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In this month's edition of Nature's Calling, Jake Hindman vocalizes wildlife sounds you might hear in nature. See how many you can identify.

Amid rising COVID-19 cases and a lack of resources, the Texas County Health Department said Monday night it is changing its focus of conducting case investigation.

Donors at a Dec. 18 bloodmobile stop at Houston will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a new car, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks said.

Fort Leonard Wood’s annual tree-lighting event will be held virtually this year, with audiences invited to view a live-stream of the ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the installation’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fortleonardwoodmissouri.

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Houston’s first recent Turkey Trot — which benefited the Texas County Food Pantry — was deemed a success despite rainy weather for the walk/run event.

A Houston man was arrested Monday night in Webster County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. 

A Raymondville woman faces a pair of felony charges following a traffic stop made by a Texas County Sheriff’s Department deputy on Nov. 26.

The following are excerpts from just some of the reports recently generated by the Texas County Sheriff’s Department:

The following are excerpts from just some of the reports recently generated by the Houston Police Department:

Minutes of the Nov. 18-19 meeting of the Texas County Commission that were released on Nov. 30.

Missouri State University in West Plains was awarded $94,800 in a workforce grant program from the Delta Regional Authority.

For many Americans, giving to charities is almost as important during the holidays as celebrating with family. Consumers should give, but give wisely — and do their homework before donating.

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Sister Margaret Hall, (formerly Sister M. Brendan), 87, died at Rosary Care Center on Nov. 25, 2020. The daughter of John and Angela Hall entered the convent from Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish in Detroit, Mich., in 1947. She made her first profession of vows in 1952 and her final vows in 1…

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Madelyn “Kay” Watson, 77, daughter of Harold T. and Zula V. Johnson, granddaughter of Jesse and Opal (McKinney) Erwin, was born on Sept. 20, 1943, at Solo, Mo. She passed away on Nov. 22, 2020, at Ozarks Healthcare in West Plains, Mo., with her daughter by her side as she left this world and…

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Charles (Chalky) Wells, age 74, son of D.P. and Margaret (King) Wells was born Jan. 14, 1946, in Houston, Mo. He passed away Nov. 23, 2020, at the Texas County Memorial Hospital after complications from colon surgery performed in Springfield, Mo.

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