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Ozarks Healthcare officials announced today that the 64-year old healthcare organization has reduced its workforce by about 130 “full-time equivalent positions due to inflation.” more
An Argiope auranti, commonly known in the Ozarks as a garden spider or black-and-yellow garden spider, rests in the center of her web, spotted just off the walking trail at Galloway Creek. Females of this species are the only ones to spin webs, which are often quite large, in order to trap insects it wraps and eats. more
A schedule has been set for ranger-led themed fall hikes at parks within Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR), beginning Sept. 23 and running through Nov. 4, the Ozark Riverways Foundation has announced. All hikes have been categorized by skill level and how long and strenuous the walk is. more
Missouri State University President Clif Smart announced plans on Wednesday to retire in summer 2024. more
Nestled deep in the heart of West Plains lies a tale that spans continents, skies, and hearts. It's the story of a man who, against the odds, changed the very skies above rural America. From humble beginnings in a one-room schoolhouse to taking charge of one of the nation's largest air ambulance services, William Roy (Bill) Chritton, Jr.'s life stands as a testament to perseverance, love, and vision. more
As students and teachers head back to school, Ozarks Healthcare is reminding busy families of its range of specialized services designed to ensure a healthy and happy school year. more
Sunlight streams through the wall of windows in the small white school, the beams – figuratively and literally – helping illuminate a dark piece of Ozarks history. It’s Lincoln School, a one-room landmark in West Plains few are alive to remember but none should forget.  more
The West Plains Council on the Arts will host a workshop to create a faux stained glass seasonal barn quilt decoration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Dogwood Rooms at the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St. in West Plains. more
A Potosi resident charged in Shannon County with three counts of felony statutory sodomy, or attempt, involving a victim younger than 14, is held in Howell County Jail on $250,000 bond. more
The Howell County Sheriff's Department announced this week Deputy First Class Travis Weaver and his K9 partner Ares have completed their training and are ready to work. more
Superstition holds the number seven to be bring good fortune and luck — and with its seventh Aleiversary celebration planned for Aug. 26, Wages Brewing Company in West Plains appears to have had plenty of it. more
With the new school year just around the corner, members of the West Plains R-7 School Board held their most recent regular monthly meeting Tuesday, a little less than two weeks before classes begin Aug. 21. more
With the new school year just around the corner, members of the West Plains R-7 School Board held their most recent regular monthly meeting Tuesday, a little less than two weeks before classes begin Aug. 21. more
On a warm, sunny day in the town of Hermann, M0., a baby boy was brought into the world, and he would come to play a significant role in the annals of journalism. Born on the 24th of August, 1874, the boy was christened William Harry Zorn. However, the world would come to know him as Bill, an endearing moniker used by his friends. He was the scion of a German family; his parents were immigrants who set up home in the quiet town of Hermann, where his father held sway as a well-established businessman. more
August is packed with free activities at Mammoth Spring State Park that will appeal to all ages and a variety of interests, and include an old-fashioned toys and games day, a volunteer highway clean-up session, a history program about Mammoth Spring, nature journaling and a beginner's crochet workshop. The park is located off of south U.S. 63 just across the Arkansas border from Thayer. more
Community First Banking Company, a West Plains-based financial institution that has long served the heart of the Ozarks with dedication and innovation, is set to launch a new and significantly improved mobile banking application on Aug. 16, providing customers with a richer, user-friendly experience. more
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