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West Plains to host 2022 NJCAA Division 1 Volleyball Championship, Nov. 17-19

West Plains will once again be the host of the NJCAA Division 1 Volleyball Championship, which will be held November 17-19 at the West Plains Civic Center. The three-day event will feature 16 teams from across the country and broadcast on ESPN+, bringing national attention to both the NJCAA and West Plains.

The 2022 NJCAA Division 1 Volleyball Championship will feature the winners of 14 NJCAA D-1 Volleyball Districts and two at large teams. Tickets are available online at or can be purchased from the Civic Center Box Office.

According to West Plains Community Services Director Todd Shanks, the estimated economic impact of the multi-day tournament is approximately $2.1 million to the West Plains community. The tournament would not be possible without local support.

This year’s presenting sponsor is UBS Camden and Lunsford Wealth Management Group. Other sponsors include Missouri State University-West Plains, Ozarks Healthcare, Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply, All Pet and Equine Supply, Shelter Insurance, Mega Motorsports, Southern Bank, West Plains Bank and Trust Company, Simmons Bank, Community First Banking Company, Wal-Mart of West Plains, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Hampton Inn, Quality Inn, Baymont by Wyndham, Physical Therapy Specialists Clinic, Explore West Plains, and the City of West Plains.

The tournament bracket will be released on November 9. For more information, visit

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Police Community Advisory Committee

Application – Police Community Advisory Committee


The West Plains Police Department is excited to announce the formation of the “Police Community Advisory Committee,” a group that has been created to function as a resource for the City of West Plains and the West Plains Police Department to assist in the formation of strategies, development of community policing concepts, increasing public awareness, furthering engagement and transparency efforts, and help to identify best practices. The Committee is intended to supply a forum for discussions concerning community issues and the goal is to have a broad spectrum of viewpoints represented.

Strengthening community-police relations requires understanding community dynamics and building individual connections between community members and their law enforcement agency. When police and community members engage with each other, departments receive valuable feedback and assistance, while community members gain insight into how departments function.

One way to engage the community is to form a community advisory committee – a volunteer group which meets regularly to provide advice and perspectives to executive staff. A committee’s membership should be carefully chosen to represent different voices and needs from the community.

A successful advisory committee demonstrates to the community that its police department is making an effort to listen to them, and that officers care about finding the best way to serve them. By asking for community input via advisory committees, departments demonstrate transparency and commitment to their communities.

The West Plains Police Department is committed to community engagement and providing exceptional and transparent police services. In support of this commitment, the mission of the Police community Advisory Committee is to function as a resource for both the community and the Police to enhance community involvement regarding policy issues. The Police Community Advisory Committee acts solely in an advisory capacity and will be driven by the active participation, creativity, and vision of its members. To carry out its purpose, the Committee will address issues associated with police-community relations, the improvement of the West Plains Police Department’s operations, and public safety issues to further enhance the quality of life in our community. The Committee will function as a sounding board for the Chief regarding community needs and concerns while keeping the Chief apprised of the community’s need for police services. The Committee will focus on contemporary challenges that affect the community and its Police Department.

The Committee will be comprised of eight to ten members, featuring a diverse cross-section of active community members throughout the City of West Plains. These members will represent a range of interests and experiences, such as business owners, residents, education, non-profits, public relations, faith community, youth representation, and more. Members must be West Plains residents or West Plains businesses. Members are chosen to serve on the Committee for their professionalism, integrity, and commitment to their community.

Committee members are strongly urged to attend the Police Department’s Citizen Academy.  The next Citizen’s Academy begins on September 7, 2022.

If you are interested in serving on this important community committee, applications may be found online at “” or in the lobby of the West Plains Police Department at 1912 Holiday Lane. Applications are required to be submitted by July 1, 2022, to West Plains Police Department, 1912 Holiday Lane, West Plains, Missouri 65775, ATTENTION:  Chief Stephen Monticelli.

Every effort will be made to select applicants that represent different sectors of the community; together the committee should represent the interests, skills, and experiences of the whole community. 



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Second Annual Community Police Academy

The West Plains Police Department is proud to announce the start of the second annual Community Police Academy.  The academy is open to all community members who live or work in the City of West Plains. 

The CPA will be held from September 7, 2022, to November 9, 2022, classes are conducted by various members of the department each Wednesday night from 5:45 PM to 9:00 PM at the Emergency Operations Center located at the West Plains Police Department.  Applications may be found online at “” or in the lobby of the West Plains Police Department at 1912 Holiday Lane.  A banquet will be held on November 9, 2022, for all graduates.  The due date for the applications is August 12, 2022.

Individuals attending the Academy gain an in-depth look at the various divisions within the West Plains Police Department.  Classroom discussions, hands-on practical scenarios, and a ride-along make the learning experience come alive for participants but does not certify attendees in any way as police officers.  The knowledge gained helps to open communication and therefore promote understanding of the very difficult yet rewarding profession of law enforcement.  Here is a list of topics that will highlight the two months.

Meet Chief Stephen Monticelli and his Command Staff, Tour of WPPD, Police Reserve Officer Program, Emergency Communications, Patrol Procedures, Geographic Policing, General Investigations, SRT Team, SWAT, Active Shooter, Use of Force, Drug Task Force, Cyber Crimes, Firearms Safety, Trip to the Range, K9 Operations, Traffic Stops, Crime Scene and Evidence, Emergency Management System, Crisis Negotiations Team, and Practical Night.

The West Plains Police Department looks forward to this opportunity and encourages you to apply, attend and work together for safer communities.

Click here for CPA Application.



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Citywide yard sale, cleanup week scheduled

The dates for the 2022 citywide yard sale and spring cleanup week are set. The citywide yard sale will be held on April 7, 8, and 9. Yard sale permit fees will be waived during the three-day event. The spring cleanup week will then be held April 11 through 15. The pickup schedule for spring cleanup items will be on the resident’s normal trash pick-up day. 

This annual event will give residents an opportunity to clean up around their property and have most items hauled away free of charge. Waste should be separated into five categories:

To have tires picked up, call the sanitation department at 255-2330 or city hall at 256-7176 and leave your name and address.  Customers will be billed $2.00 each for passenger tire; $5.00 for each passenger tire on a rim.

To protect city workers from injury, all broken glass must be boxed and labeled. Small clean up items must also be bagged or boxed.

Items that will not be collected include any waste that is considered hazardous such as asbestos, waste from major demolition and renovation jobs, and items piled onto trailers or trucks. 

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Coffee with the Mayor scheduled for Friday

The public is invited to attend the second Coffee with the Mayor event and discuss city happenings with City of West Plains Mayor Mike Topliff from 7 to 8 a.m., Friday, March 4 at the West Plains Civic Center – Redbud Room.

“Coffee with the Mayor” will be held the first Friday at each month.

“Some of the best ideas and conversations are had over a cup of coffee,” said Topliff. “This is an opportunity to hear directly from community members and discuss projects, plans and everyday life.”

In addition to the Mayor, City Administrator Sam Anselm and other city directors, department leads and employees will be on hand.

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City Council to vote on utility rate increase

A first reading for proposed utility rate increases that would be used to maintain existing utility services was approved by West Plains City Council Tuesday night, with a second reading and final vote on the four bills to be held at the March 21 city council meeting.

If approved in March, new rates for electric, water, sewer and sanitation will go into effect on April 1. Rates for water and sewer were last changed in 2013, and the electric rates have remained unchanged since 2016. However, utility operational costs for the city since that time have outpaced the revenues generated from its customers, and additional regulatory requirements for water and sewer utilities are driving the need for increased investments.

Because the increases have both a flat rate and usage component, the increase will be different for each household. The city estimates the increase to range from $8.06 to $20.74 per month, depending on weather-related usage. To arrive at these estimates, the city compared a sample of bills including a young couple (20’s), a family with children, a middle-aged couple with a child still living at home (3 occupants), a single senior (70+), and a senior couple (70+).

Anticipating critical utility infrastructure needs over the next 30 years, the city received a grant in 2021 to fund the development of an Integrated Management Plan, which has charted a 30-year path to implement the necessary infrastructure improvements in a more affordable and sustainable method for the city and its citizens. As part of this plan, the rates for each of the four utilities are being realigned to ensure that each utility is not only covering its expenses but can fund the infrastructure improvements needed in the future.

The city council will vote on the second reading of the bills at the March 21 City Council meeting. A public comment session will be held at 5 p.m. prior to the regular March meeting.

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Full slate of events scheduled for the Civic Center

A number of events are planned for the West Plains Civic Center for February into spring and throughout the upcoming summer; including concerts, performances, and trade shows.

“I am excited to be starting 2022 off with a full slate for our Spring 2022 season,” said Civic Center Director Eryn Walters. “We have a lot of our annual events coming back this year, some have been reimagined, and plenty of new events that we are bringing to the building for our patrons to experience.”

The event schedule through March is as follow:

11-FebCubanisms Concert7pmTheater
12-FebJonathan Erlandson-Magican7pmTheater
Feb 11-12TLR Gun and Knife Show9a-5p  and 10a-3pArena/Exhibit Hall
25-FebChris Janson Concert7pmArena
4-MarEimear Arkins Concert7pmTheater
March 4-5Southern MO Home Builder’s Assoc. Home and Garden Show3p-7p and 8a-5pArena/Exhibit Hall
March 10-11MSHSAA District Band ConcertTBACivic Center
12-MarStars Foundation Present’s Irish Dancing1pmTheater
15-MarAmerican Red Cross Blood Drive9amExhibit hall
19-MarCystic Fibrosis Benefit Concert5:30pmArena
March 25-26PC Junk Vintage Market12p-6 and 9a-3pmArena/Exhibit Hall

Learn more by visiting or by following the West Plains Civic Center on Facebook.

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Downtown Fire

Court Square in downtown West Plains will be closed until at least 11 a.m. this morning (2/1) due to an early fire on Main Street. Certain areas downtown could remain closed longer.

West Plains Fire Department personnel arrived on scene at approximately 3 a.m. The fire was extinguished by 7 a.m. but cleanup is expected to last most of the day.

The fire is under investigation.

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Stay Safe and Healthy This Winter

Winter is here.

Winter temperatures can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. The following are recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and City of West Plains Emergency Management Director Stephen Monticelli:

Prepare Your Home

• Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.

• Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.

• Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.

• Check your heating systems.

• Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.

• Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure it is clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside.

• Install a smoke detector. Test batteries monthly and replace them twice a year.

• Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.

• Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies. Install a CO detector to alert you to the presence of this deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check the batteries when you change your clocks in the fall and spring.

• Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.

Prepare Your Car

• Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level; check tire tread or, if necessary, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires.

• Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

• Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer.

• Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. The kit should include: blankets, food and water, flares, tire pump, and a bag of sand or cat litter (for traction), compass and maps, flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries, first-aid kit, and plastic bags.

Take these simple preparations now so you may enjoy a safe and healthy winter season.

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City of West Plains releases snow clearing routes

Due to this morning’s (01/06) accumulated snowfall, the City of West Plains Street Department has released its snow clearing routes and urges safety and caution for its citizens.To view an aerial map with the designated snow routes highlighted, people can visit: and click on the “snow routes” tab. Street Department crews will focus first on clearing the main roadway throughout West Plains. The Missouri Department of Transportation is responsible for clearing state-owned roadways including Business 63, Highway 63, Independence Drive, and Porter Wagoner Blvd.

The city will ensure that public parking lots at the West Plains Civic Center, West Plains Public Library, and the West Plains Senior Center will be cleared.

If temperatures drop below 20 degrees, city crews will not apply road salts and ice control mix, which are largely ineffective in the extreme cold.

The West Plains Police Department has reported a number of winter weather-related accidents and urge the public to stay home, if at all possible.

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