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Last half of 2005 marked by tornadoes

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Also, police help recover stolen safes and ATMs in six-county area

JULY: A new district ranger, Tim Bond, was hired to oversee the Mark Twain National Forest.

The Oregon County Sheriff's Office was instrumental in recovering safes and ATMs from a six-county area in southern Missouri. Three people were arrested and charged with burglary and theft. They are Lorretta Meyette and Chad Lovett, both of Salem, Mo., and Randy Compney of New Hampshire. All three are awaiting trial on the charges.

A Thayer man, Paul Hackworth, was presented a certificate of appreciation by local American Legion officials for having belonged to the Charles Burkett American Legion Post for 60 years.

The state approved a new preschool program at the Mammoth Spring School District. This is the first program of its kind in Fulton County.

Two Koshkonong men, Ernest Billingsley and Alex Billingsley, were killed when a vehicle driven by Shiela O'Dour crossed the center line of Highway 9 north of Salem.

A Mammoth Spring man, Michael Casey, was killed two miles north of Hardy when he attempted to pass a tractor trailer. The Casey vehicle swerved into a ditch to avoid an oncoming vehicle, skidded across the road and landed in the ditch on the other side of the road.

Wade Powell was hired as Mammoth Spring Elementary School principal.

The Mammoth Spring School Board voted to place QZAB on the Sept. 20 election ballot.

Mikel Sand, 28, of Myrtle was sentenced to two 15-year sentences in Missouri state prison on two counts of child molestation.

AUGUST: The 113th Old Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Air Force Reunion was held at the Mammoth Spring State Park Aug. 1. It was hot during the event that lasted all week.

A 9-year-old Thayer boy, Michael Franz, received minor injuries when he ran into the side of a pickup truck near Rogers Service Station in Thayer.

An Alton man, Brent Robinson, 34, was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Shannon County.

The body of an elderly Shannon County man, Sanford Hodges, 89, who had been missing for two weeks was found by Oregon County deputy Eric King near the Oregon/Shannon County line.

Three Koshkonong students, all juveniles, confessed to vandalism and thefts at Koshkonong School. All three were turned over to juvenile officials.

SEPTEMBER: The communities of Thayer and Mammoth Spring joined efforts to collect relief items for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

A new pavilion was opened at Mammoth Spring State Park.

Frank McComas was appointed as Mammoth Spring fire chief after the resignation of Steve Simers.

Couch School was designated an A+ School by the state, making all four schools in Oregon County A+ Schools.

The first ever Trout Fest was held in Mammoth Spring Sept. 24.

A Mammoth Spring man, Michael Siebert, 35, was charged with 20 counts of rape after he allegedly sexually assaulted an underage female multiple times. He is still awaiting trail on the charges.

Scot Reef, 46, of Thayer pleaded guilty in Oregon County Circuit Court to statutory sodomy and was sentenced to five years in Prison. The incident involved a girl under the age of 14.

OCTOBER: Kenneth Martin, 23, of Thayer was charged with two counts of felony involuntary manslaughter, two counts of felony assault and driving with no drivers license in connection with a car accident where two Thayer teenagers, David Robinson and Cassandra Jewell, were killed. Martin was driving the vehicle that crashed on V Highway March 18 and killed the teenagers.

NOVEMBER: 37th District Circuit Court Judge R. Jack Garrett announced he will retire from his position as judge the end of November due to health reasons.

Tornadoes ripped through Oregon County leaving downed trees and powerlines and as many as 10 barns, outbuildings and several mobile homes destroyed. No one was injured as a result of the storms.

Janie Walters, a 26-year employee of Shady Oaks Nursing and Rehab Center in Thayer, was hired as the new administrator at the facility after the resignation of David Medley.

Elwyn Van Meter, 48, of Thayer was sentenced to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to two charges of child molestation in Oregon County Circuit Court.

La Jena Adams, 29, of Thayer was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 63. Her two children, Lakrista Adams, 4 and Landon Adams, 6, were in the vehicle when the accident occurred. Landon is still in a St. Louis hospital being treated for injuries he suffered in the accident.

A deer, a doe, crashed through the front door of the Unique Hair Design Beauty Shop in Thayer, and Oregon County Conservation agent Paul Veatch was called to help get it out of the shop.

DECEMBER: The Toys for Tots drive held annually by Mammoth Spring VFW Post 7831 got under way in the state line area.

A Mammoth Spring man, Shawn Cox, 29, was arrested for unlawful entry by the U.S. Secret service for scaling and jumping over a fence at the White House in Washington, D.C. He is currently undergoing a mental examination.

Two Mammoth Spring teachers, Lana Steed and Paula Baldridge, achieved national board certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Thayer postal worker Mike Warren was awarded the Mid-America Performance Cluster's "I Satisfy Customers" employee recognition award after looking in on an elderly Thayer man, Guy Robbins, for two months while neighbors were out of town.

A Couch man, John Roy, 49, was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

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