Community Calendar


There will be a Community Prayer meeting held the last Saturday of each month on the Alton Courthouse southside lawn at 9:00am with a different speaker providing the message each month.

The Oregon County Farmers Market will be starting up for the season on Saturday, May 1st in Alton.  The Farmers Market is held behind the Alton City park each Saturday from 9am-1pm.



The Alton & Thayer Senior Centers will now be offering “hot meals to go” on a weekly basis.  The meals will be done “take out style” at the front door at each center.  For more information, call the Alton Center at 417-778-7342 or the Thayer Center at 417-264-7354 or visit social media pages for each center and to view menus.



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



The food pantry at the First Baptist Church in Cherokee Village will be open every Tuesday from 9am to 1pm.


The Spring River Farmer’s Market is open on Saturday’s from 9:00am to 11:30am through July 31st at the Town Center in Cherokee Village.



The Spring River Artists Guild at 300 Main Street in Hardy will now be open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until Christmas.  Friday hours are 12-4pm, Saturday hours are 10am-4pm, and Sunday from 1-4pm.  Look for the big ART sign and the purple porch.  Masks are required.



The Horseshoe Bend Farmer’s Market is now open every Wednesday, from 7:30am to 11:00am in the lower level or the Diamond B Mall.  For more information, call 870-405-5039.



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.



Local Farmer’s Market held every Saturday on Pine Street in Mtn. View from 8:00am to 1:00pm.



A free beginners line dance workout is offered each Thursday from 5:30–6:30pm at the Summersville Senior Center.  A $1 donation to the senior center is suggested to cover use of the facility.  For more information, call 417-932-4866.



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.”


The West Plains Senior Center is seeking donations for their Beans & Cornbread lunch/supper during the Old Time Music Festival.  They are seeking donations of all food items, as well as paper products in order to be able to hold this event.  They are also still seeking  books, arts and crafts supplies, needlework/embroidery supplies, and art supplies that include canvases, paints, and paint brushes.  In addition, they are now offering several activities available such as a book club, scheduled dental screenings, Spa dates, learning to Eat Smart and stay active classes, as well as resuming the Chair Exercise classes.  For more information on all donations and the upcoming classes, please call 417-256-4055.


The West Plains Area Farmers Market, located in the East Towne Village pavilion, at 1380 Bill Virdon Blvd. in West Plains, is now open from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.



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 .  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.


AA meetings are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:00pm at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Thayer.


Barabbas Regional Outreach meets each Thursday beginning at 6:00pm at the Thayer Christian Activity Center.  The organization will engage in weekly meetings of a religious nature to further encourage inmates, those recently released, those suffering from addiction, and anyone who is need of support to reintegrate back into society.  Meeting begins at 6:00pm but please feel free to join as your schedule allows. Food is provided for those in attendance.  For more information, call 417-280-0976.


PIGSKIN PREVIEWS NOW AVAILABLE:  Find your copy of the 35th Annual Ozarks Pigskin Preview at the following Thayer businesses: K-Kountry 95, Langley Animal Clinic, Active Chiropractic–Dr. Jacob Eckman, Shelter Insurance–Roger Foley, Steed Brothers Trucking, Community First Bank and Sunset Salon.  In West Plains: The Train, West Plains Bank, Taylor Grubaugh, Shelter Insurance–Andrew Eckman, Ozarks Healthcare Orthopedic Clinic and Wood & Huston Bank.



A Youth Revival will be held September 20th thru the 22nd at 7:00pm each evening at the Christian Activity Center in Thayer.  Worship will be led by Alec Shrable and guest speakers will include Langdon Harris and Chrissy Harrell.  All youth 7th thru 12th grade are invited.  Bring a friend!!



The final day to enjoy the Splash Pad at People’s Park in West Plains will be Sept. 21st, the last day of summer. The Pad will be shut down until spring of 2022. An official opening date will be announced later. The Splash Pad is the first phase of a larger project that will include additional play equipment, walking trails, fencing, and parking spots at the park. For more information, call the West Plains Parks & Rec Department at 417-256-7304.



Homecoming will be celebrated at Thayer on Friday, Sept. 24th with the annual homecoming parade at 2:00, starting at the old elementary school and going down Chestnut street.  The alumni BBQ will begin at 5:00 at Louis Bozman field…$10.00 per person, the crowning of the homecoming queen will be at 6:00, and game against Houston at 7:00.



The County Line Coon Huntin Club will have an ATX hunt Friday, Sept. 24th.  Deadline to enter is 8:00pm.  Concessions will be available.   All hunters are welcome.



Amber Fisher Memorial Benefit on Saturday, September 25th  from 2pm to 10pm. The location is 2619 Marriot Rd. Pocahontas, AR. Auction, food, fun and friends. Amber was taken from us far too soon and left behind two children ages 9 & 10. In honor of Amber we would like to gather together to collect donations to create a trust fund for her kids. Come out and enjoy the old fashion bon fire, roast some marshmallows, eat a hot dog and create some memories. Bring your lawn chairs and a cold drink and sit back and relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. A benefit auction will be held, pass the bucket and talk about old times. One of the items being auctioned off will be a cabin and a 51 acre lease from October 8th through January 15th. Great hunting opportunities. Come out and enjoy the celebration. For more information or to drop off items, contact Ed Morgan 618-910-7149 or Jennifer Smith 417-293-1692.



The Mt. Grove Area Community Foundation two person scramble golf tournament will be held at the Randall Hinkle Golf Course in Mt. Grove on Saturday, September 25th, starting at 8am. Proceeds from the tournament fund annual grants to local non profits. Cost is $150 per team and is limited to the first 80 teams that sign up. Call 417-926-5700 for more information.



Join us at Cornerstone Arena on September 25th  for a benefit auction, team sorting, and delicious food.  All proceeds from this event will go to Chad and Abby Casey as their son Carstyn is currently receiving treatment at St. Jude’s.  For more information or to make a contribution for auction, call 417-270-1289 or 417-421-2931 or visit the Carstyn Casey Benefit Facebook page. Team sorting at 4pm, food will be ready at 5:30pm, auction is at 7pm, and the drawing for the gun raffle will be done after the auction, team roping following the auction.



There will be a candlelight vigil held for Ira Lee Briscoe, son of Rodney & Marilyn Briscoe on September 25th at 6pm across from Aldi, next to the Howell County Sheriff Department.  If you’d like to make a contribution to the family, there has been an account established at West Plains Bank & Trust in Rodney & Marilyn’s name.  Ira has been missing over 9 months, please join the community and unite in solidarity for the family of Ira Lee Briscoe.



Cornerstone Family Worship will host Melissa Ohden, a pro-life speaker on September 26th at 6:00pm.  All are invited to attend.



The Mammoth Spring Bears Booster Club will hold its first meeting for this school year this Sunday, September 26th at 2pm in the school cafeteria. ALL are welcome; new members, previous members…. we want everyone involved in helping make this an amazing year for the Mammoth Spring students! See you there!!



The Couch School’s Fall Festival will be held on Saturday,  October 2nd, at 6:00 pm in the Old Gym. Clubs and organizations will have games and activities set up to raise money.  Some activities already planned are a dunking booth, jailhouse, haunted hallway, donut eating contest, arm wrestling, toilet paper toss, cake walk and many more!  The crowning of king and queen and prince and princess will take place at 8:30!  The class that raises the most money will win. The public is invited to attend.



The 36th Annual Black & Gold Walnut Festival will be held on October 1st and 2nd in Alton.  Friday evening will begin with the annual run and cornhole tournament and Saturday’s festival will be from 9am to 4pm.  There will be craft and food vendors and music throughout the day and much more.  For more information, visit the Alton Chamber of Commerce social media page.



GriefShare, a special help seminar and support group for people experiencing grief and loss will be held on Thursday, October 7 at 6pm at the Alton Church of Christ.  GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics.  Seminar sessions include “Is This Normal”, “The Challenges of Grief”, “Grief and Your Relationships,” “Why”, and “Guilt and Anger”.  Meetings will be held at 105 Dunigan Street at the Alton Church of Christ, behind Mills Feed Store.  This is open to the public and is not a denomination specific event.  For more information, call 417-280-1046.



The Thayer Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Fall Festival on October 9th from 4pm to 8:30pm in downtown Thayer.  Booth rental is $20 for no electric, $25 with electric.  The Talent Show will be held at 8:30 at the Whistle Stop Stage.  For more information, call 417-280-0142 or 417-280-7657.  Registration forms are available at K-Kountry 95 and The GIFT studios north of Thayer, or can be downloaded on the Thayer Chamber of Commerce website:



The 8th annual Farm Trade Show will be held at the Thayer high school from 10am-2:00pm.  Admission is free.  There will farm related vendors in the gymnasium and outside and concessions will be available.  Register to win a $4000 Portable Coral with trailer and head chute.  The Farm Trade show is presented by the  Oregon County Soil and Water Conservation department.  Call 417-778-7561 for more information.


All Couch High School seniors and their parents are invited to attend the FAFSA night on Tuesday, October 12th, from 4:30-6:00 pm in the Couch school library.  Ozarka College advisors will be on staff to answer questions and help complete students’ FAFSA.  Please bring family financial information, students’ Chromebooks and social security numbers.



Cody Johnson and special guests, Easton Corbin and Ian Munsick will be in concert on October 29th at 7:30pm at First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro, doors open at 6:30pm.  Tickets go on sale Friday, August 27th at 10:00am and can be purchased at, the Central Box Office or by phone at 870-972-2781.



Coming to Crossway Fellowship Center on Saturday November 6th at 7pm is the mighty Kingsmen Quartet!! The event is free! Crossway is located at 220 Drew Street in Willow Springs, Mo. A love offering will be taken. Also,appearing for the very first time is the Four Corners Quartet! Justin Lowe, Andrew Eckman, Lee Edwards CleMae Edwards, and Nathan Weathersby! We are looking forward to this! Come on out and join us!



The Thayer High School Beta Club will once again be hosting Mistletoe Magic on November 6th & 7th at the Thayer High School.  This annual event includes vendors offering arts, crafts, foods, etc.  Vendor applications are now being accepted with a deadline of September 1st.  For more information, call Trena Spears at 870-371-0848 or by email


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.