With one of the best viewing areas in the country West Plains is gearing up for April’s solar eclipse
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - In just a few weeks the sun will pass over the moon. We’ve all been hearing about this solar eclipse. West Plains will have one of the best viewing areas in the country. West Plains tourism manager Melissa Wharton said, “The buzz around town is...
Wildcats end season 20-6
The Wildcats began district play on Tuesday, February 20 with a victory over Alton. The Wildcats were tied after the first quarter, 18-18. Alton had the lead 25-21 going into halftime. Licking outscored the Comets 13-7 in the third quarter to take a 34-32 lead going into the final quarter. The Wildcats held on in the fourth quarter, outscoring Alton 18-16 for the 52-48 victory.
NWS: Record-breaking 90 degrees in Van Buren, Mo.
CARTER COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - The National Weather Service reported a record-breaking 90 degrees in Van Buren on Tuesday, February 27. According to the NWS, the data is preliminary but once verified it would break the record for the warmest February temperature on record in their 58-county forecast area. They...
Thayer rallies in fourth quarter to advance to Class 3 state quarterfinal round
Entering the fourth quarter, Thayer had its back against the wall trailing Fatima 35-33. Out of the third quarter break, the Bobcats came out with a different fire. They tallied up 20 points while holding Fatima to seven in the final quarter to turn a two-point deficit into an 11-point win.
West Plains Police honor four officers at awards ceremony
WEST PLAINS, Mo. (KY3) - The West Plains Police Department held an awards ceremony at the West Plains Civic Center on Friday the 23rd. The ceremony honors four officers for their excellent work in 2023. Officers are nominated for these awards by members of the Department. The nominations are then...
West Plains school employee sentenced for endangering student
BUTLER COUNTY, Mo. — A coach previously employed with the West Plains R-7 School District has pleaded guilty to first-degree endangerment of the welfare of a child. On Feb. 21, 2024, a Butler County judge sentenced 43-year-old Christopher Taylor to five years of probation and seven years of a prison sentence for the felony charge. […]
Ozarks Healthcare’s director of therapies appointed to ASHA’s Medicaid Committee
WEST PLAINS, Mo. (KY3) - Ozarks Healthcare’s Director of Therapies, Sarah James, has been appointed to join the Medicaid Committee of the American Speech-Hearing Language Association (ASHA). The Medicaid Committee aims to enhance coverage and payment for audiology and speech-language pathology (SLP) services. “I’m excited to have the opportunity...
Savor the Flavor: Top 4 Must-Try Pizzas in West Plains
This article presents four exceptional pizzas found in West Plains. Have you had the pleasure of tasting any of these yet? If yes, we would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!
West Plains Coalition hosts PFAS health meeting in Airway Heights due to water safety concerns
AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. – PFAS, also known as forever chemicals, has become a topic of concern in the West Plains and Airway Heights over the last decade. The area’s proximity to both Fairchild AFB and Spokane International Airport are a potential reason. The West Plains Water Coalition’s website says people in the area have tested at nearly 60 times the national average of PFAS in their bodies, hypothesizing the water contaminants from fire extinguishing fluid as the culprit.
Thayer pulls away in third quarter to win 11th consecutive district title
For the 11th consecutive season, and 26th time in program history, the Thayer Bobcats are district champions. Thayer pulled away from conference rival Liberty in the third quarter to win the Class 3 District 10 championship 50-36. Thayer carried an 11-9 lead after one quarter and 18-15 advantage at the...
The gas price fluctuate between $2.75 and $2.97 in West Plains as of 2024-02-26. Find the cheapest station near you.
Photo from Unsplash and unrelated to the city. For most people, it is a constant necessity of life to manage gas prices. The national average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas on Monday is $3.264, a week ago the price is $3.279 , according to AAA.
West Plains Country Club (West Plains, MO)
The West Plains Country Club is a community of family and friends that have come together to enjoy superior amenities and beautiful surroundings in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. We strive to provide our members, their families and guests with outstanding social experiences that highlight friendship, fun and goodwill. Established in 1926, the Club’s rich traditions have created a timeless foundation of memories that will last a lifetime.
Dispensary sees success from house grown marijuana
HARDY, Ark. (KAIT) - Medical marijuana sales saw a great start to the year in January. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission reports that 5,559 pounds of medical marijuana was sold in the state, totaling $23.1 million in sales so far in 2024. Spring River Dispensary in Hardy sold 115.09 pounds...
Smokey Bear Balloon coming to the Ozarks for solar eclipse
VAN BUREN, Mo. — A surprise visitor will welcome those going to the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) for the solar eclipse. The Smokey Bear Balloon will be making its way to Big Spring near Van Buren, Missouri, for the weekend and the day of the solar eclipse from April 6-8. Courtesy of the Mark […]
Pressure mounts against Board of Corrections member affiliated with abuse
A member of the Arkansas Board of Corrections is facing calls to resign after allegations of child abuse were lodged against a former employer. He was appointed to the board by then-Gov. Asa Hutchinson in 2022. Alonza Jiles was once the senior director of The Lord's Ranch and is now...
Cabool overcomes slow start to upset top-seeded Van Buren in C2D2 title game
Cabool overcame a slow start to upset top-seeded Van Buren on Saturday. Van Buren jumped out to a 10-5 lead after one quarter. Cabool regrouped in the break and came out on fire in the second quarter with a 22-10 advantage to take a 27-20 lead into the half. Cabool continued to press the advantage in the second half on the way to a 60-45 win.
CARDS Holdings acquires Missouri waste company
CARDS Holdings, LLC, Fayetteville, Arkansas, has acquired Oregon County Public Waste (OCPW), marking the company’s third Missouri acquisition in 30 days, after acquiring C&R Disposal Inc. and Pedersen Trash Service LLC in January. OCPW has supported Southern Missouri through its residential subscription, municipal curbside and commercial service offerings. They...
Sampling Conducted By Spring River State Fish Hatchery
Last week, Trout Management Program and Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery staff conducted a seasonal sampling of the Spring River trout fishery. The seasonal sampling builds onto current work on the fishery by the Trout Management Program assessing diets, growth and survival of trout and sportfish (Spring River Trout Fishery management plan – https://ow.ly/Ofww50QGsvn).
Two-vehicle accident claims life of Hardy man
A Hardy man died in a two-vehicle accident in rural Clay County on Tuesday. According to the Arkansas State Police, Timothy D. Evans, 49, was driving north on U.S. Highway 67 when his 2001 Chevrolet crossed the center line and struck a southbound 2022 International. The driver of the International was not reported as injured.
Thayer and Liberty advance to Class 3 District 10 championship game
It will be an all-SCA final in Class 3 District 10 on Saturday after top two seeds Thayer and Liberty won on Thursday. Thayer, ranked No. 3 in Class 3, beat Willow Springs 64-40 behind the efforts of Devin Harrington and Aidan Burns. Harrington put up 24 points with Burns right behind him at 23 points. Easton Pitts also scored in double figures with 10 points.