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A graduate of Houston High School who has dedicated more than two decades of service to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the last five of which have been at General Headquarters in Jefferson City, will retire May 1, announces Col. Eric Olson, superintendent of the patrol. more
The total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024, has left those in its path with memories that will last a lifetime, and the West Plains Daily Quill is capturing those moments in a special book commemorating the celestial event. Monday’s eclipse drew eyes upwards and brought communities together, creating experiences that will be remembered for generations to come. more
The Thayer High School Senior Beta Club participated in the state convention held March 1 and 2 in Branson. The following students placed in the top five and now qualify for national convention in Savannah, Ga., this June: Jake McFann, third place, math; Savannah Jackson, third place, math; Abby Blum, second place, math; Ally Kerley, fourth place, pottery; Skylar McDaniel, fourth place, onsite drawing, and third place, sculpture; and Salena Hollis, third place onsite painting and fourth place, painting. more
The Thayer High School Junior Beta Club participated in the state convention held Feb 28 and 29 in Branson. The following students placed in the top five and now qualify for national convention in Savannah, Ga., this June: Zaiden Wright, third place, English/language arts; Jasmin Gutierrez, third place, Spanish; Quiz Bowl team members Colton Albritton, Grayson Woods, Camden Jennings and Weston Martin, first place; and Book Battle Team Members Taylor Blanks, Annabelle Williams and Zaiden Wright, first place. more
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. more
The City of Thayer is hosting eclipse camping through Tuesday, complete with a nightly bonfire, live music, shuttles and food vendors. more
The Quill will offer a keepsake book to commemorate the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse event taking place Monday. more
Unofficial Howell County election results from Tuesday show a couple of potential upsets, including a defeat of Mtn. View Mayor John Krasuski by a write-in candidate, and a new West Plains R-7 school board member to replace longtime member and current President Jim Thompson, who was defeated by two votes. more
Felons who have allegedly been found in possession of guns have been recently been charged in Douglas and Shannon counties, in some cases related to complaints of harassment, paranoid behavior or the discharge of weapons near or toward houses. more
Area author Donna Brown, writing under the pen name Cygnet Brown, has written a new book focused on the newly created Wild and Scenic Riverway in Oregon County, called "Oregon County, Wild and Scenic." more
An Ava teen was injured in a two-vehicle collision at 4:08 p.m. Sunday on Highway 14, a mile west of Ava in Douglas County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. more
Tabatha R. Adam, 27, Wasola, is charged with second-degree statutory rape and incest, both felonies, after it was alleged she sexually assaulted a teenaged family member, resulting in the birth of a child. more
During the March meeting of the Willow Springs School Board board members approved the purchase of a new school bus to be made in Fiscal Year 2025. more
Jamie L. Holloway, 29, Mtn. Grove, suffered fatal injuries when her vehicle struck a semitruck at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday on AM Highway, a quarter mile east of Mtn. Grove in Wright County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. more
A write-in candidate for Mtn. View mayor, Charry McCann, will hold a "Meet the Candidate" and question and answer session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Mtn. View Community Center, 125 E. First St. in Mtn. View. more
Mtn. View voters will have a full slate of candidates to choose from come April 2, including two write-in candidates who threw their hats in the ring after the Dec. 26 deadline for filing to be placed on the ballot. more
Larry D. Morrison, Jr., 48, of Ava, has been arrested and is held without bond after an investigation reportedly led law enforcement to discover files depicting child sexual abuse that had been viewed and shared by Morrison. more
Two suspects in a late-December murder case in Shannon County have had their cases bound over to circuit court. more
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