Branson Globe, April 12, 2024

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College of the Ozarks hosts forum, art exhibit

College of the Ozarks hosted the annual Spring Forum on Thursday evening, April 4. A capacity crowd gathered in Howell W. Keeter Gymnasium for “A Conversation on Israel,” featuring cultural theologian Dr. Jim Denison, founder and CEO of Denison Ministries, and The Honorable Mike Huckabee, 44th governor of Arkansas. Inspirational and patriotic prelude music was presented by the College of the Ozarks Concert Band, directed by Dr. Kevin Powers. Dr. Sue Head, vice president for cultural affairs and dean of character education, welcomed attendees, followed by presentation of the col-

ors. C of O President Brad Johnson then took the podium to honor several individuals present.

C of O Chairman of the Board Shawn McKenzie and Gov. Huckabee joined Johnson for the presentation of the Friend of Israel Award to Sherry Herschend. Mrs. Herschend, an alumna of the College, came from humble beginnings, but her family instilled the value of serving and giving which led to her passion for meeting needs of others. After her marriage to Jack Herschend 70 years ago, the couple worked along with Jack’s brother, Pete, to rebuild a 19th-century mining town into the family attraction known worldwide as Silver Dollar City, and have

consistently used the blessings God has entrusted them with to bless others in turn.

Mrs. Herschend’s passion for Jesus and for Israel is


sports enthusiasts gathered

ebrate the new turf baseball and softball complex,” noted Shook. “I, for one, could not be more excited for our community to experience the fields. Something that sports does is bring people together. People feel connected to their community because of sports. Playing on a team brings a sense of belonging and a common goal. Sports bring people together. Sports also teach us the value of hard work and teamwork.”

Shook thanked Larry Mil-

ton and the Board of Aldermen, the Park Board, City Administrator Cathy Stepp, the Parks and Recreation Team who all helped make this project a reality. Shook also thanked the Park Maintenance Team for many of the extras that were included in the ball fields’ facelift and many members of the community and area businesses for their contributions. The improvements include sunshades, new LED

contagious. She has shared that passion with over 2,700 people on 55 journeys to Israel, where they experience walking where Jesus

walked, including a visit to Nazareth Village, an historical recreation of Jesus’ boyhood home. Many in

At its April 5, 2024, meeting, the Branson Planning Commission approved a resolution granting a Special Use Permit for the of Full Throttle Distillery & Smokehouse to operate a campground and vehicle park on the property at 111 E. Atlantic Street, known locally as the “Old Morris Oil lot” at the junction of E. Atlantic and N. Sycamore. The staff report recommending approval of the Special Use Permit said, “The proposed campground will accommodate approximately (19) nineteen RV camping sites, provide additional lodging options for the area, and repurpose an under-utilized lot within the downtown district. The increased foot traffic the campground may generate could also benefit the nearby retail, commercial and restaurant establishments. “As part of the campground development, the applicant is proposing additional landscaping, decorative fencing, resurfacing of the lot, and an electronic check-in/out. The existing building on site will also be repurposed/remodeled into a distillery and general storage space for the associated Full Throttle Distillery and Smokehouse Restaurant, located just a block to the south of this property. “A Campground and Vehicle use is an allowed use in the D (Downtown) zoning district with the approval of a Special Use Permit. The Branson Municipal Code describes the Downtown District as a place intended to maintain and enhance the city’s downtown as a thriving and charming mixed-use activity center. In the Downtown District, the historic character should be protected and celebrated while providing flexibility for new investment and development that complements the character of the downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.”

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12, 2024 • Volume 5, Issue #15 You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.– Psalm 12:7 - 8 INSIDE:
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Mayor Larry Milton and local comedian Terry Sanders (Photo by
K.D. Michaels) Ceremony unveils new turf fields at RecPlex BY K.D. MICHAELS, Staff Writer A ceremony at Branson’s RecPlex last weekend celebrated a huge upgrade to the facility.
Hundreds of
for a grand opening event to commemorate new turf on the ball fields at the RecPlex. Cindy Shook, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Branson, spoke to those in attendance “We’re here tonight to cel-
Huckabee and Denison receive a College of the Ozarks sweatshirt, presented by senior Christian studies major Kailey Hollmann. College of the Ozarks also presented the guests with unique stained glass pieces and a variety of student-made products. (Photo courtesy College of the Ozarks)


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“We celebrate Mrs. Sherry Herschend tonight because of her love for Israel and the Israeli people,” Johnson said. “Her infec-

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the land in Israel.” Johnson and McKenzie next honored Ken and Barbara Larson, founders of God’s Ancient Library which showcases rare Torah Scrolls from around the world. To date, they have given 80 Torahs to seminaries, museums and other organizations for teaching, research and public engagement, and on Thursday evening, their gift to the College was unveiled, a German Torah estimated to be 250 years old.

“This Scroll includes the first five books of the Bible on animal skin that were carefully copied from another Torah Scroll,” Larson said. “This Scroll was written and used in a synagogue in Germany. No doubt, it survived the Holocaust, and we are delighted that we can give it to the school.”

The evening continued with “Is He Worthy?” performed by the College concert band, chapel choir, and chorale and directed by Gregg Busch. The audience was visibly moved by the inspirational modern hymn, with many attendees lifting their hands in praise to God. The music was a fitting opening for evening’s discussion of Israel, featuring Huckabee and Denison in a fireside-chat format, discussing the current crisis in light of Israel’s history and the Bible. Dr. Johnson shared that his family was able to experience a life-changing visit to Isra-


el last summer. “After the events of October 7, 2023, I began to feel the Lord move in my heart, and recognized the importance of having a conversation about Israel on campus,” he said.

Topics discussed included the October 7 attacks on Israel, the larger narrative of the Hamas hatred against the Jewish people, and why public sentiment in the United States has turned against Israel, especially on college campuses. C of O students at the Forum gave rapt attention to the discussion as the speakers framed those topics in a more biblically and historically accurate context than is presented in many media.

Denison holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Dallas Baptist University. He has taught philosophy of religion and apologetics at several seminaries; serves as Resident Scholar for Ethics with Baylor Scott & White Health, where he addresses issues such as genetic medicine and reproductive science; and is a Senior Fellow with CEO Forum, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, International Alliance of Christian Education, and Dallas Baptist University’s Institute for Global Engagement. Dr. Denison served in pastoral ministry in Georgia and

Texas prior to launching Denison Forum in 2009, and is Theologian in Residence for the Baptist General Convention in Texas.

“There is just something about being where stories from Scripture took place that you really can’t put into words,” said Denison. “Visiting Israel turns the Bible from black and white to color and turns 2D to 3D.”

Huckabee has also led many groups to Israel. His tenure as Arkansas governor from 1996 to 2007 was one of the longest in the state’s history, leaving a legacy including tax cuts, job creation, education reform and a nationally recognized preventative health initiative. He finished second in the 2008 Republican presidential primary and was also on the 2016 primary ballot.

“My goal is to encourage other Christians to experience Israel for themselves,” said Huckabee. “When these believers encounter Israel in person, I no longer have to tell them how to embrace the Holy Land.” Of course, no special speaker at The College of the Ozarks leaves without a gift of student-made products and a Hard Work U shirt! In accepting those, both Denison and Huckabee expressed their appreciation of the College, its mission and values, and the wonderful students, staff and alumni they were able to meet during their visit.

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Sherry Herschend, of Silver Dollar City, is presented with The Friend of Israel Award. Herschend’s award includes a student-made, stained glass piece, depicting the Emblem of Israel. (Photo courtesy College of the Ozarks)
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College of the Ozarks honors Ken and Barbara Larson who gifted a 250-year-old Torah Scroll to C of O. The Honorable Mike Huckabee, College President Brad Johnson, and C of O Board Chairman Shawn McKenzie present the couple with a student-made, stained glass piece. (Photo courtesy College of the Ozarks)

Library Center of the Ozarks marks Library Week with many activities

Library Week is an annual celebration to highlight the valuable roles that libraries, librarians and library workers play in enriching lives and strengthening communities.

This year, Library Week began April 7 and continues through April 13. The Library Center of the Ozarks (formerly the Taneyhills Library), marked the week with a variety of activities to remind the community that libraries are more than just books.

Library patrons come to the Library Center of the Ozarks to access free WiFi, to utilize the facility’s computers, or to attend an informative program. Others seek out a quiet place to study, or reserve one of the library’s meeting rooms. Some library patrons are in need of business services such as printing, faxing and scanning, while others head to the library to do research. Children enjoy the variety of games available in the library, and a wide variety of DVDs and audiobooks are available for check out. The Library Center of the Ozarks also has a large collection of books of all genres, for all ages and interests.

The Library Center of the Ozarks recently hosted a class, presented by the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks, detailing “Drip Irrigation


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The resolution authorizes the Director of Planning and Development to issue a Special Use Permit for the project upon certification by the appropriate departments of the City that the following conditions have been met:

for Beginners.” Another Library Week Program, the latest in the Library’s Banking Series, was entitled “How to Grow Your Business.”

Two Library Week events were directed towards young people. Lego Mania provided creative building fun for youngsters ages three to six, and a Book Swap was held for children through the age of 13. Organized by the College of the Ozarks’ Rotaract organization, the Book Swap allowed participants to bring in books that they have enjoyed to trade for some new-to-them reading material.

Miss Debi offered Story Time to area children who enjoyed a morning of singing, dancing, crafts and stories—a weekly occurrence at the Library Center of the Ozarks. The Library also provided glasses, free of charge, to patrons so adults and children could safely view Monday’s solar eclipse. The Library Staff and leadership also spent time finalizing plans for this summer’s Summer Reading Program, in an effort to deliver to library patrons a summer event full of fun and excitement.

Many have shared their thoughts on libraries over the years.

“A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life,” said Henry Ward Beecher.

1. The installation and activities covered by the Special Use Permit shall be in accordance with all applicable city, state and federal requirements; and

2. Any recreational vehicle shall not occupy any campsite longer than nine months within a twelve (12) month period, and

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“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better,” said Sidney Sheldon.

the number of occupants within each recreational vehicle shall not exceed the limits established by the manufacturer or the building codes adopted by the City; and

And, the brilliant Albert Einstein once said, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.”

The Library Center of the Ozarks is located at 200 South Fourth Street in downtown Branson. The Library is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday,

3. The alley located north of the subject property shall be improved to meet the City of Branson Municipal Codes and Design standards.

4. If all conditions of this resolution authorizing the issuance of this Special Use Permit are not acted upon on or before April 2, 2025, this Special Use Permit Shall be null and void.

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CLOCKWISE, STARTING FROM LOWER LEFT: 1.) A new employee of the Library Center of the Ozarks, Will views the solar eclipse with glasses offered free of charge to library patrons. 2.) The College of the Ozarks Rotaract organization held a Book Swap at the Library. 3.) Lego Mania offered a morning of creative fun for children. (Photos by K.D. Michaels)


Freedom Encounter season opens April 19; new exhibits coming soon

Freedom Encounter

Theater, located at 3220 Falls Parkway in Branson, will open the 2024 season of the Freedom Journey Show with a 2 p.m. performance on Friday, April 19. Make plans now to enjoy this inspirational presentation, which follows the progression of tyranny and freedom from

the beginnings of recorded history to the present and reminds audiences about the importance of preserving the freedoms we enjoy in the U.S.

The Freedom Journey Show incorporates live music, live performers, video presentations and interviews, and holographic historical figures to create a unique experience the whole family

will enjoy. New this season, audiences will enjoy enhancements via the new video wall, a larger hologram screen, and a closer stage feel.

Darren and Tammy Myers and their hard-working staff, advisory team and volunteers are also excited about progress on new exhibits and a new educational presentation slated to open during the 2024 season. “The Freedom Journey Experience” will include the same historical elements of the Freedom Journey Show, in an educational setting designed for smaller audiences such as church youth or school groups. Following a video introduction in a new 30-seat theater, groups will proceed to the newly constructed Colonial Church exhibit adjacent to the main lobby, where they will enter the pews to hear sermon excerpts from American Revolution-era and Great Awak -

ening preachers. The Freedom Journey Experience will next move to the new Colonial Schoolhouse, where they will sit at authentic school desks and benches as a live teacher in period costume presents an overview of the U.S. founding documents. Groups will then return to the small theater for a closing video presentation.

Make plans now for your school group to attend Student Day, a special 10 a.m. show on May 3; and follow the progress on the new exhibits on Facebook or at www., where you’ll also find a complete season calendar. For ticket information, visit the website or call 417-544-0372.

What are some of the cheapest grocery stores in America 2024?


If you feel like your grocery bill has gone up lately, you aren’t alone. Our research shows 58% of Americans are spending more on groceries this year over last year. It’s so true. Food prices have jumped 2.6% this past year. And they were already high before that! That can take a huge chunk out of your monthly

budget. The good news is, you can find budget-friendly grocery store options near you with my list of the cheapest grocery stores in America. Let’s dive in!

1. Aldi

Want the best deal ever?

ny, Aldi is famous for their ruthless cost-cutting strategies. These mean a bit more work for you, but it’s all about keeping their small staff super efficient so you can have super savings.

• Also, they don’t offer free bags. (Bring your own, pay for Aldi bags, or carry things out in your hands.)

Best things to buy

• Baking supplies

Fresh produce

love about their endless free samples?

How they keep costs low They buy in bulk.

• They charge membership fees.

Grab a quarter (you’ll need it to rent a shopping cart) and head to Aldi! How they keep costs low Originally from Germa-

• Aldi has customers rent and return their own shopping carts. Their clerks don’t bag your groceries. (It’s a DIY experience.)

• Wine Chocolate

• Cheese Canned goods (which can be as low as $0.65 per can!)

2. Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club is Walmart’s version of Costco. They offer their members incredible deals on a huge variety of items—and what’s not to

They take advantage of their vendor relationships with their sister company, Walmart.

They offer a scan-and-go technology in their app so you can ring up your own goods right from your cart.

Best things to buy

I may be a Costco girl, but I’ve got friends who are SEE GROCERY STORES, PAGE 7A

LEFT: 1.) The Freedom Encounter Theater will open April 19 (Photo by Darren Myers); 2.) The Colonial Church exhibit; and 3.) The Colonial Schoolhouse exhibit (Photos by Cynthia J. Thomas) NEWS APR. 12, 2024 • 5A

Branson Auction spring event, April 19 - 20: It’s all about the service

Twice each year automobile enthusiasts converge on Branson for what has become one of the most popular car auctions in the United States. For well over four decades, the Branson Auction has been producing auctions that offer the area’s largest collection of cars under one roof.

The Branson Auction was founded in the early 1980s by Mark Trimble

and purchased in 1988 by Jim Cox. For Jim and his wife, Kathy, the Branson Auction is an extension of their favorite hobby—collecting, restoring and having fun with cars. Jim and Kathy love to share that fun with thousands of people annually.

Each April and October, the Branson Auction is held at the Hilton Convention Center in downtown Branson. The two-day auction

features vintage and classic cars and trucks, out-ofthe-ordinary automobiles and more. More than 200 sports, classic, custom and muscle cars will cross the auction block during each event.

The Branson Auction is one of the most longstanding and well-respected auto auctions in the country, offering auction goers the very best in collector cars. Jim Cox can attribute his


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scoreboards on every field, new backstops and batting cages.

“This has been a big undertaking and a dream come true,” noted Shook, adding that a $1.6 million grant was received for much of the work at the complex.

success to one thing—service. Said Cox, “The business approach has always been about service. Service to the collector, the restorer, the mechanic, transporter, insurance provider and all who come in contact with the individuals that love their cars, bikes, boats or memorabilia. Today there are collector car auctions every weekend, some much bigger. But we like to think

none more dedicated to one simple principle—service to the collector.” Cox is also a big supporter of the community. Not only does he encourage those who attend his auctions to visit Branson’s many shows and attractions, but a portion of funds raised at each auction is ear-marked for one of the area’s nonprofit organizations. It is Jim’s way of giving back to the city he loves.

The Branson Auction’s

spring event is set for April 19 and 20 at the Branson Convention Center. The auction is open to the public. Admission is $15 for one day or $25 for the twoday auction. Auction times are Friday, April 19, at 12 noon and Saturday, April 20, at 10 am.

For more information on the Branson Auction, call 417-335-3963 or visit their website,

Legends in Concert announces partnership with Liverpool Legends during June 2024

Submitted to Branson Globe In celebration of the 60th anniversary of The Beatles arriving in the U.S., Liverpool Legends, world renowned Beatles tribute act, will be joining our summer lineup from June 1 – June 30, 2024, along with everyone’s favorite performers, The Blues Brothers™ and Elvis Presley. The summer schedule, consisting of two different lineups, will feature tributes to The Beatles, The Blues Brothers™, and Elvis, from June 1 – Jun 30; from July 1 – Sept. 3 our lineup will fea-

ture tributes to The Judds, Pat Benatar, The Blues Brothers™, and Elvis. The fall lineup (Sept. 5 – Oct. 31) features tributes to The Judds, Marilyn Monroe, Conway Twitty, The Blues Brothers™, and Elvis. Our Christmas show (Nov. 1 – Dec. 23), A MERRY COUNTRY CHRISTMAS, features an all-star country cast performing tributes to Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, The Blues Brothers™, and the gospel music of Elvis! Legends in Concert will be performing their regular non-Christmas show Dec. 26th – Jan. 4, 2025. Mark your calendars to join us for a Rockin’ New Year’s Eve on December 31st at 9:30pm!

We are thrilled to debut these new tributes to The Beatles, The Judds, Dolly Parton, and Conway Twitty to the lineups in 2024. See Legends in Concert at 3 or 8 p.m. at the Pepsi Legends Theater, located at 1600 West 76 Country Blvd. Beer and wine service is available. Call 417-3393003 for tickets and information or visit

Milton added, “For those of you that know Cindy Shook, she is a true leader. She is inspirational. Our City government and our administration have a hundred percent confidence in Cindy. She will take on projects with the focus of saving our taxpayers money. I’m looking forward to her next project.”

Former Major League Baseball Pitcher Scott Bales and mascot Louie from the Springfield Cardinals threw

Mayor Larry Milton addressed the crowd, “As Cindy said, this is another project that is on time and on budget. This is just one of several openings we’ll have this year, with what the City has been working on. In a few weeks, we’ll be opening up the fire station. That, also, has been on time and on budget.”

the first pitch on the new turf fields representing baseball players. Branson Junior High softball pitcher Mary Wood threw the softball first pitch.

A variety of activities for the entire family followed the ceremony, including t-ball, kickball and a friendly game between the Branson Police Department and Branson Fire Department. Many spectators enjoyed the game, in which the fire department was declared the winners.

Country vocalist Jason Pritchett and his beautiful and talented wife Desta opened the ceremony with a

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Liverpool Legends (Photo submitted) moving rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. BELOW: Shook; AT RIGHT: Jason and Desta Pritchett (Photos by K.D. Michaels)

Missouri Dept. of Agriculture launches ‘Focus on Missouri Agriculture’ photo contest

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is launching the 15th annual Focus on Missouri Agriculture photo contest. The Department invites Missourians to share their agriculture story through photographs. The contest runs through June 7 and is an opportunity for photographers across the state to submit their best images of Missouri agriculture. The Focus on Missouri Agriculture photo contest is open to Missouri photographers of all ages. Participants may enter up to three photos in each of the categories. The 12 and under youth category, Kid’s Corner, is also back again this year.

• Faces of the Farmer Around the Barnyard

• Everyday Life Kid’s Corner (for youth ages 12 and under)

Find a full description for each category at Agriculture.Mo.Gov/focus.

The photo contest categories include: Beauty of the Farm

Entries will be judged on visual impact, creativity, memorable content and image quality.

The contest offers prizes to winners, thanks to

the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Grown program. The Best in Show winner, along with the first place winner in each category, will receive a Missouri Grown gift basket and a canvas print of their photo. Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will also evaluate the winning photos and select the First Family’s Choice

USDA: Protect plants by looking for invasive pests in April

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proclaimed April 2024 as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. Whether you’re a gardener or a camper, a bug enthusiast or a student, a traveler or an online shopper, it is important to learn about the danger of invasive plant pests and what you can do to help.

Invasive pests don’t have many enemies in their new environment, so they multiply fast. These pests compete with native species and cause problems for the environment and farms.

Nonnative plant pests can hitchhike in untreated firewood, attach themselves to cars, boats, and other outdoor surfaces, or take a ride in the mail. They can travel to new


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super loyal to Sam’s Club. Here’s what they love to buy:

• Vitamins Protein bars

• Toilet paper

Extreme value gift cards

(You can purchase a $100 value gift card for just $75 at Sam’s Club! Seriously!)

areas on agricultural material such as soil, seeds, homegrown produce and plants. We need the public’s help to reduce the impact of invasive species. Join us in protecting plants this month!

Here are some tips: Visit the Missouri Department of Agriculture website to learn about quarantines in your area. Familiarize yourself with signs of invasive pest infestation on outdoor gear, wild plants and your garden.

If you find signs of new invasive plant pests and diseases in your area, report them to your local Extension office, the State Department of Agriculture or your USDA State Plant Health Director’s office.

• Don’t move untreated firewood—even if it looks pest-free on the outside. To be safe, buy or source wood locally, or use certified, heat-treated firewood.

• When ordering agricultural materials online, contact the seller to determine where the item is shipping from and adhere to import requirements for any agricultural materials coming from overseas. If you don’t know where an agricultural product is coming from, don’t buy it online. U.S. regulations apply to the importer—meaning the person purchasing and importing the product— not the online merchant. Buy the item domestically or learn how to safely

and legally import plants and seeds before purchasing them online. Don’t mail homegrown plants, fruits and vegetables.

Declare all agricultural items, including seeds, soil, and handicrafts to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for inspection when returning from overseas travel. Declaring these items protects local plants from invasive pests, and it’s required by law.

To share plant health protection messaging in April, join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter and follow #IPPDAM on social media. To learn more about invasive plant pests and diseases in your area and how to stop them, visit HungryPests. com.

• They have tons of products under their Kirkland Signature brand.

Best things to buy

• They do practically no traditional advertising.

• They don’t hire workers to unpack boxes. They offset prices with a membership fee, which ranges from $60–120.

3. Costco I use my Costco membership every week thanks to all the wonderful things they offer. Be careful though— it’s easy to run in for water and come out with a charcuterie board, 14-pound bag of cheese puffs, and a patio set. Trust me. How they keep costs low Costco is on a never-ending quest for efficiency. Here’s how:

Because you’re buying in bulk, you really can save a lot each month. Plus, their Kirkland Signature brand is a great way to save money—and still enjoy the quality of your favorite name brands.

• Kirkland’s cranberry juice (made by Ocean Spray)

• Kirkland’s coffee (made by Starbucks)

• Kirkland’s diapers (made by Huggies)

• Name-brand pasta sauces Olive oil

• Bulk canned goods Giant bags of chocolate chips (perfect for holiday baking season!)

I’m going to close my Costco love letter with a mention of their food court. They may be famous for their $1.50 hot dogs, but the unsung hero is their hot and delicious 18inch pizza for just $9.95. Your budget will thank you. NEWS APR. 12, 2024 • 7A
photo. Winners will be announced in early July and winning photos will be displayed in the Agriculture Building at the 2024 Missouri State Fair Aug. 8-18. To submit photos, go to Agriculture.Mo.Gov/ focus and complete the online form. A complete list of rules and guidelines can be found on the same page. If you have trouble submitting photos via the online form, contact for assistance. Photos submitted to the contest will be showcased on the department’s Flickr stream. Photos must be submitted by June 7. For more information about the Missouri Department of Agriculture and its programs, visit Agriculture.Mo.Gov.
Japanese Beetles are very harmful to plants and trees. (Mo. Dept. of Agriculture)

Maybe you feel like you have it all together. You’ve got the house, the kids, a killer gym routine, and a new promotion at work. Or maybe you’re three hours deep into an Instagram doom scroll and think your life should look the same way as these curated accounts. Either way, you wonder, Can anyone tell I’m absolutely exhausted?

Maybe you feel this right now—that everything looks right, and yet something on the inside is falling apart. And the perfectly detailed SUV in the driveway, luxury manicure appointments and glittering Little League trophies aren’t doing a darn thing to get rid of the feeling that you’re drowning in

What is high-functioning anxiety?

anxiety. You’d never know it, but this happens to a lot more people than you think. When things look perfect on the outside, but you feel like everything is falling apart on the inside, it could be what the nerds call high-functioning anxiety.

In many cases, someone with high-functioning anxiety has an anxious mind that’s working exactly as it should. Even though everything looks fine and you’re showing all the external markers of success, something in life is off—and your brain knows it. Anxiety is simply an alarm, and your promotion at work, designer shoes and honor roll bumper sticker won’t fix your loneliness or give you safety. Let’s explore this label and understand what people mean by it. What is high-functioning anxiety? Anxiety is not a disease. High-functioning anxiety is not a medical condition, diagnosis or identity—it’s a pop psychology term that describes someone handling life while also feeling anxious. It’s a description of how you feel. High-functioning anxiety describes a real

(but subjective) experience, but it’s not a real medical diagnosis. It’s difficult to know exactly how many people experience it. And that’s why I don’t like selfdiagnoses—because your body is just trying to take care of you.

What are signs and symptoms of high-functioning anxiety?

The symptoms of high-functioning anxiety look different for everyone. When someone claims to have high-functioning anxiety, it simply means they’re struggling with anxiety. Someone who feels they have high-functioning anxiety is often faced with a precarious situation: They’re unable to sleep or set boundaries. They’re always tired. They have a racing heart rate or excessive thoughts and worries. Their bodies are desperately trying to get their attention and let them know something is not well or right. But they’re crushing it at work, powering through checklists, climbing the ladder, falling in love, getting raises, and moving into homes with more square footage. From the outside, everything looks picture


But beneath that successful exterior, there’s an emotional and chemical storm brewing. So, we start responding to scary and stressful things by fighting them, running from them, or by freezing. Signs and symptoms of highfunctioning anxiety include:


• Not being able to relax and be present with others

• Feeling fatigued or being tired and wired

Feeling impatient, reactive or ready to snap

Experiencing physical pains, like headaches, stomach aches, muscle tension or shortness of breath

Imagining worst-case scenarios, projected fears or ways things can go wrong

Engaging in relationships through people pleasing, always being available, and never saying no

• Always needing more information, more data, another cup of coffee, another meeting, to ask another friend or another mentor instead of simply getting to work

• Using control or grit or strength to power your way into quieting the alarms instead of slowing down, stepping back, and healing

Your body will continue to work to get your attention. It will sound the alarms louder and louder until it shuts you down with a health crisis. Or you’ll start missing work because you can’t get out of bed. Or your marriage will fall apart. Or you’ll crash your Prius because you’re doing too many things at once. I know because I’ve been there. What causes high-functioning anxiety?

As I mentioned earlier, anxiety is simply your body’s way of getting your attention and letting you know the storm clouds are gathering. Or that you need human connection. Or that you need to get out of here . . . now!

High-functioning anxiety is caused by a cascade of hormones, neurotransmitters, neuromodulators and other chemicals that prepare you to address danger. High-functioning anxiety is another way of saying your body might respond to stressors by fighting or running. Fighting is a desperate grasp for control, like responding to minor annoyances with aggressive behavior. This can be exhausting, isolating and terrifying. Running is avoidance, and it can have a numbing effect (you might zero in on work and achievement instead of facing the issue).

I’m way oversimplifying here, but in most cases, the underlying anxiety in your daily life is simply your body trying to let you know you’re not safe in some way. Your brain has detected you’re: Out of sync or missing relationships. Whether it’s a tribe, a community, deep friendships, a team or a unit—whatever you want to call it—you’re missing it. Unsafe. You’re in a toxic relationship, being abused, up against a major deadline, or you have a make-or-break exam barreling toward you.

• Not in control of your life. Maybe you’re a young kid trapped in a prison of chaotic adult expectations and demands. You’re in a ton of debt, and the credit card company decides what you

get to do tomorrow (not you). Or you’re bingeing graphic news and clickbait stories and feeling out of control because of the state of the world

What are positive aspects of high-functioning anxiety?

• High-functioning anxiety presents a few positive traits, which is why it can be hard to detect. People who identify with high-functioning anxiety are often:

Highly effective at work

• Getting promoted Planning their next goal

• Very organized Detail oriented

• Outgoing and friendly

• Proactive and take initiative

• Punctual Helpful

• Calm, cool and collected (at least on the outside)

• Busy What are negative characteristics of high-functioning anxiety?

Everyone occasionally experiences the traits I’m about to mention. That’s the price to pay for being a human living on a spinning hunk of rock in space. But for some, the negative characteristics of high-functioning anxiety are a way of being. People who identify with high-functioning anxiety often:

Feel shame or are afraid to be vulnerable

Have perfectionistic tendencies Chatter nervously


• Need reassurance

Procrastinate and then crunch to hit deadlines

Dwell on the negative

• Criticize themselves and compare themselves to others

How to treat high-functioning anxiety SEE

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Warren Dale Cook was born on May 27, 1955, and left to join his Heavenly Father on March 22, 2024. Warren was predeceased by his parents S. Lee Cook and Neva Hope Cook and his older brother Phillip Lane Cook. He is survived by his older sisters Jana Cook Ferguson (David), and Ellen Cook Ellis (Richard), and sisterin-law Kathy Cook. While Warren never married or

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When your life is affected by anxiety . . .

You’re tired. (And the caffeine isn›t helping.)

You’re ready to breathe.

You deserve to laugh from your lungs. To poke fun at a friend and have them poke back at you. To go for a walk in the woods or hit the weights . . . hard. You deserve a full night of sleep without chemicals or incantations.

So, what do you do?

The first place you start is by looking at the person in the mirror. You have to acknowledge and accept that anxiety is not your identity.

So, how do you treat high-functioning anxiety?

There’s no quick fix, but with intentionality and the belief that you are worth be-

ing well, you can start making decisions that create a life free of anxiety. Here are a few ways to get started.

1. Stop using anxiety as an identity. You feel anxious. You are not broken. Remember that you are a whole human with hobbies, friends, skills and dreams. The world would not be better off if you were not here. The anxiety is simply a message to pay attention to.

2. Honor the alarms. Listen to what your body is telling you and when. If you feel your palms start to sweat when you see a certain coworker down the hall, maybe it’s time you have an uncomfortable conversation to clear the air. If you shake uncontrollably after you drink your fourth cup of coffee, it’s

had his own children, he considered his nieces and nephews his, and was affectionately known as Uncle Duke by them. He never failed to ask about them when he called and loved to see pictures on social media. All the kids have great memories of their Uncle Duke, and his generosity with them especially at Christmas. He spent his early years in Cleveland, Oklahoma, graduat-

time to hear the message to cut back to a cup or two a day . . . and that’s after you eat some eggs and bacon. (For more clarity on the situations and circumstances that could be causing your feelings of anxiety and stress, take my free anxiety test.)

3. Take inventory of your life.

Living free of anxiety means you need to own and be honest about your life and the root of your anxiety. And you need to

ing from C.H.S. in 1973. After High School he followed family tradition and attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he graduated in 1977 with a degree in communications. Warren was a lifelong avid outdoorsman. He especially enjoyed hunting and fishing in his earlier years with his dad, brother, cousins and good friends. After college, Warren

be ruthlessly honest that another pair of designer shoes or this year’s model of SUV or climbing yet another rung on the corporate ladder is not going to make it all better. Creating a life without anxiety often means you’ll need to learn one of the most powerful words in the known universe: no. Use it often, and use it well.

4. Make lifestyle changes and seek community. No one can be well in

lived in several states as a real estate sales and marketing professional, finally settling in Branson, Missouri, where he resided for 20-plus years. Warren loved the natural beauty of that area, and it was not unusual to call and find him sitting by the side of a lake just taking in the beauty. Wild critters, birds, and stray cats would find a soft heart in him and a snack from his patio. War-

isolation. We need community to heal. This isn’t woowoo. This is neuroscience. Humans need community. There’s no long-term wellness or behavior change without others. Meet your neighbors. Go to church. Have a cup of coffee with your coworker.

Healing your life means making different decisions and including others in the process. And if you need more support, I encourage you to find a counselor or therapist to walk

ren loved to share a good laugh, which he did often, endearing himself to many who loved to laugh with him. His smile, outgoing personality and just enjoyment of his job contributed to him receiving many awards in the timeshare industry. He enjoyed giving to others and was truly a generous person. Warren will be missed greatly and remembered fondly by all who loved him.

alongside you. Our culture has turned anxiety into something it’s not and made it sound scary with big, fancy labels like “high-functioning.” But it’s not who you are. If you or a loved one are facing feelings of anxiety, start reading to learn practical steps to begin living a life with more peace and joy.

And hey, I’m proud of you for being here. You’re worth being well.

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“One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” Psalm 145:4

One of the springtime sights that I always find fascinating is when I see daffodils growing neatly in a

The legacy of the daffodil

row out in a field or empty plot of land. I like to imagine a young mother meticulously planting daffodil bulbs on an old farmstead, praying that little bright yellow surprises will come springing up at the end of the approaching winter. I picture her children playing barefooted in the yard and enjoying the wonder of the early signs of spring, gathering the yellow beauties for mama to display proudly on the kitchen table. I see an elderly woman, worn by life, admiring the row of flowers she planted so long ago and remembering the joy they

brought faithfully year after year. I see grown children and grandchildren gathering those golden tokens of their mother’s legacy, remembering with a smile the beautiful life that she lived. As I pass that empty field, I honor the unknown person who left a little bit of brightness behind for others to enjoy.

I’m far from being a botanist. Most of my knowledge of plants comes from Google, as do the following facts. Daffodils are self-propagating perennials, which means that once planted, they can thrive and multiply for decades to come

with little to no work from a gardener. The original bulbs usually only last a few years, but they can infinitely reproduce and multiply long past the lifetime of their initial planting.

Perhaps I am especially touched by these natural beauties because my own grandmother was quite the gardening connoisseur, and I always benefited from her yearly bounty of flowers and vegetables. But of much greater value to me was the spiritual heritage she left behind. There was never a child or grandchild of hers that wasn’t constantly in her

prayers. Thankfully, I was blessed to have been preceded by generations of praying, God-fearing, Bible-believing, Spirit-filled, Kingdom pioneers on both sides of my family. I can joyfully join the psalmist in saying, “You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name” (Psalm 61:5b). My life has undoubtedly been touched by those who planted seeds of godliness long before I was ever born, and I intend to continue propagating those seeds for those who come after me.

Even if you are a first-generation believer, you can start

building a spiritual legacy for your children now. Psalm 119:111 says, “Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.” Be the one who plants God’s word in the hearts of those around you, cultivating those seeds through prayer. You may not get to see the blooms within your lifetime. But someday, someone in heaven may walk up to you with a bouquet of “daffodils” and say, “Thank you for the legacy you left behind, for though you may not know me, the seeds you planted long ago are why I’m here today.”


At its January 9, 2024, meeting, the Branson Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance authorizing the mayor to execute a contract for the economic development of the Mammoth Fieldhouse Project (Project) using a portion of the city’s sales tax and tourism tax revenues. The staff report for the Project describes it as a facility spanning approximately 42,000 square feet, offering golf, pickleball, food, beverages, recreational activities and entertainment. It is a $41 million development in Branson Meadows on a

Hebrews 4:12 says,

“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” (NIV). The Bible isn’t just a collection of stories; it is the inspired Word of God, and it’s amazing how the Holy Spirit regularly opens up new insight to familiar passages, often

The hill in question, in my memory, is distinct. A smooth, sloping thing, rising egg-like from the surrounding meadows and creek beds. The dirt road winds from the hill’s southern edge, slowly traversing, serpentine, rising higher and higher until, at the peak, I can see low, rolling valleys in all directions. At the top, a house but not just any house. An old farm house, all peaked gables and lonely windows, clapboard siding, once white now faded to oak gray. There are flourishes of wood at the corner posts of the front porch, a reminder of love and care and crafts-

nine-acre site along Gretna Road, across from Branson Mill. It is expected to bring in over $19.2 million in sales and tourism tax over a 15year period and spur additional development in Branson Meadows.

The ordinance provides up to $10 million incentive for the Project’s developers. One hundred percent of the city’s general sales tax revenues and 25 percent of the city’s tourism tax revenues that are generated by the Project will be remitted to the developer for 23 years, or until the total remitted reaches $10 million, whichever occurs first. In granting the incentives, the city followed existing procedures and evaluated many factors, including “but for” and the total potential revenue gains for Branson.

During aldermen and public comments regarding the ordinance, there was a signif-

icant amount of discussion before the vote on incentivizing new businesses that would compete with older businesses that received no incentives. It’s crucial to understand that in the context of the financial viability of Branson’s tourism industry, every Branson business competes with every other Branson business to win the time of the tourists coming to Branson. Very few, if any, Branson businesses will get any revenue from tourists who don’t spend time in their establishment, show, or attraction, etc.

Simply put, competition is an inherent part of doing business, period. While competition, in certain cases, such as wholesale cannibalism, might be a reason for not granting incentives, the Ole Seagull can think of no reason why “competition” should initially be

Reflections: Be still

during my morning quiet time but sometimes through a sermon or book.

So it is with one of my favorite verses, Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

My mom quoted that verse to remind me to spend time each day praying and reading my Bible. It became especially meaningful as it helped calm my anxiety during cancer treatment. I often refer to it when life seems chaotic, but recently, God has used it to speak to me specifically about the distractions of Too Much Information.

When I was young, my parents waited eagerly for paper letters with news about how the relatives were doing, how a new recipe turned out, or the cousins’ basketball teams. Now, that information is on Facebook

or Instagram almost before the event is over. But seriously, do I need to know it practically in real time? And barring major catastrophes (Extra!!!), we actually waited until the evening news for updates on our community, nation and world. While that was incredibly difficult for families of deployed military, missionaries, etc., and waiting for a landline phone call was worrisome for parents of college students, I really think general anxiety levels about daily affairs were much lower.

Each morning, I open my phone to my devotional app and grab my print Bible and spiral-bound journal. The app is handy and provides a sense of community, but guess what else is on my phone? Yep, all the things. ‘’Oh, I’ll just see how my

a factor in awarding an incentive. Yet it was one of the reasons, hopefully not the primary reason, why the city is currently evaluating its economic, development and incentive policies.

For what it’s worth, an Ole Seagull believes there will be more cases than not where a financial incentive from the city gives a competitive advantage to the one getting it. From the city’s point of view, however, it is the expected total economic benefit to the city that should govern their decisions relative to granting the incentive. Large scale cannibalism of a number of existing businesses reducing the overall financial benefits to the city might be a reason for not granting an incentive, but the fact that a business wants an incentive because of the decisions they made or failed to make,

friend’s checkup went.” “Oh my, that chair I looked at last week is on sale.” “I wonder if I heard back on that email about that article I’m working on.” You know, because it happens to you, too!

Feeling the Holy Spirit’s conviction, I’ve admitted I don’t really need to know what happens the minute it does. The only notifications I now allow to pop up on my phone are text messages and emergency weather alerts. And sorry, but unless you’re my husband or one of my kids, you won’t get a prompt answer to your text during my devotions or family time.

Social media is great for keeping in touch with friends in other states, or reading about people and ministries for writing assignments, but it’s also a black hole! The

and competition should never be a factor in granting financial incentives.

While the Ole Seagull is yet to learn the specifics of how those policies will eventually work out, he hopes that no Branson taxpayer dollars are used as incentives after the fact or for existing businesses based on competition from someone else. The city’s involvement with incentives and competition should start and stop based on objective, definitive criteria and requirements and with the granting or denial of an incentive before the Project begins.

Existing businesses and developers should have made their decisions based on due diligence, what they think will be profitable, the financial tools available, and the full expectation of competition. If they didn’t, that’s on them, not the taxpayer.

simplest answer, for me, is a timer, limiting the minutes I spend just catching up. And unless it’s work-related, I only open the apps certain times of the day. As far as news, I’ve simply decided enough is enough. It’s good to stay informed, but good for anxiety levels to read news from multiple sources or hear multiple opinions about it, so I’ve narrowed commentary and podcasts down to a few trusted favorites. Basically, God convicted me about assuming more worry and distraction than I am designed to handle. He’s God and I’m not. He knows what was going to happen before it does. I can’t fix all the stuff, but He can and He will.

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

Been Thinkin’ About...The ghosts on April Hill

manship, once, long ago. Someone handcrafted this wood, admiring the curlicues, perhaps wondering how long the work would outlive him. And outlive him the work did. His name is long gone, perhaps etched into a moss-grown tombstone somewhere far down near the creek bed, but the work remains.

Inside, burnished oak plank floors still shine in the remaining light. It is a luminous dusk, one of those threshold spaces where past and present meet, coalesce silently. An old wooden screen door with creaky springs, and looking through the tattered screen, beyond into the house, is another world more familiar than my own. The eastern sky is dark, save the moon. The western horizon has gone lemon pale, heightening shadows stark on that oak plank floor worn smooth and glistening from so many feet, so many years. The parlor of sorts, and a fireplace, and through open door into

dining room I see table legs, a stark and crafted thing with matching chairs, one chair waiting to be slid back, supper waiting to be served on heirloom silver platter.

My footfalls are silent but I am a familiar intruder in this house, this moment that repeats so many times within the twilight of my consciousness. There are shadows here, patterns, souls in this space, conversations heard now only by the walls. The walls here are not white, but instead rose pink, wallpaper with tiny patterns and the springtime warmth of a little girl, a little girl waiting for her birthday cake, a cake pink with frosting. There the darkened room was lit by a smiling face and a small handful of candles. She is perhaps still alive, that little girl, but only in what remains of her fading memory. She is far from this room, far beyond this twilight space, in a room that is far too bright, far too suffocatingly warm, a room

stripped of this enduring soul. Her visitors only see her pills, her sterile blanket, her beeping equipment, a clinical modernity reflected from sightless eyes. Visitors may hold her hand but they cannot see beyond, into her past, into her soul, or into their souls for that matter. They know nothing of this house on the hill.

The breeze is light, airy, carrying the warmth of spring and the chill of winter almost gone. A cottony sound flaps just beyond the dining room, just through another tattered screen door, just down three short, rickety steps. Old and rusted clothesline posts wait, orchard grass rises profusely from the base, now the home of mice, or rat snakes. The thin rope lines are long gone, taken down by the last person to leave the house. Were there memories in their tears as they left that one last time? Or was the task impersonal, the last leaving soulless, just another job to do before moving on? Tonight

though, the air is soft with change and there are clothes again on the line, flapping in the cool night hawk twilight. Spring peepers cry from the deep creek bed darkness and theirs is a timeless song. Last light lingers seconds longer than is natural.

For a moment, a young girl in pink again laughs and claps her hands at the future before her. A young woman smiles, rough hands, chore hands, unclasping wooden clothespins from a line of Tuesday washing, the clothes smelling of sunshine and fresh air. A husky boy somewhere between a man and a child rubs his knees thoughtfully and sinks down onto the front porch, worn denim overalls back against clapboard siding as he looks out over the eastern valley, over the winding dirt road, over the creek bed dark but alive with night songs, and he whistles a tune against the dark, against the time, somehow knowing somewhere, somehow, against time and space, I will hear him.

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From our readers: ‘God’s State of the Union Address’ Dear Editor, Here in America, we just witnessed what is called “The Great American Eclipse.” By means of which two total solar eclipses, one that happened August 21, 2017, and one April 8, 2024, had formed an X or cross with their paths of totality, across America. This cross was also described as a Tav, the last letter in the Hebrew Alphabet (Aleph-Bet) meaning the end, mark, or sign. However, on Oct.14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse, also called a Ring of Fire, interjected a third line (second time-wise) with its path of totality with the tav. So on April 8, as well as finishing an X, cross, or Tav, this eclipse had formed another letter with the Ring of Fire eclipse, in the form of a capital A. This A is shaped as an Aleph, which is also the first letter in the Hebrew Alphabet, meaning first or beginning, with a numerical value of one. We also know of all the hundreds of U.S. cities in SEE LETTER, PAGE 3B

The Bible tells us that children are a gift from God. When this gift first arrives, we are all excited at the precious little miracle and have high hopes of he/ she becoming the perfect adult. However, as the little bundle grows into a demanding individual, we are

Train Up a Child: How we harm our children

tempted to lose our original intentions of raising a perfect child and may begin pulling away and even resenting the intrusion on our own pleasure and self-fulfillment.

As children grow, we tend to become confused. It isn’t as much fun as we thought it would be to have a child. There seems to be a constant demand on our time and energy. We begin to do things that are harmful to children as we draw back from our responsibilities of raising the God-given gift as the giver intended. Many times, we do things that harm a child while having good intentions. Following are some things that we do

that I believe harm children: Neglect to step in when a child needs instruction.

(Children are left wondering what to do.)

Think that all children should have fun all the time. (Fun does not develop character. Hardships develop character.)

Let a child always do what he/she wants to do.

(Children need boundaries for security.)

• Substitute things for time. (Time with parents is far more valuable than things that money can buy.)

• Give a child all the freedom he/she wants. (Children learn self-discipline by obeying rules.)

Out of the mouths of babes...


6-year-old girl: Did my mom pick up my older sisters already?

Me: Yeah, she’s coming back to get you and your other sister.

Girl: I get concerned when she picks up one child and leaves another.

Me: Claire, your mom won’t forget you. Nobody could forget you.

Girl: I’m Maggie.

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the thirteen states that the 115 mile-wide paths of totality traveled in. In 2017, the lines passed over seven Salems (meaning peace). In 2024, they crossed over seven Ninevehs finishing the cross-section of the Tav in a city in Illinois called, Little Egypt. Interestedly, the Tav has a numerical value of 400. Which is the same number of years the Tribes of Israel were enslaved to Egypt. There’s so many more discoveries with this phenomenon by dedicated people who took the time to research it. Gratefully, as impressive as it all is, it ought not be surprising for believers. For we know God uses His creation to reveal Himself and communicate with His creation. Gen.1:14 tells us the sun, moon, and stars “shall serve as signs”.

My 3-year-old nephew was eyeing some chocolate I was packing up to take home.

Nephew: Is some of that for me?

Me: Nope, it’s all going home with me.

Nephew: Well…if you do that, then I will STAARVE without chocolate.

“Well, I’ve run out of teeth so now I don’t know

The Bible also says in Psalm 19:1-4, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shews his handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shews knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth. And their words to the end of the world.”

As Christians, we look to the Scriptures to interpret what God may be saying to America, and the world. It’s with superior authority the Word of God is the filter to interpret any sign that God may be giving. Because the Lord says in Matt. 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Knowing that judgement begins at the ‘house of God’ (I Peter 4:17) we need to prepare in our faith, spiritually and physically. If

how I am going to make my money.” –Ashliegh, age 9

Me: What’s a diet?

Eli (5): I don’t know; it’s what my mom takes.

Saw some kids stuffing leaves down their shirts.

Me: What are y’all doing?

3-year-old girl: Putting babies in our bellies.

4-year-old girl: We’re gonna have babies!

judgement is upon us, we keep our eyes on Jesus, the ‘author and finisher of our faith.” (Heb.12:2)

So letting Scripture interpret this phenomenon, there is found eight scriptures where God is described with the first and last theme of the Aleph and Tav. In the Old Testament, Isaiah 44:6 says, “I am the first. And I am the last; beside me there is no god.” Again in Isaiah 48:12 states, “I am the first, I also am the last.”

This is repeated six times in Revelations (in Greek): 1:8- “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”; 1:11- “…I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last”; 1:17- “Fear not, I am the first and the last”; 2:8“The words of the first and last, who died and came back to life”; 21:6- “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end”; and 22:13- “I

Over-discipline a child. (Children learn by suffering consequences of the decisions they make. Sometimes we need to let children make their own decisions and suffer the results. Experience is the best teacher.)

• Stepping in and rescuing a child from the consequences of a decision the child has made. (We become enablers by letting the child think that whatever he/she does, we will always bail him/her out. Letting a child eat whatever and whenever he/ she wants. (The body needs proper nutrition to function well. Parents

4-year-old boy: Yeah, me too!

5-year-old boy: A long, long time ago, I threw up. And then a long, long time again, I threw up. And then I threw up today.

4-year-old boy: Look!

It’s 11 o’clock!

Me: Wow! How did you know what time it was?

should see that a child eats healthy foods. (Soda is not a healthy food!) Letting a child talk so as to dominate conversations. (Children need to learn to listen to others and respect the opinions of others.)

• Insisting that a child be promoted in school when that child has not mastered the skills of the grade level he/she is in. (Children just get in deeper and deeper, become frustrated, and develop low self-esteem.)

• Not seeing to it that children have chores to do to contribute to the family. (Children need to learn

Boy: I just know because I eat broccoli and wild carrots.

am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

Like Psalm 19 says, the heavens are declaring what God has declared in His Word, all along. With the Aleph and the Tav in the firmament’s ‘handiwork,’ God is establishing who He is to America and demonstrating this to the rest the world.

Though in ancient Hebrew script, derived from Phoenician, there’s no speech or language that cannot understand this. Beginning in America, these ‘lines’ have now gone out through all the earth. He is Eternal God, our Creator, the Aleph and Tav, the ultimate beginning and end, the first and last. The real “State of the Union Address’ was delivered on Monday, April 8, 2024, in the heart of America (‘House’ of God), by the Governor of the Na-

Me, teasing my son, Roy (10): You know how it goes: First kid swallows a quarter, mom demands x-rays. Second kid swallows a quarter, mom waits for it to pass. Third kid, she takes it from his allowance. By the time we get to you, well...

Roy: By the time we get to me, there ARE no quarters!

tions (Psa22:28), King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Rev.19:16), and God of gods (Duet.10:17). With the Tav, the lines have gone out telling us we were His Jerusalem (city of peace) established with the Gospel of Peace (John14:27) by the Prince of Peace (Isa.9:6).

But now we are as Nineveh, a city in need to repent.(Jonah 1-2) In the heart of our country, God is addressing the condition of our heart. And like Nineveh, God is calling us to turn back to Him with our whole heart. (Mark12:30, Luke 10:27)

With the Aleph, the Lord God Almighty is stating, “The Lord our God, the Lord is one” and there is no other god besides Him (Duet.6:4, Isa.44:6). God’s first commandment is “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall

that things in life should be earned and most are not free.) These are a few things we can watch out for as we raise our most cherished gifts—our children. There is no such thing as a perfect parent, but each of us can strive to improve our parenting skills. Children are a real pleasure if they learn to live as Christ would have them live, but children who are neglected and left to their own desires seldom are a pleasure to be around.

Proverbs 23:24 tells us that, “The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.”

6 year-old boy: Babies are for mommies and girls.

Me: Why can’t boys be around them?

Boy: Because they throw up on boys if you get too close.

Me: I see.

Boy: Yeah. It’s in the Bible.

--This week’s quotes: Teacher, Susanna Jackson, groups/295034083897408

have no other gods before me.” (Ex.20:1-3, Duet.5:7)

There is nothing more important than this clarion call “Come out of her, my people”(Rev.18:4) in a personal and corporate ‘spiritual exodus’. By examining our hearts, cleansing the temple of our lives, and putting our spiritual house in order where He is first. (Matt.6:33; 22:37)

May we be like ancient Nineveh who humbled themselves and received God’s mercy by abandoning their idols and turning back to God. And may the Lord hear us cry back with Isaiah 40:3, in a unified voice: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” For the Kingdom of Heaven is at our hand. FAMILY APR. 12, 2024 • 3B

DR. RICHARD BAKER, AIF®, is the founder of and an executive wealth advisor at Fervent Wealth Management. https://www.

Dave Says...A safety net, not a hammock

are in a bad situation, and we’re thinking about taking my parents up on their offer to move in with them. We both work two jobs. I’m a medical transcriptionist with a small business on the side, and he’s a warehouse clerk who is also trying to get a business off the ground. Combined, we bring home about $70,000 a year, plus we have $80,000 in debt between credit cards and a car loan. On top of all this, our rent went up

18 percent at the first of the year, and we can’t afford the increase. Should we move in with my folks?

I’m not opposed to families jumping into a situation together to solve a problem. That includes grown children moving back home for a short period of time. Sometimes, when the right people are involved (and proper boundary expectations are established and agreed

upon), it can work out well for everyone. I just want you to be very careful that you’re not using a move like this to mask the real problem. I’m going to shoot straight with you. The real problem isn’t an 18 percent jump in rent. The real problem is what that rent increase revealed about you both—the fact that you have weak careers. You guys are like two hamsters in a wheel right now. Neither one of you is afraid of work. That much is obvious.

And you’re working four jobs between the two of you, so there’s no lack of effort. But you’re not gaining any traction. You’re not making a lot of money, and the debt hanging over your heads isn’t helping either. Your parents are obviously good-hearted people, Melissa. If you do this, I want you, your husband and your folks to go into it with this mindset—your stay with them is a brief stopover on your way to prosperity. Don’t go

into this—any of you—with an attitude of the world is mean, rent went up, and we can’t make it out there. This is a safety net, not a hammock. Use this time to begin addressing your financial issues, and take a long, hard look at your career and income situation. If you use this opportunity wisely, you can emerge in a better place with your money and with getting ahead in your careers.

God bless you all!

Stock Market Insights: A smooth flight for stocks in Q1

This is your captain speaking.” I had to fly to the East Coast last week for some meetings, and about a half-hour into our two-hour flight, the captain announced, “ We’re a quarter of the way to our destination and have reached our cruising altitude. I don’t expect any problems the rest of the way, but keep your seatbelts on in case we hit some unexpected turbulence.” That is also an appropriate announcement for the stock market this year so far. We’ve finished the first quarter of 2024, and it was a great quarter for stocks. The S&P 500 index ended the quarter positively, benefiting from a resilient U.S. economy, easing inflation, rising corporate profits, and expectations of beginning rate cuts

Before making the decision to buy a home, it’s important to plan for all the

from the Federal Reserve (Fed). The March positive gain made it the fifth straight positive month and made this quarter the best first quarter in the last five years. There is a lot of discussion about how companies will use artificial intelligence (AI). It is still pretty early to see how it will affect corporate profits. It reminds me more of the mid-1990s when companies began utilizing the internet and less like the dot-com bubble in 1999–2000. It seems AI is more like a supplemental tool like the internet is and not the marketing gimmick

of the dot-com age. Looking ahead to the next few months, I’m encouraged by the latest data showing the economy is growing steadily. Though inflation is still high, it is continuing to ease. Double-digit profits in the companies of the S&P 500 are looking more and more possible. History suggests strength. Since 1950, the S&P 500 has risen 93% of the time in the 12 months following a five-month streak like we’ve had, with an average gain of over 12%, according to LPL. And down years are rare after strong first

quarters. I wouldn’t be surprised by a pullback before the first Fed rate cut. This may be why we are seeing a choppy start to April, but stocks should respond positively to the rate cuts once they begin.

With solid fundamentals and history, I’m staying the course with the accounts I manage. As I have done for my clients, a rebalance in your portfolio might make sense. Overall, the current investment risks seem manageable, though I continue to watch inflation, Fed rates, and any war escalation that might affect the markets.

As I was on the tram in Dallas going to my next terminal, I was chatting with a pilot standing next to me, and I realized he had been my pilot. He immediately apologized for the unexpected turbulence. I laughed and said, “I’m fine with every flight I walk away from, and besides that, I took your advice. I kept my seatbelt on.” Marketwise, I don’t expect any major issues this year, but staying invested according to your risk tolerance is wise in case of unexpected turbulence.

Have a blessed week!

What every homebuyer should know about closing costs

costs you’ll be responsible for. While you’re busy saving for the down payment, don’t forget you’ll want to prep for closing costs too.

Here’s some helpful information on what those costs are and how much you should budget for them.

What Are Closing Costs?

A recent article from Bankrate explains: “Closing costs are the fees and expenses you must pay before becoming the legal owner of a house, condo or townhome . . .Closing costs vary depending on the pur-

chase price of the home and how it’s being financed . . .”

Simply put, your closing costs are the additional fees and payments you have to make at closing. According to Freddie Mac, while they can vary by location and situation, closing costs typically include:

• Government recording costs

• Appraisal fees

Credit report fees

• Lender origination fees

• Title services Tax service fees

• Survey fees

• Attorney fees

Underwriting Fees

How Much Are Closing Costs?

According to the same Freddie Mac article men tioned above, they’re typ ically between 2% and 5% of the total purchase price of your home. With that in mind, here’s how you can get an idea of what you’ll need to budget. Let’s say you find a home you want to purchase at today’s median price of $384,500. Based on the 2-5% Freddie Mac estimate, your closing fees could be between roughly $7,690 and $19,225.

But keep in mind, if you’re in the market for a home above or below this price range, your closing costs will be higher or lower. Make Sure You’re Prepared To Close Freddie Mac provides great advice for homebuyers, saying:

“As you start your homebuying journey, take the time to get a sense of all costs involved – from your down payment to closing costs.”

The best way to do that is by partnering with a team of trusted real estate professionals. That gives you a group of experts to help you understand how much you’ll need to save and what you’ll want to be prepped for. It also means you have go-to resources for any questions that pop up along the way.

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DAVE RAMSEY, CEO, Ramsey Solutions, and an eight-time No. 1 national best-selling author, and host of The Ramsey Show

MCT Oil is a type of oil that is made from medium chain fatty acids which are found in coconut and palm oils. The abbreviation stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides. This oil is used for a wide variety of purposes/advantages:

1. Weight loss: MCT Oil often helps to promote weight loss by increasing energy expenditure and fat oxidation. It often assists in reducing

MCT Oil: Definitions and benefits

the appetite. Consuming MCT Oil promotes the release of two appetite suppressing hormones: Peptide YY and Leptin. Studies have shown that folks who added the MCT Oil to their breakfast ended up consuming considerably less (than normal) for lunch.

2. Increased energy seems to be a common advantage of taking MCT Oil.

3. Improved cognition is an additional plus of this wonder product. Many studies have shown that MCT Oil may help to improve cognition function especially with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients; this was also coupled with being on

a keto diet.

4. Inflammation reducer: This oil had anti-inflammatory properties and may help to, generally, reduce inflammation throughout the body. (Remember, too, that inflammation is the start of about 85 percent of disease!)

5. MCT lowers your bad cholesterol (naturally).

6. MCT Oil strengthens hair! It protects hair from breakage and it holds in the protein which keeps the follicle healthy, too. Additionally, it keeps your scalp healthy, too, as it prevents fungi and increases hair growth.

7. MCT can act as a great hair detangler for humans and pets! We can simply add it to our fa-

vorite shampoo (preferably, one without a built-in conditioner). It makes hair or fur much easier to comb out when wet. (To 8 ounces of shampoo, add 4 Tablespoons of MCT Oil).

8. MCT Oil makes our bodies burn fat much faster.

9. MCT can help manage epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and autism. The studies showed that the MCT Oil, as mentioned previously, was coupled with the keto diet in order to show these positive results of lessening the effects of autism and the geriatric cognitive diseases.

10. MCT contains specialized acids that fight yeast infections and

bacterial growth. Studies have shown that this reduces candida albicans by 25 percent and also fights a bacteria called…clostridium difficile.

11. MCT can help manage blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that MCT Oil also has benefits for diabetic and metabolic syndrome.

One study from 2007 followed 40 people with diabetes and those who consumed MCT Oil, daily, saw body weight reductions, waist circumference reductions and insulin resistance compared to those taking corn oil containing LCTs (Ling Chain Triglycerides).

Again, and as always, consult your doctor or pharmacist before adding any new supplement to your health routine.

Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership: Plug in or promote from within?

No. 1

author, and


sey Show Dave, I own a small business with about 20 team members, and we’re doing pretty well. Last year, we had revenues of about $1.2 million and profits of $250,000. How do I find leadership within my company that cares about the vision and value of my company enough to help me grow it to the next level? I have two

people in mind here who have impressed me a lot in the last two years, and I’d like for one of them to take a step up in the company. I’d like for this person to also challenge me and help me grow as a leader.

Troy Troy, I want leaders on my team who aren’t afraid to bring things to my attention. If there are things they feel I need to work on, or look at differently, I want them to let me know. I’m not perfect, that’s for sure.

And I’ve made plenty of mistakes during my 30-plus years in business. But when it comes right down to it, it’s not their job to challenge me and help me grow. As a leader, that’s on me. It’s my responsibility to make sure I’m constantly challenging myself and growing as a leader and businessman.

Now, developing your team members and getting them to actually care and align with your mission?

That is part of your job. You don’t want leaders within your organization who

aren’t aligned with what you’re trying to accomplish. When that happens, you’ve got a leader working a J-O-B. And at that point, they’re no longer a leader. They’re just a boss. Leaders lead. They show the way, they encourage and they lead by example. A boss just tells people what to do.

Over the years, I’ve had more luck promoting from within than I have bringing in someone new and plugging them in. Maybe there’s someone there who’s smart, already showing potential

and demonstrating they care about the place and your mission. That’s someone you can tap on the shoulder and start to move in a leadership direction. That kind of person is already fired up and wired up, so take the bridle off them and give them a chance to run.

Here’s an easy first step: Find a really good small-business and leadership book, buy three copies and start a series of study sessions with you and the two team members you mentioned earlier. Let them

know you feel they have real leadership potential, then read through the chapters together and discuss one or two over a lunch each week. Open up the discussions, and just let them talk. After a few weeks of this, it’ll start to become clear really fast if either one is suited for a bigger role in the company. It’ll become the ultimate interview process.

Great question, Troy. Best of luck to you and your company as you take this next big step!


Newly formed chapter of national organization teaches women needed skills

A newly formed chapter of an organization that empowers women will begin meeting in Branson.

The TWAW Shooting Chapters, doing business as Armed Women of America, is a national nonprofit organization. Founded in 2013, the Armed Women of America enables women to be their own self-protectors, thereby providing freedom, peace of mind and self- confidence.

The Armed Women of America focuses on giving women the skills, training and confidence to defend themselves and those in their care.

Armed Women of America currently has more than 10,000 members throughout the country, and is the largest and most trusted women’s organization for those who wish to learn more about firearms and training.

The new local chapter of Armed Women of America is being spearheaded by Beth Schulz, a Branson area resident who is passionate about self-protection.

Said Schulz, “Gun ownership and the complex laws surrounding the use of firearms is a significant topic around the nation. According to the Wall Street Journal in 2021, close to half of all

new U.S. gun buyers since the beginning of 2019 have been women. A survey conducted by a professional survey team states that 42.2 percent of all gun owners in the U.S. are female. This influx of women shooters creates a void in the industry— the absence of a safe, warm and welcoming environment where women can learn and practice with other women. For ladies new to shooting, the very male-driven industry can be intimidating.”

To meet this new need for women, the TWAW Shooting Chapters began launching Armed Women of America Shooting Chapters across the country to create opportunities for women to learn and practice self-protection skills.

The new chapter of the AWA will launch on Saturday, April 20, according to Schulz. Meetings are open to any woman 18 or older who is legally allowed to possess firearms. The organization is teaming up with Ozark Shooters for the monthly meetings, which will include discussion, classroom education and time on the shooting range, as members learn and practice safe gun handling.

Annual membership dues of $75 will offer members a variety of discounts, both

locally and nationally, and will be used to cover chapter expenses. First time attendees are not required to join, but all participants will be asked to pay a $5 range fee to cover the cost of ammunition at later meetings.

“The meeting will be

held every third Saturday, beginning this month,” said Schulz. “The first two meetings, in April and May, will be instructional only.”

To learn more about the Armed Women of America or to become a founding member of the new Branson Chapter, contact Beth Schulz, Chapter Leader and Certified Instructor, at 417-219-1123 or via email at

“Our Chapters bring women together of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds to support one another on the journey to be their own self-protectors,” said Schulz. “AWA - Branson MO Shooting Chapter will give women of all experience levels the opportunity to be introduced to issues important to women shooters, learn safe gun handling skills and train together.” YOUR HEALTH APR. 12, 2024 • 5B

Area school news briefs: Our schools are awesome!

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 grades 7-12. 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.

In conjunction with the Summer School Program in the Branson School District, a free, nutritious meal will be available to children age 18 and younger and eligible disabled adults. Children are not required to attend summer school to participate in this program.

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

Invitation from Congressman Eric Burlison to high school artists in Missouri’s Seventh District

Congressman Burlison invites all high school students in Missouri’s Seventh Congressional District to participate in the 2024 Congressional Art Competition. Visit burlison. to enter for a chance to have your artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

Accepted mediums are paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media and computer-generated photography.

To submit artwork for the competition: Email the completed Student Release Form and a high-resolution JPEG photograph of your art piece to

The submission deadline for the student release form and artwork is Monday, April 22. For more information on competition rules, visit

Questions about the competition can be directed to Chris from my team at or by calling her in my Joplin office at 417-781-1041.

College of the Ozarks to host Spring Open House at Student Industries

College of the Ozarks invites the public to join in a celebration of student-made products on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to join this event to witness firsthand the skill and creativity of College of the Ozarks students across campus. From culinary arts to craftsmanship, visitors will be able to engage with students, sample delicious products, and join educational demonstrations.

Embrace the flavors of spring with student-made products, including the “College of the Ozarks Cookbook,” peach salsa, and a variety of fruit spreads.

As a token of appreciation for attending, guests will have the chance to win a baker’s basket filled with student-made products, the “College of the Ozarks Cookbook,” and more, valued at over $100. Guests will also receive a complimentary gift with each purchase at the Stained Glass & Candle Shop only.

Enjoy three stories of amazing artifacts and collections at the Ralph Foster Museum and view our recently opened exhibit, “Ron Raymer and Jesse Barnes: Artists of the Heartland.”

While at the open house, visitors are encouraged to explore the campus attractions, including Patriots Park, Williams Memorial Chapel, Scripture Garden, Hoge Greenhouses, Gaetz Tractor Museum, and the Ralph Foster Museum.

Cooking Demo Times:

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Coconut-Blueberry Cake (at The Keeter Center Gift Shop)

• 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Milling Demo and sampling (at Edwards Mill & General Store)

• 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Sustainable Bouquet (at The Keeter Center Gift Shop)

• 12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Milling Demo and sampling (at Edwards Mill & General Store)

• 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Cornmeal Pizza Crust (at The Keeter Center Gift Shop)

For more information regarding the Spring Open House, call Retail Operations Office at 833-267-1985.

Techbrarian appreciation at Hollister Schools

National School Librarian (Techbrarian) Day was April 4. The day recognizes and celebrates all that our school techbrarians do. They help kids fall in love with reading, choose that perfect book for a reluctant reader, and teach students about technology and STEM. Please help us to make our techbrarians feel special.

Hollister Band places at MCCGA

Hollister Winter Winds, with scholarship winner Linn in the blue dress (Photo submitted)

Hollister Winter Guard and Winter Winds both competed in the Mid Continent Color Guard Association Championships on April 6 which included 162 units from Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Nebraska and Kansas. Hollister Winter Guard placed fourth in Scholastic AA, and Winter Winds was the Silver Medalist in Scholastic A.

Additionally, senior Katie Linn earned one of the five college scholarships awarded to participants that day.

Both groups will perform in the Hollister Fine Arts Showcase on Thursday, April 11, at Hollister High School.

Hollister recognizes April students of the month

The Hollister R-V School District recognized four students at the April board of education meeting as students of the month for April. Stu-

Richardson, Lee, Henderson, Stevens (Photo submitted)

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dents recognized were: Hollister Early Childhood Center: Kaia Lee (First grade); Hollister Elementary School: Emilee Henderson (Third grade); Hollister Middle School: Gilbert Stevens (Eighth grade); Hollister High School: Noah Richardson (12th grade).

Hollister School District recognizes paraprofessionals Paraprofessionals Day was on April 3. Paras support classes, students and teachers. Paras often work behind the scenes and are not as visible as teachers and administrators. The work paraprofessionals do in our schools is important and we sing their praises. Paraprofessionals do amazing hard work for the love of their students. Please do us a favor and take time to give recognition to their valuable work and contribution to our Hollister family.

Hollister School District honors outgoing board member Rose Shook

Reeds Spring Intermediate School Learners of the Month

The Hollister R-V School District presented outgoing board member Rose Shook with its April Community Spotlight Award at the recent board of education meeting for her unwavering service to the district. Shook has served on the Hollister Board of Education for nine years. Superintendent Dr. Brian Wilson presented the award on behalf of the district.

Dr. Wilson shared that Mrs. Shook has been a valuable board member and a champion for students, teachers and staff. “Over the past nine years, Mrs. Shook has been an integral part of the progress made in the Hollister School District,” Wilson said. “You can look across this campus and see things that she has had a hand in that have made things better for students, better for teachers and staff, and better for our community.”

The district is grateful to Rose Shook for her service.

Hollister’s April Staff Member, Teacher of the Month

The Hollister R-V School District recognized Mary Houck as the staff member of the month, and Lacee Chrisope as the teacher of the month at the April board of education meeting. Mary is the food service team lead at Hollister Elementary, and Lacee is a high school special education teacher.

School of the Osage team wins High School Fishing Open on Table Rock Lake

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to compete in the Reeds Spring Invitational on April

second in the pole vault, Kierstin Allen was second in the discus, and Issie Sooter placed third in the 400-meter run.

The MLF High School Fishing team of Kolton Dauber of Osage Beach, Missouri, and Skyler Hutzler of Kaiser, Missouri, representing Osage Beach, Missouri’s School of the Osage, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 2 ounces to win the MLF Abu Garcia High School Fishing Presented by Tackle Warehouse Open at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri. A field of 50 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which was hosted by ExploreBranson. com. In MLF High School Fishing competition, the top 10 percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The top five teams that advanced to the 2024 High School Fishing National Championship are: 1st: School of the Osage, Osage Beach, Mo. – Kolton Dauber and Skyler Hutzler, five bass, 20-2

Mr. Mark Waugh, PreK-5 Principal, shared that Mary has a heart for serving others. “It’s really hard for Mary to be here tonight,” Mr. Waugh said. “You see there’s an event taking place down at the elementary tonight that Mrs. Mary was helping to prep for. It’s hard for her to be here letting us honor her, and that’s because of her heart for kids and her heart for serving others.”

High School Principal, Dr. Jared Terry shared that nobody works harder for kids than Mrs. Chrisope. “She provides students with fun activities for learning,” he said. “She is constantly looking at data and individualizing learning for students to help them reach their goals and to push them to another level.”

Reeds Spring School District bus involved in crash

A Reeds Spring School District bus was involved in a three-vehicle crash after school on Thursday afternoon last week. The crash occurred on Highway 160 near the Reeds Spring Junction.

Bus No. 19 had two students and two adults on board. As a precaution, one student, and one adult, the driver, were taken to the hospital. The families of the students and employees involved have been notified.

Reeds Spring Schools would like to thank emergency personnel for their swift and compassionate response.


James Dowdy won the long jump for the boys, and the 4x800-meter relay team also won. Dowdy also placed second in the 200-meter dash and Max Hirschi was second in the 800-meter run. Chris Daniels placed third in the 100-meter dash.

Baseball: Beat Crane 8-6 in 8 innings; Beat Greenwood 10-9; Lost to Lebanon 15-1; Lost to Clever 15-0

Tennis: Lost to Forsyth 5-0 and 9-0; Lost to Willow Springs 5-4; Beat New Covenant 5-1; Lost to Monett 9-0

Golf: The RSHS boys golf team competed at Clever and Cassville. Colin Hejlek and Kreeden Smith shot their career-best scores at Cassville.

• 3rd: Camdenton High School, Camdenton, Mo. – Corbin Bailey and Kaden Messina, five bass, 16-6

• 4th: Baldwin High School, Baldwin City, Kan. – Cayden Harmon and Cooper Shannon, five bass, 15-11

• 5th: Melissa High School, Melissa, Texas –Camden Sarrett and Andrew Waters, five bass, 15-5

Complete results from the event can be found at

MLF Abu Garcia High School Fishing presented by Tackle Warehouse tournaments are free, two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12 and are open to any MLF and TBF Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10 percent of teams at each Open event, along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships, advance to the High School Fishing National Championship June 19-22, at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina.

2nd: Kick Back Bass Club, Johnson County, Kan. – Myles McDaniel and Will Shepherd, five bass, 17-1 SCHOOL NEWS APR. 12, 2024 • 7B
Top row (left to right): Salvador Madrigal, Brayden Creason, Jax Ratliff, Sofia McGowan, Addyson Marshall, Kaylee Looney Bottom row (left to right): Ibi Tain, Greyden Korth, Kira Probstfeld, Amelia Erbelding, Nate Waters Reeds Spring Middle School Character Students for March Top row (left to right): Corbin Hampton, Blaze Clevenger, Cooper Hayward, Aurora Hilton Middle row (left to right): Thomas Turnbow, Rory Oesterreicher, Kyrah McFarland, Mavrick Probstfeld Bottom row (left to right): Jayden Baker, Hayden Yartz, Chloe Duncan-Pate, Adalia Chriswell Wolves host track and field meet Reeds Spring High School welcomed 17 other schools 2. The Wolves had a strong performance from Emmarae Thompson, who won the 100-meter hurdles and placed third in the 300-meter hurdles. Grace Chastain won the pole vault and the girls 4x100-meter relay team also finished first. Destiny Lippe placed
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The first place team of Kolton Dauber and Skyler Hutzler from School of the Ozarks (Photo submitted) Jae Jones BOE Member, Shook, and Andy Penrod BOE President (Photo submitted) Houck and BOE Member Brandon Norris (Photo submitted) Chrisope and BOE Treasurer Nic Nelson (Photo submitted)
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Kylie Fitzwater competes in the long jump for Reeds Spring High School. (Photo 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

• Glenn Schulz, 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 necessi-

ties 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

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html/find-drive, enter ZIP code, 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. 12, 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 #: ____________________________________________________________________
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The months of April and May see the House of Representatives moving at full speed. My advocacy often shifts from constituent services (though we are always desirous and diligent to respond to individual’s needs within the district), to the vetting and voting upon legislation that affects all Missourians, particularly those in the 156th District. It is during this time pe-

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riod that the relationships built over my past two terms come into play. Building bridges of commonality and true friendships with fellow representatives allow me increased ability to advocate for those I represent in the 156th District. As a committee chairman, with increased access to House leadership, I get more opportunity to affect meaningful legislation that supports Branson, Hollister and the surrounding communities.

My House Bill 2143 passed in the executive session of the Pension Committee along partisan lines. The bill creates the “Foreign Adversary Divestment Act” and ensures that Missouri pensioners are not propping up companies in nations adversarial to our capitalistic and free society.

My House Bill 1617 passed in Rules-Administrative Oversight in executive session with a vote of 8-0.

The bill increases the statute of limitations for childhood sexual assault victims and has never received a no vote in the House of Representatives.

My House Bill 2320 received bipartisan support on the House floor, and is heading to the Senate to an as yet unnamed committee. This bill designates Branson to be the official “Live Entertainment Capital” for the state of Missouri. I spoke of our wonderful shows, lakes and outdoor activities, shopping, restaurants and attractions.

I voted in favor of House Bill 2020, part of the state budget, for monies that I advocated for with the Budget Chair and Governor Parson, to receive infrastructure im-

provements on Highway 76.

In part the bill states: For all expenditures associated with the planning, design and construction of infrastructure improvements on Highway 76 in a city with more than twelve thousand five hundred but fewer than fourteen thousand inhabitants and located in a county with more than fifty thousand but fewer than sixty thousand inhabitants and with a county seat with more than one thousand but fewer than four thousand inhabitants: From Budget Stabilization Fund, $6,200,000. I’m thankful for Rep. Brad Hudson’s help in securing this funding through his previous experience and relationships built on the budget committee. Branson’s infrastructure needs are greater than those

of a typical “small town,” and this money is much needed for our heavily traveled entertainment district.

I have also spoken in favor of receiving $727.5 million to rebuild the I-44 corridor, the major highway that leads to Highway 65.

Housing is an ongoing need in the 156th District. To that end, I recently contacted the Executive Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Michelle Hataway. The City of Branson is submitting six CBDG DR applications to construct six multifamily housing projects. This grant will allow developer to construct housing that is affordable for many of the working families in the area.

HJR 86 is moving forward, dealing with Initiative Petition Reform. Part

of the language that I voted in favor of includes defining a “legal voter” as a United States citizen that is a resident of Missouri.

The bill also prohibits foreign governments and political parties from sponsoring initiative petitions and from engaging in electoral activity in support of or opposition to initiative petitions. 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.

Brian H. Seitz State Representative of the 156th District

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

Telephone: 573-751-1309

State Rep. Brad Hudson secures $6.2 million for Highway 76 improvements in Branson

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State Representative

Brad Hudson has successfully secured $6.2 million in funding for Highway 76 improvements in Branson. This significant allocation is aimed at enhancing infrastructure and facilitating safer, more efficient transportation in the area.

Working closely with House Budget Chairman Cody Smith, Rep. Hudson

helped champion the cause for Branson’s Highway 76 improvements.

“When this need was brought to my attention, I immediately called the Budget Chairman, Rep. Cody Smith, and told him we had to get funding for the Branson 76 CID included in the House’s budget proposal,” Rep. Hudson, R-Cape Fair, said. “As someone who has served on the House Budget

committee, I understand the high value that is placed on getting funding in the budget, and I understand how difficult that can be. I am thankful that my experience on the budget committee, and my relationship with Budget Chairman Cody Smith, has helped secure this important funding for the City of Branson. I am excited to see it put to good use.” This accomplishment highlights Rep. Hudson’s commitment to addressing the critical needs of the community and his proactive approach to securing necessary resources for infrastructure development.

“I am always cognizant of the needs of the 156th District, especially when it comes to state funding for projects across the area,” Rep. Brian Seitz, R-Branson, said. “After meeting with representa-

Taney County Health Dept. announces recipient of 2024 Public Health Champion award

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The Taney County Health Department (TCHD) Public Health Champion Award is presented annually as part of National Public Health Week, celebrated the first full week of April. This year’s Public Health Champion award is proudly presented to Christian Action Ministries (CAM).

A portion of the nomination CAM received reads: “CAM has fought against food insecurity in Taney County for 40 years. Their Neighbor 2 Neighbor (N2N) program gets local community groups involved to provide mobile food distribution sites throughout Taney County. Last July, fierce winds knocked out power to the Ridgecrest Apartment complex for over a day. This community is served by the N2N program and the groceries they had recently received spoiled in the summer heat. CAM was contacted by the N2N program, and another grocery distribution was provided. Christian Action Ministries is not just a food pantry, it fosters a sense of community. CAM helps fill stomachs and hearts.”

tives from the 76 Community Improvement District, and hearing about their funding needs, I immediately took the request to Rep. Hudson because I knew his experience on the budget committee would be of paramount importance to securing this vital funding. I am thankful that I could bring this to the attention of Rep. Hudson, and grateful that through his work with Budget Chairman Cody

Smith, we were able to get this funding included in the House’s budget.”

The $6.2 million allocation underscores the collaborative efforts in the Missouri House of Representatives in ensuring the prosperity and safety of the residents and visitors of Branson. For more information, contact Rep. Hudson at 573751-3851 or by email at Brad.

• Provides leadership in efforts to reduce health inequalities Fosters collaboration to improve the health of the population Builds community capacity through innovative health promotion strategies Achieves impact by acting as a catalyst for positive change

The staff of the TCHD

The Public Health Champion award recognizes organizations, agencies and individuals who contribute to the health of the community. Nominated by TCHD staff, managers and board members, the nominees must meet at least one of the following criteria:

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would like to thank CAM for all their dedication throughout the past year in supporting the public health needs of the community. Congratulations on this much deserved award.

For more information contact the Taney County Health Department at 417334-4544, or visit their website at www.taneycohealth. org. GOVERNMENT APR. 12, 2024 • 9B
Staff of Christian Action Ministries (Photo submitted)

Around Town: Here’s what’s going on in the Tri-Lakes


• 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 “Stand with Israel Prayer Vigil,” 7 p.m. Concerned Women for America of Missouri (invitation to this important prayer event from CWA of MO State Director Tracy Dougan; Madelyn Sestak, YWA C of O Chapter President; Penny Nance, President, CEO of CWA) Vigil is at the College of the Ozarks, 100 Opportunity Ave., Point Lookout; meet at the Williams Memorial Chapel Courtyard. Prayer vigil will focus on suffering of Jewish people and victims of horrific terrorist attacks, Oct. 7, 2023. Please wear blue in support of Israel.

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 1 p.m. at the Lake Taneycomo Elks Lodge, 12951 U.S. Hwy. 160 Forsyth. Vendor booths availablecontact Terri Williams, or 417-230-6200.

• 13 Options Pregnancy Clinic, Walk for Life, 9 a.m. at Branson RecPlex, Pavilion D, 1501 Branson Hills Pkwy. We expect to have approximately 150 walkers rain or shine. Check-in: 8:30.

• 13 LIVE MUSIC at TAPS On Downing Street, 7-9p.m. 260 Birdcage Walk, Hollister. https://

• 14 Second annual Holocaust Education and Awareness Week in Bran-

son – opening of the film 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”

– “One Life.” Tickets: $8.50, IMAX lowest rate.

Address: 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway.

• 15 American Legion Post #220 invites all of our former and current U.S. military friends to join us Monday 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, then make a left. Monthly business meeting is the second Monday of the month, 6 p.m. at Denny’s, 2335 West 76, Branson. We look forward to meeting you!

• 15 Second annual Holocaust Education and Awareness Week in Branson film festival: 10 a.m. IMAX Theater Complex, Theater 1, 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. “50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus.” 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.

• 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 “Anne Frank Award,” will give her testimony and share some of her incredible art from the “Beloved: Children of the Holocaust” exhibit. The story of how the art was produced and each story of each child is truly miraculous! Open to the public.

• 16 New organization, Pathways Project Coalition of the Ozarks, addressing, ending human trafficking in Stone and Taney counties, will meet at 12 noon at Local Insurance Advisors Group office, Branson West, 16585 State Highway 13, Suite N. We will update our progress, collaborate ideas, invite you to get involved. Please use Zoom link to join meeting: https:// j/83505752593?pwd=CLPGcaDnnIYXvPLYQjADbsTPaoXRBb.1; Meeting ID: 835 0575 2593; Passcode: 310098, if you are unable to attend in person.

• 16 LIVE MUSIC every TUESDAY at Landry’s Seafood House, 6-8 p.m. 2900 W. Hwy. 76, Branson.

• 17 Second annual Holocaust Education and Awareness Week in Branson film festival: 7 p.m. On the big screen at the IMAX Theater Complex, “Beloved: Children of the Holocaust” - winner of Top Documentary Film at the Crown Point International Film Festival. The miraculous story of the life of Mary Burkett and how she became an “artist” by Divine intervention and appointment. Mary is a recipient of the “Anne Frank Award” for 2024. Light refreshments afterwards with the opening of the 28-piece exhibit “Beloved: Children of the Holocaust.” No charge. Address: 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway.

• 18, 19, 20 Church-wide garage sale: Open Doors United Methodist Church, 6238 St. Hwy. 86, Blue Eye. Thurs., Apr. 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., Apr. 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sat., Apr. 20, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sack sale on Saturday!

• 18 Second annual Holocaust Education and Awareness Week in Branson film festival: 10 a.m. IMAX Theater Complex, Theater 1. “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler.” How did one woman save 2,500 children? Yet she was totally unknown until three young girls from Kansas discovered her story and brought her the recognition she deserved. This became the “Life in a Jar Project” over in Kansas, and we have an exciting surprise from Kansas at the end of the film. Come early, limited seating. No charge. Address: 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway.

• 19 Second annual Holocaust Education and Awareness Week in Branson film festival: 10 a.m. IMAX Theater Complex, Theater 1.”Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport.” An extraordinary rescue operation by the U.K. to rescue 10,000 children under age 15 from sure death by the Nazis. The heartbreaking separation from their parents who painfully gave their children over to strangers to save them. No charge. Address: 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway.

• 19 LIVE MUSIC at Boondocks BAR-B-Q, 5-8 p.m. 29002 St. Hwy. 39, Shell Knob. https:// 19 Erich Eastman in concert at 7:30 p.m., The Nest Concert Venue, 800 State Highway 248, Bldg. 3A, Branson. Erich Eastman, a multifaceted musician and composer, merges choral artistry, guitar prowess, vocal performance and proficiency in various other instruments. He is passionate about uniting people through music and storytelling. Reserve tickets at https://

20 Second annual Holocaust Education and Awareness Week in Branson: 10:30 a.m. Library Center of the Ozarks, Children’s Library, 200 South 4th Street, Branson. Ages 6-12, Register with Library, seating limited. Storyteller Miss Branson 2024, Jessie Terry, will do an introductory overview of Paddington Bear and his connection to the Holocaust before reading to the children. Each child will receive a special memento of the event afterwards.

• 20 Second annual Holocaust Education and Awareness Week in Branson film festival: 2 p.m. IMAX Theater Complex, Theater 1. “THE WINDERMERE

• 18 Representative Brad Hudson, who is a candidate for state senate, will be speaking at the Taney County Federated Republican Women’s meeting on April 18 at Golden Corral Restaurant, 3551 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Branson, at 6 p.m.

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Area Entertainment: Treasured CD releases new life in milestone year

Barbara Fairchild is just as sweet as her smile is. I had the pleasure to spend a bit of time with her, to talk about the release of the album that was shelved and packed away for a time. Then, it was found and is being released to the public. The album was produced by the one and only Don Williams, whom Barbara has an admiration for and he for her. Yes, Don has moved on to heaven, but he and God have their hands on this timing release for Barbara. Last year Barbara reached a milestone year of entertainment. Her greatest song achievement came with a song that I knew her for: the 1973 “Teddy Bear Song.” I have to tell you—the new CD is so wonderful, and she blessed me with one. Thank you so much, Barbara. I never tire of good music.

Barbara is getting to travel to Ireland. She has not been there since touring the country with Don Williams. She will be a special feature in Daniel O’Donnell’s TV show titled “The Opry le Daniel.”

Barbara Fairchild was born in Lafe, Arkansas, on November 12, 1950. She was raised in Knobel, AR, until she and her family

moved to St. Louis, MO, when she was only thirteen years old. She first performed in front of an audience at the age of only five years old in a school talent show. Her first single, “Brand New Bed Of Roses” on the Norman label, was released when she was sixteen years old. With this song, she appeared on the local television channels. When she graduated from high school, she moved to Nashville, TN, to pursue her career in country music. She met Jerry Crutchfield and soon was signed to the MCA label as a songwriter. He sent her recording “Love Is A Gentle Thing” to Columbia Records helping her to land a record deal with them, with more singles and albums to follow. It is quite funny as I am sitting here writing this article, I, of course, have my music playing and what song comes on? “You’ve Lost That Lovin Feelin,” which was one of her top 10 singles. After a period of time, she moved from Nashville to San Antonio, TX, to spend more time with her children and husband. Unfortunately, they later divorced; she then married again to have that only end in a divorce. Later, she met her love, Roy Morris, who is her best friend and cheerleader. They travel together to spread the love of Jesus. Starting in 1989, she started recording gospel, continuing to release singles and albums. In 1992, she moved to Branson to appear in the Mel Tillis Show, then becoming a regular on the Jim Stafford Show. During this time, she started her own

show and the morning worship service at Music City Centre here in Branson, MO. She has appeared on several television shows—The Gene Williams Country TV, Ralph Emery’s Nashville Now, and Country’s Family Reunion hosted by whisperin’ Bill Anderson.

For a time, she toured with Don Williams, and this is when her new album was born, but was “shelved.” These recordings that were made 38 years ago were a personal project that came to light out of Williams’ admiration for her singing. Don’s manager at the time stated, “I don’t recall Don ever producing another artist. Don thought that much of Barbara’s talents. This was truly a labor of love.” This resulted in a powerful work from two of the greats in country music. Don stated that “Barbara was the best female singer out there, despite her grunting or groaning her way through her songs because of her breathing!” He loved giving Barbara a hard time about her breathing after a song! “Of course that was edited out,” Barbara joked. “That’s something that all artists do in the studio!” Among the ten tracks on this new album is a number that Kathy Mattea would later have a hit with, “Goin’ Gone.” Also, another highlight with this album that I found very pleasing was a Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash favorite, “Where Did We Go Right.” Although Barbara performs it differently, she brings a very smooth vocal performance like the Don Williams’ style. When she and Don were

touring together in London, Don only wanted to go see Shakespeare’s birthplace. He was not interested in any other places for sightseeing. The inside cover picture of Don and Barbara was taken on this tour. Barbara jokingly stated that her hair and makeup weren’t fixed, but they looked very thoughtful at each other. She couldn’t remember what they were talking about at that moment. They wanted a picture of the two of them together for this album. This is all that was available because cameras weren’t that readily available then. Barbara believes in many worthwhile causes. She performed on a tour named,

“Take America Back,” in which she honors the veterans as well as the current serving military. She is a spokesperson for Feed The Children, a sponsor for The Foster Grandparents Organization, and a member of Concerned Women of America. She has had her own ministry as she is an ordained minister. She tours with her country music and ministry performance shows still to this day. She is a songwriter, Nashville recording artist, Arkansas Music Hall of Fame and North America Hall of Fame inductee, Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female Grammy nomina-

tion, Grammy nomination for the Children category, five hit songs on the Country Top 40, Billboard Hot Country Songs chart topper, a crossover hit song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and Number 1 on the Canadian Country charts. For additional information on her new CD and touring schedule, access her through her website,, or follow her on Facebook.

Thank you, Barbara Fairchild, for your fun, entertaining time that we spent together, and let’s not forget that we got ourselves locked in the Branson Globe office during the eclipse. Thanks, Rob!

(Photo submitted by Barbara Fairchild)

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Final year of Street Fest: Old-fashioned fun blooms at The City, April 11 - 29

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ductions and unforgettable foods.

The jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring entertainment lineup includes aerial acrobat Kristy Sellers, a recent finalist on America’s Got Talent. Kristy’s exhilarating show will keep guests on the edge of their seats as she takes her act to new heights over our Opera House stage in a high-energy show you’ll have to see to believe.

Big top fun takes over our Riverfront Playhouse with the return of The Amazing Anastasini Circus starring Giovanni, an

eighth-generation circus performer hailing from Italy. Cocco the Clown is back with new comedy full of surprises. Performers will “wow” the crowd with silk stunts and Roman rings gymnastics. Guests strolling The Living Garden will do a double take as marble statues come to life. The Living Fountain’s artful fingertips cascade dazzling water displays all around her as the Flourishing Floras bring smiles and pops of vibrant green throughout the Red Gold Heritage Hall Courtyard.

Tasting Passports return with cutting-edge flavors and traditional favorites available only during Street Fest. The $35 passport offers five tastes from different eateries across The City, each with unique selections. New flavors include a Honey & Peach BBQ Sandwich, Smokey Corn Chowder, Bacon Jammin’ Fries, Mountain Berry Pizza, BBQ Shrimp with Slaw, Spinach Artichoke Dip Potato and Cuban Sandwich. Among the sweet new offerings are Strawberry Crunch Funnel Cake, Chocolate Mason Jar Dessert, OREO Madness Waffle and Strawberry Shortcake Beignets. Silver Dollar City is once again nominated for USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice award for “Best Theme Park” in America, a recognition it won last year. Fans can vote at every day on every device through April 22.

An operating calendar, along with more information, can be found at or by downloading the free Silver Dollar City app on any mobile device.

Veterans of the Ozarks announce Music on the Lake schedule

Veterans of the Ozarks is pleased to announce a great lineup of bands for the 2024 season of Music on the Lake. This concert series is FREE to attend and is hosted by VOTO annually, two Saturday evenings monthly from May through September, at the Kimberling City Shopping Center, 11863 Rt. 13 in Kimberling City. Showtimes are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The concert schedule features popular local and area bands in a variety of styles: Saturday, May 4 – Eddie Valen (rock & roll) Saturday, May 18 – CRC (classic rock)

• Saturday, June 1 – Table Rockers (rock & roll) Saturday, June 15 – Resurrection (classic rock) Saturday, June 29 – Kirk Brown (blues) Saturday, July 13 – Dale Johnston Country Review (country) Saturday, July 27 – Los Roscoes (blues) Saturday, August 10 –Carie’s Revenge (classic rock) Saturday, August 24 –Barry Wynn Country (country)

• Saturday, September 7 –Cover Charged (classic rock)

• Saturday, September 21 – The Band Rescue (rock & roll)

Additionally, a special Firefest performance on Tuesday, July 2, will feature Highway 13 (rock & roll). Music on the Lake concerts are sponsored by neighbors and friends and many favorite local businesses, and help support Veterans of the Ozarks as they serve other veterans. More business sponsorships are still needed, starting at $150 for the business logo to be displayed on two large outdoor digital TV screens at the concerts. Additional sponsorship levels include increasing amounts of ad time at each level; call 417-230-1283 for more information.

Veterans of the Ozarks provides valuable fellowship for area veterans, along with

financial help to veterans in need. Originally formed to serve Vietnam veterans, membership was expanded to include other veterans as the members realized younger veterans, even those who were not career military, become accustomed to the sense of brotherhood experienced in military service and need to get plugged in for support and fellowship. VOTO also partners with other area organizations that provide additional services, including a focus on suicide prevention with QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training and Mental Health First Responder training. Another important function of Veterans of the

Ozarks is providing Honor Guard and Color Guard for funerals of veterans across the Ozarks. VOTO served 106 funerals last year, as well as special events throughout the community.

In addition to Music on the Lake, you can support Veterans of the Ozarks by purchasing raffle tickets for some fun items throughout the summer and fall. From now through June 14, get your tickets for a drawing for a $300 gift certificate to Buffalo River Outfitters. The certificate can be used for float services, merchandise, or however the winner wishes.

From June 14 through September 16, tickets will be sold for a remote-controlled

cooler, the handiest and most entertaining way around for keeping drinks and picnic supplies cold! The season will finish up with raffle ticket sales through December 14 for a half hog, plus a freezer to store it in.

Also, golfers should plan now for the annual Veterans of the Ozarks golf tournament, scheduled for September 21. Learn more about Veterans of the Ozarks, and how to get involved, by following the Facebook page or calling David “Mac” McAllister, 417-230-1283. And on May 4, grab your lawn chairs and enjoy some community fellowship along with some great Music on the Lake!

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As many of you have noticed over the past year, I often mention my favorite state of Arizona.

The Sons of the Pioneers and I are doing performances at Old Tucson Studios at the end of this month. This weekend on April 13, we celebrate our founding member Bob Nolan, born in 1908. A songwriting genius, Nolan wrote several hundred tunes (he called them song poems); his most recognized are “Cool Water” and “Tumbling Tumbleweeds.” Both are in the Grammy Hall of Fame. In the Globe’s October 13, 2023 issue, I touched on Bob’s life in Arizona and how the desert turned him into a man. Today, I’d like to start at the beginning in 1908. Let’s go north to Winnipeg, Manitoba!

Let me mention that back in 2004 I became acquainted with a friend of Bob’s family, Elizabeth McDonald, a resident of Chase, British Columbia, who felt that much of Bob’s life was a mystery. She tracked down a number of individuals, including Bob’s grandson, to assist with her research. I worked closely with Elizabeth, providing materials for ten years-plus as she assembled a website dedicated to Bob’s life and career. What I’m about to share is quite detailed. It’s so worthy of being made into a movie, but I seriously doubt that will ever happen!

Bob’s birth name was Clarence Robert Nobles, born April 13, 1908, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His parents were Harry and Flora (Hussey) Nobles. Harry had worked as a tailor, and Flora worked as a stenographer. They married on January 1, 1906. They would have a second son, Earl, who was

Memories from the Homestead: Bob Nolan’s early life, 1908 - 1921 [Part

born in 1911. By 1915 Harry and Flora’s marriage fell apart. The family of four had moved to Vancouver, but would return to Winnipeg. Flora went to work for the Manitoba Government Telephones, while Harry went to New Brunswick to see his parents, and then crossed the border and relocated to Tucson, Arizona. It was there that Harry changed his name permanently to Nolan. He would join the U.S. Army in 1917 and was discharged in November 1918. More about that in a moment.

Things got difficult for Flora as she struggled. Working for the phone company would become a problem. Labor laws in Manitoba were strict, and Flora soon learned that according to law, a woman with dependent children was not allowed to work outside the home, plus Winnipeg was experiencing labor issues. Left with no other choice, in 1916, Flora took Clarence and Earl to their grandparents, Harry’s folks in Hatfield Point, New Brunswick, and left them there. She did intend to return for them when things improved, but unfortunately that did not happen. This troubled young Clarence (age eight), and he would never see his mother again. Earl would locate her sixteen years later, but Clarence refused to speak to her. Years later in interviews, Bob would claim that he knew very little about his mother. Years later, his feelings toward his mother would be revealed in future songs.

On the Nobles family farm in Hatfield Point, New Brunswick, the boys lived with their grandparents for the next three years. Divorce was looked down upon, perceived as a shame to the family. The boys’ grandparents did their best to erase their mother’s memory. They were not allowed to say her name, and her letters never reached them. The boys were convinced their mother deserted them; this hurt remained with Clarence the rest of his life.

Clarence found peace in the backwoods behind

their house. He called it his “wildwood.”

This is where he would remain and politely avoid everyone. In the fall of 1916 Clarence started school at age eight and Earl attended, too, but often their grandfather would take them out to help with farm chores; he felt that schooling was not a major priority. This is the reason that years later Bob’s spelling abilities were not as good as they should have been, due to the lack of early schooling. He recalled that during a year they were lucky to attend a month of school, and that one way it was a five-mile walk. His teacher was Miss Tingley, and she taught all the students ranging from ages six to seventeen.

Clarence and Earl made friends with the neighbor kids, the Boyds, but unfortunately they didn’t get to spend a lot of time together, as their grandfather kept them busy. Earl was remembered by the Boyd family as outgoing, but Clarence was a quiet boy who kept to himself. Bob recalled in an interview that there were a few pleasant memories on the family homestead, but after arriving out West, he never returned to the property and never saw his grandparents again. His Grandfather Charles Nobles died in 1935, and his Grandmother Ella Jane Nobles died in 1943. The three years that the boys spent with their grandparents was often confusing and sometimes sad. Things suddenly changed in the summer of 1919.

Clarence was eleven, Earl was eight. Their father Harry had received word that their Mother Flora was coming to Hatfield Point to reclaim them. Harry immediately wrote an urgent letter to his sister Fannie in Boston asking if she would take them with her. Fannie arrived at the family homestead unannounced one afternoon, taking the boys with her the next morning. It was not a good situation. Earl cried and Clarence remained very quiet. Arriving with Aunt Fannie in Boston, their names were immediately changed to Nolan, and their mother would never find them. Also according to Manitoba law, custody was always given to the husband; the wife had no rights.

For two years the boys lived with Aunt Fannie and attended school in Boston at Belmont School. They did change addresses several times according to research in city directories, and it’s unknown if the boys lived with any other relatives— there indeed were other aunts and uncles in the Boston area.

I want to back up for a moment and explain that according to Harry’s discharge papers from November 1918, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in Phoenix, Arizona, in December 1917 using the name Harry B. Nolan. He also gave his birthplace as Somerville, Massachusetts. He also changed his date of birth to show that he was 32 when he joined; he actually had just turned 33. He was dis-

charged at Camp Funston, Kansas, and was given travel money by the Army to return home to Arizona.

His discharge information also states he wasn’t involved in any battles, wasn’t wounded, and was listed in “good physical condition.”

Harry settled in Tucson residing at the Hotel Tucsonia. In 1921 he was ready to begin moving his sons to Tucson. Clarence would come first. He was sent by train from Boston. A tag, with his name and destination written on it was pinned to his jacket. Aunt Fannie likely was the one who dropped him off. This began his love of trains and years later, his first composition with a freight train yodel was introduced. Clarence was now thirteen. Three years later Earl was sent to Tucson to join them.

Stay tuned and next week

I’ll discuss the schools Clarence attended and cov-

er his high school years as well. I will also talk about the impact of the Arizona desert. This is truly an amazing story!

I also would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of you wonderful folks—the readers, who have supported my little column over the past year! The comments, emails, phone calls and texts have been wonderful! I can’t believe I’ve written 52 of these columns! Keep the comments coming. The team here at the Branson Globe along with myself greatly enjoy the feedback!

Happy trails! HISTORY APR. 12, 2024 •3C
JOHN TON, a native of Taney County, and a member of the Sons of the Pioneers.
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Bob Nolan’s Father and Mother, Harry B. Nobles and Flora (Hussey) Nobles were living in Winnipeg, Manitoba when they married in 1906. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth McDonald—Sons of the Pioneers Museum)

Many people are likely

familiar with the term “food desert,” referring to very rural or inner-city areas where

fresh, healthy food options are hard to find. “Reading deserts,” or “information deserts,” can also occur in such areas, with limited access to libraries. A group of Forsyth High School students in the school’s USMC JROTC program are doing something about that problem in Taney County.

The students came up with the idea after their instructor, Sgt. Marie Voegel, mentioned a Little Free Lending Library she had seen while on vacation. The students liked the idea of providing the libraries in locations around the county; and since JROTC programs focus on leadership, Voegel tasked the group lead-

with the Missouri Retired Teachers Association to recognize a member with the Distinguished Retiree Award. The recipient is selected due to his or her continued contributions to education. This year’s recipient of the Distinguished Retiree Award is Cindy Nevins, who began her teaching career in a third grade classroom in Sullivan, Missouri. Nevins later moved to Branson, where she had hoped to gain a position as a substitute teacher, but was hired to teach fifth grade. Nevins held that position for 14 years before leaving the traditional classroom to become the school’s Reading Recovery Teacher.

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ers, Cadet Captain Morgan Sweeney-Legore and Cadet Captain Jenny Price, with finding plans for building libraries and creating a materials list. Cadet Captain Sweeney-Legore shared the students’ project at a recent meeting of the Forsyth Area Chamber of Commerce, where she also shared research the students had done that showed the need for access to reading materials in areas with high percentages of residents who drop out of high school, don’t attend college, or start college without finishing. In such circumstances, access to reading material can be a lifeline for encour-

aging future generations to develop a love of learning, as well as helping families feel more connected in their communities.

After the students presented their research to Sgt. Voegel, she arranged for the materials, including repurposed materials from a building she and her father had torn down several years ago. The students are now eager to work with area businesses and individuals who are willing to host a Little Library on their property and assist with keeping it organized and maintained. At the Chamber meeting, the project met with enthusiasm as a win-win situation, with

visibility for the hosting or sponsoring business or service organization when families visit the Little Library locations.

Sgt. Voegel stated that anyone who would like a library in their neighborhood or for their business should reach out to the JROTC program at mvoegel@, and students will get to work building, stocking and delivering the library, with approximately two weeks needed for the project.

Thanks to these students for their initiative in seeing a problem and an opportunity to solve it, helping to encourage reading among families of Taney County!

A member of the Retired Teachers organization noted, “Cindy has always been an advocate for teachers and children.”

Nevins retired from the Branson School District in 2016, but continues in her commitment to the children in the area. Nevins volunteers regularly at the Library Center of the Ozarks (formerly Taneyhills Library) where she is instrumental in setting up and running children’s programs and is a vital part of the library’s Summer Reading program.

Nevins is the Tri-Lakes nominee for the statewide Distinguished Retiree Award. The Tri-Lakes Retired Teachers and Public School Personnel meet monthly. All personnel are invited to join the organization. For more information, contact Ginger Witty, President, at

Spring into action with opportunities to donate blood

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Theo and friend (Photo submitted)

When you become one of Theo’s Heroes, you can get your photo taken with Theo and a Theo plush animal. Come by and meet Theo any time at 310 Gretna Road, especially if you need a little stress break.

Theo is Elevate Branson’s official on-site therapy dog. He is a pro at making kids smile and helping adults relax. Theo works primarily with Elevate Kids during our summer and after school programming. With your support, Theo can continue to help our children regulate their emotions, feel grounded and develop life skills effectively. Help us provide for Theo’s year-round care by becoming one of Theo’s Heroes. Your annual donation of only $250 helps keep Theo happy and healthy by providing food, GPS tracking, veterinary care, flea, tick and heartworm treatments, and delicious treats. Please go to https://elevatebranson. theos-heroes to help Theo.

During National Volunteer Month in April, the American Red Cross asks donors to help protect the blood supply by making and keeping blood or platelet donation appointments in the weeks ahead. Donors of all blood types – especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets – are needed now to keep the blood supply strong enough to support critical patient care this spring.

The Red Cross depends on thousands of volunteer blood donors to collect about 12,000 blood donations every single day. With no substitute for blood and no way to manufacture it,

volunteer donors are essential in transfusion care. Blood drives and donation centers also depend on the generosity and valuable time of those who make it possible for the Red Cross to help people in need.

American Red Cross Blood Drive at C of O April 17

Give hope this spring. Give blood. American Red Cross blood drive will be held Wednesday, April 17, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at College of the Ozarks, Howell Keeter Gym-Rubber Courts, 1 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout. The American Red Cross and College of the Ozarks

are encouraging everyone to step up to the challenge by donating blood at this annual blood drive. The college is inviting all students, staff, faculty and residents of the Hollister and Branson Missouri area to rally around this annual lifesaving cause. “The partnership with College of the Ozarks and the students who help to organize this annual blood drive is truly inspiring; it is what makes this event a success each year,” said Stacy Burks, Executive Director, Red Cross of Southern Missouri. “The student leaders do a great job in getting everyone on campus excited and involved in this lifesaving cause.”

Spring into action: Come give blood until April 28 for a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of your choice. Plus, be automatically entered for a chance to win a $7,000 gift card. There will be two lucky winners. Terms apply: rcblood. org/spring. Visit for details. Additional upcoming blood donation opportunities through April 28

Branson: 4/22/2024, 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 420 West Main

Kimberling City: 4/24/2024, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Our Lady Of The Cove Catholic Church, 20 Kimberling Boulevard

4C • APR. 12, 2024 COMMUNITY King's Castle Theatre Castle Theatre King's Castle Theatre 2701 W 76 Country Blvd W 76 Country Blvd 2701 W 76 Country Blvd Branson, MO 65616 Branson, MO 65616 MO 65616 AREA APPRECIATION AREA APPRECIATION AREA APPRECIATION April 1st - 30th April 1st - 30th April 1st - 30th Reserve Your Seats: Reserve Your Seats: Reserve Your Seats: 417-334-2500 417-334-2500 417-334-2500 15.00 15.00 15.00$ $ $ Price inclusive of taxes and service fee. Price inclusive of service fee. Price inclusive of taxes and service fee. For residents of Missouri For residents of For residents of Missouri and Arkansas counties that are in a 100-mile radius of Branson. and Arkansas counties that are in a 100-mile radius of Branson. and Arkansas that are in a 100-mile radius of Branson Proof of residency is required. Proof of residency is required. Proof of residency is required. Reader’s Corner: Forsyth JROTC building Little Libraries in Taney County Pictured from left to right: Cadet Company Commander, Cadet Captain Morgan Sweeney-Legore; Cadet Company Executive Officer, Cadet Captain Jenny Price; and Cadet Corporal Ty Beasley. (Photo provided by Sgt. Marie Voegel) Tri-Lakes Retired Teachers name Nevins Distinguished Retiree of the Year BY K.D. MICHAELS, Staff Writer The Tri-Lakes Retired Teachers and School Personnel honored one of their members recently. Each year, the Tri-Lakes Chapter teams

Melissa Ryan ‘Canvasing the Heart’ exhibit open at SMAC Art Center

College of the Ozarks hosting INSPIRED Exhibit until April 20

A powerful exhibit at the College of the Ozarks tells the story of the greatest book ever written.

The college’s new INSPIRED Exhibit is a spectacular pop-up museum sharing the history of the most banned book ever—

and and the best-selling book in the world—the Bible. The INSPIRED museum shares amazing artifacts and rarely seen exhibits, including a working replica of the 1455 Gutenberg printing press. The collection includes more than 100 manuscripts, rare books and

ancient artifacts including early printed Bibles, scrolls, cuneiform tablets and much more.

Hundreds have already enjoyed the INSPIRED Exhibit, designed to both inspire the mind and stir the heart. The exhibit opened at the Point Lookout College

on April 5.

Located in the College of the Ozarks’ Keeter Center, the INSPIRED exhibit is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sundays. Entry to the museum closes at 4 p.m. daily. There is no admission charge.

Church groups, school groups, and homeschool groups are encouraged to attend. Group reservations must be made in advance by calling 417-690-2929.

The INSPIRED Exhibit will remain at the College through Saturday, April 20. Press (Photo by George Kurland)

Staccato Youth Performance Troupe presents ‘Legally Blonde The Musical JR’

Submitted to Branson Globe The Branson Regional Arts Council’s Staccato Performance Troupe presents “Legally Blonde The Musical JR” for five exciting performances from Friday, April 12, to Sunday, April 14, 2024. The production is rated G, and showtimes are 7 p.m. (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and 2 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday).

Tickets for this production are $20 (Adults 18-plus) and $12 (Youth 4-17), with lap children admitted free of charge. Advance reserved tickets are recommended and on sale now at BransonArts. org/tix or by calling the box office of the Historic Owen Theatre at 417-336-4255.

with humor, wit and sass — leaving cast members and audiences alike seeing pink!

Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, “Legally Blonde The Musical JR” is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. The show’s instantly recognizable songs are filled

“Legally Blonde JR” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle’s boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she’s not “serious” enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charm-

Staccato Performance

Troupe is an advanced show choir for area youth between the ages of 13-18 that combines a challenging music repertoire with entertaining choreography, on-stage acting and stage performance.

ing her way into law school. Befriending classmate, Emmett, and spunky hairdresser, Paulette, along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive. As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all. Director Jacob Estes leads the production in addition to being choreographer, adding one more credit to his long list of acting and directing achievements on behalf of the Branson Regional Arts Council. Jacob has also performed at Kings Castle Theatre, Silver Dollar City, The Welk Resort, Sight and Sound Theatre, and on tour nationally with “Forever Young.”

Jim Barber stepping down as BRAC Executive Director in September


of The Barber Shop on 98.1 Branson4U, and Executive Director of the Branson Regional Arts Council has announced his resignation from the latter position.

In a Facebook Live announcement on Tuesday, Barber explained that he was leaving the position to pursue other endeavors.

“About eight years ago, my friend Jean Cantwell came to me and some other friends and said ‘What are we going to do to save community theater in Branson, Missouri?’ Over that next year, we met several times, and little did I know that this would lead to me being named the Executive Director of the Branson Regional Arts Council. It was a new opportunity for me to do something for our community that combined everything I’ve ever done—from theater to marketing, public speaking, public relations. And I brought that all together and in the last seven years we’ve done some really incredible things.”

Barber also mentioned his pride in the Special Abilities program, started a few years back, to allow those with special needs to have the opportunity to perform on stage.

“When I first took this job, I promised the Board that I would stay until my daughter graduated from high school,” said Barber. “Well, last December my daughter graduated from college and is getting married this weekend. Life goes through a lot of seasons, and I am coming into a new season. I felt led to take the job seven years ago,

Barber continued, “The thing I’m most proud of is that we’ve acquired the Historic Owen Theater and it is now the official Performing Arts Center for Branson, where we have high-quality community theater productions year round.”

and now God is telling me, in many big ways, it’s time to do some other things.”

Barber shared his plan to continue to support the Arts Council through a membership and season pass to attend productions.

“It was a difficult decision, but it was an obvious decision,” said Barber. “I’m going to be going back to what I started as—a performer, an entertainer. I hope to continue to do my radio show for many years because it gives me an opportunity to promote the community and arts and entertainment here in Branson. But, I hope to be back on stage. I think you’ll

be seeing me soon here on a Branson stage. I want to do more traveling on weekends, performing my comedy and my ventriloquism that I did for my entire career.”


Barber thanked the Branson Arts Council Board, his staff, actors, volunteers, technicians and all who have supported and helped him during his time at the Branson Regional Arts Council. “It’s a big change,” Barber noted. “But I think it’s going to be a good change and a healthy change, not only for me, but for the organization as well. I need to spend some time with my family. Family is so important. If you miss out on that time, you miss out on what’s really important in your life.” Barber encouraged his audience, “Please continue to support the Branson Regional Arts Council. I will, and I hope that you will, too.” ARTS APR. 12, 2024 •5C
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during their exhibits, SMAC highlights one of the many local nonprofit organizations that serves the area. Elevate Branson addresses the root causes of generational poverty to create lasting change. They provide resources, relationships and a network of support that provides hope, dignity and purposeful work.
Submitted to Branson Globe In its upcoming art exhibit, Southern Missouri Arts Connection (SMAC) will feature the work of Melissa Ryan of Northern Arkansas. The exhibit will run through April 27 at the SMAC Art Center gallery, 7 Downing Street in Hollister. Ryan is an abstract expressionist digital painter. Digital
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Jenny’s Broccoli Salad

This broccoli salad has been a staple at the Branson Hollister Senior Center for several years and has always been a crowd favorite.


• 10 cups fresh broccoli, chopped small

• ½ red onion, finely chopped

• ¾ cup dried cranberries

1 cup shredded cheddar/ Jack cheese

• 1 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

• ½ cup brown sugar

• Salt and pepper to taste


1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.

2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to combine flavors.


Not Your Mom’s Meatloaf

Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4 - 6


1 lb Ground Turkey

• 1 Egg 1 Box Stuffing Mix (any flavor)

1 C water


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan.

2. Mix ground turkey, egg, stuffing mix and water into a large bowl until all four ingredients are fully blended together.

3. Fill the greased pan with the mixture, pressing it evenly into the pan.

4. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the middle temperature is 160 degrees. GO ROGUE by saving some leftovers for a breakfast sandwich. Add scram-

bled eggs, cheese and serve on a toasted bagel.

Want Chef Jeff to make this delicious meal for you? Contact him at www. TheRogueChefBranson. com .

Better mood to stronger teeth: Benefits of healthy eating

Medical News Today

A healthy diet typically includes nutrient-dense foods from all of the major food groups, including lean proteins, whole grains, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables of many colors.

Healthy eating habits also include replacing foods that contain trans fats, added salt, and sugar with more nutritious options.

Following a healthy diet has many benefits, including building strong bones, protecting the heart, preventing disease, and boosting the mood.

Heart health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for adults in the United States.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a growing concern in the U.S. The condition can lead to a heart attack, heart failure, and a stroke.

It may be possible to prevent up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke diagnoses with lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity and healthful eating.

The DASH diet, or the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet, includes plenty of heart healthy foods. The program recommends:

• eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains,

• choosing fat-free or low fat dairy products, fish, poultry, beans, nuts, and vegetable oils

• limiting saturated and trans fat intake, such as fatty meats and full-fat dairy products limiting drinks and foods that contain added sugars restricting sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams per day — ideally 1,500 mg daily — and increasing consumption of

potassium, magnesium, and calcium High-fiber foods are also crucial for keeping the heart healthy.

Limiting certain types of fats can also improve heart health. For instance, eliminating trans fats reduces the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. This type of cholesterol causes plaque to collect within the arteries, increasing the risk of a heart attack and stroke.

Reducing blood pressure can also promote heart health. Most adults may achieve this by limiting their salt intake to no more than 1,500 mg per day.

Food manufacturers add salt to many processed and fast foods, and a person who wishes to lower their blood pressure should avoid these products.

Reduced cancer risk

A person may eat foods that contain antioxidants to help reduce their risk of developing cancer by protecting their cells from damage. The presence of free radicals in the body increases the risk of cancer, but antioxidants help remove them to lower the likelihood of this disease.

Many phytochemicals found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes act as antioxidants, including beta carotene, lycopene, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Foods high in antioxidants include: berries, such as blueberries and raspberries

• dark, leafy greens pumpkin and carrots

• nuts and seeds

Having obesity may increase a person’s risk of developing cancer and result in poorer outcomes. Maintaining a moderate weight may reduce these risks.

In a 2014 study, researchers found that a diet rich in fruits

reduced the risk of upper gastrointestinal tract cancers.

They also found that a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and fiber lowered the risk of colorectal cancer, while a diet rich in fiber reduces the risk of liver cancer.

Better mood

Some evidence suggests a close relationship between diet and mood.

In 2016, researchers found that diets with a high glycemic load may trigger increased symptoms of depression and fatigue in people who have obesity but are otherwise healthy.

A diet with a high glycemic load includes many refined carbohydrates, such as those found in soft drinks, cakes, white bread, and biscuits. Vegetables, whole fruit, and whole grains have a lower glycemic load.

Recent research also found that diet can affect blood glucose levels, immune activation, and the gut microbiome, which may affect a person’s mood. The researchers also found that there may be a link between more healthful diets, such as the Mediterranean diet, and better mental health. Whereas, the opposite is true for diets with high amounts of red meat, processed, and high fat foods.

Improved gut health

The colon is full of naturally occurring bacteria, which play important roles in metabolism and digestion.

• kefir

Prebiotics may help improve a range of digestive issues, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms.

Improved memory

A 2015 study identified nutrients and foods that protect against cognitive decline and dementia. The researchers found the following to be beneficial:

vitamin D, C, and E

• omega-3 fatty acids

• flavonoids and polyphenols fish

Among other diets, the Mediterranean diet incorporates many of these nutrients.

Diabetes management

A healthy diet may help a person with diabetes: manage their blood glucose levels keep their blood pressure and cholesterol within target ranges prevent or delay complications of diabetes maintain a moderate weight

It is vital for people with diabetes to limit their intake of foods with added sugar and salt. They should also consider avoiding fried foods high in saturated and trans fats.

Strong bones and teeth

A diet with adequate calcium and magnesium is important for strong bones and teeth. Keeping the bones healthy can minimize the risk of bone issues later in life, such as osteoporosis. The following foods are rich in calcium: dairy products

• kale broccoli

• canned fish with bones Magnesium is abundant in many foods, and some of the best sources include: leafy green vegetables

• nuts seeds

• whole grains

Certain strains of bacteria also produce vitamins K and B, which benefit the colon. They may also help fight harmful bacteria and viruses. A diet high in fiber may decrease inflammation in the gut. A diet rich in fibrous vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains may provide a combination of prebiotics and probiotics that help good bacteria thrive in the colon. These fermented foods are rich in probiotics:

• yogurt kimchi

• sauerkraut miso

Want to live a healthier lifestyle? You may benefit from taking a cooking class and learning how to incorporate more vegetables into yourmeals.

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Outdoors with Larry Dablemont: This story is a turkey

I just don’t want to kill any more gobblers. I have killed them for 56 years, sometimes six or seven a year, and that is enough. I never want to go through cleaning and cooking another one.

Did you know that there are laws in various states that make it illegal to have a wild turkey in your freezer after sometime in May? The silliness continues!

Iencourage old time turkey hunters to refrain from buying a turkey tag this spring, and hunt them as I do—with a camera.

Years ago, I announced in my newspaper column that I would be having a wild game dinner and fish fry at a local church and

that I would deep fry a gobbler that I had killed that spring. The big event was to take place in early June. A Missouri game warden called to tell me I would not be able to do that because it was illegal to have one after a certain day in May.

I was already a heinous violator for having it that long in my freezer. I told the warden I intended to proceed with my plans. He could come to our dinner, take a bite of the turkey and tell me if it was wild or tame. He said a test on the meat could tell him that.

Likely he had one of them DNA testers. So I asked him if it was legal to keep a cooked wild turkey in my freezer, like leftovers. He said he would have to find out by calling the front office and he would get back to me. He called back to say that it was indeed unlawful to have an uncooked wild turkey in one’s freezer, but it was likely going to be a problem fining me for having a cooked wild turkey in my freezer. I assume that perhaps you can’t get an accurate DNA test from a cooked turkey.

I decided to have some fun out of that local game warden, so I went out and got a store-bought turkey and boiled it for about ten minutes. Then I called him and told him I needed him to call the front office and ask them how long a wild turkey needed to be boiled to be considered cooked. I got around to telling him that it had already been boiled for ten minutes and had turned fairly pink. I invited him to come to my basement freezer with a search warrant to take a look at the turkey. Cook-

ing it that little while, I felt, should make the gobbler legal for the church dinner, which was to be held a good two weeks after the wild-turkey-in-the-freezer deadline. The question is, how long does one need to boil a turkey to call it a cooked turkey? When I asked him that, the game warden uttered an expletive and hung up.

That’s a true story!

Our wild game dinner at the church came off without a hitch. The game warden didn’t come. He missed a really good fried turkey.

Tanger Outlets celebrates Earth Day: Tree planting April 19, butterfly release April 22

Submitted to Branson Globe

Earth Day is April 22, and Tanger Outlets Branson plan to celebrate with a community tree planting on Friday, April 19, at 10 a.m. Trees play a vital role in producing oxygen, improving air quality, reducing waste and pollution, conserving water and supporting wildlife, among other benefits. The tree planting will take place behind Helzberg Diamonds. Tanger’s dedication to planting trees in the communities it serves represents just one step in the company’s environmental commitment and sustainability goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

Senator Gaylord Nelson, the junior senator from Wisconsin, had long been concerned about the deteriorating environment in the United States. Then in January 1969, he and many others witnessed the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.

A well called Platform A, drilled by Union Oil 6 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, blew out. More than 3 million U.S. gallons of oil spilled, killing more than 10,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals, and sea lions. As a reaction to this disaster, activists were mobilized to create environmental regulation, environmental education, and Earth Day. Among the pro-

ponents of Earth Day were the people in the front lines of fighting this disaster, Selma Rubin, Marc McGinnes, and Bud Bottoms, founder of Get Oil Out.

Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Senator Nelson wanted to infuse the energy of student anti-war protests with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a teach-in on college campuses to the national media, and persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair.

Senator Nelson then recruited Denis Hayes, a young activist, to organize the campus teach-ins and to scale the

In addition, Tanger Branson has proudly partnered with The Missouri Department of Conservation and Legacy Academy Preschool to assist in raising over sixty caterpillars into butterflies. The Legacy students will gain firsthand knowledge about the butterfly life cycle by observing it in real time over a period over three to four weeks. On Monday, April 22, at noon, Legacy Academy will come to Tanger Branson on an educational field trip for a butterfly release. The students will enjoy a live demonstration from the Missouri Department of Conservation and learn the importance on how butterflies play a significant role in contributing to a healthy, balanced ecosystem. The butterfly release will be in the Butterfly Garden at Tanger. These free events are open to the public and will be held at Tanger Outlets, 300 Tanger Blvd., Branson. Tanger shoppers can also make a difference by shopping sustainably with eco-friendly specialty stores including American Eagle and Yankee Candle.

To learn more, visit and connect on Facebook and Instagram.

What is Earth Day and how did it start? A (very) brief history

idea to a broader public, and

they choose April 22, a weekday falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, to maximize the greatest student participation.

Recognizing its potential to inspire all Americans, Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land and the effort soon broadened to include a wide range of organizations, faith groups, and others. They changed the name to Earth Day, which immediately sparked national media attention, and caught on across the country. Earth Day inspired 20 million Americans — at the time, 10% of the total population of the United States — to take to the streets, parks and auditoriums to

demonstrate against the impacts of 150 years of industrial development which had left a growing legacy of serious human health impacts.

Groups that had been fighting individually against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness and the extinction of wildlife united on Earth Day around these shared common values. Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, urban dwellers and farmers, business and labor leaders.

By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States

Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of other first-of-their-kind environmental laws, including the National Environmental

Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act.

Two years later congress passed the Clean Water Act.

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. 12, 2024 • 7C
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LARRY DABLEMONT is a outdoor publisher, columnist, author, speaker, naturalist and outdoorsman.

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You are encouraged to worship with us!

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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YARD SALE: This Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13. 238 Dale Ave., Hollister.

FOR SALE: Fold up treadmill, $40 firm. Call 417239-9032

VEHICLE FOR SALE: 1953 Chevy pickup truck, project ready to be restored. Call 417-213-1073.


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GUMI CAMP, a healing retreat for American Veterans, is in need of a dog caretaker. Paying weekly. Please call Tim Hadler at 417-559-3892.

LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT full or part time employee? Place an ad in the Branson Globe, and fill that position FAST! An ad just like this one costs just $17.75/week!

FREE $60 sack of groceries and $10 of gas too! Learn how to please God, being baptized like the Bible shows. CALL 417-337-3772 CLASSIFIEDS APR. 12, 2024 • 9C 417-334-9100 OFFICE HOURS: 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday DEADLINE FOR FRIDAY’S PAPER: Wednesdays @ 10 a.m. GET YOUR ALWAYS-FREE BRANSON GLOBE DELIVERED TO YOUR EMAIL INBOX! Go to and subscribe to our site today...then watch for your paper on Thursday. NOTICES SERVICES OFFERED LOST PET HELP WANTED HELP WANTED HELP WANTED TO ENSURE THE BEST RESPONSE TO YOUR AD... Please make sure your ad is correct in the first issue in which it appears. The Branson Globe is responsible for one day’s charge of the space occupied by the error. If your ad is not correct, call us immediately to have it corrected. lassifieds VETERANS & MILITARY COALITION OF THE OZARKS is an all-volunteer organization of veterans serving veterans. Contact us if you feel that you, as a veteran or veteran family, may not be receiving the benefits you deserve. Go to and click on CONTACT at the top of the home page. VMCO meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month (no meeting in July or November) at the Golden Corral in Branson with 11:15 a.m. (optional) lunch buffet and 12-1 p.m. meeting. ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCATION SUPPORT GROUP meets at the Branson-Hollister Senior Center, 201 Compton Dr., Branson, the last Wednesday of every month from 1:30-3 p.m. For more information, call Mark Applegate at 417-955-2513 or email mark.applegate@ RENT TO OWN AUTOS: Low down payment. NO initial taxes & license fees. NO credit check. Free 1 year warranty on motor & transmission. Rent to own your auto today! 1119 E. Hwy. 76, Branson. 417-335-5400. renttoownautosbranson. com FREE ESTIMATES AND TIMELY RESPONSE. Full remodels, decks, pole barns, garages, fencing and small projects. Call 417699-1635 SERVICES OFFERED ACE HOME IMPROVEMENT: Heating and air, HVAC service and repair, doors, windows, decks, fences, pressure washing, interior and exterior painting, siding, roofing, flooring, tile and drywall. Handyman work! Call Ryan: 417-335-1347. Classified ads in the Globe Black & white line ads 20 words or less: $15/week Each word over 20 is 25¢ Add color to your line ad, 20 words or less: $20/week Each word over 20 is 25¢ Call 417-334-9100 IF MY PEOPLE, WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 GRIEF SHARE SUPPORT GROUP: A new class for Grief Share will begin Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, at the Branson UMC. This is open to people from our community, surrounding areas and our own church family at BUMC. We welcome both new and returning participants. Gather at 1 p.m. for “social time” and class will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. For questions call Peggy at 641-919-1533. All are welcome! NEW HOME WANTED –GUMI DOG: This is Gi Gi. She is four years old and needing a forever home. There is no fee but a donation to the veterans CAMP is greatly appreciated!
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LUXURY 1 & 2 BR APARTMENT HOMES 1-1/2 BATHS, POOL, REC. ROOM 1 BR STARTING @ $615/MO 2 BR STARTING @ $725/MO Furnished Units, Carports & Lakeviews Available CALL 417-546-3334 Shepherd of the Hills Estates CELEBRATE RECOVERY is a place to heal from your hurts, habits, and hangups. We meet every Monday night at 6:30 PM at Music City Centre, 1839 West 76 Country Blvd., Branson. For more information call 417–320-2055 See you there! MR. GILBERTI’S PLACE. Need pasta cook, hostess, and servers. Fun, working atmosphere. Come in and fill out an application. 1451 Acacia Club Rd., Hollister. SHO-ME CLEAN & SHO-ME FLOORING: WANTED – PARTTIME SHOWROOM SALES HELP. Do you have some knowledge of flooring products, or have you installed flooring? Ready to take your experience to another level? Our showroom is the perfect place for you! Inquire at 417-263-1963 for more info. FOR RENT: 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo for rent. Safe & secure location, in Hollister, in 45+ community in unit, W/D included, $650 month, $300 deposit. Call 417-337-3285. FOR SALE: 2020 THOR 27-FT. DAYBREAK CLASS C MOTORHOME. Customized with king size bed and two recliners. Full-length bump-out, sleeps 6, equipped with all upgrades. Excellent condition and ready to roll. Asking $68k. Call 417-693-5318. FOR SALE HELP WANTED POINT LOOKOUT NURSING & REHAB is excited to announce that we are currently hiring RNs, LPNs, CNAs, NAs, CMTs, housekeeping, and dietary staff. We are currently offering a great benefit plan. We acknowledge Covid-19 vaccination exemptions. For more information, call 417-334-4105 or apply in person at 11103 Historic Hwy. 165, Hollister. EOE BUILDING FOR LEASE on Hwy. 76 Country Blvd. Stop by Moe’s Pit Stop at 1140 W. Hwy. 76, Branson, for info. SOLD! THE GLOBE DOES IT AGAIN! LOOKING FOR CASHIER. Full-time work. Please apply in person at Pit Stop, 1140 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson. WEEKLY MOTEL ROOM RENTAL: Family friendly. Deposit and rule agreement required. Cable/WiFi, fridge and micro included. $189/week. Colonial Mountain Inn, Branson West 417-272-8414. APTS/CONDOS/HOMES GRAND CROWNE TIMESHARE for sale, $1,000. One bedroom, 1 1/2 baths, fully equipped kitchen. Hot tub in master bedroom. Overlooks the golf course. Every-other-year use. Deeded ownership. No mortgage. 97,000 points. Old age and poor health force me to sell. Owned for 13 years. Call Bob 828-467-9718. APTS/CONDOS/HOMES LOST DOG. Small white and black Chihuahua mix. Lost on April 2 near Ellen Street between Green Mountain Drive and W 76. Call 231-649-1120. LOCAL MEDICAL OFFICE searching for Someone familiar with medical Insurance billing. Call 417334-0810.
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THE AMERICAN LEGION POST #220 invites all former and current US Military friends to join us Monday mornings at 9 a.m. for coffee and pastries!! Come join us at Faith Lutheran Church, 221 Malone Dr., Branson, MO. We look forward to meeting you!! HOOAH!!

On this date in history...

1861 Fort Sumter in South Carolina is attacked by the Confederacy, beginning the American Civil War

• 1938 First U.S. law requiring medical tests for marriage licenses (New York)

1945 President Franklin

D. Roosevelt dies in office and Vice President Harry Truman is sworn in as 33rd U.S. President 1954 Father of Rock ‘n Roll Bill Haley and the Comets record “Rock Around Clock”

1955 Polio vaccine tested by Jonas Salk announced to be “safe and effective” and is given full approval by the Food and Drug Administration

• 1961 World War II General, Douglas MacArthur, declines offer to become baseball commissioner

1966 First B-52 bombing on North Vietnam

• 1987 Texas files for bankruptcy

• 1991 U.S. announces closing of 31 major military bases

• 1999 President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving “intentionally false statements” in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit

1983 Harold Washington elected Chicago’s first African American mayor

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2015 Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady, Hillary Clinton, announces she will run for the Democratic nominee for President for the second time

• 2022 Global COVID-19 known cases pass 500 million, with 5.1 billon (66%) having received at least one vaccine shot













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