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Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative reported a peak number of outages of 1,476 after multiple tornado-producing storms swept through the area Sunday morning and evening. As of Tuesday morning, power had been restored to all but 38 members in the co-op's eastern service area.

Sunday storms drop seven confirmed tornados across Quill coverage area

The National Weather Service offices in Springfield and Little Rock, Ark., have confirmed seven tornadoes touched down Sunday in Howell and surrounding counties, including Baxter County, Ark. Of those, two registered damage associated with EF3-strength wind speeds of between 136-165 mph, NWS survey team reports show.

Charge filed against man accused of ignoring red flag warning

A Mtn. Grove man has been charged with misdemeanor negligent burning after allegedly directing a hired hand to set fire to a brush pile on his property despite a red flag warning against burning being in place.
FFA Alumni Officer Shane Rhoads, center, presented Alumni scholarships to Ruby Hinds, left, and Hattie Patillo, right.

West Plains FFA holds 89th annual banquet

The West Plains FFA recently hosted its 89th annual banquet, celebrating the achievements of its dedicated members and unveiling a promising new leadership team. The event, held earlier this month, served as a platform to honor outstanding accomplishments in Career Development Events (CDEs), Leadership Development Events (LDEs) and Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) projects.
Trulyn Turner-Reed, 5, of West Plains, shows her Reborn Doll “Lilly” which she recently donated to the residents of Memory Lane at Cedarhurst of West Plains.

Girl donates doll to ‘make grandmas and grandpas happy’

In a world often overshadowed by its challenges, it's the simple, heartwarming gestures that can offer reminders of the innate goodness in people. One such story unfolded recently in West Plains, where a small act of kindness from a 5-year-old girl has touched hearts.

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Heart of the Ozarks Fair starts on Tuesday

The Heart of the Ozarks Fair will be held Tuesday through June 8 at the Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds on North U.S. 63 in West Plains, announces West Plains Tourism Manager Melissa Wharton. The fair this year will feature entertainment, carnival rides, food vendors, and livestock, agriculture and fine arts shows. 
A Guadalupe Virgin statue lays among the rubble of the destroyed home of Juana Landeros, who rode out a deadly tornado with her husband and her 9-year-old son when it rolled through the previous night, Sunday, May 26, 2024, in Valley View, Texas. Powerful storms left a wide trail of destruction Sunday across Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas after obliterating homes and destroying a truck stop where drivers took shelter during the latest deadly weather to strike the central U.S. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Storms leave widespread outages across Texas, cleanup continues after deadly weekend across US

Storms with damaging winds and baseball-sized hail have pummeled Texas again. The storms Tuesday left more than 1 million businesses and homes without power as much of the U.S. recovered from severe …

Mother tells police she shot one child and drowned another. A third was found safe

Police in Missouri say a woman went to a police station and told officers that she fatally shot one of her children and drowned the other. Both were less than 10 years old. One child was found dead …

Willow Springs School Board votes to take bids for surplus property

During the May meeting of the Willow Springs School Board, reelected board member Debbie Bryan was sworn in for a new term and chosen unanimously by board vote to serve as a Missouri School Board Association delegate.

Willow Springs man placed on probation after pleading guilty to shooting vehicle

Hershell Meshell, 60, Willow Springs, has been ordered to complete five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to shooting at a vehicle with children nearby.

Body of newborn infant found at recreation area in northwest Missouri

Police are investigating after the body of a newborn infant was found at a recreation area in northwest Missouri. The body of the newborn was found Saturday at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park in …

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Big changes for the NCAA likely to upend scholarship limits and roster sizes across college sports
Scholarships are not going away in college athletics. But how many there are and which sports they will apply to in coming years are among the many questions stemming from a mammoth antitrust …
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The Kiwanis Club is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated Annual Golf Tournament, set to take place on June 7 with a noon tee-off time. This year's event promises to be a remarkable day filled with friendly competition, exciting prizes, and community spirit, all in support of local youth programs. Let's dive into the details and explore why this tournament is a must-attend event for golf enthusiasts and community supporters alike.
Registration is currently open for the Third Annual Folds of Honor Fundraiser Golf Tournament, a 3-person, 18-hole scramble that will be held at the West Plains Country Club on Friday, June 21, 2024, with a shotgun start at 12:00 p.m. To register for the tournament, please visit www.westplainsbank.com/folds-of-honor.
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — As he coats a mold of Jackie Robinson with wax, metalsmith Alex Haines reflected on the extra importance of a project that will soon give the city of Wichita, Kansas, a replacement bronze statue of the baseball icon after thieves brazenly destroyed the original.

Twins take opener from Royals 6-5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Ryan pitched seven smooth innings for the Minnesota Twins, who got a two-run homer by Jose Miranda and a three-run shot from Trevor Larnach before hanging on for a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday in the opener of a four-game series.

Quality start from Nick Lodolo, homer by Jeimer Candelario

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nick Lodolo came off the injured list to pitch 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, Jeimer Candelario homered and the Cincinnati Reds won a season-high fourth straight game, 3-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.
People & Events

Community Calendar: May 29 update

Know of an event not listed here? Email submissions by noon Fridays to news@wpdailyquill.net with “CALENDAR” in the subject line. Three sentence maximum must include event description, date, time, location, cost and source for more information. Weekly events will be printed for no more than a month at a time unless renewed by the host. Call the Quill, 417-256-9191 with questions. Unless otherwise noted, events are in West Plains.

MSU-WP Calendar of Events

Below are several upcoming events at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP), many of which are open to the community. Feel free to clip this calendar and keep it for your reference to make sure you don’t miss any events that might interest you. Also listed are several important dates on the university’s calendar that area residents might want to keep in mind. 
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Texas County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Jim Perry, left, administers the oath of office to newly-appointed board member Jennifer Hugenot, who will sit for a five-year term.

TCMH audit shows improvement in 2023 operating revenues

Texas County Memorial Hospital ended 2023 with total operating revenues of $39.61 million, a 10.49% increase over 2022, the TCMH board of trustees heard at its monthly meeting in April.  
Jaimee Brown, owner of Auntie Fancies.

'Go Farm' Farmers Market

Jaimee Brown, owner Auntie Fancies joins the farmer’s market! Her display booth is very creative as she displays her Artisan goat milk soaps, goat milk bath bombs, sugar scrubs, lip butters, lotion bars and more! You can check out her products at www.auntiesfancies.com.

Down Home with Sue Pickled Pepper and Onion Relish

With all the rain we've been getting our garden is growing like a weed, as are the weeds but summer is pickling season for many.  Gardeners are cleaver when it comes to putting up the harvests, and one easy way is to pickle it. It's not just about cucumber pickles anymore, just about any vegatable or fruit can be pickled and also made into a relish. You can also make any relish hot and spicy, sweet and sour or just plain. This week's recipe was in my Facebook feed a few days ago, it's a pickled relish, the best of both worlds and certainly not limited to this recipe. Like pickles, relish can be made from most produce.  Add fresh herbs for a wild side and you will be the hit of any cookout or gathering.  I'm sharing this easy recipe to get a jump on the canning season, don't lose it, it's a great way to use up your harvest.  Happy pickling season. 

Lemon blueberry chicken piccata with honey thyme glaze

Welcome back to our culinary adventure series! Today, we're taking a beloved classic, Chicken Piccata, and giving it a refreshing twist that will surprise and delight your taste buds. Prepare to be amazed by our Lemon Blueberry Chicken Piccata with a Honey Thyme Glaze. This dish combines the zesty and tangy notes of traditional Chicken Piccata with the sweet and vibrant flavors of blueberries and honey thyme. Get ready to impress your family and friends with this extraordinary dish!

Cedarhurst to host Goat Gala & Fashion Show

Cedarhurst of West Plains invites the public to its inaugural Goat Gala & Fashion Show to be held May 29 at the senior living facility, 1528 U.S. 63.

Night during the day: Why everyone is hyped for the eclipse

By now, the only folks who have not heard the buzz about the total eclipse happening in 2024 must be living under rocks. Yeah, that's right, another celestial blockbuster is on its way, and folks are getting seriously hyped up about it. It's not just your regular stargazers and astronomy buffs either; we're talking about people from all walks of life planning, plotting, and ready to hit the road for the best viewing spots. But why all the fuss about the moon photobombing the sun for a bit? Let's dive in and find out why everyone's marking their calendars and why you might just want to join the eclipse-chasing bandwagon.

Thayer, Mammoth Spring team up to host eclipse events

The City of Thayer is hosting eclipse camping through Tuesday, complete with a nightly bonfire, live music, shuttles and food vendors.

Call for submissions: Eclipse Keepsake book

The Quill will offer a keepsake book to commemorate the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse event taking place Monday.