Howell County

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An audit of Howell County found concerns with financial practices in several areas of county government.  According to Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office, those include the offices of the county collector and sheriff.  The report received an overall rating of “good.”

The report recommended improvements to the accounting practices of the sheriff's office to ensure better oversight of inmate money and commissary funds. Two of the five findings in this office were previously identified in past audit reports.

Atchison Daily Globe

A woman’s alleged horseback ride through a small Ozarks boomtown in 1913 caught the attention of newspapers throughout the Midwest.

The Atchison Daily Globe in Kansas was one of the many newspapers to publish the shocking story of a bizarre night gone wrong in Old Horton, Missouri. The small community was in a part of the Mark Twain National Forest in Howell County near Cabool.

Here’s part of the newspaper’s account:

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in West Plains

Jun 13, 2017
West Plains Civic Center

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration are in West Plains assisting citizens recovering from recent flooding.

The agencies opened its relief center in Howell County Tuesday after President Donald Trump recently approved Gov. Eric Greitens’ request for a disaster declaration. It covers 48 Missouri counties where total losses and expenses were estimated over $86 million.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting the disaster recovery center.

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  Ozarks Food Harvest has received a grant to help feed the hungry in Howell County.  The $14,000 from the Caterpillar Foundation will help provide food for those who need it in the county, which is home to a Caterpillar facility, and will help fund the Weekend Backpack Program at Richards Elementary in West Plains.

According to Ozarks Food Harvest, 17 percent of Howell County residents deal with hunger.

Ozarks Food Harvest is one of 35 food banks nationwide to receive the grant.