Archives for July 2018

Springfield Public Schools scrambling to fill vacancies ahead of back to school

Before the first day of classes Aug. 15, Springfield Public Schools is hoping to hire at least 50 employees. To accomplish that task, the district is hosting its largest open job fair of the year Tuesday from 1-4 p.m., at the Kraft Administrative Center. You can also apply on Springfield Public Schools website.
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Branson is getting some national staffing help

BRANSON, Mo. — Branson is getting some national staffing help. An agency called Hive Staffing, headquartered in Oklahoma City, is recruiting American workers from various states across the country and putting them up in Plato’s Cave in Branson — which houses workers from out of town. Some have come to Branson from as far as Indianapolis, while others are from nearby Arkansas and Oklahoma. The agency says it’s a win win for everybody, as Branson is experiencing a staffing shortage, and hired housekeepers can make up to $12 per hour working in Branson.
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“Stranger Danger” incident landed a Hollister woman behind bars

A “Stranger Danger” incident landed a Hollister woman behind bars. Mallory Kate McDonald, 29, is accused of trying to grab a pre-teen boy from a store parking lot on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway last week in Branson (July 17), according to a probable cause statement from the Branson Police Department. McDonald is charged with two felony counts of child kidnapping and one misdemeanor charge of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. She is in the Taney County Jail on $100,000 bond. McDonald already had a court hearing scheduled Aug. 20 in a separate drug possession case.
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Wrongful death lawsuits filed in Branson duck boat crash

Two wrongful death lawsuits have now been filed after 17 people drowned on a sinking duck boat in Branson. The first has been filed by members of a family that lost nine that day for $100 million. The second has been filed by the daughters of a couple who died in the accident and the attorney for that case says they will likely request more than $100,000. But it’s the first suit, the one on behalf of the Coleman family, that is looking for more than money. Instead, the Coleman family’s attorneys are looking to shut down the operation of an industry they say knowingly produced boats that would trap it’s passengers, even if they had a lifejacket on, as reported at HomeTownDailyNews.com.
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The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is working with several non-profits in Branson to support the families of those affected of the deadly Duck Boat accident on Table Rock Lake. The group’s website says the funds will be used to help cover the unmet needs of families of victims, survivors, and others involved. Several restaurants in the Ozarks are also selling food & baked goods to donate to CFO.
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Man hospitalized after leaping into traffic

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A man who ran out into traffic is in critical condition. Police say he was hit by a car after jumping into oncoming traffic at the intersection of Campbell and Sunshine in south Springfield just before midnight Monday, according to media reports. The pedestrian remained in serious condition Tuesday at an area hospital, police said.
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Safety concerns shutdown Westport Pool

Springfield, MO – Westport Pool is closed. The pool was shutdown after Springfield-Greene County Park Board lifeguards noticed cloudy water Thursday afternoon. Parks maintenance staff has not been able to identify the source of the cloudiness and said the pool is expected to remain closed for about a week. Westport Pool is currently scheduled to close for the season on Aug. 12.
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Voters will decide on Missouri ‘Right to Work’

Voters will decide in the August primary whether to make Missouri a ‘Right to Work’ state. If voters pass the measure, unions will be prohibited from collecting fees from non-union employees. Proponents of the proposition say it gives workers the freedom to choose whether to support a union. Opponents claim it would hurt unions by allowing employees to receive union benefits without paying dues.
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Serial bank robber sentenced

Springfield, Mo. (Media Release) – A serial bank robber was sentenced in federal court Friday. Anthony Carlton Dunlap, 42, of Springfield, charged with his sixth bank robbery, the most recent on W. Kearney St., in 2017, will spend 18 years in federal prison without parole. Police say Dunlap committed five other bank robberies between 2001 and 2002.
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Boat crash on Table Rock Lake

No injuries were reported when a pontoon boat and a Ranger boat crashed on Table Rock Lake Thursday morning. Authorities said a 65 year old Iowa man operating the pontoon boat hit the starboard stern of the Rangers vessel near the Long Creek Marina. The two boats received minor damage and were driven from the scene, according to reports.
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Hear Table Rock Lake Chamber Candidate’s Forum here

On Thursday, July 19, the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce presented a Candidate’s Forum for Stone County Candidates that was broadcast live on 106.3 KRZK. A podcast of that Forum is now available on-line at Hometown Daily News.com. Other Election Related Programming will also be posted as we get closer to the Missouri August 7 Primary Election.
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