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Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by 5,200 jobs in September, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point, report officials with the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development Economic Research and Information Center, which provided all of the data presented here in its Monthly Jobs Report. more
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, workers across the globe are reporting higher levels of negative feelings, including stress and worry. Half the American workforce is reportedly not engaged at work. As a result, employers are looking for ways to reverse the trend and foster a more respectful and inclusive workplace.
Dawn Garner with Root Essence Esthetics has recently opened in the Ozarks Small Business Incubator. Garner is a licensed esthetician offering holistic and modern services at 414 Washington Ave. in West Plains. She offers a variety of services including facials, massages and dermaplaning.  more
Heidi Hulvey of Birch Tree recently received a $50,000 microloan through the Ozarks Small Business Incubator to fund the building and equipment of Birch Tree Laundry & More. In addition to the laundry machines, Birch Tree Laundry & More will offer showers, a fluff-and-fold service and an arcade.  more
As a physician, University of Missouri researcher W. David Arnold has long cared for patients with some of the world’s most debilitating illnesses, including spinal muscular atrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and muscular dystrophies. Now, funded by a $3 million grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA)/National Institutes of Health (NIH), Arnold will examine how motor neuron firing rates influence strength in older adults. His ultimate goal for this grant is to discover new ways to optimize and maintain function and independence of older adults. more
This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates almost two million new cancer cases will occur in the United States, and at least 25% of cases may be fatal. That’s why Paul de Figueiredo and his team at the University of Missouri are working to lower these numbers through the Synthetic Programmable bacteria for Immune-directed Killing in tumor Environments (SPIKEs) project. more
This Wednesday market is the last one for the year, they will resume next Spring. Saturday markets are year-round. more
I'm back! We had our annual fall gathering last weekend where you bring a dish and eat a meal around a bonfire while visiting with family and friends, enjoying our favorite season together. This was our 15th and while smaller than some, it's always a great time especially if you are a foodie.   more
Hello fellow food lovers and welcome back to my kitchen. Today, we are going to embark on a culinary journey that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. We’re creating a dish that’s not just a meal, but an experience: Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Grilled Chicken Breasts, accompanied by a savory Rice Pilaf and a unique twist on Sweet Potatoes. Grab your aprons, and let’s get cooking! more
Texas County Memorial Hospital officials announced that Kassie Rogers, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in the facility’s medical-surgical (med-surg) department, is its first Sunflower Award recipient.  more
First, congratulations to Editor Abby Hess on a super job with Kathy Goss’ class recipes! They were published in two parts, the first appearing Oct. 11, and the second on Oct. 18, so if you missed them, be sure to go back and read them and enjoy! more
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but the Christmas season is just around the corner. more
NASA ambassador Dr. David J. Thomas will be in West Plains from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 to discuss safe viewing of the sun ahead of the April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse. Thomas will bring a solar-filtered telescope to set up on the lawn of the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St., to allow people to see the sun safely in its usual state. more
Joel Wyatt, head Zizzer football coach, recently updated the West Plains Sunrise Rotary Club on the current football season. more
"Death's in the good-bye." - Anne Sexton more
From the Number Twenty-one, March/April, 1983 issue. more
Olva Griffin and her husband, Wade, kept noticing the old log structures along the roads in and around Howell County, and gradually, Olva began to compile what information she could obtain about them. When the Gazette appealed for stories from readers she brought the Gazette the following article, complete with photographs which she took herself. The Gazette thanked Mrs. Leah Story Carter for loaning the publication the old picture of the Knox Cabin, and Fent Sukow for the picture used in the Gazette’s Fall 1979 issue’s Centerfold. more
In 2022, the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that it was “aware of 2,211 deaths associated with off-highway vehicles” between 2016 and 2018. Of that 2,211, 1,591 were all-terrain vehicles. more
The West Plains High School FFA organization is taking orders for adviser Jay Hale’s “famous” baby back smoked pork ribs. more
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