August
28

BRANSON, Mo. – The Army Corps of Engineers, Table Rock Project Office announces the reopening of Moonshine Beach Sept. 2. The beach will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily and will remain open until Sept. 15. The beach has been closed because of high water.

“Since the lake level has receded we’ve been able to clean up and make needed repairs to the beach, said Chief Park Ranger for Recreation Jeff Farquhar. “We hope folks will come out and spend the last of their summer beach time with us.”

For more information about recreation areas on Table Rock Lake call the Table Rock Project Office at 501-340-1950, daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding federal holidays.

Little Rock District news and recreational information can be found at www.about.me/usacelittlerock.

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July
21

National champions from multiple major youth baseball organizations will be coming to Branson this summer to compete in a tournament of champions. The 2015 12U Champions from AABC, AAU, CABA, Dizzy Dean and NABF will be competing in the Youth Baseball Network (YBN) National Championship. The tournament will be held August 19-22.

The inaugural YBN Championship will be played at the Branson RecPlex, with future Championships played annually at the new Ballparks of America in Branson.

In addition to the participating champions, a host Branson-area All-Star team will round-out the six team tournament. Youth Baseball Network is planning for additional major youth baseball organizations to join the YBN Championship in 2016.

Youth Baseball Network, a marketing and online media company, developed its YBN National Championship by partnering with many of the largest youth baseball organizations in America. This invitational tournament promises to become the preeminent national youth baseball championship in the country.

“We’re excited to have Branson as the host city of our very prestigious National Championship,” stated Gil Vieira, Founder and CEO of Youth Baseball Network. “Between the City of Branson, Branson CVB, Branson Tourism Center and Ballparks of America, we’ve been able to build partnerships that will help develop Branson into the new ‘capital’ of youth baseball.”

“We are delighted to welcome these teams from across the nation, and their families, to the inaugural YBN National Championship,” said Jeff Seifried, President/CEO, Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We look forward to hosting the National Championship for many years to come.”

Branson Landing Hosts Special Opening Ceremony

The YBN Championship begins Wednesday morning, August 19, at 9:00 AM. A special Opening Ceremony will take place that day at 6:30 PM at Branson Landing. The ceremony will feature Missouri State University Head Baseball Coach Keith Guttin as Guest Speaker. Coach Guttin, a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, was recently named the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year – an award he has won five times. Coach Guttin will host a question and answer segment and discuss his experiences in baseball.

Additional entertainment at the ceremony will be provided by Branson’s popular ‘Buckets N Boards.’ Matt Levingston and Gareth Sever have crafted a hilarious and high-energy show chock-full of precise percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, inventive instrumentation and unique musical talent.

The teams will arrive at the Landing via Branson’s famous amphibious craft that resemble the WWII DUKW, courtesy of Ride The Ducks.

Games continue at the RecPlex Thursday and Friday afternoon, with the YBN Championship Finals scheduled for Saturday at 3:00 PM. The Finals will be preceded by a Home Run Derby contest at 1:30 PM.

The full YBN Championship schedule can be seen at www.youthbaseballnetwork.com.

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June
17

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An important message for businesses and citizens of Branson and the surrounding area. Please click the links below.

Information from the Branson Police Department
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May
30

Whether it’s cigarettes or chewing tobacco, tobacco usage is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including an estimated 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure.

World No Tobacco Day is May 31 this year and Cox Medical Center Branson is observing the day by doing what they do every day of the year, encouraging people to kick the habit and by offering services and support to make that happen.

“Any time is a great time to quit! Branson’s smoke-free ordinance goes into effect July 1. World No Tobacco Day on Sunday, May 31, is a great day to begin your journey of breathing easier and enjoying a healthier life,” said Mayo Clinic Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Jim Brawner.

Branson’s smoke-free ordinance for public and workplaces was passed by aldermen in October 2014. The new requirements are intended to protect the health of residents, visitors, patrons and workers against the dangers of tobacco smoke, including second-hand smoke.

CoxHealth has been a leader in the smoke-free movement and has been taking steps for years to protect the health and wellness of our patients, employees and community. In September 2006, Cox Branson became a smoke-free campus. In November 2013, CoxHealth became the first health system in the Ozarks to no longer hire tobacco users.

Tobacco users who are ready to take the next step to becoming tobacco-free themselves do not have to quit alone. Brawner teaches a highly successful Freedom from Smoking class that consists of eight one-hour sessions.

“I think the reason it is so successful is the fact that this program merges the best of the American Lung Association, which is the gold standard in Freedom from Smoking, with the incredible council you get from the Mayo Clinic and their certification program,” said Brawner. “At CoxHealth, our mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve and by offering this class, we’ve been able to dramatically improve the health of more than 100 of our friends and neighbors here in Branson area.”

The Freedom from Smoking class is $80 per person and the fee includes a workbook as well as up to $50 in nicotine replacement therapy. Scholarships are available through the Skaggs Foundation. To register for an upcoming Freedom from Smoking class in Taney or Stone counties, call Brawner at 417-348-8498. For information about tobacco cessation support in Springfield, call 417-269-4847 or in Monett, call 417-354-1100.

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May
6
Cindy Shorey
cindy@thecaringpeople.org
The Caring People
4173340131
164 Corporate Place
Branson, MO   65616

ANN COMPTON SHINES AT HONORING OUR MOTHERS
Fundraiser Honors Mothers Through the Caring People

Branson, MO. May 7, 2015 – Ann Compton shined brightly on the platform Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the annual Honoring Our Mothers…Applauding Remarkable Women dinner at Chateau on the Lake, speaking on behalf of the Caring People. The event raised $120,000 towards the mission of impacting the lives of Single Moms and their children. Mercy, Sight and Sound Theaters, and Silver Dollar City led the way as sponsors of the celebratory dinner.

Over 300 were in attendance to hear one of our nation’s top broadcast journalists as she shared stories from a remarkable career covering 7 presidencies. Ms.Compton did indeed pull back the curtain as she reminisced about walking up the path each day to work as a correspondent for ABC News.

Ann’s presentation, Up Close and Very Personal, had humor, insight and heartbreak as she shared her experiences during her 41 year career covering world changing events. Compton shared, “you might ask, what day changed world history? Certainly, June 12, 1987 when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed… “Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

The dinner also celebrated four remarkable volunteers for the Caring People. Champion of Compassion service awards were presented to Dianne Ely, Laura Kinne, Kathy Meyer and Donna Yoh. Founder, JoDee Herschend, and CEO Cindy Shorey of the Caring People were on hand to present the awards.

Next year’s dinner is set for April 28, 2016 and plans are underway to host another world class speaker. To schedule an interview with JoDee Herschend, Founder of the Caring People, contact Cindy Shorey, CEO at cindy@thecaringpeople.org. For more information visit thecaringpeople.org.

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March
6

Branson, MO ― Branson’s First Family of Entertainment, the Presleys will kick off their 49th live show season at 8p.m., Friday, March 6, 2015 in their original theater built in 1967 on Branson’s famous Highway 76 Strip. Three generations of Presley family members, plus a cast of multi-talented entertainers, can be seen nightly in their all new 2015 show featuring country hits, Southern gospel and hilarious comedy. Visit www.presleys.com or call 800-335-4874 for tickets.

“This year’s show is going to be more entertaining than ever,” according to co-producer, Gary Presley, also known as the lovable hillbilly character, Herkimer. “It’s going to be a fast-paced show with something for people of all ages to love.”

Gary and his brother, Steve Presley, the show’s other co-producer and drummer, are the only two original entertainers from Branson’s first two live music shows who still perform nightly.

Presleys’ Country Jubilee promises to treat audiences to a show packed full of brand-new music and comedy, new lighting effects and much more in 2015.

Gary and his son, Eric Presley, also known as the slap-stick character Cecil, have lots of rip-roaring comedy antics and down-home family fun in store for guests. Fourth generation performer, Ben Presley, joins his dad Cecil on stage providing even more laughs.

The tradition continues as third generation family members, Scott, Greg and John Presley, who are some of Branson’s best entertainers, wow audiences every night with their musical talents.

This year, musician Dean Holman will be joining the show playing banjo, steel guitar and dobro. Holman has toured with many great country acts such as Ricky Skaggs.

Before the main show, fans can sing along to their favorite old time songs in the pre-show that starts in the Presleys’ lobby at 7:15p.m. Guests will also want to check out the gift shop for Presleys’ souvenirs and a sampling of merchandise from the famous Dick’s Old-Time 5 & 10 Store, a landmark in downtown Branson.

Also in 2015, the Presleys are kicking off the 6th season of their hit music and comedy TV Show, on RFD-TV. Presleys’ TV Show is seen across the nation by over one million viewers each month. Presleys’ TV Show airs every Saturday night on RFD-TV at 7:30p.m. EST/6:30p.m. CST and features the talented Presleys’ cast plus special guest stars such as Neal McCoy, Rhonda Vincent, The Oak Ridge Boys, Suzy Bogguss, Gene Watson and many others.

For more information on Presleys’ Country Jubilee live show schedule at their theater in Branson, or to purchase tickets, visit www.presleys.com or call the box office toll free at 800-335-4874.

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October
8

City provides annual Fall Cleanup week of November 3rd

NEWS RELEASE

Date: October 8th, 2014
Contact: Pam Hitchcock, Engineering/Public Works Department, 243-2725

The Branson Public Works Department will be conducting its annual fall cleanup beginning Monday, November 3rd through Thursday, November 6th, to help residents properly dispose of large unwanted items at no cost. This is a semi-annual event which is part of an ongoing effort to keep Branson beautiful. This year’s cleanup is scheduled two weeks earlier due to Veteran’s Week activities.
The cleanup service is available for individual residents of Branson, but not for businesses or commercial entities. This provides residents within the City Limits the opportunity to get rid of large unwanted and difficult to manage items like old appliances, furniture and mattresses which are not typically picked up by residential trash haulers.
The pick-up date for Ward 1 is on Monday, November3rd; Ward II is on Tuesday, November 4th; and Ward III is on Wednesday, November 5th. Brush and limbs will be picked up in all three wards on Thursday, November 6th .
If a resident is unsure of their ward residence, they should refer to where they voted in the most recent election. If persons voted at the Community Center on Compton Drive, they are in Ward I. If they voted at the Presbyterian Church in Downtown, they are in Ward II; and if they voted at the Methodist Church on Highway 76, they are in Ward III.
Also, a map of the city’s three wards is available online at www.bransonmo.gov. Locate the “GIS & Maps” link on the lower left portion of the page, then open the “Ward Map” on the that page.
All items, including brush must be at the curb by 8 a.m. on the day of pick-up. Crews will not backtrack. Items not placed out for pickup by the deadline will NOT be picked up and will not be eligible for participation in this city service. Property owners who miss the deadline must make separate arrangements on their own to have the materials picked up.
City crews will not pick up any garbage normally collected by private refuse haulers.
Limbs and brush do not need to be bundled, but must be cut and stacked at the curb in manageable 4-6’ 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. Here is where those items can be disposed:
TIRES: Taney County Transfer Station Call 336-6589
HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS: Accepted year round at Branson Recycle Center, located at 601 Compton Drive, in Branson. The center is open Monday thru Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
ELECTRONICS: The Best Buy store in Branson Hills recycles household electronics. See “recycling” at www.bestbuy.com for details. The Staples store on Highway 248 in Branson will also accept household electronics of all kinds. Also, Computer Recycling of Springfield accepts TVs and computers for a small fee. Call 417-866-2588. Call or check web sites for hours and what items they will accept.
BAGGED LEAVES: The nearest options to dispose of green waste are the Hansen’s Tree Service facilities in Reeds Spring and Ozark. Call Hansen’s at 272-8733 for information. Sunny Hills Garden Center in Kirbyville also accepts bagged leaves and other yard waste, year round. Call 417-339-4437 for information.
For the pick-up of exceptionally heavy items such as sofas or large appliances, residents are asked to call 243-2725 at least 24 hours before their scheduled pick-up day. A separate truck will haul away these items.

www.bransonmo.gov

City of Branson
110 West Maddux
Branson, MO 65616
417-337-8548
ganderson@bransonmo.gov

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September
25
logo Adam Slate
marketing@rollercoasterrace.com
Roller Coaster Race
434-951-8572
218 West Water Street, Suite 400
Charlottesville, VA   22902

Half marathon plus Roller Coaster Ride(SM)

Branson, MO – September 25, 2014 – Roller Coaster Race has partnered with Silver Dollar City and the city of Branson for a half marathon, 5K, kids mile and Roller Coaster Ride(SM) taking place at both the theme park and Branson Landing on October 11-12, 2014.

This exciting partnership aims to encourage fitness and entertainment for the whole family by holding professional, USATF-sanctioned running events for all skills and ages in conjunction with the completely unique roller coaster event, Roller Coaster Ride(SM).

Starting Saturday, Oct. 11th, the Roller Coaster Ride(SM) will be held for roller coaster enthusiasts and non-runners. During this exclusive experience, participants ride a total distance of 5K on roller coasters to win a medal. Coaster rides will be tracked throughout the day on Silver Dollar City’s six coasters during normal operating hours.

Also on Saturday, the family-oriented 5K run/walk starts at 7AM and is available for runners and walkers of all ages. The kids’ mile starts at 8AM for kids up to age 12. A pasta dinner party will take place in the park that evening at 6:30PM with Eric Johnson of UltraMax Sports Springfield as guest speaker.

On Sunday, Oct. 12th, the Roller Coaster Race half marathon will run through the streets of Branson, starting and finishing at bustling Branson Landing.

Participants can register for one, two or all events.

The Roller Coaster Race is fundraising for the following charities: the Ozark Mountain Family YMCA, The Caring People, and the SYTA Running for Youth program. In addition to being able to fundraise for those organizations, people can donate to the charities during event registration.

Adam Slate, Roller Coaster Race Director, says of the event, “Silver Dollar City is one of the friendliest and most unique theme parks in America, and the City of Branson has a vast range of activities from theaters to museums to ziplines to parks and hiking trails. Families are going to have trouble fitting everything into one weekend!”

“We have a variety of coasters for adventure-seeking participants, including the groundbreaking wood coaster Outlaw Run, named the Best New Ride of 2013 worldwide,” said Nick Guevel, Director of Marketing for Silver Dollar City. “Coaster riders can experience Outlaw Run plus the launch coaster PowderKeg, the looping steel coaster WildFire and more, all to benefit kids and families.”

For more information about the Roller Coaster Race @ Silver Dollar City, please visit www.rollercoasterrace.com/branson

About Roller Coaster Race
Roller Coaster Race is a new national endurance running series partnering with theme and amusement parks across the country to create family destination travel events that encourage fitness and entertainment. The series will be holding three events in 2014 and adding several more in 2015.

Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/runorride
Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/runorriderace

About Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City has more than 30 fun-filled rides that offer something exciting for each member of the family, from speeding steel coasters to wild water rides. Test your grit aboard great thrill rides such as Outlaw Run® – the World’s Most Daring Wood Coaster – Voted Best New Ride of 2013 worldwide! WildFire®, PowderKeg® and The GIANT Barn Swing will also excite the daredevils in your family! Plenty more pulse-quickening Branson attractions can be found within the park.

Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sdcattractions
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Silverdollarcity

About Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson is a personal trainer and current General Manager for Ultramax Sports. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH), has served as a board member for the Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners, and co-founded the Ozarks Multisport Club. He’s has competed in nearly every type of endurance race, from 5Ks to adventure races to ironman triathlons. Eric is also an International Foot and Gait Education Council Certified Shoe Fitter and Bike Fit Systems Level I Certified Bike Fitter.

Press Contact

Adam Slate
Director, Roller Coaster Race
218 West Water Street, Suite 400
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
adams@rollercoasterrace.com
(434) 951-8572

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July
29

Contact: Michael McCarry, Executive Director, Alliance for International Educational &
Cultural Exchange, MMcCarry@Alliance-Exchange.org
Local Contact: Leslie Corn, Director of Communications, Cultural Exchange Network,
leslie@culturalexchangenetwork.org 573.579.5078

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Eat. Play. Give: J-1 Visa Sponsors Team Up to Celebrate First Annual J Day on August 4
BRANSON, MO. – Three J-1 Work and Travel Program sponsors have joined forces to launch the first annual J Day in Missouri, Texas and Virginia on Monday, August 4. J Day is a celebration of international exchange participants coming together in their communities to share cultural diversity and American customs.

CCI Greenheart, CENET: Cultural Exchange Network and Spirit Cultural Exchange will host J

Day events for J-1 participants in Fairfax, Virginia; Branson, Missouri; and Galveston, Texas, respectively. J Day events will offer participants unique activities to enjoy, such as an American
BBQ picnic, Olympic style games, and a scavenger hunt. In addition, participants attending each
J Day celebration are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to non-profit
organizations in each community.

Residents of the local communities are invited to attend; all ages are welcome!
Join us as we Eat. Play. Give. during J Day on August 4!

J Day Celebration in Branson, Missouri

Hosted by CENET
Moonshine Beach
4 pm – 8 pm

Donations collected for Ozark’s Food Harvest
The J-1 Work and Travel Program offers international university students the opportunity to experience the benefits of cultural exchange while working in seasonal positions in the United States. Each J-1 Work and Travel Program sponsor is designated by the United States Department of State (DOS). All three sponsors are also members of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange.

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March
17
Michael Klein
mklein@oirn.net
Ozark Internet Radio Network
870-743-1311
www.bransonworldradio.com
PO Box 1673
Harrison, AR   72602

In 1959, a band of four brothers started to play music for visitors in the now historic Downtown Branson area. Another family built the first theater on a dirt road leading from downtown to Silver Dollar City. The four brothers then built a second theater, across from the first, on that same dirt road.

That dirt road is the now famous “Country Music Boulevard” – or “The 76 Strip”.

While major celebrities come and go through Branson, we remember that it was “Independent” family musicians which began the city’s claim to fame. It is for that historical fact that three nonprofit organizations have combined resources to promote and preserve Independently produced music – not just from the Ozarks, but from across the nation.

Organization President Michael Klein says, “Even today, there’s still a great pool of talent that never gets to be heard, because they don’t have that magic record deal. Many come to Branson because of its notoriety and fame. While some very talented people actually do make it into one of the theaters, most end up going back to where they came from. Kind of like a Nashville or Hollywood. With the background and experience of each of our organization’s board members, we are working to change a little part of that.”

The nonprofit organizations include:
• Branson Independent Coalition of Musicians and Artists (BICMA)
• Ozark National Coalition of Artists and Musicians (ONCAM)
• North Arkansas Performing Artists Coalition (NAPAC)

With their 501(c)(3) status pending, the combined resources of these organizations will provide performers with access to national promotions, media, publicity, marketing opportunities, performances and events. Resources include broadcasters, record labels and producers, event coordinators and syndicators.

More than just promoting unsigned performers, the organizations also look to benefit school music programs with instruments, uniforms, sheet music, transportation and other necessities. Other projects include working with local food banks and creating shelter for the working homeless in Branson. Klein says that “by promoting these artists and their performances, we can create special events that not only promote the artist, but also benefit other area programs and agencies”.

Since first organizing in the fall of last year, the nonprofits have applied to the FCC to build new FM Community Radio Stations in Branson, Kimberling City and in Harrison. Michael Klein says “If you’re going to promote music, you have to have a way to guarantee radio play. So we’re building a small network of FM stations that will feature a Classic Rock format from the 70s and 80s, but will also provide ‘Visitor Information'”. So far, the FCC has awarded Construction Permits for two of the three stations, Branson and Harrison, with the Kimberling City application still pending approval. Along with the FM broadcasts, the stations will also simulcast on the Internet as the sister-station to Branson’s “Original” Internet radio station, “B-Country BWR”.

Klein adds, “These FM radio stations are what is commonly known as ‘Community’ stations. We have no intentions of competing with the other stations in the area, because we won’t have the same range on the air. Of course, the Internet stream will solve that problem. But since the other stations do such a great job of providing what many locals are interested in, the purpose of these stations will be to help our area visitors with the information that they need to truly experience a tour through the Ozarks”. Klein says instead of “commercials”, there will be features and spotlights to go along with an all request music format.

With the goal to be broadcasting in time for the next visitor season, the stations will feature area events and festivals, location remotes, and will focus on the services available to visitors while in the SW Missouri and NW Arkansas region.

Unlike “advertising”, supporting businesses and organizations will be highlighted to inform both visitors and locals alike. Special programming will feature the new and Independent artists that are members of the organizations. Klein says, “The FM broadcast will be offered to the millions of visitors to the Branson/Lakes area, as well as for those travelling through North Central Arkansas. By making it available through our Internet stream, visitors can literally take a piece of the Ozarks home with them, and visit all year long with a choice of Hot Country Hits or Classic Rock, with GREAT Independent music either way”.

While focusing on area information, listeners will benefit from local news and weather information, participation in local events, contests and giveaways when available.

Now that the permits have been issued, the organizations are on a membership drive to help build the radio stations and have them on the air by the end of May – the official start to vacation season. While local bands, performers, writers and actors are encouraged to join, music fans are also invited to support our causes. Major events are already being planned, including the “Bikes, Blues & BBQ” event in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This event draws more than 400,000 visitors in one weekend!

Individual memberships begin at $35.00 per year, and include access to the website to download music, videos, discounted event passes, and you’ll also receive a cool T-Shirt! Artists and performers can register as a “Talent” member, and there’s a place for corporate sponsorship as well.

Visit www.bicma.us, www.oncam.us, or www.napac.us for details and to get registered.

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