Oregon County 2003 in review, continued from last week:
JULY -- Two Oregon County residents, Garland Barton and Kristy King, were honored by the South Central Region Workforce Investment Board at a ceremony at the West Plains Civic Center. King was awarded for being an outstanding participant in the program and Barton was honored for his more than 20 years of service with the board.
Students from Couch School attended a peer training workshop at West Plains.
Koshkonong History books went on sale.
A rural Sharp Co. man, Roy Owens Jr., was charged with assaulting his wife in Oregon County.
Craig Schuster was named Citizen of the Year at Thayer. Alton School Board approved the budget for the upcoming year.
Work began on the new Thayer Elementary School.
The National Forest Service announced that funds would be headed to Mark Twain National Forest to fight the drug problem in the forest.
The new sidewalks at Mammoth Spring passed state inspection.
New textbooks were approved for use at the school by the Alton School Board.
A Thayer man, Tim Jacobs, was accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm after an incident at his home where shots were fired.
Edd Hatten was hired to fill the job of economic developer in Oregon County.
Two new principals, David McQuerter and Joby Steele, were hired at Alton School.
Longtime state senator who served Oregon County for nearly 30 years, Danny Staples, died of a heart attack at his home in Eminence July 26.
AUGUST -- A Myrtle teen-ager, David Dujardin, was charged with felony assault at Thayer after an incident at Flash Market where he assaulted a store clerk
The Thayer VFD received a $220 grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The Bank of Salem announced it would open a branch office in Mammoth Spring.
A Couch man, Mikel Sand, was charged with sodomy and child molestation. A Thayer man, Jeremy Thompson, was arrested at Mammoth Spring for drug possession.
The Eleven Point River meeting discussing the future at Alton drew a big crowd in early August.
The Tommy and Denice Melton family, who live on KK Highway, were named Oregon County Farm Family of the Year.
Officers with the Mark Twain National Forest in Oregon Country announced that several signs and other property were damaged in the forest.
An Alton man, Jacob Burmingham, was charged with theft after he broke into Thayer Freewill Baptist Church.
Oregon County Circuit Clerk and Recorder Janice Andrews retired and longtime deputy clerk Dorothy Barton was appointed to fill the position.
President George Bush sent a greeting to the Old Soldiers Reunion.
The city of Thayer announced it would enter the first ever chili cook-off at Rockaway Beach.
SEPTEMBER -- An Alton man, William Champlin, was charged with several sex crimes and is waiting trial. An Oregon County horse tested positive for the West Nile virus and survived.
Two Couch students, Darron Combs and Doug Melton, brought home a gold medal from the National FCCLA Convention for their illustrated talk on alcohol and drug abuse.
Phyllis Todd was named administrator at Shady Oaks in Thayer.
OCTOBER -- Andy Roark of Thayer was taken to state prison after his probation was revoked. He was found guilty of stealing cattle.
Two Arkansas men, Rodney Fletcher and Tony Delargy, were charged with burglary in connection with the break-in at Mammoth Spring Superette in early October.
Oregon County Economic Developer Edd Hatten announced he was working on a park grant for the city of Alton.
Several local senior citizens met with Rep. Jo Ann Emerson at West Plains to discuss senior issues.
Thayer residents were asked to name the new sitting park at Thayer.
The state of Arkansas announced that the revenue office at Mammoth Spring would be one of the offices around the state that would be closing due to budget cuts.
The city of Thayer began working on a new water line at the Thayer Industrial Park
The Thayer School Board asked the citizens of the city to help them decide what to do with the old elementary building when it is empty and have yet to make a decision on the building.
The Oregon County Sheriff's Department transferred two men to state prison: Ignasio Arias on a felony vehicle charge and Jeremy Cox on a possession of stolen property charge.
NOVEMBER -- The ribbon was cut at the new Mammoth Spring Post Office with several state and local dignitaries in attendance.
It was announced that Missouri would play a role in the presidential election process next year. The Presidential Preference Primary will be held Feb. 3.
Longtime Thayer postal employee Gary Hirsch retired.
A Poplar Bluff man, Willard Crook, was killed in an ATV accident in Oregon County.
World Link Week was observed at Koshkonong School.
New officers were elected by Mammoth Spring City Council and Steve Russell was elected president again.
Two Oregon County workers, Phil Woods and Shiela Russell, received American Cancer Society service awards.
DECEMBER -- Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace announced she was working on a deal with the state to keep the revenue office in her city open.
Second degree murder charges were brought against a Thayer man, Brett Cotham, in the stabbing death of Robert Kolsut.
Federal charges were filed against a Thayer couple, Matt Bradley and Kamala Crone, after the theft of Guns at Outback Gun and Pawn.