Archives for February 2019

ranson gets a thumbs up in satisfaction surveys

Branson gets a thumbs up in satisfaction surveys. According to a report from city staff, 424 Branson households and 209 Branson businesses returned the survey, with overall results showing residents are generally pleased with community services, like police and fire, but called for continued improvements to traffic flow and street maintenance, according to the community survey. Officials said survey results will be used for 2019 strategic planning.
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Pilot program promises to address mental health in Springfield Public Schools

A pilot program promises to address mental health in Springfield Public Schools. Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO), is joining forces with Springfield Public Schools to launch the country’s first teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) program this spring, as part of the National Council for Behavioral Health and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, aimed at educating high school students on mental illnesses and addictions, and how to identify problems among their peers, such as suicide.
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A Nixa man is now a thousand-aire after hitting the jackpot

NIXA, Mo. – A Nixa man is now a thousand-aire after hitting the jackpot. Jody Hancock’s winning Show Me Cash ticket was one of two tickets to match all five numbers for the $501,000 jackpot, and a cash total of $250,500 each. The winning tickets were purchased at convenience stores in Nixa and Boonville.
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This month marked a new season for the Dewey Short Visitor Center

This month marked a new season for the Dewey Short Visitor Center. The facility, just south of Table Rock Dam on State Highway 165, is now open for the season, with interactive displays, a film about the purpose and construction of the dam, viewing decks overlooking the lake and dam, picnic facilities and a 2.2-mile trail. During February, the visitor center’s discovery room features children’s activities. And, in March, the visitor center will celebrate National Women’s History Month.
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Drivers are being warned the road over Table Rock Dam will close for reairs

The road over Table Rock Dam will close next month. Crews will be doing maintenance to the dam, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Little Rock District will close both lanes of Missouri 165 across the dam from 8 p.m. March 7 to 6 a.m. on March 8, as crews refurbish the dam’s head gates, according to a news release from the District. Additional road closures will be scheduled in the coming months, corps officials said, with the goal of having all the gates rehabbed and replaced by June.
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College of the Ozarks praises bible bill

College of the Ozarks is praising a bill that would allow bible classes on school campuses. The school has given its support to Missouri House Bill 267, which would allow public school students to study the Bible as an elective. C of O school officials applauded the initiatve to include the Bible in public schools.
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Safety concerns has prompted the evacuation of Branson Villas Motel

Safety concerns has prompted the evacuation of Branson Villas Motel on Highway 76. Residents are being moved, after city inspectors determined that the motel was not safe or healthy for occupancy. Owners of the motel voluntarily closed the property in order to work on the problems, including toxic mold, before Branson officials shut down the residency, according to online media reports.
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911 call ends with police standoff at apartment near downtown Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A 911 call for help at an apartment building near downtown Springfield turned into a four-hour police standoff Wednesday night. The Springfield Police Department says deputies responded to a welfare check at the Jenny Lind Hall Apartments, and during the incident fire alarms were somehow activated, forcing an evacuation of a portion of the building where the suspect lived. The man was eventually taken into custody, according to reports. No one was injuried in the incident.
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Missouri Main Street Connection awarded Rural Community development grant

A more than half a million grant will help ten rural Missouri communities. Missouri Main Street Connection was awarded the Rural Community development Initiative grant for its My Community Matters initiative, which helps promote economic development in low-income, rural communities, according to MMSC State Director Gayla Roten, who said the Main Street Four Point Approach program helps new businesses with organization, promotion, design and economic sustainability, according to online media reports. Roten said the program focuses on downtown revitalization, with an emphasis on historic preservation for Rockaway Beach.
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Money for road repairs could come from a new sales tax

Money for road repairs could come from a new sales tax on gas and diesel fuel. Under a proposed wholesale tax plan the state’s half-percent sales tax for highways would become permanent, and casino tax revenue and other state funds would be dedicated to the Department of Transportation to maintain roads and highways construction. The $300 million plan is the single largest highway plan in the state’s history, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said at a recent news conference, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
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