Archives for October 2018

City-wide effort underway to name Branson as “America’s Christmas Tree City”

A city-wide marketing effort is underway to name Branson as “America’s Christmas Tree City.” The Branson Board of Aldermen approved a special event permit from the Downtown Branson Betterment Association to promote the 70th annual Adoration Parade which calls for 70 light poles in downtown Branson to be decorated with “banners, bows, garland, lights and four- to five-foot live evergreen trees.” Officials said the trees will be monitored to ensure they remain healthy.
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Avenue of Freedom honors victims of 9-11

A stretch of Branson roadway will continue to be known as the “Avenue of Freedom.” The Branson Board of Aldermen gave initial approval to an agreement with the Branson Veterans Task Force for the upkeep of the two-mile stretch of Gretna Road known as the “Avenue of Freedom,” from the intersection at Missouri 248 to the bridge at Roark Valley Road. According to city documents, the decision was made to honor those who died on 9/11.
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Rockaway Beach man who crashed into a house while fleeing police pleaded guilty

A Rockaway Beach man who crashed into a house last year while fleeing police pleaded guilty recently in Taney County Court. According to court documents, a jury trial for Brandy Thomas, 41, was set for next week, but Thomas has accepted a plea deal in the case. He is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 20, according to online court records.
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Cold weather contributing to car thefts

As cold weather sets in Branson residents are being reminded not to leave your car running unattended. Branson police are sending that message, after a car owner in Branson left the vehicle running to warm up and it was stolen, according to the police department’s Facebook post. The car was quickly located and a suspect was arrested with charges pending, according to the post.
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Hollister shooting suspect facing additional charges

The suspect accused in a Sept. 6 shooting in Hollister is facing four more felony charges. Wesley Andrew Smith, 35, is now facing a total of 13 felony charges in Taney County from four different incidents dating back to April. The new charges stem from circumstances involving Smith’s arrest several days after he was being sought for the Sept. 6 early-morning shooting of a man near Financial Drive, just southeast of the U.S. 65 interchange, according to the court documents. Smith is in the custody of Taney County Jail where he is being held without bond. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 13.
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Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau buys building they call home

The Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau will soon have a new home, sort of. Arvest Bank has reached an agreement to sell its 200 W. Stephenson Ave., building to the Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is currently housed at that location, at a greatly reduced price, citing the agreement will not only allow the bureau to stay in the place it has called home for several years, but it will also help sustain the commitment to the growth and vitality of the downtown area, Scott Tennyson, market president for Arvest in Harrison said.
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Trunk or Treat

Branson Schools PTO is hosting a Trunk or Treat event this Thursday. Kids of all ages will enjoy going from trunk to trunk collecting treats during this free family event from 6-8 p.m. in the Branson Cedar Ridge parking lot. There will also be snacks, games, family photos and a best trunk contest. The event will be held rain or shine. No masks, weapons or scary costumes will be permitted.
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2.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos recalled

Almost 2.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos are being recalled due to possible Salmonella and Listeria contamination. The recall was released by Ruiz Food Products, and include taquitos produced from July 1 through Oct. 10, according to a USDA press release. The problem was discovered on Oct. 16 when Ruiz Food Productions was notified that the diced onions used in the taquitos were tainted, the release states. There have been no confirmed reports of “adverse reactions” after the products have been eaten.
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Branson woman among those injured in fatal crash

A Branson woman was among those injured in a fatal two vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on Highway 100. The Highway Patrol reported that an SUV pulling onto the highway from a private drive just outside of Hermann, Missouri failed to yield the right of way to the bus before slamming into it. The driver of the SUV was killed in the accident and two children riding with her suffered serious injuries. Six passengers on the bus, including a 22-year-old Branson woman, as well as the bus driver were injured in the crash.
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Bless a child this Christmas

You can bless a child this Christmas. The Operation Christmas Child Fall Rally will be held this Thursday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at New Beginnings Fellowship, located at 151 W. Elm Street in Hollister. The event will offer free Operation Christmas Child materials as well as ideas for anyone participating in packing shoebox gifts for those in need this holiday season. This year’s National Collection Week is Nov 12-19.
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