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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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 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.

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 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 ...

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.

Beloved assistant coach at southern MO high school dies in hunting accident

Justin Atchison, 24, was an assistant coach for the Willard High School baseball and football teams.

Willard students protest removal of popular, award-winning choir teacher  Springfield News-Leader

Jerry Scott's wife gave a message to his students during protest: You have made him proud but do not jeopardize your future with your actions.

Prep Roundup: Joplin boys win COC track championship  Joplin Globe

WILLARD, Mo. — The Joplin boys track team was crowned the Central Ozark Conference champion by an impressive 52 points on Thursday night at Willard ...

Willard hosts Western Greene County Veterans Day Parade for second year this Saturday  Springfield News-Leader

This Saturday will be the city of Willard's second Veterans Day Parade. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at the high school and will travel up Jackson St.

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 & 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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

Tough schedule prepares Carl Junction for volleyball sectional  Joplin Globe

Cheryl Sharples is confident a grueling regular season schedule has her Carl Junction Bulldogs well-prepared for what lies ahead this afternoon.

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 ...

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 ...

Willard High School Speech & Debate team ranked in the top 2 percent nationwide  Springfield News-Leader

Willard High School Speech & Debate team, led by Mrs. Kathy Tobin, has been recognized by the National Speech & Debate Association earning a spot in the ...

Willard school briefly evacuated over bomb threat  Springfield News-Leader

The district said the Willard Fire Protection District and the Willard Police Department were investigating the incident.

Willard superintendent suspended for graduation prayer  Springfield News-Leader

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

Students Build Brand New House to be Auctioned Off

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Willard High School's building trades class students are almost done building a brand new house from scratch.

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.

Speech and debate team sees success in opening tournaments

Camdenton High School Speech and Debate team opened the season at the Kickapoo-Glendale Invitational Tournament held in Springfield Oct. 12-13, 2018.

'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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Neighbors voice concerns over plan to tear down Willard School  The Missoulian

A community meeting will be held Thursday to discuss the proposed demolition of Willard Alternative High School, a plan that has dismayed some neighbors of ...

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 ...

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.

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.

Willard's 1st Annual Western Greene County Veterans Day Parade  KY3

The city of Willard partnered with AMVETS Post 188 to host the Western Greene County Veterans Day Parade.

Town Profile: Willard  417mag

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

95-year-old WWII vet says Willard parade was 'best one I've seen'  Springfield News-Leader

Though Saturday's parade didn't get started until 11 a.m., Jackson Street in Willard was lined with hundreds of people by 10:30 a.m. The crowd continued to ...

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 ...

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 ...

8 shot, 3 fatally, during latest Missouri hunting season  KCTV Kansas City

Conservation officials say eight people were shot, three of them fatally, during the 2018 fall deer and turkey hunting seasons.

Mo. opening weekend of firearm deer hunting includes three hunting-related deaths  KSNF/KODE -

Three deaths reported as hunting accidents over the weekend are under investigation in Missouri. Saturday marked the opening weekend of Missouri's firearms ...

Boys & Girls Clubs of Missouri name top youth  Jefferson City News Tribune

Another eighth-grader from Thomas Jefferson Middle School represented the Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson City again this year in the annual Missouri Youth of ...

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 ...

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 ...

Greene County restaurant inspections  Springfield News-Leader

Check out the latest restaurant inspections for the area.

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.

Drury wrestler shot, wounded in hunting accident  Kansas City Star

Freshman Drury University wrestler Donovan Benetti has been shot in the abdomen in a hunting accident.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Nick Hostler's father put it this way: "We are beyond the dream. This is real." In a short period of time, just over two months, friends and family stricken with grief ...

Willard's Chavez wins state wrestling championship, Yeargan's bid for perfection spoiled  Springfield News-Leader

Willard is now home to five all-state wrestlers, one 2016 state champion, and one heartbroken senior. The Tigers celebrated a state tournament victory for junior ...

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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'

Hello, November!  Springfield News-Leader

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

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, ...

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.

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.

Sample ballot for Tuesday's election  Springfield News-Leader

See the official listing of candidates and issues for voters.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

'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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Willard wrestler Hunter Yeargan declares college choice, discusses loss in final bout  Springfield News-Leader

Willard senior wrestler Hunter Yeargan is headed to Athens.

High school basketball playoffs start Saturday  Springfield News-Leader

Missouri's high school basketball postseason fires up Saturday with the start of the district playoffs.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

Nixa shocks Willard in battle of state-ranked squads  USA TODAY High School Sports

Eagles' Nicos Oropeza rushes for 158 yards, scores 4 touchdowns in 55-13 runaway.

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 ...

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.

New series 'Nancy Drew,' 'Batwoman' join CW's fall schedule

NEW YORK (AP) - Female power rules in the CW's new fall TV series, with heroes including teenage detective Nancy Drew and Batwoman. In "Nancy Drew," ...

BIS students earn honors at LAD fair | News  Bolivar Herald-Free Press

Beth Grabowski's Bolivar Intermediate School students walked away from the Language Arts Department of Southwest Missouri's fair with several honors, ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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. ...

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

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

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.

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