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2006 in review

Thursday, January 4, 2007

JULY -- An Alton woman, Beverly A. Simmons, 35, was killed in a one-car accident July 4 north of Alton.

Thayer Community Betterment Association board member Dennis Redmon addressed the Thayer City Council July 11 concerning placing a half-cent sales tax to fund economic development on the fall election ballot. The council did not vote on Redmon's request.

A naturalist from the Missouri Department of Conservation gave a program on snakes at Grand Gulf State Park July 15.

Long time Mammoth Spring First Baptist Church pastor Bruce Stone announced in July that he would be moving to take a job as a pastor in Paragould.

On July 21 a storm with strong winds ripped through the Oregon County-Mammoth Spring area. The storm had winds up to 80 mph. Many homes were damaged but no injuries were reported.

An Alton teenager, Lauren Treptow, 19, was injured in a one-vehicle accident July 19 north of Alton.

The 113th Old Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Air Force Reunion began July 31 at Mammoth Spring State Park. The reunion lasted throughout the week.

August -- Koshkonong School Superintendent Steve Morgan held a meeting the Aug. 1 to ask voters in the school district to pass a tax levy increase of 78 cents. The levy passed.

The Fun and Friends Senior Citizen Center at Thayer received a certificate of excellence from the Missouri Department of Health after a kitchen inspection.

A Mammoth Spring man, Russ Neal McMurtrey, 31, was charged with several drug offenses, including possession of a controlled substance, after an investigation by the Mammoth Spring Police Department. He is now awaiting trial on the charges.

A Koshkonong man, David Teague, was transported to the Missouri Department of Corrections Aug. 28 after violating the terms of his parole. He was originally charged and convicted of felony stealing a motor vehicle.

Mammoth Spring resident Patti Pall represented Fulton County at the Arkansas Silver Haired Legislature Aug. 23-24.

September -- Shane Haggins of Mammoth Spring, who was in the Sharp County Jail awaiting trial for the murder of a 17-month-old girl, was found hanging inside his jail cell by jail personnel Sept. 13.

The body of Steven Vaughn, 20, was pulled from the Spring River Sept. 13 after he suffered some type of medical condition and fell from the boat he was fishing in with his grandfather. His body was sent to the state medical examiner's office and law enforcement officials are still awaiting the results of the autopsy.

Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace told the Mammoth Spring City Council at their September meeting the emergency preparedness report she was preparing was ready to be submitted to the state.

A mid-September storm with high winds and heavy rain washed out roads in the southern portion of the county. No one was injured.

The Oregon County Commission went on record Sept. 25 opposing the National Animal Identification System.

Two fall festivals were held in Oregon County the last weekend in September, the Thayer Fall Festival and Yesterdaze at Myrtle.

October -- The Ozark Black Gold Walnut Festival was held Oct. 5 at Alton

The Eleven Point River Baptist Association hosted a trail ride Oct. 14 at Thomasville.

Thayer Alumni Homecoming activities were held Oct. 13-14 in Thayer. Thayer senior Sabrina Harralston was crowned 2006 homecoming queen.

Neighboring Shannon County reported the first case of west Nile virus in a bird in October. Oregon County reported no cases of the disease in 2006.

Local residents began taking their walnuts to be processed at the old truck stop north of Thayer. The walnut crop was larger than anticipated.

Thayer police officer Frank Bernard was hired by the Thayer City Council to replace retiring Police Chief Gene Hatman Oct. 19.

Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace reported no deficiencies were found in the city well system after an inspection by the state.

Jesse Williams was sworn in as a Couch School Board member at the Oct. 9 meeting of the school board. Williams replaced Steve Honeycutt who moved out of the school district.

Ramona Combs was elected president of the Mammoth Spring School Board at their Oct. 9 meeting.

Thayer license fee agent Gletta Clark announced the Revenue Office at Thayer would close the end of the month because she was retiring.

A Thomasville woman, Kim Rowe, 48, was arrested and charged with two counts of stealing a controlled substance Oct. 13. Rowe is still awaiting a court date on the charges.

Mammoth Spring School Superintendent Ron Taylor addressed the Fulton County Quorum Court Oct. 16 to ask for funding for a school resource officer at the school. His request was denied.

Flu shots were given across the area starting in October.

November -- Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren and Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace were easily re-elected to their positions in the Nov. 7 general election.

A Mammoth Spring man, Justin Davis, 21, was charged with raping a 19-year-old woman. He is awaiting a court date on the charges.

Veterans from across the area were recognized by Mammoth Spring VFW Post 7831 on Veterans Day.

Thayer Mayor Allen Deckard asked Thayer City Aldermen Steve Alford, Buddy Rogers and Mike Harber to resign at the Nov. 14 Thayer City Council meeting. All three aldermen refused and are still serving the city.

Thayer superintendent of School Bill Garrison announced he would retire from the school district at the end of the school year.

The Flash Market at Thayer was robbed at gunpoint Nov. 30 and $700 was taken. No arrest has been made in the robbery.

December -- Christmas parades across the area highlighted the first two weekends of December 2006.

A Thayer man, Mark Glitzen, 38, is still in the Howell County Jail after he led offices on a high speed chase Dec 2. He faces several felony charges in connection with the chase.

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