Community Calendar




On January 17th, Melissa French passed away in a tragic car accident. Melissa was a very loved daughter, sister, cousin, and friend. She was a wonderful cheerleader, student, athlete, club leader and was loved by all. Her parents, Evan and Dianna French are going through something no parent should ever have to. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated at this difficult time. Melissa has a bank account at FNBC in Mammoth Spring for donations.



FEBRUARY 1st – 29th – ALTON, MO:

A new emergency warming center has opened at the Alton First Baptist Church. Conditions for this opening will be for when temperatures are at 20 degrees or below, and soup will be served while it’s open. Doors for this warming center will be open during these conditions from 6pm to 7am.  Organizers are asking that anyone wishing to help donate blankets, bed rolls, sleeping bags, pillows, food, or otherwise. For more information on this warming center, you can call 417 372 0142, or 417 255 3074.



Missouri turkey hunters can apply online during February 2024 spring turkey managed hunts through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) website.

The website is Managed hunt details are outlined on the webpage…beginning March 15.  Spring turkey hunting youth portion – April 6th and 7th with the regular spring season running April 15 through May 5.   Shooting hours on public land remains a half hour before sunrise to 1:00 p.m.



Thayer Elementary is now enrolling 2024-25 Preschool and new incoming Kindergarten. Incoming Preschool must be 4 by August 1. Kindergarten students must be 5 by August 1. To enroll, stop by the elementary office now until March 9. Screening dates are April 23 & 24.


Ozarks Healthcare’s Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule for February 2024:


When: Wednesday, Feb. 21

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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


When: Thursday, Feb. 22

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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


When: Tuesday, Feb. 27

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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


When: Wednesday, Feb. 28

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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


When: Thursday, Feb. 29

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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


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.By prioritizing your health and not delaying essential screenings, you contribute to your overall wellness and empower yourself with knowledge. Ozarks Healthcare encourages everyone to start the year with a commitment to health and early detection.For more information about Ozarks Healthcare’s Mobile Mammography Unit, visit




The Thayer Dram/Choir Students are selling fresh strawberries for $25/flat. Comment on their Facebook post to order or contact your favorite choir/drama student.                                         




Red Cross Blood Drive at the Christian Activity Center in Thayer. Location is 420 Chesnut Street. It will be from Noon to 4pm.

Please call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment or visit and enter: FBCThayer to schedule an appointment.


FEBRUARY 19th-23rd:

The Ozarks Healthcare Family Medicine Clinics will hold a free heart health screening, this is by appointment only. This includes a lipid panel, glucose, a1C and blood pressure check. Clinics and phone numbers:

Alton – 100 Medical Drive – 417-417-778-7227.

Gainesville, 37 Medical Drive – 417-679-4613.

Mammoth Spring – 260 Main Street, 870-625-3228.

Thayer – 1375 Nettleton Avenue – 417-264-7136.

West Plains Family Medicine, 181 N. Kentucky Avenue, Suite 100-417-257-4911.

West Plains Family Care, 1307 Porter Wagoner Blvd, 417-255-8645.

Mtn. Grove, 500 E. 19th St. 417-926-6563.

Mtn. View, 220 N. Elm Street, 417-934-2273.

Winona, 9104 Highway 19, 573-325-4237.

West Plains R-7 School District at Zizzer Clinic, 1013 College Street, 417-505-7123.




The Ozarks Healthcare will sponsor a Community Education Luncheon at Riverbend Restaurant, 80 Main Street in Mammoth Spring on Friday, February 23rd from 12 Noon to 1:00 p.m. with Dr. A.K. George discussing heart care. Reservations are required.417-256-9111.ex 6735…the luncheon is free.



West Plains Zizzer Baseball will host Tacos and Trivia fundraiser at 6:00 PM in the West Plains Elementary Gym. Admission is $25 for meal and trivia, $15 for meal only, $10 for students, $200 for a table of 8. Meal includes dessert and drinks. There will also be a silent acution and raffle. For more information contact or call 417-247-7779. Proceed benefit Zizzer baseball.



Mark your calanders for Saturday, February 24 and join the Camp Volunteer Fire Department for a free pancake breakfast from 8 am to 12 pm. Enjoy fluffy pancakes, savory sausage, scrambled eggs, fresh milk and a cup of hot coffee. Their station is located on Highway 9 North, and they welcome in the community to this special event! Contact Jerry Barnes for additional information at (931) 210-7217



The National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet will be at the Ash Flat Church of Christ building at 560 Ash Flat Drive. Doors open at 6:00 PM. For more information contact Dallas Harrell at 870-819-7105.



Singers for Jessica’s Friends for the 36th Annual Cystic Fibrosis Concert, featuring Sara Evans will start practicing, Sunday, February 25th. Jessica’s Friends has been a huge part of the Concert each year. Children and teenagers of all ages are invited to take part in this fun event. If you have not taken part before and would like to, you are welcome to come and join in on the fun this year. Practices will be Sunday, February 25th, March 3rd, March 10th, at 2:00 p.m. at the West Plains Elementary School and on Friday night, March 15th at the West Plains Civic Center at 6:00 p. m. under the direction of Ms. Diane Reed. The Concert is March 16th at the West Plains Civic Center. Jessica’s Friends is always a highlight of the evening. They know how to start the evening off and set the mood for Sara Evans to take the stage. If you would like to make a donation or donate something for the auction, please contact Lois Frazier at 417-256-5388. Tickets are on sale now at K-Kountry 95, all area Banks, the West Plains Civic Center, West Plains Music, West Plains Savings & Loan, Wal-Mart, First National Bank and Liberty Bank, Mtn. View, Regina Voyles in Winona, First National Bank Willow Springs, Sara Honeycutt, Cabool or to charge by phone 417-256-8123. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lois Frazier at 417-256-5388. We look forward to seeing you at practice and at the Concert.



The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 695 of West Plains will meet Tuesday at 12:00 noon at the Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant.  Lynne Johnson will give a presentation on the Veteran’s Administration and what they do.   All active and retired federal employees and spouses are invited to attend.




The Thayer Fun and Friends Senior Center is offering free income tax assistance on Monday, February 5th, 12th and 26th… Monday, March 11th and 25th and Monday, April 8th. This includes filing for property tax and rent rebate.  Call Fun and Friends Center for an appointment at 417-264- 7354.





Attention Howell County residents!  The Republican Caucus is Saturday March 2nd!

The Caucus replaces the normal Presidential Primary and is how the Missouri Republican Party sends Delegates and Alternates to the Republican National Convention.

The caucus is how you, as a voter, will make your voice heard in the nomination process for President of the United States.

The Republican Caucus will be held at the National Guard Armory, 1315 Webster Avenue in West Plains.  You must be in line to register on March 2nd between 8am and 10am to participate.  For more info and to pre-register visit




The Moody Community Center Open House and GRAND Opening Will be held Saturday at 6pm.  A BBQ Pulled Pork Meal will be served. There will be a Pie Auction with the Proceeds benefiting the Moody Community Center. To schedule an event or for more info, call 417-256-9630.



The Howell Family will be singing at the Thayer Freewill Baptist Church on Sunday Morning March 3rd during the 11:00 a.m. Service.


Our annual freshmen enrollment nights are approaching on March 4th and 5th from 5-7pm.
  • Teachers, counselors, secretaries, and nurse will be in the cafeteria. Parents and students will be turning in enrollment paperwork and be given an opportunity to speak with counselors and teachers about classes.
  • Club sponsors and coaches will set up in the gym with their tables. Each club and sport will have one table. Please decorate your table and be prepared to share about your club/sport. You are welcome, and encouraged, to have student representatives there as well.
  • STUCO will be offering building tours.
These nights are intended for incoming freshmen students and parents to turn in enrollment paperwork, talk to teachers and counselors, and see all of the great things we have to offer at WPHS. It can be a scary evening for our incoming freshmen and their parents. Dinner will be provided both nights.



The new location for the Drivers Examination will start at the new location on Tuesday, March 5th at 700 East State Street, Mountain Grove, Missouri. Hours are 9 to 12 and 1 to 4:15. All written tests must be completed by 11:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Skills assessments will conclude at 11:30 a.m. and 3:45 P.M.  They will be closed for lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. Motorcycle test will be conducted from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., provided the pavement is dry.  The Drivers Examination former location was 208 Hiway 181 in Cabool.  For more information contact Troop G headquarters 417-469-3121 or Missouri State Highway Patrols Website:




Enjoy the Ozark Bible Institute of Neosho Missouri Choir at 7 p.m. at Faith Tabernacle in Rover, Mo at the corner of Highway M and D D.   The Neosho Missouri Choir has 35 to 40 singers who will not only sing but preach the word.  A fellowship will follow the evening event.  For more information contact Lee Vonallmen at 417-255-3800.




You’re invited to a worship with Brian Free and Assurance at 7 p.m. at the Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church near Alton, Missouri. It’s located 160 East to FF Hwy – 2 miles on the right.  Everyone is welcome.  A love offering will be appreciated.




Friends of the Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery annual meeting is Saturday, March 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the State Line Restaurant.  Discounted meals will be provided for the meeting attendees.  Everyone welcome.




Texas County Memorial Hospital will be hosting a blood drive on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) will collect blood donations in the Jayson Gentry Community Safe Room on the TCMH campus. Appointments are not required, but strongly encouraged. To schedule your appointment, call 417-227-5006 or go to




The 36 Annual Cystic Fibrosis Concert will be held Saturday, March 16th at the West Plains Civic.   Doors open at 5 p.m. with a silent auction, and live auction begins at 6:45 p.m. Jessica’s Friends, a group of local talent will follow.  Entertainer this year is Sara Evans, some of her hits include “Suds in the Bucket”, A Little Bit Stronger”, I Could Not ask for More” …and many more.  Advance tickets are $30.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under.  Tickets at the door are $40.00.  and can be purchased at most all West Plains Banks, Wal Mart Supercenter, West Plains Saving and Loans, Simmons Banks at Mountain View and Willow Spring, K-Kountry 95 Radio in Thayer and The Train in West Plains, Regina Voyles in Winona and Sarah Honeycutt in Cabool.  Charge by Phone at 417-256-8123 or




Cover’s Lumber Company in Thayer is sponsoring Bluebird Day at the Mammoth Spring State Park Pavilion, Saturday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m. Learn about Bluebirds and build your own bluebird house.  Bring your own hammer.  To reserve you spot call 870-625-7364.


Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar 2024

March 16-23: Arkansas Spring Break

March 23 – Bluebird Day 10AM at the State Park Pavilion (Reservations Required)

April 6 – Thayer/Mammoth Spring Chambers – MoArk Eclipse Celebration – Thayer High School

April 8 – 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

April 13th – Mammoth Spring Rabies Vaccination Clinic 9:00 AM – Noon Simmons Bank parking lot

April 19-20 – Mammoth Spring City-Wide Yard Sale

May 11 – Tourism Day Celebration – Mammoth Spring Welcome Center 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

May 29 – Great Spring River Clean-up

June 7-9 – Arkansas Free Fishing Weekend (Noon Friday – Sunday at Midnight)

July 15-20 – 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.



The Solar Eclipse Festival will be held in Cherokee Village April 6th, 7th and 8th.  Lots of activities planned for three days…A 60-foot-tall Ferris Wheel, Jumbotron playing the NCAA Final Four games on Saturday and Monday…Kidzone, yard games, good trucks, pop up shops, live music performances going on all weekend. Cherokee Village is in the path of totality for this solar eclipse, 4 minutes and 13 seconds for the full eclipse on Monday, April 8th.   Information for campground and other reservations call 870-257-2468 or email




Excitement is building in West Plains for the April 8 total solar eclipse approaches.  This is a once-in-a-life time opportunity for the Ozarks.  The eclipse will stretch from Texas to Maine across the U.S…West Plains will be in the middle of it all FOR A TOTAL OF THREE minutes.  The party path will be held April 5th through the 8th…Entertainment will be “38 Special and Ozark Mountain Daredevil concert” on Friday night to a balloon glow and fireworks event on Sunday with music by HaHaTonka and Fender Bender, along with lots of other events and activities mixed in. All this leading up to the eclipse at 1:54 p.m. on Monday.  For other information go to – call 417-256-8835.  T-shirts, glasses and other merchandise will be available at the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, 2999 Porter Wagoner Blvd.




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.