Community Calendar


The Butler Children’s Park Splash Pad in West Plains is open to the public. The splash pad is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Access to the splash pad is free of charge.



The Alton Swimming pool is open for the summer season.  Hours are 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Pool prices are $4.00 for daily pass…$30.00 for 10 passes, $50.00 for individual pass.  $160.00 for family pass and $100.00 for pool party. Rules for the pool are posted…must be obeyed. Concession stand is open.

For more information call 417-778-7278 or e-mail



Thayer Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 9am to 1pm between Pizza Inn and Dairy Queen.  They are currently looking for vendors. Baked goods, crafts, fruits and vegetables, herbal teas and much more. Check out the Thayer Farmer’s Market Facebook page for more information.



The Oregon County Farmers Market in Alton is open every Saturday from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. At the Alton City Park & Pool. See their Facebook page for more information or call (417) 778-7490.


Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar 2024

July 15-20 – 130th Old Soldiers and Sailors Reunion Sponsored by local VFW Post 7831

August 17 – Legacy of the Spring Program – Mammoth Spring State Park

August 31 – Mammoth Spring Antique and Classic Car Show, Gates open at 8:00 AM

September 11 – Great Spring River Clean-Up

September 14 – Birds of Prey Program at State Park Pavilion 1:00 PM

October 26 – Mammoth Spring Spooktacular 4:00 PM Downtown Main St.

December 7 – Mammoth Spring Christmas Parade 6:00 PM Downtown Main St.



Willow Springs, MO. – The Willow Springs Fire Department along with the American Red Cross is providing a free smoke alarm to be installed by a firefighter in Willow Springs homes. All residents of the City of Willow Springs and members of the Willow Springs Rural Fire Protection Association are eligible. If you are interested in having a Willow Spring Fire Department firefighter install a smoke alarm in your home for free, contact the fire department by calling Willow Springs City Hall at 417-469-2107.


JULY 1st-31st – WEST PLAINS:

Due to the holiday and scheduled vacations, the West Plains Lions Club will not meet in July. They will return to a regular meeting schedule in August.



Donation are needed for the new Thayer Oregon County Food Pantry that has relocated to the Recycling Center and rodeo arena; this is for a new building and a Loading dock.  All donations may be tax deductible.  This needs to be completed by August 31st. For more information contact Terri Wrenfrow, Administrator at 417-280-0590 or


 JULY 1st – 31st – ALTON:

The Alton Senior Center and Thayer Fun and Friends Senior Center is seeking volunteers. The center offers travel reimbursement as well as training and support. For more information contact Devyn Reed at  417-868-9559 or 




The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, urges you to give the gift of life at the blood drive in Willow Springs at the St. Paul Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 701 Main Street in Willow Springs, 12-5. Donors will receive a plush, adult-sized beach towel, while supplies last. To avoid wait times, appointments are strongly encouraged by calling 417-227-5006.




The Bakersfield PTO is hosting its 1st annual truck pull on Saturday, July 20th, at the 101 Saddle Club Arena. Proceeds will go to the Bakersfield PTO. At this time PTO is raising funds for a new sound system in the gym. There will be full concession stand, snow cones and cotton candy.



A Demolition Derby will be held at 8:00 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, 124 Arena Lane in Salem, Ark. Entry fee for car and driver is $50.00 and a Kid’s Derby will be held during intermission.  Cash prizes will be awarded.

(info – 870-095-5565 –e-mail



The Fine Arts Academy in West Plains will be having a breakfast bowl fundraiser at Hirsch’s  at 7am. Homemade crumbled sausage and eggs with gravy or biscuits and gravy for $5 each or a bigger bowl with biscuit, sausage, eggs, and gravy for $8. All kinds of baked goods as well!!! All proceeds go to the Avenue Theatre for a new roof.




Vacation Bible School at Cornerstone Family Worship Center from 6-8:30 nightly. Parents please come in and register your child on the first night.



Smyrna Freewill Baptist Church invites you to a free signing with local talent. It starts at 7pm. The Pastor Kelly Johnson and the congregation invite everyone. From Alton go towards Thomasville a couple of miles to County Roads 404/407.



The tennis court located next to the West Plains Aquatic Center in Peoples Park has been resurfaced and striped for PICKLE BALL. The new outdoor pickle ball court is available to the public.



The Mammoth Spring Preschool has a few free slots still available if you have or know a child that will be 3 or 4 years old, on or before August 1st.  They have a quality program, free meals, and provide all materials for the students.  If you would like to learn more about the program or would like an enrollment packet, please call the school for more information.



The Couch R-1 Schools Health Practitioner, Amelia Crowder, announces that the Couch School will be hosting free sports physicals for any Couch student on Friday, August 2nd, in the Nurse’s Office. Sports physicals will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Physical forms can be found in the high school office. This will be the only time for free sports physicals. Contact the school for more info.




The school supply list for the Mammoth Spring Elementary School is now available. Those who asked for supplies to be purchased for your family will be ready at the Open House on Monday, August 12th.  If you did not complete the form for school supplies and need help with your child’s school supplies, you can text Heather at 417-280-6763 to get your name on the Back to School Fair supply list being held at Thayer School on Monday, August 5th, from 5:30-7:30 PM.




From 6-9, the West Plains Police Department will be available at the Lincoln School-West Plains for National Night Out. Neighbors throughout West Plains are asked to lock their doors, turn on their front porch lights, and spend the evening outside with law enforcement officers and neighbors.




The West Plains Schools Bridges Back To School Bash & Health Fair will be held on Saturday, August 10th, from 9am until 11am. Contact the school to register and get ready for a fantastic event packed with school supplies and health essentials!




As the new school year approaches for Mammoth Springs Schools, the Bear Necessities is calling for donations of gently used clothing and shoes (especially boys clothing), size 5T and up to benefit local children in need. Contact the Mammoth Springs Schools for more info.




The Howell County Health Department will have their mobile clinic set up on Thursday August 29th in Willow Springs at the parking lot in Booster Field, located right next to Cox Health in Willow. Women’s health services will be available that afternoon from 1 to 3:30 pm. With nurse practitioner Jenni Roberts. Appointments are recommended but walk- ins will be accepted. For more info call the clinic at 417-256-7078.




The Autumn Days Festival will take place in Thomasville, Mo. On Saturday, September 28th. The fun starts at 5pm with food trucks, live music, kids activities, pumpkin painting, sack races and Dawson Hollow!!




The Cherokee Village Fire Department Auxiliary presents the Fueled By Fire 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 19th., at 8:30 a.m. Start and finish are at Omaha Recreation Center. Entry fee is $35 and includes race entry, goody bag, and T-shirt. The entry fee on Race Day is $35, but may not include goody bag / t-shirt. For more info, call Robert Smith at 870- 847-0035.



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 9a-1p.



The Couch R-1 School District annual Back-to-School Supply Drive is taking place at Open House. If you would like to support the Back-to-School Supply Drive, they are in need of donations for school supplies. You can find a list of needed supplies on the school’s website. Supplies and donations can be dropped off at school or Wicker Auto Sales. For more information, you can contact Katie Janes at (417)938-4212 or Jennifer Smith at (417)293-1692.



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 10a-4p and Sunday from 1p-4p.  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.



GED classes are  held at the Mammoth Spring Fire Department from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Students are accepted starting at age 16.  There is no charge for this class.  Classes are held at the Ozarka College Campus in Ash Flat on Tuesdays and Thursday, also from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m.



Shining Light Food Pantry has moved. Their new location is the corner of Goldsmith & 7th in Mammoth Spring. The third Monday of every month is distribution day. They are needing you to line up NO earlier than 4:00. Pantry is from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. this is a school bus route and we cannot line up NO earlier than 3:40 The lineup route will be, turn on 289, go to the top of the hill turn left on to Goldsmith and follow Goldsmith around to 7th Street we cannot block any driveways or streets, please leave gaps for these. When you are on Goldsmith you will stay at the stop sign that we place until the car being loaded on 7th street moves away then you will move across to be loaded not blocking any driveways or streets. If you try to cut in from a side street you will have to go to the back to get in line. We will be putting signs out to help the lineup process. Please if you have any questions contact Jennifer Smith at 417-293-1692.



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 City of West Plains Animal Control wants to remind the public that this year’s dog registration tags are now available at the police department, city hall, and the animal control facility. All residents inside the city limits must register their dogs. The registrations are free and current rabies vaccine information must be put on the form.


If you’re struggling with Alcohol abuse, then you need to be aware of meetings that are taking place in the area to help with your addiction. It’s helping many victims and their families.  Alcoholics Anonymous or A A meets in West Plains almost daily.  Many are attending the West Plains Wednesday evening session at 7 p.m. at 1400 Washington Avenue in West Plains. You and your family members are welcome.  There are meetings in not only West Plains, but Thayer, Willow Springs, Mt. View, Eminence, and  Cabool.  You can attend any meeting. There are no dues, or fees for A A.  It’s non-denominational, non-political, and they do not wish to engage in any controversy.  The only requirement is for the desire to stop drinking.  Learn more.  Call 417-256-8988. Their primary purpose is to stay sober and help other people achieve sobriety.


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.


Celebrate Recovery in West Plains, which used to be held on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm will now be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm at The First Baptist Church South Campus located at 106 Grove St. West Plains, MO. It will follow immediately after “For the City Meal” which runs from 5pm to 6pm.  Anyone wishing to attend Celebrate Recovery is invited to come early and enjoy a free meal prior to the meeting.


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




Thayer-Mammoth Spring  Rotary Club has a few spots available in the community garden located just south of Clarity Church on Hwy 63 south in Thayer.  If you’d like a spot for a small fee, contact Larry Forschler at NAPA Auto parts in Thayer,  or call Larry at 417 264 3210.  All the money goes to Rotary to help our home area.   The garden is tilled and ready to go!


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.



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 K-Kountry 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 K-Kountry 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.