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Angie Kinder is new Head Start director

Angie Kinder, West Plains, has been named the new director of the Head Start program for the region, announced officials with Ozark Action, Inc. (OAI), which oversees the program.

Columbus Day closures announced

West Plains City Hall and other city offices, along with Howell County offices will be closed Monday in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. City offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday. County offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

WPPD reports property damage near U.S. 63, CC Hwy.

The West Plains Police Department reported this morning that it received several reports over the weekend of vehicles being struck by rocks on U.S. 63 near its intersection with CC Highway. Several residences in the area were reportedly damaged as well.

Howell County Farm Family recognized

Pomona residents Jason and Jennifer Poor and their family were among the families honored during the 66th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, held Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair.

WPFD, community christen two new trucks with push-in ceremony

Two brand-new West Plains Fire Department trucks were officially put into service with a traditional ceremony Saturday morning at Fire Station No. 1 on Kissinger Street, a rescue pumper and brush truck.

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A conversation with Chappell Roan, the yodeling, queer pop icon of tomorrow

The Missouri-bred pop superstar of the future Chappell Roan released her glittery debut album “The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess” late last month. Over a million monthly listeners on …

Crashes near Mtn. Grove, Cabool injure five

Michael A. Deshazo, 49, West Plains, was hurt in a rear-ending crash at 4:55 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 60 near Vaughan Street in Mtn. Grove, Wright County, according to the Missouri State highway Patrol.

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Kansas City Star. September 28, 2023. Editorial: Do Eric Schmitt and Andrew Bailey support Trump’s threat to shut down free speech? Here is how you can tell true First Amendment defenders …

Police raid on Kansas newspaper appears to have led to a file on the chief, bodycam video shows

Body camera video from a central Kansas police department’s raid of a weekly newspaper shows that an officer rifled through a desk drawer of a reporter who was investigating its chief. The video …

MO--Missouri Digest, 130pm update, MO

Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up for select Missouri stories. For up-to-the minute information on AP's complete coverage of Missouri and the rest of the world, visit …

OZH Mobile Mammography Unit to travel during Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches, Ozarks Healthcare announces the schedule for its Mobile Mammography Unit through October.

Lady Bears Triumph at District Doubles Championship
In a breathtaking display of athleticism and synergy, the Willow Springs girls' tennis doubles team celebrated a well-fought victory on Friday, clinching the coveted title at the District Doubles Championship against Greenwood. Meliana Wilson and Briana Hann, the stellar pairing that has become a staple force on the courts, overcame their opponents in a nail-biting match that had spectators at the edge of their seats.
Kadem Tharp, head coach of the Grizzly Baseball program at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP), will host a second prospect camp for potential players Sunday, Oct. 22, at Zizzer Field on Howell Avenue in West Plains.
The Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) Grizzly Softball team dropped three games over the weekend on the road.
In a game that was a veritable rollercoaster of emotions, strategies, and scores, the Zizzers hosted the Chiefs for a pulsating encounter that will be remembered for its remarkable plays and nail-biting moments. While the final score of 35-49 reflected a tough loss for the Zizzers, it does not reflect the heart with which the Zizzers showed in their fight.
West Plains High School's Zizzer Cross Country team showcased their prowess this past weekend at the Frank Horton "Night" Classic 2023, leaving an indelible mark on the event.

The Top Twenty Five

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sep. 30, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one …

West Plains High School Zizzers Trap Team Shines Bright at Recent Competition

The West Plains High School Zizzers trap team showcased their unparalleled sharpshooting skills and precision at the recent competition, cementing their reputation as one of the top trap shooting teams in the region.
People & Events

Yellow House show to feature John Depew

At 7 p.m. Thursday, award-winning multi-instrumentalist John Depew will bring his unique sound to the Yellow House Community Arts Center, 209 W. Trish Knight St. in West Plains.

55th annual Arts & Crafts Show set for Oct. 14

The Eminence Area Arts Council will hold its 55th annual Scenic Riverways Arts & Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14.

Rotarians hear MSU-WP history, updates

Dr. Dennis Lancaster, Missouri State University-West Plains chancellor, spoke to Sunrise Rotarians on Thursday about the history of the local university campus.
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Down Home with Sue Missouri State Pie-Butterscotch

We are pie people, and autumn is perfect for pie baking. I thought it would be fun to look up our state pie, according to Google, the Missouri state pie is Butterscotch. I've never made butterscotch from starch let alone a butterscotch pie so I'm taking this as a personal challenge and I hope you will join me in making our state pie. It calls for a single crust, so I'll make a butter crust to further enhance the flavors of this stately pie. I'm not a big fan of meringue but I'll stay true to the recipe, it may surprise me. Did you know you can buy meringue flavorings online, that would be fun to play with. 

“Go Farm” Farmers Market A Baby Shower Saturday!

We are hosting a community wide baby shower for Pregnancy Resource Center this Saturday: items needed are diapers and pullups (all sizes), formulas, wipers etc. or cash donation. Thank you in advance for helping our local moms and babies!

Porter Wagoner The Sparkling ‘Thin Man from the West Plains’

Every town, no matter its size, has its legends. West Plains, nestled in the heart of the Ozarks, may be small, but its contribution to the tapestry of American country music is monumental, thanks largely to the "Thin Man from West Plains," Porter Wagoner.

More than 1,700 students enrolled at Missouri State-West Plains

This fall, 1,779 students are enrolled at Missouri State University-West Plains, according to official enrollment statistics for the 2023 fall semester released this week.

Hootin an Hollarin Fest starts Thursday

The 62nd annual Hootin an Hollarin Festival will be held Thursday through Saturday on the square in Gainesville. 

OZH Foundation to give away new side-by-side at festival

Officials with the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation announce a giveaway drawing to benefit Ozarks Healthcare’s Cancer Treatment Center Patient Emergency Fund.

Remembering John: A Hootin an Hollarin icon

This year’s Hootin an Hollarin festival will be the first without the familiar broad smile and steady laugh of John Harlin, a man who served Hootin an Hollarin every year since the very first festival in 1961 until his death on March 15 of this year.