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ceived 191 or 65.4% of the 292 votes cast in the Ward, while Skains received 101 or 34.6 %.

Few voters make many decisions in Taney and Stone counties

Voter turnout was light, with only 7.57% of Taney County’s more than 37,800 registered voters casting ballots.

In a very tight race for Branson School Board, two open seats were filled. Alex Williams was elected to a three-year term on the

Howden said, “I am thrilled that the citizens of Branson chose me for a second term! It speaks to the tremendous success of the current board of aldermen! I just wish my grandpa Mel Tillis was around to see it. He believed in this town from the start!”

Ward 2: Incumbent Chuck Rodriguez lost his reelection bid to Glenn Schulz. Schulz received 204, or 59.9% of the 341 votes cast in the Ward, while Rodriguez received 133, or

Your source for local news and entertainment April 5, 2024 • Volume 5, Issue #14 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.– Psalm 35:28 INSIDE: • Around Town 10B • Churches ........... 8C • Classifieds 9C • Food ................. 6C • Fun & Games 10C • Pets for Adoption 3A • Obituaries 11A • School News 6B • Features 1C • Voices 1B • Weather 11A Honk if you love Jesus – SEE PAGE 1B. The big reveal at SDC – SEE PAGE 1C. PLUS: Glenn Schulz finishes his successful campaign for Ward 2 alderman. (Photo by K.D. Michaels) Branson voters pick Howden, Schulz and LeBlanc for Aldermen BY GARY J. GROMAN, Independent Journalist If the results of the General Municipal Election on April 2, 2024, are any sign, Branson voters seem pleased with how things are going within their city government. They reelected two incumbents and one newcomer for aldermen. By Ward, the results are: Ward 1: Incumbent Marshall Howden won reelection, while Bill Skains was once again de-elected. During his campaign, Skains, who Howden beat for the Ward 1 Alderman seat in the 2022 election, caused some confusion with prospective voters by putting the term “Re-elect” on campaign signs. Howden re-
BY K.D. MICHAELS, Staff Writer Voters in Taney and Stone counties headed to the polls on Tuesday to take part in Missouri’s Municipal Elections.
Branson School Board, bringing in 34% of the vote. Cole Currier was reelected for a three-year term, getting 30% of the vote. Hollister voters elected Andrew Penrod to a threeyear school board term, with 50.59% of the vote, and Evan Bradley, also for a three-year term, received 47.91% of Tuesday’s vote. Brandon Norris was elected to a two-year term, running unopposed. The Hollister School District’s No-Tax Bond question passed, with 81% of voters saying
also passed with an
yes vote. The Central Taney County Fire Protection Board Voters showed their support for Alex Williams who was elected to a seat on the Branson School Board. (Photo by K.D. Michaels) SEE COUNTY RESULTS, PAGE 4A Heroes Way sign is unveiled. INSET: Family of Chief Straub, including widow Sami Johnson, center (Photos by Kaden Evers, KCE Productions) Heroes Way Street dedication honors former WTCFPD Battalion Chief, James David Straub Submitted to Branson Globe On March 26, Trophy Run Road at the entrance of Baird Mountain was designated as Heroes Way in memory of public hero, Battalion Chief James David Straub, a Western Taney County Fireman, who gave his life 34 years ago while attempting to rescue climbers. The ceremony commenced with a welcome from Chris Berndt, WTCFPD Chief. WTCFPD Color Guard presented the colors, and Phillip Pringle, WTCFPD Chaplain, gave the invocation. Honored attendees included Sami Johnson, James’ widow; Mandy Stauffer, daughter; Colt Straub, son; Dana Aumiller, friend; and other relatives and friends. The dedication ceremony closed with music, “There’s a Hero” performed by Hughes School, and the sign reveal and closing by Ted Martin, BFD Chief. This tribute was sponsored by the Western Taney County Fire Protection District and Taney County 100 Club.
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The First Lady of the Country Gospel Music Association, Donna Hale, passed away last week after a brief illness. Hale, the CGMA Administrator, worked tirelessly alongside husband Billy to help promote and build up Country-Gospel singers and entertainers.

Hale was a friend to many in the music industry, and loved by all who knew her.

Said Mary, “Donna was the administrator (of CGMA) and her husband, Billy, began the organization many years ago. They are headquartered in Branson, with several chapters around the country. Donna will be remembered, always, for CGMA and as a sweet woman of God.”

“Donna, my spiritual mom, I truly miss you, but I know you are happy with Jesus,” said Nikki.

Said Sheri, “Donna is one of the strongest women I think I have ever known, with a great big loving heart that embraced everyone she met. She always saw the best in everyone! She will be missed here on earth, but right now there is a huge homecoming celebration going on in heaven, and Donna is having the time of her life!”

Karen noted, “Donna, no words can say how big an influence you have been to me and so many others, and the love we have for you! Gone from us too soon, but it’s all in God’s perfect timing. We’ll see you again!”

“I will miss you so much, but rejoice for you because I know you are in heaven,” said Kathy.

Michael noted, “Donna

Hicks Hale, you will be so missed, but I can imagine the time you are having right now. You are totally healed and I’m sure there were so many there to greet you. You always had a smile and an encouraging word. CGMA will never be the same, but so thankful that you and Billy followed God’s leadership.”

Bud Lynn, singer, songwriter and actor, added, “This is a sad occasion for all of her friends and family she has left here on earth, but I am blessed to have known Donna as a very, very close friend for many of her years of life here. All of us who have been privileged to know Donn Hicks Hale know that she is more alive now than ever! She is taking an amazing journey now that we can only imagine. We love you, sweet Donna!”

Said noted songwriter and vocalist Lynda Lynn, “Donna was the rock that held the Country Gospel Music Association together. She was the First Lady, deservedly so. Most importantly, was Donna’s firm faith in God. She had such a love for people. When the

More than 2,100 FFA members: Hollister FFA Career Development Day sees record attendance

A recent event saw high school students from dozens of area schools attending a fun-filled learning event in Hollister.

On March 11, the Hollister High School FFA organization hosted the Hollister FFA Career Development Event, with more than 2,100 FFA members from over 80 schools competing in various contests.

“The Hollister FFA Ca-

reer Development Event hosts 15 different events where students compete by demonstrating their knowledge in specific areas of interest,” explained Quaid Taylor, Hollister FFA Advisor. “For example, one of the contests we hosted allowed students to survey land maps and identify trees that could be harvested for lumber while conservatively culling the tree population. In another contest,

students judge and rank livestock animals based on quality standards for that breed. Students compete in these contests for the chance to qualify at District, State and National levels.”

The purpose of the Career Development Events are to offer to the students a variety of areas of interest, as they explore possible career paths while gaining valuable experience in those areas.

“This was our fourth an-

nual contest here at Hollister, and we had record numbers in attendance,” explained Taylor. “We are also one of the only contests that host all events on our campus, without having to shuttle students to other locations.” Taylor continued, “Students always seem to enjoy our contest and the ability to view our campus, school farm and other opportunities that Hollister has to offer.”

One step closer: Branson moves closer to becoming the ‘Live Entertainment Capital of Missouri’

BY K.D. MICHAELS, Staff Writer Branson is one step closer to being named the Live Entertainment Capital of Missouri.

House Bill 2320, sponsored by State Representative Brian Seitz, District 156, passed with a vote of 107 to 27 on Wednesday. Branson is well known for its many shows and attractions, drawing millions of tourists to the music mecca annually. In fact, Branson tourists account for approximately 22 percent of tourism income brought into the state of Missouri each year.

“By officially designating Branson as the Live Entertainment Capital of Missouri, we are not only celebrating its cultural significance but also laying the foundation for sustained economic prosperity for our state,” noted Seitz.

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Taney County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program

Taney County has been chosen to receive $25.946.00 for Phase 41 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency

and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide.

The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. A Local Board made up of representatives from Taney County will determine how the funds awarded to Taney County are to be distributed among

Missouri House speaker Dean Plocher supports the movement, calling Branson a “gem” in Missouri’s crown. Said Plocher, “With the passage of HB 2320, we affirm Branson’s status as a premier destination for live entertainment.”

The Bill will now move on to the Missouri Senate. [Editor’s Note: See more in Rep. Seitz’s Capitol Report on page 7B]

Taney County awarded federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs

the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private

voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Taney County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with OACAC, Salvation Army, House of Hope, Christian Action Ministries, Catholic Charities. These agencies were responsible for providing emergency food and shelter. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Rich Thompson at or 417-239-1882 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is April 19, 2024, at 4 p.m. FREE

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Branson Lodging Association hosts trafficking prevention meeting

On Tuesday, March 26, members and friends of the Branson Lodging Association gathered at the Hilton Branson Convention Center to hear an informative presentation on prevention of human trafficking in the Ozarks. Featured speakers were Bryan Cizek, who works with a special task force actively rescuing victims, and Veloris Juneman, founder of Pathways Project Coalition of the Ozarks. Cizek began his presentation by sharing statistics showing the United States is the No. 1 consumer nation for child sex trafficking. The movie “Sound of Freedom” did an excellent job introducing the topic, said Cizek, but did not convey the seriousness of the issue right in

our own communities.

Many people think sex traffickers kidnap victims or otherwise take them by force; the reality, however, is that most victims are coerced into the situation after the trafficker spends time building a relationship and gaining the trust of the potential victim. Many times, this enticement begins on social media, using targeted algorithms. Many victims become so conditioned, through expensive clothing or fancy dinners, etc., that they don’t want to leave their “boyfriend” or “family,” making trafficking difficult to prosecute; however, if a minor is involved, it is trafficking, regardless of whether the victim seems to participate willingly.

“It’s happening everywhere,” stated Cizek. “We

don’t see open street prosecution much in southwest Missouri, but there are girls being run by pimps or groups in all kinds of hotels and in open internet websites. A recent law enforcement search revealed 3,600 ads in the Branson area, with 55 persons advertised “highly suspected” as juveniles. Cizek strongly urges parents to monitor their kids’ social media and video gaming and report any suspicious contacts to local law enforcement who will make a referral to the task force. Education is key; that realization led to the starting of the Coalition by Veloris Juneman of Shady Acres Inn & Suites, who became aware of the extent of the problem after accompanying Cizek, who is her son, on a rescue job. Juneman shared resourc-

es to help with community awareness and prevention, saying the goal of the Coalition is to “work Bryan out of a job.” Coalition members are networking with Stand Against Trafficking (Springfield) and Arise (Joplin); and Coalition members, as well as speakers from the Stop Trafficking Project (, are available for presentations to students and parents, church youth groups, etc. Attendees at Tuesday’s meeting were urged to provide education for their employees and to contact school administrators, church youth pastors and others about hosting a training session. Juneman also encouraged those present to visit www. for information and statistics, as well as signs to watch for. “There

are multiple red flags,” she said. “If something looks or feels ‘off,’ it probably is.” Although some kids are particularly vulnerable, such as foster care, recent life changes, or being homeless, it’s not only those in difficult situations who are subject to coercion. Sometimes it’s simply innocence, and that’s where vigilant parents, careful monitoring of social media, and awareness by youth leaders, teachers and other adults in the child’s life can make a difference. “Be the parent, not the best friend,” says Russ Tuttle of the Stop Trafficking Project. “Don’t live in fear, but be wise.”

In the hospitality industry, there are warning signs and behaviors that not only hotel employees, but other guests checking in, can be alert to watch for. For exam-

ple, a victim might avoid eye contact or seem uncertain of their location, or another person may do all the talking for one or more victims.

At school, a teacher might notice a teen suddenly has more expensive clothing or changes their extracurricular involvement to meet a “boyfriend” regularly.

Consider attending some training sessions or getting involved in the Pathways Project Coalition to help fight this problem in the Ozarks. Another way to help is by supporting nonprofits who provide counseling and transitional housing to help victims rebuild their lives. Resources and additional suggestions are available via the Coalition page on Facebook and at the Branson Lodging Association website and Facebook page.

Vietnam Veterans remembered in special College of the Ozarks ceremony

The College of the Ozarks was the site of a special service recently that honored Vietnam Veterans. Held at the college’s Patriots Park, C of O president Dr. Brad Johnson gave the open-

ing remarks at the service.

“Today we specifically commemorate the service of men and women who placed themselves in harm’s way to defend freedom, both here and in the Southeast Asian country of Vietnam,” said Johnson. “We owe a debt of gratitude to these men and women who served for their sacrifice and their service. Many upon their return home experienced ridicule and disdain for having faithfully fulfilled the duty asked of them by their country. So today, we want to say thank you to each of you who served. You are seen and you are celebrated for your

courage, for your valor, and for your sacrifice.”

The ceremony featured keynote speaker Thanh Duong Boyer, a native of Vietnam and author of “The Ground Kisser.” Boyer spoke to those in attendance, with his words directed toward those veterans of the Vietnam War. Said Boyer, “Never believe the lie that the Vietnam War didn’t matter. I am living proof that what you did in Vietnam made a difference. Your bravery, sacrifice and courage helped countless Vietnamese people like myself to experience freedom and the blessings that

Total eclipse to blanket parts of Midwest in darkness Monday

A solar eclipse, taking place on Monday, April 8, will plunge parts of the Midwest into a few minutes of darkness. Following a route from Texas to Maine, the eclipse will be visible, in part, in several states and cities. Some locations will have up to four and a half minutes of darkness.

While the Tri-Lakes area will not experience the eclipse in totality, other towns to the east, such as Poplar Bluff, MO, will enjoy minutes of totality, beginning at approximately 1:56 p.m.

Our neighbors to the south, Arkansas, will experience totality beginning at about 1:51 pm.

The next such eclipse set to

occur is in August of 2044.

Protective eyewear is a must for viewing the eclipse. The Library Center of the Ozarks (formerly Taneyhills Library), has free

eclipse glasses for library card holders. Glasses are available, one pair for each person with a valid and active library card, while supplies last.

come with it.”

The Memorial Service, held on March 28, also included a wreath-laying ceremony and a rendition of TAPS, performed by Sgt. Maj. Robert Smithers (Retired).

The ceremony took place

at the Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located at Patriots Park. The Memorial, near the entrance
the college,
the more than 1,400 Missourians who died during the Vietnam conflict. Meet Eevee Our April Pet of the Month
is a calico cat and was recently adopted right here in Branson. Her favorite thing to do is cuddle and love on people. She also enjoys playing with her toy jellyfish and sleeping in the sun.
Humane Society, Reeds Spring Call (417) 272-8113 or visit BUTTERS.
he can be himself and get to know his new family. As a longterm resident, his adoption fee is discounted to $42.50!
Pets of the Week Tri-Lakes
Male, DOB 3-13-20. Butters is a butterball. He’s a shy guy but very much likes to be petted. He has come a long way since being dropped off at the shelter; he arrived very scared. He would prefer a quieter household where NEWS APR. 5, 2024 • 3A
DWAYNE. Male Boxer. DOB 10-2-2019. This handsome lad was owner relinquished. Dwayne has a real presence about him. He is good with kids but is not a fan of male dogs. Come by the shelter and meet this cute guy. As a long-term resident, his adoption fee is discounted to $50! The service concluded with a ceremonial laying of the wreath by President Brad Johnson, Thanh Duong Boyer, and John Sorensen. (Photo submitted)

Thousands of children hunt for Easter fun

The Grove Christian Church of Branson teamed up with Ballparks of America for some Easter fun this past weekend.

According to Sara, the “Egg-Secutive Director” of the event, the annual Easter Egg Hunt provided fun for thousands of children.

“In addition to the Grove Christian Church and Ball-

parks of America, the Branson Helicopter Tours did the egg drop,” noted Sara. “And, we have about 20 other sponsors from our community that have given away prizes and passes.”

Children hunted for eggs filled with candy—and some special treats. “Some of the eggs had papers inside with a number, and the number corresponded with

Winners, left to right: 0 - 3 year age group, 4 - 7 year age group; and 8 - 10 year age group (Photos submitted)

a prize they picked up at the prize table,” Sara explained.

The Saturday morning event was divided into several age groups: 0-3, 4-7, and 8-10 years of age. An accessible egg hunt was also held for those with disabilities or special needs.

Traditionally held at Branson’s Rec Plex, the Easter egg hunt was in a new location this year. “New partnership this year with Ballparks of America because the Rec Plex fields were getting returfed,” said Sara. “Future location is pending.”

In years past, the Easter Egg Hunt has seen up to 5,000 children. Saturday’s event, in its new location, drew approximately 3,000 Easter egg hunters.

Society of Ozarkian Hillcrofters to host author Tom Koob at quarterly meeting

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The Society of Ozarkian Hillcrofters invites everyone to its quarterly meeting on Monday, April 22, 2024, starting at 6:30 p.m. The location for this meeting is the Dewey Short Visitor Center, 4500 Historic Hwy. 165, Branson, at the south end of Table Rock Dam. Admission is FREE for this educational and inspirational gathering. Featured speaker will be


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39% of the votes.

In Ward 3, Incumbent Alderman Ralph Le Blanc ran unopposed, receiving 161


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Question passed, with 76% of voters saying yes, to 24% no votes.

Several Taney County towns were electing mem-

of 95.3% of the 160 votes cast. Eight “Write In” votes were cast. The newly elected aldermen will take office during the first April meet-

bers of their respective board of aldermen on Tuesday.

In Forsyth, Shawn Mathenia was named Alderman in Ward 1, with 67% of voters saying yes. Jeff Long received 70% of Hollister’s

Tom Koob, author of the book “Buried by Table Rock Lake.” His fascinating research into the people living along the White River Valley, whose lives were forever impacted by the building

ing of the Branson Board of Aldermen. By Ward, the Branson Aldermen will be:

Ward 1: Clay Cooper and Marshall Howden.

Ward 2: Glen Schulz.

vote for a seat on the Hollister Board of Aldermen for Ward 2. In Merriam Woods, Barbara Dunham was named Alderman for Ward 2, with 70% of the Ward’s vote.

In Stone County, 13.6 %

of the dam in the 1950s, gives new perspective about the way things were before the lake became part of the White River flood control project and a major attraction for tourism.

The vacancy Cody Fenton created because he moved out of the City is being filled. According to Missouri law, the Mayor’s appointment fills the vacancy.

of the county’s registered voters made decisions for the county.

Philip Korem was named to the Kimberling City Board of Aldermen Ward 2, receiving 61% of the vote.

The Society of Ozarkian Hillcrofters, founded in 1931, is dedicated to securing proper recognition of the Ozarks region, protecting its wildlife and historic locations, perpetuating its folklore and tradi-

The appointment requires the advice and consent of a majority of the remaining members of the Board of Aldermen. The City has announced the vacancy. Can-

In Reeds Spring, Daniel Drake Holland received 52% of the Ward 2 votes to be elected to City Council.

Lisa Boyd and Tim Hejlek were both elected to fill seats on the Reeds Spring

tions, and teaching the area’s rich heritage. Membership is open to anyone interested in helping with these purposes. Visit the Facebook page or to learn more.

didates must submit applications to the Branson City Clerk by April 4, 2024, at 4:30 p.m.

Ward 3: Ruth Denham and Ralph LeBlanc

School Board, receiving 46% and 30% of Reeds Spring’s votes, respectively.

The Stone County Ambulance District Sales Tax passed, with 80% of voters saying yes.


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CGMA conventions were going on, we have what we

call the Prayer Circle. After prayer, we all got in a circle, lovingly called the Miracle Circle. Many were prayed for

and miracles happened. Donna usually knew who needed that God touch and got them in the Miracle Circle. Donna and Billy were always there for their flock. Donna was the mother hen that kept her chicks in order. When she came face-to-face with our Lord, no doubt He said ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Come enter your mansion, my child.’”

Lynn continued, “Donna had a devotion for her family. She and her daughter, Cammie, had a special bond. She held her family up in prayer many times, and God honored those prayers.”

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to Branson Globe Winners of the Forsyth Easter Egg hunt held at Shadowrock Park are announced. The following are winners in the 0-3 year age group: First place: Grayson Bouahpa - tricycle
Forsyth holds Easter Egg hunt, March 23; winners announced Submitted
Second place: Arinaya
- $50 gift card
Third place: Bixley Owensby - Easter gift basket These are the winners of the 4-7
year age group: First place: Caroline Murdoch - bike Second place: Kambri Pate - $50 gift card
• Third place: Mila Garrido - Easter gift bucket The
in the 8-10 year age group are as fol-
• First place: Jordan Bodi
• Second place: Elijah Hickey - $50 gift card
Third place: Adelyn Hood – Easter gift basket
Gathering for the hunt (Photo by K.D. Michaels) NEWS APR. 5, 2024 • 5A

Local Monett YMCA swimmer headed to Y Nationals

Submitted to Branson Globe Ryan, a dedicated Monett Area YMCA swim team member for 13 years and high school swimmer, will be headed to the Y Nationals in North Carolina through April 7.

At the recent Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) State Swim Meet, Ryan emerged as a standout athlete,

securing notable accolades and shattering school records. Ryan clinched eighth place in the 50 Free with a time of 21.76 seconds and 11th place in the 100 Free, clocking in at 48.77 seconds. His outstanding achievements earned him prestigious allstate honors and led to the monumental feat of breaking both school records. The Monett YMCA invites

the community to celebrate Ryan’s incredible accomplishments at a special homecoming event on April 7, 2024, at 2 p.m. at the Monett Area YMCA located at 115 S. Lincoln Ave., Monett.

“Ryan’s talent and commitment are truly inspiring,” remarked Senior Aquatics Program Director Luke Proctor. “This is why we do what we do at the YMCA! His achievements exemplify our core values, and we are immensely proud to have played a part in his journey.”

The Monett YMCA extends its heartfelt appreciation to Coach Charles LeGarce, whose guidance and support have been instrumental in Ryan’s success and countless other swimmers within the community.

Hunt elevated to Branson Bank Vice President – HR Officer

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With over 16 years of dedication to the organization, Branson Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Jamie Hunt to Vice President - Human Resource Officer. In addition to her current duties of supporting over 75 bank associates, Hunt will spearhead strategic initiatives that support recruitment and retention of associates, succession planning and the overall preser-

vation and strengthening of Branson Bank culture.

Jamie Hunt joined the Branson Bank family in July of 2008 and has accumulated a diverse portfolio of experience throughout her many years with the local community bank. She held several positions across the organization which provided a strong foundation that has been essential to her success in Human Resources. “It has been a pleasure to

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On March 6, School of the Ozarks students traveled to Springfield, Missouri, to serve at Convoy of Hope. The School has seen the immense impact Convoy of Hope has

see Jamie’s growth and success within our organization,” said Bill Jones, President/ CEO “Jamie’s diversified experience, talented skillset and caring heart uniquely equip her to be an outstanding leader in the HR field, which she truly is. As we continue to grow our company, Jamie will continue to play a vital role in caring for our most valuable resource, our people.”

Jamie Hunt earned a B.S. in Business Administration

with an emphasis in Management and a Minor in Psychology from the College of the Ozarks. She currently serves as Secretary of the Branson Tri-Lakes HR Association and continues to volunteer at various community events on behalf of Branson Bank, including the 2016 Branson Lakes Chamber Area Leadership Program, career day events with College of the Ozarks, local high school events, and volunteering with

the Forsyth PPA. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeremy, and their two daughters, Ava and Aubree.

Branson Bank is a $355 million asset community bank - a locally owned and controlled, state chartered financial institution with three locations in Branson, one location in Forsyth, and one location in Branson West. Branson BankMember FDIC, Equal Housing Lender. Hunt (Photo submitted)

School of the Ozarks serves with Convoy of Hope

made domestically and internationally and desired to serve alongside the organization.

Through former S of O students who currently work at Convoy of Hope, the administrators and teachers learned about the founder, Hal Donaldson. He interviewed Mother Teresa who challenged him to find ways to give with intent. From that seed, a worldwide organization now flourishes. The citizenship goal of

School of the Ozarks encourages students to engage in community service projects throughout the year, like partnering with Convoy of Hope. Throughout their day serving, the students prepared flyers, packaged washcloths and clothing items, and helped prepare for an upcoming women’s conference.

“Convoy of Hope inspired our students to consider the power of one small gesture or one small comment to ignite

ministry in our community or around the world,” said Amy Martin, associate professor of literature and rhetoric.

“We hope to remind our students to serve others by using their time and gifts through hard work and sacrifice.”

“It was an incredible experience,” said senior Sophie Osborne. “We all walked away with a changed perspective on missions and the global church. I personally enjoyed seeing the Convoy

of Hope vehicles and the special equipment used to reach people in danger. It was so educational and inspired all of us to better serve our community.”

S of O plans to continue to serve with Convoy of Hope and learn more about the importance of the work they are doing with disaster relief and climate-controlled greenhouses. To read more about Convoy of Hope, visit https://

6A • APR. 5, 2024 NEWS Be prepared to save a life: Learn hands-only CPR for free, April 18 Submitted to Branson Globe Rotary Club of Hollister and Taney County Ambulance District are partnering to save lives. You are invited to invest one hour to partner with us. Hands-only CPR can buy precious time to save a life until trained medical personnel arrive. About 40 people each hour have a cardiac arrest while not in the hospital (350,000 people a year). Nine out of 10 of those individuals will not survive. This free class will be held at the Taney County Ambulance District, 106 Industrial Park Drive, Hollister. Class starts at 9 a.m. Park at the rear of the building. Register at: https://hollisterareacham-
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Ryan (Photo submitted) S of O students package washcloths for Convoy of Hope to send out in disaster relief. (Photo submitted) NEWS APR. 5, 2024 • 7A

Alumni Association, pizzeria to hold fundraiser for Branson PD

The Branson Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (BCPAAA) and Pappo’s Pizzeria and Pub are teaming up for an evening of food, fun and fundraising to benefit the Branson Police Department. On April 10, Pappo’s will generously donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the BCPAAA. The Branson Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is a nonprof-

it, 501(c)(3) organization made up of graduates of the Branson Citizens Police Academy. Their purpose is to support and assist the Branson Police Department through fundraising and participation in activities

that bring awareness of police services, and contribute to the well-being of both the police department and the Branson community.

The fundraising event, set for Wednesday, April 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., will be

held at Pappo’s Pizzeria and Pub, 490 Branson Landing Boulevard, near the Paula Deen’s parking lot, on the north side of the Branson Landing. For a portion of your purchases to be donated to the BCPAAA, you

must take a special flyer provided by the BCPAAA to the restaurant on Wednesday evening. For more information, or to get a copy of the flyer, contact or

Elevate Entrepreneurs next graduation ceremony is scheduled for April 23

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The next Elevate Entrepreneurs graduation is coming up on April 23

at 6:30 p.m. at the Elevate Branson campus, 310 Gretna Road. The entrepreneurs have been work-

ing diligently for the last three months to build the skill sets and foundations needed to launch their new

business initiatives and increase their annual income all while offering new goods and services to our

local community. The community is invited to attend the commencement ceremony on

Tuesday, April 23. The staff and students of Elevate Entrepreneurs hope you will celebrate with them.

Join The Brook Wellness Center for Heart Health and Recovery Walk

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The Brook Wellness Center invites the community to join them on Saturday, April 27, for the Heart Health and Recovery Walk. This celebration of a sober life and a healthy heart will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Port of Kimberling Marina and Resort, 201 Marina Way in Kimberling City. Registration and check-in will begin at the pavilion at 8:30 a.m.; participants may register and join any time from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The $15 registration fee includes a T-shirt and other swag, plus food. Those who register in advance before April 22 by visiting www.thebrookwell-

The Brook Wellness center is excited to announce the opening of their new location at 16159 U.S. Hwy. 160, near Main St. in downtown Forsyth. A celebratory ribbon cutting was held with the Forsyth Area and Hollister Area Chambers of Commerce on March 26, with plenty of Chamber members and friends on hand to enjoy refreshments and see the renovations and new décor in progress on the building, which will be ready to welcome clients next week.

The Brook Wellness and clicking “2024 Events,” can attend for FREE, using the promo code WALK2024 at checkout. Also, on the registration page, find information about the DEA drug take-back to be held in conjunction with the walk. Be safe and get rid of those expired or no-longer-needed prescriptions!

The approximately onemile trail at Port of Kimberling is paved and mostly level, making this a great opportunity for families to participate together, even with strollers or wheelchairs; bring the family dog along if you wish. A snack and water for the walk will be available at registration,

plus a free raffle ticket as a thank-you for participating, and volunteers will be on hand with additional water along the route.

After the walk, participants can visit several area nonprofit vendors for information and resources, as well as enjoy free food, entertainment and a game of

Name That Tune for some prizes. Children can also visit a park near the pavilion.

Sponsorships are still available for T-shirts at $100 per sponsor; submit your logo by April 15 and enjoy some publicity for your nonprofit or business while supporting a great cause.

The Brook Wellness Center opens new Forsyth location

Center offers a peaceful place for individuals and families to achieve spiritual, mental and physical wellness and overcome substance use disorders through a wide variety of evidence-based treatment services and counseling. The Brook started in Branson six years ago and later added a Forsyth office, but more recently has operated from only the Branson West location due to complications with building availability. Director Rosie Robinson and Chaplain Stan Robinson said they are glad to be back in Forsyth, offering proximity for central and eastern Taney County clients, while the office at 11016 St. Hwy. 76 in Branson West will continue to be handy for Stone County and western Taney County.

In greeting those gathered, Rosie Robinson thanked the volunteers who have helped with renovating and painting the building, assembling furniture, and other tasks. Stan Robinson led a prayer of thanks for the community support the Center has received, including generous donors who make it possible for anyone needing services to receive them. The Brook is certified by the Missouri Division of Behavioral Health and Department of Mental Health, and works with numerous insurance programs, but people who don’t qualify for insurance are never turned away. Hours at the new facility will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To learn more or inquire about services,

email, or call 417-527-8877. Also, visit the Facebook page or the events tab at, and plan to support this valuable service by attending or giving toward the

Heart Health & Recovery

Walk, April 27 at the Port of Kimberling Marina and Resort; the annual Family Fun Day, June 8 at Shoals Bend Park in Forsyth; and other special family events planned through the spring and summer.

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Stan and Rosie Robinson cutting the Hollister and Forsyth Chamber ribbons (Photo by Cynthia J. Thomas) The new Forsyth location (Photo by Cynthia J. Thomas)


except death and taxes.”

great Benjamin Franklin wrote those words back in 1789, and they still ring true. And while some people may try to cheat their way out of paying Uncle Sam, there’s no cheating your way out of death.

The national median cost of a funeral hovers between $5,150–9,135 depending on type of burial. But the price could be much higher depending on where you live and what you know about the funeral industry. The cost is one of the main driving forces for people to prepay for their funerals, figuring it’s the best way to relieve their loved ones of picking up the bill. What’s Included in a Prepaid Funeral Plan?

The process of prepaying for your funeral usually starts with you sitting down with a funeral provider of your choice to make a detailed plan. That plan should include costs, available locations for services and any other details you want to address to meet your endof-life wishes. A standard package will include:

• Burial or cremation Casket or urn

• Burial plot or niche Headstone/grave marker

There are also usually items you can choose to add on:

• Funeral service and/or graveside service Visitation/viewing service Funeral service transportation for the family Custom DVD or slideshow

• Obituary

Even with a prepaid service, these add-on items may be subject to the so-called cash advance clause because they require vendor services that may increase at the time of your passing. For instance, the funeral home may have a contract with Bob’s Videos to make custom DVDs for the service. Let’s say you prepay $100 for a custom DVD, but Bob’s rates increase to $150 by the time of your funeral. Your family would likely be responsible for paying the $50 difference.

Bottom line, if you’re going to prepay for your funeral, make sure you write down all of your wishes and ask the funeral director what will (and won’t) be 100% covered.

Types of Prepaid Funeral Plans

You’ve outlined everything that you want cov-

ered—now how are you going to cover it? There are two main options to consider when prepaying (not preplanning) for a funeral:


Trusts can be used in most states to prefund funerals, but state laws vary for how these can be used. Some states even require that the funeral home director be declared the beneficiary, so make sure you discuss your state’s trust funding laws with the funeral director. There are typically two different types of trusts to choose from:

Revocable trust: You’ll often sign a contract to pay for the funeral in installments, deposited into an account that gains interest. At the time of your passing, the funeral director (or someone you choose, if state laws apply) and the trustee will use the funds to pay for your arrangements.

Irrevocable trust: This also allows you to prepay for your funeral in installments,

but unlike a revocable trust, this trust is a permanent trust that can’t be changed by anyone except the trustee.

Pre-Need Insurance

Pre-need insurance is a type of whole life insurance that can be used to prefund funerals in most states. It’s a specialized insurance policy that typically can be paid through installments or a one-time cash premium.

Policy growth and the payout amount are not taxable to the purchaser. Pros of a Prepaid Funeral Plan

No second guessing.

This is probably the biggest selling point funeral homes make for the prepaid funeral. When you leave this earth, your family will not have to think about (or fight over) what kind of service you would have wanted and how they’re going to pay for it.

The price is locked in. Funeral costs are on the rise. The median cost of a funer-

al has increased 6.4% since 2014, and the median cost of a funeral with cremation has increased 7.3%.If you prepay for your services, you’re locking in today’s price for tomorrow’s rates. However, some funeral homes don’t factor inflation, so before you sign anything, make sure to ask if the payment you’re making is for a fixed price.

Your resting place is reserved. If you wish to be buried at a certain cemetery or placed in a mausoleum, prepaying is a way to reserve your spot.

Cons of a Prepaid Funeral

Those funds are tied up. While it’s nice to know that your after-death wishes will be met, what about your wishes (and needs) while you’re still alive? Out-ofpocket medical expenses in the last year of life hovers around $9,500. Of patients who die in a hospital bed, the average cost for their last month of life is $32,379.6

Once you prepay for a funeral, there’s no getting that money back. That means your family couldn’t use any of it to pay your medical bills if they needed to. The funeral home could go out of business. In fact, the number of funeral homes in the U.S. has been steadily declining for the past decade. You can’t change your mind. If you prepay for a funeral with a provider in Florida, your arrangements are only covered at that provider in Florida—even if you and the family end up moving across the country later in life.


Prepare, don’t prepay. If you have enough money to prepay your funeral expenses, put that money into an investment account and watch it grow. If you put that $8,000 into a good investment account at 40 years old, by the time you’re 70, you would probably have enough money to bury King Tut.

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“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death;

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Honk if you love Jesus

to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.” 2 Corinthians 2:15-17

While driving my son, Jonah, to school one day, I noticed that the car in front of us had a very low back tire. I told Jonah I thought about honking at him, but I was afraid he would think I was just an angry driver. I also said I wished

there was a specific horn in cars that was just for that sort of purpose so people would know to stop and check their car for something wrong. But instead, I said a prayer that he would be safe and that someone might be able to get his attention before he had a dangerous blowout.

In hindsight, I know that I should have done what I could to get his attention regardless of whether he was offended by my horn or not. That got me thinking about how God often places people within our sight that

need instruction or warning from God’s word, but we are too afraid we will sound unpleasant or offensive. So we say a little prayer, hoping that someone else might come along and help them see that they are close to a spiritual blowout. Unfortunately, many Christians use their “horn” brashly (I have been guilty of this myself at times), so that whenever anyone tries to speak the truth of the Bible, people assume it’s just another “angry driver.” But we can’t let the mistakes of others (or

ourselves) silence us from humbly speaking the truth in love when we know it’s necessary. It won’t always be received well and may often be ignored, even when done prayerfully and out of true concern and love. Yes, God’s grace and mercy are revealed through His word, but so are His utter contempt for evil and His concern for those who are perishing in their sin. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit,

joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”(Hebrews 4:12).

Scripture won’t always evoke warm fuzzies in a person’s heart, especially if they are trying to navigate this life blindly believing only partial truths or completely going their own sinful way. But who’s to say that the person who is lovingly warned won’t eventually pull over and try to find the problem? What may have seemed like another angry horn might be the very thing that saves their life.



[Editor’s Note: The following column is a “Best of the Ole Seagull,” column, originally published in the April 7, 2023 Branson Globe.]

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On March 31, Christians around the world celebrated Easter, or Resurrection Sunday. This particular date combination, Easter followed by April 1, occurs only occasionally.

My devotions with the First5 app do not include a specific lesson for Sundays, so for several years I’ve used weekends as an opportunity to study a Psalm

This Ozark cafe is crowded for late breakfast. Country breakfasts make you move slowly, all those mountains of hash browns, bacon, eggs-over-medium, pancakes, syrup and whipped butter. Mugs already wait on the table, waiting to be turned right side up, waiting for black bitter coffee to be poured by a girl who couldn’t be a day over 20. Her smile could brighten any room and she is smiling now. “That’s a breakfast of

6-year-old girl: Wanna know how to get a boyfriend?

Friend: Okay, tell me how

have eternal life.” If, however, that first Christmas was all there was, and there was no Easter, there would be no fulfillment of that promise of eternal life.

But that’s not all there was!

Jesus, as He lived and walked among men, did so as a man. He faced the same temptations that all humanity faces. He had the exact needs and desires, choices between good and evil, and all the other problems of being human. In the end, His supreme faith in God, prayer, willingness to submit Himself to God’s will, and His love for us led Him to the agony and humiliation of the cross.

As He anguished in the Garden of Gethsemane,

Jesus prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” The “cup” was not the beatings, the crown of thorns, public humiliation, scorn, or His agonizing crucifixion on the cross. It was the knowledge that He would be separated from His Father as He bore the burden of all humanity’s sins and sacrificed Himself for their redemption so that “whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

If that was all there was, that Jesus died a horrible and painful death for that in which He believed, most of His followers would have considered Him a hero. Like thousands of heroes and martyrs before and af-

ter Him, He would be but a mention in the pages of history. But that’s not all there was!

At various times during His ministry, Jesus had predicted His suffering and death and that He “would be raised up on the third day.” The same political and religious power that led to His suffering and death on the cross went to great lengths to ensure that didn’t happen. They sealed His body in a tomb with a large rock and placed Roman soldiers to guard its entrance. But that’s not all there was!

As Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early on the third day, she found the rock rolled away and the

tomb empty. The guards shook in fear, and an angel of God said, “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.” In the following days, His disciples and many others saw the living Lord, Christ, Jesus, the Son of God, alive and interacted with Him. Praise God! We have a risen Lord! One who lives and loves each one of us enough to pay for our sins, those of yesterday, today and tomorrow, by sacrificing His own body and shedding the full measure of His blood on our behalf. All we must do is accept His gift, for “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Reflections: The King, his duty and his bride

on Saturdays, and the chapter of Proverbs coinciding with the date on Sundays. This was the first time it happened that I read Proverbs chapter 31 alongside celebrating Resurrection Sunday the same day. So of course, I began thinking about some similarities. Proverbs 31, of course, is typically thought of as an inspirational guideline for Christian women—not a bad thing. But as this column has pointed out before, the first seven verses are actually directed at a young man, followed by the famous description what to look for in a wife. King Lemuel is thought by some scholars to be another name for King Solomon or perhaps King Hezekiah; others

champions,” she says before heading back to the kitchen for ketchup.

Here, camo hats and overalls. There, more black pepper shaken onto biscuits and gravy. A lank, gray-bearded man steers two little girls to a table, sisters or cousins, one blonde, another redheaded. The girl with the ketchup drops down to look them in the eye, smiling, and takes their order. “No school?” “No, it’s Good Friday.” Laughter and a touch of the hand to a young shoulder. Breakfast with grandpa. These girls will remember this moment.

On the radio, Luke Combs sings Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.”

Culture and celebrity. More than a few have sold their souls for fame and wealth and beauty. Ingrat-

feel he was from another country, but either way, the advice apparently resonated with the Proverbs writer. Those verses offer some guidelines for kingly behavior that I couldn’t help comparing to Jesus in the context of his looming crucifixion and death. First of all, there’s a warning not to be distracted and waste one’s strength— something Jesus certainly heeded as he stayed focused on the mission he was sent to do, regularly withdrawing for private prayer and time with God.

Something else I noticed is the caution against strong drink, “lest [the king] drink and forget what is decreed, depriving the oppressed of justice.” In other words, the influence of alcohol could result in

itude will do that for you. Success is always somewhere “over there” where the important and beautiful people are, somewhere over in that great beyond of the mind. Those important people aren’t here in this cafe, of course. Headlines won’t be written about this place. Monuments won’t be built to remember the moment.

A woman-not-too-manyyears-past-young stops to look over the tables. She works here at the cafe, that is obvious. Eyes bright, an expression of care, even joy, crosses her face but her joy is an empathy born of pain, great loss even. Sometimes loss turns us bitter, hateful. For others, we become compassionate. That fork in the road is, of course, ours and ours alone to take. Loss is strange

ignoring the law and making unwise decisions. It is interesting to note that two of the four gospel accounts record Jesus as refusing the narcotic wine/myrrh mixture typically offered to the condemned as a painkiller; this may have been because he wanted to be fully cognizant of what he was doing and its eternal impact for mankind. The Proverbs passage mentions using strong drink “for those who are perishing,” which might seem appropriate at a crucifixion, but Jesus knew he was NOT perishing. He suffered, but he knew the end of the story— which makes v. 8 and 9 really interesting:

“Open your mouth for those with no voice, for the cause of all the dispossessed . . . Judge righteously, and

defend the cause of the poor and needy.” What an amazing description of what Jesus does for us! We could not defend ourselves in the presence of a Holy God, but if we accept Jesus’ provision for our sins, he intercedes for us! (Romans 8:34)

The analogy could even go on—how many of those attributes of the godly wife described in the rest of the chapter would also be appropriate for the Bride of Christ, the Church! May we be inspired to hard work, using our talents to influence others and expand God’s family! And isn’t it amazing how the entire Bible works together to point us toward our righteous King Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, who arose from the dead!

that way and the womannot-too-many-years-pastyoung cradles a beatific expression, a fleeting shadow of another mother, once. It is Good Friday today and long ago on a Friday, Mother Mary wept at the foot of the cross, at the feet of her dead son. Amidst breakfast, there is pain here as well, even the echoes of senseless, heartless loss.

Words don’t do life justice. Words never truly summate the intensity of the soul’s journey. Out beyond these cinder block walls painted lavender and lit by cheap florescent tubes there is life and work and jobs and traffic and sunshine. There is life, yes, and there is also death. Out beyond these cinder block walls there is life slowly ebbing, morphine and tears

Out of the mouths of babes...

to get one.

Girl: Someone has to be behind you that’s a boy, and you have to have another boy in front of you, and you ask the boy in front of you if he wants to be your boyfriend and when they say no, then you turn to the other person, and then you act disappointed, and then you ask them, and they’ll say yes!

Friend: …

Girl: Well, that’s how I got mine.


At VBS, I turn the lights off to get preschoolers’ attention.

Bradley (4): I’m not scared of the dark! I’m not even scared of polar bears!”


7-year-old girl: Are you getting married?

Me: Yup, you’re invited to my wedding.

Girl: Who are you marrying and what does he look


Me [shows her a picture of my fiance on my phone]

Girl [smiling and nodding her head]: You will have very pretty babies!


Playing with my 3-yearold niece and 1-year-old nephew…

Me: Let’s put little brother in the basket!

Niece: Yes! Bunny in the basket! Take him out for the trash man?

overlapping the ugliness of inevitable passing.

One table over, a young, well-built construction worker dips into his pancakes, dirt smudging orange t-shirt. Faint mustache shadows his lip, belying working man status. Celebrities aren’t here but real culture is. For me, for always, the waitress, the mother, the grandpa, the granddaughters giggling over their chocolate chip pancakes, the young man helping to build our roads? They are the real heroes, the real celebrities, the real people worth seeing and being seen. “Be no respecter of persons,” it was written once and those words have echoed down through the ages, even here, even now, at this Ozark cafe, with Mother Mary, and breakfast.


A 3-year-old girl’s grandmother was in the hospital with heart issues.

Mom: Grandma is in the hospital because her heart is sick.

Girl: Her heart is sick? [30 minutes go by]

Girl: Where is Grandma’s God?

Mom: He’s watching over her.

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Even those who do not have a “green thumb” can relate to the idea that raising children is somewhat like raising plants in a number of ways. The problem is, however, that when we fail with a plant, we can throw it away and get another. What we do with

The Bible tells us to “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Certainly there may be exceptions to the rule, but I am afraid there are far fewer exceptions than some will admit. The child must first finish his training in the way he should go before being exposed to how others may sinfully choose to go. Sadly, in today’s world there are topics that must be addressed with our children sooner, rather than later.

Love and parenting: Don’t follow in my footsteps

My love, Don’t follow in my footsteps.

My footsteps are flawed.

Please look closely at each step, And every tear I’ve caused.

Perhaps learn from me instead, There is a lesson in every fall.

Every twist and every bend, Every single forlorn call; Has something valuable to teach, Something beautiful to recall.

I fell

I broke

I failed

Not the sum of my mistakes….

Although a product of the fall.

My life’s greatest glory

Isn’t living without failing.

You couldn’t even say

She was adept at prevailing.

No, my greatest glory is this

I always reached for a LOVE unfailing. I fell I broke

I failed

I reached out

God answered

And THEN I prevailed.

Look closely my love and learn from each step. Don’t walk in my footsteps… Make new steps instead.

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Train Up a Child: Raising children in like raising flowers

children lasts for eternity. When spring arrives and our thoughts turn to gardening, it is easy to think of some of the things we must do in order to produce good plants. Do we give as much consideration to what we must do to produce adults pleasing to our Lord?

Following are some of the similarities found in raising children and raising plants: Both need almost constant care when very small because they are unable to care for themselves. Both need water and fertilizer to survive. We can think of fertilizer in children as the knowledge we give them. If

too much is given all at once, it is harmful. It must be given in doses that can be processed. When children are given too much knowledge, they become overwhelmed and frustrated. This is happening in our culture now as children are bombarded with much on TV and other places that they are not prepared to deal with.

Also, the fertilizer is like good nutrition for children by making sure they eat properly. Just as plants need certain nutrients, so do children need certain nutrients.

• Plants and children each

need pruning. We snip off parts of plants to make them grow in the right direction. Children need to have certain actions and behavior cut out of their lives to steer them in the right direction. When this is not done, both plants and children may grow crooked and not in good form.

• We cannot force flowers to bloom and we cannot force children to grow up too fast. Growth comes from the inside on God’s timetable. Just as one might take a budding flower and pull the petals open, when we try to force children to

Boys and girls are different!

grow up faster than they are ready, they become bruised and hurt. We cannot change a rose to make a daisy, nor can we make children become something that God did not intend. Each child is born with certain tendencies. We cause harm when we try to get children to become something different from what God gifted them to do. Plants and children need the proper environment in which to thrive. Just as some plants need bright sunlight and some need shade, children need to be in an envi-

ronment of encouragement and love to thrive. They need to be around those who will be good friends. They need clean air and proper exercise in sunshine to grow healthy bodies. They need church fellowship to grow spiritually, and they need good schools to grow mentally.

Knowing that children are a gift from God, we can take those gifts and nurture and watch them grow into the men and women God intended them to be. We cannot do the growing for them. God provides the growing, we are the ones who care and tend them.

1. People are not born homosexual. It is a decision based upon exposure to misinformation or inappropriate action. This exposure or action either takes place in the home, or, outside of the home. Immediately some parents will argue, “Well, they certainly did not learn that behavior in our home!” Maybe so, but where did you send them and/or allow them to go that they might be exposed to this sinful information/action? While they are under your roof, you are accountable for what they are exposed/ taught by you and others. You cannot blame your child’s school, babysitter, friends, etc., especially when you knowingly sent your child into an environment that embraces the choice of “alternative” lifestyles. Have you taught your child about a father/ man and a mother/woman being according to God’s plan to marry, become parents, and that all other arrangements are sinful (Matt. 19:4-6)? Or will you wait until they are indoctrinated and confused about “Billy’s two Daddies”?


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Girl: God is in her heart. Is he sick, too? ***

My 8-year-old daughter asked me if the hamburger I bought was from a cow. I told her yes. She responded, “So his name was Chuck?” ***

2. Raise your child according to their birth gender. It is a shame that it is even necessary to qualify the time of gender appointment. I knew a young man who struggled with homosexual temptation. He revealed to me that from a very young age his mother dressed him in little girl’s clothing while at home. She discouraged

Me: What happened to your forehead? Did you get hurt? 4-year-old boy: No. I put my head on the ground and “slidded” it.

Me: Was it an accident or on purpose?

Boy: It wasn’t on accident or on purpose…it was just on myself [points at forehead].

him from playing outside with other children. If he insisted on playing outside, his mother grew ill and said her sickness was his fault for being rebellious. She encouraged him to play with dolls and learn to cook and sew. When he grew to be an adult, his mother was shocked to learn that he was practicing homosexuality.

Will your son automatically become a homosexual because he played with a baby doll? Of course not! But as your boy matures, the Christian parent will help him understand his God-given gender role. There comes a time when the parent should help their child develop interest according to their gender. This interest is automatic most of the time because God made boys and girls to be different. Boys should be encouraged to understand that they are defenders of women. Boys will grow to be physically bigger, stronger and tougher (1 Pet. 3:7). Boys should be raised to be responsible providers (1 Tim. 5:8) who are the heads of their family (Eph. 5:23; 1 Tim. 2:12-13).

You may have wanted a

*** I called the school phone and let the kids answer and pretend to be the secretary.

Me: So, answer the phone and say, “Grace Community School, how may I help you?”

3-year-old boy: Grace Community School, I’m BATMAN!

boy, but you got a baby girl. Little girls should be raised to be a young lady with a gentle and quiet disposition (1 Pet. 3:4). Do not try to turn your daughter into a tomboy and then proclaim bewilderment when she is not attracted to boys. Little girls need to understand that the most important responsibility of a Christian woman is to love her husband and children, be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good and obedient to their husbands (Ti. 2:4-5). Are you bothered by this thought? Then the world, not God, is influencing your priorities. Is it sinful just because a

girl enjoys “tomboy” activities? Of course not! But parents, you have the God-given directive to raise your boys and girls to understand and fulfill their God-given gender roles. And as your “tomboy” matures, the parents may have to give more attention to helping her understand her gender role. It is not appropriate for your 12-year-old daughter to still be wrestling with the boys. All children are different and present different challenges for the parent. But the goal of the parent is the same for all of their children: to help them to go to heaven.

I pray that good brethren will wake up from the influence of the “Woke” crowd and come to understand that this fight is against the wiles of the devil and not one another (Eph. 6:1).

“Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth” (Gal. 4:16)?

Satan is doing his best to destroy the home as God has organized. The role of the man as the spiritual and physical head of the home is demeaned and belittled. The woman who makes her God-given instructions to submit to her husband and take care of the home a priority is made to feel unimportant and unappreciated. FAMILY APR. 5, 2024 • 3B

Dave Says...You’re a great big brother

ago, and she left me and my younger sister $75,000 each. My sister is 16, and she plans on enlisting in the military after high school, then using the G.I. Bill to pay for college afterward. She won’t receive the inheritance money until she’s 18. What advice can I give her to ensure she makes good decisions with the money?


Dear Dave, My mother died about a year and a half

My family and I drove to Florida a few days ago to visit a client and enjoy the warm weather. We had planned our trip, knew the fastest route, and where we would switch drivers. But a few hours into our trip, we discovered that the main bridge over the Mississippi River was closed

In today’s housing market, more and more single women are becoming homeowners. According to data

Dear Davis, I’m truly sorry to hear about your mom. At the same time, I’m so proud

of you for stepping up to help your little sister. You know, $75,000 sounds like a lot of money—especially to a teenager. But that kind of cash can disappear in a heartbeat if she’s not careful. And then, all she’d have left where her inheritance is concerned is a lifetime of regret.

If she’ll be smart with this money, and by that, I mean investing wisely and having a little bit of fun, she could end up a rich, little old lady one day. Not only that, but

she can honor the memory of your mother and change her family tree forever. Her family will think differently, and be able to live differently, all because she had the maturity to not blow the money.

You said she’ll get $75,000, right? Think about this. She could just have fun with $15,000 or so, and invest the rest in good, growth stock mutual funds. If the stock market continues to average what it has since its start, she’ll be a multi-mil-

lionaire—and then some— by retirement. Even if I’m half-wrong on the math, the advice still stands. She’d have millions waiting for her. The point is that investing a big lump sum of money, and leaving it there for her golden years, is a great idea.

Now, I’m going to give you some homework, Davis. I want you to talk to a bunch of rich, old folks. Learn what they did to build wealth and hang onto it. Also, make sure the friends

and family you both have around you are quality people—the kind who have your best interests at heart. Remember, the Bible says, “In the multitude of counsel there is safety.”

Your sister is very lucky to have a big brother like you. Walk her through this advice. Be there for her. Look out for her. She needs you right now, and she’ll need you in the years to come.

God bless you both!

Stock Market Insights: Lessons from the pandemic market crash

for construction, so we had to detour around the north side of Memphis. Detours are also part of investing, and on this anniversary of the pandemic market crash, many well-thought-out investments and retirement plans were altered. It has been just over four years since the pandemic market low. It began when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. The next day, the S&P 500 dropped by 9.5%, starting a difficult stretch of negative days leading to the March 23 pandemic low.

Four years ago, everything looked hopeless—not just the market but every aspect of our lives. We were worried about our families,

our jobs and our money. There was a lot of fear and loneliness as we isolated ourselves in our houses, and we watched with shock as the global economy came to a standstill.

The markets have more than recovered. On the fourth anniversary of the pandemic, the S&P 500 had a four-year annualized return of 25%. Now that the market has more than rebounded, it seems like a good time to see what investment lessons we can learn from those crazy days. The first lesson is don’t overreact.

Regardless of how terrible things look, don’t make emotional knee-jerk decisions. Long-term investors who stay invested win be-

cause the stock market and capitalism, in general, are incredibly strong and resilient.

To further the point, if a person had stayed fully invested in the S&P 500 from January 1995 until December 2023 (which was 29 years with some crazy times such as the Bubble, 911, the Great Recession, and the COVID-19 pandemic), they would have an average growth rate of almost 11%. This type of return typically doubles an account about every seven years. Don’t panic and stay in the market.

The second lesson learned in the last four years is timeless: keep diversifying your investments.

Not all stocks fell or rebounded the same. The

top-performing sectors were energy (+290%) and technology (+212.3%), but real estate (+53%) and utilities (+42.5%) were the worst-performing sectors.

Since the pandemic low, 35 stocks in the S&P index have declined, while 286 have at least doubled (source: Bespoke). Hindsight is 20/20, so looking back and saying how you should have invested is easy. However, knowing how the future will take shape is difficult, which is why diversification is so important. You can take a few gambles on some stocks you think might be home runs. Still, the majority of your investments should be spread out among several stocks throughout several

Single women are embracing homeownership

from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 19% of all homebuyers are single women, while only 10% are single men.

If you’re a single woman trying to buy your first home, this should be encouraging. It means other people are making their dreams a reality – so you can too.

Why Homeownership Matters to So Many Women

For many single women, buying a home isn’t just about having a place to live—it’s also a smart way to invest for the future. Homes usually in-

crease in value over time, so they’re a great way to build equity and overall net worth.

Ksenia Potapov, Economist at First American, says: “. . . single women are increasingly pursuing homeownership and reaping its wealth creation benefits.”

The financial security and independence homeownership provides can be life-changing. And when you factor in the personal motivations behind buying a home, that impact becomes even clearer.

The same report from NAR shares the top reasons

single women are buying a home right now, and the reality is, they’re not all finan-

cial (see chart below):

If any of these reasons resonate with you, maybe

areas of the economy.


The bridge closure altered our plans but didn’t destroy them because we didn’t overreact. We never considered turning around and canceling the trip until conditions were better. No, we kept our heads, took the unexpected in stride, and continued down the road.

If we have learned anything from the COVID-19 mess, it is not to overreact. Investment-wise, there will be more crises in the future, possibly even in the near future. But as the great Warren Buffett teaches, a big market drop should make long-term investors buyers, not sellers. Have a blessed week!

it’s time for you to buy too. Work with a Trusted Real Estate Agent

If you’re a single woman looking to buy a home, it is possible, even in today’s housing market. You’ll just want to be sure you have a great real estate agent by your side.

Talk about what your goals are and why homeownership is so important to you. That way your agent can keep what’s critical for you up front as they guide you through the buying process. Bottom Line

Homeownership is life-changing no matter who you are. Let’s connect today to talk about your goals in the housing market.

Heather Tankersley REALTOR®, ABR®

Keller Williams TriLakes D: 417.332.5130


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BY DAVE RAMSEY, CEO, Ramsey Solutions, and an eight-time No. 1 national best-selling author, and host of The Ramsey Show provides services for residential, commercial, land and lake properties in the Branson Tri-Lakes area. DR. RICHARD BAKER, AIF®, is the founder of and an executive wealth advisor at Fervent Wealth Management. https://www.

The opinion of the reflexologist is that it alleviates stress which, in turn, assists the body to heal and regenerate itself.

One theory is that reflexology is very “akin” to the Central Nervous System. In the 1890s, two gentlemen (Henry Head and Charles Sherrington) postulated via their ongoing research that a neurological relationship exists between the skin and our organs and that the entire nervous system adjusts

Reflexology: How does it work?

and responds to epidermal stimulation (touching). It theorizes that the application of pressure to feet, hands or ears sends a “calming” message from the peripheral nerves to the Central Nervous System and this signals the body to adjust the tension level or “decompress.” This promotes full body relaxation and encourages all organs to function optimally. It enhances blood flow which brings oxygen and nutrients to cells and speeds waste removal. It promotes healthy functioning of the circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, immune and neuropeptide systems in the body.

Another theory is that key point massaging of feet, hands and ears produces pain relief via the neuroma grid pain theory. This theory suggests

that pain is a subjective experience created by our brains. Things that influence the brain (your mood and external factors such as stress) can also affect your experience of pain.

According to this theory, reflexology may reduce pain by lessening stress and amplifying a positive mood. An additional theory holds that there is a vital energy in the human body. When stress is left unaddressed, it leads to a congestion of energy which causes bodily ineffectiveness, which (naturally) leads to illness and reflexology treatment keeps the energy flowing. This last theory to report on is referred to as “Zone Theory.” The recognition of reflexology as a specialized and alternative treatment began with this theory in which the

body is divided into 10 zones. Each zone corresponds to fingers and toes all the way up to the top of our head. For example, if you are standing up with your hands on your thighs (palms facing down), the thumbs and large toe would be considered Zone “1 – on either side of the body the index finger and second toe would be considered Zone “2,”etc.

In reflexology theory, every organ, valve, muscle, etc. that lies within a zone can be accessed through a point or area on the feet or hands. For example, working between toes two and three or fingers two and three, the eye point is found. These pathways between pressure points (and all other body parts) are thought to be connected via the nervous system, as described above.

As well, it is understood by all reflexology practitioners that he or she is merely a “participant” in the session rather than the “healer.” This is an acknowledgement that reflexology is offered to help bring the individual back into balance so that the body can nurture and repair itself.

The reflexologist sees the body as an equal mixture of body, emotion, mind and spirit. A relaxed body can induce calm emotions, a serene mind and a balanced spirit.

Frequently clients are inclined to focus or concentrate to feel the benefits. While being quiet will often induce a deeper feeling in the novice, the client needs to have no special skills or habits for this treatment to work its magic—reflexologists

maintain that as long as the practitioner has adequate knowledge, stays centered and allows the flow of energy to occur, all clients seem to respond positively.

Oftentimes, the reflexologist may feel the energy move from a point of pressure on feet, hands or ears throughout the body. For example, when working on the spleen and gallbladder points, the practitioner can access the points at the same time and feel a flow of energy. Due to the power of these two points, the client may also feel the flow.

Reflexology is a viable solution to attaining and maintaining our health and it should be a staple in our arsenal of weapons against disease and to keep us happy and healthy for as long as possible.

Elevate Branson to host Autism Awareness Day, April 25

Jordan Valley Community Health Center Board names Stinson as President/CEO

Submitted to Branson Globe

The Jordan Valley Community Health Center (JVCHC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Matthew Stinson, M.D., to serve as the organization’s next President and CEO. Dr. Stinson currently serves as Jordan Valley’s Executive Vice President of Primary and Behavioral Health Services and has been part of the staff team for 17 years. He will officially transition into the role of JVCHC’s President and CEO on June 1, 2024. The Board started a search and hiring process in late 2023 after current President and CEO K. Brooks Miller announced his intention to retire from the position in 2024. Miller helped launch the Federally Qualified Health Clinic more than two decades ago.

Under his leadership, Jordan Valley has expanded to include medical, dental, vision and other services in multiple Springfield locations as well as clinics in Hollister, Lebanon, Marshfield and Republic. JVCHC currently employs more than 730 indi-

viduals across the region. “As we started the search process, board members took the time to seek counsel from peers that have experienced a similar transition with the retirement of a founding leader,” said Board Chair Mike Schnake. “Those intentional efforts shaped a process and hiring plan aligned with our desire for a strong and seamless leadership transition that preserves our culture, prioritizes service to our patients, and positions Jordan Valley for continued success. We have absolute confidence in Dr. Stinson’s ability to achieve that mission and vision.”

Dr. Stinson joined JVCHC in 2007 as a family physician and in 2010 he assumed the role of Medical Director. In 2014, he joined Jordan Valley’s executive team, playing a more strategic role in the expansion of programs such as Express Care, integrated behavioral health and optometry services.

Dr. Stinson is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is a

past president of the Greene County Medical Society and has served as a board member for local nonprofits such as the Child Advocacy Center. At the state level, he recently served on the Prior Authorization Committee for MO HealthNet. Dr. Stinson is an advocate for adoption and passionate about caring for vulnerable children. He and wife Chandra have been married for 28 years and have 11 children, five biological and six adopted. Outside of work, Dr. Stinson stays very busy and active

with their seven children currently living at home.

“I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity,” said Dr. Stinson. “It will be a privilege to lead this highly skilled team of professionals that share such a deeply rooted commitment to Jordan Valley’s mission - improving access to health care and providing it with excellence and compassion. Our strength comes from remaining focused on innovating to serve our patients at the highest level. That work includes

projects currently underway such as our upcoming transition to Epic’s electronic health record (EHR) with an expanded patient portal, growing our training resources for medical and dental assistant apprenticeships and opening our Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).”

“Brooks Miller’s model of servant leadership will be a lasting cornerstone of Jordan Valley’s foundation,” said Board Chair Schnake. “He will always be a leading ad-

vocate for improving access and expanding this model of patient-centered care. We are so thankful to him and the entire Jordan Valley team for their unwavering dedication to all those we serve.” YOUR HEALTH APR. 5, 2024 • 5B
lice and more. The Branson Police Department will be available on-site to share information on Project Life Saver, a sys -
that alerts local police of pertinent medical information on individuals with autism so they can be mindful of how to further engage in the case of an emergency. The community is also welcome to tour our Sensory Room, and meet our therapy dog, Theo. For more information contact Cathy Brown at 417-2430644 or Cathy.Brown@
Submitted to Branson Globe April is Autism Awareness month, and we’re hosting an Autism Awareness Day at our campus on Thursday, April 25, from 10 a.m.-
p.m.., featuring guests from the Branson Fire Department, Branson Po
Stinson (Photo submitted)

Area school news briefs: Our schools are awesome!

Branson sixth grader earns spot at National Spelling Bee

Cedar Ridge Intermediate sixth grader, Kunal Patel, has earned his place on the national stage after winning the 2024 Association for Children’s Educational Sponsorship (A.C.E.S.) Regional Missouri Spelling Bee on March 25.

Patel participated in the competition in Rolla, Missouri, and won by correctly spelling the word “parkour.” Sixteen first through eighth grade students competed in this year’s A.C.E.S. Regional Spelling Bee. This was the first spelling bee for Patel.

“There were a lot of words to memorize, and it was fun to prepare leading up to the competition,” says Patel. “I am happy I won, but also surprised. I am proud to represent Cedar Ridge Intermediate at the national competition.”

Below is a list of Branson students who participated in the A.C.E.S. Regional Spelling Bee:

• Kunal Patel: First place, Cedar Ridge Intermediate (sixth grade)

• Blake Bliss: Tied fourth place, Cedar Ridge Elementary (third grade)

• Shiloh Duston: Tied sixth place, Cedar Ridge Intermediate (sixth grade)

• Jada Kelley: Tied ninth place, Cedar Ridge Intermediate (fifth grade)

Gabriel Orellana Medrano: Tied 14th place, Cedar Ridge Elementary (second grade)

Landon Strahan: Tied 14th place, Cedar Ridge Elementary (second grade)

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will be held in Washington D.C. from May 26 - 31.

BHS History students participate in Voices of Democracy Essay Contest

Winners Remington Holmes (sophomore), first place, and Ethan Zirbel (sophomore), second place, are pictured with Commander Richard Baehr and Ken Allison, mem-

bers of the Branson Hollister Memorial VFW Post 11290. BHS History teacher, Mr. John Mathews, facilitates this contest each school year, and this year’s essay theme was: “Why the Veteran is Important.” Mr. Mathews was also named the organization’s Teacher of the Year.

Sail into summer with Branson Public Schools

Summer School 2024 registration through Branson School District is now open. The district will offer a variety of learning options, from traditional seated instruction to online learning. Branson Public Schools will also partner with Bridge of Faith in Rockaway Beach and Elevate Branson to host elementary summer learning opportunities.

Elementary Summer School will be held Monday through Thursday from June 3 through June 27, 2024. Elementary Summer School is open to any student entering grades K-6 for the 2024 - 2025 school year. Incoming kindergarten students are required to complete kindergarten enrollment in order to be eligible for Summer School. Grades K-6 will be hosted at Cedar Ridge Elementary and will be in session from 7:45 a.m. until 2:45 p.m.

Secondary Summer School is available for students entering 7-12 grades. Grades 7-12 will be held at Branson High School and will run from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday from June 3 through June 20.

Breakfast and lunch will be served free of charge for students who participate in seated courses. Students are responsible for their own transportation to attend Summer School. For more information on Branson Public Schools Summer School offerings, visit our district website at www.

Over 50 years of the kindergarten circus at Branson Schools

This year marks 55 years of Branson Schools’ beloved kindergarten circus. With kindergarteners as the stars, students are featured as clowns, sea lions, ringmasters and more. Each kindergarten class rehearses their role during

music class with Kindergarten Music Teacher, Cameron Glenn. The circus is a collaborative effort from visual and fine art departments.

Kindergarten Art Teacher, Sember Sharpe, also spends a unit on creating art pieces to transform our schools into the big top. Our entire Kindergarten staff at Buchanan Elementary and Cedar Ridge Primary enjoy participating to make this memorable moment for our youngest learners.

While the circus is always entertaining, students showcase and implement skills they have learned all school year at this culminating event. Principal at Cedar Ridge Primary, Carol Furman, says, “For over 50 years, the kindergarten circus has united the Branson community. This tradition creates lasting memories and learning moments for our students and families, and fosters a sense of collective pride in our schools.”

Gibson Technical Center observes 50th anniversary with celebration April 11

Before the new Table Rock Career Center opens, the public will have one last chance to visit Gibson Technical Center, 386 West State Highway 76 in Reeds Spring, on Thursday, April 11, from 4-7 p.m.

This is the 50th anniversary of the career and technical school, which is located in Reeds Spring and serves 11 area school districts.

“We’d love to see future, current and past students, along with parents, and former staff members,” said GTC Director Brian Moler. “ We’ll have a sign-in banner for alumni and past staff, food, giveaways and pictures that date back to our first year in 1974.”

In addition to sharing memories, visitors will also be able to see the projects that current students have underway.

Gibson Tech will close this fall when the Table Rock Career Center opens. The new facility is located next to Reeds Spring High School and is double the size of GTC. This will allow for more students and more career and technical programs.

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Patel (Photo submitted) Branson History students (Photo courtesy Branson Public Schools)) Ringmasters (Photo courtesy Branson Public Schools)

Reeds Spring Robotics students heading to World competition

On May 1-3, five teams from the Reeds Spring Intermediate School robotics program will compete in the VEX IQ World Tournament in Dallas, Texas. Three teams of fifth and sixth grade students in the school’s C4 gifted program placed first, second and third in the Missouri state tournament earlier this semester to qualify for the World Tournament, and an additional two teams from the after-school robotics club received invitations to compete as well.

The VEX IQ Robotics Club is a STEM-based program, approved by Project Lead the Way for use in programs to support teaching of science, technology, engineering and math skills. The program was started eight years ago by Mrs. Robin Verheyen, who saw its potential as a hands-on STEM teaching tool. Initially offered as middle-school elective, robotics is now an important part of C4 (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Communication) curriculum, with grades three and four learning the basics

and grades five and six participating in competition. In addition to the C4 classes taught by Mrs. Verheyen, an after-school club is sponsored and coached by Mr. Keith Kramer, who came to Reeds Spring three years ago after previously teaching in Nebraska, where he was involved in robotics. The club is available to all students in grades four through eight and both teachers regularly spend time after school to encourage and assist students who want to work even harder on their projects.

A recent visit to the classroom quickly revealed how much the robotics program supports the “4 Cs.” Students collaborate to create robots and program them to perform both autonomous and driver-controlled actions. Several students spoke up eagerly to share information with this robotics-newbie writer about how robots are assembled and how competitions are scored.

“We start with a box of plastic pieces with holes in them,” said Edie. “Sort of like really complicated Legos,” added Wren.

Another student, Jameso, explained that students see a video at the beginning of the year which explains the game/challenge for the year’s competitions.

Adi shared that as the students start to work, ideas grow. “At first it looks like a huge box of pieces, but then you realize you could use even more,” she said.

After explaining the scoring chart, the students set up a couple of the robots for a demonstration, guiding them around the course using controllers, which the students also learn to program. Points are earned for efficiently picking up objects and moving them to the right place.

Asked if they feel the robotics program is good career prep as they move into high school and beyond, the students responded with an enthusiastic “Yes!” Along with obvious career skills such as technology and engineering, several mentioned the communication skills they have gained.

“I don’t see myself doing this kind of work as a job,” said one student, “but I’ve learned things I’ll be able to

use no matter what I do.”

At competitions, notebooks chronicling students’ work figure into their overall score, helping build good writing and record keeping skills. Additionally, at World competition, there will be students from all U.S. states as well as approximately 50 other nations, and not all competitors speak English. Translators are on hand during actual competitions, but students find ways to communicate informally as well, making many new friends.

This will be the 16th international tournament for Mrs. Verheyen, who is retiring at the end of the current school year after a 33-year teaching career at Reeds Spring. “I decided in seventh grade that I wanted to live on Table Rock Lake and teach school,” she laughs. “So I did!” After investing so much in the program and getting to know so many students, though, she won’t be completely out of the robotics picture, saying she will likely be around as a mentor and volunteer.

The Globe staff wish Mrs. Verheyen and the teams the best as they head for the World Tournament, and will

their experiences!

Gibson Technical Center recognized Skyler Ashford and Ashton Plumlee as the Professionals of the Month for March. Both are enrolled in GTC’s construction program. Ashford attends Branson High School and Plumlee attends Reeds Spring. Gibson Technical Center provides career and technical education to students from 11 school districts in Stone, Taney, and Christian counties.

Reeds Spring Elementary School Learners of the Month

The Reeds Spring School District recognizes one exceptional staff member and one outstanding teacher with Excellence Awards every month. March’s deserving winners are Kristi Andrews and Kaitlyn Cook. SCHOOL NEWS APR. 5, 2024 • 7B
be eager to hear about Students shared what they enjoy about building their robotics projects and entering competitions. (Photo by Cynthia J. Thomas) Students and instructor Mrs. Verheyen explain the game course and prepare for a demonstration. (Photo by Cynthia J. Thomas) Gibson Tech Professionals of the Month Top row (Left to right): Addelyne Cates, Emmy Bilyeu, Kinley Conner, Reid Tiner, Aliannah Lindley, Harper Utt Middle row (Left to right): Palmer Huddleston, Kaylee Harris, Brody Hole, Charleigh Essex, Elsie Jones Bottom row (Left to right): Jayse Lee, Autumn Kluver, Kimrey Swayze, Alexis Lanham, Jaycee Harmon Reeds Spring Middle School Students of the Month Chase Fagan, Lyla Mackie, Jaxen Fletcher, Alizaebethe Spragg Reeds Spring Primary School Learners of the Month Top row (left to right): Mavis Daily, Jackson Oberdieck, Lillian Gregg, Maisie Cunningham, Blakelyn Vandenberg, Ariana Marquez-Mendoza Bottom row (left to right): Ellie Bayliff, Kaydence Willoughby, Tyler Ziemba, Chaz Cook, Willow Kasper, Natalie Erbelding, Sullivan Young Reeds Spring School District Excellence Awards for March
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ABOVE: Ashford; BELOW: Plumlee (Photos submitted)

Register to vote

The easiest way to register to vote in the state of Missouri is to use the following link: https://www. You can update your name and address, or register to vote for the first time. In many locations, you may also register to vote when you renew your driver’s license.

Get a driver’s license

• In Branson and Hollister, go to Branson License Bureau, 1447 Hwy. 248, Branson; phone 417-9428054.

• In Forsyth, go to 210 Shadowrock Dr., Forsyth; phone 417-546-3085.

In Reeds Spring and Branson West, go to 11016 Hwy. 76, Reeds Spring; phone 417-2728815.

In Crane, 103 South Street, Crane, 417-7238552. The driver examination office is at 120 N. Commerce St., Crane; phone 417-942-8029.

Register my vehicle

Complete information on Missouri residents’ vehicle registration titling is available at motor-vehicle/titling-registration/

Reach my legislators

Find your legislators by entering a valid Missouri mailing address and using the legislator lookup on this site, https://www.senate.

In the Branson TriLakes, we are served by:

• Senator Josh Hawley (

• Senator Eric Schmitt (

House Representative for District 7, Eric Burlison (

At the state level, we are represented by:

• Senator Karla Eslinger ( member/33),

• House Representative Brian Seitz, District 156 (brian.seitz@house.

House Representative Travis Smith, District 155 (travis.smith@house.

• House Representativve Brad Hudson, District 138 (brad.hudson@

Reach my alderman Branson Aldermen may be contacted through the City’s Administration Office, 110 West Maddux Street, Suite 210, Branson, MO 65616 or by telephone at 417-334-3345. Current Branson Aldermen are:

Marshall Howden, Ward 1

Clay Cooper, Ward 1

• Chuck Rodriguez, Ward 2

• Cody Fenton, Ward 2

Ralph LeBlanc, Ward 3

• Ruth Denham, Ward 3. In Hollister, aldermen are: David Honey, Ward 1 (dhoney@hollistermo. gov)

Don Jones, Ward 1 (djones@hollistermo. gov)

• Phil Carman, Ward 2 (pcarman@hollistermo. gov)

• Jeff Long, Ward 2 (

In Forsyth, your aldermen are:

• Scott Novak, Ward 1

• Mark Moore, Ward 1

Dennis Winzenried, Ward 2 Dustin Krob, Ward 2. Contact the City of Forsyth at 417-546-4763. Aldermen in Rockaway Beach are:

Jane Peck, Ward 1 (jane@

Kyle Hinkle, Ward 1 (

• Russell Anderson, Ward 2 (

• Richard Murray, Ward 2 (

In Branson West, your aldermen are:

Gary Brant, Ward 1

• Michael Brown, Ward 1

Penny Lonsway, Ward 2

• Carrie Rogers, Ward 2. Contact the city at 417272-8669.

Kimberling City Aldermen include:

• Christian Martin, Ward 1

Virgil Moore, Ward 1

• Tim Weyers, Ward 2

Philip Korem, Ward 2. Contact the city at (417) 739-4903. Register my child for school

• Branson Public Schools: Begin registration by bringing required documentation to building your student will be attending. For grades K-6, check the Attendance Zone for information about attending school building, using this link: https://www.branson., clicking on New Student Enrollment Page, and to Attendance Zones. Please contact your school with questions or additional information at 417-334-6541. Main office is at 1756 Bee Creek Road, Branson. Hollister R-V School District: Families new to Hollister should visit their building office to set up their parent portal and begin the enrollment process. For help with enrollment, contact your building office. HECC office (PK-1): 417-2434015; HES office (2-5): 417-243-4025; HMS office (6-8): 417-243-4035; HHS office (9-12): 417243-4045.

• Reeds Spring School District: Register at the building your child will attend or fill out the online registration by contacting your child’s school office for more information.

Primary School: PS-1st grade, 417-272-3241; Elementary: Gr. 2-4, 417272-1735; Intermediate: Gr. 5-6, 417-272-8250; MS: Gr. 7-8, 417-2728245; HS: Gr. 9-12, 417-272-8171; Gibson Technical Center: 417272-3271.


Taney County Recycle: Phone 417-546-7226 for hours and what we accept. Email for information; website:, or Facebook: https://www.

Get help with necessities

• Salvation Army Branson, 1114 Stanley Boulevard, 417-339-4434.

• Christian Action Ministries (CAM), 417-3341157.

Elevate Branson, 310 Gretna Rd; website, https://elevatebranson. org; email: Phone: 417-335-9915.

Find/adopt a pet

Branson Humane Society, 2837 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Branson. To contact: 417-337-7387; Facebook ShepherdofTheHillsHumaneSociety; or email at Information is on their website, http://www. bransonhumanesociety. com

• Come look at the animals for adoption at Taney County Animal Control, 255 Critter Trail, Hollister. Hours: Mon.Sat. noon – 4 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays. Phone 417-332-0172. Email: tcac255@gmail. com; website:

• Tri-Lakes Humane Society, 102 Washboard Hollow Rd., Reeds Spring; phone 417-2728113, website: https://; Facebook, https://www.facebook. com/trilakeshumane/ Find a healthcare provider

• CoxHealth Center, 890 State Hwy. 248, Branson, 417-335-2299. More information at coxhealth. com

Mercy Clinic Family Medicine, 448 State Hwy. 248, Suite 140, Branson, 417-337-9808. More information at

• Faith Community Health, 1232 Branson Hills Pkwy, Suite 104, Branson, 417-336-9355; more information at

Branson VA Clinic, 5571 Gretna Rd., Branson, 417-243-2300. More information at Contact the health department

• Contact the Taney County Health Department at 417-334-4544, visit their website at, or like their Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages.

• Contact the Stone County Health Department at 417-357-6134 in Galena, or 417-272-0050 in Branson West. Visit their website at Assistance with unplanned pregnancies

• Options Pregnancy Clinic, 192 Expressway Lane, Branson, 417-3365483. More information at Pregnancy Lifeline, 19621 State Hwy. 413, Branson West, 417-2725211. More information at

Please note: The above providers DO NOT perform or refer for abortions. Get counseling

• Branson Counseling Center LLC, Northside Professional Plaza II, 574 State Hwy 248 # 2, Branson, 417-239-1389.

• Restoring Wellness Counseling, Nikki Pinkley, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor. For information, https://www. Call or text 417-429-1889 to set up appointment or submit information on website. In urgent situations, please call the Emergency Hotline at 1-800-494-7355, available 24 hours a day.

If it is an emergency, please go to your local hospital or dial 911.

• Reuben Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor, Faith Community Health, 417-261-5845.

Donate blood

• Go to https://www.cbco. org/donate-blood/ or call 417-227-5000 to donate blood via Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. CBCO is the SOLE PROVIDER of blood products to more than 40 area healthcare facilities in three states. and that includes the Branson Tri-Lakes area.

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Find a Drive. Additional information at Important phone numbers • Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks: 417-336-2420 • Head Start Branson: 417-332-0003 Head Start Hollister: 417-334-7515 Head Start Kissee Mills: 417-546-4635 • Head Start Reeds Spring: 417-272-1002 • Elevate Branson: 417335-9915 • Missouri Job Center: 417-334-4156 • Library Center of the Ozarks: 417-334-1418 • Forsyth Library: 417546-5257 Kimberling Area Library: 417-739-2525 Stone County LibraryGalena: 417-357-6410 • Stone County LibraryCrane: 417-723-8261 • Stone County LibraryBlue Eye: 417-779-3500 • Taney County Ambulance District: 417-3346586 • Veterans Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255 • Taney County Sheriff’s Office NON-EMERGENCY: 417-546-7250 • Branson Police Department NON-EMERGENCY: 417-334-3300 Hollister Police Department NON-EMERGENCY: 417-334-6565 • Forsyth Police Department NON-EMERGENCY: 417-546-3731 • Rockaway Beach Police Department NON-EMERGENCY: 417-561-4471 • Stone County Sheriff’s Department NON-EMERGENCY: 417-357-6116 Reeds Spring Police Department NON-EMERGENCY: 417-272-3107. NON-EMERGENCY DISPATCH LINE: 417339-9117 • Kimberling City Police Department NON-EMERGENCY: 417-739-2131. NON-EMERGENCY DISPATCH LINE: 417339-9117. • Branson West Police Department NON-EMERGENCY: 417-272-3400. NON-EMERGENCY AFTER HOURS: 417339-9147 8B • APR. 5, 2024 HOW DO I How do I...? A guide to living in the Tri-Lakes TO SUBSCRIBE WITH A CHECK: Make check payable to Branson Globe Newspaper, P.O. Box 652, Hollister, MO 65673. NAME: ________________________________________________________ MAILING ADDRESS: ______________________________________________ CITY/STATE/ZIP: ______________________________________________________________ PHONE #: ______________________________________________________

In my first two terms as your State Representative, fiscal responsibility has been a priority of mine. Bloated state budgets have followed the federal example to the detriment of our posterity. Rather than a tax and spend attitude, I’ve sought frugality when voting on budget bills. Big government is not the answer, it’s the problem.

To localize the issue, it was just a few voting cycles past that even our fair city of Branson was mired in debt, and fiscal irresponsibility was the norm. Early on, at a state level, I received numerous requests to sign off on special housing projects and developments, without proper vetting. It was expected by some that the gravy train of ‘Rob Peter to pay Paul’ would continue. The answer was no.

Just a few years past, local housing developments went unfinished, favors were doled out to good old boy contractors and a blank check mentality reigned. ‘Special Projects’ weren’t finished, cost overruns and delays abounded, and all the while neighboring Hollister, due to better city government, grew at an acceptable rate, without unnatural debt.

When I first became your State Representative, closely following my election, Branson’s own government began to be transformed.

Capitol Report: Government is not the answer

Under the leadership of Mayor Larry Milton, a new board of aldermen and later, City Administrator Cathy Stepp, Branson looked to end unnecessary regulation and began to ‘move at the speed of business’ rather than the crushing weight of governmental favoritism, perks and decline.

Given opportunity, I discussed with the city officials ways to strengthen sustainable goals without having to beg for government handouts. On the House Floor, the first bill that I spoke on was to stop eminent domain. I looked for ways to respond to area needs, not by further favoritism that had so recently been in vogue, but by encouraging entrepreneurs to put their own money on the line and seek out their own success, rather than government being the solution to every situation.

Of course, state government can provide for certain needs of local communities.

Due to our special status of being one of America’s premiere tourist destinations I have sought, through legislation, creative ways to provide for infrastructure needs. I voted in favor of studies to enhance local highways, connected developers with city government and attempted to procure funding for local projects like improvements on Highway 76. What I didn’t do was increase state debt, which our children will pay, by earmarking pork barrel projects that benefit a select few and contribute to bloated budgets. There are some in the area that expected me to do that. Often times, politicians will contribute to the problem with a ‘look at me’ attitude and BY SPENDING

YOUR MONEY and giving it to someone else who does not need it. As a free market capitalist, it’s best to let business and local entrepreneurs take the risk and receive the reward.

What I have stood for is deregulation, lowering of taxes, economic freedom for all and the creation of a level playing field. There are times that I have interceded (rare times because less government is better), such as providing a request to the House Budget Chair, for funding to complete our 76 Project.

The business and property owners along that boulevard have formed a CID and are working with the City of Branson on an ambitious and innovative revitalization. It’s the largest public/ private partnership in the region and in the history of Branson. Together they are transforming a state highway into a safe, beautiful, efficient and appealing family entertainment district.

My presentation of HB 2320 fully explained the importance and impact of tourism to our state, and the import of Branson to our tourism success, over $4 billion in overall revenue annually. To that end, I formatted a letter that was sent to the Governor, the Budget Chair and others involved in the budgeting process asking for state help with funding.

The 76 revitalization was first envisioned in 2012 and construction on the first segment (of eight) has been completed. By 2035 this investment could show a return in excess of 300% in direct tax revenue, which benefits Branson and all of the region. This new seg-

April events at Convention Center promise economic impact for local businesses

Submitted to Branson Globe

The Branson Convention Center, managed by ASM Global, is gearing up to host a series of dynamic events that will not only bring diverse and thrilling experiences to the community but also generate a positive economic impact for local businesses.

Women of Joy

Date: April 5 - 7, 2024

Estimated Attendance: 4,000

Details: The event featured dynamic speakers and performers who shared their stories of faith, resilience and empowerment, inspiring attendees to embrace their true potential and live with purpose.

Missouri Association of Treatment Court Professionals

Date: April 10 - 12, 2024

Estimated Attendance: 800

Details: The MATCP conference provides a platform for judges, attorneys, probation officers, law enforcement officials and treatment providers to collaborate on strategies for addressing substance abuse, mental health issues and other underlying causes of criminal behavior.

Freedom Spirit Cheer

Date: Apr 13 - 14, 2024

Estimated Attendance: 2,000

Details: Participants will compete in various categories, including cheer, dance and tumbling, vying for top

honors and recognition. The Branson Auction Date: Apr 19 - 20, 2024

Estimated Attendance: 2,000

Details: The Branson Auto Auction is set to showcase a stunning array of collector cars, ranging from vintage classics to modern marvels, each meticulously restored and maintained to perfection.

The Branson Convention Center is committed to fostering a thriving local economy through the hosting of these events. We encourage businesses to take advantage of the increased visitor numbers and diverse audience demographics to promote their products and services.

ment includes greatly improved crosswalks for pedestrian safety, ADA-compliant continuous sidewalks, undergrounding of utilities, badly needed waterline updates to improve volume, reliability and control, while also adding a bit of natural Ozarks beauty, wayfinding and basic comforts like seating and shaded areas to the right of way.

My advocacy for you, the individual citizen, is paramount. My asking for and encouraging monies from the State will only be done if the economic benefit to the area greatly outweighs the costs. That is my promise to you as your representative. I have kept it these first four years, and will keep it as long as I am in office. Need to contact my office?

Please call my office at 573-751-1309 if we can ever be of assistance to you or stop by our office in Jefferson City in room 118. I or my legislator assistant are happy to help.

I am here to serve.

Brian H. Seitz State Representative of the 156th District

201 W. Capitol Ave, Room 118, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Phone 573-751-1309

Matchmaker, matchmaker

Matchmaking is a dangerous game. This is as true as it is dangerous when talking about circuit breakers in your electrical panel. Too often, people assume that because a breaker is square, black and available at the home improvement store, it will be a suitable replacement.

Mixed brands of breakers/panels can actually be a fire hazard. Each brand is made by a different manufacturer in a different country. The metal connection points are actually a metal alloy, or combination of metals. When two types of metal (like copper and aluminum) cross paths, they conduct electricity, but they also heat up. Because different metal alloys may contain more of one metal than another, they could create a dangerous level of heat when they react to a product that used a different ‘recipe’ for the metal. And…mismatched breakers are never an exact fit, which can result in loose connections, arcing, meltdown, or fire in the panel.

So go open the front door of your electrical panel and have a proactive peek. If you see different faces, colors, or brands of breakers in there, you may be at risk. And if you ever need help with an electrical issue, call the team at Lightspeed Electrical at 417-239-5050. GOVERNMENT APR. 5, 2024 • 9B


• 1 Quilts of Valor of the Ozarks was established to honor members of Armed Forces by creating and awarding quilts to service members or veterans touched by war. Eight women, co-led by Betty Thomas and Debbie Gintz of Kimberling City, partnering with St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 30 James River Rd., Kimberling City, to begin meeting at 9 a.m. the first Monday of each month to sew quilts for members of the Armed Forces across the SW Missouri/NW Arkansas region. If you are interested in joining this work, you may contact the group through their Facebook page (Quilts of Valor of the Ozarks) or email them at quiltsofvalorozarks@ for more in-

formation. Please bring a sewing machine and a project to work on.

• 6 Blue Eye Saturday Market at 75 Doc Miller Rd. Blue Eye, (the old Spicy Tomatoes Restaurant on Hwy. 13). OPEN every Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. https://www.

• 7 It’s Spaghetti Sunday, Branson Masonic Lodge monthly spaghetti lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. All you can eat for $10: Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drink. Branson Masonic Lodge #587, 100 Chiefs Court, Branson.

• 7 Branson Jammin’ for Jesus Concert to benefit Eden Village of Springfield, 2 p.m., Hughes Brothers Theatre, on the Strip at 3425 W. 76 Country Blvd. Free admission to Branson Jammin’ for Jesus with suggested donation of coffee, creamer, sugar, coffee stirs, paper plates, bowls, cups, plastic knives, spoons or forks. Eden Village has lifted disabled homeless individuals off the streets, into a home within a gated community of like individuals and the support of a community center and garden. Donation table set up in lobby for Eden Village. A love offering will be taken. For more information email: bransonj4j@gmail. com or visit

• 8 Neighbors and Friends of Table Rock Lake ( will meet on Monday, April 8, 2024, 10 a.m., at Our Lady of the Cove Catholic Church, 20 Kimberling Blvd., Kimberling City. The program this month will be the annual fashion show. A meal will be available for a fee. Contact: before March 29 to register or with questions.

• 8 (and second Mondays of the month) American Legion Post #220 monthly business meeting, 6 p.m., Denny’s, 2335 West 76, Branson. We look forward to meeting you!

• 10 Branson PD fundraiser at Pappo’s Pizzeria on the north end of the Landing from 4-7 p.m. Donations and proceeds to Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. https://www.

• 11 Join General Michael

T. Flynn live on tour at The Mansion Theatre. General Flynn served more than 33 years in the United States military and is current Chairman of America’s Future, among America’s oldest nonprofits. “Flynn” is a captivating documentary that delves deep into the life and trials of General Michael T. Flynn and is premiering at The Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts, located at 189 Expressway Ln. The meet and greet is from 5 p.m.6:15 p.m.; show time is 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Go to this link: and get your tickets today. Please type in the promo code BRAVEHEART to get a discount at checkout.

• 12 LIVE MUSIC at Outback Steak & Oyster Bar, 5–8 p.m. 1914 W. Country Blvd., Branson. https://

• 12 Mina Thomas Brett in concert at 7:30 p.m., The Nest Concert Venue, 800 State Highway 248 Bldg., 3A, Branson. Mina Thomas Brett is a versatile artist skilled in jazz, gospel, and soul. She’s a talented songwriter and poet, an actress with significant roles at Sight & Sound Theaters, and a valued vocalist in the Billboard charting worship collective ‘the King will come. Reserve at

• 13 Indoor rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1p.m. at the Lake Taneycomo Elks Lodge, 12951 U.S. Hwy. 160 Forsyth. Vendor booths availablecontact Terri Williams, or 417-230-6200.

mornings at 9 a.m. for coffee and pastries, with the exception of the second Monday of the month and national holidays. Join us at 221 Malone Drive, Faith Lutheran Church, Branson. Please pull around to the back doors by the flag. Our post is through the two sets of double doors,

The brave rescue of 50 children by an American couple who managed to get them back to the States just before the war. This fascinating HBO documentary is narrated by Alan Alda. No charge.

• 13 Walk for Life, 9 a.m., Branson RecPlex. Benefiting Options Pregnancy Clinic. Rain or shine. www.optionspregnan

• 16 Second annual Holocaust Education and Awareness Week in Branson: 10 a.m. Concerned Women for America, Branson Chapter, Covenant Life Church, 120 North 3rd, Branson. Speaker Mary Burkett, who just received the

10B • APR. 5, 2024 AROUND TOWN
festival: IMAX Theater Complex, Theater 1, at 2 p.m. Newly released film with Sir Anthony Hopkins in the role of Sir Nicholas Winton, known as the “British Schindler” –
Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. • 15 American Legion Post #220 invites all of our former and current U.S. mili-
join us
then make a left. Monthly business meeting is
the month,
meeting you! 15 Second annual Holocaust Education and Awareness Week in Branson film festival: 10 a.m. IMAX Theater
3562 Shepherd
the Hills Expressway. “50
“One Life.” Tickets:
IMAX lowest rate.
tary friends to
the second
at Denny’s, 2335
76, Branson. We look forward to
Children: The Rescue
of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus.”
Around Town: Here’s what’s going on in the Tri-Lakes MOVIES apr 5 – apr 10 TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. BRANSONIMAX.COM BRANSONMEADOWSCINEMA11.COM MONKEY MAN R 1:30*, 4:30, 7:30 FIRST OMEN R 1:40*, 4:20, 7:40 ARTHUR THE KING E 1:10*, 4:00, 6:50 GHOSTBUSTERS : FROZEN EMPIRE E 1:10*, 4:10, 7:10 GHOSTBUSTERS : F.E. E 12:30, 3:30, 7:15 IMAX ELITE Cinema IMAX BACK FOR THE 2024 SEASON: Best Bets of Branson Live Talk Show Carrie Anne Mitchell, live talk show host, CEO, owner and Mediachick of the Ozarks, is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Best Bets of Branson Live Talk Show. The first of many weekly Thursday afternoon live talk show episodes will be seen live on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. Spring opener starts Thurs., Mar. 7 at 4 p.m. at our new show locale/ sponsor—Sweet Shack Branson, 2715 W. 76 in Branson, MO. This casual, fun 45-55 minute show is all about Branson and the Ozarks from a local perspective with a fun, positive spin! Brought to you by our 24 sponsors: Bliss Gas Service, The Branson Globe, The Branson Show Awards, Consignment Clothing Exchange, Fuschia Flip Chronicles, The Great Passion Play, The Krafty Kitty Farm, Isom Hunt, King’s Castle Theatre, Made In The USA General Store, Marie Z., Michele’s Floral & Gifts, METAGOLF, Nashville Roadhouse Live, Premier Dance Academy, Red Garter, Signs NOW, Stevie Lee Woods, Sunfest Market, Sweet Shack Branson, Tequilas, The Rogue Chef Branson and Wranglers Star Studded Honky Tonk. For more info on being a guest or sponsor, call Carrie Anne at 573-795-1921. VICTORIOUS Living The Life of a Victor AMAZING NEW SERIES REVELATION REVELATION REVELATION WEDNESDAY 6:30 PM SUNDAY 10 AM PASTORS MIKE & KAREN BROWN 3950 GREEN MOUNTAIN DR | BRANSON MO 417-335-9991 | FWCBRANSON.COM FAITH KIDS AGE 0-11 | EAGLES RISING YOUTH

the town from the notorious Baldknobbers. Riding through 14 show scenes, riders experience three gravity-driven drops, one of which feels like a collapsing

bridge and another narrowly avoids a realistic-looking oncoming train, ending with a surprise quick water splash, something many remember being surprised by as youngsters on the original ride.

The coaster update is the result of collaboration with Idaho’s Rocky Mountain Construction and Herschend Creative Studios. Duane Marden, founder of the

worldwide Roller Coaster Database, has called the new ride a wonderful family experience and “a must-ride every visit.” The ride is also part of an expanded Fire District, incorporating new walkways and themed children’s rides.

Following the Fire in the Hole story line, guests can enjoy handmade pretzels, pretzel dogs and pretzel sandwiches at Sadie’s Pretzel Café and shop at Flanders Dry Goods for souvenir merchandise, including Red Flanders’ famous pants. Guests and media entering the Fire District enjoyed music by Casey & the Atta Boys, then were welcomed by Joey Thorsen, Head of Content for Silver Dollar City; the invocation was given by David Argueta of SEE FIRE IN THE HOLE, PAGE 6C

Channel 5 v isitor BRANSON WATCH NOW! EVERYTHING TO SEE, DO AND EXPERIENCE YOUR SOURCE FOR IN BRANSON ENTERTAINMENT / HISTORY / COMMUNITY • APR. 5, 2024 • SECTION C CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: “Volunteers” arriving at the ride found their help was needed; Some Red Flanders pants might be a great gift; It was a beautiful day for a visit; Don’t miss Flanders Dry Goods in the Fire District; The new coaster height requirement is 36 in., but little kiddos will love the other rides in the district. (Photos by Cynthia J. Thomas) Silver Dollar City’s Big Reveal: Fire in the Hole BY CYNTHIA J. THOMAS, Fearless Staff Writer & Photographer On Thursday, March 27, media from across the Ozarks and beyond joined local area community leaders to enjoy a first ride on the new Fire in the Hole, part of a special preview day at Silver Dollar City in anticipation of the ride’s official opening on Saturday, March 30. At over 32,000 square feet, the new version of the iconic coaster is a nearly four-minute ride that recreates an account of the night the real town located where Silver Dollar City now sits was burned to the ground. “Volunteers” board their “pumper,” reminiscing the 1880s’ steam-powered firefighting wagons, to save

This past Saturday evening I had the pleasure to witness the pre-show segment of the Motown Downtown show at the Hot Hits Theatre, located at 206 South Commercial Street. Starting at around 7 p.m., two acts were featured, and believe me, a lot of originals were packed into thirty minutes.

Performing were Robert Wachob as well as the Mellow Ds who are Larry and Karen Doran. Both acts are wonderful Christian, God-fearing performers, and the audience witnessed a wonderful treat. Let’s dive a little further into their backgrounds.

Robert Wachob, originally from Eldon, Missouri, is

Area Entertainment: Original hidden gems

a talented songwriter, studio engineer and Nashville recording artist. He moved to Branson in 2007, but had vacationed here off and on since 1972, right out of the Air Force. In 2019 he began running sound at the Hot Hits Theatre and then was offered the pre-show act. “I came here wanting to start a show and tried for three or four months,” Robert recalled. “I brought my USB flash drive, and it remained behind the desk unlistened to for the longest time, but then a friend of mine told me they needed a sound man, so I tried my hand at sound, and it was the scariest thing I had ever done! I was shaking to the point that I had to hold my right hand with my left! I did that for eleven shows. Then they asked me if I wanted to sit in the corner and play, performing the pre-show.” “And now I’m off to Michigan to do missions work with my wife for our church. We will be gone a year and a half.”

Robert performed four original tunes, “Come to Me,” “Round-Up (my cowboy/western song),” “Summer Girl, (based on my first love)” and “You Don’t Know Me Yet, But You Will.” He states, “It’s been a great opportunity to share my new songs. I was writing around three songs each month; it gave me a chance to put the songs in front of the public and get a reaction.”

Robert’s influences were many of the popular vocal groups such as the Beach Boys, the Ventures, as well as the Mills Brothers, and the Sons of the Pioneers. “My stepfather was part of a hillbilly band. He would get up in front of the mirror and black out his tooth, and he had a hat with a big diaper pin on it, and he had the guitar. So, I wanted a guitar, took lessons, and I’ve been playing since age thirteen. I’ve been writing since my first puppy love broke my heart. Poor me! Then I started a rock and roll band in high school.”

The Mellow Ds shared the

stage with Robert, and their portion of the pre-show was entertaining and showcased their originality as well. Featuring husband and wife Larry and Karen Doran, their pleasing vocal sound was enjoyed by the audience.

Larry has been performing for sixty years and is in America’s Old Time Music Hall of Fame. “We moved here six years ago from Nebraska, and we’re going to shake things up a bit and rock the house.” Karen used to direct community theater, and as Larry often says, “She’s never got out of the habit of directing me!” Music and the opportunity to be around it brought Larry and Karen to Branson. “I developed a very simple way of playing guitar sixty years ago “ Larry says. “So, I tuned to an open tuning and with bar progressions I figured it out. I don’t care how you play as long as you get it done and the music comes out.”

Larry recently started a student guitar program for military veterans. It includes a beginner guitar kit, and in his

class, he teaches six at a time, teaching just rhythm guitar. In the first lesson his students will learn to play two songs. The classes last five weeks, one hour a week. Larry stated, “I’m big on intervention and I didn’t realize there was so many suicides daily. But you know, music is therapy! I never dreamed I would be teaching anybody.” Larry is a veteran and served four years in the Air Force. Larry and Karen performed three original numbers in their portion of the pre-show. They included “My Old Rockin’ Chair (based on his grandpa),” “Karen’s Waltz (named for his Karen),” and “There’s A Road Out There.” Larry recalled, “Several years back I heard my voice on tape, I wanted to hear what the audience was hearing. I was playing the tape and Karen is in the kitchen, elbow deep in dishwater, I walk in, and there she is singing harmony! I didn’t know she could do that! I Larry and Karen Doran (Photo by Luanna Fullerton) SEE

Join General Michael T. Flynn live on tour at The Mansion, April 11

Submitted to Branson Globe

General Michael T. Flynn served more than 33 years in the United States military and is current Chairman of America’s Future, among America’s oldest nonprofits.

General Flynn’s military career culminated as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and as the nation’s highest serving military intelligence officer. After retiring from the Army, General Flynn went on to serve in a variety of

business, educational, and nonprofit roles, to include supporting veterans’ organizations around the nation. Among his public service included service as a national security and foreign policy advisor to several organizations and people, and professional speaker and author. He also served as National Security Advisor to the 45th President of the United States of America. General Flynn is a national bestselling author, holds

three master’s degrees, has participated in and produced several documentaries and is also the recipient of numerous national and international intelligence, military and law enforcement awards and honors. He is happily married with two sons and has several grandchildren.

“Flynn” is a captivating documentary that delves deep into the life and trials of General Michael T. Flynn. This film takes the audi-

ence on a journey through the remarkable career of General Flynn, beginning with his commendable rise through the ranks of the United States military. As a highly respected intelligence officer and a threestar general, General Flynn’s career was marked by his dedication to his country and his exceptional leadership skills.

However, the heart of this story lies in the tumultuous period following his appoint-

ment as the National Security Advisor to the President of the United States. The documentary exposes the intricate web of political intrigue and the severe persecution General Flynn faced after exposing deep-seated corruption within the corridors of power. It provides an insider’s view of the challenges and controversies that surrounded General Flynn during this critical period of American politics.

Through a series of indepth interviews with Flynn himself, his family members, colleagues, legal experts and political commentators, the film paints a comprehensive picture of the man behind the headlines.

“Flynn” the movie is premiering in Branson, April 11, 2024, at The Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts, located at 189 Expressway Ln. The meet and greet is from 5 p.m.-6:15 p.m.; show time is 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Go to this link https:// showings/ and get your tickets today. Please type in the promo code BRAVEHEART to get a discount at checkout.

Contact Branson Taxi & Rideshare if you need rides to the Branson area to meet General Flynn at 847-9179693 or if you need more information.


Looking back at Hollister’s beginnings, a number of folks often ask: How did Hollister get its name?

The answer goes back to 1904 when merchant Reuben Kirkham, who had opened a general store, was granted the opportunity to establish a U.S. Post Office. He selected the name of “Hollister,” since the birthplace of his daughter was Hollister, California.

The official date for Hollister’s Post Office was June 18, 1904. Let’s go back to the late 1860s for a moment.

The first settlers in this area along the west side of Turkey Creek were the Fortner family. In 1867, Malinda Fortner, a sixty-seven-year-old widow filed claim on 120 acres of land, and her son Jacob filed claim on 40 acres of adjoining land. The Fortners couldn’t handle the difficulties caused by the floods in the area so


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Memories from the Homestead: Hollister’s boom a result of the railroad

they moved on. Now I will go forward for a bit.

By 1901 it was very evident that the St. Louis Iron Mountain Railroad (formed by the White River Railway Co.) would construct a railroad from the Carthage, Missouri, area and bring it into this area of Taney County. Surveyors chose to construct it along Turkey Creek from where it emptied into the White River and proceeded south/southeast into Arkansas.

Developer William H. Johnson was the individual responsible for getting Hollister on the map. Johnson had purchased land along the proposed route and suggested an “old English village” theme for the town. Thanks to his efforts, Hollister would be officially incorporated in 1910, one of the first towns in the County to accomplish that. I’d like to take a few moments and discuss Johnson’s life and career. He was well known throughout much of southwest Missouri. William Howard Johnson was born in City Point, Virginia, on October 9, 1866. His folks were William S. and Narcissa (Onstott) Johnson. The family moved to Greene County, Missouri, and settled in Springfield in 1874. A graduate of Dury College, he attended military school in

Orchard Lake, Michigan, and then completed his schooling at Georgetown University where he studied law. Johnson married Sarah E. Wood on February 23, 1887; they would have four sons and a daughter—William W., Howard, Eugene, James and Elizabeth.

Johnson started a law practice in Forsyth in 1893, and a few years later left that business to go into real estate. While in the Springfield area he was responsible for platting a number of neighborhood developments— Meadowmere, Pickwick, Phelps, Hawthorne and Eagle Heights. He also helped with the establishment of Phelps Grove Park, Fassnight Park and Dickerson Park Zoo. While promoting the Ozarks and Southwest Missouri, he also wrote for the Kansas City Star newspaper and the Springfield News-Leader.

Overseeing the construction of the English style buildings, the Bank of Hollister was the first one completed in 1910. Today this building is the home of All Teased Up Salon. Work continued with the completion of the new Missouri Pacific train depot in 1910. Noted as one of the finest depot structures along the railroad, complete with landscaping and all, the depot structure remains in use today by the City of Hollister. Things continued to boom, and Johnson would soon form the William H. Johnson Timber and Realty Company. A halfpage ad in the Hollister News

The railroad through Hollister did cause an explosion of agricultural opportunities going into 1912. Investors from other states all jumped on the creation of grape orchards and other produce markets, including apples, peaches, pears and strawberries. Large amounts of land east, south, and west of Hollister all sprang up as produce farms.

Spread out from Pinetop to Melva and Ridgedale to Oasis, some of these properties were 800 acres in size.

From January to April 1912, several nearby farms along the Long Creek Valley planted over 19,500 grape plants and by 1915, the Hollister Depot saw the shipments of massive amounts of produce.

Great Depression of the 1930s.

“I really enjoy it,” Karen says. “I grew up in church singing, so Gospel music was my influence.” Larry shared his memories of listening to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday nights while grow-

ing up. “Those old county singers were my inspiration. When I got into high school I started listening to Elvis and Roy Orbison, so I went off in that direction. Music is just so much fun.” Larry’s accomplishments also include songwriter, a Nashville recording pending, as well as accomplished publisher, author and playwright, one of which is

currently being performed. You will see the fun Larry and Karen have in their Mellow Ds performance. They are performing the pre-show each Friday at 7 p.m.

Check them out; you won’t be disappointed. I’d also like to wish Robert and his family all the best as they work in missions with their church in Michigan.

December 8, 1911, stated, “Hollister has been chosen by the Missouri Pacific system as the Pleasure Resort of the Ozarks.... traversed by Turkey Creek, a beautiful, clear stream that forms the central idea of a comprehensive Park System now being worked out by the Missouri Pacific Railroad Co. under the direction of J.S. Butterfield, their landscape engineer. “ Well, the park system idea didn’t get very far. Johnson formed a Y.M.C.A. camp at the mouth of Turkey Creek and would also assist with creating the Presbyterian Assembly on the hill to the north. A huge supporter of hydroelectric power and the construction of Powersite Dam which created Lake Taneycomo, the resort properties Johnson envisioned all ended up seeing their establishment downstream at Rockaway Beach in later years.

The Hollister Fruit and Grape Juice Company was formed and saw wonderful success for a number of years.

William H. Johnson died in Springfield on April 2, 1940, at the age of seventy-three. He was laid to rest in Springfield’s Maple Park Cemetery. He was truly responsible for much of Hollister’s early success.

Time went by and the area suffered terribly during the

Then in the 1940s World War II came and went and during a twenty-year period, Hollister had survived three major floods. A huge decline in the passenger railroad service was witnessed as the new Highway 65 came right through town on its way to Arkansas in the early 1930s. Hollister continued to hang on and still utilized the old English style of building for many years.

With the success that nearby Branson experienced and the building of Table Rock Dam, Hollister would get through the decades of the 1960s and ‘70s. The overall Branson booms of the 1980s and ‘90s greatly helped in Hollister’s growth, bringing wonderful families and folks who invested and did great things. This has continued nicely over the past thirty years.

The Missouri Pacific train depot at Hollister, photographed as a real picture postcard by George Hall in 1913. This structure was considered to be one of the finest on the entire railroad. Today it is operated by the City of Hollister. (Photo courtesy of the State Historical Society of Missouri) told her to dry her hands off and get in here! I’ve had her performing ever since.”

Today, Hollister’s historic Downing Street along the railroad tracks thrives with wonderful businesses, great shops with a vintage appeal, a number of fine restaurants, and in recent times—yearly festivals. Drop in and stay for a bit, if you have the chance.

Reader’s Corner: Read to honor and remember during special week

With Holocaust Awareness and Education Week coming up soon, it’s also a good time to revisit some literary classics that emerged from the horrors of the Holocaust.

One of the most compelling, of course, is Anne Frank’s “Diary of a Young Girl,” also referred to simply as “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The diary, which chronicles Anne’s family’s experiences hiding in “the secret annex” during the Holocaust, was published after the war by her father, Otto Frank, the only member of his immediate family to survive after the hiding place was discovered; Anne died of typhus in a concentration camp.

The book is so much more than a record of the time in the annex, though. It captures a young girl’s dreams, her aspirations of becoming an author, her friendships

which found their way into Anne’s writing when it was not possible to continue them in person. “I once asked my publisher why he thought the diary was read by so many people,” said Anne’s father in “Memories of Anne” (1968). “He felt the diary covered so many areas of life that every reader found something in it that affected him personally.”

The Anne Frank House is a wonderful resource that not only operates the physical museum, complete with a collection of artifacts, but has compiled many more resources accessible online

at You can learn about Anne’s other notes and writings, get the answers to questions about the friends who are named in the diary, and much more. (Hint: Great homeschool unit incorporating history and language arts!)

If you managed to get through middle school and high school without reading this priceless story, do it now! There is so much to be learned through remembering that the people who perished in the Holocaust were real people with hopes and dreams like the rest of us. If your own hope is cur-

rently on shaky ground in today’s cultural and political

environment, you’ll also be inspired by realizing no life, even one tragically cut short much too soon, is wasted. HISTORY APR. 5, 2024 •3C
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Area egg hunts full of fun for people, pooches

On target: MONASP State Archery Tournament held in Branson

The Missouri National Archery in the Schools (MoNASP) State Archery Tournament was held March 20–23 at the Hilton Branson Convention Center in downtown Branson. Hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, the Missouri tournament is the second largest in the United States. Students in grades 4–12 from across the state, including public schools, private schools, and homeschool cooperative groups, attend qualifying tournaments three months prior to the state tournament in order to compete in the bullseye and 3D target divisions.

MoNASP is part of the National Archery in the Schools program, which is based on the premise that teaching archery basics in schools helps build stronger, more confident, and accomplished kids. Nearly everyone, regardless of age, size, or physical ability, can succeed at archery, and statistics show school archery programs benefit kids in multiple ways:

• Improves school attendance

Increases self-esteem

• Increases physical activity and time spent outdoors

• Relates to other subject matter

• Can become an enjoyable hobby or after-school activity

A visit to the tournament reveals many of these concepts in action. For example, the vendors and sponsors are outdoor-themed, encouraging students to enjoy and properly steward natural resources. Communication skills are reinforced as the students interact with vendors and congratulate each other’s individual achievements. Even math and physics skills get involved, because as the student grows, it is the draw weight rather than the bow size that needs to change. And since a heavier draw weight sends the arrow farther and faster, younger students must learn how the arrow will arc and drop in order to hit the target, and make adjustments as they grow and become stronger. The atmosphere among participants is one of mutual respect. Two shooters, from different schools, are in each competition lane; they en-

courage one another, and also tally each other’s scores. Older students shooting alongside younger ones often serve as mentors, and lasting friendships are formed at competitions. In addition, archery is multi-generational; several three-generation family groups were in attendance. Missouri also participates in a “border wars” tournament with the states bordering Missouri, and while the atmosphere is competitive, every state is trying to help the others build and grow their programs.

“This is a great sport and a great event,” said one grandfather, waiting for his two granddaughters to shoot. “Families with different ages of kids can enjoy it together, and everyone is quiet and respectful. Also, since it’s individual, everyone is trying to do their best while also cheering each other on as a team.”

“These are some of the best kids in Missouri,” said a coach from a Catholic school in northwest Missouri. “They love the outdoors, and they are learning to be responsible in caring for nature, their equipment and themselves.”

When not shooting, students enjoyed browsing through the vendor tables with their “scavenger hunt”

Fun for kids happening this Saturday at the Library Center of the Ozarks

The Library Center of the Ozarks, will be the site of some fun activities for young people this weekend.

A Kids Book Swap is set for Saturday, April 6.

Presented by the College of the Ozarks Rotaract Club, the Kids Book Swap allows children ages 3 to 13 to find exciting, new reading materials. Young people are encouraged to bring one or more books

that they no longer want and swap them for books they would like to read. Please make sure books that children bring are in good condition. Your child may wish to write a note inside the front cover of the book, explaining what this book means to them.

The Kids Book Swap is set for Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact

Also on Saturday, the Library Center of the Ozarks is hosting Lego Mania! Designed for children ages 3 to 6, this fun event allows children the opportunity to build creatively during a time of Lego free play.

Come to the Library Children’s Area for a morning of fun from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Both events are held at the Library, 200 South 4th Street in downtown Branson.


to shoot when given the word while spectators watch quietly to avoid distractions. (Photo by Cynthia J. Thomas)

forms in hand or attending workshops. They could also check out the “Bow of the Year” at the presenting sponsor, Bass Pro Shops. The Genesis bow was selected for the honor because of its versatility and uniform size, workable for all ages of archers with only the draw weight varying.

A list of tournament results by school is available on the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation website,, along with more information about MoNASP; and the awards ceremony livestream can be viewed on the Heritage Foundation Facebook page, https://www.facebook. com/missouriconservation-

Shooters competed for trophies in junior and senior bulls-eye and 3D divisions. (Photo by Cynthia J. Thomas)

heritagefoundation. More information about Missouri Department of Conservation educational programs is available at https:// school-programs/monasp. Plan to attend some of these fun events and support these valuable student programs.

Tanger Outlets to host solar eclipse viewing party at Branson High School

Submitted to Branson Globe Branson falls in the path for complete totality during the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, and Tanger Outlets Branson plans to celebrate this rare event with a special Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at the Branson High School from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. High School Students will join the fun on the Branson High School Football Field

(935 Buchanan Road) and receive a complimentary pair of solar eclipse glasses while raising money for a local charity. Students can purchase raffle tickets to win a pair of sunglassesdonated by the Sunglass Hut Branson Outlet. All money raised will be donated to the Missouri Special Olympics. Tanger shoppers can also take advantage of special deals from retailers includ-

ing Old Navy, Sunglass Hut, Under Armour and more. Those who sign up for TangerClub memberships onsite will receive extra savings with exclusive access to seasonal sales and offerings throughout the year. This event is FREE and open to the public! To learn more about the center’s festivities, visit, and connect on Facebook and Instagram. COMMUNITY APR. 5, 2024 •5C
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– Many area businesses welcomed legendary entertainer Tony Orlando back home following his farewell concert.

Friday, March 22, was Orlando’s final show, at the Cabaret Theatre at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Orlando titled his Friday performance “The Finale: A Memory Forever.”

Orlando retired from touring after more than six decades, but still has several projects in the works. Throughout the course of his extraordinary career, Orlando has enjoyed such hit songs as “Candida,” “Knock Three Times” and the iconic ”Tie a Yellow Ribbon.”

Branson was brilliantly decorated in yellow ribbons over the weekend to welcome Orlando back to his home in Branson. Many friends and fans greeted the music legend at the airport in Springfield as he returned to the Ozarks.


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Mountain Dew Dumplings

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


• ½ C Butter

2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and cored

2 8oz Cans of Crescent Rolls

1 ½ C Sugar

• 1 tsp Vanilla

• ¼ tsp Cinnamon 12 oz Mountain Dew

• Ice Cream, as desired


1. Cut apples into 8 slices each.

2. Roll out crescent dough.

3. Place one slice of apple on each piece of dough.

4. Combine butter, sugar, and Mountain Dew in a saucepan on medium to low heat.

5. Stir frequently until butter is melted and ingredients are com-


6. Take off heat and add vanilla.

7. Brush mixture over apple and crescent dough.

8. Roll each crescent and place in a non-stick 9 x 13 pan.

9. Pour remaining mixture over apple stuffed crescent rolls.

10. Top with cinnamon.

11. Bake at 350º for 40 mins.

12. Serve warm with a

Silver Dollar City’s 64th season: Calling all volunteers for HEROES OF TODAY contest

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This season, Silver Dollar City hopes kindness spreads faster than the flames Baldknobbers set to the mining town in the 1880s. The historic night citizens saved The City is the backdrop for the allnew, $30 million Fire In The Hole which officially opened on March 30. In celebration of the record-breaking ride’s debut season, the park will honor those heroes from long ago by recognizing HEROES OF TODAY who are making a difference in their hometowns through community service.

To commemorate its 64th season, Silver Dollar City Company will give away $64,000 in tickets to folks who impact their communities through volunteer work. Beginning today, fans are invited to nominate these HEROES OF TODAY at Monthly winners will receive four free tickets to Silver Dollar City. “So many folks are stretched thin and pulled in all sorts of directions these days, but there’s something impactful about slowing down and rolling up your sleeves to help friends and neighbors,” says Brad Thomas, president of Silver Dollar City Company.

“That’s the giving, gener-

ous spirit of the Ozarks. I can’t wait to see the even greater impact we —as a company and a community— can have on those who need us. The gift of your time is never wasted.”

Love has long roots at Silver Dollar City that run deeper than the park’s historic Marvel Cave. The company — founded on respect and kindness for others— invites its citizens to join fans in this pledge of service in 2024, and they’ve already started. Their first project was a special visit to new friends who needed a dose of good cheer. Staff at The Rose House Assisted Living facility in Branson won’t ever forget 98-yearold Maggie Schlichting’s smile when a Silver Dollar Saloon girl twirled through the door with a pink carnation.

“She doesn’t get many visitors so I could almost cry watching the joy that flower brought to her face,” says Lindy Redding, manager of The Rose House. “Little kind gestures mean more to our residents than you could ever know. It truly is inspiring to see love put into action!” Madison Foreman with Silver Dollar City spent the next several hours at the Rose House dancing from room to room and visiting residents.

“The idea is to flood our

community with love and encourage others to give back through service to others,” Foreman says. “It doesn’t matter if you can give an hour a year or an hour a week, every second you spend helping someone is time well spent. Everyone can be a hero of today!”

All entries for The City’s season-long HEROES OF TODAY contest will be judged on the volunteer’s passion and enthusiasm for service as well as how

he or she inspires others to also give back to their community. All winners will be notified by email a week after each monthly contest period ends. For full contest rules, visit nominate.

Mercy Health Systems. Brad Thomas, President of the Silver Dollar City Company, thanked the many workers who invested thousands of hours into the project. Thomas pledged to continue the company’s dedication to their employees and their guests, providing families with “G-rated fun.” “Fire in the Hole is a testament to the hard work and ingenuity of the men and women who work here,” said Thom -

as. “Some of our guests live closer to other theme parks, but they drive here because this one is unique, preserving a real story and the legacy of real heroes.” Thomas shared the story of guest Melissa Ratlaff, who rode the original ride with her father on its opening day in 1972; was on hand for its final day in December 2023; and came for the first day of rides during spring break

on March 9. “This ride has helped create memories for multiple generations,” he said.

In thanking the community leaders present, Thomas referenced the law enforcement theme of the park’s Outlaw Run coaster and the teacher theme in Time Traveler. He then thanked area firefighters from Western Taney County, Southern Stone County, and the City of Branson, who occupied the first three trains on Thursday, saying one of the goals for the themed rides is to inspire guests to be heroes in their own communities.

After the official celebration, guests and media began lining up for their own ride, and based on the comments, all agreed that it is great! It’s very reminiscent of the original, but the enhanced technology and audio provide a more immersive experience and more of the story line.

Guests also enjoyed a delicious lunch including several foods offered at the park, as well as Hiland Dairy’s new Fire in the Hole ice cream. Visit www.silverdollarcity. com to plan your visit and purchase tickets to experience all these for yourself!

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(Photo by K.D. Michaels) Silver Dollar City citizens shared love and cheer by making a visit to The Rose House Assisted Living in Branson. (Photos submitted)

Outdoors with Larry Dablemont: Fewer wild gobblers, more hunters

their land, and they own enough land to keep down hunting pressure. You can’t do much with less than 140 acres with a good part of it timbered.

The decline in wild turkey numbers over the past ten years is due to many things. The main cause takes place next weekend, the youth season, what one hunter has referred to the weekend best used to teach youngsters to lie and break game laws. I spend more time outdoors during the winter than any of the state’s young biologists, and I can tell you that in some areas, gobbler numbers are down as much as 60 to 70 percent over what they were 20 years ago. In some areas the decline is only 30 to 40 percent. In those areas, private landowners do not allow hunting. To accomplish that, those landowners keep youth hunting off

What I think is ahead for the wild turkey is the same situation you see now with quail, a base number of turkeys that does not increase much. The Department of Conservation could do so much with a shorter, delayed spring season, a fall season cut in half or eliminated, reduced limits from two birds to one, and a youth season at the conclusion of the regular spring season instead of early April. Right now, they fail to realize there is a change in what the wild turkey is – the fact that mating seasons are quite a bit later than they were in the ‘70s and ‘80s. They also fail to realize that there has never been a poacher’s tool greater than the youth season. If a father wants to teach his kids to hunt, if he wants to spend valuable time with his children, tell me why a youth season in May, after the end of the regular season, is not just as good as the one we now have.

Those who complain the loudest about doing that are the ones who use the youth season to kill an easy additional gobbler. Youth seasons so often consist of elaborate blinds where corn has been scattered all through the winter. You’ll see some fathers doing things right, but too many use that early season, as it is said, “To teach their youngsters to lie and break laws.” Some southern states are doing things to change spring turkey hunting in ways to help bring back gobbler numbers. Why does it not become a priority of the Missouri department?

One answer: MONEY! Without the records to tell me, I will bet you will find this spring more hunters buying tags than ever, but low numbers of killed gobblers which may be more inaccurate than ever. It takes little to figure if ten hunters in the ‘80s killed 3.2 gobblers, and ten hunters in 2024 kill .6 gobblers, something needs to change. That is a figure the MDC should make known, but they won’t.

Lightnin’ Ridge Publish-

ing Company will print a book for a 90-year-old man who was, for most of four decades, an employee of the Missouri Conservation Commission, and then an employee of the Missouri Department of Conservation. The 1/8-cent sales tax made the latter agency a bureaucracy that cannot be regulated. He calls the MDC a mafia, a state within a state. When you read what he saw and experienced, you will have a hard time ever believing anything that bureaucracy tells us. He is not someone without the knowledge; he was a high-ranking employee. No newspaper or television station would allow what he says to reach public ears. You can read the book of this honest man and make your own decisions.

He tells me the female MDC director is about to be replaced and doesn’t want to go. I interviewed her once for four hours and can tell you that amongst the inefficient directors the MDC has had, she is the worst. But as for a replacement, he or she will be as bad, a puppet controlled by that ‘mafia’ as Mr. _____ calls it. You will know who he is later this year when one of the most revealing books ever written about that state agency is made available to all. I have to go to court next week to counter charges made by the local Walmart because of what I have written about them and the local police. Being a writer who tells the truth is a dangerous occupation. Come support me at that if you believe in the first amendment. Or

Ozarks based nonprofit collaborates to bring positive change across the globe

Submitted to Branson Globe

Hope of a Nation, a locally founded Christian nonprofit, is bringing with it a powerful mission to raise up godly leaders across the world.

Executive Directors Jason and Susan Collmorgen started the ministry almost five years ago. Their work began in Mozambique, Africa, one of the world’s poorest nations, but their mission is not limited to the impoverished and includes raising up Christian leaders in their own backyard.

Hope of a Nation is a Christian nonprofit ministry

dedicated to transforming lives through education, skills training and socioeconomic initiatives. From Taney County to the impoverished nations of subSaharan Africa, we believe that giving hope to others starts by being the change we want to see in the world.

“Investing in the lives of others as Christ calls us to, doesn’t just impact their lives, it changes our own,” said Susan. The Collmorgens emphasize the significance of cooperation among Christ-centered ministries: “We believe it is critical for Christian ministries

to work together to fulfill their common purpose. Only then can we foster a true discipleship and kingdom mentality,” said Jason.

This year, Taney County residents Anthony and Valerie Rabak joined the mission, bringing their compassionate hearts and a shared vision for service. For the past six years, the Rabaks have been independently assisting a large orphanage and boarding school in Uganda, and now they and their work in Uganda are part of the ministry’s efforts to transform lives.

In Mozambique, they

equip leaders through higher education. One graduate is now their children’s services director and two, trained in nursing, have since joined their medical outreach team. That two-man team has attended to over 2,000 patients since the program began. Nearly 200 cases were serious enough to lead to death if not for their intervention.

This year they added a third medical professional.

They also partner with other ministries and local health departments to educate communities on disease prevention. Children are another

huge focus, so they meet the needs of orphans and minister weekly to impoverished kids who also receive a hot lunch. To date, over 19,000 meals have been served.

In 2022 they started a farm in Mozambique that will soon become self-sustaining. Last year they added chickens and formed partnerships with a trade school and the local agricultural department to teach animal husbandry and farming. Additional sustainable projects are planned.

In a nation where many pastors and congregants

don’t have their own Bible, they help provide them, as well as other evangelistic tools and resources.

Hope of a Nation invites you to join them on their incredible journey. They would love to partner with local organizations, churches and individuals to transform even more lives and are currently seeking speaking engagements to share their inspiring testimonies of God’s faithfulness, provision and the exciting things he can do with willing hearts. For more information, visit

Table Rock Lake Tour

Step aboard the Goin’ Jessi, an exact replica of a 1934 Chris Craft, named after Waylon Jennings’ wife, Jessi. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy an hour-long cruise of Table Rock Lake. OUTDOORS APR. 5, 2024 • 7C Big Cedar Lodge Ridgedale, MO
LARRY DABLEMONT is a outdoor publisher, columnist, author, speaker, naturalist and outdoorsman.
along with other columns I write, and see photos I take, like those two gobblers I shot this week. All on www. larrydablemontoutdoors. My mailing address is P.O. Box 22, Bolivar, Mo. 65613; the email address is lightninridge47@ You can call my office, 417-777-5227. [Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this and other columns, are the opinions of the writers, and may not represent the opinons of the Branson Globe.] I photographed these two gobblers eating corn in February in a field where a tent-like “youth hunt” blind has been used for years. Corn spreading begins after Christmas and continues until midMarch. Both will be dead before the regular season begins. (Photo by Larry Dablemont)
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And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.– Hebrews 10:25

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On this date in history...

1923 Firestone Tire and Rubber Company starts producing inflatable tires

1936 Tupelo, Mississippi, virtually annihilated by a tornado, 216 die

• 1941 San Francisco Castro & Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses

• 1951 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death

1969 Massive anti-Vietnam

War demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities

1972 The regular MLB season fails to open due to a player strike for the first time in history; 86 games are lost before the labor dispute settled

• 1991 Kitty Kelley publishes an unauthorized biography of former First Lady

Nancy Reagan

1991 U.S. begins air drops to Kurd refugees in Northern Iraq

2003 The Kansas City Royals become the first MLB team to begin the season 5-0 after losing 100 games the previous year, beating the Cleveland Indians 2-1

• 2016 San Francisco becomes the first U.S. city to mandate paid parental leave

Family Crossword Solution: onlinecrosswords. net/1878


1. Lose color

5. Hill’s partner

9. Klutz’s cry

13. It has a Minor part

14. Gourmet mushroom

15. Father on the farm

16. “Before the horse” trio

19. Seafood delicacy

20. Cookie treat

21. Dunne in “Cimarron”

22. “Wheel of Fortune” choice

23. One at a wedding reception

25. It’s smaller than a village

28. Moe’s foil, sometimes

29. Word with wilderness or rest

30. Blake’s Broadway


31. “--- Stoops to Conquer”

All Kids Like These

Word find from Beck Museums of Branson

2020 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to hospital suffering from COVID-19

• 2021 India records over 100,000 new daily COVID cases for the first time, which begins a new lockdown

• 2020 British monarch Queen Elizabeth II makes an address to the nation “we will meet again,” for only the fifth time in her 66-year reign

34. Trio of horses

38. Porkpie or pillbox

39. Neighbor of Montpellier

40. Circle of angels

41. Behind the times

42. Capital of the Northern Mariana Islands

44. Malodorous creature

47. Deficiency 48. Here and there
















50. Moo goo gai pan pan 53. “After the horse” trio 57. Transport dating from the Stone Age 58. It voids warranties 59. Spiraling current 60. Latin 101 verb 61. The heart of the matter Down 1. Something you want to save 2. New York City stadium name 3. Use a rotary phone 4. Corny bit? 5. Respected man 6. Golden Fleece ship 7. Island welcome 8. Little helper 9. Fish-eating hawk 10. Edmonton player on ice 11. Supine’s antonym 12. Where Trixie’s husband toiled 14. Boy Scout badge 17. Gangly pace 18. Names in publishing 22. Croat or Bulgar 23. Ice formations 24. Dry as dust 25. Chop finely 26. Verdi’s “Caro nome,” e.g. 27. Disappear, à la the Wicked Witch 28. Like smokehouse meat 30. Irish revolutionary Robert 31. Word with bubble or opera 32. Gyrating dance 33. Beau Brummell’s alma mater 35. Ordains 36. Lovely meter maid 37. IOU 41. Mock 42. Cavalry side arm 43. Amphora handle 44. Analyze a sentence 45. Iridescent gemstones 46. Loads with cargo 47. Take away forcibly 49. Musical composition 50. Like some loads 51. Racetrack info 52. Features of Florida 54. Crone 55. It’s a wrap 56. Search for the right word
49. Moons, suns, etc.
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