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Dixon Street will remain closed permanently on both sides of Washington Avenue, following a West Plains City Council vote held Tuesday. The Cass Avenue closure on the west side of Washington Avenue will also remain in effect, while the east side of that street will reopen. The closures are intended in part to create a pedestrian corridor to increase access to off-street parking behind the businesses on Washington Avenue.

West Plains City Council approves permanent downtown street closures

West Plains city council members have approved the permanent closure of three streets off of Washington Avenue after hearing recommendations from the Planning and Zoning commission, downtown business owners and members of West Plains Downtown Revitalization.
Residents of Howell County filled Lincoln School Thursday for a moderated discussion between Republican candidates for the Missouri House Representative for the 154th District, which includes all but the extreme northeast corner of Howell County. Candidates Lisa Durnell, Mark Collins and Larry Lindeman engaged with the community, sharing their agendas and answering audience questions. Crockett Oaks, background left, served as moderator.

Republican candidates for 154th district discuss agendas at Lincoln School

On Thursday, the Lincoln School in West Plains was abuzz with political discourse as a moderated discussion took place between three candidates vying for the role of 154th District Missouri House Representative, centered around Howell County.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol distributed this artist's rendering of a woman found dead in January 2022, asking for the public's help in identifying her. Her remains were found by the side of U.S. 60 in Winona. She has now been identified as Debra Ramsey of Alton in court records seeking charges against her brother, Robert Bender, also of Alton. On Thursday, warrants for Bender's arrest were issued out of Oregon and Shannon counties on charges of murder, stealing and abandonment of a corpse.

Authorities identify woman whose body was found in 2022 by U.S. 60 in Winona

With the help of the FBI, a forensics expert at the University of Florida School of Medicine and family members of the victim, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has identified a woman who was found dead in Shannon County more than two years ago, and charged her brother with first-degree murder. 

10th annual Bridges Back-to-School Fair date set

The 10th annual Bridges Back-to-School and Health Fair will take place as a drive-thru event from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 12, supplemented by a clothing giveaway.

Man charged with child sexual abuse faces new felony charge

Christopher A. Squire, 37, Birch Tree, has had a felony charge of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child added to charges related to an alleged incident of child sexual abuse in September 2023.

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Flights at Germany's Berlin Airport were delayed on Friday morning as a widespread fault with some Microsoft technology caused chaos around the globe.

A faulty software update causes havoc worldwide for airlines, hospitals and governments

A global technology outage grounded flights, knocked banks offline and media outlets off air after a faulty software update disrupted companies and services around the world and highlighted their …
Stage winner Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, bows when crossing the finish line of the nineteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 144.6 kilometers (89.9 miles) with start in Embrun and finish in Isola 2000, France, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

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Three courts agree that a woman deemed wrongfully convicted should be freed. She still isn't.

FILE - This undated booking photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows Sandra Hemme. A ruling by the Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday, July 18, 2024, has opened the way for Hemme, whose murder conviction was overturned, to be released from prison after serving 43 years. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP, File)

A circuit judge, an appellate court and the Missouri Supreme Court agree that a woman whose murder conviction was overturned should be free after 43 years in prison. Yet Sandra Hemme is still behind …

Curry Street church of Christ's Vacation Bible School
Mark your calendars and get ready for an extraordinary experience! The Curry Street Church of Christ invites everyone to join us for our Vacation Bible School, happening from July 29 to July 31 at 7 p.m. each evening. This year, we're diving into the thrilling theme of "The Adventures of Paul."
Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime at Breaker Rock Beach! Every day is an unforgettable journey, from the morning waves crashing against the shore to evenings filled with bonfires and s'mores. Imagine catching a glimpse of an orca leaping through the surf or watching happy sea lions play among the rocks beneath magnificent pines. Race along the sand with your brightly colored kite, join friends to make the most amazing sandcastle, or gaze in wonder at the mysteries found in a glimmering tide pool. As the crowds come and go and the tides ebb and flow, Breaker Rock rises majestically as a symbol of strength, standing firm against the force of wind and waves.
On the sun-drenched afternoon of July 20, 1858, the quiet town of Long Island bustled with unprecedented excitement as the Fashion Race Course prepared to host a historic baseball game. This was no ordinary game; it was the first time in baseball history that spectators would be charged an admission fee to witness the contest. For the price of 50 cents, around 1,500 fans gathered, eager to watch the New York All-Stars take on the Brooklyn All-Stars in what would become a pivotal moment in the sport's history.
The Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) Grizzly Softball team has found its new head coach.
Organizers of the first Ursa Minor esports program at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) called the five-week event “a success.”

Sports in extreme heat: How high school athletes can safely prepare for the start of practice, and the warning signs of heat illness

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On Location Appointed as Official Hospitality Provider of the FIFA World Cup 26™

ZURICH & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 18, 2024--FIFA has appointed On Location, a global leader in premium experiences, hospitality and travel, as the Official Hospitality Provider of the FIFA …
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Kneeling, from left: triplets Kaylee, Karena and Kandi Alessi. Standing: Kathleen Carel, Mary Knott, Pauline Cape, Claudia Marvin, Peggy Miller, Geneva Moody, Linda Spencer and Jane Bailey.


The Willow Springs Tuesday Study Club met on May 21 at Club 60 in Mtn. Grove for its annual Spring Party which ends the club’s 98th season. The hostesses for the event were Pauline Cape, Kathleen Carel and Claudia Marvin who chose Spain as the theme for the day. The ladies were delighted that the Alessi triplets were able to attend this year.
Mtn. View Garden Club members Jeanne Roles, left, Jessica Smith recently awarded the yard of Ruth Potter, right, July Yard of the Month.

Mtn. View Garden Club picks July Yard of the Month

Mtn. View Garden Club members Jeanne Roles and Jessica Smith recently visited with Ruth Potter, a resident of Cantrell Street in Mtn. View, to award her Yard of the Month for July.

MSU announces spring 2024 graduates

Missouri State University officials in Springfield announce the following area students are among its spring 2024 graduates:

NARFE to hear about Iditarod on Tues.

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.

WP Chamber to celebrate new location

All are invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on July 25 to celebrate the Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce’s move to 397 Jackie Garrett Drive, the former site of the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology.
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1948 Porsche 356

Metal to Rust

In the world of automobiles, few names evoke as much passion and reverence as Porsche. Synonymous with performance, precision, and elegance, Porsche's legacy began with a car that has become a symbol of the brand's ingenuity and spirit—the Porsche 356. This iconic sports car, the first production model to bear the Porsche name, laid the foundation for a storied history that continues to inspire car enthusiasts and collectors around the globe.

Join MDC and NDA for July 30 webinar on invasive plant control for deer management

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the National Deer Association (NDA) invite landowners and others interested in managing deer on their properties to join them online on Tuesday, July 30, at 6 p.m. for a free Zoom webinar on invasive plant control for deer management. Hunters and landowners will learn about identifying and controlling Missouri’s top invasive plant species and how to incorporate these learned skills into their deer management plans. This live Zoom webinar will begin with a presentation from an NDA Deer Outreach Specialist followed by questions for MDC and NDA staff.
Big Spring Sheltered Workshop Director John Henderson was presented with a plaque on Tuesday by U.S. Department of Agriculture State Director of Rural Development Kyle Wilkens, recognizing the workshop's contribution to the community as an employer of developmentally disabled adults. The business, located in Van Buren, produces the Royal Minnow Trap and other products and employs about 24 people plus six certified staff members. A recent order for the traps was delivered to the Poplar Bluff Walmart store, and the product, already sold online and through Amazon.com, is expected to be expanded further as a the workshop's signature item.

Big Spring Sheltered Workshop gets big boost for innovative employment project

VAN BUREN— Identifying a need and creating a quality product is key to the success of any manufacturing business, and that's no different for Big Spring Sheltered Workshop in Van Buren. When that business also provides meaningful employment to adults with developmental disabilities and has a connection to the area it serves, that's the icing on the cake, or maybe the bait on the hook in the case of the Royal Minnow Traps the workshop produces.

The Magic of Lake Norfork

Summer is here, and for many of us in West Plains, nothing quite says summer like a trip to the lake. Specifically, Lake Norfork near Mountain Home, Arkansas, is our go-to destination for sun-soaked days filled with adventure and relaxation. Whether it's the thrill of boating across the crystal-clear waters, the exhilaration of tubing and skiing, the serene pleasure of fishing, or just lounging on the shore with a good book, Lake Norfork offers something for everyone. It’s a place where memories are crafted, laughter echoes across the water, and the stress of daily life melts away under the warm embrace of the sun.
The J.T. Tracy Store (at left) and adjacent building on the west side of the Mountain Home square form a backdrop for a group of Baxter County men on their way to the Cotter railroad depot to board a troop train during World War I.

Mountain Home’s Paper Lady

In her late 70s, Mountain Home’s “paper lady” received national attention from both the print and electronic news media.

Patrol urges all to plan a safe July Fourth holiday

Missouri’s travelers are reminded by Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Eric Olson to “make smart choices” for a safe July Fourth holiday.
Trinity Worship Center on K Highway operates one of several fireworks stands in or near West Plains. This one is a fundraiser for its youth and children's programs and is staffed by teen members of the church's

Where to buy fireworks in the West Plains area

The familiar roadside stands that crop up each summer ahead of July 4 have once again appeared in West Plains and on the outskirts of town, selling fireworks of interest to all ages, from smoke bombs to firecrackers, rockets and fountains to large mortar-style displays.

Fire Marshal Bean: Safety comes first with fireworks

While the drought conditions that plagued Missouri for over a year have eased, the Division of Fire Safety is urging Missourians to continue to exercise extreme caution if they choose to use consumer fireworks as part of July Fourth celebrations. Across the nation, the Fourth of July is not only the busiest day of the year for fireworks, it’s the busiest day of the year for fires, said division officials.

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.