October
31

College of the Ozarks will honor Veterans with numerous events and ceremonies during the week of and prior to Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

“At College of the Ozarks, we celebrate Veterans every day of the year, but we love Veterans Week as a time to honor and show our thanks to the brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to defend our country,” said Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities. “Veterans — past, present, and future — took an oath to defend the Constitution and protect our nation. We invite everyone to join with the College of the Ozarks in honoring these brave men and women who have sought to secure the freedoms we all hold dear.”

Veterans Week activities

The Korean War Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony — (Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, 11:30 a.m.) College of the Ozarks will break ground for The Korean War Memorial at Patriots Park on the College campus. The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony. The purpose of The Korean War Memorial is not only to honor the 944 Missourians who paid the ultimate sacrifice but to honor all 36,574 Americans who gave their lives, to pay homage to all Korean War Veterans who served their country, and to ensure that students learn about the sacrifice of so many who served in this historic conflict.

Veterans Grove Tree Dedication — (Thursday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m.) The annual Tree Dedication will take place on the Flag Plaza adjacent to Veterans Grove. The trees in Veterans Grove honor Veterans who have participated in the Patriotic Education trips with C of O students. Twelve trees will be dedicated, honoring Veterans who participated in the 2017 Vietnam Tour.

Veterans Day Service — (Friday, Nov. 10, 7 a.m.) A sunrise, flag-raising ceremony will take place at the heart of campus by the Williams Memorial Chapel.

Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial Reading — (Friday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) The names on The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located at the entrance of the College of the Ozarks campus, will be read by C of O students, staff, and faculty. All are welcome to visit the memorial and pause for a moment of quiet reflection.

“More Than a Name: To Honor and Remember” exhibit — (Semipermanent Display at The Keeter Center) During Veterans Week, College of the Ozarks will continue the original exhibit, “More than a Name: To Honor and Remember,” at The Keeter Center. The exhibit highlights students from The School of the Ozarks who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Military. The exhibit showcases a personal glimpse into the lives of “our boys” who died while serving our country from 1942 to 1982. These 18 men, all former students of The School of the Ozarks, are permanently memorialized on the Alumni Veterans Memorial at the College

Patriotic Play “Flames of Freedom: The Perilous Journey of an Ozarks Aviator” — (Select Dates in October & November) In honor of Veterans Week, multiple showings of this complimentary play will be performed in The Keeter Center’s Royal Oak Forum at College of the Ozarks. Show dates for this week are at 2 p.m. Nov. 7, 9, and 11. In honor of Veterans Week, a special performance will be shown at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9.

The play is based off the book, “Miracle in the Ozarks,” written by President Jerry C. Davis. The main character in the story, Lt. Earl Woodard, was a graduate from the School of the Ozarks who became a navigator on a B-17 bomber for the Army Air Corps during World War II. Shot down in occupied France, Earl, otherwise known as “Woodie,” was transported undercover to Paris, turned over to the French Resistance, and introduced to the Queen of Pyrenees, a key player in the effort to smuggle airmen out of occupied France. This is the powerful and touching story of a true American hero. Showings are free to the public, and seats are available first come, first served.

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. 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 a No. Best Value Regional College in the Midwest ranking by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center—the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility—was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.

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February
8

“The rebuild ” will cause detours for the I-44/65 Branson exit.

“U.S. Highway (Route) 65 between Branson and I-44 will undergo major renovation during the spring and fall of 2017,” said Preston Garrison, Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “A detour on I-44, at its intersection with Route 65, will impact Branson Travelers traveling north and south on Route 65 throughout the project,” he added.

Angela Eden, Senior Communications Specialist for the Southwest District of the Missouri Department of Transportation said that it’s a major $10.8 million project. It includes rebuilding the outside two lanes in each direction between Kearney and Sunshine Streets and other work.

While working on the lanes, Route 65 will be closed, one direction at a time, between Kearney and Sunshine Streets in Springfield. The south bound lanes will be open while the north bound lanes are under renovation and the reverse when the south bound lanes are being worked on. The official “signed detour” is I-44 to Route 360/60 (James River Freeway) at Exit #69 on I-44. Once on the James River Freeway, follow it east and exit onto Highway 65 south. Reverse the process when traveling to I-44 from Branson.

Garrison expects no impact for those traveling to and from the west on I-44. For them, “The James River Freeway,” at Exit 69, is an ideal route. Those coming from the east will have about 15 to 20 minutes added to one direction of their trip using the “signed detour.” Although there are alternative routes to the official “signed detour,” he advises their use only by those familiar with the area. Another advantage of the signed detour is it’s a clean shot from and to I-44 with no stop lights.

Andy Mueller, Assistant District Engineer for the Southwest District of the Missouri Department of Transportation said that once Route 65 “Closes” the contractor has up to 70 days to complete the repaving portion. Once construction starts on a lane they have 35 days to complete it. Route 65 must be open during the Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day holidays.

Work and lane closure schedules will not be available until mid-April to early May. Branson Tourism Center’s Garrison reminds Branson travelers that either the north or southbound lanes will always be open during construction. Conversely, whichever lanes are not open will be closed requiring use of the Detour.  The most current information on what lanes are open or closed will be available online at MoDot.Org. Signs on I-44 and Route 65 will also detail detour directions.

For more information, please feel free to call one of our Branson based Travel Planners at 1-866-593-9740. They’ll also answer questions about  Branson shows, hotels, and attractions. and help with making show, attraction, and lodging reservations. This can save you time and help to ensure that you get the best available show seats and lodging. There is no charge for this service and they are available daily, except Christmas Day, from 9:00 AM to 8.00 PM.

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February
3

(Branson, Mo. 2/2/17)           Silver Dollar City Attractions in Branson, Missouri will hold a job fair Friday and Saturday, February 10 & 11, taking applications and interviewing for positions at Silver Dollar City, the Showboat Branson Belle and White Water.

The job fair will begin at 9 am each day at Red Gold Heritage Hall at Silver Dollar City. Appointments are encouraged and may be made by calling 417-338-8122, but walk-ins are welcome.

Silver Dollar City Attractions has multiple openings in more than 30 unique career paths. Applicants can check online for job listings at www.silverdollarcity.com and clicking on the “Careers” link at the bottom, and may apply online. Online applicants will be contacted with an interview appointment time.

Silver Dollar City Attractions provides equal employment (and affirmative action) opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.

 

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February
2

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Officials of the Army Corps of Engineers urge boaters, dock owners and visitors at its White River Basin lakes to take extra safety measures because of low lake levels.  Cold weather has fueled demand for hydroelectricity from five Corps dams in the basin.  Below normal rainfall has reduced inflow into the lakes which has led to low lake levels.

Beaver, Table Rock, Greers Ferry, Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes are five to 10 feet below the tops of their conservation pools.  Levels are expected to continue to decline until there is sufficient rainfall to begin replenishing the lakes.

There is plenty of water for boating and other activities.  However, officials urge extra precautions.  Dock owners should monitor their docks closely and move them as needed to prevent them from being grounded.

For boaters, some launch ramps may be impaired.  Stay in main river channels, and give the shoreline a wide berth.  Some areas may harbor obstacles just below the surface such as land points, rock formations, tree stumps or other hazards and shallow spots that are usually deep under water.

Slow down, wear life jackets and use depth finders.  Check with local marinas about trouble spots.  Be especially careful at night.  Boaters are encouraged to stay on the side of the lake with bluffs since water is usually deeper there.  Gradually sloping shorelines can indicate shallow water depth.  A change in water color can indicate a change in depth.  Lighter color often indicates shallower water.

For more information about lake levels, log onto the Internet at www.swl.usace.army.mil and click “Water Levels.”

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August
1

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services have revised immunization requirements, effective for the 2016-2017 school year. The new requirements include the Meningococcal vaccine for all students entering eighth (8th) and twelfth (12th) grades. Students cannot attend school unless they are properly immunized and can provide satisfactory evidence of the immunization or unless they are exempted.

The Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV) prevents meningitis which is an infection than affects the blood stream, brain, and spinal cord. Teens and young adults are at increased risk of getting this infection which is spread person-to-person. For more information about this disease contact your medical provider or visit the Taney County Health Department website at www.taneycohealth.org.

2016-17 School Immunization Requirements for 8th and 12th grade students:

Students entering eighth (8th) grade are required to have one (1) dose of Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV);

Students entering twelfth (12th) grade are required to have two (2) doses of MCV upon enrollment. If your child received a dose of MCV at age 16 or older, only one (1) dose will be required for enrollment;

As previously required, a tetanus, dipteria,and pertussis (Tdap) booster is required for students entering the eighth (8th) grade.

The Taney County Health Department provides this vaccination at both Branson and Forsyth locations. The meningococcal vaccine is available to all ages and is recommended for all children of all ages. For those over the age of 16, the vaccine is one dose and provides lifelong protection.

Walk-in Clinics are available for your convenience at both locations:

  • Monday 8/1/16 9:30-5:30
  • Monday 8/8/16 9:30-5:30
  • Monday 8/15/16 9:30-5:30

Or call the Taney County Health Department to schedule an appointment, check eligibility, and inquire about pricing. Please note the following information regarding scheduling an appointment.

  • Bring a copy of your child’s up-to-date immunization record
  • A parent or guardian MUST be present for a child to receive a vaccination at the health department
  • Fees may apply, depending on insurance status

If you have questions, contact your medical provider, school nurse or the Taney County Health Department at Branson (417) 334-4544 or Forsyth (417) 546-4725 or visit our website at www.taneycohealth.org.

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June
1
logo Tammy Scholten
tamara.scholten@am.jll.com
Branson Landing
417-239-3002
www.bransonlanding.com
100 Branson Landing
Branson, MO   65616

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tammy Scholten
417-239-3002
tamara.scholten@am.jll.com

Country’s most innovative properties honored at ICSC RECon

LAS VEGAS, May 22, 2016 – The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has announced the winners of the 2016 U.S. MAXI Awards, highlighting the retail real estate industry’s most innovative events, programs and technologies that added value to shopping centers across the country. ICSC honored the winners during RECon, the global retail real estate convention in Las Vegas.

ICSC has named Branson Landing, Branson, MO as a Gold Award winner in the Traditional Marketing category, for
Cause-Related Marketing Programs. In addition, all ICSC U.S. MAXI Gold winners are automatically entered into the VIVA (Vision, Innovation, Value and Achievement) best-of-the-best prestigious global awards program honoring the most outstanding examples of shopping center design and development, sustainability, marketing and community service worldwide.

U.S. MAXI AWARDS – Traditional Marketing – Cause Related Marketing Gold Winner

Branson Landing’s School Shoes for Kids campaign is a community outreach program that provides school children in need with brand new shoes. New school shoes are collected at six (6) different Branson Landing Shoe Retailers on property and later donated to the local elementary, middle school and high school counselors for distribution among their students. Local campaign partners were The Tracks Family Fun Parks, Andy’s Frozen Custard, Fox 5 KRBK-TV and BOTT Radio Network.

The 2016 Traditional Marketing winners executed outstanding strategies across a number of subcategories including advertising, business-to-business, cause-related marketing, event and sales promotions, and public relations. The winners utilized myriad resources to re-energize their properties and support their respective communities.

For a complete list of finalists and winners, visit the ICSC MAXI Awards website: www.icsc.org

About ICSC
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, investors, retailers, brokers, academics, and public officials. The shopping center industry is essential to economic development and opportunity. They are a significant job creator, driver of GDP, and critical revenue source for the communities they serve through the generation of sales taxes and the payment of property taxes. These taxes fund important municipal services like firefighters, police officers, school services, and infrastructure like roadways and parks. Shopping centers aren’t only fiscal engines however; they are integral to the social fabric of their communities by providing a central place to congregate with friends and family, discuss community matters, and participate in and encourage philanthropic endeavors. For more information about ICSC visit www.icsc.org and for the latest news from ICSC and the industry go to www.thecenterofshopping.com.

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April
26
Mike Sisco
siscoweb@yahoo.com
Branson Masonic Lodge #587 AF & AM
417-527-7852
100 Chiefs Court
Branson, MO   65616

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Branson, Missouri—May 7 2016 10 am-2 pm—With more than 215,000 children processed through the MoCHIP Child ID program in 9 years, MoCHIP is clearly a presence in the community and vows to remain so! Taking place Saturday May 7 from 10 am – 2 pm, the Missouri Masonic Family, Branson Masonic Lodge #587, will be on hand to further ensure the safety of area children FREE OF CHARGE. The event will be at the Boys and Girls Club on 1460 Bee Creek Road.

And the MoCHIP program works! No parent wants to believe that the unimaginable could happen to them, though nearly 2,000 children are reported missing or abducted in the United States each day. The peace of mind MoCHIP provides to Missouri families is invaluable. The program consists of five major components—digital photographs, digital fingerprints, vital child information and emergency contacts, a dental bite impression, and two laminated ID cards. The photographs, fingerprints, and child data are burned onto a mini-CD that is compatible with the AMBER ALERT system already in place. The dental impression provides a virtual diagram of the child’s biting surface, which, like fingerprints is unique to each individual, and further supplies enough saliva to provide a DNA sample that can also be used as scent source for trained canine search teams. Combined, this five-part process provides a dramatic, time sensitive recovery tool for authorities.

 Once the child is processed through the program, which generally takes only 15 minutes, the parent is armed with a single pre-printed envelope that instructs authorities in the event of an emergency, something a parent in crisis would undoubtedly have trouble with, and a proactive measure to combat the time sensitivity involved in recovery. Within a matter of minutes the MoCHIP CD can be loaded into a computer directly form a police officer’s automobile and entered into the Amber Alert system.

Girls AND boys ages 11 – 21 are statistically most susceptible to become missing and the “MoCHIP Packet,” that contains all the child’s vital information, has been tested 7 times that we know of, and resulted in all children—teenagers— being returned safely and promptly to their parents care.

On the day of the MoCHIP event, parents are urged to gather pertinent information such as doctor, dentist, and emergency contact and phone numbers, allergies, medications, and parent work, cell, and assorted phone numbers. Information Collection Forms and Permission slips can be downloaded from the mochip.org Web site (“about”) and filled out ahead of time. Height charts and scales are available at the event to facilitate the most current details regarding the child. As would be expected, security and privacy are of utmost importance. All information and specimens are collected on site, processed and provided to the parent or legal guardian in a yellow envelope. At the end of each event, databases are erased using state-of-the-art software. The only item retained by the Masonic Children’s Foundation is the signed permission slip. If you have any questions, call Mike Sisco, Event Coordinator at (417) 527-7852 or David Collignon at (417) 496-5908 or dvcollig@msn.com. For more information on becoming a corporate partner or to make a donation, please contact State Coordinator Nick Cichielo: nick.mochip@gmail.com or (636) 530-6069.
Sponsoring Masonic Lodge: Branson Masonic Lodge # 587
Event Date: May 7th
Event Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Event Location:
Boys and Girls Club
1460 Bee Creek Rd
Branson MO 65616

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March
1
logo Robin Jackson
Robin@jacksonappleton.com
jackson+appleton
417.294.0711
jackson+appleton.com
860 Parkview Drive
Hollister, MO   65672

29 February 2016

Best in Show – Two Years in a Row!

For the second year in a row, jackson+appleton took home the evening’s top award, Best in Show, for Film & Video at the American Advertising Awards. Hosted by AAF of Joplin, The Addy Awards bring Advertising Agencies, Production Companies and Television Stations from Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas together to honor the area’s best advertising.

jackson+appleton’s branded documentary, “for Love of the Line,” produced for White River Valley Electric Cooperative, won the prestigious Best in Show Award. White River’s documentary also earned jackson+appleton an additional two GOLD Addys for Cinematography and Editing.

This is the third Best in Show for jackson+appleton since the company formed just 7 years ago.

Additionally, jackson+appleton brought home Silver Addys for Videos produced for Paul Mueller Company and the non-profit organization, Gift of Hope, and also for a Commercial for White River Valley Electric Cooperative.

The most awarded production company in Southwest Missouri, jackson+appleton has been honored with a total of 66 Addy Awards, including 29 Gold Addys.

“As cinematic storytellers, it all starts with having a great, authentic story to tell,” says Robin Jackson, Creative Director of jackson+appleton. “We’ve been blessed with some amazing clients who have wonderful stories that we get to bring to life.”

Annually, the American Advertising Federation conducts the world’s largest advertising competition through its 200 member advertising clubs. Sponsored by the American Advertising Federation of Joplin, the American Advertising Awards honor excellence in advertising and cultivates the highest creative standard in the industry.

Owned by Robin Jackson and Nicholas Jay Appleton, jackson+appleton is a full service production company serving Missouri and beyond. Winning videos projects may be viewed at jacksonappleton.com.
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December
1

MoDot

The Kimberling City bridge which carries Route 13 traffic over Table Rock Lake will CLOSE for 24 hours beginning at 7 am on Tuesday December 8, and lasting until 7 am Wednesday, December 9, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

During the closing, NO TRAFFIC will be allowed across the bridge.

Drivers will have to use Route 86 , Route 65, and other state routes in the area to get around the bridge closing.

MoDOT is working with emergency responders to develop plans to reduce response times during the major traffic restriction.

During the closing, contractor crews will make repairs to the overhead steel trusses on the bridge. NO TRAFFIC can be on the bridge other than the work vehicles needed to complete the repairs.

The work is part of a larger project to make major repairs to the Kimberling City bridge. Total cost of the project is $10 million. The project is set for completion prior to Memorial Day in May 2016.

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September
28

Branson Women’s Expo

Posted In: Press Release by Ronni Haston


Ronni Haston
ronni.haston@gmail.com
Junior Auxiliary of Taney County
417-544-1896
www.jatcmo.org
P.O. Box 862
Hollister, MO   65673

Have fun shopping and help the children of Taney County. The first ever Branson Women’s Expo will be held at the West Wing Conference Center (White House Theatre) located at 2255 Gretna Rd on October 10-11, 2015. The event will promote a mixture of local businesses and direct sales opportunities with the common focus of health, home ideas, and style trends — all of which give women something to feel good about!

The Branson Women’s Expo will run Saturday, October 10 from 10 am-6 pm and Sunday, October 11 from 10 am-3 pm. Women will have the chance to connect face-to-face with trustworthy contractors, insurance professionals, home décor specialists, health care providers, and of course to shop to their hearts’ content. Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping with local and regional exhibitors offering everything from essentials to little personal luxuries. There is something for every woman at the Expo…whether you are looking for inspiration, relaxation or to get help managing life’s details, you’ll find the resources needed.

You will be helping the children of Taney County as you purchase the $2.00 entry ticket at the door, all of which will go to the Junior Auxiliary of Taney County (JATC). In addition, Usborne Books & More will give 50% of their proceeds to JATC. More than 55 vendors will participate in this first event, including 7 Stones Day Spa, AAA Insurance, B&L Outdoor Power, Parklane Jewelry, Jamberry, Lorrie-Taylor Arbonne, Matilda Jane Clothing, Nanny 2 U, Dazzle Me Designs, Binswanger Glass, Revive Studio, Shawn’s Sewing Center, Silpada Designs, Sho-Me Clean & Flooring, Younique and Jeunesse Global, to show and/or sell their products.

Businesses such as Cox Health, The Vacation Channel, Tanger Outlets, KRZK-FM, 102.9 and KOMC are the generous sponsors. JATC has been selected as the sole beneficiary of this first Branson Women’s Expo. Check out the organization’s website, www.JATCMO.org or call Membership Chair, Linda Lewis, at (417) 527-3963, to find out more or to get involved.

Currently, JATC members support and operate eleven projects including Women’s Crisis Center, Santa’s Gift House; College Readiness programs and scholarships; prom dresses for girls in need; stuffed animals for children in the local hospitals; Journey, a mentoring project for young women; Homework Helpers and Book Swap Stop, in which they provide snacks, enrichment programs, reading and homework help for children who live in extended-stay hotels/motels, and Heart of Arts, in which members donate art & craft materials and/or work on projects with adults with disabilities at Developmental Connections.

JATC is more than a nonprofit organization, it’s a group of women united by a single cause and dedicated to helping the children of Taney County. That’s the magic of JATC. It was chartered by a group of caring, enthusiastic women in 1998 and continues to grow and thrive throughout Taney County. Approximately 50 members annually contribute more than 4,000 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars as they strive to improve the mental, physical, social and emotional well-being of children in Taney County.

JATC is part of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA), a non-profit organization founded in 1941 with headquarters in Greenville, Mississippi. NAJA has more than 15,500 active, associate and life members in 98 chapters located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. The NAJA Graduate Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1,203,859 since its inception in 1963 to persons who work, or plan to work, directly with children. NAJA’s slogan is “Care Today-Character Tomorrow”.

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