Local Branson

Four COVID-19 Deaths Announced in Barry County

by: Bryce Derrickson, Ozarks First The Barry County Health Department is reporting four new COVID-19 deaths in the county. The individuals who passed were: A 68-year-old female A 52-year-old man And an 80-year-old female These three had underlying health conditions and were part of a congregant care facility. While the fourth person, a 56-year-old man……

Renewal of Tourism Tax to Appear on April Ballot

by: Scott McCaulley After some brief discussion at Tuesday's Branson Board of Alderman Meeting, an Ordinance passed on a unanimous vote to put on the April Ballot a renewal of the Tourism Tax on Hotels/Motels and Restaurants. The current Tourism Tax, which is set to expire at the end of next year, uses the funds……

AYS Podcast: C of O Nursing Program

by: Scott McCaulley The current AYS Podcast with the Stone County Health Department highlights the College of the Ozarks Nursing Program. Started in 2007, the Class of 2020 Graduated 20 students including the program's 200th student since the beginning of the program. Rebecca Hamon, Assistant Professor of Nursing at C of O, says the size……

Woof for Vets Gives Service Dogs Away for Veterans Week

by: Jacob Blount and A.J. Davidson, Ozarks First Veterans from across the country travel to Branson to celebrate veterans week, and now some of those heroes will return home with a new furry friend. Frank Schlechta, a disabled veteran from Texas, made the trip this morning to meet his new Saint Bernard. “She’s just such……

88th Branson Veterans Day Parade Wednesday

by: Scott McCaulley Although the number of units will be lower due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 88th Branson Veterans Day Parade will take place at 11:00 on Wednesday. Bob Sarver of the Branson Veterans of American 9-1-3 visited the Up Side with Josh and Russ program on KRZK Monday and says they are expecting……

Parade Added to Veterans Day Activities in Harrison

by: Scott McCaulley The Annual Ceremony Honoring Veterans in Downtown Harrison that takes place annually on Veterans Day will have some added components this year. Callie Mondy with the Boone County Veterans Association joined the “Around the Table” Program on KHOZ Monday and discussed the activities which this year includes a parade. Other activities will……

ARDOT Announces Award Recipients for its Transportation Alternatives Program

by: Scott McCaulley Communities in Carroll, Madison, and Marion Counties are among the 55 that have been awarded Grants through the Transportation Alternatives Program through the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT). Berryville has been awarded $100,000 for it's Square to Community Center Trail while Huntsville has been awarded $200,000 for its City Sidewalk Program and……

Ridgedale Man Seriously Injured in Rollover Accident

by: Scott McCaulley The driver of a SUV sustains seriously injuries in a rollover accident Monday afternoon on Highway 86 in Southern Taney County. The Missouri Highway Patrol online report indicates the crash occurred around 2:15 when the SUV driven by Heith McCarter of Ridgedale crossed the center line and went off the roadway, struck……