JANUARY: A Thayer man, Timothy Jacobs, was sentenced to six months in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms in January 2004.
Mammoth Spring resident Carroll Traw announced that he would seek the Fulton County, Ark., sheriff seat. Traw served for many years as a deputy with the sheriff's department. He was defeated by Walter Dillinger.
An Alton teenager, Bryan Joiner, was injured in an accident and charged with failure to drive on the right side of the road early in January.
Local grocery store Wallace and Owens was honored with the first-ever Community Spirit Award by the Thayer Chamber of Commerce.
The man who introduced football to the city of Thayer, Louis J. Bozman, died in January 2004. He was instrumental in bringing football to Thayer Schools.
An Alton man, Leavy Moore, was arrested by the Oregon County Sheriff's Department and charged with felony and burglary charges. The charges stem from several burglaries of Alton residences. He was convicted of the charges and sent to state prison.
The Missouri Department of Transportation began repaving work on Route 142 in Oregon County.
The George D. Hay Foundation moved from south of Mammoth Spring to Main Street in the city.
Rick Hamby and his famous stagecoach came to Koshkonong School.
Mammoth Spring Bank, a branch of the Bank of Salem, opened in Mammoth Spring with Jim Mills as branch manager.
FEBRUARY: Shady Oaks Heathcare in Thayer crowned Marie Hatten and Curt Buehler as Snow Queen and King at the health care facility.
Thayer resident Christie Freeman was named as a member of the Greatest Ozark Athletes' Team.
The Myrtle Volunteer Fire Department bought a new firetruck in February 2004.
Spring Lake at Mammoth Spring State Park was drained in an effort to freeze the vegetation at the bottom of the lake. 2004 was the third consecutive year the lake was drained.
Two Thayer residents, Crystal Bowers and Bevon Poulette, pleaded guilty to drug charges Feb. 18 in Oregon County Circuit Court.
The Mammoth Spring School Board members learned in February 2004 that the Williford, Ark., School District voted to join the Oak Ridge Central School District instead of theirs.
Thayer School officials announced in February that a Community Learning Center would be coming to Thayer.
An Alton woman, Viola Strain, died in an accident Feb. 28 west of Alton.
MARCH: A Koshkonong man, William Lobo, received five years probation on an assault charge at his residence at Koshkonong where he was charged with a knife stabbing.
A meth lab was busted in Mammoth Spring on March 11. The lab was at the home of Bundy Noakes south of Mammoth Spring. Noakes was charged with possession of drugs and firearms. He was later sentenced to a rehabilitation center.
A Thayer teen-ager, James Ashford, was injured in an accident just north of Brandsville March 19.
New Eleven Point River regulations were announced by the National Forest Service.
Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson filed for re-election.
Smoke was ruled as the cause of death of an Alton man March 19. Gene Hollis, 71, was pronounced dead by Oregon County Coroner Tom Clary at the scene of the fire.
Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward persuaded a Howell County man, David Teague, to surrender to law enforcement officials after he was involved in a traffic accident where he fled the scene in Oregon County March 22.
APRIL: In April 2004 an Alton business, Central Ozarks Machine Shop, was presented with the Excellence in Business Award.
The Koshkonong High School Beta Club competed in a Quiz Bowl Tournament at West Plains and brought home the first place trophy.
The mayor's seat changed hands in the April 6 municipal election. Doyle Langley defeated Tom Lowe in the election.
Couch student Derrick Bennett of the Couch FFA was selected to the State FFA Chorus.
A Republic woman was killed in an accident north of Thayer April 18. Sandra Robinson died when the car she was a passenger in crossed the center line of the highway and was struck by another car.
MODOT held a forum in the county April 22 to discuss transportation issues. Several local residents attended and expressed their needs and concerns.
A Mammoth Spring man, Jason Meredith, was arrested on meth charges.
A Thayer soldier, Kenny Melton, was killed in action in Iraq April 15.
MAY: Oregon County Economic Developer Edd Hatten announced in May 2004 that the city of Alton had received a park grant.
A Thayer man, Bill Manes, started an effort to keep the children in the community safe by trying to get MoDOT to build a walkway over Highway 63 to the new Thayer Elementary School.
The Thayer Volunteer Fire Department fought an electrical fire at the home of Joyce Bodemhamer in rural Oregon County. They saved the home.
The National Day of Prayer was observed at Thayer City Hall May 6.
A health fair was held at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer May 12.
It was announced that the Mammoth Spring School District received NCA accreditation in May.
Thayer Mayor Allen Deckard signed a proclamation at the end of May declaring May 29 as Veterans' Recognition Day in the city.
A preliminary hearing was held May 21 for Brett Cotham of Thayer who had been charged in the stabbing death of Robert Kolsut in Howell County earlier in May.
JUNE: Free fishing days were held June 12 and 13 in Missouri.
The Dave and Pat Norman Farm received the Century Farm Award from the University of Missouri Extension in May.
Oregon County Assessor Charles Alford announced he would seek reelection.
Nathan Ogden was hired as the new funeral director at Carter Funeral Home after the retirement of Barbara Johnson.
Longtime girls basketball coach Christi Chester announced in May she would be resigning
Jeff Holman announced he would run for Oregon County Assessor.