April
30

BRANSON’S “HIPPEST” NEW SHOW FOR 2015

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April
20


Decorated Vietnam War Veteran Oliver North to speak at dedication of The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial

1,410 servicemen and women from the state of Missouri gave their lives during the Vietnam War. The fallen will be honored through an official Missouri memorial on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri.

The dedication of the memorial will take place at the College on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The purpose of the memorial is to honor the fallen and properly thank Vietnam War Veterans for their sacrifice and bravery. The memorial is being constructed by staff and students and will stand near the College’s entrance.

“We are honored to build this memorial on our campus,” said College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis. “The fallen and their families, along with the Vietnam Veterans, deserve a proper thank you. We hope family members and those in communities across the state will join us for this sacred occasion.”

Dedication ceremony

The speaker for the ceremony is former U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North. A decorated Vietnam War Veteran, North serves as host of the FOX News Channel documentary series “War Stories with Oliver North.” He is not only a combat-decorated Marine, but he is a #1 best-selling author, inventor, business owner and syndicated columnist. North has previously served as a convocation speaker at the College of the Ozarks.

The ceremony will begin with The Call of Remembrance, the music of a single bagpiper playing “Amazing Grace.” Walls containing the names of the fallen will be unveiled and wreaths placed on them by dignitaries. A 21-gun salute will further honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Alumnus and Vietnam Veteran General Terrence R. Dake will address those gathered.

“Kindergartners from the S. Truett Cathy Lower School will place roses in front of the statue of Vietnam Veterans to commemorate the living,” said Dean of Character Education Sue Head. “We want our younger students to understand the service and sacrifice of those who went to Vietnam.”

Additional special observances, musical numbers from the College’s choir, and opportunities for prayer and reflection are planned as part of the service.

At the end of the ceremony, family members of the fallen, and others wishing to show their respect, will place single roses at the base of the walls. The roses will be provided for those in attendance.

A reception for all those in attendance will be held immediately upon completion of the dedication ceremony at The Keeter Center on the College of the Ozarks campus.

Honoring the fallen

Names of the fallen Missouri servicemen and women are provided via the following link to the U.S. Military Fatal Casualties of the Vietnam War, available through the National Archives and prepared by the Secretary of Defense: http://www.archives.gov/research/military/vietnam-war/casualty-lists/mo-alpha.pdf
Families of the fallen are urged to call the College at (417) 690-2212 to share their information. They will be recognized with special observances during the ceremony.

These names will be carved into slabs of granite, immortalized on a divided wall which is the focal point of the memorial. The division of the wall represents the divide that separated the country during this conflict.

In between the two walls will stand a statue of Vietnam Veterans, representing those who served in Vietnam and returned home to live the rest of their lives with memories of war. A flower bed in the shape of the letter “V” for valor will display red flowers, representing the blood shed by servicemen and women.

The memorial was designed by Austin Meyer, a 2014 College of the Ozarks graduate.

More about Oliver North

Former U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North was born in San Antonio, Texas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and served 22 years as a Marine officer. During the Vietnam War, he led a counter-insurgency Marines platoon. His awards for service in combat include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in combat.

Assigned to the National Security Council staff in the Reagan Administration, North was involved in planning the rescue of 804 medical students on the island of Grenada and played a major role in the capture of the hijackers of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. After helping plan the U.S. raid on Muammar Qaddafi’s terror bases in Libya, North was targeted for
assassination by Abu Nidal, the infamous terrorist killed in Baghdad in August, 2002.

President Ronald Reagan described North as “an American hero.”

Since 2001, he has been the host of “War Stories” — the award-winning military documentary series on Fox News Channel — and has been embedded with more than 55 U.S. and allied combat units. North has authored thirteen books, all of them New York Times best sellers. His latest, Heroes Proved, is a gripping tale of intrigue and duplicity at the highest levels of the U.S. Government.

In addition to his work on FOX News Channel, North also serves as the honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance, the conservative public policy organization he founded in 1990. Freedom Alliance provides tuition assistance to dependents of troops killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Freedom Alliance also provides support to members of the armed forces who have been wounded in the line of duty, those currently serving on the front lines, and their families.

For more information, call the public relations department at (417) 690-2212 or visit www.cofo.edu

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April
20

Kyle Petty’s Charity Ride Comes to Branson

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May 2nd – May 8th

NBC Sports NASCAR analyst and former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty will lead 200 motorcyclists along the 2,500 mile-route, stretching from Santa Cruz, Calif. to right here at the Chateau on the Lake., to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction – a camp created to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

Spectators, visitors and locals along the 2015 route are encouraged to attend one of the Ride’s eight overnight stops or daily fuel stops to greet Petty and the riders, purchase Ride memorabilia or make a donation to Victory Junction.


About Victory Junction
Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children, ages six to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Co-founded by Kyle Petty family, in honor of his, son Adam Petty, the camp is located in Randleman, N.C. Victory Junction exists to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment, always free of charge. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous individuals, foundations, organizations and corporations to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. Since the camp’s inception, more than 21,500 children and families have received not only a circle of support but experiences thought to only be possible by healthy children. Victory Junction is a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network of Camps founded by Paul Newman, and is accredited by the rigorous guidelines of the American Camping Association. To learn more, please visit www.victoryjunction.org.
This year, many celebrities plan to participate in all or part of the 21st Anniversary Ride, including: NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven time champion Richard Petty; NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth; NASCAR legends Harry Gant and Donnie Allison; former NFL great Herschel Walker; Harley-Davidson, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Matt Levatich; NBC Sports NASCAR analyst Rick Allen; co-host of History Channel’s Top Gear America and NASCAR personality Rutledge Wood.
The 2015 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Schedule:
Day 1, Saturday, May 2 – Santa Cruz, Calif. to Bakersfield, Calif.
Day 2, Sunday, May 3 – Bakersfield, Calif. to Tonopah, Nev.
Day 3, Monday, May 4 – Tonopah, Nev. to Bryce Canyon, Utah
Day 4, Tuesday, May 5 – Bryce Canyon, Utah to Moab, Utah
Day 5, Wednesday, May 6 – Moab, Utah to Colorado Springs, Colo.
Day 6, Thursday, May 7 – Colorado Springs, Colo. to Hutchinson, Kan.
Day 7, Friday, May 8 – Hutchinson, Kan. to Branson, Mo.
For more information please visit www.facebook.com/KPCharityRide

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April
20

Missouri Mountain Moonshine is a first of its kind moonshine-tasting destination that will be opening its doors this summer at the exciting Branson Landing. Making moonshine has long been a part of the legacy of the Missouri mountains, and we will continue that tradition in a fun, legal way right here in Branson. This unique to Branson location will include a moonshine tasting bar, a master mixology bar where guests can try out some of their mixed moonshine concoctions, a pit-smoked BBQ restaurant and a retail store where guests can purchase their bottled shines, apparel, jams, sauces, dry rubs, and more. Guests will be able to walk into our 5,000 square foot virtual distillery featuring rustic and modern designs, including a 1941 Ford prohibition moonshine hauler, enjoy live music, eat some of the best barbecue in the Ozarks, and sample the best moonshine Missouri has to offer. Missouri Mountain Moonshine offers a variety of flavors, including Straight White Lightnin’, Apple Pie, Caramel, Berry, Cinnamon, Peach and Sweat Tea, and the tasting allows you to decide which is your favorite before heading home with a bottle or two. Whether you love moonshine, or are just trying it out for the first time, be sure to stop by Missouri Mountain Moonshine at the Branson Landing this summer for a sip of some good ole’ Missouri Shine.

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April
17

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Edgar Harrell, former Marine and USS Indianapolis survivor, spoke at College of the Ozarks on March 30, 2015, in the Jones Auditorium.

On July 16, 1945, Harrell and the crew of the USS Indianapolis transported Little Boy and Fat Man, two code names for the atomic bombs dropped upon Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6 and 9, 1965, respectively.

After delivering the bombs to Tinian, the USS Indianapolis headed to the Philippines in preparation for the main invasion of Japan, but was sunk by two Japanese torpedoes in route. Among the 1,197 seamen on the ship, only 317 survived over the next four and one-half days.

“Mr. Harrell’s story was absolutely incredible,” said C of O student Paul Renyer. “His passion for the story sent a strong message about comradery, survival, and hope. He inspired an entire auditorium of young Americans in under a single hour.”

Harrell spoke to the student body about courage and faith among certain death. The 900 or so troops that survived the sinking of the ship fought thirst, hunger, shark attacks, and more, all while remaining afloat.

“There is no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole, there were no atheists out there, everyone prayed,” said Harrell. “It’s easier to die than it is to live, believe me!”

About Edgar Harrell

Aside from surviving the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and serving the country, Harrell owned and operated the Pella Window Company, Inc., Rock Island, Illinois, for thirty-five years until retiring in 1985. He has served on the board of trustees of the Moody Bible Institute, in Chicago, Illinois, for five years, where he was also a popular Bible teacher and lay minister. He currently resides in Clarksville, Tennessee, with his wife Ola. Harrell now speaks around the United States sharing his experience at sea.

For more information, please call the public relations office at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a Christian, liberal arts college located on a 1,000-acre campus in Point Lookout, Mo. Christian values, hard work and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The college earns numerous accolades yearly, including being named the #1 Best Value College in the Midwest for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report.” To achieve its vision, College of the Ozarks pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, begun in fall 2012 for high school students, and the S. Truett Cathy Lower School, opened in fall 2014 to K-sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth grades will be added in fall 2015, completing the K-12 model. For information, call the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit www.cofo.edu. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU

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April
17

Opportunity to meet Mayor Best

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City offers Open House for Local Government Week.

The City of Branson will present a public Open House on Tuesday, May 5th, in celebration of Local Government Week.

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April
17

“Mi Casa es Su Casa”

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For Immediate Release

 

Community Resource Fair for newcomers and Spanish-speaking residents to be held in Branson

 

April 22, 2015, from 5 to 8 pm at Branson High School

 

Branson, Missouri – April 22, 2015 – “Mi casa es su casa” (my home is your home) is an upcoming health and community resource fair targeting newcomers in the Branson area, including the Spanish-speaking population. The event will bring together representatives from more than 30 different agencies and businesses from Branson and surrounding communities to share information, provide services, and begin to help community members to better understand the resources available in the Branson area.

 

“Newcomers, and even long-term residents, in the community do not always know where to access the basic and vital services for a healthy and full life,” said Stephen Jeanetta, of University of Missouri’s Cambio Center. “This resource fair is to help build connections in the community.”

 

The inaugural event will be held April 22nd from 5pm to 8pm at the Branson High School and will include health, dental and vision screenings, representatives from public utilities, local government, legal services, banking, real estate and other resources that newcomers to the area need to understand in order to become more integrated in the community.

 

Free refreshments will be available, and activities and entertainment for children include a bounce house, a face painter and balloon artist. Many of the services will be available in Spanish and translators will be available to help connect people to services for those that do not have access to translation.

 

This project is an outcome of a research project conducted in Branson over the past four years looking at the integration of Spanish speaking immigrants into the broader community. The project explored attitudes towards community integration from the perspectives of the immigrants and the long-term, primarily English-speaking residents. The principle result was that both groups were interested in more integration. The community resource fair is a step in that direction.

 

For more information contact Maria Valenzuela (417-337-3611)

The best contacts are the event organizers from the University of Missouri.

–          Maria Valenzuela (417-337-3611)

–          Dr. Stephen Jeanetta (JeanettaS@missouri.edu)

 

Other local contacts include:

–          Sister Francine Koehler, SSND – Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church (334-2928 x105)

–          City of Branson Alderman Patrick Parnell (wppdvm1@aol.com)

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April
17

For 2 nights only, Bill Medley will be in concert at the Starlite Theatre. Appearing alongside this legendary performer will be his lovely & talented daughter, McKenna Medley as this powerful duo delivers your all time favorites. Mark your calendars and be in attendance for Bill Medley and McKenna Medley May 1 at 7:30 pm & May 2 at 2:00 pm only. Tickets are going fast! Book your seats now. Call 1-800-554-7952 or visit Branson.Com

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April
17

Oak Ridge Boys Back in Town

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For a limited time, the Oak Ridge Boys are back in town.  Make your way to the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre and catch them while you can.  8 pm shows Tuesday 4/21 through Thursday 4/23.  Seats will fill quickly. Call 1-800-554-7952 to ensure the best seats, or visit www.branson.com

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April
16

VIDEO CASTING CALL MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

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Branson, MO- The Welk Resort Theatre is currently taking video submissions for the casting of the all new 2015, non-Equity production of Million Dollar Quartet, the award winning Broadway musical. The Show will run June through December 2015, and running March through December thereafter. Casting is underway for the following characters:

Elvis Presley- male, age 21- must play guitar and sing. Looking for an excellent singer and musician, who can embody the character of the King Of Rock and Roll. Need not be a tribute artist. Guitar skills a must.

Jerry Lee Lewis- male, age 20- must have excellent honky tonk/rock and roll piano skills, strong vocals, and be able to play a brash, young Southern musician. They don’t call him Killer for nothing…

Carl Perkins- male, age 26- excellent lead guitar skills a must and strong vocal skills. One of the architects of rock and roll guitar. Must have understanding of early rock and roll guitar music.

Johnny Cash- male, age 26 – must play guitar and sing. A giant of American Music at the beginning of his career.

Fluke- male, mid twenties- drummer. Early rock and roots music influences important.

Brother Jay- male, mid twenties – Bass player- upright only. Early rock and roots music important.

Dyanne- female, mid twenties- must sing, and exhibit sex appeal. Elvis’ girlfriend and Las Vegas showgirl. Torch song and early rock knowledge important.

Sam Phillips- male, age 33- must have excellent acting skills- the Father of Rock and Roll and founder of Sun Records; discovered JLL, Elvis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, as well as Roy Orbison and B.B.King. Confident, outspoken, passionate Southern record producer.

Please submit a link or email a small file (less than 10mb) of your audition to:
ccathcart@welkgroup.com
Please use Subject Heading: MDQ AUDITION VIDEO. All questions can be submitted through email at the same address.

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