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Current Happenings

Courthouse Closing

The Shannon county Commission has decided to close the Courthouse to the public until further notice due to COVID-19. Offices will still be open for phone calls and for any questions you might have. (573) 226-3414. Follow the directions posted on the Courthouse door if you must get in for any reason. A phone number will be posted for you to call and courthouse employees will determine whether you will be admitted.

Art Across the Ages

The Salem Area Arts Council announces that artwork that was displayed in "Art Across the Ages" needs to be picked up ASAP. "While we don't know if the next event is going to occur, we need to get our stuff out just in case." Access to the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center can be arranged by texting or calling Libby Sanders at 573-247-0279. "Thanks to all who participated!" For more information call (573) 247-0279 or e-mail

Senior Centers Closed

SeniorAge has made the decision to close facilities to the public. Beginning March 16 through the end of March. Seniors receiving home delivered meals can still receive frozen meals with willing volunteer to deliver. Starting March 23, those who generally dine at the center can use the drive-thru services to receive a meal (frozen meal). For more specifics, seniors are encouraged to call their local senior center for assistance. Eminence (573) 226-3839, Winona (573) 325-4636.

HOE Meeting Set Back

The annual Howell Oregon Electric Meet-ing of Membership, originally scheduled for May 1, has been postponed due to the Coronavirus. Per the CDC's guidelines of no more than 50 people gathering, the West Plains Civic Center will not be able to host any event prior to May 15th. Officials with Howell-Oregon Electric Coop-erative have rescheduled the meeting for July 21st.


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OMC Opens Hotline, Tests at Hospital and Area Clinics

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) is launching a telephone hotline for people to call when they have questions regarding COVID-19 screenings.


Disaster Declaration for MO

On March 26, President Donald Trump approved Governor Mike Parson's request for a federal major disaster declaration for the state of Missouri.

Congress Gets Coronavirus Aid, Economic Relief Act From MO Senator Roy Blunt

Our country is facing a health crisis unlike anything we have ever seen.

Youth Turkey Season Saturday, Sunday

Missouri turkey hunters can expect a challenging spring season according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

LOST LEGION HALL - Birch Tree's old American Legion Hall burned to the ground on March 23. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal. According to Birch Tree Volunteer Fire Department chief Sam Murphy, volunteers from Birch Tree, Winona and Mountain View responded to the 1 AM call, the building was not occupied and there were no injuries. Built after World War II, the building housed Birch Tree's American Legion Memorial Post #509, chartered in 1946. Ownership was recently transferred to private individuals. (Current Wave Photo by Roger Dillon)

B.T. Man Injured on Old Hwy 60

A Birch Tree man sustained "moderate" injuries in a one-vehicle accident on old Hwy 60 on March 22



No Positive Test Results in Shannon County as of 3/27

On Friday, the Shannon County Health Center reported there were no cases of COVID-19 in Shannon County. According to SCHC Director Kandra Counts, there had been eight tests submitted with five negative returns, no positive returns and three still pending.





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