August
2

At the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon, last week, at the Keeter Center, located on the campus of the College of the Ozarks; the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing department rolled out plans for promoting the Christmas season this year.

The already amazing holiday season in Branson will be even better as the community transforms into “America’s Christmas Tree City.” With over 100 dazzling trees on display throughout the town – in addition to the many music shows, great shopping, family attractions, and wonderful dining – Branson will become an even more “tree-mendous” holiday destination!

“America’s Christmas Tree City” is the new tagline that will be used in Christmas promotional efforts added for yet another reason for guests to come to Branson in November & December.

Branson’s goal is to create a spectacular, one-of-a-kind holiday experience for our guests, while preserving an important tradition observed throughout the world. Ozark Mountain Christmas will be home to the most amazing, colorful, unique, and creative collection of Christmas Trees anywhere.

Branson has been recognized as one of the best Christmas destinations in America by NBC’s Today Show (Best Holiday Travel Deal,) USA Today, A&E Network, Travel Channel, and the Wall Street Journal.

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May
24

76 Revitalization Update

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The City of Branson has announced that all three lanes of West Highway 76 in Segment 3 of the 76 Revitalization Program will be open to traffic for the busy Memorial Day weekend.
For the past several months the city blocked off lanes of Highway 76 between Presleys’ Theater and the Branson Ferris Wheel (Segment 3) for underground utility and sidewalk construction as part of the revitalization. But starting Friday morning, all lanes will open for Memorial Day weekend that kicks off the summer tourism season.

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April
12


BRANSON, Mo. – The City of Branson is encouraging area residents to participate in its Annual Spring Cleanup Week, Monday April 17th thru Thursday, April 20th.

This annual service is provided as a courtesy to residents within the Branson city limits. During this clean-up residents can dispose of large unwanted items at no cost, including brush, limbs, old appliances, furniture and mattresses.

The City of Branson Public Works Department will pick up items on the following days, based on the ward you live in. Ward One will be picked up on Monday, Ward Two on Tuesday, Ward Three on Wednesday and all brush and limbs will be picked up in all three wards on Thursday.

Crews will not collect tires, batteries, televisions, computer monitors, bagged leaves or household hazardous waste products. All acceptable items must be place at the curb by 8 a.m. on each ward’s pickup day.

Additional Information:

Limbs and brush do not need to be bundled, but must be cut and stacked at the curb in manageable 4-foot to 6-foot piles. No more than one dump truck load of limbs and brush will be hauled from any one residence. City crews WILL NOT collect tires, batteries, televisions, computer monitors, bagged leaves or household hazardous waste products. Such items can be disposed at:

TIRES: Taney County Transfer Station – call (417) 336-6589
HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS: Accepted year round at Branson Recycle Center, 601 Compton Drive, Branson, MO. Hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday, 7:00AM-2:00PM.
ELECTRONICS: Best Buy retail store in Branson Hills recycles household electronics. See “recycling” at www.bestbuy.com for details. Tantone Industries accepts all used electronics from home or businesses; small fee for TV or computer monitors with tubes, freezers or microwaves. Staples on Highway 248 in Branson also accepts household electronics. TVs and computers are accepted by Computer Recycling of Springfield for a small fee – call (417) 866-2588. Verify accepted items and operating hours online or by calling each center in advance.
BAGGED LEAVES: Green waste may be disposed at the Hansen’s Tree Service facilities in Reeds Spring or Ozark – call (417) 272-8733 for more information. Sunny Hills Garden Center in Kirbyville also accepts bagged leaves and other yard waste all year and may be contacted at (417) 339-4437.

For pickup of exceptionally heavy items like sofas or large appliances, residents are asked to contact Public Works at least 24 hours prior to their scheduled pickup day at (417) 243-2725 to dispatch a special truck for hauling large items.

Questions related to estate, garage and yard sales and Branson Municipal Code requirements may contact Planning & Development at (417) 337-8549.

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March
24

Center Turn Lanes are for turning only!

“From both a safety and a ‘bad experience’ perspective, it’s important that everyone traveling on Highway 76 use the Center Turn Lane properly,” said Preston Garrison, Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “Their purpose is to help drivers make a left turn from a lane. It’s a safe spot to wait while the oncoming traffic clears and allows the continued flow of following traffic. It’s not a driving, passing, or acceleration lane,” he added.

Garrison points out the Branson Police Department is stressing “the center lane of Highway 76 is to be used ONLY as a turn lane. A number of safety risks to pedestrians and construction workers are present, especially with construction crews working along Hwy 76. Motorists should be aware that driving in the center lane is against the law. Those found driving in the turn lane will be issued a ticket and fined.”

Here are some suggestions and guidelines for using the Center Turn Lane correctly:

Don’t pull into the lane until you are a short distance from the spot where you want to turn.

Once in the Center Turn Lane stop and wait for the traffic in the on-coming lane to clear.

Make a safe left turn.

You are in a risky safety and ticketing position if, while in the Center Turn Lane, you pass another vehicle, speed up, or drive past one of the marked turn locations.

“No one wants to have an accident or get a ticket, especially on vacation,” Garrison said. “Let’s avoid both by having patience, showing courtesy to other drivers, and using the Center Turn Lane properly. It’s a win-win!”

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February
10

On Monday, February 13, Gretna Road will be closed from the Highway 76 intersection north to Francis Street for the construction of underground utilities across Gretna as part of the Highway 76 Revitalization Program.
Northbound traffic on Gretna will be rerouted east on 76 to North Francis Street that runs north and intersects with Gretna. Only local traffic to businesses and residents on Gretna west of Francis Street will be allowed.
Visitors to The Titanic Museum will access the attraction from Highway 76 on the east side.
Weather permitting, this construction is expected to take four days to complete and will reopen to traffic on Friday, February 17.
Barriers will prevent entrance to north Gretna at Highway 76, and signs on north and south Gretna and east and west 76 will direct traffic to the Francis Street detour.
All underground construction in this Segment 3 of Branson’s 76 Revitalization Program is occurring in the region that extends approximately one-half mile from Presleys’ Theater to the Branson Ferris Wheel.
City of Branson officials expect the installation of a new waterline and underground utility conduits in this segment to be completed by the end of May.

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December
15

Last two days to share Christmas with an elderly person who might not otherwise have a Christmas! Kmart’s Wishing Tree Appeal is partnering with the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program to help make that happen.

There are 85 cards on the Angel Tree at Hwy 248 K-Mart for the elderly in our community.  Purchase any of the items on the Wish List: wall calendar, wall clock, perfume cologne, chap stick, peppermints, lotion, gripper socks, after shave, Kleenex, lap blanket, or note cards and “return them unwrapped either to the Salvation Army located at 1114 Stanley Blvd in Branson or to Kmart by Dec. 16, tomorrow and “Santa” will take care of the rest of it.

Salvation Army Angel Tree near the front of the Highway 248 store in Branson.

Salvation Army Angel Tree near the front of the Highway 248 Kmart in Branson.

Merry Christmas!

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November
4

Branson city officials say they will be temporarily closing lanes at the intersection of Roark Valley Road and Highway 76 Friday, Nov. 4, between the hours of 10 and 11 p.m. for placement of the 12-man statue in the Veteran’s Memorial Garden. During this temporary lane closure, crews and flagmen will be on site to manage traffic so vehicles are stopped only for short periods of time.

12Soldiers

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September
9

Kris Kristofferson Books Branson Date for ’17

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Up Close Concerts has had a busy year in 2016 with some incredible shows, Charley Pride, Jay Leno, Ronnie Milsap, just to name a few. And now they are proud to announce Kris Kristofferson will be performing at the Welk Resort Theatre, April 7, 2017! This is his first Branson appearance!

Born in Texas and raised in a military family, Krisofferson studied creative writing at Pamona College in California before earning a Rhodes scholarship to study literature at Oxford, where he boxed, played rugby, and continued to write songs.

After graduating from Oxford, Kris served in the army as an Airborne Ranger as a helicopter pilot. In 1965, Kris turned down an assignment to teach at West Point and moved to Nashville to follow his dream and pursue a career in music.

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August
1

No one really wants to think about Norovirus, but just one outbreak can ruin a vacation for a family, and a vacation season for a business owner. You can help protect our community and our guests by participating in a FREE Norovirus training seminar, hosted by the Taney County Health Department, September 29th, 8:30 am to 11:30 am at the Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, and Convention Center.

The free seminar will provide attendees with information to reduce the risk of spreading illness through proper cleaning procedures, prevention methods and education. The seminar provides important information for business owners and managers to assist in developing training programs in their facilities, and how to act in the event of an outbreak.

Anyone working in retail, food service, lodging, or entertainment businesses, from front-line workers to management, should plan on attending this important seminar

The seminar will provide a wide range of information about Norovirus including

  • Describe principle characteristics of Norovirus
  • Discuss previous Norovirus outbreaks
  • Discuss clinical symptoms of Norovirus
  • Procedures for proper cleaning and proper use of personal protective equipment
  • Cleaning products for effective disinfecting
  • Reporting procedures for notifying local public health agencies
  • Ideas for developing and implementing an employee training program

The Chateau on the Lake is located at 415 North State Highway 265 in Branson. Pre-registration is required. Call the Taney County Health Department at 417-334-4544 ext 247.

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July
20
Shepherd of the Hills Super Summer Cruise Weekend

Date: August 10, 2016 9:00 am – August 13, 2016

The Super Summer Cruise is the premier car event in Branson, Missouri held annually during August. It features the Show’n’Shine with over 500 cars and trucks on display at The Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead. The event concludes with the Midnight Cruise, a parade of vehicles down The Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. Don’t miss this fantastic weekend of fun!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Vehicle Registration & Packet Pick Up

Thursday, August 11, 2016

7:00 am – 5:00 pm – Vehicle Registration – Gates Open for Registrants
8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Vehicle Show & Shine at The Shepherd of the Hills
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Judging of Vehicles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm — Pictures taken of Vehicles at Trails End Gift Shop.

Friday, August 12, 2016

7:00 am – 5:00 pm – Vehicle Registration – Gates open for Registrants
8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Vehicle Show & Shine at The Shepherd of the Hills
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Judging of Vehicles
9:00 am — 5:00 pm — Pictures taken of Vehicles at Trails End Gift Shop.
8:30 pm — The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama — Car Show Registrants have Free Voucher.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

7:00 am – 1:00 pm – Vehicle Registration – Gates open for Registrants
8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Vehicle Show & Shine at The Shepherd of the Hills
8:30 am – 11:00 am – Judging Concludes
8:30 am – 11:00 am – Pictures of Vehicles at Trails End Gift Shop Concludes.
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Best In Show Awards at Pavilion Theatre and Driver’s Briefing for Cruise.
MIDNIGHT – Shepherd of the Hills Super Summer Cruise 2016

For current information visit: www.supersummercruise.com

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Complex & Shepherd of the Hills Expressway Midnight Cruise

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