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Create a birch tree/cardinal door hanger at a workshop hosted by the West Plains Council on the Arts and led by local artist Tara Shahan in November. Participants can choose from two sessions: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. November 14 or 16. Both sessions will take place in the Dogwood rooms of the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St. more
In the quaint southern Missouri town of West Plains, nestled on the historic Washington Avenue, the Avenue Theatre, an Art Deco gem, has hummed a melody of moving pictures and mesmerizing performances since 1950. Its facade, a glorious canvas of stepped stucco adorned with a triangular marquee and neon sign, invites visitors into its 475-seat embrace, with tales woven not just on its stage but within its very walls. more
Arts Alliance member events and activities: more
Larry Davies and I are friends though we have never met nor spoken by phone. We have read each other’s devotionals for years and he wrote the introduction for my first book. Larry recently emailed asking me to write something to promote his coming de-votional books. I agreed and today am sharing one of his stories. more
In the bustling digital era where global connections are merely a click away, and cultural, social, and moral landscapes ever-evolving, the ancient parable of the prodigal son provides an intriguing lens through which to view the complexities and dilemmas of contemporary human experiences and relationships. Rooted in the biblical Gospel of Luke, this narrative has transcended epochs, offering a timeless exploration of themes such as forgiveness, repentance, and unconditional love. But in our present-day context, how do the intricate layers of the prodigal son story unfold, and what new perspectives emerge in the light of 21st-century paradigms? more
Do you recall a time when someone encouraged you? Perhaps you were frustrated or overburdened. Encouragement is a blessing to us in difficult times. You have the opportunity to encourage others and give them support just by writing them a note or offering to listen to their frustrations. You can help them see their strengths, remind them of God’s presence, and then look for ways you can lighten their burden. Giving advice isn’t always helpful, so just listen and show you care. When the Holy Spirit is at work in us, we show kindness and caring to others, and we can “encourage one another and build each other up.” (I Thessalonians 5:11). The Good News Translation of Ephesians 4:9 says, “Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.” May God bless your week! Diane Cooke, Pastor, Presbyterian Churches, Willow Springs and Mtn. View. more
Genesis 4:3 And it was so after some time that Cain brought of the fruits of the earth a sacrifice to the Lord. (Septuagint) more
In the vast and intricate tapestry of automobile history, where speed, design, and innovation converge, the MGB Roadster embroiders its own indelible mark, parading through the annals of time with an effortless blend of style, performance, and an undeniably British charm. A beacon of automotive artistry birthed by the Morris Garage (MG) marque, the MGB didn’t merely roll onto the roads; it cascaded into the hearts of auto enthusiasts, embodying a spirit that reverberated across generations and geographies. more
Early this month, Missouri's Division of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) issued 48 marijuana microbusiness licenses to top applicants drawn in the Aug. 28 lottery. To ensure the integrity of the random drawing, the Missouri Lottery conducted the drawing without reference to the identities of the applicants. DCR received more than 1,600 applications during the July 27-August 10 application period. more
After inflation surged to the highest average rates since the 1980s during mid-2022, now remains as good a time as any to reassess financial priorities. Rui Yao, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and professor of personal financial planning in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri, shares tips on budgeting, investing and emergency funds to help people manage their finances in ways that best serve them. more
Ozarks Small Business Incubator will host two marketing workshops this month: Master Instagram Reels and Content, and Beyond the Eclipse: How to Attract Tourists and Keep Them Coming Back. more
This month, West Plains Bank and Trust Company joins the American Bankers Association (ABA) and banks across the nation to promote an industrywide campaign educating consumers about the persistent threat of phishing scams. more
Fall on the Farm, the annual celebration of fall at Piney River Brewing, is set to take place from 2 to 7 p.m Saturday, at the “BARn” — the brewery and tap room located off the junction of Highway 17 and ZZ Highway in Bucyrus, about 5 miles west of Houston in Texas County — with featured beers, live music, German food and custard.  more
This October, to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Ozarks Healthcare (OZH) Mobile Mammography Unit will hit the road and include stops at four West Plains Bank and Trust Company locations. Appointments are required to receive mammography services and may be scheduled by calling the OZH Mammography Department at 417-257-5912. However, say officials, the public is invited to stop by to view the unit. more
Outgoing Missouri State University President Clif Smart gave his final state of the university address Friday afternoon at Hass-Darr Hall on the Missouri State University-West Plains campus. more
Last weekend, the Willow Springs Bear City Fall Festival unfurled a tapestry of colors, flavors, and sounds, creating an unforgettable autumnal celebration that still lingers in the hearts of attendees. Orchestrated by the city’s chamber of commerce, the festival, which commenced brightly at 9 a.m. and concluded at 3 p.m., was an absolute triumph, according to revelers and organizers alike. more
Nestled within the uniquely contoured, forested hills stretching between southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, the Ozarks, a bioregion distinctive in its topography, watershed characteristics, and biodiversity, has profoundly shaped the human cultures enveloping it. Since 1980, the Ozark Area Community Congress (OACC) has embraced these intrinsic natural qualities, fostering a network of ecology-minded individuals who yearly unite to explore, celebrate, and learn about all things Ozark. more
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Department of Revenue have issued announcement to inform potential future Commercial Driver License (CDL) applicants of an upcoming change in CDL testing procedure. more
Ozarks Healthcare announced that, today, it will host a job fair in Mtn. Home, Ark., focused on recruiting dedicated mental health and therapy professionals. This event, said officials, is intended to provide an opportunity for those passionate about mental healthcare and therapies to explore career opportunities within the Ozarks Healthcare organization. more
Ozarks Healthcare officials announce the addition of family nurse practitioners Brooke Fair and Adam Mattison to Ozarks Healthcare in Mtn. Grove.  more
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