West Plains

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.

Jennifer Moore / KSMU

Scores of people in West Plains are staying in a shelter operated by the American Red Cross after flash flooding forced 70 water rescues in Howell County Saturday night.  

Cody Bryant, who organizes the Red Cross disaster response in West Plains, said the shelter at the First Baptist Church at 202 Walnut Street provided food, blankets, and medical attention to about 150 flood victims Saturday night. He expects approximately 70 to stay Sunday night, he said.

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The city of West Plains will soon offer one-gigabit broadband access to its major employers with plans for citywide service in the future.

“We’re basically trying to level the playing field for small communities like West Plains,” says Todd Shanks, community marketing director for the city.

He says consumers will be able to purchase the high speed internet at market rates, which will be on par with what residents in bigger cities pay.