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Rayetta A. Wiggs, 49, West Plains, has been charged with first-degree assault, resulting in injury or involving a special victim, and third-degree assault on a special victim after allegedly kicking a pregnant emergency medical technician (EMT) in the abdomen and lower back, and punching a second EMT. more
A former West Plains lawyer, Schuyler Laverentz, has been suspended from practicing law for two years after the Missouri Supreme Court found he violated several rules of professional conduct. The decision was based on the testimony and opinion offered by members of the state's Disciplinary Hearing Panel and the testimony of Laverentz, who represented himself at the hearing. more
The Howell County Sheriff's Office has confirmed to the Quill that Levi D. Gunter, 42, West Plains, is the deceased man found Jan. 29 on a Howell County property. more
Excitement is building as the April 8 total solar eclipse approaches, presenting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Ozarks. While the path of the eclipse stretches from Texas to Maine across the U.S., West Plains has the good fortune of being in the middle of it all and with totality surpassing three minutes. more
In the heart of West Plains, a narrative unfolds that binds the aspirations of its youth with the leadership of Gov. Mike Parson. This story is not just about policies and state addresses; it's a testament to the power of education, mentorship and the spirit of individuals like Joan Dietrich, affectionately known as "Mama Joan," whose dedication to the Jobs for America's Graduates (J.A.G.) program at West Plains High School has illuminated paths for countless students. more
The final three candidates for the next president of Missouri State University will take part in a series of open forums across the university system in February, officials announce.  more
The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (MAPA) recently recognized 154th District Rep. David Evans, West Plains, chair of the Missouri House Judiciary Committee, as MAPA’s 2023 Legislative Champion. more
With law enforcement citing excessive speed and the presence of narcotics discovered as part of a crash investigation, a West Plains man has been charged by a grand jury with first-degree involuntary manslaughter relating to a fatal crash in May 2023. more
In what Ozarks Healthcare officials describe as “a powerful demonstration of community spirit,” employees of Wood & Huston Bank in West Plains teamed up to raise $3,221.85 for the OZH Mobile Mammography Unit. more
Where is the best place to buy that special someone a dozen roses? Where is the best place to go when you’re craving some barbecue or an adult beverage? What nonprofit do you think does the most for our communities? more
Two West Plains residents have each been charged with two counts of second-degree drug trafficking and a count of keeping or maintaining a public nuisance after a narcotics search warrant was executed by the West Plains Police Department Jan. 23 at a home on Allen Street. more
As the April 8 total solar eclipse approaches, the community is stepping forward to help make the “Party in the Path,” which is focused on the eclipse and planned to be a fun and memorable event. Support for the event comes from those who are volunteering to assist with the festivities, set for April 5 through 8, and the businesses sponsoring individual activities. more
Former Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann has been selected for induction to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame with the Class of 2024. more
The organizers of this spring's annual cystic fibrosis fundraising concert have announced the headliner for the event, country artist Sara Evans, a Missouri native and the first female performer to be scheduled in the concert’s 36-year history. more
West Plains R-7 school board members voted on Jan. 16 to continue with early-release Fridays for the foreseeable future after weighing the pros and cons, including bringing the district's calendar more in line with surrounding rural K-8 schools and the likelihood of teachers would losing lesson planning and collaboration time if early-release Fridays were eliminated. more
The Missouri State University Board of Governors has approved three finalists to be considered as the next president of the university. more
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