West Plains

Pamela Bates via Flickr (Creative Commons 2.0)

Every day at school, Kenzie Warren, a sophomore at West Plains High School, sets her backpack down at one of the six rows of rectangular tables that line the cafeteria. She walks over to the small table in the corner and pulls a knob on a glass dispenser to fill a disposable, plastic cup. A thick, maroon-colored smoothie blend folds into the cup at her fingertips. Walking back to the table, Kenzie and her friend, Kaley, pluck their straws into their smoothies.


Left photo: Gage Skidmore, Flickr / Right photo: Jennifer Moore, KSMU / Flickr via Creative Commons

On a cold winter week in 1925, two babies were born in a hospital in West Plains, Missouri. They shared the same doctor and even the same first name.  But one would grow up to stroll the red carpets of Hollywood, and the other would retire as a horse farmer in one of the most rural places in the Ozarks. 

Jennifer Moore / KSMU

Farmers in the Ozarks know how to grow and produce.

But many farmers struggle with getting the word out to potential buyers that their food is available.

In today’s segment on Innovation in the Ozarks, we’re looking at a startup that offers a new, online model for the marketing and exchange of local food.

Here at the Go Farm outdoor market in West Plains, Zerubbabel Ben Emunah and his wife are selling bread, jelly, and hand-stitched blankets. 

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.

Jennifer Moore

West Plains’ residents displaced by weekend flooding experienced l a third night away from their homes Monday.

On Saturday, the American Red Cross said over 150 people stayed at its shelter inside First Baptist Church. 70 water rescues were performed in Howell County that night. There were no fatalities.