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(West Plains) – Howell County 911 has released their monthly call summary for February. Brett Stevens has more:

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(Jefferson City) – 33rd District Senator Mike Cunningham recently discussed Senate Resolution 200, which urges the governor to not issue bonds for a stadium without legislative or voter approval.

Cunningham says that many Missourians are worried about paying for something that would only benefit St. Louis:

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Senator Cunningham adds $600 million was approved for bonding projects last year:

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Cunningham serves on the Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy, and the Environment committee, as well as the Veteran’s Affairs committee, the Fiscal Oversight committee, and the Election committee.

(MSU-West Plains photo)

(West Plains) – A local author has released his newest collection of poetry.

Dave Malone’s newest poetry volume, “O: Love Poems of the Ozarks”, was released in February by T.S. Poetry Press, and is available at Amazon, Ozark book stores, and major distributors.

Dave Malone is currently writing the history of Ottawa University, Kansas, his alma mater. An editor and filmmaker, his work has been aired on NPR and featured in numerous journals and publications, including “Every Day Poems”, “San Pedro River Review”, and “Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozark Studies”. This is his sixth volume of poetry.

Learn more about Dave at

(West Plains) – Missouri State University-West Plains’ study away program in China will be the topic of the next Friends of the Garnett Library monthly luncheon meeting Friday, March 13, on the Missouri State-West Plains campus.

Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Dennis Lancaster will discuss details about the semester-long program at Liaoning Normal University in Dalian, China, and the impact study away programs have on student learning.

The luncheon and meeting will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms 104 and 105 on the lower level of the Lybyer Technology Center. Parking is available in the lot off Cass Avenue on the north side of the building.

The cost of the meal is $10, and is payable at the door. Those wishing to eat are asked to make a reservation by calling 417-255-7940 or emailing by Tuesday, March 10.

For more information about Friends of the Garnett Library, visit the organization’s website on or call 417-255-7940.

(Jefferson City) – The group Women Legislators of Missouri are encouraging young Missouri women set to graduate from high school to apply for a $500 college scholarship.

Each year, the group selects one student from each of Missouri’s congressional districts to receive the award. Members hope to spread the word about the scholarship opportunity so that female students from all parts of the state will apply.

The Women Legislators of Missouri Caucus created the senior scholarship program to provide financial assistance to students on the basis of leadership, academics and community service. Candidates must fill out an application and are required to submit a 500-word essay answering the question, “If you were a state legislator, what would you hope to accomplish and why?”

A link to download the scholarship is located at The submission deadline is Thursday, March 19.

The group will select recipients and then a hold a reception in their honor on Monday, April 27 at the State Capitol. Following the reception, the scholarships will be presented to the recipients in the Missouri House Chamber.

For further information, contact 573-751-5388 or 573-751-1490.

(Columbia) (AP) – The Boone County Sheriff’s Department has identified two shooting victims and a man who was shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy during the weekend.

The department says in a news release that 53-year-old Deborah Koontz and her 51-year-old brother, Donald Wilson, were shot to death Saturday night near Columbia. A third man, 44-year-old Willie Mays, was hospitalized with a gunshot wound.

The suspect in the shootings, 28-year-old Cornelius Parker, was pursued by Boone County deputies. Boone County authorities Parker died after he got out of his vehicle and exchanged gunfire with a deputy.

Parker lived with the three victims but investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting.

The 32-year-old deputy involved in shooting has over 11 years in law enforcement.

(Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)

(Greene Co. Sheriff’s Office)

(Springfield) (AP) – A Springfield man is accused of throwing a rock that shattered a patrol car’s windshield and then kicking a police officer during an arrest.

The Springfield News-Leader reports 32-year-old Jason Alexander is charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and property damage.

According to a probable cause statement, officers found Alexander intoxicated in a parking garage Feb. 12 in downtown Springfield and told him to leave. Alexander initially refused to leave, but later left. As officers were leaving in their patrol car, Alexander threw two large rocks, with one breaking the windshield.

The statement says Alexander resisted arrest by kicking and punching an officer. He was booked into Greene County Jail on a $7,500 bond. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

Across the front, your left to right: Drew Bledsoe, Chase Allen, Jayden Wiley, and Noah Collins. Back row: Bradley Sloniker, Dylan Hathcock, and Josh Lowry. (provided)

Across the front, your left to right: Drew Bledsoe, Chase Allen, Jayden Wiley, and Noah Collins. Back row: Bradley Sloniker, Dylan Hathcock, and Josh Lowry. (provided)

(Willow Springs) – The West Plains High School chess team took 1st place in the Willow Springs Chess Tournament on Saturday, February 21.

Individual winners were Kyle Seeley – 3rd place, Ben Holt – 9th place and Dylan Hathcock -10th place. Members of the chess team include Kyle Seeley, Ben Holt, Dylan Hathcock, Noah Collins, Drew Bledsoe, Josh Lowry, Bradley Sloniker, Jayden Wiley, and Chase Allen.

(Houston) – Due to the tragedy that occurred in the Tyrone community last week, the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce has canceled the March 3 meeting.

Brenda Jarrett, executive director of the Chamber, says that the next regular luncheon will take place on April 7.

(Jefferson City) – Representative Robert Ross (R-Yukon) issued a statement on Monday on the Thursday shootings in the Texas County community of Tyrone.

“While this is typically an opportunity that I take to report on measures working their way through our political process, the recent events of late last week are on the forefront of my (and our community’s) mind. At the outset I would like to say “Thank You” to our Coroner, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services personnel for the work that they do on a daily basis, in a continual effort to keep us safe.

On the heels of just having received news about our Auditor Tom Schweich the previous day, I awoke early Friday morning to phone calls checking on my family’s well-being and details of this horrific situation. Although we know more now than was initially reported, a better understanding does not replace what has been taken from our communities. While these events occurred in/around Tyrone, they also directly affect Eunice, Yukon, Cabool, Licking, Summersville, Houston, Mountain View, Willow Springs; and our entire state. To make this situation more personal, these individuals were either family, friends, or neighbors that many of us have known our entire lives. We should continue praying for those affected, and be willing to assist/lend a hand in any way that we’re able.

In a time of crisis, there are always those that will attempt to use tragic events to advance their agenda, which is a despicable but unfortunate reality. In similar fashion to the phony businesses that descended upon Joplin following the tornado, or some of the ridiculous stories that have been printed purporting to explain Tom Schweich’s death, or the parallel statements made nationally concerning the recent murders here in Texas County; we should all be aware that this is coming and that evil/unscrupulous people can be found anywhere, waiting for an opportunity to take advantage of good people for their own corrupted motives.

We will never be able to change the events that recently occurred, and how the media at-large will associate this tragedy with our area. While this may receive the bulk of the media coverage, these individuals represent a tiny fraction of the actual populace, and a deeper look would reveal the truth of neighbor helping neighbor, caring for each other in a time of need, of which there are many examples as a direct result of these tragic events. If we choose to succumb to the fear precipitated by senseless acts such as this, evil wins. Regardless of the headlines drafted to sell newspapers, or the phrases used to drive web traffic; make no mistake that this is a defining moment in our community. I’ve said before that this is the best place in the world to live, and I would continue to argue the point. The caring, helpful, and giving virtues are what truly DEFINE us in this area; and we cannot, will not let that change. It’s up to each of us to continue that legacy.

Next week we’ll discuss matters of public policy, which seemingly matter so much less at times such as these.”

Ross represents the 142nd district, which covers Houston, Mountain View, Cabool, and Tyrone.