Archives for December 2018

The govt. shutdown won’t affect a decades long tradition

The govt. shutdown won’t affect a decades long tradition. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) announced on Friday that it will continue with its 63-year tradition of tracking Santa’s Christmas Eve route around the world thanks to about 1,500 volunteers who make the program possible each and every year. Donald Trump initiated a partial government shutdown that took effect at midnight on Friday after the House and Senate failed to pass a spending bill to include funds for his border wall, forcing more than 420,000 federal employees to work without pay this holiday.

Retailers are gearing up for the final sprint of holiday shopping

Retailers are gearing up for the final sprint of holiday shopping as 2018 draws to a close. Data from Adobe Analytics and the National Retail Federation signal a strong holiday shopping stretch so far. But concerns about the US-China trade war, and a crashing stock market, as well as a the now looming govt. shutdown, have some store owners nervous. For now, Americans are buying everything from TVs to toys to clothes. Consumer confidence is high and wages are ticking up, as is online shopping, with Americans spending a record $110 billion online since November 1, nearly an 18% increase compared to las year, reports show.

Are you givning Xmas gifts that will be returned?

Are you givning Xmas gifts that will be returned? According to a survey Americans give $13 billion in unwanted gifts each year. From toys and ugly sweaters to kitchen aides and technical gadgets, retailers are left holding the bag with expensive returns, as more than half (56%) of Americans receive at least one unwanted gift during the holidays, and 22% of them exchange those gifts for something else.

Tis the season for holiday travel

Tis the season for holiday travel, and more Americans than ever will journey to spend time with friends and family. AAA expects 112.5 million people will hit the roads, airways and rails-the highest number of people expected to travel since 2001, a 4.4 percent increase compared to 2017. With a record-breaking one-third of the country choosing to travel this holiday, roadways and airports are sure to be busy. Experts say the best time to travel is on Dec. 24 or 25.
Most travelers will be taking the highway to travel for the year-end holidays. More than 102 million people are expected to drive, a 4.4 percent increase in road travel compared to 2017.
You won’t notice much difference in prices at the pump as you hit the road. Nationally, gas prices are only about two cents cheaper than last year with the average price per gallon at $2.46.

If you still have Christmas gifts left to buy Monday, you are officially late

If you still have Christmas gifts left to buy Monday, you are officially late. But you’re not alone. According to the National Retail Federation’s December survey, 24 percent of Americans were expected to do their last minute shopping on Super Saturday and more than 7 percent were expected to wait until Christmas Eve. Many stores will accept online orders for in-store pickup Monday.

Names of two people injured in crash north of Chadwick released

The names of two people injured in a two car crash north of Chadwick Tuesday have been released. According to police reports, 50-year-old Lisa Hicks-Taylor of Bradleyville crossed the center line and struck an oncoming pickup driven by 21-year-old Ronnie Maggard of Oldfield on Highway 125 at Route T. Both drivers were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Hollister Middle School debut on Youtube

A science project launched from Hollister Middle School made a debut on Youtube. 12 students at Hollister Middle School used data, such as weight and date of launch to send a weather balloon they constructed on a more than 200 mile, three and a half hour journey on Monday and discovered it made its way to Marshall County, Kentucky, the same day. The teacher said the balloon is being mailed back to the school. The footage of the balloon launch is available on Youtube.

Branson reaping the rewards of newest sales tax

The city of Branson is reaping the rewards of its newest sales tax. According to the city’s finance director, as of December, the city has collected almost $3.5 million in the Public Safety Sales Tax. Branson voters approved the half-cent sales tax in 2017, with funds going to improving the city’s public safety infrastructure, including its police and fire departments. Officials said the city is on track to collect roughly $4.4 million the first year of the Public Safety Sales Tax, according to a press release from the city.

Fatal train collision near Highway 65 ruled accident

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. – A fatal train collision has been ruled an accident by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Police say the victim, identified as 57-year-old Jeff Dade, was walking on railroad tracks Saturday afternoon on East Kearney Street near Highway 65 when he was struck and killed by an oncoming train, as reported by our content sponsors at OzarksFirst. Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a news release there was no railroad signal device at the location.

Infant IB sold by CVS, Family Dollar and Walmart recalled

A recall has been issued for infant ibuprofen sold by CVS, Family Dollar and Walmart. Officials said this week that the three recalled products may have concentrations of ibuprofen that are too high and therefore could be dangerous, according to the recall announcement.