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Howell County to receive Purple Heart County designation

The Howell County Commission will hold a Purple Heart designation ceremony Monday morning during its regular semiweekly meeting.
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Marcak pleads guilty to second-degree murder in 2020 double-homicide case

Joey A. Marcak, 36, West Plains, has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in connection with a May 2020 double homicide in West Plains. He was originally charged with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action and a count of first-degree attempted robbery.

Zizzer earns back-to-back Beta national champion status

West Plains R-7 School District officials are congratulating Maren Thompson for securing first place in the Pottery Division 1 on Wednesday at the Beta National Convention in Savannah, Ga. Repeating her accomplishment from last year makes Thompson, who has just completed her sophomore year of high school, the back-to-back Beta National Pottery Champion.

Patrol announces annual school bus inspection results

For the 29th year in a row, the Willow Springs School District bus fleet passed the Missouri State Highway Patrol annual School Bus Safety Inspection with a 100% approval rating. The district is one of 11 area districts to do so, and one of three with a fleet of at least 20 buses.

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Shooting at grocery store in south Arkansas kills 2 and wounds 8 others, police say

Arkansas State Police say two people were killed and eight wounded in a shooting that occurred Friday at a grocery store in south Arkansas. Arkansas State Police say the shooting occurred Friday at …

2 people were killed and 8 others wounded in shooting at grocery store in south Arkansas, police say

2 people were killed and 8 others wounded in shooting at grocery store in south Arkansas, police say.

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A vocational school student stuns China by besting university competitors in a math contest
A 17-year-old vocational school student from rural China has become a celebrity on Chinese social media after getting into the final round of a math competition, beating many others from elite …
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)Grant R. Tomkinson, University of South Australia and Makailah Dyer, University of …
June 22, 1981, was just another opening day at Wimbledon, right? Wrong. It was the day when John McEnroe, the fiery tennis star, turned Centre Court into a theater of pure drama. Picture this: the pristine grass, the polite applause, the genteel atmosphere. And then, in the midst of it all, McEnroe had a meltdown for the ages. His opponent, Tom Gullikson, probably had no idea that their match would go down in history—not for the tennis, but for the tantrum.
Willie Howard Mays Jr., one of the most iconic figures in the history of baseball, passed away this week at the age of 93. His remarkable career, spanning over two decades, left an indelible mark on the sport, and his legacy continues to inspire generations of athletes and fans alike. This comprehensive article delves into the life, career, and enduring legacy of the man affectionately known as "The Say Hey Kid."
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Brendan Donovan hit a two-run homer and a double and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 in the Negro Leagues tribute game at Rickwood Field on Thursday night.

Tom Barr's Summer Basketball Camps Return to West Plains

Tom Barr, a Hall of Famer in both the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association and Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Athletics, is set to host three specialized basketball camps in the coming weeks. As a former head basketball coach for the MSU-WP Grizzlies, Tom brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to these events.

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People & Events

Mtn. View Alumni Association reminds classmates to send in dues

The Mtn. View Alumni Association reminds its members that the annual meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 6 at the Mtn. View First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 409 U.S. 60.

MSU-WP Calendar of Events

Below are several upcoming events at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP), many of which are open to the community. Feel free to clip this calendar and keep it for your reference to make sure you don’t miss any events that might interest you. Also listed are several important dates on the university’s calendar that area residents might want to keep in mind. 

Ozarka Kids College deemed a success

Ozarka College recently held Kids College for students who will be entering grades first through sixth this fall. Classes were June 3 through 6 at Ozarka's Melbourne, Ark., campus.

MSU names spring dean’s list honorees

Each semester, students at Missouri State University who attain academic excellence are named to the dean’s list.     

MSU announces scholarship recipients

Missouri State University recently awarded scholarships to incoming students for the 2024-25 academic year.
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Randy Pace reelected to FCS board of directors

Through a mail and electronic ballot, the stockholders of FCS Financial elected three directors who will be installed during the June board of directors meeting, officials announced this week.
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The Triumph of Lamar Johnson: From Wrongful Imprisonment to Inspiring Hope

As the Lincoln School in West Plains gathered to commemorate Juneteenth, the air was charged with anticipation and reverence. This year, the celebration was marked by the presence of a man whose life story transcends the ordinary, reaching into the deepest recesses of human resilience and hope. Lamar Johnson, a St. Louis native, stood before the students and faculty, his presence a living testament to the power of perseverance and the unyielding quest for justice.

How much water to carry on a hike in the summer?

When venturing into the wilderness for a summer hike, one of the most critical aspects to consider is hydration. The importance of carrying enough water cannot be overstated, as dehydration can lead to severe health issues, diminish your performance, and turn an enjoyable adventure into a dangerous situation. This article explores how much water you should carry on a wilderness hike in the summer, considering various factors and providing practical tips to ensure you stay well-hydrated.

Learn about Missouri's venomous snakes at July 9 MDC virtual program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – When it comes to things people are afraid of in the outdoors, venomous snakes top many fright lists. While it’s true people should always give venomous snakes space, it’s equally true that some of the things people fear about venomous snakes are based on things that simply aren’t true.

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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