Community Calendar





Girl Scout cookies will go on sale January 6th.  They will have a new cookie this year, the “Raspberry Rally cookie, a thin crispy chocolate cookie a sister cookie to the “Thin Mint”.  For more information e-mail  If you would like to volunteer sign up online at



JANUARY 1st -31st – HARDY, AR:

The Food Room at the Spring River Presbyterian Church in Hardy will be closed each Tuesday through the Month of January.



JANUARY 1st -31st – SALEM AR:

The Salem VFW Post 9777 is accepting new and unwrapped coats, boots, socks, gloves, underwear of toys for local children in need, who have been referred to the VFW Auxiliary.  Contact Jo Ferguson Davis or Amy Thompson at 501-396-9777 for a pickup of your donation.




The Melbourne, Arkansas Chamber of Commerce is being re-organized.  Anyone that would like to join or if you would like more information call 870-291-1113.




THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 – WINONA:                                                   

The Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona will offer Eagle Days, an all-ages evening program to show-case eagles from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. The Dickerson Park Zoo of Springfield will show a bald and a golden eagle for an up-close look, and to answer questions and provide fun facts.  Reservations are required.  To sign up visit and click on Events.  Space is limited.



Saturday, January 28- Homeschooling 101 Enrichment Day Alton

Homeschooling 101 Enrichment Day will feature live, in-person experts who will inspire you! They have an enrichment day for you whether you are new to homeschooling or have been teaching for years. Keeping the law while home educating is easy with the help of these experts. In addition to Missouri laws, topics will cover ‘What homeschooling is and isn’t’, ‘Mom’s Messy Masterpiece’, and ‘A Father’s Role and Goal’. Come to Alton Assembly of God Church between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 28. You need not live in Alton to attend.  A Q&A session will take place during lunch. Make sure the kids are included! Teen homeschoolers, assisted by Answers in Genesis, will put on a high impact VBS. It is free and open to everyone. The event includes a free lunch. Donations accepted. Check out or for more details.




 Fred’s Fish, Main Street, Mammoth Spring will hold their annual St. Jude Day from 10:00 am until 7:30 p.m.  Order from the menu and all proceeds from that day will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




West Plains 8th graders and BETA Club will host the Zizzer Showdown dodgeball tournament in the West Plains Middle School FEMA gymnasium and registration is open now through January 27th. Teams will be co-ed and can be made up of students, school faculty, and community members. Each team will be made up of 8 to 10 people and consist of anyone 5th grade and above. Registration is $5 per person. All players must register. Teams must register by Friday, January 27th to compete. For more info call the West Plains Middle School.




 The Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held at Pine Meadows Venue, located at 1449 State Route 76 outside of Willow Springs. The theme of this event is “Black & White” and entertainment will be provided by the Willow Springs HS Choir. Doors open at 5:30pm, and dinner is set for 6pm. Call the Chamber for more information by calling 417- 469- 5519.




St. Jude Radio Thon!  We will be on air to help in the effort to find cures and save lives during the annual St. Jude Radio-Thon from 6:00 A.M. until 10:15 P.M. on Anywhere, Anytime K-Kountry 95, The GIFT and 100.9 The Train.  A number of ways you can join the community in a great cause.



Camp Volunteer Fire Department will be having a Pancake breakfast Saturday, February 11 at 7 am to 11 am. They will be serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and milk.

For additional information contact Firefighter Jerry Barnes (931)210-7217

Donations will be accepted



Easter with the Easter’s at the First General Baptist Church in Willow Springs. Concert begins at 6pm on Saturday 4/8/23 the evening before Easter Sunday. Free admission.






Southfork Elementary St. Jude Raffle  Brand New Apple Bundle valued at almost $1000

  • Apple Watch SE (2nd Generation) GPS 40mm Aluminum Case with Sport Band
  • App iPad 10.2″ 256 GB (9th Generation) with WI-FI-Space Grey
  • Apple AirPods 3rd Generation with MagSafe Wireless Charging Case (Latest Model)
  • Otterbox Defender Series Case for Ipad

$10 per ticket or 6 tickets for $50

raffle link……

Apple Bundle sponsored by: Simmons Bank of West Plains



The Alton Elementary School, in conjunction with the Jr. high Beta club is doing a “coins for a cure” drive.  All money collected in the month of January will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon on Feb. 8th.



The Alton-Thayer Elks are having a silent auction, with all proceeds going to St. Jude.  Just stop by and take a look, and place your bids.  The auction is going on now, through January 28th!



 Fred’s Fish, Main Street, Mammoth Spring will hold their annual Fred’s Fish Day Wednesday, February 1st from 10:00 am until 7:30 p.m.  Order from the menu and all proceeds from that day will go to St. Jude Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.



 St Jude patient Karstyn Casey will be having a lemonade stand inside Piney Creek Farm in Alton on MONDAY FEBRUARY 6th  to raise money for St. Jude.  All you can drink for a donation.  And there might even be some cupcakes and other snacks too.  Please help Karstyn “give back” to St. Jude for curing his cancer.



Piney Creek Farm and Napa Auto Parts in Alton has donated for St. Jude Radio-thon February 8th, a 26-gallon Air Boss air compressor and a Schumaker 225V Battery charger/Engine Starter and a 50ft air hose and additional items valued at over $1000.  They are selling raffle tickets right now (6 tickets for $5) up till the radio thon. Buy lots of tickets as the entire amount will go to the kids at St. Jude.  Also, Piney Creek has their change challenge going on.  Drop in your extra change as it will be included in the total pledge to St. Jude.  Find cures and saving lives.



Tri County Medical Supply and Respiratory Services in Salem, Ar. has a fund raiser for St. Jude.  Now through February 7th, two dollars for every bottle of Skinny Mix Syrup sold will donated to the kids of St. Jude and the radio thon.  Skinny Mix Syrup is a flavor additive for your favorite coffee, tea, soft drink, or water.  Stop by, buy a few bottles and help the kids of St. Jude.  Call for delivery.   870-895-5022.



Country Cottage in Thayer will donate to the St. Jude Radio-thon $1 from every meal sold all day long, Wednesday, February 8th.  6a to 2p.  Help the children of St. Jude with a $1.00 donation for every meal.  Other donations are welcome of course if you want to give more..


The Alton Elementary School, in conjunction with the Jr. high Beta club is doing a “coins for a cure” drive.  All money collected in the month of January will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon on Feb. 8th.


The Alton-Thayer Elks are having a silent auction, with all proceeds going to St. Jude.  Just stop by and take a look, and place your bids.  The auction is going on now, through January 28th!


Alton/Thayer Elks Lodge 2545 is having a Gun Raffle for a Henry  .22 caliber rifle.  Tickets are 5 dollars and drawing for it will be on February 7,  this is for ST Jude’s you don’t have to be a member to buy tickets if anyone wants to buy tickets just go by the Lodge in Thayer or contact  any member.


The students at Thayer Elementary School are doing a fundraiser for St. Jude.  they are selling chances for a 3-month subscription for a Farm Stock Box from  Newman Farm and The Farmer’s Daughter in Thayer, a $450 value.   The winner will receive a Farm Stock Box of fresh pork, beef, chicken etc each month.  Purchase tickets…$5 each or 6 for $20 from any Thayer elementary school student.


Now till the St. Jude Radio-thon, Car Doctor 2 in Thayer will donate $10 to St. Jude for every flat they fix.  Their goal is to inflate the donations to an all time high for 2023.  Finding Cures and saving children is their goal.  Join Car Doctor 2 in Thayer for a great cause.  Corey, Steve and the Good Guys challenge YOU.




American Red Cross encourages you to Give blood and help save lives.  Blood drive is coming up at the Thayer First Baptist Christian Activity Center at 420 Chestnut from NOON to 4.   Schedule your appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or log onto  Give so others may live.



If you would like to donate to the Salvation Army in Oregon County throughout the year, then please contact Larry Sisson @ 817-706-1896 or mail your donation payable to Salvation Army at P.O. Box 223 in Thayer, Mo 65791.  Be confident this donation will be used in Oregon county to help those in need.



 The “Get Fit Classes” are held each Tuesday and Friday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Izard County Senior Center, located one mile south of Brockwell on Highway 9.  For more information call the center at 980-368-6011.



GriefShare, a special help seminar and support group for people experiencing grief and loss will be held on Thursdays 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 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. Snacks 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 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.



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.



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.




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.


The Howell County Health Department is accepting new or gently used coats for children and adults.  Items can be dropped off at the Health Department at 180 Kentucky Avenue in West Plains or please call 417-256-7078 to arrange pick up.


The West Plains Ozark Health Care Hospital Gift Shop is now open. Hours are 10:00 until 4:00 p.m. week days.  More hours later as they expand their staff.  Call to donate or more information.

(info 417-853-5200 or




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


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.


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.


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.



Word is Alive Ministries Pastor Charles Morgan is on the air weekly on both AM1290 and FM103.7 The Gift as well as Anywhere, Anytime Kkountry 95 with sermons thanks to faithful listener support. Pastor Charles is on the Gift each Wednesday from 8:30am to 845am and each Sunday on Kkountry 95 from 1130am to Noon. If you would like to contribute to the Non-Profit Organization tax deductible to support the messages on air please send to Word is Alive P.O. Box 1152 Mammoth Spring, AR 72554 or drop off at any Southern Bank.



Did you know you can recycle your Christmas lights? Bring your unwanted or non-functional Christmas lights and drop them in the collection box located inside Thayer City Hall. The lights will then be taken to Computer Recycling Center for recycling on February 9th. For more information, call 417-247-7875.