Bass Pro

Bass Pro Shops and White River Marine Group are expanding the Tracker Boats plant in Bolivar.  According to the company in a news release, the expansion is expected to add 300 new manufacturing jobs to the region.

The expansion is due to strong demand for the expanded line of Sun Tracker Bass Buggy pontoon models, the company said.

Bass Pro Shops is looking to hire 50 new employees during an event this week in Springfield.

The Missouri Job Center’s Mobile Job Center will help with the hiring event on Thursday, May 2, from 10:30 to 2:30 at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 1935 S. Campbell, but interviews will continue until 6 p.m. Bass Pro Shops will be interviewing for several positions in retail, restaurant and at their conference center. You’re asked to dress business appropriate. If you have a resume, take it to the interview.

Michele Skalicky

Santa Claus visited with children who have hearing impairments to find out what they want for Christmas during an event Friday at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

Santa communicated with the more than 100 kids using sign language.  Linda Cheek is president and co-founder of the Deaf Awareness Group of Southwest Missouri, which organized the event.

"It's really, really good for the kids to get to sign to Santa what they want for Christmas.  Their faces just light up that someone understands them," she said.