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Fairview preschool screenings Tuesday
From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Fairview School will host preschool and new kindergarten screenings for children ages 4 and 5, …
Harlin offers Kids Art on Mondays
The Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St., offers Kids Art at the Harlin from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. every Monday for children in kindergarten …
NARFE meets March 28
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 695 of West Plains will meet at noon March 28 at Los Amigos Mexican …

Arkansas governor signs school bathroom bill into law

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has signed a new law prohibiting transgender people at public schools from using the restroom of their choice. Sanders’ office on Tuesday said she signed the …

Top Missouri lawmaker moves to strip library funding

A powerful Missouri state lawmaker is trying to strip state funding for libraries over a fight about books. Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith on Tuesday proposed cutting all …

Attorney seen on video groping clients avoids disbarment

The Missouri Supreme Court has decided not to disbar a defense attorney who was caught on video groping six clients in a jail interview room, in a courthouse and while behind the wheel. The Kansas …

States cranking out even more tax cuts amid cash surpluses

The tax-cutting trend is going full force in states even as some are raising concerns about a slowing economy. The Missouri House on Tuesday became the latest legislative chamber to endorse a $1 …

Doctors question aspects of Missouri transgender care limits

Missouri’s attorney general says he will issue an emergency regulation that at least temporarily puts strict limits on transgender medical treatment for youth. The planned rule comes as legislators …
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March Madness Mix: Dominant Gamecocks amid Sweet 16 parity
Women's college basketball has displayed an odd mix this season and now there's the rare combination of South Carolina's undefeated …
Sports wagering getting 2nd chance in North Carolina House
North Carolina lawmakers are back to debating legislation to authorize sports wagering across North Carolina a year after a similar …
Willis Reed, leader on Knicks' 2 title teams, dies at 80
Willis Reed, who dramatically emerged from the locker room minutes before Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals to spark the New York Knicks …
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Pet of the Week

This orange tabby, named OK Kitty, is housed at the West Plains Regional Animal Shelter, 1486 BB Highway, having been surrendered by its previous owner due to illness. Shelter volunteer Trish Hammen says OK Kitty is missing home, is a good kitty and “would love to go home with a loving family.” The fee to adopt a cat is $45. Hammen noted with the recent onset of cold weather that the shelter burns firewood to keep its animals warm, and she anticipates volunteers will need a lot of wood this fall and winter. Anyone with downed trees in need of cutting is invited to call the shelter, 417-256-8438, or drop by between business hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Donations of already-cut firewood are also welcome. Hammen added the shelter continues to need cat and dog food.

Gainesville to start Hootin’ an Hollarin’ on Sept. 15

The 51st annual Hootin an Hollarin Festival will be held Sept. 15 through 17 on the square in Gainesville.  The festival, one of the oldest of its kind in Missouri, begins each year on the …

Coffee with the Mayor set for Friday

Friday is the next opportunity to have coffee with the mayor.  The public is invited to attend the Coffee with the Mayor event and discuss city happenings with West Plains Mayor Mike Topliff …

Shop Indie third place winner

Amon Mefford of West Plains was the third place prize package winner in a July Shop Indie contest sponsored by the Quill, with jars left at various independent businesses for entries, and prize …

Ahead of theatrical fundraiser event, CASA director discusses organization’s purpose

So far this year, volunteers with the 37th Judicial Circuit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association have advocated for 45 child victims of abuse and neglect in Howell County …
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Missouri Pork Association Seeking 2023 summer intern applicants

The Missouri Pork Association is now accepting applications for its summer 2023 internship program. Up to two college students will be selected for the program and work full-time in the Columbia office from mid-May through mid-August.

Missouri Master Pollinator Steward course begins April 6

University of Missouri Extension offers a virtual Master Pollinator Steward class April 6 to May 11 to help participants learn about pollinators.

MDC recommends avoiding invasive Callery pear tree during spring planting

The spring season is underway and many Missouri plants and trees will be blooming with life and color. Unfortunately, one invasive tree species will soon be prominent along roadways and other natural open areas: the Callery pear tree. The Missouri Department of Conservation urges the public to avoid this nonnative tree species when shopping for a new tree this spring.

Extension Master Gardener program turns 50

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Extension Master Gardener program at Washington State University. What began with 300 volunteers in Washington state has grown to more than 84,000 volunteers across the country, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist and state Master Gardener coordinator David Trinklein.

Elvis performs in West Plains

The Rural Missouri Coop published a tribute in November 2022 to our own KWPM (Keep West Plains Moving) radio station, “Family-owned radio celebrates 75 years in the Ozarks.” Robert Neathery, the original owner, grew up in West Plains, graduated from college and returned home to open the first appliance store here, selling and repairing radios. The Coop reports he filed an application for a license with the FCC and KWPM hit the airwaves on July 15, 1947.

'Odd Couple' comedy opens tonight

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights. It’s time to raise the curtain on “The Odd Couple” tonight at the Avenue Theatre, 307 Washington Ave. in West Plains.
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