Community Calendar




West Plains will soon open their new Gene Jones Doggie Park the last of April.  Your dog must have dog tag license and current rabies vaccine to enter the park.  The park is located on Aid Avenue by the water tower.  The parking area is being expanded and improved.




Thayer Elementary School is now registering Preschool and Kindergarten students

for the 2022-23 school year. Appointments must be made by contacting the

Elementary School at 264-4600.

Kindergarten screening will be held Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17. To

register for Kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old before August 1 st , 2022.


Preschool screening will be held Wednesday May 18 and Thursday May 19. To

register for Preschool, a child must be 4 years old before August 1 st , 2022.

Parents must bring their child’s as well as their child’s immunization record, Social

Security number, birth certificate and proof of residency.


May: Graduations

Alton- May 6- 7pm

Winona – May 6 – 7pm

Couch- May 9- 7pm

Highland – May 13 – 7pm

Thayer- May 14- 5pm

Salem – May 16 – 7pm

Mammoth Spring – May 16 – 7pm

West Plains – May 16 – 7pm

Mountain Home – May 20 – 8pm




There are  a few spots remaining in the Community Garden just off highway 63 in Thayer.  If you’d like to reserve a spot, please call Larry Forschler at 870-751-0436 or Boyd Clark at 471-280-1076.  All proceeds go to Rotary to help with community projects.




Richards R-V Summer School will run from May 9th through June 2nd from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Breakfast will be served and lunch will also be served free of charged for students.   Summer school is open for all students in kindergarten through 8th grade.  Enrollments are available on their website at or at the main school office.  lots of activities are being planned for the students.



The Arts Center of North Arkansas is hosting a “Thursday night Music at Center Stage” in Cherokee Village each Thursday evening in May at the Cherokee Village Town Center at 5:30.  Admission is free…there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase.  Performing will be:

May 19 – The Duncan’s – Garrett and Ashton.

May 26 – The Osage Water Band.

Donations welcome



 The Oregon-Howell R-III School District has applied with the MCHSS to provide free meals to children age 1-18.  Meals will be provided without regard to race, color national origin, gender, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital or family status. The site location is at the Oregon-Howell R-III School cafeteria Monday through Friday 730 to 830a and lunch 1130a to 2p.  For more info contact the Koshkong School.




There will be a benefit for Valerie Coursey from 11am – 6:30pm at the Thayer High School Cafeteria. There will be a baked potato bar with dessert and drink for lunch and dinner. There will also be T-Shirt sales, 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction. Take-out orders are welcome. Call 417-293-3630 for more info.




Parents of the West Plains Zizzer Football team will have a meeting at 5:30pm in the High School library for incoming 9th through 12th graders. It’s very important that parents attend this meeting. Rules and expectations for the upcoming football season will be covered!




The Fulton County Fair in Salem, Arkansas will host a Spring Junior Livestock Show on Saturday, May 21st at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. Show starts at 10 a.m. Check in is from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.  Show order is swine, sheep, goats and cattle.  Entry fees are $15.00 per entry and $10.00 for showmanship.  Online entries will close May 15th.  To register on line: Entry fees should be paid on line with a credit or debit card.  For more information contact:   Wayne Neal – 80-321-332   Fair Office – 870-895-5565.    Carolyn Lewis – 870-321-3193.




Fish fry at the BB Road VFD and Community Center from 4p to 7:30p. Located approximately 10 miles East of Alton. Take 160 East to the intersection of CR 225 and CR 222. They will have fish, sides, salad, desserts, beverages and more. Cost is $10 for adults, 12 and under is $6, and pre-school and under is free. Take-out is available.




The Cabool Kiwanis Club Tournament will be held at 9a.m. at the Wedgewood golf course in Mountain Grove. This will be a Two-person scramble and will cost $80 a team plus mulligans. Money will be used for student scholarships, classroom grants and the backpack program. To sign up call the Wedgewood pro shop at 417-926-5374.




The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 695 of West Plains will meet at 12noon at The Ranch House Bar & Grill in West Plains. Judith Revels will lead a roundtable discussion of “Cell Phone Challenges for Seniors”.

All active and retired federal employees and spouses are invited to attend this meeting.




High Seas Adventure Kids Crusade at 6:30 pm nightly at Faith Tabernacle in Rover, MO. Faith Tabernacle is located at DD and M Highway. For more information contact Pastor Steve Jackson at 479-747-1021.




Annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival. The theme this year is “Bringing Back Old Timer’s Day. Starting at 4pm on Friday there will be a fish fry, the JD Marshall Band will perform and the Street Dance at 6pm. And then on Saturday, the 5k Run at 8am, street market, squirt race, car show, terrapin race, horseshoe pitching, parade, cornhole, bingo, pie eating contest and more. Gospel band After Grace will peform from 6-8pm on the square and then there will be a movie on the lawn at dusk.




West Plains Sunrise Rotary Club’s 20th Annual Tom Smith Sunrise Rotary Golf Tournament will be held at the North Terra Golf Course in West Plains with a shotgun start at 12noon. It will be a 3-person scramble and will be $50 per person or $150 per team. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Backpack Program. If you have any questions, please call 417-293-9266.



SATURDAY, MAY 28th –     MT. VIEW, MO:

Summersville Athletics will host a golf tournament at the Mountain View, Mo. Golf Course. There will be two tee times at 730am and 1pm. This will be a three-person 18-hole scramble tournament, $150 per team. There will be a signup sheet in the pro shop.




Richards R-V Summer School will run from May 9th through June 2nd from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Breakfast will be served and lunch will also be served free of charged for students.   Summer school is open for all students in kindergarten through 8th grade.  Enrollments are available on their website at or at the main school office.  lots of activities are being planned for the students.



JUNE 3rd & 4th – WEST PLAINS:

The 17th Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, June 3rd and 4th in downtown West Plains.  There will be Old-time cooking, stories, recipes, Dutch Oven cooking all sponsored by Aid’s Downtown Antiques in West Plains.

Admission to all festival events is free…hours are 10 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.  The 3rd annual Pie Competition will be held on Saturday at the Civic Center.  To enter your pie, you must have it registered between 10:00 and 10:30…all kinds of pie will be accepted. Samples will be offered. The cooking stage will be held in the Brush Arbor from 1:00 until 5:00 both Friday and Saturday.  Demonstrations will include venison chili, beef stew and blackberry cobbler.  Samples will be offered at the end of the demos.




There will be a benefit auction and dinner for Cliff Sisco at 5:00 pm in the Alton School Multi-purpose room. There will be a pulled pork dinner with the auction to follow. Donations for the auction can be left at Young’s Produce or S&S Fabric in Alton. For more info, call 417-778-7261




Take Dad to the River for Father’s Day Weekend, and participate in the The 15th Annual Upper Current River CLEANUP and Kayak give-away*.   Saturday- June 18, 2022Rain date is September 17th


Montauk State Park to Baptist Access

Baptist to Cedargrove (8 slow miles)

Cedargrove to Akers (8 miles)

Akers to Pulltite (10 miles)

Pulltite to Round Spring (10 miles)

Or you may cleanup a put-in/take out area such as

Tan Vat, Baptist, Parker Ford, Cedargrove, Flying W, Welch Spring, Akers, Pulltite,

Sinking Creek, or Round Spring.

For more information call:  Stream Team 1028, Jack or Mary Ficker

573-729-7065 or e-mail  –

Registration is at  Cedargrove,  Akers Upper Landing, or Pulltite River Access points, between 8:00-10:00 am , on June 18th.

 Pick up your Mesh Trash Bags at these points.




West Plains Folds of Honor golf tournament is coming will be a 3-person, 18-hole scramble at the West Plains Country Club. Cost will be $450 per team. 10:30am Registration and Box Lunch and player prizes. There will be a color guard ceremony at 11:45am, and a noon shotgun tee off. Tournament is limited to 36 teams. To sign up, pick up an entry form at the West Plains Country Club.




The annual Alton Fireworks show will be held on July 1st. If any vendors are interested in having a booth this year please contact the Alton City Hall by Friday, June 24th, at 417-778-6321. Booths are $40 with no electric and $50 with electric.




The Fulton County Fair Association in Salem, Arkansas is accepting reservations for commercial booth space for the Fulton County Fair that will be held July 20th to July 23rd.  Businesses and Individuals are encouraged to reserve space now as booth spaces are limited. For more information contact the Fulton County Fair office at 870-895-5565 or e-mail  Vendor applications are available on the Fulton County Fair website at Inside and outside booths are available now…different sizes and with or without electricity.




West Plains Schools are now requiring ALL students, who plan on trying out for a MSHSAA sponsored activity in the coming school year, to have a yearly physical AND annual forms. Free physicals will be given at the Shaw Medical Building from 4:30-7:00 pm. For more info, call the West Plains High School at 417-256-6150.




The Hardy Homesteaders Day will return to Hardy on Saturday, September 24th.  They are needing volunteers to help at this event, for the set up, to help with a booth or be a demonstrator.  Any age, guys or gals, individuals or groups are needed.  Contact Crystal at 417-280-1003.



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.



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 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.


For the sixteenth year, the West Plains Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Alliance, along with Ozark Action, representatives from West Plains Schools, West Plains Area Rural Schools, Law Enforcement, Businesses and other community groups, have once again joined forces for the Community-wide Christmas Assistance Program to help those in need.   If you, your company, organization or church would like to help someone this holiday season, the Committee can match you with someone in need. If your group already has an assistance project in place, please consider sharing the names of those you help with the Christmas Assistance Committee. They will eliminate those names from their master list, and free-up resources to serve even more people.  For a donor application, please call the Chamber office at 417-256-4433.

West Plains’ families in need of assistance can pick up an application form at the Ozark Action office located at 710 East Main Street in West Plains. The Committee compiles a centralized database of those who have applied. This helps prevent the duplication of services and provides the ability to serve more of those in need. This year’s application deadline is December 3, 2021.


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.



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.


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.




The Senior Age Area Agency on Aging is seeking tax volunteers.  You do not need prior experience, just basic computer skills and all returns are using IRS approved software.  Hours are flexible and volunteers are asked to serve an average of 5 or more hours per week from February through April.  As a volunteer, you’ll join a program that’s helped millions of people file tax returns at no charge for over 40 years.  If you are interested in becoming a part of the volunteer team, call 417-868-9524, inquire at the local Senior Center or at



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.



Former West Plains Zizzer Connor Rackley was involved in a serious vehicle accident South of West Plains recently and suffered some very serious injuries. Connor is now home from the hospital.  An account has been set up at FNBC (formerly Arvest bank) to make donations to help with expenses.  Conners mom, Casey Rackley,  is faced with a lot of medical bills and time away from work, plus  dealing with the loss of Conner’s Dad recently.   All help would be greatly appreciated.


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.