A great resource
I live in the Ozarks and post on a website called Momslikeme.com (under the Springfield section under a different user name). I have made friends through this website, gone walking with the walking group, have met with some of the other homeschoolers, had lunch with some of the moms, gone to the birthday party for the site and think it is a PRICELESS resource for doctors, relocating, meeting people and addressing local topics. It used to be called Ozarksmoms.com and I think you can still type that in and be redirected to the new site.
What is different about this site and the momslikeme site is that here broader topics are addressed, it is more "grassroots" than the Springfield area tends to be (sorry if that is disheartening.) It took me awhile to make friends after I moved to this area; people are very private. But, I will say, the transplants tend to flock together.