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by Brian Vandenberg, KY3 News and bvandenberg,@ky3.com | February 22, 2011
WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. -- A man died Monday evening in a crash near his home.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Clifford Hayes, 21, drove off Missouri 76 west of Willow Springs and hit a tree. He died later that night at the hospital.
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by Paula Morehouse, Ky3 News | May 22, 2011
WILLOW SPRINGS, MO., --  A prayer vigil was held Sunday morning at the MoDOT headquarters in Willow Springs. The city's Chamber of Commerce leaders, along with members from several churches in the area, circled the building to pray to keep the MoDOT jobs in town. The transportation department is facing severe budget cuts because of declining revenues and federal funding cuts. The agency is looking at laying off about 1,200 people and closing the district offices in Willow Springs and Sikeston.
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KY3 News | November 5, 2011
Two businesses are destroyed after an early-morning fire in Willow Springs. Investigators say it happened early this morning at the building that housed Willow Woodworking and Robert's Pawn Shop.  It took three tankers to get the blazes under control. No one was hurt in the fire however the building is a total loss.  No word yet as to what exactly caused the blaze but investigators think it may have started due to an electrical malfunction.
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by KY3 News | December 15, 2010
WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. -- Slick roads caused by freezing fog resulted in dozens of apparently minor accidents on Wednesday afternoon and early evening.  Multi-car accidents, mostly of the fender bender, variety, are reported at both junctions of U.S. 63 and U.S. 60 in Willow Springs and Cabool.   Other accidents are reported north of U.S. 63. 
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by Doug Owen and Jerrod McCully, KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | May 11, 2011
WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. -- Ambulances took two men and a woman to a hospital on Wednesday morning after all three were shot in a rural area northeast of Willow Springs.  Howell County Sheriff Mike Shannon said the call about the shooting came in about 5 a.m.  In a news release, Shannon identified the three people as Gregory Riley, 34, and Regina Riley, 34, both of Willow Springs, and Johnny Starry of Mountain Grove.  The news release didn't say...
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by Doug Owen, KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | May 18, 2011
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- A man from Mountain Grove is charged with shooting two other people on May 11 at a home a few miles northeast of Willow Springs.  Johnny Starry, 33, faces two charges of first-degree assault and two charges of armed criminal action.  Investigators think Starry tried to kill Regina and Gregory Riley and their children at their home because they were going to testify against him in an upcoming court case; the nature of that...
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | October 11, 2011
WEST PLAINS, Mo.  -- A third person is jailed for a murder in Howell County. Bradley Jenkins, 22, from West Plains was arrested just before midnight Monday in Willow Springs.  He faces charges of second-degree murder, robbery and armed criminal action for the death of Jackie Yarber last Friday night. The sheriff's department had received a tip about a body along a county road outside of West Plains.  That's where they found Yarber's body on Saturday.
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By Chris Brewer, web editor and Email Chris - Twitter: @iamchrisbrewer | July 8, 2013
ATV rider seriously hurt in crash in Howell County NEAR WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. - A 53-year-old Willow Springs man was seriously hurt when the all-terrain vehicle he was riding on was struck on a county road in rural Howell County Sunday night. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports John S. Luton was making a left turn on his 2006 Suzuki ATV from the eastbound lane of County Road 5120 eight miles south of Willow Springs, when he was struck by a 1994 Ford truck. Luton was taken by air ambulance to Cox South Hospital in Springfield with what the patrol described as serious injuries.
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Posted by Kristy Larangeira and news@ky3.com | June 20, 2013
WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. -- Missouri authorities are asking for help in the search for a woman who has missing for nearly a month. Texas County Investigators are calling her disappearance "suspicious. " Shannon Minshall was last seen on may 23rd in Willow Springs and was officially reported as missing May 30th. She's 5-foot-five and weights about 130 pounds. Police say she has several tattoos and a large scar on her *left forearm. If you have any info your asked to call authorities.
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Brian Vandenberg and KY3 News Producer | September 2, 2011
Douglas County, MO - A Douglas County lake is now closed to the public.  The 30 acre Noblett Lake is now dry, after the water was drained by vandals.  Police are still looking for the people responsible. The lake is located south of Willow Springs.  The U.S. Forest Service says the day use area and the nearby Ridge Runner trail will remain open.
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By Chris Brewer, web editor and Email Chris - Twitter: @iamchrisbrewer | July 8, 2013
ATV rider seriously hurt in crash in Howell County NEAR WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. - A 53-year-old Willow Springs man was seriously hurt when the all-terrain vehicle he was riding on was struck on a county road in rural Howell County Sunday night. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports John S. Luton was making a left turn on his 2006 Suzuki ATV from the eastbound lane of County Road 5120 eight miles south of Willow Springs, when he was struck by a 1994 Ford truck. Luton was taken by air ambulance to Cox South Hospital in Springfield with what the patrol described as serious injuries.
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Posted by Kristy Larangeira and news@ky3.com | June 20, 2013
WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. -- Missouri authorities are asking for help in the search for a woman who has missing for nearly a month. Texas County Investigators are calling her disappearance "suspicious. " Shannon Minshall was last seen on may 23rd in Willow Springs and was officially reported as missing May 30th. She's 5-foot-five and weights about 130 pounds. Police say she has several tattoos and a large scar on her *left forearm. If you have any info your asked to call authorities.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | June 19, 2013
WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. -- A woman from Willow Springs is missing.  No one has reported seeing Shannon Minshall, 45, since May 23. Texas County deputies are investigating the disappearance.  She was officially reported missing on May 31. A missing person poster circulated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol describes Minshall as having brown hair, blue eyes and standing 5-foot-5.  She weighs roughly 130 pounds, and also has several tattoos and...
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | April 10, 2013
WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. -- A 2-year-old boy died in a house fire on Wednesday morning.  Police Chief Dan Dunn says the fire started around 7 a.m. and destroyed the home at 715 Park St. The victim was Cooper Bittick, son of Chelsea and Gary Bittick.  Dunn said the fire chief tried to get into the home to save Cooper but was driven back by heat and smoke.  Dunn said the fire spread quickly. Dunn says an investigator for the state Fire Marshal's Office determined the cause was a grease fire in the kitchen.  Cooper's body was in a back room.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | January 24, 2013
CLEAR SPRINGS, Mo. -- A house fire killed a 16-year-old boy in a remote rural area of southern Texas County on Thursday morning.  Texas County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Wes Campbell says it appears Ian Hatfield was not able to get out of his upstairs bedroom. The boy's father says he spotted the fire about 6:40 a.m., according to Coroner Thomas Whittaker.  The father couldn't get to the stairway to rescue the teenager, so he went outside and put a ladder up against a wall to try to get the boy out through a hole in the wall, because he couldn't get the ladder to a window.  Unfortunately, he couldn't get Ian to come to him, even though he could hear his voice, and then the heat and smoke forced the father off the ladder.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | March 30, 2012
WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo.-- A woman inspired by her own addiction and loss of a loved one is taking a stand against meth in her community.  Donna Barbrow started the Mothers Against Methamphetamines chapter in Willow Springs, and is stepping up the fight against meth that she began years ago. It's a drug that took over Donna Barbrow's life for years.  She started using meth when she was 23. "If you try it once or even twice, you're hooked," Barbrow...
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KY3 News | November 5, 2011
Two businesses are destroyed after an early-morning fire in Willow Springs. Investigators say it happened early this morning at the building that housed Willow Woodworking and Robert's Pawn Shop.  It took three tankers to get the blazes under control. No one was hurt in the fire however the building is a total loss.  No word yet as to what exactly caused the blaze but investigators think it may have started due to an electrical malfunction.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | October 11, 2011
WEST PLAINS, Mo.  -- A third person is jailed for a murder in Howell County. Bradley Jenkins, 22, from West Plains was arrested just before midnight Monday in Willow Springs.  He faces charges of second-degree murder, robbery and armed criminal action for the death of Jackie Yarber last Friday night. The sheriff's department had received a tip about a body along a county road outside of West Plains.  That's where they found Yarber's body on Saturday.
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Brian Vandenberg and KY3 News Producer | September 2, 2011
Douglas County, MO - A Douglas County lake is now closed to the public.  The 30 acre Noblett Lake is now dry, after the water was drained by vandals.  Police are still looking for the people responsible. The lake is located south of Willow Springs.  The U.S. Forest Service says the day use area and the nearby Ridge Runner trail will remain open.
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | June 9, 2011
Willow Springs, Mo--The Missouri Highway Department's plan to cut its budget by millions of dollars is taking a big toll on three small communities in Missouri.  MoDOT is closing three district offices in the state and cutting 12-hundred jobs.   Willow Springs is one of the district offices getting shut down. For more than 40 years Bill Easley worked for MoDOT. "I do think they need to look at cutting out some of the fat in the main office," said Easley. He does not agree with the new plan and says if department leaders really want to cut corners, they should start from the top. "They need to eliminate the director, assistant director, and several of the top up there," said Easley.
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