Continued from last week.AREA -- JULY: The second part of 2002, starting in early July, saw severe storms roll through the Alton and Couch communities in Oregon County.
Longtime Thayer community leader and volunteer Dorothy Ellis received the Thayer Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award at the annual Thayer Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
Thayer High School students donated over $2,000 to the Red Cross Liberty Disaster Fund to help victims of the 9-11 disaster.
Some 145 students from across the area attended a teen-age violence training workshop in July 2002.
Three members of the Couch FFA, Leigh Etta Johnson, Jeff Bull and Rachel Burgard, competed in the Missouri Department of Agriculture Ag Literacy Contest and placed second.
Couch School submitted an application to the state to become an A+ school.
Drug charges were filed against Ginger Koch of Mammoth Spring in July. Oregon County residents were informed they could apply for storm damage assistance from the Small Business Administration.
In mid July, the groundbreaking for the new Super 8 Motel located at the state line was held.
The 109th Old Soldiers Reunion was held in late July at Mammoth Spring State Park. Shady Oaks in Thayer announced the expansion of its rehabilitation servicers.
Rizwan Ahad announced he would be a candidate for Oregon County prosecuting attorney, and Alton resident Ray Lee Caskey announced he would seek the Oregon County associate judge's seat.
AUGUST: In August 2002 George and Kim Shepard of Thayer were found guilty of fraud.
The primary election held Aug. 6 saw Jo Beth Prewitt and Fred O'Neill as winners
Three local fire departments, Rover, Alton and BB Road received grants from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Alton Police Chief Mike Barton resigned in August 2002. Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley announced that a possible recount could be in the works for the 153rd District state representative seat between Mike Dethrow and Tim Slayton.
A Koshkonong man, Thomas Labo, was charged with assault and armed criminal action after an incident with a knife at a residence in Koshkonong.
The Bank of Thayer held its annual Back to School celebration in mid-August 2002.
It was announced that school would be delayed at Koshkonong due to a problem with the new portion of the school not being hooked up to the city sewer system.
Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley announced Aug. 27 that a recount in the 153rd District state representative race would be held.
Thayer industrial arts teacher Mark Arnold was awarded an Outstanding Service Award from the Missouri Education Technology Association. The Oregon County Historical Society found a new home in August 2002 on Second Street in Thayer.
SEPTEMBER: A manual recount of the votes in the 153rd District state representative race saw Mike Dethrow the winner over Tim Slayton. A Wynne, Ark., man, Michael Wilson, drowned in the Spring River Sept. 2.
The Jeff and Sandy Lawrence Family was honored as Oregon County Farm Family of the Year in September 2002.
Heritage Day activities were held in Koshkonong in mid- September.
In a special meeting the Oregon County Economic Development Board of Directors voted unanimously to relieve Will Ingram from his position as economic developer in the county.
Judges from the Missouri Community Betterment contest were in Thayer in September 2002. Steve Hoghan was named the recipient of the first ever Nathan R. Murphy Memorial Scholarship, and students at Thayer Elementary School celebrated Johnny Appleseed week.
Alton resident Stacey Wiggs announced he would be the republican candidate for Oregon County presiding commissioner.
OCTOBER: Thayer School patrons organized a group to help pass the school bond issue that would allow the school board to build a new elementary school.
An Alton man, Edward Lucas, was arrested on pot charges in early October 2002.
Dan and Maureen Cover donated 800 acres to the Missouri Department of Conservation for conservation measures. Thayer High school senior Christian Bohrish was crowned 2002 Bobcat Homecoming queen Oct. 4.
Elections heated up at Mammoth Spring as Mayor Jean Pace and challenger Bob Vanderpool both campaigned for the mayor's job in the city.
The Koshkonong Volunteer Fire Department filed a lawsuit against the city of Koshkonong saying the city had breached a contract made between the city and fire department.
Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley announced to all Oregon County voters that they will have to show the proper I.D. when they go to the polls to vote in the Nov. 5 election.
Thayer Ward 1 Alderman Bobby Ryan resigned at the October Thayer City Council meeting and the council announced it was in the market for a person to fill that position.
Proposition 1 meetings at Thayer brought out the voters in mid-October 2002.
The Docs and Jocks benefit raised over $4, 661 for a young girl from Thayer to help with medical expenses.
Officials with the Alton Library announced it had received a $25,000 donation from the Larry Wallace Family to help with the establishment of the new library building located on the court square in Alton.
NOVEMBER: Newly elected state representaivee Mike Dethrow outlined his agenda in November 2002. Bob Vanderpool, who lost the mayoral race at Mammoth Spring, filed a complaint with the Fulton County Election Commission alleging unfairness during the Nov. 5 election. The election commission found no unfairness.
The construction of a new sally port got under way at Thayer the first of November.
The Alton City Council passed an ordinance dealing with mobile homes at its November city council meeting.
The Mammoth Spring School Board seat left open with the resignation of Harry Young was filled by John Walsh. The Thayer School Board announced that the sale of the prop 1 bonds were now available to local investors and institutions.
Students at Thayer High School sponsored a coat drive in November 2002, and the Alton Booster Club began a fund-raising project to purchase new lights at the school baseball field.
A Myrtle man, Noble McFann, was killed in an automobile accident Nov. 30.
DECEMBER:Thayer's Christmas Tour of Homes was held in December 2002 and hosted by the Shady Oaks Community Advisory Board. Couch High School students Sara Hubbell and Tasha Combs were nominated for National Honor Society Scholarships.
The county WIC program received a new state contractt,and school board filing dates were set across the county.
The Christmas Open House was held at the Bank of Thayer, and Santa came to the area as Alton, Koshkonong, Mammoth Spring and Thayer all had Christmas parades in December 2002.
A tourism tax was passed by the Mammoth Spring City Council.
The Alton High School Forensics Team placed second in Forensics contests and several residents from Shady Oaks enjoyed a holiday tea at the Treva Atkins home in Mammoth Spring.