The Butler-Parkside house

A temporary restraining order was granted and a hearing is set for Nov. 20 in the ongoing struggle between family, citizens and the city of West Plains in a new development involving the Butler-Parkside House in West Plains.

Barbara Butler, of West Plains, and her daughter, Sonya McDonald, of Springfield, recently filed a temporary restraining order and order setting hearing on preliminary injunction against the city of West Plains, Garry Butler, Randall Butler, Veronica Copeland and Friends of Parkside.

McDonald is a descendant of the Butler family who donated the house to the city in the 1970s.

The restraining order was issued Thursday by Judge Harvey Allen.

The house has been at the center of controversy for several years after the city began discussing removal of the more-than-century-old home in order to make way for more space in the children’s park.

The home, recently condemned because of structural instabilities, was to be removed by either the city or the Friends of Parkside. The temporary restraining order prevents either side from doing anything to the old house.

“The city of West Plains will abide by the stipulations of the injunction.” Todd Shanks, city of West Plains marketing director said.

Barbara Butler was unavailable for comment.

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