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Taking a look back at 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Reporters Note: This is the first in a two-part series featuring interesting events in the Thayer/Mammoth Spring area in 2007.


It was announced that a mobile food pantry would be coming to Oregon County starting in January.

The minimum wage increased in Missouri starting Jan. 1 from $5.15 an hour to $6.50.

Mammoth Spring School superintendent Ron Taylor sent a letter to state Rep. Curren Everett and State Sen. Paul Miller asking for their support for a school resource officer.

Ann Nicole Harms joined the Oregon County University Extension team as a nutrition program associate.

Thayer/Mammoth Spring Rotary Club member Lynn Hobbs was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship award.

Fire claimed the life of a Mammoth Spring woman, Daisy Lucille Thompson, Jan. 19 when her house located at 415 South 10th Street caught fire and burned.


A Cherokee Village man, Michael Ball, 45, was charged with robbing the First National Banking Company of Mammoth Spring Feb. 5.

Mammoth Spring native Rose Pierce was hired as the new museum attendant at Mammoth Spring State Park.

A snowfall of a couple of inches closed classes at all local schools the first week in February.

A Thayer man, Donald Ashford, 18, and a West Plains man, Michael Boddie, 19, were charged with vandalism and setting fires in Thayer.

The Mammoth Spring City Council condemned a building once known as Michael's Antiques on Main Street in the city at their February council meeting.

Ladies Only in Thayer held a Fitness and Wellness Healthy Heart 5K Fun Walk Feb. 24.

A meeting to plan for disaster preparedness was held at the Mammoth Spring VFW Feb. 27.

Two Howell County juveniles were found in Thayer in late February after running away from home the day before.

The Thayer City Council re-zoned property on North Business 63 at their February City Council meeting. The property was re-zoned from residential to commercial.

High winds and hail ripped through portions of the county causing damage Feb. 28. No one was injured but several trees were downed in the storm.


Three local residents, Jesse Gardner, 29, Samuel Noakes, 26, and Autumn Manes, 27, were arrested on drug charges in early March by Mammoth Spring police officers.

The Thayer Athletic Improvement Organization announced they would be seeking donations and volunteers to build a new concession stand at Thayer High School.

Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace announced the city had met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community.

The Oregon County Sheriff's Department took Michael Deardoff, 42, of Thayer into custody and charged him with child endangerment and two counts of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.

Alton Public Head Librarian Janice Richardson announced the library received a grant for $8,998 that will be used to build a space for teens at the library.

For the second time in two weeks, Samuel Noakes, 26, of Mammoth Spring was arrested on drug charges.

Dixie Hill, 48, of Willow Springs was found dead at Grand Gulf State Park March 13. The death was ruled a suicide.

An increased base pay for new teachers was set by the Mammoth Spring School Board at their regular March meeting.

A Thayer woman, Amy Cook, 20, died March 31 from injuries she suffered in a car accident in Howell County March 30.


A Mammoth Spring man, Jesses Johnson, 17, robbed the Bulleye Convenience Store at Thayer at gunpoint April 1 and shot Phillip Berkley, 70, of Bolivar. Berkley survived and Johnson was charged with first degree robbery, first degree assault and armed criminal action.

Merle Williams was elected the new Thayer mayor in the April 3 General and Municipal Election held April 3. Williams defeated incumbent mayor Allen Deckard 312 to 129 votes.

The ambulance levy issue on the ballot was defeated by county voters 612 to 526.

State Rep. Jo Ann Emerson was in Thayer April 10 and visited with several local businesses and business leaders.

New elected officials Merle Williams, Joe Barbee and Junior Brewer were sworn-in at the April 10 Thayer City Council meeting.

A reception was held April 5 for long-time Thayer city employee Kenny Hedden. Hedden has worked for the city for 40 years.

The Thayer Chamber of Commerce hired Caroline Sutherland of Thayer as the coordinator of the Thayer Tourist Information and Railroad Museum.

The Thayer/Mammoth Spring Rotary Auction was held April 23-27.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new concession stand at Thayer High School.


A Koshkonong teenager, Richard Gatewood, 17, died in an accident May 1 on PP Highway.

The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce held Trout Fest 2007 at Mammoth Spring State Park May 5.

On May 5 students from Thayer High School worked with employees from the Missouri Department of Transportation to paint stencils around Thayer to remind drivers to wear their seatbelts.

A retirement reception was held May 5 for long-time Mammoth Spring teacher Jo Kaye Smith. Smith taught school just over 40 years.

Mammoth Spring State Park celebrated Tourism Week May 12-20 with live entertainment and door prizes at the park.

Cory Parish, 19, of Koshkonong was killed in an accident May 12 in West Plains.

Relay for Life activities in Oregon County began gearing-up in May. Jolie Washam, a teacher at Mammoth Spring School was named Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for the area.

Missy Webber was named new city clerk at Thayer.

A Mammoth Spring man, Shane Shipp who had been sought by the law since March of 2006 on assorted drug charges was found in Tennessee and returned to Fulton County.

The Mammoth Spring City Council voted to limit parking in the city to two hours on Main Street during their regular May meeting.

A murder suspect from Ripley County, Michael Boone, was arrested in Thayer and turned over to Ripley County authorities.

Officials with the U.S. Department of the Interior Geological Survey updated the stream survey on the Spring River.

The Oregon County Relay for Life was held at Thayer May 18 and 19. The event raised over $75,000 to fight cancer.


Oregon County farmers began a fight against the state to keep the local Farm Service Agency office open at Alton.

The Mammoth Spring School District announced that July 1 would be the deadline for students to submit an application to attend school in their district.

A bone marrow match was found for Sarah Prewitt of Thayer, who had been suffering with leukemia.

A health fair was held June 14 at Shady Oaks in Thayer with over 35 business and service organizations participating.

The Thayer Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual chamber banquet June 18 and Peggy Boren was named Thayer Citizen of the Year.

Emergency responders from across the area, including Thayer Emergency Management Director Mark Arnold met in West Plains June 20 to learn how to prepare for disaster emergencies.

A preliminary hearing was held June 20 at Alton to determine if there was enough evidence to bound Jesse Johnson over for trail. Johnson, 20, of Mammoth Spring was charged with robbing the Bullseye Convenience Store in Thayer April 1 and shooting a Bolivar, Mo., man. It was determined Johnson would stand trial for the charges.

Construction of a new helicopter pad at Thayer got underway in June 2007.

A new domestic violence center opened at Alton.

Mary Ann Holman was honored with a proclamation from State. Rep. Mike Dethrow June 25 at Alton for her 28 years of service to the elderly.

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