July
2
Tammy Scholten
tamara.scholten@am.jll.com
Branson Landing
417-239-3002
www.bransonlanding.com
100 Branson Landing
Branson, MO   65616

BRANSON, MO, JUNE 29, 2012 – America’s independence will be celebrated a day early on Tuesday, July 3rd at Branson Landing—Branson’s premiere shopping, dining and entertainment destination located in Historic Downtown Branson on Lake Taneycomo.

Everyone is invited to “Light Up” their Independence Day celebration on Tuesday evening, July 3rd with a fantastic outdoor concert extravaganza, featuring “A Tribute to Journey” starring the ever talented and unforgettable band, Chain-Reaction. Back by popular demand, Chain-Reaction takes the stage at 8PM and promises to delight audiences of all ages as their famous melodies take listeners on a spectacular journey back to the ‘80’s with performances of timeless Journey hits like “Separate Ways,” “Don’t Stop Believin,” “Faithfully,” “Open Arms” and so many more.
“After the concert, the night skies will “Light Up” with an extraordinary fireworks event produced by Gateway Fireworks Displays from St. Louis,” stated Tammy Scholten, Director of Marketing. “We’re very proud that Branson Landing’s Liberty Light Up fireworks display was named in the past as a “Top Pick of the American Pyrotechnic Association” and this year’s show promises to be even better!”

The “Liberty Light Up” display will be held near the Landing’s signature Fountains and this one-of-a-kind, up close, choreographed spectacle promises to amaze all ages, as it builds to an awe inspiring Gateway Fireworks Signature Grand Finale – not soon to be forgotten,” concluded Scholten.
Branson Landing’s Liberty Light Up celebration not only honors America’s independence and Branson’s Centennial Celebration this year, but also serves as the official kick-off to Branson Landing’s Summer Concert Series—featuring LIVE performances in front of the $7.5 million Water & Fire Spectacular Fountain Show in Branson Landing’s Town Square.

For more information on the 2012 Summer Concert Series and Special Events, visit www.bransonlanding.com.

Note: Scheduled Concerts and Special Events are subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.

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June
20

The countdown has begun for the 23rd annual Honor America Celebration at College of the Ozarks on Sunday, June 24, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this old-fashioned patriotic celebration. Music, children’s activities and a picnic begin at 4:30 p.m.; the patriotic program and concert takes place at 8 p.m. Attendees may purchase barbecue items on site.

“Honor America has become a tradition that people of all ages can enjoy,” said Elizabeth Hughes, College of the Ozarks public relations director. “Kids can play with tinker toys, make bubbles and much more, while parents and grandparents can enjoy great music, barbecue and relax. Folks who attend will experience an atmosphere reminiscent a patriotic celebration of yesteryear.”

This year’s event will feature several musical favorites, including bluegrass by Copper Fox, the Mark McCauley and the Downing Street Boys who will entertain with traditional southern gospel music and the cast from Red, Hot… and Blue!, who will perform American classics from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

West Point Bugle and Drum Corps Hellcats

Before the sky lights up with fireworks, attendees will hear a patriotic concert and witness more than 200 years of tradition with the West Point drum and bugle corps, The Hellcats, as they perform a fantastic display of bugling and drumming.

After dark, an elaborate fireworks display will conclude the event. Honor America is free and is open to the public, but don’t forget your lawn chairs. Alcohol, tobacco products, fireworks and pets are strictly prohibited. For more information, please call the Public Relations office at (417) 690-2212.

2012 Honor America Program (PDF File)

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January
26

Nation on alert as World Attention Turns to Historic Clash of
Man vs. Ice Competition in Branson, Missouri
Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5

Branson, Missouri – January, 2012. Thirty of the U.S. National Ice Carving Association’s champion Ice Carvers are coming to Branson to blast, drill and torch three-hundred pound chunks of ice into amazing works of art starting at 9 a.m. Saturday , Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 at the Titanic Museum Attraction’s outdoor staging center, announces Titanic owner, John Joslyn.

This marks the first-time ever that the NICA has chosen the city of Branson for it’s annual world-class championship competition and it promises to be the biggest and best in the Association’s 25-year history. The two-day family event will be hosted by the Titanic Museum Attraction outdoor entertainment area. This outdoor event is FREE to the public.

Due to anticipated interest, visitors are advised to arrive early for the best views to watch all of the ice carving action. “Last year’s regional-only competition at Titanic Museum Attraction drew more than 10,000 people. This year, the NICA is projecting a 15,000 to 20,000 visitor turnout for the grand Nationals,” says John Joslyn, owner of Titanic Museum Attraction. Sculptors will be competing for a prize purse valued at over $25,000, – the largest to date – and for the possible chance to represent the United States in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

“At 3 p.m. Sunday, February 5, an official National Ice Carving Association judging panel will announce the winners, so stick around to see if your favorite carver is among them,” adds Joslyn.

The Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Missouri is open during this National Event at 9 a.m., passengers may purchase museum tickets online at www.titanicbranson.com or call 800-381-7670 .

(Branson Museum Attraction will be closed January 16-19 for a new “Molly” Brown exhibit installation)

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October
6

Airtran Airways #1 In On Time Performance At Branson Airport

Branson Also Takes Divisional “Top Station” Award

BRANSON, MISSOURI – Branson Airport recently won AirTran Airways’ Top Station Competition for their division, and placed first system wide for On Time Departure Performance.
In this goal-oriented competition, the airport competed based on Turn Time Performance, or when an aircraft arrives late but is “turned” and departs on time, in On Time Departure Performance, or keeping departures on schedule and in Missed Bag Goals, making sure bags arrive with their passengers.
“While the prize is yet to be announced, bragging rights are enough of a reward,” stated commercial services manager, Sharon Morris. “We went into this with determination to better serve our passengers, but it’s such an honor to know that we finished first in August. It was a great team effort. ”
This summer, the Branson Airport team was consistently ranked high in the above AirTran Airway’s categories. In August, they ranked first in AirTr\an Airways’ system wide On Time Departure Performance category.

About Branson Airport: Opening its doors May of 2009, Branson Airport LLC is the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the United States. Currently serviced by AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines and Branson AirExpress; additional carriers and destinations are on the horizon. Located in the heart of the Ozarks and centrally located in the Midwest, the airport also boasts a state of the art FBO, Branson JetCenter and a full service travel agency and public charter operator, FlyBranson Travel LLC d/b/a Branson AirExpress. For more information on Branson Airport LLC and any of its subsidiaries please visit FlyBranson.com.

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September
28

Food Pantry Open Golf Tournament – Murder Rock October 3, 2011

Monday October 3, 2011
at Murder Rock Golf Club

All proceeds Benefit the Taney and Stone County Food Banks:
C.A.M. (Christian Action Ministries)
Christian Associates
Stone County Food Bank

Lunch at 11:30 am at Glenn’s
T-Off at 12:30 pm

The game will be 18 holes played in a 4 person scramble style

The Tournament is sponsored by The Lions Club of Stone and Taney County

Fees ar $75 per person or $300 for a foursome and includes cart, prizes, gifts, and lunch.

To register contact:
Jim Tesreau 417-739-1236 – jtesreau@msn.com
Dean Johnson 417-739-1161 – djohnson@peoplesbanking.com
or Murder Rock Golf Club 417-332-3259

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September
15

DO YOU WANT TO WIN A FREE DECK MAKEOVER WORTH UP TO $1,200?!

HOW TO ENTER:
1. Post a picture of your ugly deck on Wood Re New-Branson/Tri-Lakes page.
2. Post a link of the Wood Re New-Branson/Tri-Lakes page and tell your friends to vote for your picture.
2. Have your friends vote for your picture by clicking “like” on the picture…they must “like” Wood Re New- Branson/Tri-Lakes page to vote.
3. Winner of the deck makeover will be announced September 30th.
4. One vote per person.

ELIGIBILITY:
*Must be a deck in Stone or Taney County
*No previous stain or paint, structurally sound
*Only one entry per deck address

VOTING:
Voting will open online on September 12, 2011 thru September 30, 2011.

WINNER/PRIZE:
Winner will be notified September 30th. The grand prize will be restoring a deck (cleaning and sealing) worth up to $1,200.

GOOD LUCK and get those UGLY DECK pictures posted!!!

More info on Wood Re New-Branson/Tri-Lakes facebook page!

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August
31

The Track Family Fun Parks To Conduct Safe Driving Program – “Life On Track”

The Track Family Fun Parks in Branson, Missouri announced today the second launch of “Life on Track” – a teen safe driving program. Several school districts from the junior high to high school levels will be involved: Branson, Hollister, Forsyth, Reeds Spring and Taneyville. The Track will create a simulated DUI experience, as well as an exercise demonstrating the dangers associated with texting while driving. Prior to the actual driving events, officials from the Branson Police Department will conduct an education session. The program has grown from two participating school districts in 2010 to five districts this year consisting of approximately 350 students. The event will be held at The Track 4 location on September 6, 8, and 9.

“Life on Track” will elevate the awareness of the seriousness and impact of drunk driving. The Track and the Branson Police Department are working together to help ensure the safety of our Tri-Lakes families. This engaging experience includes the use of simulator goggles while driving a course and “walking the line” to showcase the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol. There will also be an element of texting while driving, which has become a bigger issue as mobile phones have become more prevalent and have gotten “smarter.”

According to the Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition of the Taney County Health Department, the average age of first use of alcohol among our youth has decreased to age 12. Nearly 50% of adolescents have had at least one drink by 8th grade. The Track is taking an active role in helping shine the light on this serious issue. Area youth will experience and learn in a safe environment how dangerous and difficult it actually is to drive while intoxicated. The number of families who are affected each year from DUI-related fatalities is devastating.

“For 30 years, an important aspect of our company mission has been supporting families and kids in our community. With our facilities and resources, we have the unique ability to offer a safe environment where kids can learn some very important life lessons. If we just open the eyes of a few students to the dangers of drunk and/or distracted driving, Life on Track will be a success,” comments Craig Wescott, Vice President/Co-Owner of The Track Family Fun Parks.

“The support we receive from The Track and the Branson Police Department for this program and our students is immeasurable,” said Brad Swofford, Assistant Superintendent for the Branson School District. “This program really provides our students with the deadly facts about drinking and driving.”

The Track is proud to welcome sponsors such as Commerce Bank, Ozark Mountain Bank, Andy’s Frozen Custard and Verizon Wireless to this community program and event. If you wish to help or get involved, please contact The Track.

We would like to invite all media who wish to experience driving with the simulator goggles, to participate with the live events or to interview officials regarding the educational content to contact The Track and plan to attend this event on September 6, 8 or 9 from 9:00-11:00 am or 12:30-2:30 pm at Track 4 (3345 W. 76 Country Blvd.) in Branson, Missouri.

About The Track Family Fun Parks:
The Track Family Fun Parks started entertaining local and visiting families in 1981. The four Branson, Missouri locations offer high-rise and classic go-kart tracks for all ages, laser tag, bumper boats/cars, mini golf, kids’ rides, arcades, and more with no gate admission charge. www.bransontracks.com

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July
21
Jen Magnuson
Jlmagnuson@big-cedar.com
Big Cedar Lodge
18002256343
www.bigcedar.com
612 Devils Pool road
Ridgedale, MO   65739

Big Cedar invites kids ages 7-13 to come learn basic camping skills at this fun day camp held in the great outdoors. The kids will get to pitch a tent, build a fire, enjoy archery, rifle shooting, identify plants and animals, play games, and sing a new song. Transportation to and from Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, admission, morning snack, campfire lunch, and a drawstring backpack full of goodies are included.

Meet at Big Cedar’s Guest Services at 8:45am. These camps take place on Saturday’s from 9:00am – 2:00pm and are $50 per participant. Please call Guest Services at 1-800-225-6343 for reservations or more information. Reservations are required.

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July
8

By: Shelby Gray

Carrying irrigation pipes, picking vegetables or milking cows is just part of a typical day for a summer C of O student working to pay for his/her room and board. While other college students spend their summer days sleeping in, C of O students are working campus jobs.

The Summer Work Program (SWP) is a room and board scholarship opportunity that provides students the option to work either a 6 or 12 week session during the summer to pay room and board for the following year. Students working six weeks can cover the room and board for the fall semester, and students working all 12 weeks can work off an entire year’s room and board. Additionally, by participating, students receive room and board during the summer program.

Junior Renay Renyer, assigned as a counselor at the College’s summer camp for area children, is just one of the many students who rely on the program every year. One of six siblings, she is the third Renyer to attend College of the Ozarks. She and her younger sister are currently participating in the SWP. Renyer said that with such a large family, money for room and board would be hard to come by. “If it weren’t for the Summer Work Program, I would have to stay at home and work a summer job,” she said. “I don’t know how I’d be able to pay the difference.”

The number of students working varies slightly each year. Each summer the College accepts roughly 500 students, about one third of its student body. Numbers are based on the College’s need for labor, so that all students involved will have a job to do.

Students who demonstrate the most financial need, based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), receive first consideration for the scholarship that equates to roughly $2,800 dollars per six weeks. The scholarship money can only be applied toward room and board.

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May
25
Ronni Haston
mwgabranson@yahoo.com
Missouri Women\'s Golf Association
(877) 337-2963
www.mowomensga.org
100 North Payne Stewart Drive
Branson, MO   65616

The Missouri Women’s Golf Association is pleased to announce the Inaugural Mid Amateur Championship, hosted by Payne Stewart Golf Club, a Troon course, in Branson, MO during July 25-27th, 2011. Golfers, volunteers, spotters and businesses are invited to participate in this event. Amateur women 25 years and older who are residents of Missouri or Johnson County, KS will compete for the first Missouri women’s Mid Amateur title in a 36 hole stroke play competition. The competition will play approximately 5300-5500 yards in length and flights will be determined after the first round. Entries will be accepted between May 30 and July 2, 2011.

Volunteers are needed to spot golf balls or help with logistics. Local merchants are invited to submit marketing materials, token gifts and/or coupons for the Registrants’ package. Donations will be accepted to provide golfers with health-related essentials (e.g., water, sunscreen) and recognition will be in the event program.

We are proud to begin the championship on this challenging course that honors the legacy of one of Missouri’s favorite sons. The player holding the first Mid Amateur Trophy will do so in the shadow of Payne Stewart’s memory as each hole has been designed as a tribute to the legendary Missourian. The local committee is encouraging golfers to bring their families and extend their visit to see all that the area has to offer. The Branson area is an excellent destination to play golf and enjoy the attractions, shows and shopping with family members.

The MWGA promotes women’s golf in Missouri and its competitions are open to all amateur females in Missouri and Johnson County, Kansas. Through the support of MWGA’s members and friends, the Missouri Women’s Golf Education Association annually grants scholarships to deserving high school junior golfers in pursuit of higher education.

Entry fee for contestants is $150.00. Membership in the MWGA is required at $30.00 annual dues. For those interested in golfing, visit the website for tournament entry forms and further details at www.mowomensga.org.

We hope that you will be able to join us and participate in this unique event in some way. If you are interested or have any questions or require additional information, please call the Payne Stewart Pro Shop at 877 337-2963 or email mwgabranson@yahoo.com.

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