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Talking a look back at 2008

Thursday, January 8, 2009

This the last in a two-part series detailing some of the events and highlights in the Mammoth Spring/Oregon County area in 2008.


Oregon County was the place to be July 4th as celebrations were held across the area.

Thayer dentist Gary Lack announced he would be giving away free dentures to those in need. This did not include people with teeth that needed to be pulled just people who needed new dentures.

The city of Mammoth Spring received a USDA grant for $16,950 to buy a new storm siren for the city.

The Thayer School District had new flashing speed zone signs installed in front of the elementary school and high school.

In a special called Thayer City Council meeting July 21, David Bailey was sworn-in as the new Thayer Police Chief.

Skeletal remains were found along the Warm Fork River near Thayer, the same day the new police chief took office.

After 31 years of teaching, Mammoth Spring teacher Bessie Shelton retired.


George Underwood was elected sheriff defeating incumbent Tim Ward. Edward Casey was elected Northern District Commissioner defeating Brad Vest.

The bones discovered near the Warm Fork River were found to be from the Civil War era.

The 115th Old Soldiers Reunion was held Aug. 11 through Aug. 16 at the Mammoth Spring State Park.

Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney Fred O'Neill filed two charges against Nickolas Pacheco, 19, regarding the Sept. 6, 2007 Oregon County Jail fire. Pacheco was charged with felony arson in the first degree and felony murder in the second degree. Mammoth Spring resident Jesse Johnson was killed in the fire.

The skeletal remains found along the Warm Fork River were determined to be that of Native American Indians.

The News and The South Missourian News introduced a newly designed a Web page.

The fitness trail at the Mammoth Spring City Park was completed.

The Thayer City Council voted to buy new uniforms for the Thayer Police Department , and City Councilman Joe Barbee resigned as city treasurer. Councilman Mike Harber took his place.

Area schools started a new school year in mid-August.

The Thayer Head Start moved from the Log Village to old Thayer Elementary School.

A state-wide campaign, "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose," started in August.

Thayer Police Chief David Bailey announced several Thayer residents had been to his office reporting money scams.


With the help of FEMA the Mill Creek Bridge in southern Oregon County was rebuilt. The bridge was washed away by flooding earlier in the spring.

The Mammoth Spring School Board voted to place a five mill increase on the next election ballot.

Power outages and downed tress were common as the tail end of Hurricane Ike blew through the area Sept. 16. No injuries were reported.

Officials with the Mark Twain National Forest looked for volunteers to help cleanup the Eleven Point River.

A flagman, Mikey Workman, who was working on the passing lanes between Thayer and West Plains, was killed Sept. 25.

The Oregon County Ambulance District voted to place a sales tax on the Nov. 4 election ballot.

Yesterdaze was held Sept. 27 in Myrtle with a large crowd, as always, in attendance.

The Forest Service announced on Oct. 18 The Narrows would be open to the public.

Fun and Friends Senior Citizen Center moved back home to Chestnut Street after being displaced for several months.


Barney Bobcat was the Grand Marshall of the 2008 Thayer Homecoming Parade.

The Ozark Black Gold Walnut Festival was held at Alton the first weekend of October.

The Koshkonong School District announced a new superintendent, Luke Boyer.

Charges were filed against Edward Lafluer, 57, in the death of flagman Mikey Workman. He was accused of driving a semi-truck into a well-signed construction zone, failing to reduce his speed, causing the accident. He was charged with felony involuntary manslaughter, and felony assault.

Construction began on the new Veterans Memorial at Thayer.

Absentee voting began in the county in October.

A roadside memorial was established by Jacob Steed for the flagman that was killed in the passing lane construction zone earlier in the year. Steed was in a stopped line of traffic and witnessed the accident.

Mammoth Spring Schools celebrated Red Ribbon Week.


History was made Nov. 4 when the country elected the first black president Barack Obama. Seventy percent of the voters in Oregon County voted in the election.

The Thayer Bobcats headed to the Class 1 quarterfinals by defeating Miller 28 to 21 Nov. 10.

In November, the Wallace and Owens Grocery Store Chain ended with stores in Alton and Thayer being sold to Harps.

Lisa Collins, 34, of Mammoth Spring was charged with felony theft of property after an internal audit at Simmons Bank where she was employed discovered more than $10,000 missing.

The Thayer Bobcats headed to the Class 1 semi-finals game with a defeat over Valle Catholic 30 to 0 Nov.15.

The next week the Bobcats topped Tipton 36 to 12 and won a trip to the state finals at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Two West Plains brothers, Jonnathan Graven and Jared Graven were apprehended in Thayer at the Tally-Ho Motel. They were wanted in Howell County for murder and arson in connection with the death of Rickey Johnson, 22, of Pottersville.

In late November, in double overtime, the Thayer Bobcats lost to Orrick 34 to 28 in the state Class 1 finals.


A 32-year old Myrtle man, Michael E. Amick, was charged Dec. 5 with first degree murder and arson in connection with the death of Leona Maxine Vaughn whose body was found in a house fire around noon Dec. 2.

The Oregon County Health Department confirmed two cases of whooping cough in the county in early December.

The filing dates for the April 7 Municipal Election in Missouri were announced by Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley.

The Alton and Thayer Christmas Parades were held the first Saturday in December.

PETA offered assistance to help with the cat problem in Mammoth Spring. Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace said, "thanks, but no thanks."

In mid-December, Loren Barton, owner of Curt's Car's in Thayer donated a 2003 Dodge van to the Fun and Friends Senior Citizen Center.

Nicholas Pacheco, 19 was granted a change of venue in his murder and arson trial. He was charged in connection withy a jail fire in the Oregon County Jail. The trail was moved to Butler County.

The Koshkonong and Mammoth Christmas Parades were held Dec. 13.

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