Archives for January 2019

Annual Every One Counts campaign kicked off Thursday

The annual Every One Counts campaign kicked off on Thursday (Jan. 31). Volunteers with the Community Partnership’s Ozarks Alliance To End Homelessness will work at various sites across Greene, Christian, and Webster counties to document community members experiencing homelessness. Every One Counts takes place yearly and data collected is used to secure federal funding for homeless services in the Ozarks.

Religion could soon be part of the curriculum in Missouri schools

Religion could soon be part of the curriculum in Missouri schools. Legislation is being filed this year to incorporate Bible study classes into public high school’s. If passed, the legislation, coordinated by a conservative Christian organization, will allow public schools to offer an elective course on the Bible. The legislation would also require all world literature courses to incorporate the Bible.

Venice of the Lake Sewage Project in the Ozarks finally moving along

TANEY COUNTY, Mo. –The 15-million dollar “Venice of the Lake Sanitary Sewage Project,” more than a decade in the making, in the Ozarks is finally moving along. The multi-million dollar sewage upgrade will mean going from a septic to a central sewage system for residents who live near Rockaway Beach and Merriam Woods, where failing septic systems have plagued some areas for years, backing up wastewater on to many properties, OzarksFirst reports. The project, which has been in the works since the early 90’s, will be done in 3 phases, and about 400 homes east of Rockaway Beach and Merriam Woods will get the new system, expected to be completed sometime in 2023.

First time Chronic Wasting Disease hits Stone and Taney counties

Chronic Wasting Disease is making a debut in Stone and Taney counties. Although hundreds of CWD cases have been identified in northwest Arkansas counties, this is the first time positively tested deer were found in northeast Stone County, near Reeds Spring, and southern Taney County, in the Drury-Mincy Conservation area, MDC Wildlife Health Specialist Keith Cordell said in a press release. Officials encourage anyone who spots a suspected CWD-infected roadkill or sick deer to contact their MDC regional office.

Branson water systems project moving along

A Branson water systems project is moving along. Aldermen recently voted 4-2 on final reading of the project, which will extend the city’s water system to the unserved western limits of the city and improve water pressure to other nearby properties, Branson utilities director Mike Ray said. According to Ray, the city has considered three main routing options, including extending water service from the Dewey Bald Water Tower, which would require approval from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Construction on the project could begin this summer (July 10).

Garden dedicted to founder of Branson Regional Arts Council

The founder of the Branson Regional Arts Council is being honored. The Veterans Memorial Garden at the intersection of Hwy 76 and Gretna Road in Branson, will be dedicated as the “Jean Cantwell Courtyard” in her honor. Jean Cantwell passed away last year. She was one of the initial developers of the Missouri Arts Council. -0-

Taney County drivers are being encouraged to slow down

Taney County drivers are being encouraged to slow down. According to online media reports, six additional radar speed limit signs will be installed throughout the county to promote safe driving and encourage driver’s to obey the speed limit. The Taney County Commission recently approved purchasing the additional radar signs for some at risk areas, including Fall Creek and Bee Creek. Where the others will be placed has yet to be determined.

Tax use bill on ballot in Hollister’s first Municipal Election of 2019

Hollister’s first Municipal Election of 2019 will ask voters to approve a new tax use bill. The proposed ballot initiative would impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, currently 2 percent. Hollister city leaders said, if passed, the city would receive a use tax from out-of-state vendor sales purchased by Hollister city residents, which has not been collected, losing the city hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Lowe’s in Hollister is being recognized for a pet project for the Branson PD

Lowe’s in Hollister is being recognized for a pet project for the Branson PD. According to a news release, the store donated the materials needed to construct Branson K9 Officer Tygo an outdoor kennel at his handler’s home. The donation assisted with the department’s Police K9 program.

Venice on the Lake residents finally get relief from septic tank issues

Venice on the Lake residents will finally get some relief from septic tank issues. A recent dedication ceremony marked the start of a $15 million Sanitary Sewer Project in Taney County, decades in the making. After planning since the 1970’s, an official groundbreaking for the Rockaway Beach residential development was held on Jan. 24, and will connect Venice on the Lake homes to a new central sewer system. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023, according to a press release from the Taney County Sewer District.