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Colton's to donate Tuesday sales toward cystic fibrosis cause

Colton's Steak House and Grill, local franchise owner Haley Mitchell and staff will host the restaurant’s fundraising Cystic Fibrosis Day from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
West Plains Bank and Trust Company, a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines), along with West Plains Housing Authority were chosen to receive a Competitive Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant for $657,000 to help local families find a safe and affordable place to call home. The money will be invested in Walnut Grove Apartments, a 74-unit complex at 302 Walnut St. in West Plains.From left: West Plains Housing Authority Representatives Ryan Warren, Brenda Warren and Mandy Pitts, and West Plains Bank and Trust Company President and CEO David M. Gohn and Vice President and Compliance Officer David King.

WP Housing Authority chosen for grant awarded through West Plains Bank and Trust, Des Moines bank partnership

West Plains Bank and Trust Company, a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines), and the West Plains Housing Authority were chosen to receive a Competitive Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant for $657,000 to help local families find a safe and affordable place to call home, bank officials announced this week.
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Police: Officer hurt while apprehending man on outstanding warrants

A West Plains man wanted on active county warrants for charges of second-degree domestic assault, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree child endangerment reportedly injured an officer during his arrest and now faces additional charges.
West Plains Council on the Arts President Kathleen Morrissey gave a presentation and was praised by West Plains Mayor Mike Topliff and city council members for her work promoting Ozarks arts and culture for several decades, including work on the longtime and local Old Time Music Ozarks Heritage Festival. She is holding her award, a blown glass sculpture created by a Missouri artist.

WP Council approves new housing construction, awards Garner Villas bid to local company

At its regular monthly meeting held Feb. 20, the West Plains City Council recognized Kathleen Morrissey for her award from the Missouri Arts Council for her work as an individual for her leadership in promoting the arts, the culmination of several decades of service in the area and statewide.

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2 races, including crowded chief justice campaign, could push Arkansas court further to the right

Two races for the Arkansas Supreme Court could push a court that's been targeted by outside conservative groups even further to the right. Three sitting justices and a former state legislator are …
FILE - The Missouri Capitol is seen, Sept. 16, 2022, in Jefferson City, Mo. The Missouri Republican Party will hold presidential caucuses on March 2, 2024, giving voters their chance to weigh in on who should represent the party on the November presidential ballot. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Republicans in Idaho, Missouri and Michigan will meet to weigh in on the presidential race

More delegates are up for grabs Saturday as Donald Trump looks to get closer to clinching the Republican nomination and Nikki Haley continues seeking her first win. Trump is overwhelmingly favored …

Missouri police charge man with 2 counts first-degree murder after officer, court employee shot

Prosecutors charged a man with two counts of first-degree murder for the killing of a court employee who tried to serve an eviction notice at a home in Independence, Missouri and an officer who …

Arkansas Election Testing, Advisory

EDITORS: NEWS DIRECTORS: NOT FOR BROADCAST, PUBLICATION OR USE ONLINE The Arkansas primary election is Tuesday, March 5. Poll close: 8:30 EST/ 7:30 CST First results expected: …

AP Decision Notes: What to expect in Arkansas' state and presidential primaries

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will compete for votes in Arkansas on Tuesday but not against each other. At least not yet. Both front-runners are already eyeing a rematch of …

Missouri lawmaker calls to allow divorce during pregnancy. Why can't it happen there already?

Judges some places don't grant divorces when one of the parties is pregnant — and one Missouri lawmaker is trying to change that, at least in her state. For state Rep. Ashley Aune and others, the …

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March 2, 1940 Seabiscuit wins the Santa Anita Handicap in his final race
March 2, 1940, dawned not just as another day in horse racing, but as the moment when a legend, Seabiscuit, with Red Pollard in the saddle, would etch his name into the eternal annals of the sport. The Santa Anita Handicap, often referred to as "The Hundred Grander," was set against the picturesque backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, a stage worthy of what was to unfold. After narrow defeats in 1937 and 1938, both by a mere nose, Seabiscuit's return to Santa Anita was laden with expectations, hopes, and the weight of history. What transpired was not merely a race but a narrative of redemption, resilience, and a triumphant farewell that crowned Seabiscuit as the leading money-winning horse in the world.
In the first round of district play, under the bright lights of the Marshfield gymnasium, the West Plains High School Lady Zizzers basketball team orchestrated a performance fitting of their storied legacy. On Wednesday evening, against the formidable Webb City, the Lady Zizzers not only emerged victorious with a resounding 57-34 win but also signaled their unyielding quest for a fifth consecutive district championship title.
In a spirited and closely contested matchup Thursday evening at Mizzou Arena, the University of Missouri women's basketball team faced a tough loss against Vanderbilt, ending with a final score of 68-61. Despite a commendable effort and four Tigers scoring in double figures, Missouri could not clinch the victory in what was a pivotal game for several senior players marking their final performance on their home court.
The West Plains High School Zizzers, a team known for their resilience and spirit, faced off against the Willard Tigers in a highly anticipated opening round of the district tournament this past Thursday night. Despite a valiant effort, the Zizzers fell to the Tigers with a final score of 64-78, concluding their season with a record of 10-16.
Eight sports gambling companies have received North Carolina government licenses to accept wagers from people in the state from mobile devices and computers in less than two weeks. The North Carolina …

Today in Sports - Week Ahead, March 1 - March 7

Today in Sports - Week Ahead, March 1 - March 7, 2 Takes

Today in Sports - Week Ahead, March 1 - March 7

Today in Sports - Week Ahead, March 1 - March 7, Take 2
People & Events

Star Dramatic to host auditions for Agatha Christie mystery Saturday

The Star Dramatic Company will hold auditions for Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Star Theater Annex, 205 E. Main St. in Willow Springs.

DKG group for professional women educators meets

Xi Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma State met at 11 a.m. Nov. 17 at the West Plains Country Club with 16 members present. President Joan Dix began the meeting with the Collect: Reflections on What is Education? “It is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” - Albert Einstein.

Friday is last chance to submit art for eclipse-inspired art show

The West Plains Council on the Arts has issued a call for submissions for its juried exhibit, “Sky High: Eclipse and More,” to be displayed from March 30 through May 4 in the gallery on the mezzanine at the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St.

A-State announces students who graduated at fall 2023 commencement

Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., has announced the list of students who completed degree requirements to graduate at Fall Commencement, held Dec. 16 in First National Bank Arena. The list includes graduates from 45 states and territories and 18 other countries.

Chancellor Todd Shields presented diplomas at the associate, bachelor's, master's, specialist and doctoral levels, along with various program certificates, as awarded through the various colleges: Agriculture, Neil Griffin College of Business, Education and Behavioral Science, Engineering and Computer Science, Liberal Arts and Communication, Nursing and Health Professions, Sciences and Mathematics, and University College.

Undergraduates with a 4.0 GPA are designated as graduating summa cum laude. Those with a GPA of 3.8-3.99 graduated magna cum laude, and those with a GPA of 3.6-3.79 graduated cum laude.
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From the Ozarks to the Mound: The Early Life of Preacher Roe

Elwin Charles "Preacher" Roe's journey from the humble beginnings in the Ozarks to the pinnacle of Major League Baseball is a story of determination, talent, and an enduring love for the game. Born on February 26, 1916, in Ash Flat, Arkansas, Roe was destined to become a baseball legend, though his initial steps were far from the baseball diamond.

The allure and perils of caving: A deep dive into subterranean exploration

Caving, the exploration of natural underground spaces, beckons adventurers and scientists alike into the heart of Earth’s hidden realms. This practice, also known as spelunking in some circles, offers a unique blend of physical challenge, scientific inquiry, and the thrill of discovery. However, it's not without its inherent risks and controversies, including the debate between terms "caving" and "spelunking." This article delves into the motivations behind caving, the risks involved, the rewards that draw individuals into these dark, often claustrophobic environments, the average fatalities associated with the sport, significant discoveries attributed to cavers, and the nuanced distinction between caving and spelunking.

The Purpose and Benefits of Prescribed Burns

In the realm of environmental management and conservation, prescribed burns, also known as controlled burns, stand out as a pivotal practice with deep historical roots and a myriad of ecological benefits. This method involves the deliberate ignition of vegetation under carefully controlled conditions to fulfill specific land management objectives. The practice, steeped in indigenous knowledge and widely adopted by modern forestry and wildlife management, plays a crucial role in the stewardship of diverse ecosystems. This article delves into the multifaceted purpose and benefits of prescribed burns, illustrating their significance in maintaining healthy landscapes, supporting biodiversity, and safeguarding human communities.

MDC March 14 virtual program will focus on cleaning scaled fish

JOPLIN, Mo. – Putting fish on the dinner table is a great way to end a fishing trip. However, before any fish fillets are put in a fryer or on a grill, anglers need to know how to properly clean what they’ve caught.

Misreading Ecclesiastes as political commentary sparks absurdity

The internet has become a breeding ground for various interpretations and misinterpretations of texts, historical events, and cultural references. A particularly intriguing example of this phenomenon is the recent interpretation of Ecclesiastes 10:2 from the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, which has been co-opted by some to comment on modern-day American politics. This interpretation suggests that the scripture implicitly endorses the political "Right" (typically associated with Republicans) as wise and denigrates the "Left" (often associated with Democrats) as fools. This analysis will delve into the absurdity of this interpretation, exploring its historical inaccuracies, biblical misreadings, and the broader implications of using sacred texts to serve contemporary political agendas.

Shopping local for home and garden needs

Shopping with local stores for your home and garden needs offers a range of advantages that extend far beyond the immediate convenience of finding repairs, maintenance or upgrades close to home.

MDC to offer free tree seedlings

Representatives of the Missouri Department of Conservation Ozark Region will be among the scores of exhibitors at this year’s Home & Garden Show.

W.P. Home & Garden Show starts Friday

The 32nd annual West Plains Home & Garden Show is just under a week away.

Commission awards contracts for Southeast District projects

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded contracts for Southeast District projects during its regular meeting on Feb. 14. Awarded contracts include pavement improvements, bridge replacements and improvements to pavement markings. 
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