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Joel D. Marino, 77, Birch Tree, suffered serious injuries in a crash at 12:15 p.m. Friday on Highway 19, 8 miles north of Alton in Oregon County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. more
Editor’s note: Having just graduated high school, traditional students may seem eager to embrace the next chapter in their educational journey – college. But that’s not always the case. Going through the processes to pick the college they want to attend can seem daunting, then comes actually attending the classes so they can get a degree. Shane Hull, a current sophomore at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP), has been through the processes and will be sharing his story in this column and subsequent columns in the coming months to provide insights into the higher education processes for others like him who are embarking on their own collegiate journey. Hull works part time on several projects in the MSU-WP university communications office. more
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.  more
The Howell County Commission is set to meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the conference room on the second floor of the county office building, 35 Court Square, and the first item on the agenda is to approve payroll. more
A Calico Rock, Ark., resident perished in a crash that occurred at 7 a.m. Monday on U.S. 63 about 2 miles north of Thayer, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. more
Monday was National Weatherization Day and representatives from Ozark Action Inc. (OAI) are encouraging homeowners and renters to apply for its free home weatherization program. more
Howell County Commissioners are expected to review and consider bids for a new motor grader for the Southern District Road and Bridge Department during their next semiweekly session, set to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday. Bids are due by 11 a.m. that day. more
A Birch Tree man has been charged with making a first-degree terrorist threat, a felony, after allegedly posting on social media, stating he was going to buy a firearm with the intention of killing "his abusers at Ozarks Healthcare." more
Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, based in Willow Springs, reported three fatal traffic crashes that occurred between Friday morning and Saturday afternoon. more
A Springfield man has been arrested after being on the run from West Plains police and Howell County deputies since Oct. 4, when he fled from them as they tried to arrest him, crashing a stolen vehicle in the process, say authorities. more
Editor’s note: The following article describes a case of alleged domestic violence. While care has been taken to report on the allegations with sensitivity, it may still be disturbing to read. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you are experiencing domestic or sexual violence, or if you’re a survivor of the same and in need of support, call Christos House’s hotline, 800-611-5853. more
The West Plains R-7 School Board meeting Tuesday night was concise, partly due to parent/teacher conferences being held that evening at some of the district's schools, but there were updates, announcements and votes, including the declaration of two vehicles as surplus property. more
During their regular session Thursday, Howell County Commissioners are tentatively expected to review and consider bids for two vehicles for the sheriff’s office. Those bids were due by 5 p.m. Monday. more
At a recent annual ceremony honoring service to the State of Missouri, 154th District Rep. David Evans was saluted with an unorthodox award presentation recognizing him for his contributions to protecting and improving the effective administration of justice in Missouri. more
After enduring years of anticipatory delays, Howell County's officials and residents are poised to witness the transformation of a critical pathway in their community, as the commission embarks on a long-awaited bridge replacement project on Allen Street/County Road 2570. more
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