Archives for May 2019

Plans for a new home for Branson Police and firefighters got the greenlight

Plans for a new home for Branson Police and firefighters got the greenlight. The Branson Board of Aldermen approved, on first reading, a design for the new facilities, which includes an estimated 15,000-square-foot fire station on Champagne Boulevard, and a 45,000-square-foot police headquarters on Forsythe Street, according to a city press release. City officials said the project will be broken into two phases.
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No one was injured when a mobile home caught fire on Highway 86

No one was injured when a mobile home caught fire on Highway 86 Saturday afternoon. The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District said when crews arrived at the home near Blue Eye it was fully engulfed in flames. The home was a total loss but the residents were able to escape unharmed, according to online media reports. Investigators say there was no foul play involved in the fire, and blamed lightning for sparking the blaze.
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Shell Knob man facing charges in chain reaction accident near Aurora

A Shell Knob man is facing charges in a chain reaction accident Sunday afternoon south of Aurora. Authorities responded to the 3-car crash on Highway 39, and say 36-year-old Shaun Flygare crossed the center line and struck two oncoming vehicles. Flygare was seriously injuried in the accident. He was charged with DWI, and reckless driving, online media reports state.
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Elderly man who died at Table Rock Lake Friday afternoon identified

The name of an elderly man who died at Table Rock Lake Friday afternoon has been released. According to online media reports, the Highway Patrol responded to Keystone Lane near Golden and say, 80-year-old Alan Wimer possibly suffered some type of medical condition, before he fell from the dock into the water and drowned. His body was recovered and taken to a local funeral home, reports indicate.
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The end of school means the beginning of makeover at one Branson school

Schoool is almost out for Branson School District students, but the Cedar Ridge campus will be busy through the summer. According to onlinw media reports, the district is undergoing a large-scale project to look at landscaping and traffic issues, including the addition of another bus lane to improve traffic flow and increase student safety, and more parking. Construction on the estimated $1.5 million makeover is expected to get going sometime by July.
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Women who are uninsured offered free mammograms at Cox Branson

Women who are uninsured or under insured will be able to qualify for free mammograms at Cox Branson. The hospital, along with the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks will offer free mammograms at the Women’s Center at Cox Branson this Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. Walk ins are welcome an no appointment is needed, a press release states.
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Branson man convicted of multiple thefts in Kimberling City has learned his fate

A Branson man convicted of multiple thefts in Kimberling City has learned his fate. A judge recently sentenced, 46-year-old James Michael Smith to five years in prison for theft and property damage in connection to crimes he committed at Cardinal Cottages on Highway 265 just west of Branson and at private docks at the end of Church Drive in Kimberling City, where police say he stole or vandalized camping and fishing equipment, boat parts, jewelry, a cell phone and other personal items, according to online media reports.
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State investigation of duck boat sinking on Table Rock Lake make way for federal cases

Associated Press – A state investigation into the duck boat sinking on Table Rock Lake last summer will come to an end. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced late last week (Thursday) that he has agreed to temporarily halt state proceedings against Ripley Entertainment until federal cases are resolved. The amphibious vehicle sank July 19, 2018, at Table Rock Lake during severe weather weather warnings, killing 17 people on board. Ripley Entertainment, which owns Branson Duck Vehicles, doesn’t plan to operate the duck boats this year.
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Storms hit the Ozarks region Saturday causing damage throughout southwest Missouri

Storms that hit the Ozarks region Saturday afternoon caused damage throughout southwest Missouri. Strong winds downed trees and busted a gas pipe at a commercial building in Hollister, near Highway BB and Business 65, according to the NWS, as reported online.
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In Taney County a large tree reportedly fell onto a mobile home on Kessler Drive in Walnut Shade, power lines were knocked down in Taneyville, and oak trees upprooted in Brownbranch, according to the NWS in Springfield Online Storm Reports.
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Taney County Emergency officials also reported several trees down on Bear Creek and Reno Springs Road, north of Branson, as well as in the Empire Park area near Forsyth. Also, White River Valley Electric Cooperative reported that 2600 customers were without power after high winds knocked down power poles, according to online media reports.
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Broadband to debut in several rural Missourri counties

(AP) – Residents in several rural Missourri counties will soon have access to internet service, thanks to recently approved federal funding to help provide 7,400 Missouri homes and businesses with broadband. The FCC announced yesterday that $22.4 million will be spent over the next decade to expand broadband access in 13 rural Missouri counties.
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