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2007 Taking a look back

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Reporter's note: This is the last of a two part series highlighting events and activities in the Oregon County/Mammoth Spring area.


A new domestic violence center, Christos House of Oregon County, opened in Alton.

Mary Ann Holman, a long-time advocate for the elderly in Oregon County was honored with a reception at the Alton Senior Citizen Center.

The Spring Dipper in Mammoth Spring was robbed. A Thayer man, Robert Winegardner, 25, was charged with commercial burglary.

The old Koshkonong Elementary School was torn down after 80 years of service to the community.

A Mammoth Spring man, Doug Rogers, 66, was killed in a boating accident July 7, when a boat driven by his son, Wesley Rogers, 25, also of Mammoth Spring collided with a boat on Bull Shoals Lake that did not have its lights on.

Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace announced the city received a recycling grant for $2,250.

Judge David Evans sentenced Donald Alford, 18, of Thayer and Michael Boddie, 19, of West Plains to four years in prison after they went on a burning and vandalism spree in Thayer.

The BB Road and Thayer Fire Departments received grants from the Missouri Department of Conservation to buy needed equipment.

Judge David Evans denied a motion made by the U.S. Army to release Donald Ashford, 18, of Thayer from the Missouri Department of Correction so he could be deployed to Iraq.

Drinking and driving checkpoints were held on Highway 63 by the Thayer Police Department.


The 114th Old Soldiers Reunion was held at Mammoth Spring State Park Aug. 6-11.

Sexual abuse charges were filed against?a?Thayer man, Anthony Potter, 37. Potter was charged with three felony counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree and one count of felony child molestation in the first degree.

A Thayer man, Leslie Brian Woods, 28, died in a logging accident in Arkansas Aug. 1.

The Oregon County Commission announced that Highway 63 from Thayer to West Plains had been approved for passing lanes by MoDOT.

The commission also discussed re-opening The Narrows a recreational area near Myrtle. No decision was made.

Darrin Sorrell was hired as a new Thayer police officer by the Thayer City Council.

Voters in the Couch School District approved a tax levy transfer issue during the Aug. 13 election.

The Mammoth Spring City Council appointed Kenny Haney as fire chief in the city after the resignation of Frank McComas.

An Alton man, Robert Wilcox, 19, was killed in an ATV accident south of Pomona Aug. 24.

Pearly Ruth Froshour celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family Aug. 15 at the Alton Senior Citizen Center.


A Mammoth Spring man, Jesse Johnson, 17, died as the result of a fire in the Oregon County Jail at Alton Sept. 6. Three other men, Cody Davis, Nick Pacheco and Robert Huff all received serious injuries in the fire, but survived.

Heritage Day activities were held Sept. 8 at Koshkonong.

Officials with the Mark Twian National Forest announced they are offering an award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons setting fires in the Mark Twain National Forest.

A Memphis woman, Sheila Odor, 45, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for her involvement in an automobile accident that killed two Koshkonong men, Ernest Billingsley, 61 and Alex Billingsley, 40, on Highway 9, 11 miles north of Salem.

Alton Mayor Richard Haigwood said the views of Alton Alderman Bill Young regarding the fire at the Oregon County Jail were not his views or other council members' views. Young had gone on record blaming sheriff Tim Ward for the fire.

Fulton County Quorum Court member Jimmy Marler swore in new Mammoth Spring Alderman Peggy Smith in mid-Sept. 2007.

Jamie Turnbough defeated incumbent Mammoth Spring School Board member Ramona Combs 164 to 93 votes in the Sept. 18 school board election.

A Koshkonong man, Gerald Andrews, 77, was killed in an ATV accident on Route P near Koshkonong Sept. 27.

An Alton woman, Kari Brown, 37, was sentenced Sept. 25 to seven years in prison for trying to hire an undercover agent to kill her husband in 2006.


A Mammoth Spring woman, Mary Hardwick was charged with three counts of prostitution in early October 2007.

Christa Adams was named 2007 Thayer Homecoming Queen.

Alton School Superintendent Sheila Wheeler announced her school district had received a $1.2 million grant to build a school/community storm shelter.

At their regular October city council meeting the Mammoth Spring City Council voted to close an alley between the Mammoth Spring School and property owned by Bill Pace.

The owners of Palace Drug and Cass Wood Floors, both Mammoth Spring businesses, bought new polo shirts for the Mammoth Spring boy's basketball team.

Chata Johnson, 30, was killed in a two vehicle accident in Thayer Oct. 25.

An Alton man, Jordan Willard, 23, died as the result of a one-vehicle accident six miles east of Myrtle Oct. 10.

The Chestnut Art Gallery reopened Oct. 31 featuring several local artist's work.


The Thayer Bobcat Football Team were named Class 1 District 3 champs.

The Thayer Rural Fire Department started seeking nominations for two, three-year positions on their fire board.

Oregon County Health Department Director Sheila Russell announced the health department had received a grant for $71,846.

A shed and its contents at the Robert Morgan residence located 15 miles east of Thayer was destroyed by fire Nov. 9.

A Koshkonong teenager, Clint Cochran, 17, was killed in a two vehicle accident Nov. 16 at the intersection of Route M and Highway 63.

The Alton School District received a perfect score on their Annual Performance Report.

The Out of the Way Cafe at Mammoth Spring raised nearly $2,000 to help benefit the local Toys for Tots campaign to buy toys for needy children in the area.

Mammoth Spring School Superintendent Ron Taylor announced last week that high school principal Brian Davis has received his Advanced Certificate of Recognition.

The Oregon County Community Foundation was formed to help raise funds for grant making purposes.

Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley announced polling places in the county would be changing.

Tom Clary announced he would be purchasing the Carr-Montgomery Funeral Home at Thayer.

A Couch woman, Crystal Doran was changed with felony involuntary manslaughter in connection with an accident that killed Jordan Willard of Alton. Doran was driving the vehicle Willard was in and is accused of being intoxicated at the time of the accident.


Christmas parades and Christmas royalty were crowned Dec. 1 at Alton and Thayer.

A fire destroyed the Shipp residence south of Mammoth Spring Dec. 3. No one was injured in the fire.

Alton High School was named one of the best high schools in the country and one of only 29 best in Missouri by the U.S. News and World Report magazine.

The Koshkonong Christmas parade and Christmas royalty was held Dec. 8 and the Mammoth Spring Christmas parade was also held Dec. 8.

A Koshkonong woman, Laura Wittingham, 37, was killed an an accident in Houston, Mo., Dec. 6.

The Bank of Thayer Christmas Open House was held at Thayer Dec. 7.

Vandals destroyed Christmas decorations at Warm Fork Park in Thayer.

Mammoth Spring High School was selected as one of the best high schools in the country.

An Alton woman, Esther Burmingham, received serious injuries when she fell off the hood of a car she was riding on. The car was driven by her mother. The accident happened on County Road 413.

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