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South Missourian reviews year in news

Thursday, December 22, 2005

JANUARY: More than 60 mailboxes were vandalized the night of Jan. 4 across Oregon County. No arrests were made in the vandalism.

The Oregon County Health Department had its WIC grant renewed.

The city of Mammoth Spring approved the 2005 budget at the first city council meeting of the year Jan. 3. The approved budget was $573,100.

Glenda Pryor was named Mammoth Spring State Park assistant superintendent in January 2005.

A Thayer man, Michael Klum, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for drugs, after leading officers on a high speed chase between Thayer and Hardy, Ark., in September.

Thayer Mayor Allen Deckard proclaimed Jan. 24-28 as Ronald McDonald Week in Thayer Jan. 20. This recognizes the work done by the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield.

Koshkonong High School senior Joseph Driscoll was nominated by U.S. Sen. Kit Bond to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Later in the year he was accepted.

Alton School Superintendent Sheila Wheeler announced the school was asking to be accepted for Qualified Zone Academy bonds. The bond issue went to vote April 5 and was defeated.

FEBRUARY: A representative from U.S. Sen. Jim Talent's office, Jeff Glenn, was in Alton the first week in February to visit with Oregon County residents to get input on their needs.

The Mammoth Spring VFW presented certificates of recognition to two Mammoth Spring residents at their meeting Feb. 2. Certificates were presented to Mammoth Spring Fire Chief Steve Simers and Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis for their service to the community

The Mammoth Spring City Council warned city residents with messy yards to get them cleaned up or face legal action.

Tony and Betty Bamber of Mammoth Spring were crowned 2005 Valentine Royalty at Thayer Fun and Friends Senior Citizen Center.

Couch School Superintendent Rolla Fraley told the Couch School Board that state money from the 2005-06 budget would not decrease per pupil.

The Mammoth Spring Bank was robbed by a man with a gun Feb. 18. Over $2,000 was taken. A Florida man, Gregory Conan, was arrested in early March in Florida as a person of interest in the robbery but has not yet been charged.

The Oregon County Sheriff's Department was awarded a grant for $6,119 from the Missouri Department of Public Safety. The department bought radios for the department with the grant.

MARCH: Thayer License Fee Agent Dick Richardson announced the Thayer office would close the end of the business day March 2 due to budget cuts.

A Thayer man, Elwyn Vanmeter, was charged with felony child molestation March 11. Later in the year he was sentenced to seven years in state prison.

Officers with the Oregon County Sheriff's Office recovered six stolen ATVs in early March. No arrests were made.

Two Thayer teenagers, David Robinson and Cassandra Jewell, were killed in a one-vehicle accident March 18 on V Highway. The driver of the vehicle the teenagers were riding in, Kenneth Martin, has been charged with two counts of felony involuntary manslaughter and two counts of felony assault in the accident but has not yet been tried.

A groundbreaking was held March 23 by the Alton Culture Club for a sidewalk project near the Alton Senior Citizens' Center.

An elderly Mammoth Spring couple, Howard and Beryl Green, were found dead in the living room of their home March 28 after a house fire. No foul play was suspected.

APRIL: The Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles announced that the Thayer License Fee Office would reopen in the near future at a new location. Gletta Clark would be the new agent and the new location of the office would be at C.A.R.S. Inc. just outside of Thayer.

In the April 5 election Allen Deckard was re-elected mayor of Thayer and Rose VanDiver was re-elected mayor of Koshkonong. The Alton School QZAB bond issue was defeated 334-308.

An altercation happened at the April 10 Thayer City Council meeting between Mayor Allen Deckard and Thayer businessman Bob Crase. Crase said Deckard pushed him. Both men sought medical attention. No charges were filed in the incident.

The Oregon County Commission went on record April 29 opposing a revised forest plan completed by the National Forest Service regarding the Mark Twain National Forest.

Randy Ward was elected Thayer School Board president.

MAY: A Thayer man, Johnathan Witt, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a nurse, Angela King, he fell on at Shady Oaks in Thayer in August 2004. Witt received five years in prison, with the sentence suspended if he completes his probation period.

Charles Barnett, 45, of Thayer died in a one-vehicle accident in Howell County May 7.

A Thayer man, Morris Allen Jones, was sentenced to 10 years probation after he pleaded guilty to drug and explosives charges. Officers had made a traffic stop in Mammoth Spring and found methamphetamine and a pipe bomb in a vehicle Jones was in.

The first ever Circle of Hope Powwow was held at Mammoth Spring State Park May 14. The event was a competition for Native American dancers, singers and drummers from across the country. Ozark Gateway Tourism Day was celebrated at the state park May 11.

A plaque to honor Grand Ole Opry founder George D. Hay was installed at Mammoth Spring State Park May 17.

Long-time Mammoth Spring Elementary school Principal Ruth Stevens retired from the education profession in May 2005.

JUNE: A Mammoth Spring teenager, Stephen Smith, 17, was charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of 14-year-old Joshua Mullins, also of Mammoth Spring.

Smith is currently awaiting trial.Authorities say Smith admitted to the shooting but said it was an accident. He is awaiting trial in the Fulton County jail.

A Jonesboro man, Juan Salinas, 29, died from stab wounds he received at the Flash Market in Thayer. His girlfriend, Veronica Gomez, also of Jonesboro, was later charged with involuntary manslaughter in the incident. She is out on bond and awaiting trial.

It was announced that two Couch High School seniors, Kim LaBahn and Matt Deckard, would receive the I Dare You Leadership Award.

A Mammoth Spring man, Michael Corbin, died as the result of a one-vehicle accident south of Mammoth Spring.

Officials with the Oregon County Extension Office said due to lack of rain hay crops could be cut in half in the area.



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