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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. more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
Pat Hirzel, West Plains, turned 100 on Thursday. The occasion was honored with two birthday celebrations, one at The Timbers, where she lived until two months ago, and another at West Vue Nursing … more
Lena Blanche Tackitt, Caulfield, celebrated her 100th birthday Friday at the Caulfield Community Building surrounded by family and friends, with a potluck, birthday cake and other desserts. And … more
West Plains Bank and Trust Company on Thursday donated $500 to the 37th Judicial Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for the nonprofit program’s upcoming fundraiser. CASA will hold a … more
  The Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA) Apprenticeship Program this week recognized three area men who have completed apprenticeship programs to become journeyman wastewater systems … more
West Plains FFA has been recognized as 3 Star chapter in the 2022 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. To achieve a star rating, chapters must first earn a gold … more
Mtn. Grove held its annual Heritage Festival on Friday and Saturday, with over 200 vendors on hand for this year’s festivities. The theme of this year’s Mtn. Grove Heritage Festival was … more
Rep. David Evans, 154th District, left, presents Margaret McLain Balough with House resolution “acknowledging a momentous occasion of a beloved senior citizen” to commemorate her upcoming … more
Monthly breakfast at the Willow Springs Senior Center will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 20.  The menu includes biscuits and gravy, sausage, bacon, egg casserole, waffles, pancakes, … more
Early Friday morning, the Quill was alerted to people gathering on the courthouse lawn wearing matching shirts, in a possible protest. Happily, when a reporter went to investigate, it turned out to … more
Amber and Bob Trautman spent 33 years building new memories in a historic West Plains house, raising a family and keeping it as original as possible. Now, they hope, as they retire and move closer to … more
Alton Bank has donated $10,000 to the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation’s fundraising initiative for a mobile mammography unit. The funds will be used to help with costs associated with the … more
The George D. Hay Society of West Plains will hold its 16th annual Hall of Honor inductions beginning at 5 p.m. Aug. 20, at the Star Theatre in Willow Springs. This year’s inductees are … more
The Burgess family will hold a reunion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Walnut Room at the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St. A potluck lunch will be served and all attendees are … more
The Richards School Board of Education will hold its annual tax rate hearing at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 in the school boardroom, followed by the regular monthly school board meeting. The public is invited to … more
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