The Ash Flat Senior Life Center invites the community to attend monthly events at the center. Every Tuesday and Friday the center holds bingo from 9 until 10:30, Thursday’s the center holds card games, board games and painting classes from 9 until 10:30 and they also have exercise classes every Thursday from 10 until 10:30. Snackes are available and meals are served at 11:30 each day at a cost of $3. Call for more information at 870-994-2174
Exercise classes are held at the Mammoth Spring Senior Citizens Center 950 Archer Avenue in Mammoth Spring every Monday except major holidays at 9:00 am. The class lasts 30 minutes and involves stretch bands, weights, stretching, and working on balance. Contact Salem Extension Office for more information at 870-895-3301 or Lisa at 870-321-3351.
Bear Necessities is currently only accepting donations of jeans and/or coats at this time. Thank you for your continued support!
Ozarks Healthcare Thrift Store in West Plains is located at 1807 Porter Wagoner and is open for donations and shopping, Monday through Saturday, 9-5 with sales every Tuesday. Any questions can be answered on our Facebook page or by giving the store a call at 417-257-5915
We are following state guidelines and will have an occupancy limit of 30 that we will implement. There will be a 6ft distancing between customers requirement, especially at the register and when donating at the garage. This will make it easier to keep cross-contamination at a minimum. There will be lines marked out for the appropriate distance near the register, along with the isles being marked as one way only.
We will also be asking that customers leave their carts with the cashiers after they are done so that they can get cleaned. We sincerely thank everyone for their help that we will need to keep our employees and customers safe during this trying time. The Ozarks Healthcare Center Foundation’s mission is “to support Ozarks Healthcare in providing high quality, compassionate health care and promote wellness in the communities we serve.”
Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications for a house to be built in West Plains. Construction will begin in the Spring of 2021. Applicants must have lived in Howell County for at least one year, have a need for housing, a steady income, and must be able to repay the interest free loan to Habitat. The family selected to partner with Habitat is required to complete 300 sweat equity hours of volunteer work before moving into the home. If you would like more information, please call the Habitat for Humanity of Howell County office at 417-256-8246 Monday-Friday 8:00 to 12:00 and ask for Cheryl or Thereasa. Applications will be accepted through February 26th, 2021.
The City of West Plains has extended the face covering mandate due to the COVID-19 pandemic through March 31, 2021. This matches the State of Missouri’s Emergency Order, which is set to expire March 31, 2021 and the City of West Plains Civil Emergency Order, which is also set to expire March 31, 2021. Per the Order, all individuals are strongly encouraged to adhere to Ordinance 4672, a face covering mandate, six-foot social distancing recommendations and use proper hygiene, including frequent hand washing.
The SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging will be offering their TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) Program at the West Plains Senior Center. They will assist with the filing of Income Tax Returns, Renters Rebates, and the Missouri Property Tax Credit. Assistance will be provided by appointment only! Please call the West Plains Senior Center at 417-256-4055 to schedule and receive all the information you may need to know beforehand.
“Go Farm” Farmers Markets market will be open on Saturday’s only from 9:00 until 1:00 p.m. until April, in the parking lot of Endurance Church on Worley Drive in West Plains. A new butcher facility is open now and fresh meat will be sold…this includes sausage, brats and other assorted meats and bundles, fresh eggs, honey, sorghum and other delicious baked goods and more. You can visit them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They accept EBT and most vendors can accept debit or credit cards.
Ozarks Healthcare Thrift Store in Thayer, located on 612 South 6th St. is open for donations and shopping Monday through Saturday, from 9AM to 4:30PM with a sale every Thursday. Any questions can be answered on our Facebook page or by giving the store a call at 417-264-2028
We will be going by the guidelines issued by the Governor to help keep us and our patrons safe, so expect to see our employees donning masks and gloves for the upcoming weeks. This also means that there will be a limit on the number of people that will be allowed in the building at one time. There will be lines marked out for the appropriate distance near the register, along with the isles being marked as one way only. The Ozarks Healthcare Foundation’s mission is “to support Ozarks Healthcare in providing high quality, compassionate health care and promote wellness in the communities we serve.”
The First Baptist Church in Thayer has a Christ centered addiction recovery program each Monday at 6:00 p.m. in The Thayer Christian Activity Center on Chestnut Street. Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based approach to overcoming addictions. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction you are invited to attend or invite someone to attend with you. If you would like to donate to the many needs or help in this ministry contact Pastor Bro. Jared Russell at 417-264-3403 or e-mail him at email@example.com . If you are able to help provide part of the weekly meal, please sign up for an item at the Welcome Center. The help will be much appreciated and will bless many.
Starting the week of January 18th, the Tax Collector office in Thayer will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am – 4pm. These hours will remain until further notice.
The Christian Activity Center in Thayer is open for Walkers from 7:00 until 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday….and open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 until 2:00 p.m. for Senior Adult Activities.
A Grief Support Group seminar will be held weekly beginning Thursday, January 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Thayer Freewill Baptist Church, 4th and Oak Street in Thayer. This seminar will continue through April 8th. No charge for this…everyone welcome. Grief Share is a special weekly seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life after losing a loved one.
Ozarka College announces that enrollment in the Paul Miller Fitness Center is being offered free of charge to all local law enforcement officers and active duty military members. The Paul Miller Fitness Center is located on the campus of Ozarka College in Melbourne. The Center offers state of the art fitness equipment and personal training regimens may be developed by fitness center coordinator Stacy Gore. Any questions call 870-368-2090
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 – WEST PLAINS:
A seed starter workshop will be offered by MSU-WP this Saturday, February 27th in the Lybyer Technology Center on the MSU West Plains campus from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Register on line at www.eventbrite.com/e/seed-starter-workshop-tickets-136015637433. Phone 417-255-7784 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 – ALLEY SPRINGS:
The Ozark National Scenic Riverways park rangers will meet hikers at the Alley General Store on the grounds near Alley Spring six miles west of Eminence on Highway 106 this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. for a guided hike to identify owls. The hike is less than a mile, be prepared for chilly weather. Flashlights are encouraged. Have your mask in case physical distance cannot be maintained. Call for more information at 417-573-226-3945, www.nps.gov/ozar or Ozark riverways on Facebook.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28- COUCH:
The Howell Family will be singing at 1:30 PM, Sunday February 28th, at the Cotton Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Couch MO
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3RD–THAYER:
The Thayer High School Drama Club is selling Florida Strawberries! $25/flat (8-1 lb boxes) or $15/half-flat (4-1 lb boxes) They will be taking orders until Wednesday March 3rd. The berries will be delivered to the school the week of March 8th!
Pay when you pick-up your order. Call the Thayer High School at 417-264-7261 for more info.
Preschool and Kindergarten screening for Couch School District will be held on Thursday, March 4th, 2021, from 8:00-5:00. In order to enroll in kindergarten, your son or daughter should be five years old before August 1st of the upcoming school year. To screen for preschool, your child must be three years of age before August 1st of the coming school year. If your child is in preschool presently, they will need to rescreen. Parents must bring the child to screening, as well as their birth certificate, social security card, proof of residency and immunization record. Please call the elementary office to make an appointment. Appointments are first come, first serve. 417-938-4212
**Preschool will not be in session on this day.
FRIDAY, MARCH 5TH–Alton
The SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging will be offering their TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) Program at the Senior Centers. They will assist with the filing of Income Tax Returns, Renters Rebates, and the Missouri Property Tax Credit. Assistance will be provided by appointment only! Please call 417-778-7342 to schedule.
SATURDAY, MARCH 6th-WILDERNESS:
A benefit chili and soup Supper and dessert auction will be held at the Wilderness Community Center on Saturday, March 6th at 5:30 to help offset medical and travel expenses for Keith Waller. Please come eat, visit, and help raise money for our friend and neighbor.
MONDAY, MARCH 8TH-MAMMOTH SPRING:
Parents of the Mammoth Spring Junior and Senior class members are selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts to raise money for the after Prom-Lock in party. Let us know what kind and how many you would like. Orders and payment are due by March 8th with delivery set for March 13th. Please call Mammoth Spring High School for more information.
MONDAY, MARCH 8 – TWIN PINES: The Twin Pines Conservation Education Center is hosting a class “Build Your Own Bluebird Nesting Box”. Space is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, so early registration is encouraged. Other classes will be added if there is enough interest. Register by March 7th at www.mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/176115.
TUESDAY, MARCH 9TH- HORSESHOE BEND:
Kick off 2021 with a dip in the chilly waters at Box Hound Marina on Crown Lake on Tuesday, March 9th. Show your support of Special Olympics Arkansas and join in the Horseshoe Bend Polar Plunge experience. Individuals & teams are welcome to participate. Get creative and join the fun in the costume contest.
Registration at 10:30am Plunge at 11:00am
Recognition for Most Money Raised and Best Costumes
Call Box Hound Marina for more information
FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH–Thayer:
The SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging will be offering their TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) Program at the Senior Centers. They will assist with the filing of Income Tax Returns, Renters Rebates, and the Missouri Property Tax Credit. Assistance will be provided by appointment only! Please call 417-264-7354 to schedule.
SUNDAY, MARCH 14TH–MAMMOTH SPRING:
Top of the River Turkey Shoot will be held on March 14th from 1–5 pm at 23 Spring Lake Drive in Mammoth Spring (across from Spring Dipper…follow the signs). It will be $5/shot (ammo provided) and first place wins choice of turkey or ham. There will also be a chili cook off and multiple door prizes. A portion of proceeds will go to the Meals on Wheels program, in partnership with the Thayer Fun & Friends Senior Center. For more information contact: 870-955-8451 or 417-850-6701.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17 – WEST PLAINS:
The Child Advocacy Center will hold a St. Patrick’s Day Drive-thru Dinner fundraiser on Wednesday, March 17th from 4:30 to 6:30 at Bootleggers Bar-B-Q. A limited number of meals will be available. To take advantage of the meal, preorder before March 12th on line at www.childadvocacycenter.org. Menu is available at website. Pick up the meal as instructed.
FRIDAY, MARCH 19-WILLOW SPRINGS
The First General Baptist Church of Willow Springs will have Jeff and Sherri Easter in concert on March 19th at 7 pm at the Church on Railroad drive. Doors open at 6 pm. Any questions call 417-252-0916.
SATURDAY, MARCH 20 – WEST PLAINS:
The American Legion Hall on Bill Virdon Boulevard will resume breakfasts held on the 3rd Saturday of each month beginning February 20th. The cost is $5.00 for “all-you-can-eat breakfast and proceeds will go to support local veterans.
TUESDAY, MARCH 23 – WEST PLAINS:
A virtual job fair will be offered by the Missouri Office of Workforce Development for manufacturing industry workers. Job seekers may register at www.returnstrongmo.easyvirtualfair.com, and employers may register at www.returnstrongmo.getyourbooth.com.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31st- SALEM:
Graduating Seniors in Fulton County who have participated in County, District or State fairs can apply for the Fulton County Fair Scholarship. Applications are available online at www.fultoncountyfair.org and should be completed and turned into the Fulton County Fair Office by March 31st. Scholarships are funded by donation and donations are still be accepted. If you have any questions call the Fulton County Fair Office at 870-895-5565 or mail donations to Fulton County Fair Office at Post Office Box 910, Salem AR. 72576.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 23-24TH-MOUNTAIN VIEW, MO:
The South Central Walk Worthy Women’s Conference, an inter-denominational event, will be held April 23-24, 2021, at First Baptist Church in Mountain View, Missouri. The conference times are 6:30-9:30 Friday evening and 9:00 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. The conference host will be Teresa Arthur and we are honored to welcome keynote speakers: Shelene Bryan, Author and Bible teacher; Sara Forhetz, speaker; Sheila Walsh, Author and Bible teacher. Praise and Worship will be lead by Richie and Brad Jester. Cost for this event is $40—(breakfast and lunch included on Saturday). By going to www.scwalkorthy.com www.scempoweredwomen.comyou can register online, print out a registration form, find area hotels/rates, and acquire additional information. You can register online or by mailing in a form as late as April 17 or online only as late as April 21, 2021. If seating capacity has not been reached by April 22, those wishing to attend will need to register on-site (April 22-24), which will be $45. Before registering or coming to the conference to register on-site, please check our website to ensure seating capacity has not been reached. We are excited about hosting this event and hope to see you on April 23-24, 2021, at First Baptist Church in Mountain View, Missouri.
MONDAY, MAY 31st–ARKANSAS RESIDENTS
Arkansas residents can now assess your Real Estate and personal property anytime between now and May 31st. All personal property and all new buildings built in 2020 must be assessed by May 31st to avoid a penalty. You can go to the assessor’s office in your home county courthouse or assess on line at actdatascout.com.
As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so do fraud schemes. Here are some tips to remain safe from scammers. Never give out your Medicare number or social security number to phone calls, emails or home visits. There is no vaccine for this virus, so do not listen to solicitors selling a cure or vaccine. Before donating, know who you are giving money or materials to battle this illness. As always for your Medicare questions call Arkansas’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program for free and unbiased answers– 1-800-224-6330.
Community leaders are banding together in a regional campaign encouraging healthy behaviors from citizens as COVID-19 continues to affect our community. The initiative called “Mask Up Ozarks” is comprised of representatives from Burton Creek Rural Clinic, City of West Plains, Howell County Health Department, Missouri State University-West Plains, Ozarks Medical Center (OMC), Southern Missouri Community Health Center (SMCHC), West Plains Schools and E-Communications (KKountry 95, The Gift, KLOVE and The Train). The coalition believes that how we continue to overcome this pandemic will be through the unified effort. The goal of the campaign is that as a unified message spreads, the region will move closer to a new set of “normal” behaviors in shared spaces. The campaign will provide resources to educate citizens as well as help businesses assure customers that their business is safe to visit, supporting a recovery that lasts.