Community Calendar




Farmer’s Market set up between Pizza Inn and Dairy Queen every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Stay tuned for special events and follow their Facebook page Thayer Farmers Market.



Sharp County is in the process of updating the Sharp County Hazard Mitigation Plan. Public input is important to include as a part of the mitigation plan. Please email comments to or contact Carrie Mcintosh at 870.793.5233. The purpose of the mitigation plan is to plan for future natural disasters. The focus is on mitigating the problems before the hazard occurs. If you would like a copy of the final plan one can be emailed to you. Please email for a copy or for more information.



Are you searching for a nice dessert to serve for the holidays? Look no further than the Friends of the Garnett Library. Members are selling Jubilations Cheesecakes® in 13 flavors to raise funds to create an active learning environment at Missouri State University-West Plains’s Garnett Library. Classic flavors include Simply Supreme, Simply Chocolate, Strawberry Wave, Chocolate Marble Fantasy, Key Lime and White Chocolate, which sell for $29 each.Gourmet flavors are Mississippi Mud, Cookies & Cream with Oreo, Southern Caramel Praline Pecan, Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake, Red Velvet, Turtle Fudge with Pecans, and Sugar Free Supreme, which sell for $30 each.Each cake easily serves 10 people, organizers said.Those interested in purchasing a cheesecake should stop by the Garnett Library, 304 W. Trish Knight St., by Oct. 20 and place their orders. Payment will be due at that time.Orders will arrive at the library by mid-November and can be picked up at that location. They will be frozen when they arrive, organizers said. For more information about the fundraiser, email or call 417-255-7940 or 417-255-7945. For more information about the Friends of the Garnett Library and how you can join, visit or call 417-255-7940.



Now  thru  OCTOBER 20 – WEST PLAINS:

The Ozarks Healthcare Foundation is excited to announce its third annual Fall Mum Sale, a vibrant and colorful fundraising event aimed at supporting Ozarks Healthcare’s Endowment Fund. The Foundation has a variety of colored mums for sale outside the Foundation office located in Parkway Center in West Plains for $20 each. These beautiful mums come in approximately ten assorted colors, presented in two-gallon pots, and are locally grown by the skilled Amish community. All forms of payment are accepted, including payroll-deduction for Ozarks Healthcare employees. Sales will continue until all mums are sold. To purchase a mum and support the hospital’s Endowment Fund, please visit the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation located at #12 Parkway Center during the sale. For more information or to make a gift to the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation, please call 417-853-5200 or visit




Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule for October 2023:

When: Tuesday, Oct. 3

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Missouri Highlands Health Care, 405 Main St., Van Buren

(The Mobile Mammography Unit will be parked in the church lot next door.)


When: Wednesday, Oct. 4

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: United Country Real Estate, 60 Court Sq., Gainesville

Sponsored by United Country Real Estate – West Plains


When: Friday, Oct.6

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Ozarks Healthcare Alton, 100 Medical Dr., Alton

Sponsored by Alton Bank


When: Wednesday, Oct. 11

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: West Plains Bank and Trust Company Liberty Branch, 607 N. Elm St., Mountain View

Sponsored by West Plains Bank and Trust Company


When: Thursday, Oct. 12

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: West Plains Bank and Trust Company North Branch, 1601 Porter Wagoner Blvd., West Plains

Sponsored by West Plains Bank and Trust Company


When: Friday, Oct. 13

Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Bank of Birch Tree, 7828 St. Rte. Ff Birch Tree

Sponsored by Bank of Birch Tree


When: Monday, Oct. 16

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: West Plains Bank and Trust Company Willow Springs Branch, 708 E. Main St., Willow Springs

Sponsored by West Plains Bank and Trust Company


When: Wednesday, Oct. 18

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: John J Pershing VA Medical Center, 1500 N. Westwood Blvd., Poplar Bluff, MO


When: Friday, Oct. 20

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Fordland Clinic, 1059 Barton Dr., Fordland


When: Tuesday, Oct. 24

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Missouri Highlands Health Care, 405 Main St., Van Buren

(The Mobile Mammography Unit will be parked in the church lot next door.)


When: Wednesday, Oct. 25

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: West Plains Bank and Trust Company Houston Branch, 1473 Sam Houston Blvd., Houston

Sponsored by West Plains Bank and Trust Company


Don’t miss this opportunity to take charge of breast health. For added convenience, patients can schedule a mammogram to take place at a location from this schedule ahead of time by calling 417-257-5912. Appointments are available but limited, so please secure your spot in advance. Patients wishing to have their mammograms conducted through Ozarks Healthcare’s Mobile Mammography Unit must: be female and 40 years or older, have had no mammograms in the past year, are not pregnant or breastfeeding, have no implants or breast issues such as breast discharge, lumps, pain, or discoloration, and have never been diagnosed with breast cancer.

For more information about Ozarks Healthcare’s Mobile Mammography Unit, visit




The John J. Pershing VA Medical Clinic, 1801 E. K Highway in West Plains will offer free flu vaccines for military veterans on Wednesday, October 4th between 8:30 to 4:00 p.m.



Drive-Thru Flue Clinics for adults and children 10 and older

10/6……8:30a-5pm @ Howell County Health Department in West Plains

10/20…..Kids Flu Clinic (9 and under) by appointment only 417-256-7078 at Howell County Health Department in West Plains

10/23……Mountain View Flu Clinic…..9am to Noon….MV Christian Center

10/23……Willow Spring Flu Clinic…..1:30p to 4:30p……United Methodist Church


To save time go to to fill out, print and bring the flu consent form with you.




Parents of the Couch High School Athletes have partnered with The Stock Tank to sponsor a Poker Run to raise money for the Couch Indian and Lady Indian basketball teams. The run will be held this Saturday, October 7th with sign ups from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The run will begin and end at the Myrtle Senior Citizen’s Building and will consist of approximately 30 miles with several planned stops along the route. Cost of entry is $25 per vehicle, and we welcome side-by-sides, Jeeps, trucks, four wheelers, etc.

The Stock Tank will be sponsoring a fish fry beginning at 5:30 p.m. serving fish, homemade potato chips, baked beans, and hushpuppies for $10. All proceeds from the sale of fish plates will be donated to the Couch Indian and Lady Indian Athletics programs. All community members and poker run participants are invited to attend.Those involved in the run, and purchasing a fish plate, will receive a bonus card to replace any card in their hand.

Various prizes have been donated by local businesses which will be auctioned off during the event. The winning hand will receive a $300 cash prize and the worst hand gets a load of gravel.




Benefit Auction and Chili Supper for Jimmy Mitchell at 7pm in the Koshkonong School. Jimmy was in a logging accident on August 11th, resulting in serious injuries, extensive medical bills, and months of rehab. For more information contact Theresa Wiggs, Scotty Bragg, Lauren Mitchell or Ragan Bragg.  His daughter Lauren Mitchell has opened an account at Simmons Bank in Mammoth Spring under her name as a benefit account for her father Jimmy Mitchell. Other account information including Venmo can be found on Lauren Mitchells’s Facebook page.




The Black Gold Walnut Festival date has been set for Saturday, October 7th in downtown Alton, MO.  Lots of booths, live music and tons of great food.  Mark on it your calendar and plan to attend.  A day full of activities.  For more info contact Debbie Sallings or Laurel Johnson.  Anywhere, Anytime K-Kountry 95 will be on hand for all the activities and broadcasting live.




 “Movie Under the Stars, featuring “Jesus Revolution” 7:00 p.m. at People’s Park, West Plains.  There will be an Acorn Hole tournament. All hosted by Ozarks Summit beginning at 5:00 p.m.




At River Jam 2023 enjoy a Huge Car and Bike Show at 11.  Music starts around 5:30, featuring the legendary band, The Kentucky Headhunters!  Along with Powder Mill and Coal Shine.  Lots of food and beverage vendors will be on site.  Car show admission only is $5.00 at the gate.  Full event tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the gate.  Veterans get in free with military retired ID card or DD214. For more information and tickets go to   Bring your lawn chairs for a great day of fun and music!



The Summersville Class of 1968 will hold their class reunion on Saturday  at 12:00 noon at Savor’s Grill, 1330 S. Sam Houston Blvd, Houston, Mo.




The Cherokee Village Fall Ball Classic Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, October 7th at the South Golf Course in Cherokee Village.   Shotgun start is at 10 a.m.  This is a four-person scramble.  Team entry is $400.00 or $100.00 per person.  There will be raffle drawings and cash payouts.  For more contact the SID office at 870-257-2468 or email




 The Summersville Pumpkin Fest will be held on Saturday  from 10 to 3:00 p.m. Booth spaces are available.  Contact Cathy Tuttle at 417-331-6508 for more information or to rent a booth.




The Ozark Spring, NSDAR monthly meeting will be held on Saturday, October 7th in the American Legion Hall, 1401 Bill Virdon Blvd in West Plains.  Meeting begins at 1:00 with the Luncheon at 11:30 .  Special Guest Speaker via telephone is Linda Martien, Missouri State Coordinator, Quilts of Valor, a handmade quilt  that is machine or hand quilted and is awarded to a Service Member or Veteran who has been touched by war.  For information e-mail at or the link at   Meeting is free and open to the public.




 The Hill ‘n’ Hollow quilters Autumn in the Ozarks Quilt Show will be held  at the Educational Building at Baxter County Fairgrounds in Mountain Home, Ar. For more info: –




The 2023 Thayer Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival will be held from 3:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 14th. There will be FOOD – CRAFTS – GAMES -LIVE MUSIC Pumpkin CARVING CONTEST and a Car Show. Booth rental: $25 – – – Booth rental with electricity: $30 For additional information call: Bec Eckman at 417-280-0142. Registration forms can be picked up at K-Kountry 95/The Gift or download the form at Entertainment by “Highway W Band”   and   “The Jumpin Jacks ” plus bluegrass music performed by Molly Corman.




Incredible weekend of arts, crafts, vendor booths, food, bluegrass music and so much more at Pop’s Van Buren Fall Festival hosted by The Landing on the beautiful Current River.




 Thayer fall citywide clean up week will be held Monday through Friday, October 16 through the 20th.  A dumpster will be provided for items to be dumped…no city pick up will be held this week.




Eleven Point Valley Community Center in Thomasville, MO is hosting Gospel Night featuring 4 Corners Quartet at 6pm at the Thomasville Community Center. Concessions, ice cream and bake shop opens at 5:30pm, bounce house for children, outdoor event, bring your lawnchair, love offering will be taken.




The 2nd Annual AUTUMN HARVEST FEST  is  Saturday, at the Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds in West Plains, MO.  From 9am – 3:30pm.

Also, 2nd Annual Autumn Harvest CAR SHOW with car registration at 8:30 and judging at 11am. For more info, text 417-274-6229.




 Koshkonong Heritage Days will be held from 9:00 till 5:00 in Koshkonong.  All who attend are encouraged to dress up and help history come to life including outfits inspired by Civil War, pioneer days, farmer and square dancers.




The Rover Volunteer Fire Department annual Turkey Shoot starts at noon at the Rover Gun Club.  Enjoy lunch which includes a Chili Cheese Dog for $4.  Frito Pie for $4.  Brats for $4 and Hot Dogs for $2.  Also Hot Chocolate, Coffee and Water.  Buy a raffle ticket for a Ruger 10/22 for $1 each or 6 for $5.  For the trap shot there’s a$3 entry fee for each event.  Bring your lawn chair and have a great time. For more info call 417-293-9020.



Revival at the Handy Church of God at 7pm nightly. Sunday October 29th they will have Sunday School at 10am, Service 11am and carry-in dinner. Special singing with each service. Everyone is welcome. Pastor is Rev. Robert Brown.



The Couch Fall Festival will be held from 5pm – 8pm.  Crowning of Fall Festival Kings and Queens will take place at 8:30 pm.  Booth cost is $25.00.  Classes, clubs, community organizations, vendors and crafters are all welcome!  Call 417-938-4212 to reserve your booth!  Concessions and games will be available!




The Mammoth Spring Class of 1978 Class reunion will be held October 27th and 28th. Homecoming parade Friday afternoon, meet and greet before the ballgame. Saturday evening will meet at the State Line Plaza Restaurant around 6pm, and then go to the Elks Lodge after the meal for those who want to go.




The Spook Street Committee is asking businesses, churches, schools, individuals, etc. if you would like to set up a trunk or treat (car trunk decorated) and or a booth at the Spook Street/Trick or Trunk on October 28th, to please contact Ian Connolly at 417-247-6252, or Cricket Anderson at 417-247-7470. They would like to have as many as possible. They will have lots of activities planned, music, band, & games for all ages.



Thayer First Baptist Church invites everyone to their annual FALL FEST at the Christian Activity Center on Chestnut Street in Thayer from 11 to 2.  Lots of food, games, candy and prizes.  Everyone is welcome.  It’s a great family event.




 The County Animal Rescue Effort (icare) will host a talent show on Friday, November 3rd at Ozarka College Miller Auditorium in Melbourne.  Doors will open at 6;00 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person.  To participate in the talent show contact Sheila Wammack at 870-291-1937 or Karla Rush at 870-346-5822 on or before November 1st.  Proceeds will help care for abandoned animals in Izard County.



FCCLA Father/Daughter Dance

Saturday, November 4th

5:00-8:00 p.m.

Tickets $10 each

This is a formal event.

Theme will be Alice in Wonderland.

We will have a DJ, photographer and food included.

For Pre-K through 6th grade girls and their dad, grandpa, or any father figure.

To purchase tickets call 417-270-0870 or 417-371-3092.

You may also contact Couch High School at 417-938-4212 ext. 210.



NOVEMBER 10th-11th – NOVEMBER 17th-18th – THOMASVILLE, MO:

The Thomasville Community Center will host a Christmas Bazaar two weekends: November 10th -11th and November 17th-18th. Hours on Friday are 5 – 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. A variety of goods including holiday décor, hand crafted and gift items, small furniture and Christmas trees will be offered, which are all produced in-house. Soup, chili, desserts and other baked goods will also be offered for sale on Saturday. A Christmas themed queen-size quilt will be raffled at the conclusion of the event. Proceeds will go toward ongoing operational costs of the Thomasville Community Center. Call 417-293-4081.




Christmas Parade, 5K, and Lighting Contest will be held.




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 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 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.


WEDNESDAY’S –  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.



 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.


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.