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Project Homeless Connect, a one-stop event providing free-of-charge services to homeless individuals and families, will be held today …
Heavy snow causes widespread cancellations, power outages
A winter storm overnight Tuesday into Wednesday dropped several inches of heavy, wet snow across south central Missouri, causing trees …
Saturday shooting incident on KK Hwy. leads to felony charges for Childress
A West Plains man has been charged in connection with an alleged shooting that injured another man during an altercation Saturday on …
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Arkansas court lifts judge's ruling against mask mandate ban

The Arkansas Supreme Court has lifted a judge's ruling against the state's ban on mask mandates by public schools. Attorneys in the case disagreed whether Thursday's ruling will allow the state to …

BC-AR--Arkansas Digest, 1pm update

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

Deep South News Digest, 1pm

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

Missouri Senate GOP backs bills on transgender children

The leader of Missouri's state Senate says Republican senators are unified against letting transgender girls play on girls' sports teams. Senate President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden's comments to reporters …

OZARKS HEALTHCARE BIRTHS

Jordan Bagley and Natalie Paulman of West Plains are parents of a daughter, Alice Dahlia Paulman, born at 6:06 a.m. Jan. 2. She weighed 8 pounds 11 ounces and was 22 inches long. Her siblings are Jayde, 6, and Elena, 3. Her grandparents are Timothy Paulman and the late Paige Paulman of Gainesville, and Sherry Bagley and the late Larry Bagley of West Plains.
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Texas women unranked but on a tear to top of Big 12
The Texas Longhorns’ quick  fall from preseason No. 3 all the way to unranked was one of the biggest disappearing acts of the …
Tommy Paul's Australian run helps make US men relevant again
Tommy Paul's run to the semifinals at the Australian Open is the latest in a series of signs that men from the United States are …
Tennessee extends athletic director Danny White's contract
Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman has announced a contract extension for athletic director Danny White. The announcement comes a day …
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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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OZH encourages community to ‘Join #OurHearts in Action’ during American Heart Month

American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved. Ozarks Healthcare is reminding its patients and community members that heart attacks, cardiovascular disease and strokes know no borders. The organization encourages patients and community members to focus on heart health through February. 

Jasper names three to new leadership positions 

Jasper Engines & Transmissions has announced three company promotions in production leadership.

A long-running tradition: Ridgerunner resumes ranks as national award-winning publication

Ridgerunner magazine, a publication written by West Plains High School folklore students packed with stories of the Ozarks area and points of interest throughout Missouri and Arkansas, has a legacy of excellence going back 39 years.

Junction Hill to host preschool screenings Feb. 17

Junction Hill School will host preschool and new kindergartener screenings by appointment Feb. 17 for the 2023-24 school year. 

Eddie Montgomery to headline 35th Cystic Fibrosis benefit concert

The Cystic Fibrosis chapter of West Plains will hold its annual fundraising concert featuring country music artist Eddie Montgomery, of Montgomery Gentry, at 7 p.m. March 18 at the West Plains Civic Center. It's the 35th year for the event, sponsored by K-Kountry 95 Radio.

Corn and soybean production down in 2022, USDA reports

Production for both corn and soybeans declined from last year, according to the 2022 Crop Production Annual Summary released this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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