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**Italicized items denote updates on business practices and hours as stores reopen in Missouri.**

Thursday, November 19, 2020

  • The West Plains Optimist Club will be hosting their Craft Fair December 5, 2020 form 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds.  More information can be found at

Friday, November 13, 2020

  • It is with great regret that the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area cancels the Breakfast with Santa event on December 12, 2020.This year has been a trying time for everyone, including ourselves. On that front, we want to take every precaution to ensure the safety and well being of everyone involved (volunteers, members, parents, children, and our partnering organizations, etc.).

    We are in discussions on how to best provide a meaningful event that could be member specific and take place in the members’ respective rooms during club hours.

    We encourage you to monitor our social media page for additional information and updates as we near the holiday season.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Face Coverings Now Required in City Buildings.  To help ensure the safety of City of West Plains staff and its citizens, face coverings must now be worn by any member of the public visiting City buildings.  City-owned buildings include West Plains City Hall (including the Police Department), the West Plains Civic Center, the Jimmie Carroll Sports Complex, the North Terra Golf Pro Shop, the West Plains Public Library, West Plains Animal Control, West Plains Regional Airport, all West Plains Fire Stations, the Transfer Station, and Recycling. Those riding in the City transit buses must also wear face masks.  Disposable masks will be made available to any citizen who does not have their own face covering.  City Administrator Tom Stehn said the City is requiring face coverings to help combat the spreading of COVID in the community, in addition to protecting the health and safety of citizens and City staff.
  • New Rules in Place for Youth Sports at Jimmie Carroll Sports Complex.  New rules for youth sports are now in place at the Jimmie Carroll Sports Complex to help prevent the spread of the COVID virus.  Effective this Friday, October, 16, the guidelines for attending and participating in games at the Complex are as follows:

    There will be a limit of 40 spectators per team, which will be done through a voucher system. Coaches for each team will receive 40 vouchers to give to his/her team’s fans, and anyone without a voucher will not be allowed to come into the Complex. This is being done to keep the building occupancy at 25 percent and seating occupancy at 40 percent to allow fans to spread out.

    Face coverings are now required at all times by spectators. Players and coaches must wear masks until they are on their bench, and then they can be removed.

    Spectators are discouraged from bringing siblings or small children, who also must have vouchers to enter the Complex. Children that attend must sit on the bleachers with their parents and cannot run around common areas.

    There will be a green and red light posted outside the Complex that will indicate when spectators and teams can enter the Complex. This will allow staff to sanitize bleachers between games and prevent overcrowding before and after games.

    Spectators must sign in and sit only on their team’s side to allow for possible contact tracing.

    The middle row of the bleachers will be blocked off to allow for more space between spectators. Spectators are asked to sit with their family unit and to keep some distance between themselves and others.

    Once a game is finished, players and spectators will exit out the back door to the parking lot. There will be no handshakes, high fives, or mingling of players from other teams after games have ended.

    The rules were developed based on guidelines from the city, county, and other sports venues and organizations across the nation.  Parks employees will be on hand to enforce the rules and is asking for the public’s patience and understanding during games.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  • Burton Creek Rural Clinic is now offering Rapid COVID-19 testing while supplies last.  No appointment is necessary.  Their hours are Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 805 N Kentucky Ave.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

  • West Plains Council on the Arts is sorry to announce we will not have a Community Messiah Sing in 2020. We hope to host this event next year, directed by Larry Dame, and scheduled for Sunday, November 7, 2021, 2:30 PM, at the First Presbyterian Church, 112 Aid Ave., West Plains, Missouri.
  • AmVets Post 98 is open today.  Please note the following changes.
    •  Employees will be wearing masks for a period of time as determined by the health dept. Please keep in mind these masks are hot so bring a light jacket so we can help accomodate our bartenders with the temperature inside the post.
    • Masks will be available for those who wish to use one inside the post. Be respectful of everyone regardless if they choose to mask or not to mask.
    • EVERYONE entering the post will be required to have temp checked. Any temperature over 99 will be asked to leave.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

  • The West Plains Christian Clinic has fully resumed services for patients in need of medical care and medications. While patient visits were restricted over the past six months, the clinic staff continued to monitor our patients’ medication needs and provide the necessary refills previously ordered by Doctors and FNP’s for current patients.Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, you may see some changes in access to the clinic activity in our effort to comply with FEMA and OMC regulations.

    Should you have questions regarding clinic visits, or if you have a question about your medications, you can call the clinic at 417-256-9722 and leave a message. Our volunteer staff continues to monitor all calls on a regular basis.

Monday, October 5, 2020

  • The MSU-WP Campus will be closed Thursday, October 8, 2020 and Friday, October 9, 2020 for fall break and deep cleaning of classrooms and common use areas.  This includes all offices throughout the West Plains Campus.  Classes will resume Monday, October 12, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

  • The organizers for the South Central Missouri Trunk or Treat regret that this year’s celebration will have to be cancelled. For the past seventeen years our community has been a great support for this annual canned food drive. We will miss seeing all the children, the local vendors, and all who have come to love this event at the West Plains Civic Center.
    Although we won’t have an official day for donating canned food to support the families of Riverways Hospice and the Elks’ Christmas for Kids programs, please keep in mind that these organizations are continuing their services and are in need of community support. For those families who are experiencing the loss of a loved one many unexpected supplies are needed. Any contribution to help alleviate the burdens for these families is greatly appreciated. Donations can be mailed to Southwest Missouri Trunk or Treat, 7505 State Route ZZ, West Plains, MO 65775. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you in October 2021!
  • The West Plains Optimist Club Holiday Craft Fair that was scheduled to take place December 4-6th inside the West Plains Civic Center has been cancelled. The capacity limitations being placed on events at the West Plains Civic Center will not allow us to safely and effectively host the event and maintain required social distancing requirements.  If anyone has questions concerning the event, please contact the Craft Fair Coordinators, Kurt or Tara Wilbanks at (417) 255-3584 (Kurt) or (417) 372-3584 (Tara).

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

  • From West Plains Schools: COVID-19 exposure levels and positive cases continue to rise in Howell County and in our community. The district is experiencing an increase in student absences as well as students and staff on quarantine. As a result of the feedback from our community and staff, we are changing to a hybrid learning model for grades 7-12.
    The West Plains School District Board of Education approved the hybrid learning model for grades 7-12 to begin on Monday, September 14, 2020, for the remainder of the first semester. The ability to group by grade, restrict common areas and social distance make it possible for our preschool- 6th grade students to remain on site. The structure of education in grades 7-12 does not allow for grouping by grades.
    To best prepare for this process, students in grades 7-12 will not report to school on September 8-11, 2020. Preschool-6th grade students will report and continue to learn in the classroom. This will enable the district to modify schedules, procedures, and allow our instructors to prepare for the hybrid learning model.
    In the hybrid learning model, students will be placed into two groups – Group A and Group B. The determination on the exact groupings, will be based on student data. The grouping information will be communicated on Tuesday, September 8. Every effort will be made to keep family units on the same schedule if that is preferred by the family. Group A will attend classes on campus on Monday and Wednesday and will participate in remote learning from home Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Group B will attend on Tuesday and Thursday and will participate in remote learning from home Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This allows for smaller class sizes and social distancing. For remote learning, students will have access to quality teacher instructed curriculum and assignments. Instructors will also post relevant supplemental materials to support students with instructional delivery of content.
    Chromebooks were distributed to all high school students earlier this week. Students in grades 7 and 8 will receive a Chromebook on September 14 & 15. The district is currently using Google Classroom as our cloud based learning platform.  The website has been created to help guide parents with this online management system.
    The district will provide additional information regarding meals, transportation, extracurricular, and co-curricular activities on Tuesday, September 8. Please know, the district is constantly evaluating the safety of our students. The district will continue to provide communication to our parents and community. You can view the district’s Return to Learn plan here.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

  • Pruett’s Pool and Spa’s Office hours will be Monday and Friday from 8am to 5pm. They will be closed on Saturday’s following Labor Day. This is due to COVID imposed restrictions (not positive cases) which limit the number of staff. Therefore, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are reserved for pool closings and repairs. Chemicals or supplies can be delivered for free when in your area. The store is curbside pickup only. Call (417)257-7665 and leave a message.  They will return the call ASAP.

Monday, August 31, 2020

  • Community First Banking Company will close their lobbies starting September 1, 2020 due to an increase in COVID activity.  For anyone needing within the bank lobby, please call to schedule an appointment.
  • The Glass Sword Cinema 6 will reopen this Friday, September 4, 2020 with new releases.  Due to COVID-19 tickets will be limited, masks will be required and a temperature check will be conducted at the door.

Friday, August 28, 2020

  • The Harlin Museum will reopen to the public on Saturday’s only starting in September.