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Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and Missouri State Veterinarian Dr. Steve Strubberg on Friday approved livestock movement papers for nine reindeer. Santa Claus from the North Pole applied for the permit last week, providing proof of the healthy herd through a certificate of veterinary inspection signed by licensed veterinarian Dr. Hermey Elf. more
Missouri State University-West Plains graduate Heather Day, West Plains, was among six students who received Missouri State University’s 2023-2024 Citizen Scholar Award. more
Area residents interested in flying drones commercially can attend a workshop at Missouri State University-West Plains Jan. 10 through 12 to help them prepare for the Federal Aviation Administration’s certification exam. more
The West Plains Model Railroad Club has its sixth annual December Display set up through Dec. 30 at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. in West Plains. There are three large setups with plenty to bring out the kid in everyone and spark the imagination. The display includes a Christmas train that runs through a snowy village, miniature scenes, movie vehicles and a motorized carnival, plus visitors may purchase tickets for a chance to win a starter train set. Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas Eve. The museum will be closed Christmas Day, but the display will be open again from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 26 through 30. Club members promise new things to see on layouts of various sizes and scales, and visitors are invited to look for bears, a sniper and other "hidden" items located in the highly detailed landscapes. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to help pay club costs, and train-related items will be available for purchase. more
Kenneth H. Worthy, 48, West Plains, federally convicted Dec. 6, 2022, of sexual exploitation of a child and distributing child pornography, has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison without parole, followed by 15 years of supervised release. more
A West plains resident recently released from prison and wanted for a felony charge of violation of a lifetime condition of release was taken into custody on a no-bond warrant Dec. 8, according to court records. more
The Richards School Board is set to hold its monthly session at 6 p.m. today in the school boardroom. more
A West Plains woman who allegedly took two vehicles belonging to her deceased boyfriend after his death has been charged with two felony counts of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. more
As the sun shone brightly over the quaint streets of downtown West Plains, the community gathered in anticipation and excitement for the annual Christmas Parade, a hallmark event organized by the West Plains Chamber of Commerce. The event, held on Saturday afternoon unfolded as a testament to the enduring spirit and unity of the town. more
A new 12-week program for business and community program employees and members, aimed at honing leadership skills and community engagement, is set to begin soon in West Plains. more
Ahead of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Quill announces deadlines for the Dec. 23 and 28 print editions. more
There are just a few days left to help make sure all children in Howell County’s rural areas and cities have an opportunity to receive something special for Christmas. more
Two West Plains men, Paul A. Vincent and Kyle G. Wilbanks, have been charged with domestic assault after allegedly choking their girlfriends in incidents that occurred 12 days apart. more
Officials with the West Plains R-7 School District have announced Virginia Uphaus will assume the role of West Plains Elementary School principal for the 2024-2025 school year. Effective July 1, 2024, she will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of current Principal Becky Hutchinson.  more
The Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas parade, themed “The Joys of Christmas,” is set to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, following the downtown-oriented route it took up last year. more
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