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Willard wrestler comes home from the hospital after months-long battle with the flu  KY3

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Willard High School student athlete who fought for his life after getting the flu is finally home. He spent nearly five months in the ...

American Red Cross partners with Willard High School to honor Michael Finely

WILLARD, Mo.-- The American Red Cross will host a blood drive in honor of Michael Finely on Monday, June 3, 2019, at Willard High School. Back in March he ...

Willard, Mo. teen released from hospital after 4-month battle with the flu  KY3

A Willard high school student who got the flu and ended up in a battle for his life is now out of the hospital. Michael Finley Jr., 18, was hospitalized for four ...

False school shooter alarm in Missouri shows it’s time to arm teachers  Kansas City Star

The school has false alarms of different kinds all the time. This time the teachers took it a lot more seriously but instead of following any sort of organized protocol ...

Willard High Students Write Play on Life of Milly Sawyers

WILLARD, Mo. - Theater students at Willard High School collaborated to write a script on the life of freed Springfield slave Milly Sawyers, that earned them the ...

Beloved Willard HS assistant coach dies in hunting accident  USA TODAY High School Sports

A former standout athlete and beloved Willard (Mo.) High School assistant coach died Saturday in a hunting accident, the head football coach confirmed.

A pig named 'Bacon' blamed for fire at Willard High School agriculture building  KY3

A agricultural teacher quickly put out the fire before firefighters arrived.

Willard wrestler continues to fight after receiving lung transplant  KY3

Michael Finley, a junior at Willard High School, continues to fight after receiving a lung transplant Sunday.

UPDATE: Willard wrestler makes progress after lung transplant  KY3

WILLARD, Mo. -- Michael Finley, a junior at Willard High School and a member of the wrestling team, is making progress after a lung transplant in April. He stood ...

Shelby Sherman Bradley | Free  Buffalo Reflex

On Saturday, August 17, 2019, Shelby Sherman Bradley, loving husband and beloved uncle, passed away in Fair Grove, MO at the age of 80. Shelby was born ...

Willard High School choir director resigns after settlement with district  KY3

WILLARD, Mo. -- The director of Willard High School's choir has resigned. We have learned Jerry Scott and the district agreed on a settlement following his ...

Willard High choir teacher explains resignation, his plan to 'move forward'  Springfield News-Leader

Jerry Scott plans to take a year off from the classroom. The award-winning Willard High School choir director who agreed to resign — six weeks after he was ...

Beloved Willard assistant coach dies in hunting accident  Springfield News-Leader

Officials say they were called out to an area north of Cave Spring just after 3:30 p.m..

2018-19 Winter Preview: Willard Boys Basketball  Ozarks Sports Zone

By Kai Raymer (For Two of the area's top juniors lead the way for defending district champion Willard. Forward Daniel Abreu ...

Willard H.S. choir teacher resigns as part of settlement with district  Springfield News-Leader

Jerry Scott, the award-winning choir director at Willard High School placed on paid leave in late March, is no longer fighting to keep his job. Scott agreed to ...

In national spotlight, Willard elementary jubilant over honor 'years in the making'  Springfield News-Leader

Willard Central Elementary Principal Shane Medlin acknowledged there was a time, a handful of years ago, when fewer than 30 percent of students met state ...

UPDATE: Willard Middle School evacuated due to explosive threat  KY3

WILLARD, Mo. UPDATE: Willard Fire Chief Ken Scott tells us a student came to school and reported that he had a chemical bomb in a small thermos.

Willard High School gains new principal from St. Louis area  Springfield News-Leader

Curt Graves, the current Willard High School principal, has been named assistant superintendent in Crawford County.

U.S. 160 project to widen deadly roads begins July 15  Springfield News-Leader

Construction to widen a stretch of road, that many have argued is dangerous, will begin later this month, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Willard students — all 4,600 of them — take part in revamped fall homecoming parade  Springfield News-Leader

Willard Superintendent Matt Teeter said the goal of the homecoming parade was to promote unity and school spirit.

"First time anything crazy has happened": Students react to bomb scare at Willard Middle School  KSPR

WILLARD, Mo. Scary moments at an Ozarks middle school Thursday morning. Students at Willard Middle School were cleared out after a potential bomb scare.

Willard & Harrison split to open Tri-State Classic  Ozarks Sports Zone

By Angie Brushwood (for Willard, MO – Willard and Harrison faced each other in the CoxHealth/Willard High School Tri-State ...

High school hoops roundup: Catholic boys, Lady Indians, Lady Mountaineers crowned district champs  Springfield News-Leader

District champions were crowned on Saturday across southwest Missouri as teams from around the area advanced to sectional tournaments. The Strafford Lady ...

Popular assistant high school coach dies in hunting accident  KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis

WILLARD, Mo. - Officials say a southwest Missouri high school coach has died in a hunting accident. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 24-year-old ...

Willard High choir teacher, on paid leave, fights to keep job  Springfield News-Leader

The award-winning director of vocal music at Willard High School is fighting to keep his job — and he is garnering a lot of support. Jerry Scott, hired by Willard ...

2018 Spring Preview: Willard Baseball  Ozarks Sports Zone

By Kary Booher (For Considering the Willard High School baseball team graduated nine seniors – including six starters – you might ...

Willard vs. Vermilion: Crimson Flashes hand Sailors first SBC loss this season  The Morning Journal

What was built up to be a Sandusky Bay Conference heavyweight matchup turned into a physical and choppy affair as Willard handed Vermilion its first loss in ...

Willard Teen Wins Local Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A Willard teenager has been awarded one of the highest honors a Boys and Girls Club member can receive.

Prayer at Willard graduation spurs seniors to demand apology from superintendent  Springfield News-Leader

A group of Willard High School seniors demanded a public apology after Superintendent Kent Medlin credited his "savior," quoted the Bible, and asked the ...

West Plains Speech and Debate takes 11th at Willard TournamentOzark Radio News  Ozark Radio News

WILLARD, Mo. — The Zizzer Speech and Debate team competed at Willard High School on October 20-21. In the Varsity division, the team placed 9th overall; ...

Student Who Survived School Shooting Scare: Arm Teachers Now  Breitbart

Bradley Scott responded to the lockdown falsely sounded in Willard High School by calling for armed teachers in the event of a real attack.

US 160 improvements will include 4-lanes and 4 roundabouts between Willard and Springfield  KY3

Willard, Mo. After 40 years of on again-off again talking and planning, construction is closer than ever before on an expanded US 160. The upgrades are set to ...

Willard students plan protest to demand return of choir teacher  Springfield News-Leader

Jerry Scott, director of vocal music in Willard, has been a teacher for 26 years. He previously worked in Polk County.

Willard community named one of nation's best for music education — again  Springfield News-Leader

The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation recently named Willard, Liberty as among best in nation.

Willard high school student impressive in a race car  Springfield News-Leader

Rarely do young race-car drivers show an ability to run near the front and do so while demonstrating respect for veteran competitors.

High School Sports: Late change leaves Purdy a coach short (8/22/18)  Cassville Democrat

A dream job opening has left the Purdy school district searching for a boys basketball coach. On Monday, the school board voted to let Jeremy Dresslaer out of ...

Willard superintendent suspended for graduation prayer  Springfield News-Leader

Kent Medlin, superintendent of Willard, was suspended with pay following the graduation.

Major shake-up: Willard schools will have 5 new leaders on July 1  Springfield News-Leader

The Willard school leadership team is experiencing a major shake-up as two top officials retire and two others accept leadership positions — including a ...

Willard coach fired  Norwalk Reflector

WILLARD — After a Willard school board session that resulted in 45 minutes of a closed-door session, 30 minutes of audience members voicing their opinions ...

Town Profile: Willard  417mag

Friendly townspeople, a few eateries and a booming school scene add charming appeal to the small town of Willard.

'I Came…to Graduate, Not Go to Church': High School Seniors Demand Apology After Superintendent's Alleged God Comments  CBN News

A group of recent high school graduates are demanding an apology after their school superintendent reportedly invoked prayer, the Bible and his “savior” during ...

Lebanon wins inaugural district girls wrestling team title  Ozarks Sports Zone

Nixa hosted one of four district girls wrestling tournaments that were the first in state history this weekend. While it may have been the first MSHSAA sanctioned ...

Sports Commission Awards to honor top southwest Missouri high school athletes and teams

Nearly 150 athletes from southwest Missouri high schools – along with 26 teams, including in marching band, cheerleading and dance – soon will be honored in ...

MoDOT plans expansion on US 160 from Springfield to Willard  KY3

It's been on MoDOT's list for two decades with many Willard residents pushing for the improvement.

Athlete of the Week: Houston Johnson, Willard  Ozarks Sports Zone

By Justin Sampson (Ozarks Sports Zone). WILLARD, Mo. — It's been 30 years since Fred Johnson was dazzling fans in Martinsburg, Mo., a town northeast of ...

Willard lineman Merrill verbals to Missouri State  Springfield News-Leader

Missouri State's offer to Willard High School football standout Forrest Merrill apparently still stands despite a change in the coach's office. Merrill — an imposing ...

Hickman baseball defeats Willard on walk-off error  Columbia Missourian

Hickman defeated Willard 3-2 on a walk-off error in the bottom of the seventh inning. Senior Dakota Solomon came up clutch with three strikeouts and the ...

2019 Spring Preview: Ash Grove Baseball  Ozarks Sports Zone

By Kary Booher (For For some coaches, they usually avoid putting the “leadership” tag on high school players who are not seniors or ...

Willard selects teen with Down syndrome as prom king  Springfield News-Leader

A week before prom, Spencer Buttram confided in a friend that he had a secret wish. He wanted to be prom king. It did not occur to the popular, outgoing Willard ...

Lexington's magical season comes to an end in regional semifinal loss to Sandusky  Mansfield News Journal

The wild ride is over. The Lexington Minutemen saw their magical season come to an end in the regional semifinal in a 56-12 loss to Sandusky.

A-State announces additions to 2019 recruiting class  KATV

Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson announced Wednesday the addition of four high school standouts and two junior college transfers to the ...

Details for widening deadly stretch of U.S. 160 near Willard taking shape  Springfield News-Leader

After years of pleas from the public, the Missouri Department of Transportation is set to improve a deadly stretch of U.S. 160 between Springfield and Willard.

Pokin Around: A mother's lament; the memory of her son  Springfield News-Leader

Pokin Around: 'The one thing a mother will protect even more than her child is the memory of her child'

High school Athlete of the Year award winners named  Springfield News-Leader

Hunter Yeargan of Willard and Brooke Stanfield of Republic were honored Thursday as the Athlete of the Year Award winners at the second ever News-Leader ...

Three Willard grads get call from US military academies  Springfield News-Leader

Ozark North Elementary students collect citizenship awards.

Willard to host Veterans Day Parade; will there be one in Springfield?  Springfield News-Leader

The nearby city of Willard will be home to the 2017 Western Greene County Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 4.

Travel Agent Sentenced in Willard High School Band Fraud Scheme  Kansas City infoZine

A Travel Agent Was Sentenced in Federal Court Today for Stealing $360000 from the Willard High School Band Boosters, Which Forced the Cancellation of a ...

Three killed in weekend hunting accidents during opening of deer season  kttn

Three deaths reported as hunting accidents in Missouri over the weekend are under investigation with one fatal incident near Atlanta. The Macon County ...

In memory of 'Mr. Nick,' fundraising for inclusive Springfield playground tops $84K  Springfield News-Leader

Nick Hostler, a special education teacher at McBride Elementary, wanted a place where students of all physical abilities can play together.

Business Spotlight: Modern Muscle Gain  Springfield Business Journal

“I want to train business executives and soccer moms.” That sentence most likely never popped into Matt Reynolds' head while working on his master's degree ...

Greene County restaurant inspections  Springfield News-Leader

See the latest results from Greene County restaurant inspections.

Pokin Around: Here's scoop on what just might be nation's best Victorian Ladies Drill team  Springfield News-Leader

Members of the Midtown Victorian Ladies Drill Team march in Springfield's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade in 2018. (Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader).

Evangelist 'will not be invited back' to Bolivar schools after off-script comments  Springfield News-Leader

A parent raised questions after the Bolivar school district hired an evangelist to speak to students. Bob Holmes, known as the "one man volleyball team," was ...

School bus accident reminder of road widening project  Springfield News-Leader

Willard students moved from a school bus that was reportedly involved in a non-injury crash.

Missouri S&T awards Chancellor's Scholarships  Missouri S&T News and Research

Missouri S&T awarded Chancellor's Scholarships to 18 high school seniors for the 2018-19 academic year. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be ...

Carolyn Jeanette Miller | Obituaries  Christian County Headliner News

Funeral: 11 a.m. Dec. 29, at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Burial followed in Patterson Cemetery, Springfield. Visitation: 5-7 p.m., also at the funeral home.

Hello, November!  Springfield News-Leader

Plenty of events will keep Ozarkers busy as the weather cools and holidays near.

Drury wrestler shot in hunting accident

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Freshman Drury University wrestler Donovan Benetti has been shot in the abdomen in a hunting accident. University athletics ...

McBride Elementary mourns loss of SPS special education teacher 'Mr. Nick'  Springfield News-Leader

Nick Hostler, a former gymnast and college-level cheerleader, was entering his third year as a special education teacher at McBride.

HS boys basketball: Glendale vs Webb City  USA TODAY High School Sports

Glendale High School guard Zachary Helm (5) shoots the ball past a leaping Webb City High School guard Payton Guiot (4) during first quarter action of the ...

March For Our Lives in Springfield attracts many from across the Ozarks  KY3

SPRINGFIELd, Mo. -- Across the nation students, parents and politicians showed up for March for Our Lives rallies. In the Ozarks, Springfield's Park Central ...

12 southwest Missourians to contend for high school wrestling state titles  Springfield News-Leader

The Missouri high school state wrestling championship matches are set to take place Saturday at 6 p.m. in Columbia.

5 reasons not to miss the Christmas parade  Springfield News-Leader

It's definitely time for the Christmas parade. All the elements are in place. It's December, there are festive floats and marching bands and Santa waiting to appear, ...

USA Boxing returning to Springfield  Ozarks Sports Zone

Springfield — This Saturday night, Smitty's Mid-West Boxing Gym will present Always Ready to Rumble 5. The event will be held at the American Legion Post ...

High school male and female athletes of the year named  Springfield News-Leader

Editor's note: This story was originally published on June 4. Strafford's Dallas Hester and Hillcrest's Kelsie Cleeton were honored Thursday as the Athletes of the ...

Sample ballot for Tuesday's election  Springfield News-Leader

See the official listing of candidates and issues for voters.

Coach Profile of the Week: Chris Herron | Sports  Washburn Review

The volleyball team is having a record season this year, going 19-0 since the year began. They have had two big upset wins over Nebraska Kearney and ...

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame announces 2018 inductees  The Rolla Daily News

Former St. Louis Cardinal Rick Ankiel and three high school coaches – the late Howard Bell, Centralia's Jill Angel and Ozark's Mike Essick – can call themselves ...

Business Spotlight: Take it as a Sign  Springfield Business Journal

Losing his job in 2008 turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Joshua Hill, owner of graphic design business Slingshot Creative LLC. The Rogersville man ...

Day 2: Missouri high school state wrestling tournament  Springfield News-Leader

Missouri State High School Activities Association Wrestling Championships. Day 2 results from Mizzou Arena, Columbia. Semifinal results. CLASS 1.

Holderbaum readies for new venture as Carthage AD  Joplin Globe

Mark Holderbaum has held athletic administration positions at six different school districts during his 30 years of athletic and education experience.

Willard choir wins top prize at Worlds of Fun Choir Festival  Springfield News-Leader

Three choirs from Willard school district scored well at the recent festival.

Evangel adds 33 football players on signing day  Ozarks Sports Zone

Phillip Dowden (Evangel Sports Information) SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel University football team and Head Coach Chuck Hepola announced the ...

Team without a home: What happens next for Bolivar?  Springfield News-Leader

Bolivar will be left without a league when the Big 8, Central Ozark Conference and Ozark Conference debut new alignments in the fall of 2018.

Floats, kilts, candy and more: Parade celebrates St. Patrick's Day early  Springfield News-Leader

Floats decked in green, classic cars, marching drummers, kilts, candy and more were in the 39th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Springfield.

Area schools grapple with how to honor students who die  Springfield News-Leader

Many school districts have strict policies for how to handle memorials, while others evaluate each request separately.

New talent joins 2018-19 Grizzly Basketball teamOzark Radio News  Ozark Radio News

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Ask Chris Popp to describe this year's crop of recruits for the Grizzly Basketball team at Missouri State University-West Plains, and the first ...

'Be like Nick:' CrossFitters remember friend through Nick Hostler Memorial Workout  Springfield News-Leader

The workout for the day was difficult, but the CrossFitters didn't want to let their late friend Nick Hostler down. CrossFitters at the gym on South Reed Avenue on ...

Hunter Yeargan hasn't lost a match in over a year. This is how losing helped him become a champion.  Springfield News-Leader

He heads to the state championship tournament this weekend with a perfect 50-0 record. The defending Class 3 state champion at 195 pounds returns to ...

Newsmakers: Aug. 13-19, 2018  Springfield Business Journal

Banking & Finance Mid-Missouri Bank promoted Kim McNealy to director of retail training and moved personal bankers Ashley Lowery and Kristina Pohlenz to ...

James River Church's third campus opens today  Springfield News-Leader

North-side residents who attend James River Church will have a shorter ride today when the latest campus of the church officially opens just north of I-44 off U.S. ...

Mother seeks answers, shares sobering reminder after teen's death  KY3

The body of Camille Crews, 19, was found Sunday morning, and police call her death suspicious. Her grieving mother has a message for other young people.

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame to induct Camdenton/Missouri State/NFL lineman Jason Whittle

Football Luncheon presented by Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.

Camdenton Speech & Debate Team has strong showings at recent tournaments

The Camdenton Speech and Debate team had strong showings at two recent speech tournaments, the Osage Invitational Speech Tournament held on Oct.

Ranch for troubled boys building first home for girls  Springfield News-Leader

Good Samaritan Boys Ranch for first time in 55-year history builds home for troubled girls.

New officer joins Reedsport Police Department | News |  Coos Bay World

REEDSPORT -- Appreciating the small-town life, Lance McElroy has joined the city police force.

High School Basketball Referee Shuts Down Gym With Windmill Dunk  Complex

During a recent high school All-Star basketball game in Missouri, a referee decided to show off his hops and send the crowd into a frenzy by throwing down an ...

New Covenant set to open new field, program on upswing  Ozarks Sports Zone

After being road warriors in their inaugural season last spring, look who is opening a new home facility soon. Well, it's not just any facility. The new home of the ...

The Nation's Up-And-Coming Boys High Jumpers  MileSplit

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Weddings: Graeme McGregor Keith, III & Jennifer Lynn Magnuson  Springfield News-Leader

Graeme McGregor Keith, III. Jennifer Lynn Magnuson. Jennifer Lynn Magnuson and Graeme McGregor Keith, III were married on April 2, 2016, at 5:30 pm at ...

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