West Plains, MO

Wanted man held in Texas County Jail

A 57-year-old Willow Springs man wanted on Texas County charges was arrested Thursday night by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Blane C. Bennett was wanted on a felony Texas County warrant – possession of methamphetamine and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor driving while revoked, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and failing to properly affix license plate.
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Church opens clothing closet to community

MAMMOTH SPRING, Ark. (KAIT) - A church in Northeast Arkansas is helping the community after opening its clothing closet for two days. The clothing drive was meant to help those who needed clothes before school starts back in the area. Event organizers said it was one of the largest events...
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Crash in West Plains; Intersection of Broadway and Porter Wagoner

West Plains, MO. – The busy intersection of Porter Wagoner and Broadway in West Plains saw an accident today just after 12PM. The accident blocked off traffic in the intersection while it was worked. Preliminary investigation appears to be that a green Chevy 1500 turned left into the intersection...

Gourleys set for induction in music society

A Houston couple will be among inductees in the George D. Hay Society of West Plains. David and Darlene Gourley are included in the 16th hall of honor induction that is planned for 5 p.m. at the Star Theatre in Willow Springs. The Gourleys have performed gospel music around the...

Silver Belle Properties Grand Opening in West Plains

West Plains, MO. – Silver Belle, part of Silver Springs, LLC., held their grand opening on August 5, 2022. During the event, the West Plains Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the housing company. Silver Belle is a rental property company with their clientele focused toward upwardly...

Alton Bank: Latest Donor to the Ozarks Healthcare Mobile Mammography Unit

Alton, MO. – The Alton Bank has recently become the latest donor to the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation’s fundraiser for a mobile mammography unit. The donation totaled in $10,000. The goal of the sought-after unit is to help make regular breast scanner screenings a reality for women in the Ozarks.

Applications Are Open for Community Development Grant Program in West Plains

West Plains, MO. – The City of West Plains has opened the application period for the Community Development Grant Program. This grant program utilizes funds from the City of West Plains Hotel/Motel Tax to promote tourism and economic development in West Plains. Any event/organization/project whose objective is to promote tourism and economic development in West Plains is eligible to apply. The event or project must be completed between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023. The Tourism Advisory Council will review applications and make recommendations to the City Council for grant awards.
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Dora woman’s quilts now on display at Historium

Barbara Sympson Freeman, of Dora, shows off some of her handywork. Her quilts are now on display at the Ozark County Historium on the west side of the Gainesville square.

Where to get free backpacks, school supplies in the Ozarks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – August is here and parents and kids are getting ready for back-to-school shopping. Several organizations around the Ozarks are helping families with school supplies by throwing back-to-school bashes and offering free backpacks and school supplies for kids heading back to the classroom this fall. Springfield Public Schools hosted a back-to-school bash last […]

garylee has your sports update

The West Plains School District is pleased to welcome back Scott Womack. Coach Womack has been rehired as a high school business teacher and the head basketball coach for the Lady Zizzers. Mr. Womack retired recently after 35 years of teaching and coaching. The 27th Annual Grizzly Golf Classic will...

Willow Springs Community Foundation tackling housing crisis

In this seller's economy, the Willow Springs Community Foundation has begun the process of listing certain properties. According to the WSCF Director Dean Aye, one of their properties has sold, one is currently listed for sale, and two to three more properties will be listed by the end of the year.

Preservation vs. Public Safety Fears

Alderman: "We've kicked this can down the road way too far." A building on Main Street was on the agenda twice last week: once when the Willow Springs Board of Aldermen met for their regular meeting on Monday and then again on Thursday when the aldermen reconvened for a special meeting. The building in question stands at the southeast corner of Main and Center. Its bulging brick walls and partially missing roof have necessitated closed adjacent sidewalks for years.

Ozarks Healthcare Behavioral Health Center conducts crisis intervention training for area law enforcement

As the number of people dealing with mental health crises continues to rise across the nation, law enforcement officers across Missouri are training to improve safety and emergency response efforts. Ozarks Healthcare’s Behavioral Health Center (BHC) recently conducted training for local law enforcement. BHC staff presented a 40-hour Crisis Intervention...

Man arrested in Fulton County after seriously injuring nephew with a chair

A man has been arrested after he allegedly attacked his nephew at a residence in Mammoth Spring, sending him to a Memphis hospital with life threatening injuries. Law enforcement in Fulton County arrested 42-year-old Marshall Eddy on a charge of domestic battery in the 2nd degree. According to the probable...

West Plains Male Injured in One-Vehicle Crash

West Plains, MO. – A 20 year-old male from West Plains is recovering from his injuries, sustained in a crash on State Route ZZ, just East of West Plains. Cutter Lamar of West Plains was driving his 2015 Infiniti Q50S Westbound when he crashed. The crash occurred as Lamar ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a fence and a utility pole.