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After almost 35 years, charges have been filed in a Douglas County cold case related to the June 1989 murder of Kelle Ann Workman, 24, of the Seymour area. On Wednesday law enforcement and Douglas County Prosecutor Matthew Weatherman held a press conference to announce the arrests of Bobby L. Banks, 65, of Seymour; Leonard D. Banks, 64, of Gainesville; and Wiley Belt, 64, of Ava, each charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, and forcible rape. From left are Christian County Sheriff Brad Cole and Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase.

Three arrested after witness comes forward in decades-old murder case

SEYMOUR —Almost 35 years ago, Kelle Ann Workman, 24, of rural Douglas County, went missing from the Pleasant Ridge Church and was found dead about a week later in Christian County, her body disposed of in a ravine about 16 miles away.
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Maple Street home raided for third time this year, Wright again arrested on drug charges

For the third time in two months, and the second time this month, a West Plains man has been charged with felonies after a search warrant for drugs was served Thursday at a home on the 300 block of Maple Street.

Man with history of trespassing arrested on burglary charge after incident at Grizzly Lofts

A West Plains man awaiting the resolution of three active cases related to alleged trespassing and possession of a controlled substance has now been charged with additional felonies related to alleged incidents at the Grizzly Lofts this month.

Man from Hardy dies in traffic crash

A 49-year-old man from Hardy, Ark., perished as a result of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash at noon Tuesday in rural Clay County in northeastern Arkansas, according to the Arkansas State Police.
West Plains Bank and Trust Company continues a longstanding tradition of supporting research into cures and treatments for cystic fibrosis with a $1,000 donation ahead of the March 16 Cystic Fibrosis Music Concert featuring Missouri native country musician Sara Evans. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition affecting the respiratory and digestive systems, and there is no cure. Holding the check are Cystic Fibrosis volunteer Kaigan Barker, left, and West Plains Bank and Trust Human Resources Director Angie Temple.

West Plains Bank continues support for cystic fibrosis research with $1,000 donation

West Plains Bank and Trust Company has donated $1,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis West Plains Chapter to support research into cures and treatments for cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition present at birth that affects the respiratory and digestive systems.

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Commission reminds callers using 573 area code 10-digit dialing starts Saturday

Officials with the Missouri Public Service Commission, the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) and the telecommunications industry remind phone customers to continue preparing for a new area code, 235, to be used in the current 573 area code region.

South U.S. 63 from WP to Kosh to be one lane from March to June

Beginning March 4, South U.S. 63 in Howell and Oregon Counties will be reduced to one lane with an 11-foot width restriction as construction crews perform pavement repairs, announce officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

US Election 2024-Super Tuesday, ADVISORY

EDITORS: President Joe Biden and his predecessor, Donald Trump, are looking to all but clinch their party’s nominations as both are heavily favored in each of the 15 states and one territory …
FILE - Residents place their signatures on a petition in support of a ballot initiative to end Missouri's near total ban on abortion during Missourians for Constitutionals Freedom kick-off petition drive, Feb. 6, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. Republican lawmakers voted Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, to make it harder to change the Missouri Constitution amid a campaign to restore abortion rights through an initiative petition. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)

Republicans vote to make it harder to amend Missouri Constitution

Republican lawmakers have voted to make it more difficult to amend the state's constitution. GOP senators on Thursday voted to raise the threshold for voters to approve constitutional amendments. The …

Ava woman hurt in pickup truck crash

Moderate injuries were reported for a Douglas County woman who was in a crash at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 5 a mile south of Mansfield in Wright County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Sports
NCAA infractions committee could discipline administrators tied to violations and ID them publicly
The NCAA Committee on Infractions has outlined potential penalties for rules violators in leadership positions beyond the coaching staff, up to and including school presidents. The committee met this …
In a spirited encounter that encapsulated the highs and lows of collegiate basketball, the University of Missouri Women's Basketball team faced a challenging night at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, succumbing to Florida with a final score of 86-70 on Thursday. This game was more than a mere scoreline; it was a tale of resilience, strategy, and emerging talent under pressure.
In a recent thrilling showdown on the hardwood, the West Plains High School Zizzers basketball teams faced off against their formidable rivals, the Bolivar Liberators, across three intense matches that showcased the spirit, talent, and future promise of the Zizzers program. The encounters, which spanned the 9th grade, junior varsity (JV), and varsity levels, highlighted not just the outcomes of the games but the individual performances and collective efforts that make high school basketball an exhilarating spectacle.
The West Plains High School Lady Zizzers swim team completed their unbelievable season at the MSHSAA Class 1 State Swimming and Diving Championships last week. They entered 13 events, which was the most ever in their 10th season of existence.
Today in Sports - Week Ahead, February 23 - February 29, 2 Takes

Today in Sports - Week Ahead, February 23 - February 29

Today in Sports - Week Ahead, February 23 - February 29, Take 2

Greater Texas Recognizes Longtime Partnership with Texas State University

(right) Howard Baker, CEO of Greater Texas Credit Union, presented Texas State Athletic Director, (left) Don Coryell, with a jersey to commemorate the credit union and university partnership. (Photo: Business Wire)
SAN MARCOS, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 22, 2024--Greater Texas Credit Union presented the Texas State University athletics department with a special framed football jersey to recognize the …
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Community Calendar: Feb. 14 update

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Bee Porch Leaner workshop to be offered March 12

West Plains Council on the Arts will host a workshop conducted by local artist Tara Shahan from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 12 in the Dogwood Rooms of the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St. The cost for the workshop is $50, all supplies included.

ASU announces fall dean’s, chancellor’s list students

Students on the honors lists for fall 2023 at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro have been announced. The lists recognize undergraduate students who achieved the highest grade-point averages while enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours of study at A-State.
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1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 Touring.

Metal to Rust Pierce-Arrow Motor Company

The Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company, established in the early 20th century, stands as a monument to the pinnacle of American luxury automotive manufacturing. Known for its high-quality craftsmanship, innovative engineering, and the luxurious appeal of its vehicles, Pierce-Arrow carved a niche for itself among the elite of society. This detailed exploration will delve into the company's inception, its journey through the golden age of American automobiles, the innovations it brought to the industry, and its eventual decline. The narrative of Pierce-Arrow is not just a story of a company but a reflection of an era, technological advancement, and the American Dream.

Welcome to Koshkonong The Golden Age of Missouri's Peach Empire

At the dawn of the 20th century, nestled in the heartlands of Missouri, a horticultural phenomenon was taking root that would etch the name of Howell and Oregon counties into the annals of agricultural history. This verdant stretch of the American Midwest, as chronicled by Clara Williams for the West Plains, Missouri Gazette, emerged as the world's fruit basket, with the Koshkonong-Brandsville district leading the charge in a peach cultivation renaissance.

MDA announces updated animal exhibition requirements

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has announced changes to animal health requirements for beef and swine exhibitors at fairs and exhibitions in Missouri.

Faith Commentary

Paul the Apostle, originally known as Saul of Tarsus, is a figure of monumental importance in Christianity. His conversion from a fervent persecutor of Christians to a devoted follower of Jesus Christ is not just a cornerstone of Christian history; it is a narrative that illustrates profound transformation and faith. This article will delve into Paul's life, examining his journey from Saul to Paul, and explore the significance of his contributions to the Christian faith through his letters in the New Testament. We will also consider the debate over the authority of Paul's writings and their role in Christian doctrine.

Moment in the Word

Psalms 34:7 The Angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

Free tax assistance available for senior citizens

Senior Age Area Agency on Aging and the West Plains Senior Center offer free income tax assistance for seniors.

Attorney General Bailey warns of tax scams before filing deadline

In an effort to protect consumers as tax season is underway, Attorney General Andrew Bailey warns Missourians to be aware of scammers and to take steps to protect themselves from anyone attempting to get their personal information.
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