Popular Aldi grocery store chain could soon call Branson home

The popular Aldi grocery store chain could soon call Branson home. According to a press release Thursday, the company purchased a lot at The Shoppes at Branson Hills. The low-cost retailer is expected to open a store on Branson’s north side next year.
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New program promises help for Mo., small business owners and farmers affected by natural disasters

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS) – A new program to assist Mo., small business owners and farmers affected by natural disasters was launched on Thursday (July 18) in Jefferson City. The program is called LIFT, Linked Deposits to Invest and Fund a Timely Recovery. According to the Missouri State Treasurer Office, as reported at KFVS, LINK will use linked deposits to partner with Missouri financial institutions to provide low interest loans for small businesses and farmers impacted by natural disasters. LIFT is now accepting applications for small business and farms in FEMA-declared counties. State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick made the announcement following recent tornadoes, damaging storms and long-term flooding throughout Missouri.
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Dozens turned out for the James River Basin Partnership’s River Rescue float and clean-up

Dozens turned out for the James River Basin Partnership’s River Rescue float and clean-up. According to online media reports, about 65 volunteers helped pull trash, recyclable metal and lots of tires from a five mile stretch of the James River in Stone County. The event, initially set for last month was moved to last weekend because of wet weather.
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Residents affected by flooding and storms may be getting some help

Missouri Net – Residents affected by flooding and storms may be getting some help. The state of Missouri requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expand last week’s federal disaster declaration for the state to make assistance available to residents and businesses in 21 additional counties and public agencies in 68 counties for repairs to roads, bridges, and other damaged infrastructure that was not initially identified. The press release says additional counties may be considered for public help as floodwaters recede and more information is gathered locally. To register for FEMA assistance, go to DisasterAssistance.gov
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Twelve months later and donations continue to help local agencies that reponded to the duck boat tragedy

KY3.COM – Twelve months later and donations continue to help local agencies that reponded to the duck boat tragedy on Table Rock Lake. Friday (July 19) marks one year since the incident that claimed the lives of 17 people when the tour boat they were riding sank during severe storms, and Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce President Sheila Thomas said nearly $95,000 was raised through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. She says there’s still about $3,000 left, which they’re hoping to distribute in the near future, according to reports at ky3.
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Family and friends gather to say goodby to beloved community member

Family and friends will gather to say goodby to a longtime Branson entreprenuer and beloved community member who died this week. Visitation services for June Hartley, the wife of Dick Hartley who opened Dick’s 5 & 10 in downtown Branson in 1961, will be held Wednesday (July 17) from 6-8 p.m., and funeral services will be held Thursday (July 18) at 11 a.m., at Williams Memorial Chapel, College of the Ozarks. Hartley died July 14, on the 58th anniversary of the store’s opening. She also served on the Branson School Board and Branson Parks Board over the years. Hartley was 89 years old.
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Branson School District is gearing up for back to school

The Branson School District is gearing up for back to school. Online enrollment for all students returning for the 2019-2020 school year has begun. Enrollment forms are available through the Parent Portal, according to a news release, and online registration should be completed by this Friday (July 19).
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Fun in the water on Table Rock Lake ended with Kansas woman in hospital

Fun in the water on Table Rock Lake ended with a Wichita, Kansas woman in the hospital Monday evening. According to online media reports, 35-year-old passenger Ashley Bishop, tried to stop a pontoon boat as it was pulling up to a dock at Indian Point Marina and got her armed trapped between the boat and the dock. She was taken to Cox Branson for treatment of what were described in police reports as moderate injuries.
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Some new Branson Police officers were recently sworn into office

Some new Branson Police officers were recently sworn into office. Jeremy Dixon, Wayne Hansen, Mitchell Null and Giovanny Rivera each gave their oath as they joined the department during a badge-pinning ceremony Friday, according to Branson Police Chief Jeff Matthews, who said the department continues to fill openings, but they are still hiring through the end of 2019.
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Springfield Greene County Park Board helping people beat the heat

Look for heat wave like temperatures this week. An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for areas along and north of I-44 with the exception of Springfield. A heat Advisory is in effect for Springfield and the rest of the Ozarks from Wednesday through Saturday and may be extended into Sunday, according to local forecasters. Highs will be in the mid 90’s each day but it will feel like 105 degrees because of high humidity forecasters say. However, by late Sunday or Monday looking for cooler temp’s, as a cold front and storms are forecast to blow through the area.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo — The Springfield Greene County Park Board is helping people beat the heat. According to a press release, the Springfield Greene County Park Board is opening up cooling centers in the front lobbies of their family centers. Park Board officials say the lobbies are open to the public and have restrooms, water fountains, and usually a TV. And the park board keeps one of their public pools open late during heat advisories. Other places to beat the heat are the mall or public libraries, the press release advised.
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