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Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014
Look for the Poll results in the next edition of the paper.
With 2014 coming to an end, what will be your New Year's resolution?
 To lose weight
 To stop a bad habit
 To save more money
 To be more giving
 Other

A DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS POEM (12/22/14)
The embers glowed softly and in their dim light, I gazed around the room, I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, My daughter beside me, angelic rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, transforming the yard to a winter delight...
FACES AND PLACES... OREGON COUNTY SHELTERED WORKSHOP (03/18/14)
Kelsea Martin Staff Writer "I have come to have the utmost respect and appreciation for these people that work here," said Sheila Brown who is the secretary at the Oregon County Sheltered Workshop. Back in the mid 1970's, a local group of people got together to create the workshop, which employs handicapped or disabled adults. ...
From the Ozarks to the West Indies (01/15/14)
Thayer graduate on a mission to bring hope, healing to the far corners of the world
Faces and Places: Thayer resident takes trip of a lifetime to the Big Apple (12/18/13)
"New York City has always interested me," said Gary King, a Thayer resident who recently returned from a trip to the Big Apple. "I was in Springfield and I saw an advertisement for Sunnyland Bus Tours, and called and inquired about the New York trip and decided to go."...
Faces & Places: Thayer Country Club at risk of closing it's doors (11/27/13)
The Thayer Country Club, a landmark in the community for many years, is at risk of closing down. The club, which from its start has been run mostly by volunteers, is struggling to survive because of financial problems. Businessmen in the community began planning for the Thayer Country Club in the mid-1970s. 38 stockholders contributed $2,000 a piece to buy the 162 acres of land that the golf course was built on, and it officially opened to the public in 1987...
Faces & Places: Crawford overcomes illness, attends Missouri's Boys State (10/18/13)
Thayer High School senior Cullen Crawford recently participated in the 74th session of the American Legion Boys State of Missouri, which ran from June 15-22 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Crawford was nominated by Thayer Sr. High School administrator's during Crawford's junior year and he was selected by The American Legion based on his leadership, citizenship, academics, and character during his junior year at Thayer...
George D. Hay Hall of Fame Awards honor and preserve country music (09/18/13)
Saturday, Sept. 14 was just another unpredictable day in the life of country music singer Allen Karl. "I left Nashville at 2:30 p.m., and got here at Mammoth Spring at 1:30 in the morning," Karl laughed, explaining his trip went well until he reached Jonesboro and got on a highway that took him up into Missouri -- way up into Missouri -- before he realized he had gone astray. "When I finally saw that sign for the Riverside Motel, it said 'Heaven' to me."...
Alton couple takes part in an unusual hobby (07/17/13)
Phillip and Juanita Jett, a retired couple from Alton, enjoy an unusual, but very creative hobby. Juanita designs barn quilts, which are four feet by four feet pieces of plywood that she paints with beautiful designs to spruce up barns...
Don Reid and Jimmy Fortune speak of friend Johnny Cash (06/26/13)
Johnny Cash was a lot of things to a lot of people, but what stood out the most for Jimmy Fortune, who will perform in the Man in Black's honor on Aug. 17 at the Third Annual Johnny Cash Music Festival at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center in Jonesboro, was his love of the common man. ...
Faces and Places: Matthew Huff: singing as he chases his dream (05/15/13)
Many people live their whole lives having a passion for something in life, but never get the chance to pursue it. Mammoth Spring native Matthew Huff has made the decision to chase his dream as a country music singer/songwriter. Huff's parents, Matt and Karen, moved to Mammoth Spring when Huff was four years old, and he graduated from Mammoth Spring High School in 1998. Growing up in the rural community, he loved music but it never occurred to him that he could become a professional musician...
Faces and Places: Thayer student decides to help instead of party over Spring Break (04/17/13)
Thayer High School graduate Chelsea Ehret spent her Spring Break differently than most college students. Ehret, a junior at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was one of 30 students from Missouri S&T who spent her spring vacation doing service work in Biloxi, Miss...
Neither sleet nor sun out of the question (02/06/13)
Welcome to Arkansas, the Chameleon State. Our weather changes faster than you can say Fahrenheit. In each state I've lived -- five -- and likely the other 45, people like to talk about how crazy the weather is there. If I had a nickle for every time I've heard, "If you don't like the weather here, just wait 30 minutes."...
Bah humbug to such weather (01/03/13)
As I've mentioned before, the only good thing about frigid weather is there's no fear of snakes roaming the same paths as I do, or sharing the same shed, or even moving as fast as my bad knees can take me. However, I care about as much for winter as I do snakes...
My bucket must have a hole in it (01/03/13)
If you're reading this issue of the newspaper, the Mayans' calculations were obviously a bit off. I'll finish the column under the assumption the Areawide papers will have many more deadlines before the Mayans actually get one right. There was not a super volcano exploding. ...
Meeting the Millers most memorable (12/05/12)
I used to think it was wrong to hang onto every word of a Nolan Richardson, or even an Army general I once raised suspicions about at a military school. After all, at the end of the day, they were both just regular people working for a living. As the old saying goes, they put on their pants one leg at a time just like you and me. ...
A survivor's tale of Black Friday (12/05/12)
I am a survivor. I made it home in one piece from Black Friday. In a column before B.F., I suggested a number of steps I follow that others could try to have a successful shopping trip. Disregard them ­-- throw them out. I found this year was a whole new ballgame...
Crass Century Farm in Myrtle (08/24/12)
Sitting on his front porch swing dressed in overalls, Sam Crass was ready to give a tour of his century farm. Harold "Sam" Crass of Myrtle resides on the 360 acres that was homesteaded by his grandfather and uncles in 1862. Crass' parents, Rob and Claudia Crass, continued on the family farm tradition...
Izard County farm Family 2012 (08/17/12)
With tears in his eyes, Eddie Combs talked about how proud he was of his family and the farm that they have built up. "If it hadn't been for Tammy, Brian and Jamie the farm wouldn't be what it is today," said Combs. Oregon County's Farm Family of the year, Eddie and Tammy Combs of Myrtle, has been in the farming industry for over 30 years...
Take a 'mini vacation' in beautiful Oregon County (05/17/12)
Oregon County is home to some beautiful scenery, including several places that are perfect for a mini-vacation or a weekend outing with friends and family. Grand Gulf State Park Grand Gulf State Park is located four miles south of Koshkonong and six miles west of Thayer...
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