JANUARY: Extension elections were held in Oregon County in January 2003. The Oregon County Farm Bureau was recognized at its annual meeting for membership and other high achievments.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced it would be resurfacing several roads in the county.
A Koshkonong woman, Rhonda Knapp, was killed in an automobile accident in Howell County Jan. 10.
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson was sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives.
A retirement party was held for longtime Fun and Friends Center Director Sue Barnes.
The Couch FCCLA was voted first for membership in the nation and was featured in the national FCCLA magazine.
Two Thayer residents, Joseph Beard and Terri Beard, were charged with cooking meth on Jan. 15.
The Alton School Board received an extension on its QZAB bond application.
FEBRUARY: The Thayer School Board approved the sale of $3.1 million in general obligation bonds.
Jobs and industrial development were on the minds of a group that met at the Oregon County Country Music Theater.
The Homeland Security Corps was organized in the county in February.
A Thayer teen-ager was arrested in the burglary of the Mammoth Spring Tobacco store.
A lawsuit was filed against the city of Thayer by Jimmie and Meda Conley. The couple claim work done by the city damaged their home.
Rep. Mike Dethrow was appointed vice chairman of the House Conservation and Natural Resources Committee in Jefferson City.
Retiring Alton Elementary School principal Keith Combs shared special memories of the school.
Two Alton juveniles were arrested and charged with burglary at Argo's.
A benefit for Thayer teen ager Brittany Allen was held Feb. 21 at Thayer.
Former Koshkonong Superintendent Ron Taylor announced he was interested in the job of superintendent at Mammoth Spring School District.
Fun and Friends hired Sheila Smith as director and Sue Scott as assistant director of the center.
Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward seized a large meth lab at Rover.
Longtime Thayer businessman Lloyd Best announced he would be retiring from the shoe business.
MARCH: The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled against former Mammoth Spring Police Chief Bob Vanderpool in his lawsuit against the city seeking back pay.
Former Thayer Mayor Al Clark announced his intention to seek the mayor's seat in the city again.
The sidewalk project in downtown Thayer began.
Dorothy Sisco Day was held at the Alton Senior Center for her work at the center.
Renea Honeycutt from the Couch FFA received the American FFA Award.
A prisoner from the South Central Corrections facility at Licking escaped from work detail in Oregon County and was taken back into custody March 27.
APRIL: Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace signed a proclamation declaring April 26 Loyalty Day in the city.
Former state Rep. Don Koller accepted a position with the Department of Public Safety/Emergency Management Agency.
Allen Deckard was elected Mayor at Thayer.
The Couch School Board approved the A+ progress report at the school.
Ron Taylor was offered a contract as superintendent at Mammoth Spring School District and he took the job.
MAY: A Mammoth Spring man, Ralph Cotham, was found dead in Spring River May 3.
Heavy storms rolled through the county May 7, 2003. No one was injured but extensive property damage was seen across the county
Couch teacher Teresa Holder received the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year honor. Two Thayer residents, Emily Beck and Scott Reed, were killed in an automobile accident north of Thayer May 16.
JUNE: Oregon Country made the disaster assistance list due to May storms.
The Thayer license office moved to Chestnut Street.
Stacey Fruge of Thayer received the First Generation Award from SMSU in West Plains.
The speed limit on Highway 63 through Thayer was changed in June 2003 to 50 mph from 60 mph.
Thayer veterinarian Greg Langley was named Distinguished Alumni by SMSU.
The Thayer City Council approved a request for a leave of absence from Municipal Judge William T. Hass, awaiting a state department project in Iraq.
Alton Mayor Brad Vest resigned his position, saying he wants more time with his family.
See next week's SMN for the remainder of the Year in Review.