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2009 in review - Part 3

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


The Thayer Athletic Improvement Organization brought people in the community together to build the Community Field House at the football field at Thayers High School. This month saw the opening of the new field house.

Oregon County Commissioner Leo Warren announced Oct. 2 that the county accepted a contract bid for the roof of the courthouse. The roof is about 20 years old and was in need of replacing.

Mammoth Spring Superintendent Ronald Taylor informed the board of education that the school was able to easily get off the Arkansas's fiscal distress list.

Thayer saw some needed businesses come into the area. Southern Stone Company, LLC, had its ribbon cutting Oct. 7. Southern Stone specializes in hand crafted stone. The company is owned by Fred and Dionne Komm and Charles and Deanna Smith. Another business, Farmers Insurance Group, held its ribbon cutting at an earlier date. The insurance agent is Shawn Justice.

A ghost town near Thayer's city limits was featured in a SMN article. Echoe's of the Past, the name given to the ghost town by owners Larry and Diane Pugh, tries to bring visitors back to the town to have receptions and other gatherings in this lost historic village.

Near the end of this month the area was flooded with heavy rains that closed many roads in Oregon County. Some schools were closed due to road conditions.

The city of Thayer held a retirement party for dispatcher Brenda Todd. She had served the city in that capacity for about 13 years. The mayor and city aldermen presented Todd with a plaque for her many years of service.


Chet and Maxine Harpole of West Plains, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a reception at the First Baptist Church, South Campus, West Plains.

Parts of Mammoth Spring and Thayer were rattled early Nov. 2 around 4:11 a.m. by a magnitude 2.3 earthquake.

Oregon County Clerk Gary Wayne Hensley, 58, of Alton, died of a heart attack at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. He had served as county clerk since 1995. Tracy Bridges was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon to replace Hensley until a new county clerk is sworn in after municipal elections.

Charles Cummings, 71, of North Aurora, Ill., died Nov. 6 when his plane, a Zodiac 601 XL, crashed in Agnos, Ark., about 1.2 miles from Highway 62/412.

Gerald and Geraldine Church celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in West Plains, Mo., with their oldest son and his family.

The Thayer aldermen and Mayor Earl D. "Buddy" Rogers met Nov. 24 to receive bids from contractors for the waste water treatment project for both Part One and Part Two. Missouri Engineer Charles Ray read the bids and took them to the Department of Natural Recourses in Jefferson City to make sure all the paper work was done.


It was reported that a large mountain goat was spotted in the Mammoth Spring area. These goats can be more than twice the size of an ordinary goat. More information about the goat has not been received since the Dec. 3 edition of SMN.

It was announced that Sherri Orr will replace Dinah Slaughter as Alton City Clerk when Slaughter retires Jan. 1, 2010.

Ray Whiteside, a resident of Thayer, Mo., celebrated his 90th birthday Dec.1.

Money meant to help children have a merry Christmas with Shop with a Cop was stolen from the Out of the Way Café Dec. 7. The owner of the café said she wouldn't press charges as long as the person who stole it brings back the money for the children in need.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded a contract of $1,281,000 to Linc Government Services, LLC through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Linc is the contractor of the planned Visitor and Environmental Education Center at the Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery. The new funds will allow the addition of an environmental education classroom, retail sales space, additional office space, interpretive exhibits and outdoor features like a display pond and viewing areas according to the plans for the project.

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