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From the Publisher’s Desk: The Quill's Journey Through 2023 and Beyond


As the publisher of the West Plains Daily Quill and West Plains Gazette, I am compelled to reflect on the rollercoaster year of 2023 and share our vision for the future. Change, as we all know, is the only constant, but its embrace does not always come easy. This past year at the Quill has been a testament to that truth.

Our decisions and changes, often met with skepticism and discomfort, were not made lightly. Each step was weighed with the utmost care, keeping the survival and integrity of our beloved publication at the forefront. The world of journalism is rapidly evolving, and in order to remain relevant and serve our community effectively, adaptation was not just a choice but a necessity.

The Quill is more than a newspaper; it's a community pillar, a bridge connecting the diverse voices and stories of West Plains. Our commitment has always been to build and strengthen these connections. In 2024, we are poised to take an ambitious leap forward. The transformation of the Quill's website into a comprehensive West Plains news and information hub is just around the corner. Imagine a digital space where all who frequent it, from lifelong locals to newcomers and visitors, can find everything they need to know about our town at their fingertips.

This vision is inspired by an episode from the classic "The Andy Griffith Show," where a stranger astounds the town by seemingly knowing everything about it — all because he read the local newspaper. We aim to replicate this effect. Our website will be a virtual embodiment of West Plains, capturing the essence of our community, its news, its people, and its heart.

To our loyal readers who have stood by us through this transformative period, your unwavering support cannot be valued enough. Your trust and engagement have been the pillars that upheld our spirit during challenging times. To those who found the changes difficult and chose to step away, we extend a sincere apology. We understand that change can be daunting, and we hope that, with time, we can reconcile and rebuild the bridges that have been strained.

As we step into 2024, we do so with an unwavering commitment to our readers and our community. The Quill is not just a newspaper; it's a reflection of our shared experiences, challenges, and triumphs. It's a platform for dialogue, a beacon of information, and, most importantly, a member of the West Plains family.

Here's to the journey we've shared, the lessons we've learned, and the future we're building together. Here's to our readers, here's to the Quill, and here's to embracing 2024 with open arms and hopeful hearts.

Warm Regards,
Chris Herbolsheimer
West Plains Daily Quill and West Plains Gazette