Archives for June 2018

Stone County is gearing up for fun this Fourth of July holiday

Stone County is gearing up for fun this Fourth of July holiday. The 2018 Fireburst Celebration will be held Saturday night at the Kimberling City Bridge. The City of Galena will celebrate Independence Day on Saturday at the Y-Bridge Park on East 4th Street. The event starts at 5 p.m. with BBQ, music, raffles and more and ends with a fireworks show at dusk.
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They’re cleaning up Branson

They’re cleaning up Branson. Health officials are enforcing an ordinance at lodging facilities in Branson, including extended stay motels, cited for pests, overflowing garbage facilities, and walls, ceilings, and/or floors in need of repair. The health department does routine inspections at all Branson lodging facilities, including extended stays, but under the new ordinance, if pests are a problem, health officials now have more authority over how a motel gets rid them, a news release states.
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Drive by ballooning threatened motorists

A drive by ballooning incident threatened several motorists in the Springfield area. Police say someone threw frozen water balloons from a car at other passing cars windshields Tuesday afternoon along Farm Road 190 near the Missouri Institute of Natural Science. Three cars reportedly got hit with the baloons, including a first time driver whose mom said she had just gotten her learner’s permit. The only details about the suspects car is that it had an out-of-state license plate and appeared to be a gray-ish and blue-ish, four-door sporty vehicle. If you have any information about these drive by balloonings you’re urged to call police.
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Operation Dry Water watching you this July 4th holiday

The 10th annual Operation Dry Water will be conducted June 30-July 2. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence as we head into the Fourth of July holiday, which officials say is one of the busiest times of the year for boating and water activities.
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Play it safe this Fourth of July holiday

Play it safe this Fourth of July holiday. That’s the message from Branson Firefighters who are urging residents to celebrate safely when setting off fireworks with these tips, never point fireworks at another person, or light them near buildings and vehicles, and always keep water nearby to extinguish any small fires. In the City of Branson, fireworks may only be discharged on July 3 and 4 from 7 a.m. to midnight.
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I-44 construction delayed

A big project that would cause significant traffic changes on I-44 has been delayed. MoDOT officials announced work to remove the route 65 bridge over I-44, next weekend is now scheduled to take place over the weekend of July 13 and 14. I-44 and southbound route 65 will be closed for 24 hours in that area. Motorists should expect to be detoured around the work zone, according to a press release.
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Water boil advisory lifted

The Boil Water Advisory put in place June 26 for a section of PWSD #3 on the northeast side of Branson is being lifted. Taney County Water Supply District #3 reports that two consecutive lab samples have successfully passed the lab tests, and water is safe to use.
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Bowling center coming to Branson Landing

Visitors to Branson Landing will have a new choice for entertainment, food and drinks coming in the fall of this year. Andy B’s Bowl Social began construction at the Landing with a ground-breaking ceremony on June 14. It is across from Arcade City. Bowl Social joins a Springfield location, simply titled Andy B’s, as the second installment of Andy B’s Entertainment and Bowling Centers. The business is expected to be open by October.
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Shooting in broad daylight in west Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Police say one man is in custody after a shooting in broad daylight in west Springfield Wednesday. The victim was found shot multiple times on West Nichols by someone investigators say he knew. One witness followed the shooter to a home and notified police. He was arrested after a brief standoff. Police described the victims injuries as non-life-threatening. He is in a Springfield hospital. The investigation is continuing.
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Taney County woman accepted a plea deal in a 2017 drug possession case

A Taney County woman accepted a plea deal in a 2017 drug possession case. 33-year-old Tiffany Epps is facing multiple charges stemming from an investigation last year in which law enforcement got a tip that drugs were being kept and sold at Epps Branson area home. Epps was arrested during a traffic stop, and a subsequent search of her home netted police over 60 grams of meth. Sentencing for Epps has been scheduled for September 11.
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