July through December
Reporters note: This is continued from last week's year in review.
JULY: Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson announced the South Central Drug Task Force, of which Oregon County is a member would receive federal funds. At the time she was not sure of an amount.
An Alton woman, Carlene Robertson, and her step-grandson, Trevin Dicks, were injured in a one-vehicle accident just south of Alton. The car Robertson was driving ran off the road and struck a culvert.
Two local cowboys, Adam Combs and Brad Orahood, competed in a national rodeo competition in Wyoming. They did not win.
Longtime Thayer postal carrier Tom Forschler retired from the post office. He was recognized by fellow employees at the post office.
Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward announced he would seek re-election. Ward won the election by a large margin.
A Thayer woman, Carol Futhey, 34, was killed when her car was struck head-on by Rundle Slagley, 19, of Salem Ark.
A rural Oregon County man, Bud Nichols, offered a reward in the theft of a Watusi cow from his farm. The cow was never recovered.
Thayer resident Carlene Williams was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Thayer Chamber of Commerce at the chamber's banquet.
AUGUST: The Old Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Air Force Reunion was held Aug. 2-7 at Mammoth Spring State Park.
The Thayer City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting skateboards on the city sidewalks.
The Oregon County Commission signed an ordinance prohibiting concealed weapons in the courthouse and other county buildings.
Teachers and volunteers began moving desks and other items from the old Thayer Elementary School to the new school.
Rod Priest was hired as the new principal at Thayer Elementary School.
The BB Road Volunteer Fire Department announced the department received a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to buy a new firetruck
The Carl Burkhead family was named to the county list of Century Farms.
SEPTEMBER: Mammoth Spring Police officers Mike Davis and Jamie Turnbough announced the city received enough donations to buy a new breathalyzer for their police department.
A California man, Gary Schroder, claimed his truck and other property was being held captive by Tally Ho Motel owner Bob Crase after Schroder damaged the motel by hitting an awning with his truck. Schroder took matters into his own hands after nearly a week by using a chainsaw and cutting the truck free.
Mammoth Spring Police officers Mike Davis and Jamie Turnbough nabbed a Mammoth Spring man, William Tibbits, after Davis tried to stop the vehicle Tibbits was driving. Tibbits escaped the car and led the officers on a foot chase.
A groundbreaking was held for the new Tourist Information Center at Thayer.
After nearly a month of no rain, the Oregon County Commission ordered a burn ban for all the county.
Thayer City Council passed a $3 million budget at its September City Council meeting.
Howell-Oregon Electric Company urged Oregon County residents to donate to their cause of assisting Florida hurricane victims.
The Alton Culture Club announced it had a new sidewalk project in the city and asked city residents to help with the project.
A television producer visited Alton Sept. 23 to see if the city was suitable for a reality show. It was decided later in the fall that Alton would not be selected.
OCTOBER: The Department of Homeland Security announced Thayer City Fire Department and rural fire department would each received grants for $21,000.
Longtime Myrtle Postmaster Delores Larsen retired after 30 years of postal service.
Two Mammoth Spring men, Wesley Roberts and Thomas Musgrove, were sentenced to prison after being charged and convicted of several area burglaries.
Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley announced voter registration was up in the county by 92 voters since the Aug. 2 primary.
Mark Homer, the owner of Cane Bluff Land and Cattle Co., offered a reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who stole a trophy saddle and other items from his farm.
A Thayer woman, Jamie Madden, 34, was charged with felony first degree sodomy involving a girl under the age of 14. She is currently awaiting trial on the charges.
President Bush awarded three Fun and Friends volunteers, Linda McGhee, Jessie Mae Burkhead and Roberta Gaines with the President's Volunteer Service Award for their volunteer time at Fun and Friends.
NOVEMBER: Alton resident Mike Dethrow was re-elected to the Missouri House of Representative in the Nov. 2 election.
A two-vehicle wreck killed an Alton man. Robert Sifford, 70, died when a truck driven by Jessie Reeves of Birch Tree crossed the center line of the highway striking his car.
Due to the retirement of Oregon County Economic Developer Edd Hatten, the Oregon County Commission began seeking someone for the position.
Couch School held its first ever health fair at the school.
The Out of the Way Cafe served Thanksgiving dinner at their cafe located on Main Street in Mammoth Spring and donated all proceeds to the local Shop with a Cop Program.
DECEMBER: The Toys for Toys drive sponsored by the Mammoth Spring VFW began.
A Springfield man, Nicholas Robertson, was killed in a wreck Dec. 3 just north of Thayer. Robertson's vehicle ran off the road, struck a driveway and overturned, ejecting him from the truck.
The Bank of Thayer announced Adam Courter had joined the staff as assistant vice president/manager trainee.
An Alton man, Lloyd Miller, 26, was sentenced to the Missouri Department of Corrections Dec. 8 after being convicted of a parole violation.