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Personnel

Kim Rich
Publisher
Office Phone: 417-469-1167
Email: editor@howellcountynews.com

A Texas County (Mo.) native, publisher Kim Rich founded KDR Publishing LLC in 2000, starting publication of the Howell County News in August 2001. She is a graduate of Cabool High School and holds a bachelor of arts degree in writing from Missouri State University-Springfield.

Rich is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where she served as a print journalist, graduating from the Defense Information School at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., in 1991 as the top Army journalist. She volunteered for deployments to Somalia in December 1992 (Operation Restore Hope) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (Operation Joint Endeavor) in December 1995. In addition to other awards, she was the Print Journalist of the Year for the Department of Defense in 1992.

Rich believes in the importance of community involvement. While living and working for a newspaper chain in Kentucky, she earned the 1997 Economic Development Award from the National Newspaper Association in the weekly category of 6,000 or less circulation for contributions to the community. In Willow Springs, she has served as the vice president and president for the Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce, and was elected to serve as mayor of Willow Springs for a two-year term from 2015 to 2017. The business started the Willow Springs Community Easter Egg Hunt in 2007 and continues to organize and sponsor it today.

Things of the utmost importance to Rich are her beliefs in the freedoms granted in the First and Second Amendments, as well her family and personal faith. The staff believes local governmental bodies should be held to the standards set forth in Missouri’s Sunshine Law, and works to that end when necessary.

Rich enjoys raising plants and gardening, beekeeping, pursuing physical and spiritual fitness, and spending time with her two daughters.

Renee DePriest

A Howell County native, freelance writer Renee DePriest has been involved with the Howell County News since its beginning in August 2001. She holds a bachelor of science degree in organizational communication and a master of science degree in administrative studies-applied communication from Missouri State University-Springfield.

She has served on the Secretary of State’s Council on Library Development, Mountain View Public Library Advisory Board, Friends of the Mountain View Public Library, Mountain View Habitat for Humanity and Financial Counseling Services. She currently chairs the Birch Tree Apostolic Temple, Inc. Trustee Board.

DePriest resides in Mountain View and believes in putting her faith into action wherever she goes.

Rosina Foster

Mailroom manager and delivery assistant Rosina Foster is a single mother of three wonderful children, two boys and a girl. She is a graduate of Willow Springs High School and has worked for Howell County News since 2007.

She is active in the blindness community and in the health and wellness community. Though she says there is never a dull moment with everything going on, she also likes to crochet, make soap, craft and educate others about healthy living. She also loves almost all animals, and says her children are her very breath.

Patty White
Email: patti@howellcountynews.com

Patty White of Willow Springs is the office assistant at the Howell County News office, located at 125 E. Main St., Willow Springs. She assists customers with subscriptions, classifieds and advertising, as well as coordinating legal notices and other items scheduled to go into the weekly product. She further is serving as new media coordinator for the online versions of the Howell County News to include howellcountynews.com and Howell County News on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Before working for the Howell County News, White spent seven years at corporate offices for Wal-Mart in Bentonville, Ark., working as a workers’ compensation claims specialist, transportation flow coordinator and as a buyers’ assistant. She is a Willow Springs, Mo., native and attended Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.

White has been married to Jon White for 44 years. They have two grown children and five grandchildren. They attend First Baptist Church in Willow Springs.

Lisa Durnell
Email: ldurnell1970@gmail.com

Freelance sports writer Lisa Durnell is a 1988 graduate of Liberty High School. After graduation, she pursued a college degree, and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1992 with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural education.

She also attended real estate appraisal school in the summer of 1992, and has been working as a real estate appraiser in the local area since that time. She has experience in both the public and private sectors as such, with 20 years spent as a fee appraiser for lenders and individuals, and eight years spent working for MoDOT in their Right of Way Department.

She has been happily married to a 1985 graduate of Willow Springs High School, Dean Durnell, since 1992. They have two children – Emily, who is a senior at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Ty, who is a senior at WSHS and plans to attend College of the Ozarks in the fall of 2017.

While she describes herself as a busy mom and business owner, she also considers herself just a southern-Missouri farm girl, coming from a long line of beef and dairy farmers. She and her husband now own her grandparents’ former farm located about two miles north of Willow Springs. When she is not appraising real estate or working on the farm, she enjoys cooking, playing the piano, singing, fishing, hunting, and participating in church activities; but she especially enjoys supporting her kids at their academic and extracurricular activities.