitioning from high school to the

R-7 School Board members thanked, ZPA program showcased at March meeting

The West Plains R-7 School Board celebrated School Board Appreciation Month during its March meeting, and board members were presented with gifts from each of the schools in the district, many of them made by students.