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The year in review

Thursday, December 28, 2006


January -- An Alton man, Martelo Hernandez, was transported to state prison Jan. 4 by officers with the Oregon County Sheriff's Department.

Hernandez, 28, pleaded guilty in Oregon County Circuit Court Jan. 3 to a charge of vehicular assault.

Hernandez was driving a vehicle March 12, 2004, when he crossed the center line of Highway 63 and hit a car head-on. Injured in the car that was hit were Brock Miller, Jeffrey Miller, Kody Miller and Logan Miller all of West Plains.

Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley announced the county had received a grant for $156,000 and would be buying new voting machines with the funds. The machines were up and running for the spring 2006 election.

The Thayer City Council rejected the request of the Thayer City Council to place a 1-cent sales tax on the spring election ballot at their Jan. 10 city council meeting.

The South Missourian News Editor David Cox was elected 2006 president of the Arkansas Press Association Jan. 5.

Spring Lake at Mammoth Spring State Park was drained in January in an effort to kill unwanted vegetation. An old fossil was found in the lake bed.

Two new members were appointed to the Oregon County Sheltered Workshop Board of Directors. They were Dana Roberts and Mike McElmurry.

A Mammoth Spring man, John Stewart, 48, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and was later transferred to the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

February -- A Koshkonong woman, Donna Gum, 48, was killed in an one-vehicle accident Feb. 7 near Rover.

Joseph Sacra, 27, of Mammoth Spring was sentenced to two years in prison with one year suspended after being found guilty of second degree battery. The charges stemmed from an incident at Sacra's mobile home in Mammoth Spring where he attacked Mammoth Spring Police Officer Jamie Turnbough and threatened other law enforcement officers.

Mammoth Spring School Superintendent Ron Taylor went on record in February 2006 saying he did not mind the elementary school in his district being one of the 100 schools in the state selected to take part in a state study, but he did not think the study was necessary. Mammoth Spring Elementary School was one of 100 Arkansas schools selected to take part in a study of school uses of resources.

A Mammoth Spring man was killed by a hit and run driver Feb. 26. Thomas Corp, 30, was found dead, lying on Route V. No charges have been filed in the incident.

A Mammoth Spring man, Shawn Cox, 29, was sentenced to 18 months probation and ordered to stay away from the White House Feb. 17. Cox jumped the White House fence last year.

March -- Shawn Cox of Mammoth Spring who jumped the fence at the White House in 2005 was transported by officers with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office March 1 after he spit in a deputy's face. Cox was at the Fulton County Clerk's office in Salem demanding a copy of a marriage certificate for him and Chelsea Clinton when the incident occurred.

Alton School Superintendent Sheila Wheeler said her school district will not tolerate drugs of any kind after a student in the district brought over-the-counter drugs to school and passed them out to other students.

The new Thayer Tourist Information and Railroad Museum opened in Thayer in March 2006.

April -- The Oregon County Community Health Center opened in Thayer April 3.

A youth art show was held at the Chestnut Hill Gallery.

Two men, Mark Vaughn and David Bates, both of West Plains, were sentenced to state prison April 3 after pleading guilty to burglarizing Couch School in December 2005.

An Alton woman, Kari Brown, was indicted by a federal grand jury April 7 for allegedly hiring a man to kill her husband. Brown is still awaiting trial on that charge.

New Thayer Aldermen Steve Alford and Mike Harber were sworn in by Thayer Municipal Clerk Rosie Simpson April 11.

Couch Superintendent of Schools Rolla Fraley announced he would resign his position at the April 7 school board meeting. Fraley took a job at another school district.

The Mammoth Spring School Board voted to hire Jeremy Cude as the new basketball coach.

The Oregon County Commission went on record in April opposing the National Forest Service land sale in the county. Thus far no Mark Twain National Forest Service land in the county has been sold.

A Cherokee Village man, Nathan Rhoads was killed when he was run over by a car on Route E in Oregon County April 22. On April 26 charges were filed against Kenneth Seagraves, 20, of Sharp County, Ark., in connection with the incident.

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Mammoth Spring was designated a Tree City USA City in April.

Two tornados were confirmed in southern Oregon County April 22. No one was injured in the storms.

May -- On May 4 community leaders from across the county gathered at city halls and the Oregon County Courthouse to take part in National Day of Prayer activities. Participants prayed for our country, its leaders and American troops overseas.

The Oregon County Soil and Water Conservation District was honored with a state for its work in grasslands.

A Thayer man, Kenneth Martin, 24, had manslaughter charges against him dropped after he was found incompetent to stand trial. The charges against him stem from an automobile accident in Oregon County Oct. 5, 2005, where two teenagers were killed.

Martin was driving a vehicle on V Highway when he wrecked killing David Robinson, 15, and Cassandra Jewell, 15.

The Couch School Board hired Tom Bull as school superintendent at their May meeting.

Wal-Mart announced that Thayer 6th grade teacher Donnie Thonrton was named Teacher of the Year in the area.

After 22 years of coaching boys' basketball, Thayer coach Cliff Hawkins retired.

June -- The Thayer Fire Department received a new 2006 International Firetruck.

Mildred Cornelius was hired as the Thayer Information and Railroad Museum director.

Doyle Fink was named Citizen of the Year by the Thayer Chamber of Commerce.

A Thayer man, James Kerwin, 21, was sentenced to one year in prison for felony theft after he was convicted of stealing a car.

Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren announced the county had received a grant of $92,000 to buy radio equipment for area law enforcement and emergency agencies.

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