Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
The 30th year of the festival celebrating the music and traditions of the Ozark Highlands took place in downtown West Plains over two days this weekend, June 7 and 8.
Nobody knew who Willow Springs was when the Lady Bears clawed their way to the Final Four of the Class 2 State Tournament. The team came home with the fourth-place trophy, and four players earned All-State honors.   
Howell County News/Laura Wagner
Flooding disrupted early morning commuters in Mountain View just a few short weeks after an E3 tornado ripped through the town. Approximately 4.8 to 8 inches fell between Saturday, June 8 and the early morning hours of Sunday, June 9.
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
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Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
Howell County News/Nate Hudson
Howell County News/Laura Wagner
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
The 30th year of the festival celebrating the music and traditions of the Ozark Highlands took place in downtown West Plains over two days this weekend, June 7 and 8. The season’s first taste of summer weather set the stage for lemonade sipping and listening to music in the open air. 
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The City of Mountain View celebrated their pool opening recently. Pictured above, left to right: Pool Manager Kayla Zimmerman, Patti Hubbard with MO Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant, Jim Jenkins (City Council member from 1980 when pool was built), Operations Manager Eddie Owens, Mayor...
Howell County News/ Amanda Mendez
A formerly vacant Main Street building should be filled with the sights and tastes of Italy by midsummer. A Willow Springs family has purchased and is restoring the former Masonic Lodge in the hope of opening a restaurant, The Pasta Place, by mid-July.    Owner Carol Carlson took Howell...
Howell County News/Nate Hudson
The Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association's (HOBA) 41st Annual Spring Bluegrass Festival was held over the weekend and drew one of the largest crowds in recent years. The festival is held at the HOBA Bluegrass Park off Lanton Road in West Plains.   “The turnout has been, probably, one of...
The Howell County Commission approved a bid for a courtroom audio system upgrade and a yearly grant proposal for emergency management funding. The courtroom audio bids were tabled during the previous week's meetings.   On Monday, Howell County Circuit Court Clerk Cynthia Lee joined the...
A Salem, AR man did not survive a two-semi collision that took place on US Highway 63 four miles south of West Plains last Wednesday. Roy A. Martin, 55, crossed the center line at 4:37 p.m. in a Kenworth T800, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported. He collided with a northbound Peterbilt 379...
Nobody knew who Willow Springs was when the Lady Bears clawed their way to the Final Four of the Class 2 State Tournament. The team came home with the fourth-place trophy, and four players earned All-State honors.    Madelyn Fair, Emma Spence, Aleisha Shanks, and Khila Smith are the Lady...
The driver of a semi-truck has received charges for a 2022 multi-vehicle crash that killed a West Plains woman and her two children. Clayton Lane Rainwater, age 23, of Newark, Arkansas, is charged with three counts of felony involuntary manslaughter in the first degree and one count of felony...
Howell County News/Laura Wagner
Flooding disrupted early morning commuters in Mountain View just a few short weeks after an E3 tornado ripped through the town. Approximately 4.8 to 8 inches fell between Saturday, June 8 and the early morning hours of Sunday, June 9.   At 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 9 the Mountain View Police...
An SUV overturned into a tractor-trailer head-on Friday afternoon outside Cabool. The occupants of the SUV both died in the crash. Driver LaRae English, 31, of Bridgeport, AL, and passenger Christopher J. Thomas, 42, of Cowan, TN, were both wearing seatbelts at the time of crash, reports Missouri...

Sports

Despite the weather not being agreeable for golf the last few weeks, leagues have finally started playing on Monday and Tuesday. Monday, June 3 - Church League Team 1 with a score of 4 under...
 
 

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