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Two men, one a West Plains resident and the other living in Ava, each face charges in Douglas County, including second-degree attempted statutory rape, after reportedly arranging to meet people they believed to be underage girls for sex. more
An Ava resident who claimed a soda was tainted with meth by his wife in order to cause him to fail a drug test has been arrested and charged with second-degree drug trafficking, a Class C felony. more
A Summersville semitruck driver who was involved in a fatal 2020 crash in West Plains has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of first-degree involuntary manslaughter. The crash had resulted in the death of a woman from Dora, Anna Hambelton. more
Lester J. Lane, 75, Ava, died of injuries suffered in a rollover accident at 7:51 a.m. Monday on Highway 5, a quarter-mile south of Ava in Douglas County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. more
Michael D. Clouse, 39, Licking, suffered serious injuries in a crash at 11:53 a.m. Sunday on Highway 137, a mile south of Licking in Texas County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. more
Residents of Howell and surrounding Missouri counties, including Wright County, are encouraged to bring old and worn-out electronics to one of three upcoming fall electronic waste (E-waste) collection events hosted by the South Central Solid Waste District. more
Missouri State Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick recently issued monthly reports detailing the compliance of cities and other political subdivisions with financial reporting laws. more
POMONA — The South Central Ozarks Council of Governments (SCOCOG), headquartered in Pomona and serving seven counties has announced it has received two awards totaling more than $225,000 from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). more
A thunderstorm with wind gusts measuring up to 68 mph Wednesday night downed trees and power lines across roads in Ozark County. While most of the damage seemed to occur in the western part of the county., the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office reported a driver in Bakersfield was unhurt when a tree fell on a moving car. more
After a severe storm blew through south central Missouri Saturday evening, West Plains and surrounding communities are getting a small break from the heat. more
A heat advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service office in Springfield for central and southern Missouri, in effect through 9 p.m. July 28 due to expected heat index values of up to 109 degrees and limited overnight relief. more
During this month’s quarterly meeting, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the FY 2024-2028 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies between July 1 of this year and June 30, 2028. more
An Ava resident who was being investigated after a complaint that he fired a weapon, striking a home, now has eight felony charges filed against him and a warrant with a $100,000 bond after law enforcement reportedly confiscated an alleged pipe bomb, firearms, ammunition, gunpowder and other ingredients commonly used to build explosive devices. more
A late night call to law enforcement about the alleged assault of a teen by his father netted two arrests for the Douglas County Sheriff's Department July 9 and charges against Richard W. Litchfield, 41, Fordland, and his mother, Laurine K. Litchfield, 61, Vanzant. more
A Douglas County woman is charged with 13 felonies after allegedly using caution tape in an effort to close a section of highway, then using a hammer to threaten motorists in three separate vehicles, reportedly damaging two of the vehicles after she was refused a ride. more
A late-night crash on Saturday in Douglas County claimed the life of a 25-year-old motorcyclist from Hartville in Wright County. more
Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla announces the names of students who made the honor list for the spring 2023 semester. To be included on the honor list, students must have carried a minimum of 12 hours and had grade point averages of 3.2 or above out of a possible 4.0. more
Two recent West Plains High School graduates suffered moderate injuries in a rollover accident at 4:25 p.m. Sunday on Highway 14 in Douglas County, 20 miles west of West Plains, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. more
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